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Meet Our New Man

Hi, I’m Jim Beveridge and this time last year my retirement clock was ticking loudly. It struck towards the end of March and a month later, at the invitation of the Free Church, I joined the Leadership Team as part-time Pastor, following a Call to Ministry some three years beforehand at an Anglican Conference.

My wife Jenny and I live in Hastings and our four sons, three married, are all active in their local churches. We have five grandchildren to enjoy.

Before my arrival a visiting speaker had challenged the Church (which embraces all believers in the area) to bring the Heart of God into Herstmonceux. That sounds like a huge task, but we have already seen several encouraging happenings.

The first was at my Induction, when the Church was full of those who are behind us in this New Beginning. The second was at Nigel’s Believers’ Baptism (more of Nigel next month) when the Church was again full for this public acknowledgement of his Spiritual new birth.

The third was the sad occasion of the funeral of a young man who was big on the local music scene, and the church was packed with mostly young people who overflowed into the Hall, and some even outside, listening through an open window. This young man was a Christian and together we marked his passage into Eternity.

These three events highlight some of the steps along the way to a life lived with Jesus as a 24/7 companion. For many, Church is for babies, funerals and the occasional wedding. Bringing the Heart of God into Herstmonceux requires a much greater involvement in village life.

The Bible tells us to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. If you are rejoicing or weeping right now, or have any other matter you would like to talk about with me, I am at the Church in Chapel Row most Sunday mornings or you may contact me through the website.

I look forward to seeing you around, Jim.

January Squeeze

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It was frosty outside the Village Hall, but inside the big surprise was snow painting, using white paint on a black ground. Its appeal was obvious as an elderly gentleman sat next to a toddler, both of them enjoying the striking effect so easily produced. On another table at the January Squeeze Breakfast Club sat the calendar makers. How simple to hang a calendar block under a snow painting.

David’s haul from the internet told the story of the motorist convicted three times for driving without insurance. So he forged a certificate on his computer. Next time he was pulled over he produced the forgery, with an expiry date of 31st February!

Even non-pop lovers could not escape the Christmas double chart-topping Leonard Cohen song ‘Hallelujah’ which tells of a secret chord that pleased the Lord. Pastor Jim of the Free Church took this thought for his topical talk.. How can we please the Lord in 2009?. By drawing a line under anything in our life which may displease Him, he suggested.
We should test the things which we consider to be important with three questions: Does it help my Christian life? Will it allow me to be free? Will it build up the lives of others?

It is easy to remember the dates for the next two Squeeze meetings as they both fall on the first of the month. Sunday 1st February crafts have a Valentine theme, and breakfast is served from 10am.

Article written by Colin Porter

December Squeeze

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Notice in a Vet’s waiting room; Back in 10 minutes. Stay! Sit! Sign on a Maternity Room door: PUSH PUSH PUSH. David’s down- loadings from the Internet have always been a popular part of the Free Church Sundays at the Village Hall, and now they are included in the Squeeze Breakfast Club.

There was an exciting buzz about the first club meeting in early December. It was good to see families working together. A couple of Dads and a handful of Mums joined their children in painting on small glass pots, making Christmas cards and gift tags, and making sweets. Next month’s handicrafts are not yet decided.

A Continental breakfast is served from 10 00am. until 11.30.; fresh fruit, cereals, bread rolls and croissants, as well as fruit juices, tea and coffee.

Most of the older folk were content to sit and chat at small tables, or to read the newspapers provided. This made it easy to join in the carol singing, and to listen to David and Jim.

They worked perfectly when you put them away last year; now they don’t work at all. Yes it’s those Christmas Lights, the title of Jim’s topical talk. Whether it’s a broken wire, a loose bulb, a blown fuse, it all adds up to one thing – the power is not getting through If God’s power is not getting through to your life, give yourself the best Christmas gift this year, he urged. Say ‘Hello’ to Christ the Baby and Christ the Man.

The next Breakfast Club is on 4th January 2009, from 10am-12 noon. Everyone welcome.

Article written by Colin Porter

Squeeze Hits the Papers

A SUNDAY morning breakfast club has been launched once a month at Herstmonceux Village Hall.

The Squeeze Breakfast Club takes place at 10am on the first Sunday of every month and is sponsored by Herstmonceux Free Church.
Parents, children, grandparents and singles are “squeezing” new life into Sunday, starting with breakfast and then moving on to a light-hearted “what the papers say” and craft session.
The January club this Sunday will include calendar making, seasonal snow painting and promise boxes. All materials are provided.

At the December get-together 45 peple attended and picked up tips on making Christmas cards, glass painting and sweet making – all to a background of carols and with mince pies as refreshments.

Pastor Jim Beveridge said, “Its as much the company and time to chat – as well as food, fun and crafts. Squeeze in the time to come – it’s easy, like Sunday morning!”

Source: Hailsham Gazette

Martin takes the High Road


Cycling from Hailsham to Edinburgh is beyond most of us, but Martin Rogers took up the challenge, and raised over £800 for the Quicken Trust in the process. Averaging over 40 miles a day, his journey took just over two weeks. He was entirely unaccompanied, staying in small bed and breakfasts, and carrying all he needed on his bike. Truly a splendid effort from a remarkable man.

If you would like to add to Martin’s sum, please speak to a member of the Oversight Team.

Comment From Pastor Jim Beveridge

Martin is a good example of an athlete with a heart for charity. He will tell you that, after only one week of not riding his cycle, his muscle tone weakens, so the next ten mile ride feels like fifty!

This is so like our faith – it needs exercising. Martin tells of staying at one bad guesthouse where his breakfast was mainly a spoonful of baked beans, before his next exhausting ride.

This is so true of our faith; it needs a balanced intake to meet our life of work, family, rest and play. Try a Psalm, a portion of Gospel, and a piece of the Book of Acts each day.

You will find a strengthened faith as you receive and encourage others, as you exercise your faith.