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Squeeze February 2010

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NASA finds missing day

Falling only a week before Valentine’s Day, the theme of the February Squeeze Breakfast Club was “Love your neighbour.” Handicrafts majored on that, and ranged from Promise Boxes, making heart shaped sweets, sewing heart-shaped lavender bags and making friendship cards.

NASA scientists plotting the tracks of sun, moon and planets in 100 and 1,000 years from now, to avoid satellites crashing into them, ran into a problem. The computer could not complete the task because there was a day missing from the past. A Christian on the team drew attention to the book of Joshua, ch10, verses 8, 12 and 13; where Joshua calls on the Lord to halt the sun and moon. Verse 13 states, “So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and the moon stayed, ….about [approximately] a whole day “ But the missing time from Joshua’s era accounted for only 23 hours and 20 minutes.

Then the Christian turned to 2 Kings 20 vv 9-11 where Hezekiah asked for proof that he would not die. Do you want the shadow on the sundial to go forward ten degrees, or backward, asked the prophet Isaiah? He chose backward. “Isaiah spoke to the Lord, and the shadow went back ten degrees,” thus providing the extra 40 minutes to make up the missing day.

After this gem from the internet, Pastor Jim Beveridge turned those at the Squeeze Breakfast Club to First Corinthians ch.13, to show what love is – patient, kind, always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres and never fails. And finally to the ultimate Love, John ch3, v16., “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Have you, will you, receive God’s love, the Gift of Jesus, this Valentine’s Day?”

Next Squeeze for all ages at the Village Hall on Sunday 7th March, 10am-12 noon.

Saltmine Theatre Company

SALTMINE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

In the Beginning…

Take a fresh look at the Creation account as reported in the Book of Genesis, the Bible’s book of beginnings. Enjoy the familiar words heard from an unusual angle, ponder the possibilities when God says ‘Let there be…’ and His pleasure at the end – ‘behold, it was very good!’

At the Free Church, Chapel Row

Saturday 13th February at 6.30pm

Admission is by ticket at £5.00 per person. We have been advised
that the style of this production is not suitable for young children.

Tickets from the Village Information Centre in Gardner Street, the Church in Chapel Row on Sunday morning, or from the Village Hall/Squeeze Breakfast Club (10.00am-12.00) Sun. 7th Feb.

In difficulty – telephone 01424 441281

Snakes and Families and Happy Ladders

Our White Christmas lowered the average age of the Christmas Day congregation considerably, as the snow kept many older regulars at home but not the younger and bolder ones who only visit from time to time. What was Christmas like in the days when we were young? asked Pastor Jim Beveridge, answering with Dylan Thomas’s description in “Conversation about Christmas.” *

“Snow was not only shaken in whitewash buckets down from the sky. I think it came shawling out of the ground and swam and drifted out of the arms and hands and bodies of the trees and settled on the postman opening the gate, like a dumb, numb thunderstorm of white torn from Christmas cards.

“And the Church Bells? They rang their tidings over the bandaged village, over the frozen foam of the parks and ice-cream hills, over the crackling grass. And the Presents? There were the Useful Presents, – engulfing mufflers and mittens, made for giant sloths and balaclavas for victims of head-hunting tribes. And pictureless books and everything about the wasp – except why.

“And on Christmas Eve I hung at the foot of my bed Bessie Bunter’s black stocking, and always I would stay awake all the moonlight, snowlit night to hear the roof-alighting reindeer and see the hollied boot descend through soot. I was asleep before the chimney trembled and the room was red and white with Christmas.

“And in the stocking above, were there sweets? Of course there were sweets. There were marshmallows that squelched. Hardboileds, toffee, fudge and allsorts, crunches, cracknels, humbugs, glacies and marzipan and butterscotch. And troops of bright red soldiers, and Snakes and Families and Happy Ladders. And last of all, in the toe of the stocking, a silver sixpence.

“Why can’t our Christmas be the same for me as it was for you when you were young? , “I mustn’t tell you – I mustn’t tell you – because it is Christmas now,” he concludes.

So what MUST I tell you today, asked Pastor Jim. Hear the Word of God about the Child born on Christmas Day, and turning to another Book, he read from Isaiah chapter nine, verse two: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light ,those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.” And then to verse six, “For to us a child is born, to us a child is given and the government will be upon his shoulder and his name will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace”

Finally to Luke chapter one, verses 30 to 33: “And the angel said do not be afraid Mary, for God has been gracious to you. You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will bear the title Son of the Most High – his reign shall never end.”

Pastor Jim closed with ‘a sort of parable,’ the story of a little girl who kept clamouring for attention when father wanted to read his paper. In the end he took a map of the world from the paper and tore it into small pieces. “Go into the other room and try to put this together.” In a very short while she was back with the map correctly in place.

“How did you manage to do that so quickly?” asked. her amazed father. She showed him that on the other side of the map had been a picture of Jesus. “When I got Jesus in His place, the world came out all right.”

Christmas is about getting Jesus in his rightful place in our lives, and keeping
Him there, so that our world and our lives come out all right.

* Appeared under the author’s name in an edition of Picture Post during 1947

December Squeeze

ADVENT COMES TO THE VILLAGE HALL

There was as air of celebration in the Village Hall at the December Squeeze Breakfast Club. The hall piano had been put in place beside the stage, and with our own musicians at the ready, we were all set for a carol sing-along. Word sheets scattered over the individual tables made it very easy to join in or choose a favourite, or just listen. Table decorations of winter greenery and tinsel strips added to the festivity, and breakfast included mince pies.

Two of the younger girls sang a version of The Holly and the Ivy from their school Christmas programme. There was no music to hand so they bravely sang unaccompanied.

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY

At the handicraft tables there was the usual choice of activities. The younger boys and older men were drawn to the glass painting. Long-necked, dark blue bottles made a good ground for metallic paint. It is surprising how effective smudges of gold paint applied with a crumpled piece of tissue paper can be; even close-up they looked very much like a pattern of roses. The candles were also painted in similar style.

The mums tended to gather around the table decorations. Holly, ivy, even partly-open buds of pink carnations, deftly assembled into professional-looking centres for the Christmas table

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Our Breakfast Club fell on the Second Sunday in Advent so we again lit a candle, this time on a cross made by one of our lady members, and decorated with alternate white and green rosettes. Pastor Jim Beveridge pointed out that the light represents Our Lord Jesus as the Light of the World. There is a general expectation that white is good, but when we pass white light through a prism, an amazing thing happens – it divides into the colours of the rainbow. Pastor Jim likened this marvel to the effect that Jesus brings into the lives of those who put their trust in Him. The ‘ordinary’ aspects of each of those lives are turned into extraordinary events as the Light of Jesus flows through us and touches the lives of others.

Next Squeeze Breakfast Club 3rd January, from 10am-12noon.

Parish News for December 2009

RIDING THE WHEEL OF FAITH

Just back from visiting
the Family in the Isle of Man, Pastor Jim Beveridge told the November
Squeeze Breakfast Club of a Victorian roundabout with sit-on horses
and ride-in boats, and driven by water.  Before the grandchildren
could enjoy their ride, Grandma had to move a lever – and everyone
had to wait Wait for the first trough to fill with water to overflowing,
then a slow movement to bring the next trough to the filling position

Could this be a picture
of your life? asked Pastor Jim. Static, unable to move on in faith? 
We need the love of God to be poured into our lives to overflowing before
we can carry along those who need to ride on God’s love and comfort. 
I am the only one who can move the ‘Stop God Working In My Life’
lever.  How much better to ride on God’s Wheel of Faith than
to be a static onlooker!.

LOVE-IN-A-CHRISTMAS-BOX

As part of our November
Squeeze handicrafts, we covered shoe boxes with brightly-coloured gift
wrapping, ready to be filled later with boy or girl, age-related gifts. 
The local effort for this annual event for children in other countries
who may otherwise have nothing at Christmas is run by Pam Kendall through
the Village Information Centre, where a list of suitable items may be
found.

NIGEL’S EXCITING INDUCTION

‘Exciting,’ was Rev.
Nigel (mini-bus mystery trips) Lindsay’s summing up of his induction
to the Pastorate of the Congregational Church in Dundonald Road, Wimbledon. 
It was also the theme of his Vision Statement for God’s work in that
Church.  A congregation of between 80-100 danced around the collection
plate to a recording of the Ugandan Children’s Choir, and raised £420
for the distressed African village of Obamba, which sounds like an
exciting beginning.

A DATE FOR YOUR NEW
DIARIES

Saltmine Theatre Company
is coming to our Church on Saturday 13th Feb. 2010 for a
one-hour drama presentation of “In the Beginning…” a fresh look
at the Creation story for teenagers and adults.  Admission is £5.00,
and tickets will be on sale in the New Year.

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

Squeeze Breakfast Club,
Village Hall, Sun. 3rd Jan. 2010 from 10am. All ages welcome.
Come when you wish, leave when you must.