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Editor:  Peter Dugdale

April 2019

Our Easter services

The season of Lent is now well on its way as the symbols of Christ’s Easter message of love steadily come together on the cross in church.

Things start to “hot up” on Palm Sunday, April 14, when we join with our friends from St Leonard’s in a short walk of witness, starting at Kingsfold with the blessing and distribution of palm crosses at 10am. Then, on to St Leonard’s, where the service will be led by our two ministers, the Revs Nick Mansfield and Mark.

This year, with no Kingsfold choir, there will be no customary Palm Sunday evening cantata at Kingsfold, but we will be hosting another circuit SPACE event – a mixture of new and contemporary ways of worship, prayer and other activities, including something for young people, in different parts of the building.   This takes place between 4pm and 6pm and will include refreshments.   If you haven’t yet experienced SPACE, why not give it a try?

On Maundy Thursday, April 18, we will be remembering Jesus’ last supper with his disciples at 7.30pm, a service we traditionally share with Penwortham Methodist Church. This year it will be at Kingsfold.

Good Friday, April 19, is a big day for all the churches of Penwortham and we will be joining together for a Walk of Witness at 10am starting and finishing at Penwortham Methodist with a united service there at 11am

Back here at Kingsfold, we celebrate Easter Sunday with another glorious service with flowers at 10.30am, led by Mrs Kate Bosman. (Don’t forget to bring one), then an Easter Communion service at 6.30pm, led by the Rev Mark.

Easter Offering

I will be giving out envelopes for the Easter Offering on Palm Sunday and Easter Day for your gifts, if you are able to support this appeal.

All the money given in the envelopes and in the collection at the service, goes to the World Mission Fund, which is managed by the Methodist Church in Britain and supports God’s Mission in 65 partner churches outside Britain and Ireland. If you are in a position to Gift Aid your contribution so much the better.

The money will be handed in at our circuit Easter Offering service at Ashton Methodist Church on Sunday, May 6 at 6pm. The theme for this year’s service was inspired by these words “when you have more than you need build a longer table not a higher fence.”     Thank you
Enid Maiden             

Snippets from the Stewards

•  Kingsfold’s charity of the year - Methodist Action North West (MANW) - have recently lost some of the grants that enable them to support the homeless at Fox Street Community and to provide homes for some 200 families.  Because their income has been greatly reduced, the Church Council has agreed to continue to support MANW for a further two years after this and to pledge at least £1,000 per year.  It was unanimously agreed that the money from the Sunday morning refreshments and the Thursday coffee mornings will continue to go to it. 

•  The Church AGM is moving from November to May to bring us in line with all the other churches in the Circuit.  The date is Tuesday, May 7, at 7.30pm.  However, Annual Reports from all the various Church associated groups will continue to be collated in November but without the necessity of a special meeting.

•  The Lent Group ‘Talking of God Together’ is a few weeks in with about 30 people attending.  The group provides an opportunity for Bamber Bridge, Penwortham, Kingsfold and Trinity churches to discuss how we can share our faith with others.  The final two will be on Thursday, April 4, at Bamber Bridge, and April 11, at Kingsfold.

•  ‘Friday Focus’ faith group is continuing to meet at Cop Lane coffee shop on the second Friday of each month.  About 7 or 8 of us meet together over a cup of tea or coffee (and sometimes breakfast!) to talk about our faith and the impact God has had in our everyday lives.  The next one is Friday, April 12, at 10.30am – if you would like to pop in and join us you would be made very welcome.

•  The Shoebox Appeal is gathering momentum!  Lots of people have already taken shoe boxes to fill at home, which is wonderful.  We have also had a coffee morning,  which raised a magnificent £158.50, which will be given to International Aid to help with the cost of transporting the shoeboxes overseas.  A huge thank you to everyone who came along to support the event, to those who baked and donated cakes, and to everyone who covered and filled the shoeboxes. So far we have 43 completed boxes – an amazing amount!  Thank you for your generosity.  The appeal is still open so it’s not too late to take and fill a shoebox.  Please ask a steward if you would like one.  Next month all the boxes will blessed during a morning service before we deliver them to International Aid.

•  Easter Garden Competition; Our Children’s, Youth and Family worker, Nicky Gleeson has invited Kingsfold to pilot an Easter Garden competition. Several groups within the church have entered and nearer to Easter there will be a display of the Easter Gardens which they have made.  Prize money of £50 has already been donated and will be presented after Easter to the group judged to have made the best garden.  It is hoped that this will become an annual competition and will be extended in future years to all the four churches Nicky has contact with.  The judging will be done by someone with no direct link to any of the groups taking part.  The winner will be announced in the Kingsfolder next month.

•  The date of our annual Fun Day has been set for Saturday, June 15,  from 2pm-4pm.  Please save the date in your diary and let any of the stewards know if you can help!  It is a further opportunity to welcome our neighbours in the community into the church for a day of fun and food.  Your help would be really appreciated.

Friends of Kenya’s Children (FKC):

                You may remember that we had two “Good News” stories last month - here is another one. Tirza is a local girl from the slums of Eldoret. She was orphaned at an early age and went to live with her grandmother and an aunt. They were just about able to pay the minimum fees so that she could complete her primary education at Champions Preparatory School. At the end of that time she was in the first batch of Champions pupils to pass the KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) and qualify for High school, which is fee paying.

However, her grandmother and aunt thought she had had enough education and had her lined up to marry a much older man and told her that if she refused she should never darken their doors again. In some distress she went to see Rev Kenneth Kimeu and, with his help, she found accommodation and FKC were able to find a sponsor to pay for her secondary education. Although she worked hard, her results in the KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) were not quite good enough to allow her to fulfil her ambition to become a teacher. Nevertheless, she is a resourceful girl and certainly not a quitter. She was able to go back to Champions, live at the school and work in the kitchen. She went to college, got her catering qualifications and is now in Nairobi doing her final practical placement before getting her catering diploma. When that is done she will be able to work in a hotel or other institution in Kenya and even in other countries. That’s quite a story.
John Maiden       

Christian Aid

 Christian Aid Week, May 12-18, gets ever nearer and, in addition to those who have previously helped on the House to House Collection, it would be great to hear from anyone else who would be prepared to do a bit of collecting.                                             John Maiden

Churches Together in Penwortham

The annual World Day of Prayer service took place this year at Penwortham URC on Friday, March 1. The title of the service was “Come – everything is ready” and it was written by the women of Slovenia. At the heart of the service was an open invitation for all to come to God’s table for everything is ready. In it we heard the voices of people “coming to the table”: wives, mothers, grandmothers, Roma people, refugees and migrant workers.

While listening to the stories, read by members of the URC worship team and representatives from the other churches of Penwortham, we asked for forgiveness for being silent in the face of injustice, and prayed that God would open our hearts to compassion and understanding. The service concluded with a prayer of blessing to mutually support one another on the path of freedom, justice and peace.

The next Churches Together event is the Good Friday Walk of Witness, followed by a united service, which will take place this year at Penwortham Methodist Church. If you wish to join the walk please make sure you are at the church for 10am. For those only going to the service the starting time is 11 am, and the service will be conducted by our own minister Rev Mark Slaney.
John Maiden

Celebrating Ken

To celebrate the life of Ken Kershaw some of his “folkie” friends will be performing a concert at Kingsfold on Friday, April 5, at 7.30pm.  Ken was well known in the Preston Folk scene from the 1960’s and, although he couldn’t read music, he taught himself guitar and ukulele and loved to entertain.    He was a regular singer at many venues in and around Lancashire.

He was also a member of the George Formby Appreciation Society – although he didn’t like cleaning windows!

Ken took part in concerts here at Kingsfold, as well as manufacturing many of the props. He entertained the Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship, as well as being an active member of the church property committee. The post box used by the JMA at Christmas was one of his creations.

All his working life was spent in the aircraft industry, mainly at BAE, but also at Blackpool Airport, and RAF camps as well as a couple of years with Dave Coward (Jean’s husband) in Holland, working for Field Aircraft Services.    He was also Dave’s best man at his wedding to Jean.

All profits will be donated to the two charities mentioned at his funeral.  These are British Heart Foundation and the RSPCA.  A good time is guaranteed for all, including light refreshments and a cup of tea, together with a raffle.
Tickets (£5 each) are available from Trevor Wiggans.

Knife Crime in Preston

                Christian Street Pastors who patrol the New Hall Lane area of Preston and the city centre at weekends have asked us to pray for the police as they deal with knife crime, and for the pastors’ own teams city centre at as they speak with people in the community.

Lancashire Police arrested three men after a 14-year-old boy was seriously injured in a knife attack in the Fishwick area. There has also been one in Penwortham.

The Street Pastors are also keeping an eye at the moment on our own Kingsfold area, where there has been an outbreak of anti-social behaviour. While they are not patrolling the area now as before, they are asking for your prayers for the police and youth workers in handling the situation here.

Winds of Change!

                Recent gale force winds have caused damage on the church roof, tearing off a chunk of PVC cladding on the Sunday School store.  It also gives us the opportunity to check other parts of the roof while it’s being repaired.

Meanwhile, inside, the Property Committee has decided to purchase a new cooker for the church kitchen – as the present one has been posing problems – and to have the damaged kitchen floor covering replaced.

Furthermore, it has also ordered new matching upholstery for the communion kneelers to go with the new green church carpet.

Finally, have you noticed a new fire extinguisher at the side door? The original one seems to have been pinched!!  Who on earth would want to pinch a church fire extinguisher?    Remember that trestle table that disappeared?

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