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Film Club details for February 2014

 

Friday evening, 14th February, 7:30pm 

‘On Golden Pond’ (1982) PG Rating

Henry Fonda, in his last film role, is Norman Thayer, a prickly English     professor of 80, holidaying with his wife Ethel (Katherine Hepburn) at their summer house on Golden Pond, New England.  Out of the blue, their daughter Chelsea (Jane Fonda) turns up with her new fiancée Billy Ray (Doug McKeon) and his 12 year old son.  The generation gap is soon highlighted with Norman and Billy clashing frequently and fiercely. However, as summer progresses, Norman begins to forge a close relationship with the boy that he never achieved with Chelsea and begins to realise how much happiness he missed out on with his own daughter. The film is a masterpiece of storytelling, with beautiful, touching performances: Fonda and Hepburn were rewarded with Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress for their roles.

Free admission, tea & coffee, but bring your own popcorn!

Film shown at the Church Centre, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm

 

 

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Bill’s Letter for December 2013

As we enter into the Christmas season we also move into a time of shorter days and longer dark nights.  It is a time when the symbol of Jesus, the light of the world is particularly powerful.  We experience the darkness of the world in many different ways and this can be highlighted by events in the news which shows the darkness of the way that we sometimes behave towards each other.  For example, we have seen the extreme example of three women being kept as slaves for 30 years.

Also, people are struggling with the ongoing financial situation , as illustrated by the number of people resorting to food banks as a source for food for their families.  There are many more examples too numerous to mention.  We need the light of Christ to help us transform this darkness to light.

As we reflect on the wonderful story of Jesus coming as a baby to be our saviour we know we are not alone.  There is an amazing truth in the fact that the creator of the universe has chosen to be born as a human being and identify completely with the human condition: God with us.  He has come with the vulnerability of a child who went on to allow himself to be cruelly killed, but also, as creator, with the power to call things into being with a word, and also to bring healing and change our hearts from being selfish to being caring.

This makes the way of Christ to be the hope for the world, and gives us his followers a real challenge. Many times in scripture we read God speaking to us, ”Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” As we are aware of the darkness around us, let us in Christ’s strength seek to transform it with his light.

Do come to one of the services or events we are putting on this Christmas time; you would be most welcome to join us.  The details of all the events can be found throughout the magazine.  There are some for all different ages and at different times so that at least one should be convenient.  Coming together at this time will help us to think about not only receiving the gift of Christ’s light afresh for ourselves, but  also being willing to share it with others.

Do come and join us.

Rev Bill Henderson

Film Club Christmas

Film Club details for December 2013

Friday evening, 13th December, 7:30pm

‘Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!’ (2013) U Rating

This Christmas, the unforgettable pupils of St Bernadette’s have set their hearts on competing in the National choir contest “A Song For Christmas”.  But with the headmistress not in favour of the plan, new class teacher Mr Peterson (David Tennant) has his hands full trying to curb the enthusiasm of the kids, not to mention Mr Poppy (Marc    Wootton).   Also starring Pam Ferris and Jessica Hynes, this film is hilarious from start to finish and every bit as good as the first ‘Nativity’ film.  Come along and watch this Christmas cracker on the big screen and enjoy some fantastic festive fun!

Free admission, tea & coffee, but bring your own popcorn!

Film shown at the Church Centre, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm

Nativity 2

 

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Bill’s Letter for November 2013

One of the themes this month is ‘remembering’.  We held a Memorial Service recently on 27th October for those who have died recently, and the Remembrance service for those who were killed in wars is at 10am on Sunday 10th November.  We are also planning what to do to remember the old church after it is dismantled.  There are a number of interesting ideas already, including a prayer garden and maintaining the war memorial

Each of these events are different, and at each we do more than just remember. We are bringing God into a situation that is painful. We show respect and show how we value the lives of those who have died.  We say thank you for what they have given us.

In the case of the Remembrance service, there is also the element of doing what we can to ensure that the ultimate sacrifice that has been made has not been in vain.  There is a sense in which victory in both the World Wars is enough in itself, as we still live in a free country.

But there is still a real challenge: have we learned the lessons about the horrors of war? This is a complicated question, but the prospects for world peace do not appear to be very good, as we look around today.  It is truly shocking as we observe what human beings do to each other.  The terrible killings going on in Syria, and terrorist    attacks continuing to spread death and fear.  Cycles of violence that only seem to escalate.  What to do?

At the heart of our Christian worship is another service of remembrance and thanksgiving; our service of Holy Communion.  We remember with thanks the death of Jesus, a death that was not in vain as we show each time we   respond to Him.  Jesus was also the great peacemaker, and lays down a challenge for us: love your enemies; do not keep a record of wrongs; forgive one another.

We may not be able to effect world peace, but we can be peacemakers in our families and community.

Rev Bill Henderson

 

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Film Club details for November 2013

Friday evening, 8th November, 7:30pm

‘Twelve in a Box’  (2007)  12 Rating

Twelve In A Box is the laugh-out-loud story (with a cameo appearance by the wonderful Miranda Hart) of 12 former school friends who get together for a reunion they will never forget.  Each are given the chance to win £1 million, the catch being that they cannot leave the estate for 96 hours.  Plus, anyone who enters the grounds must also stay for the duration!  With time ticking, the mismatched dozen are forced to work together to keep the peace and work toward their payday.  But, when they have to deal with an untimely death, a kidnapping plot, another corpse, burglars, and then even a visit from the boys in blue, will this hapless clan be able to hold it together or will their dreams of riches be buried with the bodies?

Free admission, tea & coffee, but bring your own popcorn!

Film shown at the Church Centre, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm

Twelve in a Box