ST. EDBURGHA’S, YARDLEY PARISH MAGAZINE
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, Church services are cancelled until further notice.
We are currently unable to print the magazine and leave in Church so we will try and make this digital PDF version available by email.
If you know of anyone that usually receives the magazine then please email it to them or send them the firstname.lastname@example.org email for them to request a copy.
Kindest regards to all
If you have any concerns about a child, a young person or an adult who may be vulnerable, or incidents of domestic violence please contact:
Julie Bridges (children): 07814 023 913 ,
Sylvia Roberts (adults): 07771 655 789
Robert Thomson (Domestic Violence): 0797 712 5647,
or the Vicar, Bill Sands: 07501 160 636
Alternatively, please contact the Bishop's Safeguarding Adviser Steph Haynes: 07342 993 844 3
The Foodbank at All Saints in Stechford is keeping going week by week during the Lockdown. We continue to serve pre-packed food parcels from the warehouse window and have three younger volunteers who cover the distribution on a Friday afternoon.
Some of the oldies (70+) pack the parcels during the week. We’ve had some very busy weeks and some quieter ones. Some of our shelves are looking a little bare so if you are out shopping and can buy an extra tin or two for us we’d be very grateful. We need:-
Cartons of Fruit juice,
Cartons of Milk
Tins of tomatoes,
Tins of rice pudding,
Tins of meat,
Tins of fruit
Tins of Veg
Packets of Cereal
Biscuits to keep making up the parcels.
The Foodbank bin is still up at the Swan Tesco though it’s been moved for security reasons next to Customer Services. Sylvia Roberts is willing to collect shopping from you or even go Foodbank shopping for you – call her on 07771 655 789. Chris Palmer has a daughter who is doing “click and collect” for Foodbank so can also help – call Chris on 707 4677.
Thank you for your interest and help – much appreciated.
Change into Action is a safe and easy way for members of the public and businesses to give money knowing that it will directly go to helping people who are sleeping rough. Money donated so far has paid for items such as new clothing, ID so that benefits and accommodation can be accessed, travel passes to get to medical and other essential appointments, and emergency accommodation. In Birmingham more than £60,000 has been raised, with more than 350 applications for funding approved.
CBM is a charity which works in some of the poorest places in the world, by helping people who have disabilities particularly eye problems. People with disabilities in poor communities face many barriers, often complex and interlinked. A person may be unable to attend school or work and may be stigmatised by their family and their community.
CBM has for more than 100 years worked with children and families with disabilities to deliver holistic approach to care, including treatment, education and economic empowerment programmes.
CBM saves sight in the poorest places in the world by-
The charity believes no one should go blind just because they are poor.
For further information and to donate go to cbmuk.org.uk
For those who are ill
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Income & Expenditure February 2020. Voluntary income £3,098. Average monthly expenditure £6,689.
Meet Alternate Thursdays at 2.00p.m. to 4.00p.m. in the Yardley Church Parish Hall. Meetings 2020
Meetings cancelled until further notice
The Severn Valley railway trip that was going to be on 7th May will take place at a later date
For more information contact Ann Havard 783 0437
For hospital staff and medical researchers
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
May the great God give His grace
And may it lie on thee,
And MacMary Virgin grace
And mayest thou it see,
And the perfect Spirit grace
And may it with thee be,
Gently and gen’rously.
From Poems of the Western Highlanders
Meetings normally held in Trust School—doors open 7.30p.m.
Meetings cancelled until September
This is a club for anyone who would like a bit of company and a sandwich and a cup of coffee on a Wednesday midday. We meet in the church hall at the corner of School Lane using the side entrance unless a trip out has been organised. We have tea, coffee and sandwiches available between 12 noon and 1.30pm, then we have a raffle and a few games of Bingo finishing at about 2.30pm. For more information please phone the Parish Office—0121 783 4736. Meetings cancelled until further notice
Normally meet the first Sunday of each month between 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. Cancelled until further notice
All widows and ladies who have lost partners, and anyone wishing to become a supporter, are very welcome. For Enquiries contact Doreen on 0121 694 746
Coping in the Storm
Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.’ (Mark 4:39).
What started out for the disciples as a routine trip across the Sea of Galilee, ended up with a storm threatening to overwhelm their boat! Jesus was asleep in the boat, so little wonder they feared for their lives: ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’ (38)
Who would have thought two months ago that the world would be overwhelmed by the Coronavirus pandemic and our lives turned upside down! Self-isolating and self-distancing are now part of our daily vocabulary, as we live in an uncertain world. What does this story say to us in our circumstances?
Firstly, we read that Jesus calmed the storm: ‘He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’’ (39). He is the Lord of the storm and holds our circumstances in His hands. We are called to trust, not fear, being assured that He is with us to protect us. ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’ (40). Nothing is outside of His control.
Secondly, despite the calm, the disciples were still terrified: ‘They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!’’ (41). Like us, the disciples were asking why Jesus, who loved them, had allowed the storm to happen! Our circumstances provide us with an opportunity to understand more deeply who Jesus is. We can’t control Him and we don’t always understand His bigger plans for us and His world. We are called to overcome fear and insecurity, by living lives of peace, faith and hope. How contagious can we be for Jesus in a stormy world?
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Editor: The Revd Michael Burgess continues his series on animals and birds as seen in art and Scripture… this will run throughout 2020
He gave us eyes to see them’: early Persian painting of Jonah and whale
The prophet Jonah is mentioned three times in the Gospels when Jesus refers to ‘the sign of Jonah.’ In the Old Testament he was swallowed by a large fish, traditionally a whale, and in its belly for three days and three nights. It is easy to see in that sign a reference to the death and resurrection of Jesus, but the book is also a powerful allegory of life. The prophet runs away from God, only to encounter a storm and possible shipwreck. He is thrown overboard and swallowed by the whale.
We are living through difficult and anxious days with the coronavirus: we seem to be surrounded by fear and danger, like Jonah. Where, we ask, is our hope and safety amid the storm and threat of breakdown? In his distress Jonah prays to the Lord and places his trust in God. The psalm he utters ends with the words, ‘Deliverance belongs to the Lord.’ As he speaks, the whale spews him on to the safety of dry land.
The story of Jonah is depicted here in this beautiful painting from a 14th century manuscript from Persia. The whale is friendly and smiling, basking in the expanse of blue sea. Jonah is safe: his hope has triumphed, and God has delivered him from danger and possible death. In 1988 Heathcote Williams wrote a long poem called ‘Whale Nation’ in praise of these mysterious, gifted and intelligent creatures. We hunt them, we plunder the seas for them. But they are also our friends and guides, and it is easy to neglect those truths. The book ends with examples of whales and dolphins guiding ships and saving human lives. So, we, in the midst of all that worries and perplexes us, can give thanks to God our guide and Saviour, and pray that He will bring us safely through life.
For the Christian community
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.
Patricia is doing a sponsored weight loss for church. If you’d like to sponsor her please email email@example.com. Any donation per lb would be greatly appreciated. All money raised will be donated to church. We’ll update you on how Patricia is getting on. We will let you know about how to collect the donations depending on what happens with the lockdown over the next few weeks.
Thank you to all.
(Based on Psalm 91)
As we dwell in the shadow of Mighty God
We will know all the blessings that He will bring,
His faithfulness will be our shield
Under the covering of His wings.
Protected by His sheltering love
Our refuge we take in Him each day,
If we call on His Name His answer will come
As angels will guard us in all our ways.
What comfort and peace we all can know
That God Himself will hold us fast,
And keep us safe engulfed in His love
Until these days of danger have passed.
By Megan Carter
Yardley Conservation Society
We have decided to suspend our meetings for a time whilst we are all doing our best to minimise the spread of the corona virus. Accordingly, there will be no meetings in April, May, June or July.
In the meantime, we will continue to do what we can to maintain and improve the Old Yardley Conservation Area. If you have any concerns, please get in touch.
If you would like to know more about the Society, or feel you could help, please either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 'phone me on 0121 783 7624
Carol Pearce (Mrs)
Friday m ornings from 9.00 - 10.00 am in the Trust School http://www.placesofwelcome.org
In light of the Government advice, Place of Welcome cannot continue to open in the usual way. However, we are concerned about people who come to us with particular issues and needs, and will therefore maintain a presence in the Trust School so that we can provide tins of food/Foodbank vouchers as required. Please note the change of time from 9.00-10.00 am. Contact Sylvia Roberts: 0121 - 784 7864
The Easter message is this: death is not the end but the beginning; the natural and unavoidable end of human life. But recently I have noticed people increasingly use the phrase ‘passed on.’ Apparently, no one ‘dies’ any longer. They just ‘pass on.’
It’s our latest attempt to avoid the word ‘death.’ We don’t like the idea, so we try to eliminate the word. ‘Passed on’ or its more negative alternative ‘passed away’ are the current favourites. Just listen to the radio, or people talking.
‘Passed on’ sounds vaguely religious. The person hasn’t disappeared, they’ve simply moved – but where? That left an open question. What we are saying, by implication, is that they have not ceased to exist. Heaven, hell, reincarnation or purgatory are all encompassed in the all popular notion of ‘up there!’
As a Christian who believes in resurrection and eternal life, I suppose I shouldn’t object to ‘passing on,’ but the truth is that before we can ‘pass on’ we have to die. There is simply no alternative.
So, let me summarise my personal and doubtless prejudiced conclusions. For me, ‘passed away’ is out because it is simply not true. Anyone who loses a loved one finds that they still exist – in love, in memory, in that photo on the mantlepiece. For many people death is not the end it is a beginning – a door which Jesus called ‘eternal life.’
Died or ‘passed on’, there is light at the end of the tunnel!
Canon David Winter.
Florence Nightingale was born 200 years ago, on 12th May 1820. Best known as the Lady with the Lamp who saved many lives in the hospitals of the Crimean War, she was also a social reformer, a statistician and the founder of modern nursing.
She was named after the Italian city of her birth, but the family moved back to England the following year, and she was brought up in Derbyshire. Here – and elsewhere – she had several experiences that she believed were calls from God to devote her life to the service of others.
She never married, but among her several close friends was Sidney Herbert, who became Secretary of War and helped to make her work in the Crimea possible. Some claim that she reduced the death rate in hospitals there from 42% to 2%. She introduced hand-washing and other hygiene improvements, but she never claimed personal credit for reducing the death rate.
Her work inspired nurses in the American Civil War, and in 1883 she became the first recipient of the Royal Red Cross. In 1907, she was the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit. She died in 1910. Her image appeared on the reverse of £10 banknotes issued by the Bank of England from 1975 until 1994.
It is a fitting tribute to her that the emergency hospital just opened at the ExCel Centre in London is called the NHS Nightingale Hospital.
When the things of the world seem so dark and so grim
When disease and despondency call,
Rejoice in the Lord and the nearness of Him –
May our kindness be witnessed by all!
When the pillars of life seem to crumble and creak
When our walls seem to tumble and fall.
In prayer and petitions our Father we seek –
May our kindness be witnessed by all!
The tempest may rage, but His wondrous peace
Stills the storms that may rage in our soul
In our hearts and our minds shall the turmoils cease
And our kindness is witnessed by all!
By Nigel Beeton
FAITH & LIFE
Bible discussion for those who want to understand more about the Christian faith and how it relates to everyday life.
Alternate Wednesdays at 2.30 pm in the Trust School
Meeting on the 1st April is cancelled and all other meetings until further notice.
Interested? Please talk to Steven or Chris Palmer (707 4677)
In times of crisis, more so than any other time, it is the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalised who are at greatest risk. The coronavirus does not discriminate who it targets – rich or poor – and experience shows that it will be the poorest who will bear the brunt.
The world's poorest countries have the weakest health systems, and many of the most vulnerable people are now being exposed to this deadly virus. They will struggle to cope with healthcare costs, the costs of being unable to earn a living while ill or quarantined, and the costs of rebuilding their lives afterwards.
We see that the most adversely affected by Covid-19 are the elderly, those with underlying health issues and compromised immune systems, (such as people living with HIV who are also homeless) or those who have no fixed income or access to health services.
Christian Aid partners are already embedded in these communities. Churches are invited to pray and to donate so that partners can save more lives.
As coronavirus spreads across the world, love rises up in response. Now is the time to reach out to our neighbours both near and far. Our love protects - from storms, from drought, and now from coronavirus. Our love protects our global neighbours battling the spread of this illness. Our love protects - with soap, clean water and medical supplies.
By supporting Christian Aid Week, we can reach out and protect more of our neighbours today.
Unfortunately under the current circumstances re: Covid-19, there is a delay in processing donations by post. Please give via the website where possible:
or call 020 7523 2269 to donate by telephone.
Paying directly into the Christian Aid bank account
For details on how to pay money directly into the Christian Aid bank account please call 020 7523 2226
To find out more, email email@example.com
or call 020 7523 2046
This year’s Christian Aid Week will definitely be a different experience -
now more than ever our gifts, prayers and action are desperately needed. Christian Aid Week is going online! Let us come together as a community to worship and to share fun and fellowship. .
During Christian Aid Week, Christian Aid will be live-streaming worship every day, and hosting a fun daily quiz to join and raise funds. All you need to be able to do is click a link! Sign up using the links below to take part:
We can’t put real envelopes through letterboxes this year, but we can deliver them to inboxes! Christian Aid have created an e-envelope that you can send by email, as well as share on social media. You can send a personalised message and will be able to find out how much your
e-envelope has raised. Information is available at:
There will be a new fundraiser launched on 1st May in Facebook, for people who want to challenge themselves to walk 300,000 steps in May! It could be in the house, in the garden, or using your daily out-of-home allowed exercise (with physical distancing measures).
To join in or sponsor a stepper, please visit:
or contact Sylvia Roberts 784 - 7864
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you…
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;…
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honour him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
People used to say ‘bless you’ if you sneezed. Nowadays they might say something ruder! We live in troubled times.
Some say that the expression started in Rome, when plague broke out. Sneezing was one of the plague’s main symptoms, and Pope Gregory 1 suggested that a tiny prayer in the form of saying, “God bless you” after a sneeze would protect the person from death.
Sadly, that does not always work, but we can still remind ourselves of Psalm 91: 4-6
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Psalm 91: 4-
Here is some good news for us all: if you are feeling low, get moving. A recent study at Harvard has found that even just half an hour of exercise a day can lower the risk of depression by 17 per cent.
So – even though we are told to stay home at present, do a work-out in your living room, run around the garden a dozen times, or run up and down your staircase 20 times -anything to get your heart pounding and your body moving!
If a crisis is coming to stay
Getting worse, with each passing day
It’s ever so easy
To get somewhat queasy
When normality passes away!
If the shelves are devoid of all rolls
And the internet’s peopled by trolls
Don’t tremble and fear,
Shed no frightened tear
For God the Almighty controls!
If your eyesight with tears is blurred
It may not quite yet have occurred
That God through the years
Has dried up our tears:
So see what it says in His Word:
The people, surrounded by sand
En route to that old Promised Land
No food did they lack
For God had their back
He had their nutrition well planned!
Jesus cared, as the family cried
For the daughter of Jairus had died
He entered her room
Said ‘Talitha koum’
And she rose and stood there by His side
Just two of the Bible’s great tales
That show us that God never fails
To come to our aid
If we’ve sought Him and prayed
When the devil with evil assails.
So do not be scared, but be smart –
No virus can tear us apart
From God up above
Who shows us such love
So be of good courage and heart!
By Nigel Beeton
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through Him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
We encouraged our 18-year-old daughter to find a job to help pay for her college education. One day she came home with five applications, and later that evening we read them. Under ‘Previous Employment’, she listed ‘Baby sitting’. And under ‘Reason for Leaving’ she wrote, ‘They came home’.
At his wife’s insistence, a man purchased a home on a hilltop in a very exclusive section of the community. “I’ll bet there is quite a view from way up there,” said his friend enviously.
“Yes,” replied the homeowner in a resigned manner. “On a clear day you can see the bank that holds the mortgage.”
The retiring sidesman was instructing his youthful successor in his Sunday morning duties. “And remember, my boy,” he said, “that we have nothing but good, kind Christians in this church – until you try to put someone else in their pew.”
The young, very ambitious minister who felt he had a lot to say was invited to speak before a great convention. The letter he received gave him his subject: ‘The World, the War and the Church.’ The scope of this bothered him considerably, and so he decided to take action. He wrote back: “Dear Sirs, I should like to address your convention, but I find it difficult to think of the World, the War and the Church. I should be glad if you will add to it: ‘The Sun, the Moon and the Stars’.”
A man felt he was overloaded in the ‘trouble shooting department’ of his office, until he found this memo on his desk. “Be thankful for the problems, for if they were less difficult, someone with less ability would have your job.”
Only Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit can open blind eyes, give life to the dead and rescue souls from Satanic bondage. – John Stott
The Spirit is the source of all our natural gifts. – D MacLeod
The Holy Spirit is the heavenly Lover’s engagement ring given to us. – Michael Green
He who has the Holy Spirit in his heart and the Scriptures in his hands has all he needs. – A MacLaren
The Spirit-filled life is not a special, deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people. – A W Tozer
We could not pray at all were it not for the Holy Spirit. – D Martyn Lloyd-Jones
In one sense, Pentecost can never happen again. In another sense, it may always be happening, since we live in the age of the Spirit. – Arthur Skevington Wood
There is one thing we cannot imitate; we cannot imitate being full of the Holy Spirit. – Oswald Chambers
Is not the Church the very cork on which the world remains afloat? – William Hendriksen
He cannot have God for his Father who refuses to have the Church for his mother. – St Cyprian
The Christian Church today suffers because so many of its members feel that THEY have made a decision for Christ, or that THEY have chosen to join a church. Such man-centred notions spell spiritual weakness and imbalance. – Anon
If you are swept off your feet, it’s time to get on your knees. – Fred Beck
If God sends us on stony paths, He gives us strong shoes. – Corrie Ten Boom
The word ‘comfort’ is derived from the words ‘con’ and ‘fort’, meaning ‘with strength’. Jesus said that if we mourn, we shall be comforted. Behind the promise of his word lies the resurrection of Jesus Christ, where total defeat was turned into glorious victory. – Sherwood Wirt
Be kind. Remember everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. T H Thompson
Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself. – Viktor Frankl (Psychiatrist, concentration camp survivor and author of Man’s Search for Meaning)
Let us endeavour so to live that when we die even the undertaker is sorry. – Mark Twain
In my youth I thought of writing a satire on mankind, but now in my age I think I should write an apology for them. – Hugh Walpole
Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal, mercy shines with even more brilliancy than justice. – Cervantes
Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn. – Robert Burns
Method is like packing things in a box; a good packer will get in half as much again as a bad one. – Cecil
It’s easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient. – George Eliot
It is necessary to draw near to God, but it is not required of you to prolong your speech till everyone is longing to hear the word ‘Amen’. – C H Spurgeon
Prayer is the very life-breath of true Christianity. – J C Ryle
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Lorraine Newman 247 5631
Chris Daniels 783 8840
Julie Hill 784 8353
Eric Shaw 783 5144
John Seeley 291 0401
Julie Hill 784 8353
PCC Treasurer and Covenant Secretary:
Henry Brockbank 789 6159
Joan Wall 783 4736
Wayne Mitchell 783 4736
Lorraine Newman 247 5631
Organist & Choir Master:
Simon Williams 07809 550236
Enid or John Seeley 291 0401
261st Group Scout Leader:
Amanda Thomas 07799 670610
261st Assistant Group Scout Leader:
Len Wetton 07968 810527
261st Beaver Scout Colony:
Donna Smith 07849 605432
261st Cub Scout Pack:
Natalie Monnox 07712 284935
261st Scout Troop:
Andrew Manders 783 1108
Luke James 07787 244711
The Forward Club:
Violet Bird 07950 100327
Simon Adams 786 1242
Practice for Singing Group:
Sylvia Roberts 784 7864
House Groups: (see clergy) 783 4736
Jean Jones 783 4160
Yardley Conservation Society
Roy Pearce 783 7624 (Programme Secretary—answerphone)
Yardley Friendship Club for the Retired