Nov 2014

 November 2014

Lest we forget


                                                In Flanders fields the poppies blow
                                                Between the crosses, row on row,
                                                That mark our place; and in the sky
                                                The larks, still bravely singing, fly
                                                Scarce heard amid the guns below.

                                                We are the Dead. Short days ago
                                                We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
                                                Loved and were loved, and now we lie
                                                In Flanders fields.

                                                Take up our quarrel with the foe:
                                                To you from failing hands we throw
                                                The torch; be yours to hold it high.
                                                If ye break faith with us who die
                                                We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                                                In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae, May 1915


Dear Friends,


I thought that my report to the church council in October, could be the basis of my letter for this magazine:-


At our church council, we reflected again on our journey together with the Lord, we used the words of that favourite hymn “One more step along the world I go” (H&P 746) and we reflected that wherever we are on our journey with the Lord, the encouragement is that He journeys with us.

Well here we are embarking on our third year together, time has flown by, and it has been quite an exciting journey so far. My recent highlights have been:-

·         the support you gave me and Caroline over my ordination

·         the large worship events we have run

·         mega baptism day

·         holiday at home

·         the growth of our Messy Church activities and our Puppet Team

·         harvest at Wyburns School

I think we are working well together and we have a good stewards team. We need to continue to grow the team, and look at succession planning. John & Janet offered to Steward for 2 years, so we need to start thinking of who we grow to replace them in 2016. We also need a few more pastoral visitors as some of our existing pastoral visitors have stood down after many years’ service. Also we need to consider how we replace John Harrison as Chair of the Property and Finance Committee. The stewards are planning an away day as an opportunity to review and plan for our continued future. We look forward to our 80th Anniversary in November, our grand anniversary meal and the visit of Rev Martyn Turner, and we are also planning an Open Day on the Saturday to showcase what we as a church offer to the community.

The Messy Church team feel that we are ready to trial running Messy church on a monthly basis from January, and we are going for the last Sunday of the month. This will give us continuity, and we can keep on inviting people back for the last Sunday of the month, and print our literature accordingly. Keep praying for Messy church an all our initiatives as we try to grow our church fellowship.

We have seen an increase in the number of Baptisms we are holding, and whereas there are some reservations amongst us all about future attendance, it has been pleasing to hear the volume of those that have joined in with “we believe…..” We rejoice with Elizabeth and Scott Plowman at the birth of their second daughter Eva Alice and we look forward to another church family baptism. We also rejoice with Zoran and Rev Elizabeth following the birth of their baby Stephanie.

In these next 6 month, I am going to have to ask for your continued patience with me, as I may not be as available as I have been; whilst I look after Canvey during Rev Elizabeth’s maternity leave.

Every Blessing to you all, and let’s keep on journeying onwards towards the kingdom



SERVICES and PREACHERS for November 2014

[S] Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper  [P] Parade [B] Baptism

02 November

10:45 am       

Andy Thomas

09 November


10:45 am       




Remembrance [P]

Rev Phil Warrey


Rev Phil Warrey [S]

16 November

10:45 am

Rev Margaret Deanes [S]

23 November


10:45 am



4:00 pm


Rev Martin Turner


Rev Phil Warrey Café

30 November

10:45 am



6:30 pm

Local Arrangement








Harvest is over for another year and I wish to thank all those who helped to make the church look so beautiful – those who donated gifts and money; the flower arrangers and those who came on Monday to dismantle the arrangements and deliver the flowers and food.

Thank you all, Margaret Babbage



To enable members of the congregation to send personal Christmas Cards to other people within the church the usual post box will be in the Welcome Area from the 30 November. The cards will be available for collection on the morning of the 21 December.

Please note that only cards that can be collected by the recipient should be put in the box.

Thank you.



Congratulations to Elizabeth and Scott Plowman on the birth of their daughter Eva Alice on 14th October, a sister for Isabelle and
granddaughter for Keith and Pat Norman.

Joyce Tyler has  new twin  greatgrandsons, Joshua David and Adam James, born to Steven and Sam on 29th September.
Welcome to all the new babies.

Best wishes to Elsie McKinnon as she recovers from a recent fall.

Please continue to pray for Mary Lewis as she comes to the end of her first course of treatment;  also for Margaret Purves, continuing to receive chemotherapy.

The death has occurred of Lily Hilton, who with her husband Harry had a long association with this church before moving up north.  Sympathy is sent to her family.

Please remember that news is always welcome from any person or organisation in our church family.                                             Val Tyler


Our programme for the forthcoming month is as follows:

 6 November              ":First World War:"

13 November              Theatre Outing ~ "Sister Act"
20 November              "Gospel Grooves" ~ Clive Lewis.
27 November              Rev. Anthony Windsor.

All friends most welcome to join us on Thursdays at 8:p.m.
Pat Oatley.



Our programme for November is:

  3 November             Speaker  -  John Randall - Visit to Norway

 10 November             Speaker     Isobel Brown - Musical Quiz

 17 November             Hadleigh Male Voice Choir

 24 November             Social   afternoon

Elaine Blades





We welcome you to the next Coffee Mornings which will be on

Saturday, 15 November 2014


(Lorraine and Sue)

Apart from coffee, tea and cakes

the following stalls will be available:

Books, cards, Bring & Buy.

Plus a Raffle

Contributions of Raffle Prizes will be greatly appreciated

Thank you for your continuing support


Church Anniversary – Open Church

Saturday 22nd November 2014


Over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd November, we at Rayleigh Methodist Church are celebrating 80 years on our current site, and 130 years of Methodism in Rayleigh.

We want this to be a special occasion for the whole church family, so on the Saturday morning, from 10-12 a.m. we will be inviting everyone who has connections with us to come to our special Open Church. This will include all church organisations and people who are connected to the church through long term lettings. There will be a coffee morning, and we hope that everyone connected with the church will put on a display of their work, so that we will all have a better idea of the different activities that make up the family of Rayleigh Methodist Church. We are also hoping to attract people from the community at large to come and see what goes on in our church.

Pat Norman



On Saturday 22 November we are celebrating the Church’s 80th Anniversary with a 4 course gourmet dinner at 7 for 7.30pm.

Tickets priced at £10 are available from Sheila Allen.


Margaret Babbage & Pat Harrison


MWIB (Methodist Women In Britain)


Advent Day on Tuesday 9 December 2014 at Highlands Methodist Church, starting at 10:30 am.

Craft Sessions in Morning (Cards, Flower-arranging, dance, singing, creative writing etc)

Act of Worship in afternoon.

Further details to follow.

                                                                                                                                           Sandra Hyslop





Eighty years ago this month, on 30th November 1934, to be precise, a scheduled express train, pulled by a locomotive called the ‘Flying Scotsman’, broke a notable rail-speed record. On its journey northwards from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley it touched 100 miles per hour. I was a bit too young to see that journey, but a few years later, perched after school on a wooden fence just north of Wood Green station, I would often watch spellbound with my friends as the same train sped past, a mere matter of yards away from us, belching steam and deafening us with the roar of its wheels and engine. Sometimes the driver or the fireman would wave to us, but the privileged ones in the dining car, already addressing their late cooked breakfast, were oblivious of our envy. It was a highlight of our Saturdays and an unforgettable memory.

To us boys, it was all about noise and power and speed, a magnificent piece of engineering but above all something that had never been done before. These new streamlined locomotives were built for speed, and speed was what they offered. A century earlier people wondered whether it was truly safe to carry passengers in the first steam trains at 60mph. Could the human frame survive at such speeds? It could, though a few who were not seated safely did blow off the uncovered carriages in the slipstream! Now we could see that 100mph was perfectly possible on land (it had already been done in the air) - and who could imagine what speeds human beings might be able to travel at in the future? The great race for speed, to knock minutes or hours off journey times, had begun

It has, of course, gone on. We can now travel vast distances by air, getting from London to New York in not much longer than the ‘Flying Scotsman’ took to get to Edinburgh. We move heaven and earth to save five minutes (and often pay a small fortune for it, as well) and then wonder what to do with the time we’ve ‘saved’. Since those exciting days back in the thirties, I wonder what our obsession with speed has truly added to the sum total of human happiness? Yet I have to admit that there was something special about that great clanging monster, just as there was about the elegant sight of Concorde on its supersonic way across the Atlantic - and I must also admit I would never choose a slower train for a journey.

I suppose it’s not so much ‘saving time’ that matters, as what we do with it when we’ve saved it. Now there’s a thought for the 80th anniversary of a land-speed record!




And 40 years ago:- on 8th Nov 1974 that British aristocrat Lord Lucan disappeared from his home in London after his children’s nanny was bludgeoned to death and his wife was attacked. (There were hundreds of claims of sightings around the world, but he was never found and is now presumed dead.)

Also 40 years ago:- on 20th Nov 1974 that British politician John Stonehouse faked his death by leaving a pile of clothing on a beach in Miami, Florida. He was found alive and well in Australia on 24th Dec, and was arrested on suspicion of being Lord Lucan.

And 30 years ago:- on 12th Nov 1984 that the British Government announced that English pound notes would no longer be printed from the end of 1984 and would cease to be legal tender from the end of 1985.

And 20 years ago:- on 14th Nov 1994 that the first fare-paying passengers travelled through the Channel Tunnel linking England and France.

Also 20 years ago:- on 19th Nov 1994 that the first National Lottery draw was held in Britain.


World War One soldier saved by Bible


The Bible Society relates how, in 1917, two bullets destined for Private Bush’s chest were stopped by a Bible he kept in his breast pocket. He was knocked off his feet and into a shell hole at Ypres, Belgium, and although he was injured, he survived and lived to the ripe old age of 76.




Our programme for November is:

  5 November             TIME TO TALK

12 November              BODY SHOP Karina Edgeway

19 November              POTTERS of Hockley

26 November              CHRISTMAS LUNCH


Elizabeth Ellis



Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal  


Flat pack boxes, leaflets, details of warehouse opening times and knitting patterns are available in the Welcome Area. If you are able to help at the warehouse, (the Cricket Pavilion in Rawreth Lane) please take a flyer with all the relevant information. Filled boxes can be brought to the church on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd November. The lorry will be collecting the shoeboxes and departing for Roumania on Sat 29th Nov. so we will not have our boxes on display for our Shoebox Thanksgiving  Service on Sun 30th 10.45am. However we can pray that they will have a safe journey to their destination. We are aiming for 70 boxes this year, so please help us reach our target.

Dilys and Janet.


Do good

Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as ever you can.


By John Wesley



Dear All


Just a note to say a big thank you for the beautiful flowers which Elaine and John delivered from the harvest floral displays they are really lovely and cheered us both up no end. It's been a hard struggle but I'm hoping my treatment finishes in January and I really hope we will both be able to come back to meetings at the Women's Fellowship and Sunday worship. God bless you and thank you again.

Margaret and Dorothy (Purves)


World War One


100 years have passed, how could that possibly be

When our grandparents, uncles, aunties fought for you and me.

Thousands upon thousands sailors, soldiers, airmen too from all across the sea,

To fight for freedom and for peace that all men would be free.


They never could have imagined all the horrors of war

The mangled bodies of their friends such sights have never been seen before.


The mustard gas and bullets whistling overhead

Many of their friends lying wounded or in amongst the dead.


They all fought bravely on sea, land and in the air,

The awful sights they must have seen were more than they could bear.


It's a hundred years ago when so many gave their lives

So very few came home, not many of them survived


Their rows of crosses are all that's left

and most on foreign shores.

They gave their all that we might live in peace for ever more.


The poppies still grow on Flanders Fields and all across the lands,

We must remember the sacrifices made by every man and on 11 November we should remember those who died. The ones who gave the greatest sacrifice of all and wear our poppies with Pride.

Margaret Purves


The Advent Wreath

The season of Advent starts on the 30th November and as usual we will be lighting our Advent candles. However this year you will notice that the colours are different. On researching the meaning of the different colours of the candles I came across the following comments.


As with many long-standing customs, the origins of the Advent wreath are somewhat debated. Some histories of the Advent Wreath say that Christians simply adapted an even earlier custom from pre-Christian Germanic tribes and even as far back as ancient Roman times. Supposedly, then, these pagan people tried to break the darkness of winter with candles and invoke the sun god to return with the warmth and light of spring. In addition, the evergreen wreath would remind them that there is still life and the circle of time would again come back to spring.


According to this viewpoint, Christians later placed new and Biblical meaning to the old customs. Now the candles pointed to Jesus, the Light of the world (John 3: 17-21) The evergreen wreath now reminds believers that our Saviour God grants new and everlasting life in Jesus. Martin Luther may also have used the wreath as a Christian education device and thus popularised it and the Advent wreath in its present form started in Germany as a Lutheran family custom.


Historically, the candles have no more meaning than a countdown and traditionally the candles used were purple, because in antiquity, purple dye was very expensive and it was the colour of royalty, so we use purple for advent because it is the season of the coming of the King.

Each Candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.


   First Sunday in Advent            Purple       The Prophecy Candle or Candle of Hope

   Second Sunday in Advent       Purple       The Bethlehem Candle or Candle of Preparation

   Third Sunday in Advent           Pink          The Shepherd Candle or Candle of Joy

   Fourth Sunday in Advent         Purple       The Angel Candle or Candle of Love

Christmas Day                  White               The Christ Candle   


Finally I came across the following origin of the Pink candle written by a Methodist.

The Pink candle is becoming more and more popular, but it has a strange origin. Long ago the pope had the custom of giving someone a rose on the fifth Sunday in Lent. This led the Roman Catholic clergy to wear rose-coloured vestments on that Sunday. The effect was to give some relief to the solemnity of Lent, so this was a very popular custom. Originally Advent was a solemn fast in preparation for Christmas, so the custom was extended to the third Sunday in Advent to liven it up a little bit too. Somewhere in there the third candle of the Advent wreath turned Pink. Meanwhile Advent is no longer solemn and the pope no longer has the custom of giving out roses. It is kind of odd to think a Methodist would put a Pink candle in a Lutheran Advent wreath because the pope used to have the custom of giving out roses, but sometimes we’re a little more ecumenical than we realise!

Are we? I sincerely hope so.

Janet Mayfield



Communication is one of the priorities that your Vestry Team has identified as requiring improvement. We hope that you have seen some improvement during the past 6 months. Communication is however a two way process and requires members of the congregation as a whole to make the Vestry team aware of any concerns they may have. If we are not made aware of any issues we are not able to address them. Hopefully there might also be some positive feedback as well. It is no good having conversations with one another and expecting action to be taken, it will not happen.


We are not able to please all the people all the time and there has to be give and take on both sides. We all need to adapt to change for the church to grow but please let us have your honest and thoughtful views. 


 John Mayfield

Coordinating Steward

Put together a Memory Book

Do you have grandchildren? Then this winter, during those long dark days, why not spend some time putting together a sort of scrapbook of memories to pass on to them? Things you might include could be: where you lived when you were a child; what your school was like, what games you most enjoyed, who your best buddies were, what pets you had, what your first job was, and how you met your partner. What was your first car, and where was your first home as an adult? Add a selection of photographs that you have from the past. Websites like has lots of ideas to help you create your memory book.



God bless

Thora Hird told this story on a BBC1 programme ‘Praise Be’ about a little girl saying her prayers: “God bless Mummy, God bless Daddy, God bless my brother Tommy, God bless Granny – and God look after yourself, ‘cos if anything happens to you, we’ve had it!”


A very earnest member of the local church was praising the obvious spiritual gifts of the new vicar, adding, “We never knew anything about sin until he came.”

Turned into…?

The Sunday School story was about Lot’s wife who was turned into a pillar of salt. One little boy’s arm shot up. “Yes, Jeremy?” said the teacher. “Please, Miss,” said Jeremy, “My Mum looked back once when she was driving home – and she turned into a lamp post.”



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