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Monthly Newsletter for October 2019

This Newsletter is prepared by the Local Ecumenical Partnership.  All are most welcome to attend ANY service, social function, gathering or to bring your concerns to:

Anglican:  Rev Canon John Ford  revjohnford@sky.com 01642 964664

Roman Catholic:  Father Bill Charlton stjoseph.stokesley@gmail.com 01642 710239

Methodist:  Rev Andrew Robinson rev.andrewr@gmail.com 01642 710358

Recovering The Mystical Elements Of Faith In Our Parish (Part 1) by Robert Opala

Our recent discussions on church growth could not avoid focusing on the problems and reasons of church decline. Our parish church is certainly not alone in this. There are many other religious organisations and institutions that appear to be in decline and maintenance mode. What then causes decline? Are there definitive reasons as to why churches stop growing? What impedes healthy growth and accelerates decline? I believe that there are many reasons worth considering. One of them is… an unhealthy focus on growth. When churches focus on growth as an end in itself they begin to obsess about numbers and focus on statistics. And when they do so, they mainly waste energy and time on multiplying social and religious events. The fact, however, is that more religious services and social events in the parish life will not make the church grow. What then may help us grow?

While I don’t neglect growth I don’t see it as an end. Making Disciples of Christ is our priority. Even if there are only two or three disciples in the church, it may still flourish and grow. How? Spiritually. I can even risk to say, ‘mystically’. One of the best Christian thinkers in the 20th century, Karl Rahner, said that if the church won’t focus on the mystical, it will soon die. Following his thought, I believe that one of the answers to our dilemma on the church growth is: a return to the mystical.

Spiritual teachers of the Celtic Church did not doubt that every aspect of the church life is mystical and, therefore, consequently, every member of the church should be a mystic. Such a view, however, would be strongly opposed by many Anglicans convinced that there are no mystics among those Christians who follow the theological ideas of the Reformation. This firm statement would actually be easily acceptable, if Paul Tillich (1886 – 1965), one of the greatest Lutheran theologians, did not devalue it. Many of Tillich’s readers believe that he was an exceptional mystic. He was a mystic because he was not afraid to touch the mysteries of God’s love and wisdom, and also because his thinking did not avoid being a “contemplation of divine things.” If time allows, I would like to continue my reflections on the nature of mysticism, which may help us fulfil our desire for growth.



Charity, Community and Ecumenical Events

Every Monday to SaturdayChapelThe Hub and Zac’s Coffee Servery
(Serving Fresh Coffee, Teas, Hot Chocolate, Squash and homemade cakes and biscuits – gluten free options available)
See Notices for times
Every Monday
starting 14th
The Hub SchoolroomTable Tennis
Contact Jean Holmes 01642 700448, to book your place
Every TuesdayThe Hub Computer Friends – drop in computer help desk and bespoke computer lessons –To book your place ring Dave McAsey (01642 700800) or call in and we will try to help.1000 - 1200
Every WednesdayHRVHBaby and Toddler Group
(in term time)
1000 - 1130
Every WednesdayChurch HouseThe Wednesday Social Club (Day Centre)1000 - 1500
Every Wednesday (in term time)The Hub SchoolroomKids Club @ The Hub - for primary school children: art and craft, stories and games, in The Schoolroom. The Hub will be open for parents/carers to have coffee and cake during this time
Wed 2nd October Kids Club Messy Church
1515 - 1630
Every Thursday
starting 10th
The HubBackgammon Time
– beginners, improvers and experts welcome.
Every FridayThe HubStory Time: for little ones and their adults (term time only)1045
Monday 7th & 21stThe HubKnitting Together – all knitters welcome1300 - 1500
Tuesdays 2nd , 15th and 29thThe HubMy Wellbeing - a Mind Matters Project, all are welcome1000 - 1230
Tuesday 8th Church HouseHR Women’s’ Institute – Tony Daniels: ‘Claude Monet’ Competition: Flower Picture1915
Wednesdays 2nd and 16thThe HubPrayer Time in the Hub
(in the Quiet Corner of the Hub)
0930 - 1000
Wednesday 2ndHub SchoolroomBaby Clinic1400
Wednesday 2ndThe HubBook Club1930
Wednesday 9thHRVHAlan Chalk, horticulturalist, Harrogate ‘The changing face of commercial horticulture’ from nursery to scale production and the garden centre’. 1930
Thursday 10thThe HubFriendship Group – Judy Kitching and Malcolm McPhie will be speaking about Hutton Rudby History Society.1400
Saturday 12th Church House.RNLI Quiz: Pate, cheese and Nibbles. Tickets £10, see Anne Clifford or Elsie Jones for details1930
Sunday 13th

All Saints ChurchDrop in and Draw – be inspired by the beauty, peace and quiet of this historic church. Materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be available. There is no charge1400 - 1600
Thursday 17thChurch HouseHR History Society: A Walk around Linthorpe Cemetery with Teesside Historian Jenny Braddy.
(This is to be followed by a guided walk around the cemetery on Saturday 19th October, starting at 10 am)
Sunday 20thChurch HouseAntiques Fair - once again a variety of interesting stalls. Refreshments available include hot and cold drinks, bacon butties, catered by All Saints Social Cttee1000
Sunday 20thHRVH‘Hope and Social’ -“A heartfelt belief in the twin powers of music and people” Tickets £12.50 from huttonrudbyvillagehall.org.uk and 01642 701586.
For more info. ring Anne or Robin on 01642 701582
1930 for 2000
Tuesday 22ndThe HubSpirituality and Film led by Revd Opala restarts monthly with showing of film "Babel"1900 - 2200
Friday 25thChurch HouseSoup-a-Friday - Friendship/social lunch1200 - 1330
Monday 28thThe HubCaring and Sharing Group – tea followed by Phil Burton showing slides of National Trust properties1800


The October meeting of the Parish Council will be held at 7.15 pm on Monday, 14 October in the Chapel Schoolroom. All are welcome to attend.

The Hub opening Times:  Mon 1 pm to 4pm; Tue 9.30 am to 12.30 pm; Wed 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm; Thu 9.30 am to 12.30 pm; Friday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm; Saturday 10 am to 1230 pm (including Happy Hour 10 am to 11 am, when a refillable instant hot drink + fruit or cheese scone are only £2.20).

Don’t forget to listen in to Radio Leven Online.  Go to www.radiolevenonline.com and click on ‘Listen Now’ or access it by the Facebook page Leven.online.radio.  Full schedule of programmes on the website or pop-in to the Chapel Hub to pick up a schedule.  This is a community radio, with a Christian ethos, for everyone.  Music programmes of various genres, Arts Shows, 1940s Shows; Drive Time; Theme Time; Leven Life; continuous broadcasting from 7 am to 10 pm each day.  Podcasts to download and listen again via the website.

The production of this News Sheet is coordinated by Bob and Diana Baker 01642 700672 or robert.baker14@btinternet.com   If you wish to submit information for inclusion please contact them by the 15th of the month preceding the issue required (e.g. 15th October for the November Issue).

Monthly Services

Every TuesdayChurch HouseHoly Communion1000
Every SundaySt. Mary’s CrathorneMass0900
Every Sunday (except 13thAll SaintsParish Communion
Every Sunday (except 13th – see below)ChapelMorning Worship
(with HC on 20th)
Sunday 6thAll Saints
Harvest Festival Service
All Age Worship for Harvest
please bring a non-perishable gift for the Food Bank
Sunday 6th
Church HouseHarvest Fellowship Lunch - Two course meal plus wine or soft drink. Tickets (£12 adult, £6 child, £30 family) from: Pat Searle (701355) Kath Watts (700987) Diane Gent (700895) or Jennifer Watt (701730). Everyone is Welcome1215
Sunday 6thChurch HouseSacred Space Inviting Stillness and Reflection – all are welcome1745
Sunday 13thAll SaintsHoly Communion – traditional language0800
Sunday 13thAll Saints’Service of the Word (No HC)0915
Sunday 13thChapelSunday Breakfast - free continental breakfast and family friendly worship for all - led by Stef Hoyle1000
Sunday 13thSt. Cuthbert’s MiddletonMorning Service (Lay Led)1000
Sunday 27thSt. Cuthbert’s MiddletonMorning Service with Holy Communion 1100

Coming Soon: 

Saturday 2nd November – Charities Fair.  This annual event takes place in Church House from 10.00am – 2.30pm.  As usual there will be refreshments all day.  If you know of any charity that would like to be represented at this event, please let Pat Searle (701355) know as soon as possible.

The production of this News Sheet is coordinated by Bob and Diana Baker 01642 700672 or robert.baker14@btinternet.com   If you wish to submit information for inclusion please contact them by the 15th of the month preceding the issue required (e.g. 15th October for the November Issue).