The New Sentinel

January/February 2023

Sentinel

St Chad’s, Poulton-le-Fylde
St Hilda’s, Carleton
St Anne’s, Singleton

                       
A warm welcome from the Benefice of St Chad’s Poulton, St Hilda’s Carleton and St Anne’s Singleton.  We are part of Blackburn Diocese within the Anglican Communion and are members of the Poulton and Carleton Churches together community.   We hold a pattern of regular prayer and worship at all three churches, details of which are published on our websites. 

The New Sentinel magazine brings to you recent news from around the Benefice.
Short contributions that may be of interest to readers are welcomed by the Editor and will be published, space permitting, in the next magazine following their receipt. The Editor reserves the right to reject, cut or amend articles if deemed necessary for any reason.  The views expressed in articles are not necessarily those of the Vicar or the PCC.

Magazine Deadlines
To ensure the magazine published on time, contributions must be in the hands of the Vicar or the Editor by the end of the preceding month prior to publication. The next magazine will be the March/April 2023 edition.  Any contributions must be with us no later than 15 March to be considered for inclusion in the next edition.

From the Vicarage Study Window
Dear Friends,
There are times when the Christian faith seems simple and self-evident. What could be more straightforward than “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength. Love your neighbour as yourself.” Yet there are also times to acknowledge the complexities and difficulties of doing just that. What is a struggle for individuals, is often even more difficult for organizations, institutions, or governments.
 
In recent days and weeks the UK government and the Scottish Parliament find themselves at odds over the rights of transsexuals. How can one balance the needs of one vulnerable minority and the safety fears of women. The Metropolitan Police have emerged very badly from recent news about the appalling criminal behaviour of some officers. How can trust be restored? Doubtless there are many good officers but some have been silent for too long and have failed to stand up against a deeply flawed culture. In 2023 it is 30 years since the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the subsequent Macpherson Report, with its charge of Institutional Racism against the police. It seems institutional shortcomings have not gone away, and some would argue are more deeply entrenched all these years later.
 
The Church is not immune from these issues. In recent years we have been forced to face up to the disclosures of sexual abuse by the clergy over many decades and the attempted cover ups, and the mistreatment of survivors that followed. We have also been reminded of how much of the historic monies held by the Church, on which the contemporary Church still draws heavily, came originally from the slave trade. How can reparation be made 300 years down the line? Impossible say some but there is no denying that the trading of human lives and the misery that went with it, has contributed to inequalities that persist to this day.
 
I am writing on the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year the study material takes up some of these themes. Written by the Churches of Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in 2020, out of which sprang the Black Lives Matter movement, there are uncomfortable questions about where we go from here. How can our hearts be opened, to see and hear the many ways in which prejudice, in all its forms, continues to destroy lives? How can we discern the steps we can take as individuals, institutions and communities, to heal the hurts and build a better future for everyone.
 
I got a letter today from the Dean of Blackburn, to tell me that as a Canon of the Cathedral, I am required to take part in the Election of the new Bishop of Blackburn, Philip North, currently Bishop of Burnley, whose appointment was announced recently. In this Election there is only one candidate, though the letter tells me, in a wonderful legal phrase, that either failure to attend the vote, or voting against the proposed candidate will be deemed “contumacious”. Apparently, it means stubbornly disobedient, or insubordinate. Some of you may have seen that the appointment has not been without controversy, as Bishop Philip does not ordain women priests, which some believe will hamper his ability to be a bishop for everyone. In truth he joins a long line of bishops with whom I have not seen eye to eye theologically but I have no plans to be “contumacious”. In supporting Bishop Philip’s appointment the Dean of Women’s Ministry said he “understands that mutual flourishing means that his need to be right is less than somebody else’s need to flourish”.
 
There is no easy answer to the intractable questions I have explored above but it is certainly true that none of us has all the answers, nor will we always get it right. Pray for those who lead the great institutions of Church and State and who have difficult decisions and choices to make. A desire to see others flourish is always a wise starting point, as we seek to follow the one who said, “I came that they may have life in all its fullness”.     
Yours sincerely
Martin Keighley
 
Vicar’s Notes
Confirmation 2023 Sunday 23rd April 6:30 pm
We look forward to welcoming Bishop Philip to St Chad’s for our Confirmation Service on Sunday 23rd April at 6:30 pm. We will be holding a shortened preparation course for young people this year, which will run through Lent. For further details and information about how to register your interest please contact the clergy. Candidates must be in Year 6 or older.
We will also run a preparation programme for adults and to aid our planning it would be good to have expressions of interest at this stage.
 
Lent 2022
Ash Wednesday is on February 22nd and marks the beginning of Lent. There will be a 7:30 pm Parish Communion at St Chad’s in addition to the usual 11:00 am Holy Communion at St Hilda’s. At both these services there will be the opportunity to receive the Imposition of Ashes, the traditional sign of penitence and dependence upon God.
Please look out for details of this year’s ecumenical study course, which has been put together by my colleagues at Poulton Methodist Church and which we hope to offer on Wednesdays at St Chad’s, and on Thursdays at Poulton Methodist Church. There will also be a variety of study materials, including a book of daily reflections from the Diocese of Blackburn, to assist us in the weeks before Easter.
 
From the Registers            
Baptisms

November    27th        Edward Alastair Astin, Luca Simon Wilsdon   
December     11th         Phoenix Rae Roberts, Noah Alan Birchall, Trixiella Jane Ollson-Gray    
January         10th         Sandra Beryl McGuire
 
Weddings
December     17th        Paul William Hendrickse and Georgia Louise Hindle
                        
Funerals
November    29th        Muriel Ramsay
December     5th          John Preston
                           6th          Marjorie Taylor
January         11th         Keith Downing
                          16th        Joan Williams                            
 
Sunday Service Times
8:00 am        Holy Communion (St Chad’s)
9:30 am        Holy Communion (St Anne, Singleton)
10:00 am      Parish Communion (St Chad’s)
                         All Age Worship (1st Sunday of the month)
11:00 am       Holy Communion (St Hilda’s)
6:30 pm        Parish Communion (St Chad’s 1st Sunday only)

The 10 o’clock Sunday Service from St Chad's will be streamed to:
our St Chad's Website and our Facebook page

Midweek Services
Tuesday         10:00 am        Holy Communion (St Chad’s)
Wednesday   11:00 am        Holy Communion (St Hilda’s)
Thursday       11:30 am        Holy Communion (St Chad’s)
Friday               7:30 pm        Holy Communion (St Chad’s)
 
For any queries about our churches, baptisms, marriages or about our services, please contact the Vicar
 
Vicar:     The Rev. Canon Martin P Keighley
                 The Vicarage,  7 Vicarage Road 
                 Poulton-le-Fylde,  FY6 7BE       
Tel:          01253 883086
Email:    martinkeighley@btconnect,com
 
Websites and Social Media Information
St Chad’s and St Hilda’s
Websites:      www.stchadschurch.org
                          www.facebook.com/st-chads-parish-church
                          www.facebook.com/St-Hildas-Church-Carleton
St Anne’s
Website:        www.singletonchurch.co.uk

Contacts
New Sentinel Editor:               - phil_deegan@hotmail.co.uk
Churchwarden (St Chad’s)  - Lynne Brackpool               01253 892440
Churchwarden (St Chad’s)  - Geraldene Greenhalgh  01253 822877
Churchwarden (St Hilda’s) - Joan Swan                             01253 883743
Churchwarden (St Anne’s)  - Frank/Hilary Loftus         01772 673201
Safeguarding Officer              - Lynne Brackpool               01253 892440
Verger (St Chad’s)                    - Penny                                     01253 883575
PCC Secretary                            - Dorothy Griffith                01253 899602
Mothers’ Union                          - Dorothy Procter                01253 932349
New Sentinel Distribution   - Tony Raymer                       01253 885433
 
The Clergy and Churchwardens will be happy to field enquiries and put you in touch with the correct contact in Church.      
 
Mothers’ Union
 On Wednesday 7th December, we had our Christmas meal produced by Taylors which all 19 present enjoyed.
Jennie Sly produced an excellent selection of hot meals for 18 evening members as our Christmas Celebration.
 
MU subs of £28 need to be paid now
 
January and February Meetings
On Wednesday 25th at 2pm, Bill Ward will be talking to us about his work overseas.. We will collect for MU Overseas and will have a raffle in aid of those members.
Corporate Communion - Tuesday 7th February at 10 am.
EMU: 14th February at 7.30pm. Jean Cooke will read Valentine poems.
On Wednesday 22nd February at 2pm is our AGM.
Our Worldwide President ended her Christmas message with this wish.
“May the gift of a New Year bring transformation, and shape us into something magnificent, as together we build hope, tackle injustice, and share the good news of the Christian faith individually and collectively through our Mothers’ Union.”                                                                 Sheran
 
Theme – Advent Now
With God nothing is or ever shall be impossible. Luke 1:37
God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us. Ephes.3:20
 
Gracious God, at the beginning of this New Year, we put our trust in you. Give us open hearts and minds to discern your perfect direction for Mothers’ Union worldwide through the months and years ahead. Inspire us in our faith that all things are possible with God; that we may pray with confidence and act with courage. Blessed are we who are inspired by the Lord, whose faith is in him. Amen 
   June Challis

 Pause for Reflection—Enjoy each day
‘‘Let’s celebrate and be glad today.’’
Psalm 118:24 CEV
Each day is a gift from God.  Next to our salvation, today is the most valuable gift we will ever receive.  When we receive a gift, what do we do?  Thank the giver, unwrap it, and enjoy it.  Getting the idea?  One Bible teacher writes: ‘I make an effort to focus on and enjoy every moment of my life, but doing so has been a long and difficult journey for me…I am a planner, and if I am not careful, I find myself planning the next thing while doing the current thing, which of course steals the present moment from me.  Although being focused is a good thing, I can also easily get so focused on my work that I fail to enjoy the magic of the moment.  For example, I was usually working while my children were little and found it difficult to even take a moment to stop and enjoy the cute things they said or did.  I missed many of those moments and will never get them back.  We should celebrate life and the people God has placed in our path.  Life is to be enjoyed, not dreaded or regretted.’ Solomon wrote: ‘There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make himself enjoy good in his labour. Even this, I have seen, is from the hand of God’ (Ecclesiastes 2:24 AMPC). Note these two phrases: 1) ‘From the hand of God.’ That means it’s God’s will for us to enjoy every day. 2) ‘Make himself enjoy good.’ That means we must look for things to celebrate each day.  And we can start doing this – today!
Phil Deegan
Licensed Lay Minister
 
God in the Sciences
This series is written by Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, who is Church Engagement Director at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge. Ruth writes on the positive relationship between Science and Christian faith. 
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Every person who ever lived was once a sperm and an egg.  Those two cells fused together, and in nine months they turned into a living, breathing, human being.  Each of us emerged from this same embryonic development process, which is highly complex and organised, but variable enough to turn out a unique individual every time.
If you like order – such as neat piles of stationery, or tidy colour-coded files – you will enjoy this story.  One of the most important stages of an embryo’s development is when each section of the body, from head to rump, takes on its identity.  Each part is told what shape to take, and which limbs or internal organs to grow: legs or arms, lungs or kidneys, and so on.
The most beautiful part of this body-patterning process is that it brings the dimensions of time and space together in such a neat way.  The DNA instructions for the procedure, known as genes, are organised in the order in which they are needed during development which is also the order in which they appear on the body.  No other sets of genes are known to be arranged in such a tidy pattern.
So, as the embryo develops, the tissues near the head end activate the first sets of genes.  Those active genes then make all the proteins needed for that part of the body to grow and develop in the right way.  The tissues just below the head then switch on the second set of genes, and so on.  A wave of activation passes down the embryo, specifying each section of the trunk in turn.
The Wisconsin-based developmental biologist Jeff Hardin often quotes Psalm 139 to express the wonder of embryonic development.  The Psalmist did not understand how this process happened, but he knew that it was a marvellous thing.  “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb…your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.”
The story of the tidy genes brings out the hidden beauty in the very early stages of embryonic development. The more biologists get to find out about how we came to be born, the more we can say, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”!