Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

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Byline: By Francis Wood

Month of talents

just when I was beginning to think the churches had gone to sleep after Christmas I was given a severe jolt. News filtered through that, to encourage people with talents to come forward, Westerhope Methodist Church has declared February to be a `Talents Month'. Whatever talents members have will be given a chance to display themselves. Today, a broth lunch was served by the cooks and on Monday evening Pat and Heather are running a quiz night. On Wednesday February 16 it's a musical evening at 7.30pm and on Saturday February 19 the Hobbies Group is having a craft exhibition from 10am.

Then I got a call from Val Woodman at St Paul's Choppington to report a series of fundraising events with a target of pounds 26,000 to replace the Church's heating system. "We've had a talent week, parish pantry, beetle drives, cheese and wine, we even took over an empty shop. So far, we've raised pounds 4,000. Now we're launching a monthly table top sale (like a car boot sale but warmer). In March we have a fashion show, in April we're holding a picnic in the Church and in May `Stars in their Eyes'. That's a high spot every month."

I didn't like to remind all these good people that Lent starts on Wednesday with all its extra demands but I wish them well. Incidentally the first table top sale at St Paul's Choppington is on February 19 from 10am to 1pm. Contact number to book a table is 01670 81258.


LENT has never been popular in the church. At Christmas and Harvest time people turn out in good numbers. At Easter the pews will be full but they don't care much for Lent. The trouble is that Lent tests us and, when it comes to religion, people don't like to be tested. Especially if they are afraid they'll fail the test.

Centuries ago the church decreed that it would be good to have a season of challenge so that when Easter came round we might enjoy it all the more. …

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