The Plan

Pop Up Choir

The idea of a Pop Up Choir isnt exactly new. You create a choir just for one gig. Perform. Disband the choir. Start a new Pop Up when the next gig comes along.

This is an opportunity to sing at an event that 300 people will attend. 

It has to 'pass muster' so cannot be entered into lightly, as per another important  arrangemnt. So, come along, expect hard work, high levels of persistance when it seems hopeless, dedication, devotion, learn new stuff, forgive the other persons mistakes, and love it for what it is.

 

You can still join us EVEN if you missed Rehearsal #1 - you can catch up!

 

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The Tablet Editorial 20th May 2017

My good friend Drob likes my 'nicks' of the editorials from The Tablet [The Catholic weekly news magazine] BUT told me that because the type size gets to be sub 7points on a 'screen grab' they are often unreadable. So I scanned this one in. Hope its more readable.

This week the subject is particularly controversial. Christians believe that Christ forgives anyone who display genuine remorse for his/her crimes. They came to this belief because he forgave the murderer that was being crucified on the cross next to His one.

The Moors Murderer Ian Brady died this week... do his enormous crimes put Him in a place where no matter the passion of his remorse God [and man] will never, and can never, ever forgive him? 

What do you think? 

 

Leader of this Weeks Tablet Magazine

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EVIL THAT CANNOT BE REDEEMED?

This Sunday not many preachers will be eager to choose the death in prison of Moors murderer Ian Brady as the subject for their weekly sermon. They will have heard that the family of one of his victims damned him to “rot in hell” on hearing the news, and they might presume that most of their congregation would concur. Indeed, they might think that the doctrine of hell, a place where the wicked are punished for all eternity, was necessary precisely because of cases like this.

The evil acts that Brady and his accomplice Myra Hindley committed were so extreme, and the suffering experienced by the surviving members of the families of the children they murdered is still so raw, that we should hesitate before talking too glibly of the

doctrine of forgiveness and redemption. The late Lord Longford laboured bravely, long and hard, to bring the grace of Christian mercy to Hindley. He succeeded mainly in compromising his own good name and looking foolish. At least for a while she returned to the practice of the Catholic faith in which she had been baptised, but ultimately it seems that she rejected Lord Longford’s spiritual overtures. Her goal, in which she never came close to succeeding, appeared not so much to be to save her soul but to qualify for

parole by displaying outward signs of repentance. Brady, it seems, never even started down that road.

That neither of them ever truly confronted the extent of their evil deeds suggests that both of them were psychopaths, with Brady the more extreme case. Psychopaths may know intellectually that certain actions are wrong, or at least are deemed so by society, but they lack the emotional capacity to empathise with their victim. This suggests that compassion, the ability to “suffer with”, is a fundamental constituent of all morality. Its absence can open the door to unimaginable horrors; its presence creates the capacity for remorse.

The presence of a tiny minority of people in society who are unable to imagine themselves in the place of the other, is an aspect of human life that is disturbing to psychiatrists and challenging to moral theologians. If someone is incapable of experiencing sympathy and compassion, can we say they are responsible for their actions, and should be punished for them — even unto eternity, in the Christian scheme of things?

The judge at the trial of Brady and Hindley declared in sentencing them that they were evil “beyond redemption”. It is dif´Čücult to square that with Christian teaching that Christ died for all, without exception, “that all may be saved”(1 Timothy 2:4). It implies that at some moment in the mind and soul of a psychopath, in this life or the next, a last spark of remorse may still be possible. And hence even the hope — however remote — of redemption.

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Does this make you feel very angry?

Does the article leave you baffled, a bit bewildered?

Or just indifferent because its an alien concept to you that anyone should be bothered one way or the other about beings such as Myra Hindley and Ian Brady?

If I am absolutely honest I fit in this third bracket. I don't want forgiveness for monsters. I am off now to throw out all the mirrors where we live. The Lord's Prayer comes into my mind now...

Forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those that tresspass against us

and lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil....

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ACTION FOR Children - Step Out 2017

Our Charity "Action for Children" is organising a walk where groups of us Methodists can go on a nice walk in pleasant surroundings and get a few sponsors to donate some money to the cause.

The Yorkshire Walk is being co-ordinated by Elizabeth Bishop and is a walk along the canal (circular) of about 4.5 miles. Midway there is a refreshment stop at Marsden before returning to the beginning at Slaithwaite.

The walk is described as EASY and is suitable for Wheelchairs & Pushchairs, Dogs are welcome as long as on a lead AND refreshments half way as previously mentioned.

IF we are to go on this walk then we have to register so that it can be planned properly. I will co-ordinate the Howden MC so please an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to come along on the 10th of June at 1 pm.

Hopefully, we will have several car drivers going so a lift will be offered to those who would like or need one

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Forming a House Group

House Groups

House Groups are traditionally a Methodist 'thing'. Originally they were called 'class meetings' and each church member was expected to attend a class led by their 'class leader'. Things have changed considerably over the years, but house groups are still an important part of the church of today. No two house groups will be exactly the same. In fact, there is likely to be quite a bit of variety, and that is good.

The focus could be on Bible Study, on Prayer, on living the Christian life in today's world, or on something else that either interests or worries the group. Material used will differ, the way the groups are run will differ, but the aims of the groups will always be the same.

When we come together as a House Group we do that because we want to deepen our faith and because we want to learn more about our faith, from the Bible, from other books and resources and from each other. We will want to give time to sharing - sharing concerns about ourselves, our family and friends, our church and the world. A time of prayer gives opportunity for this.

And so House Groups will become caring, supportive fellowships in which each member is greatly valued.

 

what do the congregation think of forming our own HMC house group?

All that is needed is motive, means and opportunity and we could be prosecuted and found guilty. [a cryptic comment for the family to think about]

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Memorials to Loved Ones

A fund raising service for local people to remember family members that they have lost. I saw these padlocks in city of culture 2017 Hull. Personally I think it is a great idea. All the church has to do is provide a suitable metal grid [happens I can get the very thing required for a small donation] and members of the public have a brass padlock engraved with the details of the person they wish to have a memorial for and then padlock the lock to the church grid. They leave us a key and every so often we take the locks off - clean and polish and then replace. Yes we are bound to get some people who will get a lock, engrave it, put it on our grid and offer no donation. We will have to wear that as we cannot be disrespectful to lost loved ones. Despite this small draw back I still think it is an idea that we should consider, agree to and implement. But hey ho! Thats just my opinion.

 

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Padlocks

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