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Compass is the name of St.Mary's Parish magazine. It is published at the beginning of every month and is distributed throughout the Parish by a band of volunteers.

If you would like to receive a copy of the magazine nearly every month (there is a combined December/ January edition), it is available for an Annual Subscription of £5.00

If you live outside the Parish and would still like to receive a copy, arrangements can be made to post it for an additional charge
For more information about the magazine, please contact either:

Editors                          Robert Pearson     robert.pearson@talktalk.net
                                     Mary Norris           jnorris687@btinternet.com
                                     Ed Sands              ejrsands@gmail.com
 
Distribution Manager    Vacant

Articles from our May 2019 Magazine

Vicar Margaret writes:

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get stuck in a rut?
When was the last time you tried something new? May be took up a new hobby or visited a new place, made a new friend? I suspect that many of us are stuck in a rut…it may be a very nice comfortable rut, but it can be a rut just the same. Things go on the same old way. Nothing new or particularly exciting on the landscape. Don’t you just thirst sometimes for something new?

In Church a few Sundays ago, the reading set for the day was : Isaiah 43 v 16-21

This is what the Lord says. He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
The wild animals honour me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

The people in the desert were stuck in a rut they were thirsty for something new to happen, yet their eyes and their hearts were closed, all they could see was the endless desert and the same old same old. They expected nothing new to happen just the normal going through the motions. In a way they had painted God out of the picture and believed He was powerless to change their lot.

They had lost hope, energy, expectation and that gave them apathy. Apathy is a sickness that can infect area part of our society. Apathy can take hold very quickly and no section of society including church has 100% immunity. Our society, our lives and our churches, can sometimes seem like desert places. And yet God is always about His creative and powerful work. With Him the opportunities are endless and all around us. We just need to open our eyes and our minds to see them. You know the antidote to apathy is faith, prayer and action. Look closely in the desert and you will see the green shoots of promise and hope pushing through the hard, dry ground bringing new life and the promise of blossoming in some way, in any situation. Get behind those green shoots of ideas and hopes, because it is most likely God at work!

Take up that hobby, make that new friend, explore that new place, back that new initiative in church and see what God does when we give Him space! Our God is about watering the physical and spiritual wastelands and causing fresh new shoots and flowers to grow in desert places.
Fresh green shoots even in church?........Watch this space!!

With every blessing in Christ Jesus

Vicar Margaret x

Update from Lesotho
A recent visit to the mountain St James Hospital gave this feedback. This hospital is some 3 hours by road from the capital Maseru. The route twists through lovely scenery, and over steep inclines, --- The “God Help Me” pass is a most apt name for a section of the route!

Currently, the hospital suffers a lack of water, the nearby stream has run dry. The hospital manager has agreed to use some water from a nearby village, and with the Government to take water from a dam about 1 hour’s drive away (but this has yet to produce any). In winter, snow often cuts off
the hospital, meaning that staff incur hotel bills (paid by the hospital) until they can be helicoptered out.

Staff recruitment reports that nurses are easy to recruit – 100 applicants for 1 recent vacancy, but doctors and specialist nurses are in short supply. The
Government pays for drugs, and the salaries for medical staff, but payment is very slow! Apparently “industrial action” is remedial! Much of the hospital’s equipment is old and needs expensive replacement, a new X ray machine would cost in the region of £45000. The anaesthetic machine whose purchase we supported in 2018 is now up and running. It has many benefits, and is particularly valuable in certain caesarean procedures. The 2 nurses currently being trained in its use have passed their exams to date, and will complete their course in May.

How fortunate we are to have our NHS!

Last October, a party of students from an Academy in Co Durham went to Lesotho and their reports back include:-

  • The child-headed household weekend was an extremely memorable experience. Spending time with the young enriching – their culture and lifestyle
were inspiring.
  • I loved Lesotho because it enriched me in a culture that I had never experienced. It gave me a different outlook on life and made me immensely
grateful for where and how I live.
  • The child-headed household weekend inspired me through the strength and courage of the children. Even when they had lost so much, they still smiled and were so excited all of the time. They taught me that even the smallest things in life matter.

With the latter in mind, we shall donate the proceeds from this year’s HotCross Bun & Coffee Morning on 13 April to an educational project for Lesotho
children.

Marion Broadley  

Nottingham Street Pastors is a project set up by the Malt Cross Trust in 2010. The aim of the Malt Cross Trust is to improve Nottingham’s nightlife. The project sees over 70 volunteers go out to care for and look after the on average 30,000-40,000 visitors who use Nottingham city centre’s nightlife every weekend.

Street Pastor volunteers patrol the city in teams of three on Friday and Saturday nights between 10pm and 3am to help when someone’s night out takes a turn for the worst. We offer practical, non-judgemental and compassionate help to vulnerable people at risk for their own safety or that of others.
By having the Street Pastors in the City of Nottingham they offer a calming effect to often drunken and rowdy people, the offer a lollipop or a bottle of water has an amazing effect on people.

They are an integral part of the partnership in the city centre their knowledge and advice is invaluable to the development of our shared initiatives to make Nottingham a safer and more vibrant city.

Whilst speaking at the Home Office launch of the Local Alcohol Action Area in March 2017 I described the work they do as the fourth emergency service, without them the NTE in the City would be a far busier, less safe environment for people to enjoy themselves and feel reassured they are there to help”
– Chief Inspector Mark Stanley, Nottinghamshire Police.

   
2018 in numbers
     
     
First  Aid Interventions - 102
     
Referrals  and signposting - 493
Bottles  collected and safely disposed of - 1994
     
Equipment given out
     
Water  Given Out - 933
     
Space  Blankets - 122
     
Flip  Flops - 231
     
Vulnerable
     
Homeless - 392
     
Intoxicated - 358

 
Here are some stories from last year:
“Bumped in to a male over 25 who used to be homeless and has got his own place now. He wants to give back so he collects tins and bottles all evening.”

“We were called to a bar to a young girl who was very drunk. She had been there for an hour so we stayed with her for a while but she wasn’t good. She soiled herself badly so we cleaned her up as best we could making a screen with foil blankets. The guy at the bar was really helpful and we got her into a taxi all wrapped up.”

“We came across a lad in a doorway, who had been separated from his friends, was very anxious and also quite intoxicated. Managed to get him upright and talking. We were able to contact his friends, who were so grateful for the help we were giving. We waited an hour until his friends arrived and they took care of him from there.”

They are incredibly grateful for funding and support from Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham BID, Boots Charitable Trust, Big Lottery Fund, the Jones 1986 Charitable Trust and the Jessie Spencer Trust in 2018.

Finally Street Pastors would not work without being underpinned by prayer. 

All those who are surrounding this initiative with prayer are invaluable and are truly making a difference in reclaiming the streets for God.
Easter faith
Three years after the Russian Revolution of 1917, a great anti-God rally was arranged in Kiev. The powerful orator Bukharin was sent from Moscow, and for an hour he demolished the Christian faith with argument, abuse and ridicule. At the end there was silence.

Then a man rose and asked to speak. He was a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church. He went and stood next to Bukharin. Facing the people, he raised his
arms and spoke just three triumphant words: ‘Christ is risen!’

At once the entire assembly rose to their feet and gave the joyful response, ‘He is risen indeed!’ It was a devastating moment for an atheist politician, who had no answer to give to this ancient Easter liturgy. He had not realised he was simply too late: how can you convince people who have already experienced God, that He does not exist?

Arnold Foodbank would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the work they are doing in our local community and to ask for your assistance to enable them to continue to fulfil their vision. The increase in demand they have been experiencing reflects a dramatic rise in the number of clients who are being referred to them and to the increasing pressure on some members of our Community. During the last 6 weeks they have provided a massive 5,873 kilograms of food to 663 clients.

During the same period the total amount of food donated to them amounted to 3,975 kilograms-almost 2,000 kilograms short of the level needed to maintain our stock at a consistent level. In addition to the impact on stock levels our financial reserves have also been significantly depleted over recent months as they struggle to meet demand.

Please could you consider responding to this urgent situation in one of two ways:

1. If you are able make a special effort to boost your food donations. They are currently particularly short of all of the following: tinned fruit, tinned
vegetables, coffee, jam, long life milk and juice.
2. Please can you consider making a one-off donation or signing up to a promise to make a regular cash donation to support our work. Cheques can be made payable to Trussell Trust Arnold Food Bank, or by BACS payment: sort code 40-08-46 account number 21820907. If you would prefer to set up a regular standing order please follow the guidance on their website www.arnold.foodbank.org.uk and in either event if you are a UK taxpayer please complete the relevant form so that Gift Aid can be claimed on your donations.

Thank you for reading this and for any support you are able to give.

With grateful thanks. Arnold Foodbank

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