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SERVICES EVERY SUNDAY 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm --2017-2018 Schedule of Services-- December 2017 >>>Dec 3rd Mrs Jeanne MacMeekin>>>Dec 10th Mrs. Pauline Tiller>>> Dec 17th Rev.Heather Wilson. H.C.>>>Dec 24th Mrs.Geraldine Mann>>> Dec 31st Mr.Hugh Gough>>> January 2018>>> Jan 7th. Rev. Graham Warmington>>>Jan 14th Rev.Heather Wilson>>>Jan 21st Mrs .Gill Telling>>>Jan 6th Rev. Gary. Gotham H.C.>>>February 2018>>>Feb 4th Rev .Mike. Burrell>>>Feb 11th Mr. John Greenaway>>>Feb 18th Mr. Douglas >>>Feb 25th.Rev.Heather.Wilson. H.C.>>> Monks Chapel has now been certified as a place registered for the solemnisation of opposite sex marriages. So we can now accept inquiries for weddings.

March 2014 Archives

monks2 223Many people will tell you how important the organ is in a church, well you may have the best organ in the world but it is no good if you do not have a organist to play it. At Monks we have a electric organ which has been repaired a few times  (they do not like the damp).  We do not have a regular organist now but rely on Several organists from other churches to play for us .  One plays two Sundays and another plays for the one  Sunday.  One lady (Claire) who used to play is now working in Uganda, in a school for young girls.

That leaves us short on two Sundays so we have to rely on cd’s,  and if you have ever tried to sing to them you will know that is not very good. We have looked at a hymn box  machine but they all way above our means. So we are thankful for what we have  and hope and pray that one day we will have a new organ and someone to play it.

We did have an organist  for many years who only stopped when her health failed at the age of 97. Dear Gladys started playing at the age of 14  and played in Baptist and Methodist Chapels in Atworth and Whitley before coming to Monks.

She was awarded a  diploma for her long service to church music and was mentioned in the Churches press for her achievements.  When we first met Gladys  at the organ at Monks her husband Raymond was treasurer which when he passed to glory took on that job as well. They both served the Chapel as elders.

We have many memories of them and we will always remember Raymond standing behind her at the organ and when it came to the last verse would tap her on the shoulder to let her know it was the last verse. When Raymond could no longer stand Jan would hold her hand up and we used to get some strange looks from the pulpit when a visiting preacher came who did not know of our methods.

“Gladys  had a lovely voice and would often sing along with her playing”

monks2 185Even in her last year Gladys would get to as many services  as she could, getting up the steps with her frame or wheelchair helped by her grandson Martin. She loved a cup of tea and a chat after a service and she loved the old  hymns in Congregational Praise but not the modern ones which she said was written for guitars not organs. In all the time we knew her we never heard her say a cross word or moan about anyone of anything.  So we remember them both with love and gratitude for their service  and hope Gladys now has a brand new organ in heaven that will not break down.

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God bless
Richard

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Dear All

Not sure when next issue goes to press but here goes. Do you ever say to yourself I wish we had more time. Things get busier as we grow older.  Never time to do the things we would like to do. Well just stop a minute and think how lucky you are to be like that. There are many people who would like to be just like that People who are ill housebound or just worn out. Some are in hospitals and care homes or just alone in their own homes.  Some of these people you may know some because they have not been out for a long time or are forgotten, Radio,  Television, tapes or CD’s may be a comfort but a human contact can do the world of good.

Why  can’t we find a hour or two in our busy lives to visit some one in our area and drop in on them for a chat or see if you can help in anyway. You may cheer them up but in my experience it is usually  the other way round.  Just call in and be ready to listen you may learn something.  Don’t forget the older we are the more memories we have to share. The cd’s are still of value to people shut in institutions and we get many letters saying how much they are appreciated .

So go on and find a slot in those busy days to spare another couple of hours in the week to join the ministry of visiting.

God bless

Richard  and  Jan Smith.

Tel: 01249 653897

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