1953-05 (May)

FROM THE VlCAR’S NOTEBOOK.

LANSDOWNE SUNDAY SCHOOL HALL PROJECT.

THE need for a Sunday School Hall at Lansdowne it already well-known to parishioners. A meeting of the Lansdowne Committee was held recently, at which the cost of such a building was investigated and some typical plans were examined. The men of the Committee were of the opinion that if sufficient funds could be raised to meet basic costs for materials, etc., voluntary labour would come forward to assist in constructing the building. It was decided that as a preliminary step an appeal for funds would first be made IN THE LANSDOWNE AREA, round about the month of June. I shall write further about the matter later, and in the meanwhile commend to you this important step for the advancement of Christian work in Masterton.

Junior Sunday School, 1953

Junior Sunday School, 1953

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL STAFFING.

The teaching of the young in amongst the most important of all duties entrusted to the Church. Through our Sunday Schools come the churchmen and churchwomen of the years ahead; moreover, as has been often pointed out, the Sunday School has a tremendous part to play in the inculcation of Christian principles upon which strong and upright character can he built. IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT THIS CANNOT BE DONE WITHOUT ADEQUATE STAFF. The teachers in our Sunday Schools in Masterton are giving of their best and their services are greatly valued, but we need about TWICE AS MANY as there are at present. Do not say: "I would like to share in this work for our Lord, but I feel I might not be able to cope with it!“ There are Teachers’ Class[es] held regularly to help in the preparation of the lessons. Volunteers are asked for from both confirmed young people and also from older folk; if you have brought up a family you must have some knowledge of how to deal with children! Of course!

 

Here is a prayer for the blessing of God upon our Sunday School work :—

Scripture for Meditation.—

“These words, which I command thee, shall be upon thine heart, and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children." Almightly God, our heavenly Father, who hast committed to Thy holy Church the care and nurture of Thy children: Enlighten with Thy wisdom those who teach and those who learn; that, rejoicing in the knowledge of Thy truth, they may worship Thee and serve Thee all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.—Amen.  

 

THE CORONATION.

On the Sunday before the Coronation and on Coronation Day there will be special Services in all parts of the British Commonwealth. On the Sunday preceding the Coronation, May 31st, social forms of worship will be used at all Services in our parish; copies of this Order, which has been authorised by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, are being sent to New Zealand by air. There are appropriate Orders for both the moming and the evening Services. At St, Matthew’s the preacher at the 11 a.m. Service will be the RIGHT REVEREND E. J. RICH, Assistant-Bishop to the Primate. Bishop Rich was Vicar of Masterton for many years, and all parishioners will be delighted that he will be able to visit us on this occasion.

It will be recalled that on her twenty-first birthday, this promise was made by her Majesty:

"I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of the great Imperial family to which we all belong. But I shall not have strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me, as I now invite you to do. God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it." At the time of her broadcast, from Sandringham, last Christmas, the Queen renewed that promise saying: "At my coronation I shall dedicate myself anew to your service. I shall do so in the presence of a great congregation, drawn from every part of the Commonwealth and Empire while millions outside Westminster Abbey will hear the promises and prayers being offered up within its walls. . . I want to ask you all. . . to pray for me on that day—to pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve Him and you, all the days of my life."

Surely no one will fail to offer prayer on the Sunday of Preparation for the Coronation, and also at the Holy Communion on Coronation Day itself.

Your friend and Vicar,
V. C. VENIMORE

 

ITEMS FROM FAR AND NEAR. A RARE BIRD.

THERE seems to be quite an interest in the identification of various species of birds nowadays. Every now and then we read of an ornithologist who has discovered, after hours of exploration, some rare or unusual species. This reminds us of a certain Church in the United States which was said to be looking for a clergyman "with the strength of an eagle, the grace of a swan, the gentleness of a dove, the friendliness of a sparrow, the night hours of an owl and the appetite of a canary." Truly a "rara avis."

 

ESKIMOS AT WORSHIP.

[Note: the following paragraph is included for historical reference only and does not in any way reflect the current ethos of the Anglican church.]

Eskimos in Canada‘s Arctic regions "are becoming staunch church-goers," says the Right Rev. Donald B. Marsh, new Anglican Bishop of the Arctic. "They carry their Prayer Book with them wherever they go. No one is without one. Churches are filled to overflowing every Sunday. l have had to figure out how to get 800 into a Church built to house 250. l have held Confirmation services out of doors in freezing weather because there was no room in the chapel for friends and families to witness the service."

 

AN ACTIVE MEMBER.

Are you an active member,
The kind who would be missed,
Or are you just contented
That your name is on the list?
Do you attend the meetings,
And mingle with the flock;
Or do you stay at home
To criticize and block?
Do you take an active part,
To help the work along;
Or are you satisfied,
To just belong?
Are you a member booster,
Or just one with a kick,
Who leaves the work to just a few,
And talks about the clique?
Are you a dying ember,
Or a flame that’s bright and strong;
Are you an active member,
Or do you just belong?
"Scots Chronicle."

 

THE PARISH REGISTER.


Births
March 7th—Gary Russell Falkner, Brian Murray Leighton.
22nd--Christine Heather Dale.
27th—Gail Rosemary Oliver.
29th—Johanna Hendrikje Jonker.
April 4th—Peter Charles Stewart, David Graham Crockford.

Marriages
12th—Susan Margaret Thomson, Anthony Robert Lee, John Christopher Coulson, Elizabeth Anne O‘Hara, Lynette Loraine Baker-Clemas.
April 4th—Graham Aubrey McClelland and Yvonne June Loader.
11th— William Lindsay Gibbs and Catherine Myra Hannon.
March 16th—Ronald Richard Churchill.
23rd--Alice Elisabeth Gunn.

Deaths
27th—Jessie Maude Kummer.
April l0th—Elizabeth Dolan.
11th— John Langley Smith.

 

AROUND THE PARISH.

The Annual Meeting of ST. MATTHEW’S LADIES’ GUILD was held in March, and since then regular weekly meetings have been resumed. These are held on Thursdays in the Common Room, at 2.30 p.m. A hearty welcome is accorded new members. The following officers were elected:—President: Mrs. V. Heath, Cambridge Terrace, telephone 1342; Secretary, Mrs. F. Jaine, 23 King Edward Street, telephone 296/6547. A SOCIAL AFTERNOON HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR THURSDAY, MAY 7th, in the Y.M.C.A., at 2.30 p.m. Advance notice is given that the Annual Sale of Work will be held on October 7th, in the Y.M.C.A.

A thought-provoking and scholarly address was given to the parish C.E.M.S. recently by the Rev. E. E. Bamford, on the meaning of the Fourth Commandment and its significance for the life of the community today. There was an excellent attendance of members despite the inclement weather and a lively discussion followed. At the next meeting, Bro. J. Maunsell will present a paper on the subject: "Why be a Christian?"

A short function was held after a recent choir practice to offer good wishes to Miss Jackson on the eve of her sailing for England. Miss Jackson’s loyal service to ST. MATTHEW'S CHOIR over a period of years was referred to by Mr. Wales, Choirmaster, as he presented a gift to Miss Jackson on behalf of the choir. Miss Jackson has also been one of the secretaries for "Church and People." Her place will be taken for this duty by Mrs. E. Oliver, who kindly offered to assist.

Two meetings of the YOUNG WIVES' CLUB have taken place thus far this year. At the first of these, the Vicar gave an interesting talk on Mothering Sunday, its history and observance. Films were then shown depicting Canterbury Cathedral, the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion, and other cathedrals. In April, a valuable and informative discussion took place on the theme, "Is Personal Religion Enough? Why the Church?“ A programme for the whole year has been planned, with the aim of developing not only the social fellowship of members, but also their cultural and religious outlook.

A successful shop-day was held in March by the KURIPUNI LADIES’ GUILD, the proceeds being credited to the carpet fund. Business was brisk and was dealt with expeditiously by a keen group of guild workers.

At the time of writing the annual collection for SEDGLEY is not quite completed. We expect to give a detailed report next month. This month we must content ourselves with thanking all who have so kindly and willingly assisted with the collection and all who have contributed to this worthy cause.

 

ANNUAL MEETING OF PARISHIONERS.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Parishionars will be held in the Common Room, on WEDNESDAY, MAY 8th, 1953, commencing at 8 p.m. A review of the affairs of the Parish will be made and plans for future development will be considered. The Election of Church Officers for the ensuing year will take place. The People‘s Churchwarden has been notified of his appointment as Returning Officer for the election of TWO SYNODSMEN to represent the Parish for the next triennial period.

 

EFFICIENCY.

DURING the first World War, a famous violinist was taken to visit a canteen behind the lines. Quickly the word spread, and from across the hall a slightly inebriated Tommy came weaving his way through the crowd. In his hand was an old violin, with one remaining string. "'Ere," said the soldier, thrusting it at the violinist, "play us the 1812 Overture, mate!"

Some of us feel, at times, as if life is making the same kind of demand on us. We are able to do one or two things fairly competently, but we seem to be expected to turn our hands to everything. Between getting up in the morning and going to bed, many women have to be cooks, nurses, housemaids, interior decorators, moral buiIders, and sometimes bread-winners as well. Few have any real leisure nowadays, and most people are like the Red Queen in Alice, who only held her ground by running as fast as she could.

The natural outcome is a flustered approach to every difficulty; the nagging thought that one has used up all one's time with nothing to show for it; and a constant anxiety about the ability to cope with all that has to be done.

Is there any way by which we can be very busy, get through a full day's programme and at the same time have a quiet mind, and avoid being worried to death?

Some men and women certainly succeed in doing it. The first step, I believe, is to be truly grateful that you have all these responsibilities and duties. They are, literally, a Godsend. They may not be very spectacular, but they have a real value, and you would be far less happy with too little to do.

 

PLANNING.

Having tried to see life from that point of view, a little planning is necessary. It ought to be possible to sort out essentials from non-essentials, and the things that have to be done soon from those that can wait. Establish some kind of priority, and rernember that you do not have to worry about the things that can wait until you come to them. If they are genuinely unimportant, it will not matter if you don't do them at all.

Next comes what I would call "insulation"--or only one thing at a time, and only one day at a time. You certainly have too little room in your head for several problems at once. So keep all of them at a distance, except the matter in hand.

Some of the mystics have taught the habit of surrounding every occupation with prayer. It is quite a simple matter to turn your thoughts to God between one major task and the next, just as you do it between one day and the next. The effect is a clean break between them, and a fresh start with the next job.

Behind all this, of course, is the deep underlying conviction that, if God entrusts us with liabilities, he will not leave us without the means of dealing with them. Our panic, when life seems too much for us, is only because we have temporarily forgotten the help available.

One other essential for peace of heart in a busy life is the humility to let go, and leave the issue of our actions to God. We cannot give more than our best. After that, it is in His hands. Why not leave it there, instead of worrying about the results of your decisions, or reproaching yourself that you might have done more?

—Frank Martin.

 

CHILDREN’S PAGE.

Here we are again, children, with some interesting things for you. We are pleased, by the way, to see more and more of you tuming up at Sunday School. We are always glad when someone arrives and says: "I'm a new boy. Which class do l go in, please ?"

First of all this month we shall tell you about

BIG BEN.

Everyone has heard Big Ben on the wireless sounding out the hour, especially when the B.B.C. is being relayed. The clock is at the top of a 316 ft. high tower which forms part of the Houses of Parliament at Westminster. The clock has three dials, each 22 ft. in diameter. There are five bells, four smaller ones which weigh 8 tons altogether, and Big Ben of 13 tons. The music goes like this in the sol-la notation:

D:m:r:s.
D:r:m:d.
M:d:r:s.
S:r:m:d.

That is the tune, but it is the words to which the chimes are set that I would like you to remember:

"All through this hour,
Lord, be my guide,
And, by Thy Power,
No foot shall slide."

Big Ben reminds us that at all times we should put our trust in God and He will guide and help us. Thus every time this famous peal sounds, it preaches a sermon for the listeners.

"MORE."

One day in Church there was a little girl standing alongside her mother as all the people were singing a hymn, She did not sing the same words as the others were singing, and made up her own tune. However, the congregation were quite used to it and did not take any notice; in fact they were very pleased to see so small a child singing away so happily. At last the hymn was finished and all sat down-- all except the little child who called out in a loud voice: "More."

Sometimes it is a mark of fine character when people are ready for more. Now and then in a football match the score is equal in the first half. Both sides are keen and do their best, but later on one side is ready for more and the other sides gives up trying to do its best. The side that is ready for more is the winner. lt is the same thing with our work for the Church. Some start well, but fizzle out; the real Christians keep on year after year. Who is the true Christian in the teaching of our Lord? "He that shall endure unto the end." (Mark 12:13.)

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

Parish Magazine.—Mesdames Toogood, 10/-; Devery, Junr., 5/-; S. Fletcher, Rolls, H. Mawley, M. Cameron, 5/-; Darvill, C. Braggins, 3/-; Viles, 3/6; Jackson, 2/6; D. J. Couper, 2/6; Marchbank, 10/6; E. R. Jenkins, Ramsden, 5/-: Thomas, 2/6; Miss Carey, 10/-; Messrs. Heath 5/-, Harrap 10/-; Mesdames Wood 2/6, Rowland 4/-, A. V. Faulknor 3/-; Miss Hale, 3/-.

Church and People.-—Mrs. J. Russell 9/-, Miss A. Mallabar 6/-, Miss G. Hale 5/-. Miss E. Ewan 5/-, Mrs. R. Hatch 5/-, Miss E. Cresswell 4/6. Picnic.—Mrs. L. Moore 10/-, Anon. 5/-.


ST MATTHEW'S HERALD.
Editor: The Vicar. Advertising Managers: Messrs J. Ninnes and J. Maunsell.