CHURCH LIFE

   Sunday 4th April 2021

Easter Sunday

‘He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.’
Acts 10:42


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This weeks Bible readings:

  • Acts 10:34-43
  • John 20:1-18

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THANK YOU

We would like to offer a massive thank you to IanTaylor, as he steps down as Bell Tower Captain, for all he has done over the last 50 years. Ian’s 70+ years of Change ringing is certainly something to celebrate! We will mark the occation at our APCM later in the month.
We would also like to thank Sue Smith who has agreed to take on this role, following a family tradition.

 

Hedgehogs are Coming!

The hedgehogs are coming to UPC woodland in early April! When light levels are low, or even dark, our hedgehogs will travel up to one mile in search of food; insects, earthworms, slugs and snails. The best way we can protect them is to make our churchyard healthy; chemical free gardens, biodiverse meadows and eco-friendly woodland. Until they can find all our tasty bugs & slugs, we will place special hoglet food in our hedgehog woodland homes. Can you help set out their homes? Do you want to greet two weened hoglets? Thus far, we have three families offering to gather in the churchyard on the day of arrival, you can join in too! We will announce the exact day and time in the Church Life .Contact Alice Barrett at alicebrt@hotmail.co.uk or Linda Polley at knickerslinda@gmail.com if you are interested or want to know more.

 

Our Wild Side

A UPC warden, garden team, eco-team and monument mapping leads allmet with the council to discuss our wilder side – our naturally biodiverse churchyard – specifically mowing our lawns! The council is very good to not mow bulbs directly after blooming, enabling regeneration for next year’s blooms. Eco-church has requested our that the wild flower field located on the north side of the church to should not be mown until after our seminars. Monument Mapping will continue their project recording and keeping clear our lovely monuments in anticipation of the planned seminars. See below for more information.

 

Giving

As you are all well aware we have, and continue to go through difficult times, with everyday lives variously disrupted. This of course has affected worship greatly, as we have been unable to meet together in Church (apart from a limited period last year). This has had a significant effect on giving, particularly those doing so by Weekly Envelope.

We are extremely grateful and blessed by those who have continued to give via the bank and standing order. We are also grateful for those that used to give regularly by envelope changing to bank payment, most of our supporters now doing so. A few, for whatever reason are unwilling or unable to do this, so the new financial year Giving Envelopes are ready, due to start from the beginning of April. These are ready for collection by previous arrangement (phone please), at the Parish Office, usual hours 01229 588081, or email office@ulverstonparishchurch.org. It is hoped we can re-open the Church soon, when the Envelope boxes can be made available there.
Anthony Bryson at anthony.bryson20@gmail.com

 

Life in the Spirit

On Sundays between Easter and Pentecost, we will be exploring the book of Acts and seeing what it means to be alive in the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, our preacher will be Richard Fothergill of Filling Station. Richard and a team from Filling Station will be leading a Holy Spirit Retreat at UPC on the previous day. Details will be available shortly.

Blessed are those who Composteth

And it did come to pass that in the ninth month of 2018, the garden gang were inspired to create a compost facility for the church gardens. 2020 brought about the Ulverston Food Waste Project joining us in the Parish Centre, who added their unused fresh produce to the churchyard compost. After two score months (andtwo) and mulch consideration, the time came to dig deep, turn things over, restore and refresh our compost triple bin, to aid the biodiversity of our gardens. Thank you Steve and Jean Povey for your guidance and expertise. Thank you original builders of the triple bins, as well as Linden, Rowan, Elizabeth, Kristen, Annie, Alice, Jayne and all those who will continue to lend a hand in making healthy compost!

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

30th June 7pm Beautiful Burial Ground Project @ UPC
offered by Caring for God’s Acre (CFGA). This seminar aims to inspire and support people to learn about, research and survey the natural, built and social heritage of burial grounds. To this end CFGA is offering training sessions in a variety of biodiversity, social history and built heritage (monument recording).

1st July 9.30am–noon at UPC and 2:30-4pm at St John’s
offered by Churches Trust of Cumbria in conjunction with Caring forGod’s Acre our two churches will each host a Biodiversity Seminar. Learn how to identify wildflowers and plants with expert Stuart Colgate at either session. This is a friendly and informal session that will be suitable for beginners and those wishing to dust off or improve on their skills.

 

Marvellous Monument Mapping Mission is Moving Along!

Once again there is a BUZZ in the churchyard! On 19 March we received the first glimpse of our online churchyard survey showing our church, surrounding monuments, memorial benches, all the trees, surrounding iron fence and perimeter stonewall (see overview & church’s front garden images) Since then, our task has been to locate and identify on the computer map each monument in the church yard! With great volunteer efforts, this phase is nearing completion! Approximately 350 monuments identified, with 225 monuments to go!
Meanwhile, since January, we have been working to catalogue the retired churchyard of Holy Trinity. Volunteers have transcribed the inscriptions ,created 2 monument maps locating 149 standing monuments and listing another 129 inscriptions that no longer have stones. These maps and lists will also be a part of UPCs Marvellous Monument Mapping Mission. But since it is a retired church, the information will be listed, but not on aninteractive map.
Our next push will be possibly the hardest – requiring a few remaining volunteers to prepare all the data for upload! Each area will be listed in computer byte size bits for easy digestion! A big thank you to all the volunteers who have made it possible to get this far!

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