Herald - Issue 368

v READ THE HERALD ONLINE: www.herald-publishing.co.uk v Page 66 • The HERALD • 14th February 2019 Yours Faithfully... You are invited to BETHANY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Rollestone Road, Holbury Every Sunday, 6.20pm for 6.30pm C hristian W orship & t eaChing • Last Thursday of the Month C offee M orning 10.15-11.45am 023 8089 2153 Everyone Welcome Fully polished Granites 30” high from £555 inc VAT Fully polished Grey/Black Granite 24” high from £455 inc VAT OUT OF CLUTTER, FIND SIMPLICITY by Eddie Boon, Minister, Cornerstone Church, Hythe Dear Herald readers I have recently been somewhat intrigued by a sofa currently in the window of a famous local Swedish furniture superstore. Having been encouraged in 1996 to ‘chuck out our chintz’ I am amused to see on display now in 2019 an identical floral patterned sofa that we owned before chucking it out in the 90’s. Perhaps I just need to deal with the fact that I am now of age where fashions and trends are really turning full circle. Some of us may have gone through a number of de-cluttering phases which are then followed by some serious nesting. Author and speaker Marie Kondo is a ‘decluttering expert’ with a Netflix series called Tidying Up. In her recent book she gives the following advice ‘Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.’ Challenging words especially to those of us that enjoy a bit of hoarding or have been frustrated to hear that something that we need urgently has more than likely been disposed of. Churches can be particularly guilty of cluttering and this is a temptation even in a relative new building like our own. Even more important is the question of what sparks joy for you and me. As a Christian I believe that ultimate joy is found not in things but in a person – the creator of joy. Furthermore joy is a fruit of the Spirit – an outworking of God in us. May you know true and lasting joy in your life. Yours faithfully Eddie Boon Would you like to meet new friends? Or enjoy meeting up with present friends? Then Cornerstone would like to invite you to go along to their Open Doors meeting, which they hold in the Church Foyer of Cornerstone Church, New Road, Hythe every fourth Sunday of the month, from 3pm until 4.30pm. They welcome men and women, who perhaps would otherwise be alone on a Sunday afternoon, and at present have an average of 14 to 16 people at each meeting. They have fun together, share conversations, enjoy the inevitable cup of tea/coffee, not forgetting the tasty home made cakes, whilst they also enjoy the friendship of one another. It is always lovely to welcome new faces into their Foyer, for they are a warm friendly group who share with one another and support each other in any way they can. There are also facilities for disabled people if needed. So why not go along on Sunday 24th February and meet their happy, chatty group where they will give you a warm welcome as you come through their Open Doors. Open Doors Sunday Services Go along to Blackfield Baptist Church (The Heart of the Village) on Sundays 17th and 24th February, then 3rd and 10th March from 10.30am for their regular services. Everyone is welcome to join them at Hampton Lane, Blackfield for their services. The World Day of Prayer The World Day of Prayer is an international inter church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world, their hopes, concerns and prayers. The theme this year is ‘Come – Everything is Ready!’ and the invitation is for everyone – men, women and children of all ages to join this Day of Prayer. The women of Slovenia have prepared this year’s service and they encourage us to reflect on the barriers they have faced since the end of World War II when their country was a part of Yugoslavia, a Marxist Socialist Republic. They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 120 centuries around the world from Samoa in the east, through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe to the Americas in the west. This year your local service will take place at St Andrew’s Church Centre, Beaulieu Road, Dibden Purlieu on Friday 1st March at 1.30pm. Do go and join them and share refreshments afterwards. COFFEE, PANCAKES AND CHAT You are invited to go along to St Anne’s Church, Calmore, Totton on Tuesday 5th March (Shrove Tuesday) for its very popular morning of coffee, pancakes and chat between 10.30am and 12.30pm. The cost is £2.50. Everyone will be made very welcome, and all proceeds will go towards Church funds. ‘Living with Loss’ is a bereavement group that is held on the first Thursday of each month in The Garden Lounge at St Andrew’s Centre, Dibden Purlieu from 2.30pm until 3.30pm. Bereavement can draw people together to share experiences and a warm welcome will await you with tea, coffee and friendly faces. Clergy from St Andrew’s will be there as will Mandie and Martin from New Forest Funerals who have both worked within the funeral industry for many years. You can be at any stage of bereavement to join and you don’t need to have been involved with either the Church or New Forest Funerals to go along. It is a friendly informal group who are there to offer support and introduce you to others who are experiencing similar feelings. If required, they can point you in the direction of more specialist help. Living with Loss