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Issue Number: 71    November    1897
Lydney and Aylburton Parish Magazine
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Parish Magazine

No.71, New Series November, 1897.

Published on or near the First Day of every Month,

H. Osborne, Printer, St. Mary's Square, Gloucester.

Services at Lydney Parish Church.

HOLY COMMUNION.- 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month at 8 and 12; 2nd and 4th Sundays at 8. Saints' Days at 11
HOLY BAPTISM, Sundays at 3.30, Wednesdays at 6.30.
CATECHISING, 1st and 3rd Sundays at 3.
MORNING PRAYER. - Sundays at 11, weekdays at 7.40.
EVENING PRAYER.- Daily at 6.30
COMMUNICANTS' SERVICE - Saturday, Nov 6th at 6.30.

MOTHERS' MEETING at Furnace Room, by Mrs Willesford, Nov. 8th and 22nd.
YOUNG MEN'S BIBLE CLASS at Vicarage, Sundays at 2.30.
YOUNG WOMEN'S BIBLE CLASS at Vicarage Sundays at 3.30.
YOUNG MEN'S BIBLE CLASS, at Highfield, Sundays at 3.
G.F.S. at Vicarage, 3rd Wednesday in month at 7.
PUPIL TEACHERS at Vicarage, Mondays at 5.30.
WORKING PARTY at Vicarage, Nov 12th.
WORKING PARTY (No 3) Friday Nov 19th.
YOUNG MEN'S COMMUNICANTS' CLASS, at Vicarage, Friday, by notice.

J.C.E. BESANT, M.A., Vicar
A.J. LUMBERT, Missioner.

(Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £. s. d.
Sep 29 -- Church Restoration. . . . . . 4. 4. 2
Oct 03 -- Sick and Needy. . . . . . . . 1.13. 8
Oct 03 -- Church Expenses . . . . . . . 1.10. 0
Oct 10 -- Church Expenses . . . . . . . 0.18. 3
Oct 17 -- Foreign Missions. . . . . . . 4.12. 0
Oct 22 -- Church Expenses . . . . . . . 1. 4. 1



(Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the Church.)
In cases of illness it is the Christian duty of friends or neighbours to send word to the Clergy, as the practice was
in the early Church, as stated above.


(My baptism, wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of Heaven.)

Oct. 08 -- Mary Pratton, daughter of H. and E. Howells, Lydney
Oct. 20 -- Mabel Evelyn, daughter of J. and M.A. Pearce, Lydney
Oct. 20 -- Leslie George, son of A. and M. James

(Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.)

Oct. 08 -- James Howell, aged 70 years
Oct. 12 -- Samuel Fisher Barnard, aged 49 years
Oct. 12 -- Hilda May Fletcher, aged 12 months
Oct. 23 -- Joshua Thomas, aged 69 years.

"I BELIEVE IN . . . . THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS." -- Apostles Creed.

Are you despondent o'er your sins
Which cause you misery;
Look unto Him who shed His blood,
The Saviour died for thee.

Though black as night they may appear,
Countless as waves of sea;
Trusting in Him you need not fear,
The Saviour died for thee.

He underwent the punishment
That day on Calvary;
He took on Him the guilt and shame,
The Saviour died for thee.

Would you increase the joy in heaven?
You may, if you'll be free:
For the worst sinner is welcome there,
The Saviour died for thee.

The Holy Spirit giveth grace,
And life and liberty;
This was the gift Christ left to us,
The Saviour died for thee.

Then, fainting soul, look up and live,
Forsake thy sins and flee;
There's endless mercy to be had,
The Saviour died for Thee,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SENEX.

Who fell asleep in October, 1897.

"Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up and is cut down like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay."

"In the midst of life we are in death: of whom may we seek for succour save of Thee, O Lord, who for out sins are justly displeased."

Non parem Pauli gratiam requiro
Veneam Petri neque posco sed quam
In cruce fixus ded erus latroni sedulus oro.


1. There will be an additional Celebration of the Holy Communion on the 3rd Sunday at 8 o'clock. By this means there will be an early Celebration at 8 each Sunday in the month, in order that we may keep the Sunday as we should by rising early, and coming to meet our Risen Lord as the Holy women did on Easter morn, and as did SS. Peter and John.
Every Christian should make arrangements on Saturday, by retiring to rest somewhat earlier if need be,- provided work does not prevent it - in order to give himself up entirely to the worship of God on the Lord's Day.
As the Sunday mornings' light awakens him, the early church bell rings out, "Lift up your hearts," and he replies, "We lift them up unto the Lord."
It is when we have an early and late Celebration that we are able to see the Lord's Service in its two aspects, as a service of reception of God's grace and a service of worship.
It is this aspect of the Communion Service, that it is a service or worship as well as of reception which needs emphasizing in the present day, in order to restore the Eucharist to its proper place as the Sunday service.
This is another reason why we have two Celebrations on a Sunday, the one early and plain, the later at any rate not less as an act of worship than is our Morning Prayer.
Moreover, the Christian will avoid that attitude of mind which, when he joins in common worship will be perpetually thinking of self - what I like, and what I don't like. He will sink himself in the common worship, and in doing so will certainly be exalted in the eyes of Him who is worshipped. For we worship One who pleased not Himself, and who has said that "whoso humbleth himself shall be exalted." We have need to pray always in approaching God, for that meek heart which we are taught to pray for in the Lord's Service.

2. On the Saturday before the first Sunday in the month, there will be a Service of Preparation for the Holy Communion at quarter to 7, after the daily Evensong. We have arranged this Service for three reasons, amongst others:

(I,) In order to build up those who have been Confirmed in the faith and love of God.
(II.) To supply a need which is felt in days of frequent Communion, by an opportunity for preparation of ourselves, to diligently try and examine ourselves before we presume to come to that Holy Table.
(III.) In order that those who have fallen away or have never been to the Lord's Table may prepare themselves for coming, with the marriage garment God requires - a penitent heart and lively faith in His mercy through Christ.

The Service will last for half-an-hour, and will consist of a short address, prayers, and hymns. May Almighty God accept all our efforts, for Christ's sake.
. . . . . . . . .J. C. E. BESANT

The following subscriptions have been received for the Churchyard, which are acknowledged with thanks:-- Mr. G. Harris 2/6, Mr Greenham 7/-, Miss Greenham 7/-, Mrs Poole 7/-, Mr G. Courteen 2/6.
We call our friends' attention to the Churchyard's appearance, and invite all who have graves there to join and help in the good work of keeping God's acre as it should be.

Subscriptions kindly acknowledged toward Church Restoration Fund:- Mrs. Bailey 10/-, Incognitus (by Mr Lumbert) 2/-.

One who did much for the Church of God in his day, lies buried in our Churchyard - A. W. Newton. We hope to erect a memorial of him in the Chancel, and of another servant of God who lies buried next to him. The Chancel has been prepared for this work at any time, by the colour with which it is ornamented. We think it is a good plan to erect memorials in the Church of those who sleep in the Churchyard. By this means they, so to speak, join with us in our worship.

A Jumble Sale will be held in the Furnace Room early in November, by notice. Things will be sold unusually cheap in view of the trouble we have lately gone through. A watch will be given to every 100th person who enters.

A Meeting of the Church Restoration Committee was held on Oct 26th. The statement of accounts at present stands as follows:-
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £. s. d.
Due to Messrs Collins & Godfrey . . . 112. 0. 0
Due to Mr Waller . . . . . . . . . . .51. 0. 0
In Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118. 0. 0
We have to raise, therefore, about £50 to pay off the debt on the spire. To do this, a Sale of Work will be held before Christmas if possible. We would ask those who give Christmas presents to buy them this year at the Sale.
The reason of the delay in the restoration of the belfry is the press of work at the foundry. We hope to have the bells in ringing order by Christmas.

The Harvest Home, which was put off, will be held in the Town Hall, in November. Notice will be sent.


Sundays - Matins and sermon at 11
. . . . . Sunday School at 3.
. . . . . Evensong and Sermon at 6.30
. . . . . . . . . .ARTHUR J. LUMBERT, Missioner

We should be glad to receive subscriptions for the Churchyard fund from residents on Primrose Hill. They might be given to Miss Willesford, or sent to the Vicar direct. We will publish the names in the Magazine to encourage others.



Sundays: Eucharist, 2nd and 4th Sundays at 12.
Holy Communion, 1st, 3rd, Sundays at 9.30;
Morning Prayer at 11.
Evening Prayer at 6.30.
Catechising, 4th Sunday at 3.
Holy Baptism, Fridays at 7, and 4th Sundays at 3.30.
Service for Communicants, Nov 13th, at 7.

There will be an additional Service - a Preparation for the Holy Communion - on Sunday before the 2nd Sunday in the month, at 7. (For reasons see under "Additional Service" notice, Lydney, above.

Oct. 01 -- James Edmund, son of JE and EL Dowell.

Oct. 21 -- Mary Warren, aged 83 years.

The Mission room on the Common has been re-opened for Service on Sunday afternoons through the winter. The Services will be undertaken by Mr. Hooper, who holds a Bishop's license as Lay Reader. An offering will be made at each service.

A Harvest Home will be held in the Schools some time in November. Notice will be sent.

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