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Issue Number: 69    Sept   1897
Lydney and Aylburton Parish Magazine
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Parish Magazine

No.69, New Series September, 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 Sunday in the month at 8 and 12; 3rd Sunday at 12:2nd and 4th Sundays at 8.30. Saints' Days at 11
HOLY BAPTISM, Sundays at 3.30, Wednesdays at 6.30.
MORNING PRAYER. - Sundays at 11, weekdays at 7.40.
EVENING PRAYER.- Daily at 6.30

MOTHERS' MEETING at Furnace Room, /september 6th and 20th.
BIBLE CLASS at Vicarage, Monday, Sept. 1, at 3.
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, Wednesday, Sept 15th at 7.
PUPIL TEACHERS at Vicarage, Mondays at 5.30.
WORKING PARTY FOR MISSIONS, at Vicarage, Friday Sept. 3rd.
WORKING PARTY at Vicarage, Friday Sept. 10th.
WORKING PARTY (No 3) at Vicarage, Friday Sept. 17th.
YOUNG MEN'S COMMUNICANTS' CLASS, at Vicarage, Friday, by notice.
GIRLS CLASS at Vicarage, alternate Fridays at 5.30.

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.
Aug 01 -- Seamen's Room . . . . . . . . 3. 0. 7
Aug 08 -- Church Expenses. . . . .. . . 0.18. 5
Aug 15 -- Diocesan Association. . . . . 2. 8. 5 1/2
Aug 22 -- Sick and Needy. . . . . . . . 1. 1. 0



(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.)

July 28 -- Reginald, son of T.W. and K.Lewis.
Aug. 01 -- William Alfred, son of W.G.and R Cambridge.
Aug. 01 -- Maurice Edgar, son of M.G. and E.Kelsey
Aug. 13 -- Daisy Alice Victoria, daughter of T.and A.Prosser
Aug. 14 -- Ada Fanny, daughter of E.C. and S.A.James.


(Christ loved His Spouse the Church.)

Aug. 16 -- James Lauder and Frances L.A.L. Huggins

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

Caroline Jones, aged 74 years, at Alvington.
Henry Walker, aged 64 years, at Aylburton

The Harvest Festival will be on Thursday, Sept.30th. Services as follows:-
Morning Prayer at 10.
Eucharist (The Thanksgiving, as the word indicates) at 8 and 11.
Evensong at 7.



"Intreat me not to leave thee." -Ruth I. 16.
" Quit you like men: be strong." -1 Cor. xvi. 13

So spake the faithful Ruth, (see above).
Resolved to serve her Lord,
To seek the land where dwelt the truth,
And listen to His word.

How nobly was she blest,
For from her children came
The Hold Lord who blesses those
Who think upon His Name.

So many a lowly maid
Her heart to God has given,
And ne'er will she take back that heart
Till she arrives in Heaven.

The youth puts on his sword,
He also means to fight,
And nobly for his Lord to stand,
And battle for the right.

Courage he needs and hope,
And faith that will not fail,
And prayer that he may face his foes
And let them not prevail.

O holy, happy band !
To you may grace be given,
That you may stand at God's right hand
For evermore in Heaven.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SENEX.


Holy Communion will for the future be administered on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays in the month at 8 instead of at 8.30.

On the 3rd Sunday, by request, the Choral Eucharist will be offered, as on the 1st Sunday, at 12. The Services used on these occasions will be Hodson in G and Dykes in F. They may be procured of the Vicar at 6d each, and if kept in the seat would enable those who can sing to join in the worship of that Service which is the chief, the simplest, and incomparably the most devotional of all the Services of the Church. It is a sad thing that some have never worshipped, at what is, after all, the Lord's Service, and the great Christian act of worship which, Sunday by Sunday, is offered by the Holy Church throughout the world, in one form or another. On that day --

"Hour by hour fresh lips are making
Thy wondrous doings heard on high"

as Christians offer to God the perpetual memorial of the great sacrifice of the love of God on Calvary [illegible word/s] offered.

It is for this reason, viz., that a person may come to this Service, being the Sunday Service, if there be not time or opportunity to come to the Morning Prayer, that it is ordered notice should be given of the Eucharist the Sunday before. We mention this in order that a person might come at 12 o'clock on these Sundays in case they might be unable to come to both Services, or that eleven o'clock is too early, or that two hours is too long a time to be absent from home.

The Children's Service will be on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, instead of the 2nd and 4th Sundays as hitherto.

Evening Prayer will be said on Wednesdays at 6.30 instead of at 7.

On Fridays, for the present, Evening Prayer will be said at Aylburton instead, at 7 o'clock.

More Subscriptions received for the Parish Magazine, and thankfully acknowledged:- Mrs. James (Newerne) 1/-, Mrs. Tovey 1/-, Mrs H. Saunders 1/-.

On Thursday, August 19th, the Misses Keeling held the Annual Gathering of the Y.W.C.A. Tea was provided for the members and friends to the number of over 60, in the garden. Soon after tea, all assembled on the lawn to hear an address given by Miss Nash, which was listened to with great interest and attention. Miss Turner spoke a few words: and Miss Keeling thanked Miss Nash for her address. Mrs Gwilliam kindly moved a vote of thanks to the Misses Keeling, and a very enjoyable evening was brought to a close with hymn and prayer.


I have not yet succeeded in finding a colleague to help me in the place of Mr. Daniels. I shall do so in time I hope. But it is increasingly difficult each year to find suitable men when you want them. There are two reasons which rended the demand for clergymen much greater that the supply. There is first the enormous annual increase of the population, in the towns more especially. Every year needs more clergy to maintain the work of the Church. Again, the very inadequate remuneration which is offered to the clergy owing to the tremendous fall in the value of livings deters men who otherwise would enter the ministry. E.g.: I myself am earning now about a quarter of what I might reasonably have reckoned on, had I followed another profession. E.g.: My income is less than it was when I was master in a public school 17 years ago. I merely quote this to illustrate what I say that the inadequate remuneration offered is what deters men from entering the ministry. The above causes and others always incidental to the place wherever it may be, render it extremely difficult to obtain a suitable man to help me. Meanwhile I shall see that nothing is lacking as far as the maintenance of the work of the Church is concerned by a constant attendance myself on that matter, and by a ready sympathy and support which I can reckon from you as you enter into the difficulties of my work in this large parish.
Meanwhile, always asking your prayers, which, if I have, I have all else.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . I am,
. . . . . . . . . . .Yours in our Lord,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .J. C. E. BESANT.


The Bells Committee have not yet closed with either of the bell-founders. There are several points to be cleared up. One thing is, we cannot be certain yet whether the firm to whom we inclined are able to get them done by Christmas. We hope in our next issue to be able to say something definite. Meanwhile, we acknowledge the following welcome subscriptions:-
Mr. R. Coutreen £1 1s., Mr. F.H. Gosling £1, Mr W.C. Williams £1, Mr. Estop 10s., Mr Wild 10s., Mr. A.H. Clark 5s., Mr. G. Bevan £1.1s.

We acknowledge with best thanks 3/- from Mrs. Pritchard towards the Church Restoration Fund.


Sundays - Matins at 11
. . . . . Children's Service at 3.
. . . . . Evensong at 6.30
. . . . . . . . . .ARTHUR J. LUMBERT, Missioner

The Harvest Festival will be on Sunday, Sept. 12th.
The Services will be: The Eucharist at 10; Morning Prayer at 11; Evensong at 6.30.



Holy Communion, 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sundays at 9.30; 2nd Sunday at 12.
Morning Prayer at 11.
Evening Prayer at 6.30.
Children's Service, 2nd Sunday at 3.
Holy Baptism, 2nd Sunday at 3.30; Fridays at 7.15.

The Harvest Festival will be on Thursday, Oct 7th. Services: The Eucharist at 8 o'clock. Evensong at 7.30.
The offerings throughout the day, and on the Sunday after, will be for the renovation of the interior of the Church.

A handsome oak eagle lectern has been placed in the Church, and a new lamp, to improve the light which, at evening time, for those who cannot see well, is very trying. The lectern and lamp were paid for out of the balance from the jumble sale.


Transcribed by: May Brace

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