Dear Praying Friends of C and M Heritage
A Happy Christmas to you all!
Time seems to fly by – especially when you are looking back for a purpose and reliving your own journey as we have been – and many of you will be doing this too as you meet up once again with old friends and send out your Christmas Greetings. Christmas is the time of sharing the best news of all – that of the incarnation of God among us and uniting us all as one family.
We have lots of other good news to share with you. By clicking on our website you can now see a number of pages, but by no means all, which are now live and containing an ever-increasing amount of material. This includes all the past e-mail newsletters with their active links under News: these links will eventually lead you to other areas of the website as the right links are inserted. But we thank God that we are getting there!
If you want to navigate quickly to a particular section, you can click on the hyperlink here; otherwise, just scroll down the email.
We are always pleased to hear if the subjects we have chosen from our past have stimulated you, and we try to respond to all your requests. Our original plan had been to cover more this month under international travel, but each section is a story in itself and we have discovered box after box of fascinating historical material (none of which was digitalised!) from our very first visit overseas! Cliff made this journey alone to the Caribbean in 1962, and much of it still has significant relevance today! So, we have been building on this, and finding we will need even more help to do it full justice and will give just a brief glimpse of the other areas and will add more detail later.
We are keen to build on any aspect of this long multifaceted ministry in which you have been involved with us in the past which you feel would be helpful to others at this time.
Blessings to you all
Cliff and Monica, Angela, Jenny plus all those sharing in creating this changing face of C and M Ministries.
This Month’s Theme
Travelling overseas has changed enormously in our life-time - and so have the reasons for travelling. Although the Second World War opened the eyes of the general population to other countries, with air travel beginning to make them more accessible, in the years following the war, holidays flourished in Britain and were taken by coach, train or increasingly by car,often with whole towns ‘closing down’ for ‘holiday weeks’. Read more about the doors opening up to us personally for overseas travel from the early 1960s below, and how these developed further.
Opening up to the Caribbean. Cliff had already published his first book ‘Black and White in Harmony’ on his first pastoral ministry experience in West London in 1958, a year after we were married and had moved to North London.
It had hit the nationals at the same time as the first Notting Hill Riots and led to new opportunities for ministry for us both and the significant Broadcast Commonwealth service of 1961 which highlighted these problems nationally even more.
It was following this, that national, and church united action stepped up even more as Independence Day for Jamaica was approaching.
Cliff was asked to make a trip to the West Indies on behalf of the British Council of Churches, various Missionary Societies, and International Councils to research and build bridges with the home churches of those coming over in numbers at that time.
He made his first venture overseas early in June 1962 returning towards the end of July which included 8 days travel each way by sea – on a Banana Boat!
Read a day-by-day log from our copious recently unearthed records (still being listed) of this first overseas visit to the Caribbean and the first two Reports in July and August in the High Cross Messenger, our church magazine, to which will be added other reports, press cuttings and further action set in place on his return. As more is digitalised it will be accessible through the appropriate Ministry Index on our forthcoming Web pages.
Some of his research papers on colour consciousness from that period, were built on for ‘Shades of Black’ which has relevance for today. The originals of much of this period in our life is now considered of such historical value that it will eventually find a final resting place with interested parties including the Bruce Castle Museum and the New Testament Church of God archives.
During our ten years in Tottenham, we had a growing number of economic refugees as well as students of all nationalities attend and join the church and many short-term overseas contacts coming to visit us with a few staying longer.
As a family, when our children were young and growing up, we invested in a succession of dormobiles, which enabled us to explore the UK more deeply mixing business with pleasure.
Our next visit overseas was some 8 years later – when we started a stream of visits to North America. Then in 1984 we made our first visit to Israel, which led to the Far East, Africa, Bible Lands, leading Teaching and Research tours and also being involved in and planning events throughout Europe – there is a brief summary here all of which we will expand sometime soon.
So much of our ministry was carried out pre-the computer age, which demands our attention to sort out, comment on and digitalise, particularly when issues become relevant today. One of those that has already made the link successfully is that of Prophecy Today. Currently we are planning on reflecting on these in our February mailing.
More News Updates
• Advances on the Website
We are delighted to announce that the first few pages of the new C&M Ministries website are now live. You can read an overview about the work of C&M Ministries together with the latest news here. We are still working on a lot more in-depth archival material and resources; and we hope to get these pages live in the next few months.
• New Video Channel
We are now linking all our videos into a new dedicated YouTube channel. Only 2 or 3 are on this at the moment linked with the Shades of Back launch in Parliament – see below, but this number will grow.
• Change of Virtual Office Address and Details
We have moved office! C&M Ministries now have their own virtual office so you can write to us directly at:
2 Huntingdon Street
Cambs PE19 1BG
We also have a dedicated office mobile: 07716 112571
Please note that since we no longer have any full-time admin staff, this mobile is simply an answerphone which is monitored regularly. If you want to contact us, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Continuing Links with Issachar Ministries
We will still be in fellowship with both IM and PT with Cliff contributing articles to Prophecy Today, bringing the message for the Sunday Gathering on 15 January and recording the Update Message bi-monthly with heritage news. IM are promoting Cliff’s books on their ‘Special Offer for Christmas’ and we will be sending a hard copy Heritage News Paper out with their next mailing.
• ‘Becoming an Issachar People’
We are expecting the full version of this comprehensive new publication with the old Issachar Ministries logo and ISBN Number to be back from the printers during February - Orders at £10 per copy including postage are being taken through Issachar Ministries Winter response form and fuller details will be on the resources page on the website as soon as the cover is agreed.
• C&M New Roles
We are sorry to officially say goodbye to Richard Holland who has been managing the C&M Ministries accounts since 2013, and although he officially retired in 2019, he returned to help us in this last year of transition. He has agreed to become our official Examiner in 2023 so this is not a total farewell. Paul Clark who has been our Examiner for many years since his involvement at Moggerhanger, will also be retiring from this role at the same time. We have been extremely grateful for the support they have both given throughout 2022 and wish to extend our heartfelt thanks for their many hours and years of service.
At the start of 2023 we are very pleased to be able to welcome Simon Copley as our new Finance Administrator. Simon is an ordained URC minister living in Yorkshire; he currently manages the South Yorkshire regional accounts for the URC and has very kindly agreed to manage ours as well. We praise God for His continuing provision and pray for a smooth handover in the next couple of months.
We are also very grateful for the many offers of voluntary help as we move forward with this new phase in C&M Ministries. In particular, we extend a warm welcome to Catherine Rawlings who will be helping with our regular mailings in the new year; and will also be assisting Monica to keep in touch with those of you who generously send donations to the ministry.
• Trustees Report from 8 November meeting
In this year of uncertainty and transition, we have felt humbled by the generosity of our supporters and would like to thank all those who have contributed towards the on-going work of C&M Ministries. These donations, no matter how small, have enabled the trustees to budget with confidence for the year ahead. We never cease to be amazed at God’s provision and we pray for His wisdom and guiding hand as we move into 2023.
As we settle into a new routine, the Trustees will in future meet just twice a year – the next meeting being at the end of April which will also be our Annual General Meeting for 2022.
• The Moggerhanger Story
Cliff and Monica are planning to print a shortened version of the whole ‘History of Moggerhanger’ in the first half of next year slightly ahead of loading their records on-line and the longer e-book version of ‘Community at Moggerhanger’ being their reflections on the period until 2004.
• ‘Shades of Black’ Moving Forward.
After many unforeseen setbacks, the Parliamentary meeting to promote this book ‘Shades of Black’ and the challenging community follow up took place on 24 November. The above link will also give you links to Cliff’s and other speaker’s videos on our YouTube channel and the final report will appear on our website. Future action will be carried out by MJR, the Movement for Justice and Reconciliation.
Help and Prayer Needed – Volunteer Opportunities
As you are no doubt aware, C&M Ministries no longer employs any staff so we are extremely grateful for any offers of voluntary help, even if you can only give the occasional hour or two. As we continue to catalogue and digitalise material relating to the many years of Clifford and Monica’s ministry, we would love to hear from you if you could help in the following ways:
We are particularly looking for someone with some sort of archive experience who could help us digitalise and catalogue the many boxes of archival material we currently have in store. The current need is for help with papers dating back to Clifford’s work in Race Relations in the early 1960s – some of which have been included in this mailing. If you feel you could offer to help us in any way at all, we would love to hear from you.
We also need help cataloguing and digitalising both Prophecy Today and the Church Growth Digest, both of which started as printed magazines. So, if you have some time to spare and are able to use an xls spreadsheets we’d love to hear from you. Further raw cataloguing of boxes of materials of all kinds is also needed!
Angela has been busy collating the many memories and stories we’ve already received relating to Monica and Clifford’s ministry - but she is always grateful for more. She is currently working with our web-designer, Andy, to develop some active pages on our website where you can all read these memories.
• Further Document Help Needed
There are also many different series of papers, audio and video messages over the years which need to be compiled into resources that can be available in the future. These include ‘Comments’, ‘Resources for Prayer’, ‘Spiritual Guidelines’, Newsletters etc and we need help in collating and digitalising these for the websites.
• Helping with the Relevance for Today
If you were active in, or have been affected by, one of our many ministries, and can give help in thinking through their value – then or now – for any particular page on the (currently hidden) Index Menu on the website, please be in touch.
The easiest way to offer help for any of these is to send an email to email@example.com or leave a message on our new mobile phone 07716 112571 and one of the team will respond.
Increasingly those who join us are finding these opportunities to meet invaluable, even if they are only on-line. There is a time for fellowshipping and getting to know each other and to voice needs, to pray together and sometimes there is a short discussion of items raised in the news items, current affairs, on Prophecy Today or in Issachar Ministries.
Do let us know through firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to follow up any particular issues.
There will be another opportunity to meet with individual members online via Zoom on Monday the 16th January 2023 at 7.30 pm or Wednesday the 18th January 2023 at 2.30 pm. A personal link will be sent round on the Monday morning of that week. This does not rule out any further Zoom meetings – and if another time and date would suit you better, please let us know. We value our contact with you.
Once again, thank you for your support and prayers – you are all very much appreciated.