Paul & Sue Hazelden
- Family News -
July to December 2001
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(Mostly typed by Paul)
Tuesday 18 December
Yesterday, Sam was quite discouraged. She is trying to help a
homeless chap who has no serious problems, not on drugs, etc. The
Hub won't help him as he is not in enough danger. Start taking
drugs, get ill, and we can do something for you - what a message to give
This morning, we prayed for him. Lunchtime, I hear that he has
been offered the possibiity of a room. He would need to get a
job, but he works as a bartender, and another person in the house runs a
bar. There are still some details to work out, but it is exciting
to see God's hand at work.
Saturday 24 November
Rosemary and Ruth Jenkins came to stay the night, a very welcome
First thing in the day, I went off for a quick sauna - the previous
week had been very hectic - then to the volunteer training at the
Nightshelter. It was supposed to be on 'working as a volunteer',
but tourned out to be 'Listening Skills' - oddly enough, led by a John
By the time I arrived home, Rosemary and Ruth had already arrived.
We had some lunch, then Sue took them and Ian off to Cribbs,
while I went down to Highgrove for the afternoon, to help with some
decorating before the new carpet arrives.
Thursday 1 November
A bit of a shock - Rob Lawence died yesterday. Apparently, he
died in his sleep while working on a mission with a church in
Gillingham. Please pray for his widowm Heather, and their
daughters, Rachel and Sophie.
Better news - Sam Colgan starts today as the Pastoral Care
Coordinator at the Crisis Centre. There's a vast amount of work
that needs to be done, and she needs a lot of prayer support to keep her
safe and make her effective.
Sunday 14 October
I go to visit the City Elim church in the morning while Sue goes to
Highgrove. Mary Anne from the Crisis Centre is there, and
overjoyed to see me - I would guess she is struggling to get to know
people in a large church like that.
In the afternoon, we take Philip and Ian to watch a film - 'A Knights
Tale' - that they have been asking to see. Very entertaining.
Also numerous odd but entertaining combinations - set in the
Middle Ages with modern elements: a formal dance with traditional
costume, but largely modern movement, a joust set to a track from Queen,
and so on.
Saturday 13 October
Tuesday 25 September
Housegroup comes to us - first time we have hosted a Housegroup
meeting in a long time: possibly since our days at Seaview.
Saturday 29 September
Breakfast with John Stott - and a few other people - at the Wills
Hall. Turned up a bit early, and spent a few minutes with the man
Friday 28 September
John Stott at Clifton Cathedral.
Friday 21 September
My father has had the operation, although they only did a double
bypass after all - the planned third was not done. We assume this
is good news.
Friday 14 September
After many phone calls and several changes of plan, Sue catches the
bus just before 3pm to go up to London and visit our two fathers.
Thursday 13 September
Our car is brought back to Bristol. The garage says it is not
Sue is planning to go and visit my father this weekend, so phones her
parents to see if she can sleep at their place. She discovers
that her father is at the hospital - he was suffering from pains in his
chest, and was rushed in to casualty. Eventually, they do some
tests, which are inconclusive, but not inconclusive enough to prevent
him going home. My father, mother and brother managed to visit
him in casualty while he was waiting - quite a party, it seemed.
Wednesday 12 September
Planning meeting for the Bridgehead lunch meetings - Sam can't join
us as she had to pack up and move out of her room, but we have another
good, encouraging time. The ideas and practical plans seem to be
Tuesday 11 September
I hear the news of the attacks in America from Alan as I get home.
It is the focus of much of our prayers at Team Supper.
Steve is out visiting Rob & Traci - Traci is American - after
Team Supper, so I babysit while Sue goes to Housegroup.
Monday 10 September
Several of us from the Crisis Centre are booked on a First Aid
'Appointed Persons' course. Quite a lot of legal stuff about
obligations and limits, some 'this is what to do' and a bit of playing
with bandages and recussitation dummies. Can't remember doing
anything like this since the Scouts - good fun and potentially very
useful. Just pray it won't be needed.
CCM Management meeting in the evening. Two months since the
last one, and it is good to look back at all that has happened in that
time. We will be losing some of the management members soon,
which is sad, but gives us a good incentive for talking with new people
about possible involvement.
Sunday 9 September
Speaking at Ebenezer church in Filton Avenue this morning.
Very warm reception - absolutely delightful experience. I found
the topic - 'A Harvest for the Poor' - difficult, but in the end
managed to cut out enough material to make it a reasonable sermon.
CCM picnic at Ashton Court in the afternoon. Sue is filling in
application forms, and the boys don't want to go. The numbers are
down - just 9 of us - but a good team-building exercise.
Saturday 8 September
A phone call this morning: the car has been found in Bath.
Driver's door lock, steering wheel lock, steering wheel, steering column
and radio all broken, but apart from that the man at the garage says he
can't see much damage. Not allowed to touch it yet as the Police
fingerprint expert has not gone over it yet. It's not clear if it
will be worth repairing.
Friday 7 September
Father had his angiogram at last today, and the outcome is that he
needs a triple bypass. This will probably be done at St Thomas,
but no idea of how long he may have to wait, or if he will have to stay
in hospital for all that time.
Thursday 6 September
A full day. Into the Crisis Centre first thing, then on to the
CREATE Centre for a VOSCUR Business Management Committee ('BMC') meeting
- I'm now a Director of VOSCUR. Well organised meeting.
Back to Sea Mills for a Sea Mills Prayer Steerign Group meeting.
It's very exciting to hear how each of us is being led is such
similar ways concerning our future work and witness in Sea Mills.
Get provisional permission - need to check with Rob first - to set up a
'Church of Sea Mills' web site.
Back at the Crisis Centre for a meeting we have organised under the
'BCAN' banner for the Christian groups involved in feeding the homeless.
About 25 people from 20 groups invited, I expected maybe 12-15 to
turn up, and we had 20 people. Very encouraging. There
was a tremendous sense of a unity of purpose, even in areas where we are
actually working in very different ways. Another meeting planned
for 22 November.
At the end of the meeting, I am called into the Coffee Shop - a young
lad there is suicidal. He is not really taking any drugs now, he
tells us. Only some heroin, a massive overdose of Librium, and
about 6 pints of cider today. "It hasn't affected me in the
slightest..." The sad thing is, he really believes it. He
goes away eventually a bit happier, and we promise to try to find him
some counselling by an unpaid volunteer (not a professional - he is
quite insistant about that - it must be someone who is doing it because
they care, not because they are being paid, he says). Tidy up
after the meeting, and leave soon after 11:30.
Tuesday 4 September
The boys go back to school today. Philip starts at St Mary
Redcliffe with Alan, and as arranged, Alan takes two other lads in to
school on the bus who are starting at the same time as Philip.
Ian had his first day at a school without Philip. No problems for
any of them.
At work, Sue was told that her resignation has been accepted, so she
told her team. It seems crazy that nothing could be worked out,
but that's what happened. Sue has been looking around for other
jobs, but now the hard work starts for real.
Team Supper starts again - a good time of prayer for lots of people
and different aspects of the work we are engaged in. It's good to
be back. Rob Davis has only one more week of radiotherapy left,
and is really feeling bad. He and Traci need a lot of prayer.
In the evening, a church meeting at Highgrove. A good time of
sharing about what has been happening and some encouraging signs for the
future, but nothing about plans to get a new Pastor - some some people
are thrilled by the evening, and a few are very disappointed.
Saturday 1 September
Father is still in hospital, so I go up to see him. Sue drops
me at the bus station in good time, but the drivers and inspectors are
so impressed by my ticket - the first 'Internet ticket' they have seen -
that they put me on the wrong bus!
To cut a long story short, Roger picks me up from Kidbrooke and we
get to the hospital in time for lunch. Father is very surprised
and emotional when he sees me, as they hadn't warned him I was coming.
He seemed reasonably strong, and was hoping to be let out after
an angiogram on Monday.
We had to leave after lunch, so the three of us went home, looked at
photographs and talked. Had a quick tea then back in to the
hospital. Father had had another attack in the afternoon - not as
bad as the one last week, but still serious - and he looked a lot
frailer, and was unable to walk more than a few dozen yards.
Roger drove me up to Victoria - it was the only way I could see Father
again in the evening - and Mother came with us. The pair of them
seem to be coping reasonably well: as Mother says, it is less worry
having him in hospital than it would be with him at home, but it is not
at all easy.
Monday 27 August
Sue and I took Philip and Ian to the Festival of Wood at Westonbirt
Arboretum. Great fun - must get Paul's parents down next year -
his father would love it.
Ian bought a pen knife, and, inspired by the carvings we saw, has
started to work on his own carving.
Paul's father is still improving, and walking around again.
They plan to put him on a treadmill - presumably to measure how he copes
with exercise - and being let out depends on how this goes.
Sunday 26 August
Led worship at Highgrove in the morning. The service did not go
as planned, but people seemed to appreciate it.
In the afternoon, Paul's mum phoned. His father went into
hospital in the early hours. They now think he had a heart
attack, although this was denied at first. He seems to be
Saturday 25 August
We discover the floor under the washing machine is damp. This
would not be so bad, but it is a plywood floor, and could easily have
started to rot if this has been a problem for too long.
Friday 24 August
The last interviewee for the other half of Sue's job has been turned
down, so it looks like the end of the road for Sue and Knightstone.
But, before handing in her resignation, she made one last phone
call to Personnel, and sent her manager an email. We wait and see
what happens Tuesday.
The police have not found our car yet.
Wednesday 15 August
The day is set aside for visiting Howard and Kay in Liskeard.
It doesn't look far on the map - maybe between 60 and 90 minutes,
depending on teh traffic. Or so we thought.
The journey is terrible. We are a bit late setting out from
Brunel Manor - good conversation over the breakfast table to blame for
that! - but we quickly run into traffic, and only cover 12 miles in the first
hour. Then the car overheats when in the queue for the bridge
over the Tamar and it won't start for half an hour or so. Stop to
cool down the other side of the bridge, and then the car stalls near the
top of a hill not much further on.
The rescue service comes out and tells us we have blown up the engine
and will need a tow to a garage, but this turns out to be too
pessimistic and all we really need is to have a leaking water hose
patched up, and the water topped up again.
We reach Howard and Kay about four hours late - very frustrating.
The time we do have together is very enjoyable and stimulating,
so the journey was worth it after all.
Sunday 12 August
Take the family service at Hillfields Park Baptist. I am there
on time, but can't get in, then can't start painting up straight away,
so it is not quite finished when we go downstairs to pray before the
service. Planned one too many songs, but forgot to include one
somewhere in the middle, so it all works out and we finish on time.
This is the first time I have led a Family Service, so nothing
adventurous - a fairly straight Prodigal Son. It seemed to be
Saturday 11 August
This morning, I go out to collect a prescription for Ian, and
discover the car has gone. Sue phones the police while I get down
to the surgery. This time, they have not already found it.
The immediate issues are shopping - we can't let Alan and Steve
starve this coming week - and then the service I'm taking tomorrow, and
getting Phiip and Ian to SU camp and Sue and myself to Brunel Manor on
However, a quick phone call to the Prices sorts out everything - they
have a new car, and have not managed to sell the old one, which we are
welcome to borrow. Getting insured is not entirely
straightforward, but it's all done in time.
All the messing about means we miss Paul & Jayne's wedding
anniversary celebration inthe afternoon.
Sunday 5 August
Miss Highgrove this morning and drive to Nick Adlem's service of
induction and ordination. He and Heather-Ann have wanted this for
so long - very much hope it works out well for them.
A number of people from Westborough present, but not as many as expected.
Still, good to catch up with the news from those who made it.
A couple of surprises - Andy Rolfe, now living in London and
working for the Inland Revenue, and David Lewis, now a canon.
Very much appreciated seeing him again after all these years.
Sunday 8 July
Preaching at Highgrove. This time, it is 'Worship'. I
take the liberty of straying from the text, and share more from my heart
and experience on the subject - very warm response, so it semms to have
been the right decision.
Wednesday 4 July
Off on retreat with the 'Celebration Leaders' - about a dozen of us
in a Catholic retreat house and community just North of Bristol.
Sunday 1 July
Take Alan round the Games Workshop open day, while Sue, Philip and
Ian go with parents and Roger to Sherwood Forest. Suspect they
had a more enjoyable time. Still, a fascinating insight into the
lives of people who devote so much of their time and energy to playing
these odd games with little plastic models.
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