Men’s Fellowship

 

 

The Men’s Fellowship will be HHstarting a new programme in September. Following the summer break, the first meet will be a dinner at Hazelhurst Arms at 7.15pm on Thursday 21st September. If you would like to join for a meal and fellowship please book a place with Allan on 351154.

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Message from the Manse

Dear Friends,

When you read this letter the school children and their teachers will be doing their final preparations before going back to school.  Before the teachers who read this complain too loudly I do realise that they will have been back to school on several occasions during the holiday.  My point is that early in September school life starts again.  For some there are big changes such as starting or changing school or for the older ones starting at college.  At this time we remember all those involved in education in our prayers.

For us in the Methodist Church September feels like the start of a new year.  For ministers who have moved they will begin in their new circuits on the 1st September and again I would ask you to pray for them.  Thankfully this year we have had no changes in staff but may I gently encourage you to pray for my colleagues and me.

September also feels like the start of term for us because the meetings seem to start up again. Often over the summer there has been a bit of a lull as people take holidays but now we are back and the meetings such as the District Synod, Circuit meeting and Church Council will soon be upon us.  Please pray that the decisions made at these meetings will be in the best interests of the Methodist Church.

The Methodist Conference recognised “the challenges and changes facing every community in these islands and the urgent call of God on the Methodist people to share the love of God in Jesus Christ in word and action”.  It called on every local church to launch the new Methodist year with a day of prayer and fasting as a way of seeking Gods help and guidance for the church.  We in this circuit will hold such a day later on in the year.  However, that should not stop us as individuals praying about the church’s future and our role in that future.  You might even ask about what role God might be asking you to play in showing God’s love to the people of this area.

So, as the children and teachers go back to school and the pace of church life gathers again, I ask you to spend some time in prayer, praying especially for God’s help and guidance as we seek to serve God in this place.

God Bless,

Chris Pritchard

Harvest Produce and Craft Show

Saturday Sept 23rd followed by Harvest Supper

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This is a fun event with something for everyone, have a go at making, baking, growing, sewing, painting and photographing!

4-5pm Entries to be displayed

5-6pm View entries and judge

6.30pm Harvest Supper and prizes

Tel: Alison 01606 888359 for more information

See Church magazine or Harvest leaflet for categories

Action for Children

 

How Action for Children works

From before they are born until they are into their twenties, we help disadvantaged children across the UK.

We help them through fostering or adoption – and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse. We make life better for children with disabilities. We influence policy and advocate for change. Our 7,000 staff and volunteers operate over 600 services, improving the lives of 390,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. We succeed by doing what’s right, doing what’s needed, and doing what works for children.

Flog it!

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Peter Ashburner will present “Flog it!” on Thursday 6th July – open to men and wives from 7.15pm in the church hall. Tea and coffee available.

Leprosy Mission Service

Leprosy Mission are an international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. Their aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy.

Leprosy is a disease of poverty and as well as providing healthcare, we offer rehabilitation, education, vocational training, small business loans, housing and fresh water supplies and sanitation to tens of thousands of people each year. They provide a springboard to restored health, self-sufficiency and renewed hope. Their services are provided regardless of religion or ethnicity, promoting equality and social justice.

On Sunday 25th June our morning service will be led by Mr Nick Calland, the regional Manager for Leprosy Mission.

From the Manse

Dear Friends

When I sat down to write this two topics came to mind. The first was the theme of Pentecost as this year it falls in June. the second possibility was a piece on the forthcoming General Election. On further reflection I realised there was a timing problem with both these themes. the article on Pentecost would have been almost out of date by the time you read this and the same can be said about the general election.

I then began to think about the consequences of the election results. If the responses to last year’s referendum are anything to go by then there may be two sorts of people living in this country following the election, those who are delighted by the result and those who are horrified by it! We as a nation will then have to work out how to live with the consequences of the voting.

John Wesley once wrote in his diary, “I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advise them:-  1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy, 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those who voted on the other side.” The first comment is not very relevant in this day and age and the second is an interesting reminder. It is the third comment that is most challenging in that it is very easy to complain bitterly about those who see life differently to us, especially if we think that those on the other side are wrong.

This takes me back to Pentecost and the Holy Spirit who Jesus describes as being our helper. In chapter 14 of John’s gospel Jesus says, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God.” The Holy Spirit comes to help us in our day to day lives. So as we come to terms with the election results or for that matter as we deal with any of the major challenges that we face in life we need to remember that we are not on our own. We have a helper given to us by God to guide us through life’s challenges. All we have to do is ask for help.

God bless

Chris Pritchard

 

Christian Aid Week

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It’s better to die in a refugee camp than to die in a war. To risk your children’s lives in a plastic dinghy. And to leave everything you know behind.

When the alternative is terror, bombs and bullets, almost anything is better.

This is the terrible choice facing tens of millions of people worldwide – fleeing conflict and disaster, making dangerous journeys in search of safety.

Christian Aid Week was set up 60 years ago to support our work with refugees in Europe following the Second World War.

Let’s act again now, to help relieve suffering and build a world where everyone has a safe place to call home.

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Nejebar fled violence in Afghanistan, but her hopes of a safe, peaceful future for her family feel like a distant dream. They’ve spent the last six months in a tent in a refugee camp in Greece, huddled together against the wind and rain.

This Christian Aid Week raise money to transform the lives of our neighbours like Nejebar.