|The Circuit Service and farewell to Rev Alan and Rev Frances is on Sunday 1st August at 3pm. Email Rita Rowe (email@example.com) to reserve a place.|
|Junior Church Challenge||25/07/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||24/07/2021|
Its wine time! Celebrates Frances Week 71
No don’t think water always turns into wine but I’ll tell you today in my last lot of words that God reverses the order in humanity and always asks us to look forward to not more of the same, but something that is better than before!.
Usually we get bored with life and relationships and tedium , routine with its ruts gets established, and we lose interest ,look for greener pastures or die a slow death of sameness!
The marriage feast miracle of supplying more wine when the old had run out, producing a better vintage, which was hardly noticed by some in their revelry.
But it was better and the best….
John Ch 2v1-13 details the celebrations of wedding covenant and wedding reception.
Showing us that we should be looking towards what God is going to provide for us.
Maybe not asking him to help us cope with ‘water’ but asking him to turn it into ‘wine’
What does that mean for you in your life?
I pray that as I leave you for ministry pastures new, you eagerly ask God to take you forward into his best, his new and his intoxicating vintage Spirit…..the Holy Spirit!
Goodbye and God bless Rev Frances.
|Junior Church Challenge||18/07/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||17/07/2021|
Amazing experience recalls Frances Week 70
It was an early morning start to reach this amazing scenery as the sun rose over this eroded landscape in Cappadocia, Turkey.
A desire of my heart to have a hot air balloon adventure, never ever imagining it was going to be in Turkey , never ever thought it would happen..hadn’t planned it. A rare occurrence of spontaneity.
It was one of those ‘yes let’s do it’ as my friend and I slowly rose above the earth and floated around, joining many other coloured balloons. Cost and sensibleness were forgotten in the joy-filled moments.
A desire of my heart…….to see the Queen and Prince Philip..while in ministry in Essex, Yes I did
A desire in my heart... to have a tri motorbike ride around the Isle of Man TT track, Yes I did
Ok so I didn’t know those desires were within my heart..until I stepped out and said’ Yes I will’ and then everyone knew about the amazing experiences.
I was certainly out of my rutted routine, it was a bit scary and overwhelming, felt childlike excitement and was lost in awe and wonder….
Amazing…even speechless…with the reality of the achievement of the ‘desires of my heart’
Could I not say that God knew the wish and he granted it!
But I hadn’t asked him...now that’s something to think about.
|Message from Rev Frances||11/07/2021|
Oh to be blessed! Says Rev Frances in week 69
Another passage that of Mark 6 details the demise of John the Baptist as Herod grants the wish of the daughter of Herodias. It’s a bit graphic for publication, even though it’s in the Bible.
What exactly are God’s blessings? Could we describe him as recklessly extravagant, giving until it really hurts, in the self-sacrifice of his Son as offered on our behalf.
Is it about delighting in the Lord and he will give me the desires of my heart…….?
Or is it about having open hands and hearts and being open to receive with gratitude.
Abundant life in the now as well as in eternity, so God’s blessings could be about his continuing presence as Holy Spirit throughout all time and beyond….
Receiving the favour of God, as his beloved , receiving his goodness and mercy….
Love to know how you interpret ‘God’s blessing in the heavenly realm’ ? Is it all spiritual as important our salvation is or might he bless me with a new dishwasher, a new……..in the practical reality of daily life?
Ask for God to bless you…I mean that.
Jacob fought with the angel of the Lord and wouldn’t let go until he received a blessing…….( Gen 32v26) Francesx
|Junior Church Challenge||11/07/2021|
|Knit & Natter||10/07/2021|
The knitting needles are clicking again on a Friday morning, knitting garments for Armenian ministries. 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Not compulsory to knit - just come for a natter with this friendly group. The photo shows some of the garments made at home during Lockdown.
|Vision21 Celebration Weekend||06/07/2021|
|Junior Church Challenge||05/07/2021|
|Vision21 Service of Celebration||04/07/2021|
Service of Celebration for completion of our Vision21 Bulding Project is at 10.30 today led by Rev Frances Ballantyne. Come and celebrate with us.
|Message from Rev Frances||03/07/2021|
‘That homing call‘ has strong links says Frances Week 68
Whenever anyone mentions visiting Surrey , I’m always curious as to how near they will be to my Surrey birth town. We had conversation with a stranger in Deeping lakes recently and he recalled Surrey Street, the fruit and veg market in Croydon.
Our growing up memories, and the catching of the train to East Croydon to do the special shopping when we needed the new Sunday clothes or the department stores.
Left there many years ago, life has travelled us into Leicestershire and Lincolnshire and soon to be Mid-Cheshire.
We never lived there as married, mother or minister... I would be remembered as the daughter of my Mum & Dad, and would feel ‘like a prophet without honour’.
People’s perceptions of him when he returned to preach in his home town of Nazareth ( Mark 6v1-13) came a little way as to how it would be if I went back to Surrey, or went back to Market Harborough…. I would be remembered as related to my earthly family not as related with purpose to my Heavenly Father
‘Brother of James, Mary’s Son, the carpenter, are his sisters around?’
Only in his home town Jesus is to say ‘ is a prophet without honour’
The return to the home or the home town has nostalgia and memories but the reality is often a big let down or disappointment…. did Jesus belong there anymore?
Jesus didn’t stay very long, unable to practise what he preached because of their lack of faith.
Where do we belong? Which home are we homesick for? John 14v 1 In my Father’s house….and we often say ‘called home’ Francesx
|Vision21 Celebration Weekend||30/06/2021|
We invite you to join us on
Saturday 3rd July
Between 10am and 1pm to celebrate completion of our
Vision21 Building Project
Sunday 4th 10.30 a.m. Celebration Service led by Rev Frances Ballantyne
|Knit & Natter||29/06/2021|
Knit and Natter restarts this Friday 2nd July 10am until 12 noon. It's not compulsory to knit, you can just come along and enjoy a natter!
|Mums arriving for Polka Dot session||28/06/2021|
Mums and children arriving for Polka Dot session. It's good to see folk back using our building.
|Junior Church Challenge||27/06/2021|
|Message from Win & Maurice||21/06/2021|
|Maurice and Win Walters have moved house. If you would like their new address please contact Dorothy - email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Junior Church Challenge||20/06/2021|
|Annual Reports June 2021||20/06/2021|
If you wish to access the annual reports online then please download them here
|Message from Rev Frances||18/06/2021|
What a size difference! Thinks Frances Week 66
Well we have a size difference between the giant Goliath and the shepherd boy David.
We have a size difference between the armour of Saul and the correct fit for the much smaller David.
We have a power dilemma that has threatened the whole army of Israel and terrified them.
Until the shepherd boy comes along and says ‘Your majesty, nobody should be afraid of the Philistine. I will go and fight him…in the name of the Lord…..
And the power stakes were more than reversed and David took that sling and 5 stones and defeated the giant Goliath…
And you can sing at home;
Only a boy called David, only a rippling brook 5 little stones he took , 1 little stone went in his sling, and the sling went round and round and round…and up and up….and the giant came tumbling down.
So don’t run scared from the Goliaths in your life, they might have big feet but you have the Lord on your side, wait on Him, and put his armour on (Eph 6v10-18)
We invite you to join us on
Saturday 3rd July
Between 10am and 1pm to celebrate completion of our
Vision21 Building Project
at Broad Street Methodist Church, Spalding PE11 1TB
|Thanks to everyone who made donations to the Leprosy Mission Covid Vaccination Appeal over the last two Sundays. We have been told that 77 people affected by Leprosy will receive vaccinations from the £97 donated.|
|Junior Church Challenge||13/06/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||12/06/2021|
Judging a book by its cover! Confesses Frances in week 65
Look at the cover and then decide to read it or not……yes I do!
Well the Biblical story is about 7 brothers who were not looking for seven Brides (an old film), but were polished and smartened up to be the line up for the next king after Saul.
All got rejected…what a blow to their Dad Jesse…. ( 1Sam 15v34-16v18)
And then the youngest comes along…..who was described as
A good musician
A good soldier
An able speaker and
‘The Lord was with him’ (Ch 16v18)
Not forgetting a poet and writer (psalm 23 & others)
Add in an occupation as a shepherd
And there is a right combination of humility, ability and relationship with God.
So appearances can be offputting or misleading….and we can all be taken in..
But God knows the heart………..he can read us like a book!
|To complete our fund raising to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Christian Aid, church member Sarah endeavoured to complete 30,000 steps during May. Thanks to everyone who sponsored Sarah, £185 was raised.|
|Message from Rev Frances||05/06/2021|
Choosing a King ..a right or wrong decision? Considers Frances for week 64
They wanted to be the same as their neighbouring countries.’ We want a king’ was their cry, into the ears of Samuel and even God makes comment in 1 Samuel 8v4-11.
The elders of Israel approached Samuel , forgetting that in their request they were rejecting the King of all kings and actually it might not bring about a better way of leadership.
They were warned but who was paying attention to the prophet Samuel.
I’m predicting that one day we will hear that cry. ’We want the King’ as Buckingham Palace will have a King in residence.
Maybe a stronger cry needs to be ‘We want the King of kings to come, and reign in his Kingdom for ever and ever.
But nothing stopping us being different and distinctive from the cultures around us and to serve totally whole heartedly to the wishes and will of Christ, the King.
‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God……..
|Message from Rev Frances||05/06/2021|
OPEN BIBLE SPACE
Why is story telling so effective?
The Parables of Jesus
6th July Prodigal Son Luke 15
13th July Mustard seeds and yeast Luke13 v18-21
20th July Sower and weeds Matt 13v1-30
All Tuesdays in July at 7pm. All welcome
Zoom invite via email@example.com
Any queries please contact Rev Frances 01775 720145 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Junior Church Challenge||05/06/2021|
|Junior Church Challenge||31/05/2021|
Pentecost Sunday: The Holy Spirit Comes!
Do you ever need help with anything? Sometimes in life we all need a little help; it may be our homework is too hard or we are unable to do something difficult. The disciples had seen Jesus ascend into heaven and were now alone. However, Jesus had promised that this situation would change and he would send a helper. That helper was the Holy Spirit.
The disciples were gathered together, fearful, unsure not knowing what the next step would be in their journey together. Suddenly the Holy Spirit descended upon them. From that moment everything would change. The Holy Spirit filled them with boldness and power. He helped them to preach and do many signs and wonders. The Church began to grow and spread the good news about Jesus.
The coming of the Holy Spirit was the point in history when the Church was born, its birthday! On their own the disciples could achieve nothing but with their new helper they boldly proclaimed the Kingdom of God.
Your challenge this week is to:
· Draw/paint or write about the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples when they were all gathered together.
· Draw/paint or write about Peter preaching his sermon to a lot of people with great boldness
· Draw/paint or write about disciples meeting together sharing communion or praising God.
· Draw/paint or write about your own Church at Broad Street
Acts Chapter 2 Verses 1-4
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
Acts Chapter 2 Verses 14-18
Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
Acts Chapter 2 Verses 42-47
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
|Message from Rev Frances||29/05/2021|
Puzzling mystery………… Rev Frances week 63
I never could fathom out those rings that had three strands and the aim was to assemble them as one ring…were they called puzzle rings?
And what about those Rubik cubes, trying to get each side the same colour, by turning and twisting on all 6 sides, rearranging and realigning!
Ok so you could, but can you work out the Puzzle/mystery of the Trinity. This is the Sunday called’ Trinity Sunday’ and only brave souls tackle that subject!
Tell me about H20 in water, ice and steam, show me the egg shell, yolk and white, illustrations that help to see Father, Son and Holy Spirit as one in three and three in one.
Even this design has no beginning and no ending so one can go around in circles or loops, as there are overlaps and intersecting junctions!
Are you any clearer about the personhood of the Trinity, the character and purpose of God, experienced in different forms portraying the depth of Gods’ heart of love…..?
Enough! Too much studying just gets us into theological roundabouts or desert dryness of commentaries!
Why we need explanation about Mystery I have no idea…..but we want a solution and we want to crack the puzzle that defeats us all too often……
Give up, no need to stress…just say God (an inclusive name) and He is all sufficient
|Shoppers' Services will recommence on Tuesday 1st June. 10.45 a.m. to 11 a.m.. A short time of prayer and reflection. All welcome|
Thanks to the Fuller family we are ready for summer as the newly planted flower tubs provide a bright welcome to our church. The hanging baskets provided by Spalding in Bloom are also in place and we now need some sunshine to encourage growth.
|We held a successful coffee morning to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Christian Aid which raised £222.00. A retiring collection after the morning service the previous Sunday means that we are able to donate over £360 to this charity. It was good to welcome members and regular supporters from the wider community to our first coffee morning for over a year.|
|Junior Church Challenge||23/05/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||22/05/2021|
The Spirit’s leading YOU! An invitation by Frances Week 62
It’s a celebration weekend when we revisit or relive that first Pentecost when the Spirit came and turfed those timid folk out onto the streets , with carefreeness and abandonment and all that mattered was that they preached about Jesus, the need for repentance, to show that personal commitment by baptism and to live as disciples of Christ.
Where does John Wesley fit in to that occasion... easily..
Listen to his Rule for Christian living:
’Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever…..YOU CAN…..
And Paul could say in Phil 4v13 ‘ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me……’
So yes, you can... if they can in the strength of Christ , you can!................. no excuses……………
|Message from Rev Frances||16/05/2021|
Protecting the vulnerable……… Frances week 61
There isn’t enough water in many parts of the world, so the ground cracks, but new life is possible.
This image this week gives me a thought about the efforts of CHRISTIAN AID protecting and providing the means to enable crops to grow on sun-scorched landscapes.
This time of year we are reminding ourselves about the social gospel , helping people to live in their communities with enough food and water to be able to be self sustaining.
It’s Kenya and the drought there , with individuals sharing their particular struggles to get clean water that Christian Aid are wanting us to hear and respond to in this 75th year of their making a difference to many people through their active responses.
New Life is possible, not just the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to offer us a relationship with God as Father, but the good news that the quality of life can be changed in the present as dams are built, water pumps are provided and running water can prevent disease and early death and facilitate the growing of crops…….
So today we pray for those who serve within organisations like Christian Aid who actively train and encourage local people to be resourceful and to work alongside others to improve their daily living.
Be blessed as you bless others Frances
|Junior Church Challenge||15/05/2021|
Our Sunflower seeds, sown to produce many more seeds continue the wonderful cycle of life. There is more in John chapter 12.
|Junior Church Challenge||09/05/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||08/05/2021|
Studying to grow…. ‘Words’ by Frances Week 60
I remember in those school days when in English literature we pulled a book apart from cover to cover, pouring over chapter, paragraph, sentence, comma and fullstop. A whole term to read a book!
My scanning and speed reading soon became evident beyond the need to sit a state examination. But I did get the top grade for that subject, higher than English language!
So I’m asking you to read a Book, however it suits you, by audio, by chapter, page by page, quickly or slowly, until the Gospel of Mark has had a beginning for you and you have finished it with an ending.
Be grateful you are not going to sit a written exam or be orally quizzed about the sermons or teachings of Jesus contained within the pages of Mark.
But just asking that you spend some time in a comfortable armchair with a good book, lose yourself in this Gospel , it’s the second book of the New Testament…Matthew, MARK, Luke and John…….
And if you want to learn more, studying to grow in the faith, join Bible Space where we are delving into the themes of Mark every Tuesday in May. Let me know…..
|Junior Church Challenge||02/05/2021|
"I try to pass the message , the person is giving the other person a hat because it’s cold. It’s good to be kind.When we love family they can see it."
|Communion Service 2 May||02/05/2021|
Today a real Communion Service (instead of a virtual one) led by Rev Frances. Bread (actually a wafer) in the top layer and non alcoholic wine underneath.
|Message from Rev Frances||01/05/2021|
Pruning to produce the best! From Frances Week 59
Love giving my garden a haircut! The shears or secateurs ruthlessly cut back indiscriminately in order to trim, control, or encourage new growth.
Not an expert, but do know that after flowering is the best time they say to prune the plant by cutting it back, even to ground level for some varieties.
Seen vineyards in Germany cut back to ground level to get the best grapes, seemed to cut back the good and the dead wood.
Jesus knew that as he describes pruning techniques in John 15.v1-4 …… cutting back branches that bore fruit and those that didn’t.
Haven’t touched the roots, haven’t killed the plant, haven’t destroyed the possibility of wonderful fruit/flowers in due season.
Using an image that could sensitively be applied to our Christian growth and development, times when it seems as if all one can do is ’Abide in the true vine, Jesus Christ’ ( v4) and wait for the due season to bear fruit (v16)
Know the fruit of the Spirit…. (Galatians 5v22) but wonder what God’s flowers are like?
|Message from Rev Keith||01/05/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||27/04/2021|
|Junior Church Challenge||25/04/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||24/04/2021|
Active Christianity! Thoughts by Frances Week 58
What a stupid title!
Being a Christian is not a passive armchair occupation, unless you are in your normal prayer posture without falling asleep!
Being a Christian is about responding to the other whether in word or action.
Being a Christian is a 24 hour calling, not just a one day a week occupation or duty.
Being a Christian according to 1 John 3v16-24 is about words and actions, joined up like jigsaw pieces to state clearly there is practice to what is preached or spoken!
Being a Christian is a challenge to the passivity, apathy or indifference or, dare I say it, to the self centred approach to living!
Being a Christian in word and action reveals the love of God in kindness, compassion and service to others.
Being a Christian is living in gratitude for what Jesus has done for us, and in turn we respond in that love to others.
Being a Christian is a witness in word and action……………………
Sunday 25th April will mark the first anniversary of Broad Street Digital Services.
|Junior Church Challenge||18/04/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||17/04/2021|
Speaking out from Frances week 57
Wanted to draw you into a quiet reflective mode, into listening prayer as I was struck by a phrase in a book by Catherine de Hueck Doherty. ……’Soul of my Soul’
‘who can describe how one cries out with joy because Christ is a human being who runs with us, plays with us, befriends us ,drinks a cup of coffee with us…..how are you going to explain all this? You have to remain still and wait, God himself will come and tell you about it’
But here is Peter telling people all about it! Look in Acts 3v12-19
Peter has been given power to speak out and tell people about the healing power of God. He is explaining how John and himself were there at that moment to be instruments to bring complete healing to the crippled beggar on the route towards the temple. They spoke out as witnesses about the Christ who was crucified but was raised to life again. Peter was confrontational, he really wanted them to be convicted and be converted!
So I’m reminded there is a time to be silent and listen & also a time to speak out in the name of Jesus Christ making sure the listeners really hear the Gospel of Good news!
Maybe we have kept silent for far too long, now is the time for us to witness by our words to our family, neighbours and friends.
|Stained glass panel||15/04/2021|
A beautiful stained glass panel which will be put on display in the new foyer. A gift to the Church from the Pollard family.
|Junior Church Challenge||12/04/2021|
|Sunday Worship 11 April||12/04/2021|
Children's activities in Church Sunday morning.
|Message from Rev Frances||10/04/2021|
Believing or not? After Easter reflections Frances week 56
Found myself in a Classic book through Easter…..’Who moved the stone’ by Frank Morison
And if you find it difficult to believe the resurrection it’s a good read. He started from one perspective and ended on another.
But I found a quote’ ……. There’s a willingness of certain types of people to believe what they want to believe, to be carried away by their emotions and to assert as fact what has originally reached them as hearsay……..
Jesus did his best to convince those adult believers that he revealed himself to, so that they would be convinced and it wouldn’t be hearsay. Were those original followers carried away by their emotions?
They risked everything on the belief in the Resurrection. ..no point lying about it…one of them would have broken rank eventually……..but they retained their certainty and they grew in confidence to be witnesses.
Believe what you want to believe, but look at the facts, look at the impact, look at the evidence before you jump to the wrong belief to save face or to save your own skin!......
|Easter Sunday Worship||05/04/2021|
Easter Sunday worship in Church and the children's activities. The service was also attended by many online.
|Junior Church Challenge||04/04/2021|
|Message from Helen||04/04/2021|
|Thank you to everyone who donated to my fund raising Walk all over Cancer appeal in March. My present total for Cancer Research Uk stands at £905, everyone’s support is very much appreciated.|
|Message from Rev Frances||03/04/2021|
Well, I think you might have expected an image of an empty tomb or a beachside bbq, even a communion setting at the home of the followers at Emmaus.
Thought about the impact on the disciples of seeing Jesus as he revealed his risen self to them, and I began to put myself in their shoes…
Were they stunned to shocking silence! A phenomenon beyond their comprehension!
Or discussing & debating until they wore themselves out with their inadequate words of logical or rational reasoning.
Imagine a new phenomenon, a never before experience, a not normal, or not within the parameters of human experience.
Death should have meant death…irreversible!
Here’s Jesus showing us he is very much alive, by eating, drinking speaking, hosting communion, but he keeps appearing and disappearing!
Well what would we make of it? How do we make sense of this?
Try as we might, I think it’s about faith in God and belief in mystery.
It certainly is news for the world that He is a living Lord and saviour and death could not hold him.
Try and have some conversations with your friends about this Good news for the world
|Easter Sunday Worship||03/04/2021|
|A reminder that Worship for Easter Sunday is at 10 a.m. in Church or online. For access to the digital service see Services page.|
|Message from Rev Frances||31/03/2021|
April 1st (Maundy Thursday) - 6-7pm Monthly prayer mtg followed 7.30pm Maundy Thursday live at Broad Street, Biblical readings of Holy Week led by Rev Frances.
April 2nd Good Friday Vigil Noon to 3pm
The Church will be open for private prayer
|Message from Rita||30/03/2021|
We are delighted to announce the completion of the promised
Any offerings made via the EO service are wholly donated to the World
All of this information, with accompanying links, is available on the
MWiB website: www,mwib.org.uk
Palm leaves with a modern twist which the children made at the Digital Service on Palm Sunday.
|Message from Rev Frances||27/03/2021|
Worshipping crowds & a donkey! Lent Reflections by Frances week 54
Sometimes we have to see from a different perspective to sense a new truth from a familiar Palm Sunday story line. There was a donkey, never been ridden before, and he had the honour to carry Jesus into the heart of the political and religious arena, the city of Jerusalem.
The crowd anticipated and were excited that Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem meant that he was ready to be acknowledged as King , making his presence visible within the confines of Jerusalem, the seat of power.
How the crowd responded with shouts and screams and banner waving and shouting their slogans…..
This day, for the crowds, was a now moment, all that mattered was to worship with great rejoicing indicating hope and expectation. For them, it was enough
Hosanna in the Highest! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is the coming Kingdom of our father David! ( Mark 11v9-10)
What a praise march!
‘March for Jesus ‘ through the streets of London in 1989, is in my memory as a peaceful witness of faith. What an occasion, what a thrill it was to gather in our thousands from all over the country and set our sights on London! Then to meet up in Hyde Park to continue worshipping.
We are in a procession of ordinary people, a kingdom where love is the key. A people whose life is in Jesus, a light to the nations, abandoning ourselves to the King’ stanzas from MP 32 c. Dave Bilborough , with our slogan being Jesus is Lord ?
|Junior Church Challenge||27/03/2021|
|Digital service Children's handiwork||22/03/2021|
Hands of welcome and seeds of love. John 12 v 24-26
|Congratulations to Pat on the birth of a great grandson, Charlie James.|
|Message from Rev Frances||20/03/2021|
Preparing for His Passion…Lent Reflections from Frances week 53
The Passion of Jesus replays every year in our church calendars. We travel the way towards the cross within the stories of the last week of the life of Jesus from Palm Sunday to Good Friday.
This Sunday before Palm Sunday is nominated as Passion Sunday.
It is played out to a fuller extent in the village of Oberammergau as its population embrace the passion and name it ‘The Passion Play’.
So we face the suffering in its full reality, especially if Good Friday cannot be such a public gathering ecumenically, as a witness, of the central focus of our faith, the Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It plays into our own life experiences, speaks to our life journey, and offers belief in a suffering Saviour who knows about the dark side of human behaviour and how life can be unjust, unfair and bereft of expected support. It takes Jesus from an active subject, working, talking, teaching, healing to being the object with things done to him by others.
Read all about it. The Gospels take many chapters detailing the experiences e.g. the foot washing, the last Supper , the denial from Peter, the betrayal by Judas, the trial and the agony of crucifixion.
Let’s not forget the crowd, and those shouting Crucify! Peer pressure maybe…..
It’s the way of the Cross… can we embrace it for ourselves or is it just easier to let Jesus walk by himself?
Thoughtful... got to be……. Frances
Children's activities for Mothers Day
|Junior Church Challenge||15/03/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||13/03/2021|
‘Being held’ Lent reflection by Frances week 52
Easter bunnies will start appearing as we get nearer to the season of chicks, fledglings and chocolate eggs!
Love this image of being held confidently and securely in its owner arms. Reflects the thought that inspired me for this Sunday, Mothering Sunday.
As babies are born the first experience they have is of being held…..by doctor, nurse, midwife, mum, dad, sibling, grandparent, birthing partner etc…..
They need to be held, they are vulnerable, they are reliant on the holding by others.
Don’t drop me. Don’t let go of me! Don’t make me feel unsafe………
Mothering is the experience of ‘holding’, holding in mind, holding in heart and actually holding the hand of the offspring as the world is being explored.
Who holds you in their heart and mind?
Who has your best interest in mind?
Who will never let you go, drop you, tease you or mishandle you?
Just one aspect of Mothering, as we are thankful for those that held us, and for the maternal heart of God who holds us with those everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33v27
|Message from Rita||13/03/2021|
|See website Events Page for an invitation to the Induction of the Lincolnshire President of Methodist Women in Britain on Thursday 18 March.|
Tuesday 16 March is the final Lent Bible Space on The Cross Sayings of Jesus. 7 p.m. for approx one hour. Contact Rev Keith Rowbottom for access to Zoom.
|Junior Church Challenge||07/03/2021|
|Tuesday 9 March is the third Lent Bible Space on The Cross Sayings of Jesus. 7 p.m. for approx one hour. Contact Rev Keith Rowbottom for access to Zoom.|
|Message from Rev Frances||06/03/2021|
Seeing red! Lent reflection from Frances week 51
Jesus did not lose his temper! Jesus was controlled in his constructive anger as he saw the violations in the temple forecourts. What a scene he saw as he walked in, money changers, dishonest traders and all manner of distortions to the holy and pure religion that his Father had intended way back at the beginning of the temple system of worship.
Jesus caused a massive disruption on that day. John 2v13-22.
He brought God back into the picture…….
In walked God, in the image of his Son and what did he see?
You might find this reality of Jesus a little bit disconcerting to the gentle Jesus meek and mild.
Here is an angry Jesus because the poor are being exploited, violated and downtrodden. Even more than that the temple has changed its reason for being, or lost its way.
‘House of Prayer’ utters Jesus.. he didn’t mutter it, he made sure all who needed to hear it heard it.
He wasn’t playing that good psychology of building up before knocking down, he just whipped their trade tables, with a desire for them to re-establish better practice in their worship of His Father.
Thought: In walked God into our churches…and commended us or challenged us?
|Message from Rev Frances||02/03/2021|
|Digital Service 28 February||02/03/2021|
Children's work as part of the Digital Service today.
As Jesus spoke from the heart in Mark 8 v31 - 38, here are our open heart messages made into an envelope to give away.
|Message from Helen||01/03/2021|
Cancer Research Uk
Due to COVID restrictions this year, I am unable to do my fundraising All Day Breakfast at my home which has raised a fantastic total of £6,615 over the past 19 years. In March I am celebrating my 50th birthday and I didn’t want to miss my 20th year of fund raising, so throughout March I am walking a minimum of 10,000 steps for sponsorship. Any contributions would be fantastic to this worthy charity.
I have a just giving page on Facebook and can share via e mail
|Junior Church Challenge||28/02/2021|
|The second Lent Bible Space is on Tuesday 2nd March at 7p.m. via Zoom. 'The Cross Sayings of Jesus'. Contact Gill Brooks or Rev Keith Rowbottom for details.|
|Digital Service 28 February||27/02/2021|
|Sunday service will be digital only, 9.30 a.m. led by Chair of District Rev Bruce Thompson.|
|Message from Rev Frances||27/02/2021|
Striking similarity Lent Reflections By Frances
Thinking about the temptations that Jesus faced in his 40 day wilderness experience and they could be summarized in terms of kingdom, power and glory.
Emphasis in the Lord’s prayer on kingdom, power and glory….Gods!
Jesus was so anchored and rooted in the life of his Father that nothing could possess him, his desire to have ( Turn these stones into bread), his desire to count and be important ( ‘Leap down from the pinnacle of the Temple’) nor the desire to have power (Take over the kingdom of this world) refer to Matt 4v1-11
Hadn’t ever made that connection before, and it’s easily a temptation that befalls us to be our own empire builders, or to be the king of the castle, even to sit on our own thrones!
Jesus is instructing us to pray the Lord’s Prayer meaningfully, to overcome our sinful tendencies.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory…for ever and ever AMEN!
Not just to quote Scripture as Jesus did , that as well, but to add the discipline of prayer as we journey onwards, outwards, even upwards, into life in all its fullness through the coming weeks.
Church flower tubs refreshed and ready for Spring.
|Junior Church Challenge||21/02/2021|
|Digital Service 21 February||19/02/2021|
|Digital Service only on Sunday 21st February lef by Emma Bennett and others.|
|Message from Rev Frances||18/02/2021|
Testing His identity………….. Lent reflecting from Frances Week 49
So here we are travelling alongside Jesus as he enters his period of testing. It’s a lonely solitary pathway, as our own experience of wilderness will be, as our own individual lockdowns have caused us to retreat from crowds and social gatherings.
For Jesus he was being tossed and buffeted by the Devil to sow doubt about his identity with his Heavenly Father.
Did God really say?
‘You are my Son, whom I love, with you I am well pleased.
Jesus heard those words as he was baptised and straightway was led/ sent/ forced/guided by the Spirit into the wilderness to get toughened up. ( Mark 1v9-15)
So glad that Jesus used the Words of God to outplay the devils schemes. He quoted biblical text, he knew what would work!” He knew his Bible!
If only Adam & Eve had refuted ‘Did God really say? ( Genesis 3v1)…….and the result of them believing the doubt was an exclusion from the garden of Eden.
I’m not saying we won’t have doubts or that we won’t be tempted at our strong or weak points but following Jesus and his wilderness testings , its applying Gods word of truth, the whole truth and nothing but the absolute truth.
We are his beloved children, he loves us and he likes us, and he takes delight in us……………………….
|We have received a donation of £250 from the Rotary Club of South Holland for our help with Santa's Sleigh in the town before Christmas. Many thanks to Emma and friends for volunteering.|
|Junior Church Challenge||14/02/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||13/02/2021|
Climbing mountains together! Ministers exertions! Week 48
And we got to the top and the view was magnificent wasn’t it! There we are surveying the scene, helping each other, and making sure we all make it!
What a feeling of exhilaration and team work. What a story to share as we come down to sea level and share our witness of the glory of the Lord. Maybe we would of liked to have built a stone obelisk and put a flag on the top to help us remember that great occasion when we were on the top of the world looking down on creation.
Perhaps not such an accurate depiction of the time when Jesus and his close friends were on the heights of a mountain and were shown behind the visible into the glory of the Heavens ,with past famous Old Testament figures of Elijah and Moses present. (Mark 9v2-9)
Don’t we appreciate mountain top experiences when we are lost in awe, wonder and praise at the majesty , splendour, might, power of the transcendence of God. Transcending our understanding and our imagination and taking us to realms of unimaginable worship……..
O for a mountain top experience shared together, in the fullness of time, holding hands and raising them in corporate thanksgiving and praise.
It’s a longing……….
|Digital Service 14 February||13/02/2021|
|Digital Service only led by David Ballantyne and others.|
|Photos from Robert||10/02/2021|
Photos from Robert taken on 8 February
|Message from Rev Frances||10/02/2021|
LENT OPEN BIBLE SPACE
The CROSS SAYINGS of JESUS
Tuesday 23rd February 7pm
Tuesday 2ndMarch 7pm
Tuesday 9th March 7pm
Tuesday 16thMarch 7pm
Various leaders & various Bible Passages
Contact Rev Frances 01775 720145 for more details.
|World Day of Prayer||08/02/2021|
|The funeral service for Michael Holmes is on Wednesday 10 February at 1pm. Contact email@example.com for livestream details.|
|Digital Service 7 February||06/02/2021|
|9.30 a.m. Online service only led by Rev. Alan Barker|
|Message from Rev Frances||06/02/2021|
‘Healing thoughts’ by Rev Frances week 47
How lovely to be touched by Jesus and to know his healing touch. This week’s thought relates to the lectionary when Simon’s mother in law is healed in Mark 1v29-39
Well, with social distancing that comforting touch is so badly missed at the moment.
Jesus practises healing of body, soul and mind , a very holistic approach to the whole subject of salvation.
He wants people to re-enter their society and contribute to it. He didn’t heal everyone he encountered but he did reveal that the kingdom of God wants people well and functional and integrated with their community.
Do you want to get better? Do you want to take responsibility ? Do you want to make a difference in the sphere of life that you are placed?
These are the sort of questions that Jesus asks.
I could delve into the theology of healing, could pray for instant health or miraculous answers to prayer, but I’ve worked in hospitals as a chaplain, and was cautious about making false promise, or setting people up to be disappointed in God. It was more reassuring to be a presence with them and to be active in compassion and empathy.
What do you believe about the healing ministry of Jesus? Cynical, sceptical or believable in this day and age?
Share your experiences………..Francesx
|Digital Service 31 January||02/02/2021|
Children's activities included scratch card work. The theme was Darkness and Light and the pictures show what can be seen in the daytime and at night.
|Digital Service 31 January||30/01/2021|
|9.30 a.m. Digital Service only, led by Rev Frances Ballantyne.|
|Message from Rev Keith||30/01/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||30/01/2021|
Pausing to Remember Minister’s thoughts week 46
This is the ruins of Coventry Cathedral, and as we view the damage, we remember the bombing over Coventry but afterwards the desire to build a new cathedral alongside, so that there is always the reminder of the horror and the devastation of war.
Rising up from the ashes, hope with faith triumphed, and truth and reconciliation are major themes coming out as the mission of Coventry Cathedral.
I know, I went to Israel with its Canon, who was as horrified as the rest of us as we went to the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. It’s the weekend to remember that atrocity to human life.
We remember those who perished in those concentration camps, as we remember those who perished in the apartheid of South Africa.
Desmond Tutu titled one of his books ‘No future without forgiveness’ as he chaired the’ Truth and Reconciliation ‘ inquiries, wanting to hear both sides , wanting to pursue justice with mercy. So hard to listen to story from peoples real life experiences.
We have chance to pause in a continuing lockdown,……. To listen to our own past, our churches past, our countries past, in a true light and take responsibility.
It’s so easy to blame and shame the other party and put them in a bad light.
But Christ urges us to remember in order to forgive and then to lay down the past where it belongs as history!
A pause for thought that might need pastoral support. Please contact me if you want to share something that is troubling you.
|Be The Light in the Darkness||29/01/2021|
|Holocaust Memorial Day Event Sunday 31st January 3.30 to 4.30 pm. Music, prayer and reflection led by Rev Bruce Thompson and friends. Speaker Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich. Live on Facebook and afterwards on YouTube|
|Digital Service 24 January||26/01/2021|
In the service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we asked the children to make or colour a fruit salad to help them understand that we all have a part to play. Each piece of fruit adds its own uniqueness to a good fruit salad. This tasty visual aid encourages us to use our different gifts and talents to enhance our unity with each other within our churches.
|Message from Rev Frances||24/01/2021|
God was determined that Jonahwas to be the prophet to witness in the city of Ninevah. It was a long way inland from his escapades via a big fish, trying to do a runner in the opposite direction on a boat from Joppa towards Tarshish.
As Samuel heard God speaking as he listened (last week) so Jonah heard the voice of God coming directly to him.
No I don’t want to! No I’d prefer to go anywhere else but not there!
God pursued Jonah , as the picture says , we have a relentless God…. God who doesn’t give up on his purpose and plan.
Wondered what thoughts Jonah had about God in his times of trying to escape being obedient to God. He certainly landed in deep water!
Wondered if that changed as Jonah obeyed God as God instructed him a second time ’Go to Ninevah’
And why did Jonah mope under a vine when many came to faith in God in that great city, as they repented? Why isn’t he celebrating that the city has been spared and so was he from the big fish!
Lots of human nature in this minor prophet, and plenty of the compassionate mercy of God.
I’m not jumping into the New Testament, because we can meet with God and He with us through the pages of the Old Testament.
God finds us most probably homebased, it’s hardly a relentless journey across the med sea, into a fish and then back on dry land, but he might find us reluctant however!
‘thy kingdom come, thy WILL be done’ is our willing obedience……..Frances
|Message from Rev Frances||24/01/2021|
|Broad Street are sadly sharing that Michael Holmes (local preacher) and Nancy Ford (wife of Rev Douglas, supernumerary minister) both died this past week and are now in glory with their Lord and Saviour. Please pray for their families at this time……Frances|
|Week of Prayer for Christian Unity||17/01/2021|
|To help with your prayers during this week of prayer for Christian unity please click here to access this booklet.|
|Message from Rev Frances||17/01/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||16/01/2021|
Prayer Thoughts from Frances week 44
‘Pray as you can, not as you can’t’, someone once advised me. So that opens the door to all methods, postures, styles , types, places and times that you can possibly utilize in order to talk to God, or even give God a chance to speak to you!
God spoke to Samuel, whilst he was in his bedroom, away from the business of the temple serving, away from other people and distractions, in bed lying down in his nightgown! Slight correction he was lying down in the temple, my imagination got the better of me!
God got his attention by calling his name…..Samuel …. Samuel …. Samuel
A three line whip! God meant business with Samuel. Maybe it was the first time Samuel had become aware that God was real or for him!
One wonders why God didn’t communicate within the priestly line of Eli, but then the message from God affected that priestly ministry and the message came to the young prophet Samuel to pass on.
Read all about it in 1 Samuel 3v1-10.
The receiving from God in our prayer life is often silenced out by the words of our askings!
So in lockdown, you have space and solitude and silence, so open your ears when you have opened the door to be in ‘Prayermode’ and see if you can keep quiet enough to hear and listen to the voice of God! Or ‘Mute’ yourself!
Speak Lord in the stillness as we wait on you…….. c. Emily Crawford
Listen to the guidelines………..and act on them……
|Sunday Worship 17 January||16/01/2021|
|9.30 a.m. Online Service only. 10.30 a.m. Service in Church led by Rev Frances Ballantyne.|
|Junior Church Challenge||10/01/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||09/01/2021|
Controversial Reflection from Frances week 43
I had a look at the lectionary readings for January 10th,
and began to explore the whole controversial area of water baptism. Thought we needed a bit of stimulation in this month of January, particularly as we are in lockdown again.
Here’s a picture that shows a baby being immersed, or just learning to get the feel of water around his/her body.
If we were christened as a child, had water dripped on us, we are then disallowed to be fully immersed as an adult as we witness our own personal belief…….Really?
And what do we think about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?..........Unreal?
Explore your own belief and practice, debate within your household.
Love the thought of getting used to the feel of water around us…symbolic of the water of life, water being part of God’s Creation, and we go deeper into the significance of being embraced within the family of God, getting the feel of the love of God around us.
What about the walking through the waters of baptism with symbolism of dying to self and then rising in New Life in Christ as an adult in full immersion?
And what about the inclusion of the provision and gift of the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s presence to us in our day to day life, to guide us and to reassure us of our salvation?
There’s not a right or wrong , but Christian denominations make different emphasis.
Next week I’ll try and not notice what the lectionary might be ‘confronting’ us with.
Read the Bible passages and see how the Holy Spirit inspires you!
Stay at home if at all possible,
|Sunday Worship 10 January||09/01/2021|
|9.30 Digital Service only 10.30 Service in Church|
|9 o'clock Worship 3 January 2021||05/01/2021|
Childen's activity. Looking for signs of God this week, our signpost to show us how. Kindness, thinking about others, being brave.
|Agape Christmas Appeal||05/01/2021|
|Thanks to everyone who supported the Agape Christmas Appeal with donations of food. Collections at our Christmas services also raised £194.|
|World Day of Prayer||05/01/2021|
|The World Day of Prayer Service on March 5th at 10.30am will now be held as a zoom meeting. Rev. Keith Rowbottom has kindly offered to host this meeting. If you would like to join the meeting you will need to contact Rev. Keith for details. If you would like a copy of the service book to read through in your own home or need any further information please contact Gill Brooks.|
|Message from Jackie||04/01/2021|
|Message from Rev Frances||02/01/2021|
New Year perspective from Frances….Week 42
And they saw stars! No they didn’t! yes they did!
Well, to be accurate they saw a star within their star gazing that caught their attention.
And they were wise and curious and needed an adventure, so they followed it and it led them to another culture , another faith, and satisfied their longings as they worshipped the Child born to be Saviour and King.
How much they appreciated, how much we understand , begins to pale in insignificance, as the journey towards Christ, as Holy child in manger, or as adult Jesus in Palestine, even as the way to God the Father humbles us to worship and promise to follow Jesus through the months of this New Year of 2021.
We might not see Stars! but God promises to guide us through sight!
People without vision perish!
So we have a faith that often needs an event, an experience, a verse from a hymn, a bible passage, or a right comment from a friend to act as a star to keep us following in a direction that will lead us to the Father through Christ Jesus our Lord & Saviour.
Keep your eyes open….and see… and follow in his footsteps…
O Jesus I have promised to serve thee to the end…..
O let me SEE thy footmarks and in them plant mine own. c. John Bode 1816-74
|Message from Rev Keith||27/12/2020|
|Click here to read a Covid Christmas Poem written by Rev Keith.|
|Message from Rev Frances||27/12/2020|
|There are no services today 27 December. There will be Covenant Services next Sunday 3rd January at 9am and 10.30am with non participatory communion. Also available digitally.|
|Message from Rev Frances||24/12/2020|
The Minister’s In -between thoughts week 41
Paintings are open to interpretation, and can be looked at from another perspective as life experiences offer a new insight. This week I’m suggesting that we take another look at this famous one by Holman Hunt ‘The Light of the World’ and build on or extend a traditional explanation.
Rev 3v20 says that ’Here I am! I stand at the door and knock ‘ and there is an asking to open the door and to be invited in to have supper.
It’s a verse often used in an evangelical way to offer salvation to anyone who opens the overgrown door with its rusted hinges to let Jesus into their lives.
Today I’m inviting you to see it from a mission perspective! We have been locked in for so long that I hear Jesus knocking and inviting me/us to follow him wherever he might be walking/ leading us into the world that needs to see Jesus as ‘Light of the World’
So the door is pivotal, it defines inside and outside and might need a bit of courage and confidence when the time is right, to open it and walk out into the New Year with the past behind us and the future beckoning us.
We will come out of being ‘shut In‘ !
A hope-filled New Year to all of you
|District Christmas Service||20/12/2020|
HOLD on to the LIGHT
The Lincolnshire District Christmas Service is taking place on Wednesday 23rd December at 8pm via the District Facebook site (google Lincolnshire District Methodists Facebook). This is a public group so you won’t need to log in to Facebook.
Preacher is the Revd Bruce Thompson with members of the District taking part in the service.
|Message from Rev Frances||19/12/2020|
Christmas ponderings from Rev Frances Week 40
But as I observe, the family traditions and customs are still coming to pass, inspite of the limitations and restrictions.
The mincepies, cake, trifle, cold meat platters, pork pie, turkey, bread sauce, brandy sauce and so on, don’t forget the crackers and mistletoe, so we are still engaging in what Christmas means to us, and food is shared in celebration. Even adding, giving and receiving of presents, and responding to charitable appeals as they arrive through our letter box.
Maybe all of that helps us to actualize the reason for the season. The Child is born, the Son of God, to reveal God to us, God with us and God in us, as we travel through his childhood towards his mission plan of salvation fulfilled, and his gifting us with the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.
Don’t forget to buy the batteries! There is power displayed in this Child!
So I could mention love, joy and peace, so familiar in our Christmas themes in the carols we can’t sing, but we can be powerful as we share the energy of that Child, full of grace and truth!
Celebrate the Birth of your Saviour, and the Saviour of the whole world.
Have a Christmas that is memorable,
The children led the Nativity Service (all spoken in rhyme!) on Sunday 13th December. A wonderful occasion enjoyed by those attending in person or viewing online.
|Message from Rev Frances||11/12/2020|
Minister’s Advent Ponderings, week 39
It’s appropriate through this season of Advent to discover again the ‘Child in us’ so that we can recapture the delight, the enchantment and the freshness of first experience of Christmas.
Maybe we might even be able to absorb the experience as’ Mystery’, knowing we can’t possibly explain all the configurations and plans of God.
Can I introduce the word ‘Miracle’ into your journey this year.
Through the book of Luke, my Advent Bible Reading, a chapter per day, there is detail of many of the healing miracles of Jesus e.g. the healing of Simon’s mother in law Ch 4, and a man with leprosy Ch 5, even stilling the storm in Ch 8.
I havea commentary beside me so that I can explore wider and deeper into the Biblical passage.
Some scholars dispute the miracle workings of Jesus, or at least they accept the healing miracles but question the calming of the winds and waves , preferring to suggest that Jesus only calmed the disciples.
What they would make of the Miracle of the incarnation, when God became man in Jesus, is debatable, but from a subjective viewpoint, and avoiding the ’Child born for us,’ the mystery of the Virgin Birth and the salvation plan of God.
I must ask though…Do you believe that you can see a miracle in the stable on Dec 25th?
|Bring and Share a Christmas Object. 7pm on Zoom. Details from Rev Keith Rowbottom|
Press cuttng of a road sign.
|Message from Rev Frances||04/12/2020|
Minister’s ponderings week 38
We are on our way to Bethlehem, call it an annual pilgrimage, to that town in Israel where the Holy Child was born.
Many people actually travel there in normal times , and pay homage at the holy place, descending steps to reach the place which is venerated to be the place of birth.
So here we are again, pilgrims on a journey, to reach that destination.
We join other travellers all around the world, all intent on reaching the Christ-child, to worship and adore Him.
We meet other travellers who have gone ahead of us and are returning to their homes, reassuring us we are going in the right direction and it’s worth the effort of facing all the challenges along the way.
They were pilgrims on a journey, following a star, even obeying the voice of an angel, those shepherds and wise men from the Biblical account.
A holy destination, a holy pilgrimage to encounter the Holy Child, the son of God.
So here we are, changed because of the year’s experiences, but on our annual pilgrimage.
More decorated Christmas trees at Church.
|Message from Brian||02/12/2020|
It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas said Brian when he sent these photos of our new Church foyer at night! We may not be able to have a Christmas Tree Festival this year but we can still decorate some to put on display.
If you would like to view some photos from previous Christmas Tree Festivals click on this link
|Message from Rev Frances||01/12/2020|
|Message from Rev Frances||28/11/2020|
Minister’s ponderings in Advent (week 37)
It’s the beginning of Advent and as we light our first candle, which one would we choose…
Could safely make an advent candle wreath for our home, and light a candle and pray for hope, peace, joy and love as we look forward to the coming of the One, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave us those commodities in abundance as gifts of His grace.
Hope has arisen as we now can see family over Christmas, may those encounters bring forth joy and love, and peace, with thanksgiving hearts.
But we journey as church family into the simplicity of the nativity story, becoming aware that it presents challenges to our pride, and our consumerism.
But we are now even more acutely aware that with the current tier systems coming into place through the week , other challenges are being faced by those whose livelihoods rely on, for example, the hospitality trade. As we light a candle we pray for those whose Advent will be darker than usual.
So as you journey, walking humbly, acting justly and loving being merciful, I look forward to seeing you at the Stable on the 25th.
If it helps, read a chapter of Luke each day, to let the story speak to you.
|Agape Christmas Appeal||28/11/2020|
Items can be taken to the Foodbank Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12 noon and 2pm or ring Gill on 07956878057 regarding collection.
|Junior Church Challenge||22/11/2020|
|Digital Service Leprosy Mission||22/11/2020|
We were pleased to welcome Helen Walton from the Leprosy Mission to our Digital Service this morning. She explained how she was called to work for the Mission, the countries where they work, in particular in India where the need is greatest, and invited questions. We are sending a donation from our Church but if you would like to make a personal donation please visit their website at www.leprosymission.org.uk
|Message from Rev Frances||21/11/2020|
Minister’s ponderings in Week 36
But so far that seems like a never to be fulfilled ideal wishful future!
Open Bible Spacers are looking at Peace in the Nativity Bible Story, reminding ourselves of the context and its setting in an occupied state and realising ruling religious parties disagreeing, and trying to hear the angels saying ’peace and goodwill……..’ Luke 2v14
Trying to fathom in our humanity why that Shalom, that wholeness or contentment of body, soul and spirit appears to be so elusive in ourselves, in our communities and in our world.
Might have an easy answer that if we were listen to Jesus Christ , the Prince of Peace, he says ‘My Peace I leave with you, not as the world gives …..’ John14v27
Peace and reconciliation, conflict and resolution, are great big challenges for each one of us.
So please don’t white wash the Christmas Story - a white washed nativity scene misses the most radical aspects of the Christmas story.
Jesus came into a state of conflict to show how to live in a non violent way and to love one’s enemies……….
So we start moving into Advent, preparing ourselves with the steadfast love and mercy of Christ in the middle of our life’s experiences, to show that peace and goodwill……
God’s peace to you all,
|Message from Rev Alan||21/11/2020|
|Click here for a 'Just for Fun' Hymn Quiz.|
|Message from Rev Alan||21/11/2020|
|Message from Zeph||21/11/2020|
I have a slot on Radio Lincolnshire on Monday 30th November, about 7.30pm, playing some tracks that are favourites of the Community Choir and Ukulele Orchestra ...both of whom are missing rehearsing at Broad Street! It’s only 20 mins... blink and you’ll miss it!
Follow this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08xvytj
|Children at Digital Service 15 November||17/11/2020|
Archie's work sheets for the service on Sunday. Adults had puzzle sheets to complete too!
|Junior Church Challenge||15/11/2020|
|Message from Rev Frances||14/11/2020|
Ministers Ponderings Week 35
Open Bible Spacers are evaluating the narrative of the Biblical account of Christmas, and this week looking at how the Fruit of the Spirit ‘JOY’ is presented to us, from some of those various Bible passages.
As Mary pondered, so I pondered about how much Mary told Jesus about his immaculate conception, even the visitation of the angels, shepherds and kings!.
Jesus points people beyond his own birth, to second birth in John Ch 3 as he talks with Nicodemus. That posed a dilemma for Nicodemus, who didn’t expect a birth illustration as an answer to his questions. Labour pains inevitable of repentance maybe?
Even the disciples were given a vivid description of the birthing process in John 16v17ff in relation to the pain of death and the joy of resurrection.
Mary his mother, had to balance joy with pain after she had heard about the prophecy from Simeon that a sword would pierce her heart. It certainly did that as she saw so much pain inflicted on her son. She was his mother and felt deeply.
We might be studying JOY this week but that in itself is a challenge when bad news seems so much more prevalent.
But ponder on the first line of this carol ‘ Joy to the world the Lord has come!’
And if you like Psalms look at Psalm 30v5 ‘Weeping may remain for a night but REJOICING comes in the morning.’
So it will be fascinating to see how Joy is discovered as we explore together this week.
Bless you with Joy!
|Message from Keith & Christine||13/11/2020|
|Message from Rev Frances||08/11/2020|
Ministers Weekly Ponderings no 34
So it is apt on this week of remembrance that we study the fruit of LOVE in our Open Bible Space (Zoom invite 7pm Tuesdays).
Who showed servant hood and made sacrifices in the Christmas Narrative?
Who struggled with the whole dimension of Love?
And we see coloured poppies, the red, purple, black and white, remembering the fallen , the injured animals , the conscientious objectors and those wanting peace……
And we need reminders to remember because we are forgetful people.
So let us learn from our past, listen to our stories and love to love as Jesus did.
|Remembrance Sunday Digital Service||08/11/2020|
Amelia and Mollie and Archie were busy at home during the service.
|Message from Keith & Christine||07/11/2020|
|Message from Rev Frances||05/11/2020|
Ministers thought week 33
Maybe I should begin with reminding ourselves that often the month of November is about remembrance. Remembrance Sunday and Nov 5th fireworks are just two occasions for this.
Our Open Bible Space is remembering Christmas through November (only Tuesdays 7pm on Zoom), looking at those characters who had Faith this coming week. Faith in God as well as their faith in their relationships with other people. A belief that they were on a journey or pilgrimage to find God.
It’s saying that not only God is present (Immanuel) ,God is with us now, but God is also waiting for us to find him ahead of us.
Maybe we should be wise, like those characters called wise kings, magi or astrologers, and travel onward ,out of our comfort zones, with faith and discover the unexpected places where God might be found.
What a different aspect to evangelism and outreach, to go forward to see where God is already working and join Him!
Sorry , you might well be getting reminded of Christmas well in advance , but the shops are ready!
Wonder whether we can spend this lockdown prpearing ourselves, like Lent, for the coming season that reveals how much faith the Christ child showed in his Almighty Father.
|Junior Church Challenge||01/11/2020|
|Message from Rev Frances||01/11/2020|
OPEN BIBLE SPACE
Can you see the fruit of the Spirit within the Christmas Story?
Four weeks in November to prepare us early for Christmas. Discussional times, thought provoking and stimulating! Each week will cover the same ‘fruit’. Shared leadership All welcome.
Tuesday evenings 7pm by Zoom invitation ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Week 1 Tues 3rd FAITH who had faith?
Week 2 Tues 10th LOVE who had love?
Week 3 Tues 17th JOY who had joy?
Week 4 Tues 24th PEACE who had peace?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Galatians 5v22
|Message from Gill Nottingham||30/10/2020|
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|Message from Rev Frances||30/10/2020|
We have a new foyer at Broad Street and there is thought now about using our imagination to redesign our name plate.
So I’m opening a competition to imagine, money no object, building permission no object, to see how our creative flair can update/ modernize/re-image ourselves from our ‘name plate’ on the outside church wall.
The entrants will be judged at the Building committee on 25th November
This is basically a fundraising exercise.
If you want to donate £1.00 per A4 design, sent to Frances in any form, she is willing to donate £50.00 after 25th November for Church Funds.
It is only a competition, Frances will contact the winner,
Sorry, your design will not make you famous, but it will give ideas to the Building committee. A different sort of challenge, to make you think about how to attract passers by, by our church signage, and so this is important.
It is our first point of contact quite often………..
Your church might not be Broad Street, but take a look at your visible contacts with the local neighbourhood. The notice board and the name plate… what are they there for?
What a witness they are to draw people in to Church to find out more about the Christian faith.
|Message from Rev Frances||24/10/2020|
Ministers thoughts week 32
Pre -Covid had opportunity to visit North Kent, and this photograph reminds me of a cold wet day when the warming fire and hot drink were a real comfort to us.
Many acts of kindness in recent months have warmed us all up and made us feel valued as human beings. Many times those small acts of kindness have also meant the world to other people .
Kindness being another of the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatian ch 5v22.
In personal times of grief and sorrow, the cards that are sent and received in gratitude, have spoken of being held and loved as belonging to a wider network of friends and family.
David’s mother has just died.
I found it poignant that one of the lectionary readings this week is about the death of Moses, and then Joshua, his assistant , has opportunity to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land.
So I’m bringing that reality into the pulpit, to include the tribute that is written about Moses and the blessing he has bestowed onto Joshua. Read about it in Deuteronomy 34v1-12.
Leaving us with the Divine Comforter, the Holy Spirit to strengthen us, restore us and empower us to continue the work that Jesus had started. So we carry on the family name…Christ ones…….and the family trait of kindness.
|Junior Church Challenge||22/10/2020|
|Annual Reports 2020||21/10/2020|
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|Message from Rev Frances||17/10/2020|
Minister’s thought week 31
And the kingdom of God is like a wedding banquet! Matthew 22v1-14. It’s my preaching theme at the moment. Looked at who the King invites to celebrate his son’s wedding, who accepts and who rejects the invitation, and the reaction of the King!
But I wondered what the banquet would look like? Its detailed in the Old Testament
Can you imagine what Isaiah Ch25v6, a feast for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine and the best of meats and the finest of wines would look like, as you as a guest were seated around a banqueting table of eternal proportions.
You accepted the invitation, the King was waiting for your response and then you had your place.
He gave you control, you could choose, and then face the consequences.
Is that the self –control that comes as a fruit of the Spirit, without being manipulated or at the mercy of another, or being conditioned or controlled by others.
It follows that when we are filled to the full, not just with the food of the Banquet, but with the presence of God as Holy Spirit we are still in control as choosing God’s will and retaining our personality.
Just make sure that you have chosen the right response to the gracious invitation from God the Father. So much joy, laughter, and love , can’t think why anyone should refuse such a never ending celebration. No need to worry about the diet or the drink, it’s just an illustration of the very, very best.
|Junior Church Challenge||15/10/2020|
|Message from Rev Frances||10/10/2020|
It’s a beautiful time of year, as we notice the seasonal change as we see the colours of Autumn.
Now we begin to watch the leaves change colour, offering the trunk and branches all their goodness, before they fall to the ground to rot and die. Sense the child in us loves the kicking of the leaves, whilst other worry about slipping on the fallen leaves, or hurting themselves playing ‘conkers’
Quite a comparison to the last few months when we have been stripped of our usual activities, and finding inner resources that we didn’t know were there. Detailed at the recent shoppers’ service at Broad Street, that we have managed to keep faith without all the familiar trappings, and found that God is still with us, and we can still see the fruit of goodness, even kindness all around us
The children of Israel went into exile and lost so much, sat down and wept when they remembered Jerusalem ( Psalm 137) lost their song of joy and could only sing lament.’ By the Rivers of Babylon we sat down and wept’ ( Go on sing it at home)
But there is a psalm 126 when songs of Joy returned..
The picture of the autumn tree gives hope that God is with us even if we feel dormant or bereft, there will come God’s season for us again when we can sing our songs of worship with thankfulness.
Meanwhile we need to pick ‘Patience’ as another of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, see Galatians 5v22…..
|Morning Services Sunday 11th October||10/10/2020|
9 o'clock service resumes today, to be held in the hall. Childrens' activities.
10.30 service in Church.
|Sunday Worship 4 October||05/10/2020|
The service, in Church and digitally, was led by Rev Frances with non participatory communion, ensuring it was for everyone who attended.
|Message from Rev Frances||26/09/2020|
Minister’s thought week 28
Recently finished looking at series on’ Images of the Church’, in our Open Bible Space, then realised that our most powerful image is the Cross. We are’ Cross ‘people!
Looked at the theology, the theories that have evolved over church history of what it signifies and what it symbolizes, in a recent sermon.
The Atonement, the work of God, coming from heaven to earth down the vertical beam, to have the embrace of the whole world along the vertical beams.
We certainly need to take the theories to heart and be examples, be followers of Jesus, be forgiving people and practice reconciliation.
He died for us, before we even repented of our sins..Romans5v8
It’s a symbol of sacrificial love.
Is it not about just coming to Church, but about coming to the Cross and seeing Jesus?
‘When I survey the wondrous cross…………(Isaac Watts 1674-1748).
|Harvest Festival Junior Church||25/09/2020|
|Message from Zeph||21/09/2020|
Date for your diary
Zeph has this news about the Spalding Community Choir
'It’s a huge virtual choir that some of our choir members have had the pleasure to have been part of. Singing a song called’Home’ to celebrate Lincolnshire day on October 1st with backing from the BBC Philharmonic!
Rev Frances will donate £50.00 to Broad Street
If imaginative designers of all ages & expertise can come up with alternatives to highlight /change/improvise existing signage;
which is at present advertising our existence and function within Broad Street.
There is no limit on cost or whether it complies within any listed building regulations, as this is not about using the final design as the ‘updated signage’
It’s about being creative and looking at space on available external walls, and relooking and just letting imagination free flow.
If you want to pay per entry £1.00 as a donation.
Entries to be received by Sunday Nov 1st, sent to Rev Frances as A4 format
Winner of 'imaginative design‘to be selected by Building teams on Nov 25th. Rev Frances will make contact with winner and donate £50.00 to Broad Street. Be Creative and colourful.
|Harvest Service 20 September||20/09/2020|
Children's crafted sunflowers for our Harvest Service with Rev Jenny Park.
Rev Jenny Park visited to lead our Harvest Service and said 'Wow!' when she saw our new entrance and foyer. It was at her instigation in 2008, when she was our Minister, that we held a 'Dream your Dreams' day to see how we might make our premises fit for our mission in the 21st Century. These photos show how far we've come and what has been achieved.
|Message from Rev Frances||19/09/2020|
Minister’s thought on Week 27
Hope you have been seeing Church through different lenses as we have pictured God’s Church through Biblical images such as bride, body , household, even priests.
Apparently what you ‘see’ speaks louder than what you hear, and what you do has an even greater impact on the retention of knowledge.
So this last week of this series of Open Bible Space, can you see yourself as the ‘Body of Christ’? Don’t age yourself, don’t limit your effectiveness by dis-ease or dis-ability, don’t even dis-criminate due to your own evaluation.
What people see, they hear very loud.
Seeing at a distance is weird, but we are not meant to be isolated bodies, we are faith community called ‘the Body of Christ, containers of God’s goodness’
Love this picture, it’s certainly showing containers of life.
Believe in your value, you are included with your gifts and talents, with purpose to reveal Christ.
Have a read of 1 Corinthians ch 12v 12-30 to see how Paul uses Body Image.
Must ask though, what does your body language reveal to others about
‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ ?
|Open Bible Space||19/09/2020|
Fourth week Wed Sept 23rd 10.30-12.30 Open Bible Space
Zoom invitation; email@example.com
Try and read references in advance and find others to evidence image.
IMAGES OF CHURCH
‘Body of Christ led by Frances
1 Corinthians 12v12-30 & 1 Corinthians 11v23-26
Starter questions for every week;
1. Where can we read about this image in the Bible?
2. Explore its relevance then and now?
3. How does that image look?
4. Does the image encourage discipleship, growth pastoral care, mission social involvement? Discuss…
5. A New image? ‘’A container of God’s goodness’‘’ Discuss?( an image in’ Resourcing renewal’ by Martyn Atkins)
1 Peter 2v9 …. but you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praise of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light
Philip's prayer about forgiveness Sunday 13 September
At last we can see beyond the builders' hoarding into our new foyer entrance.
|Message from Rev Frances||12/09/2020|
Minister's Thought week 26
Another challenging image about church that might seem controversial or challenging is that of
‘a company of fence movers’.
They say that boundary fences cause the most neighbourly disputes. An impossibility in this illustration to sit on the fence, but can we not see the exclusions that occur to separate difference, and limit community integration.
Someone described the need to remove stale outdated fences, or boundaries limiting those of different faith, gender or sexuality, even of no faith.
Don’t all erect higher fences in protest, think about our internal fence lines, and find out where we are entrenched in our beliefs and attitudes.That’s a bit of soul searching for us this week.
I’m sure the field of green pastures where His sheep graze safely has a hedge/ fence around it, of His love and protection…..
I wonder how ‘Open Bible space’ this Wed 10-30 -12.30 by Zoom invitation will interpret this new image, as we look at the Biblical Image ‘the Bride of Christ’, an old image!
|We have sent £141 in donations to 'All We Can' for their Lebanon Appeal.|
|Harvest Festival - Once again your Harvest gifts will be going to the Agape Foodbank. The items they are in need of are :- Fresh and tinned potatoes, pasta, fruit squash, jam, tinned fish, tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned rice pudding, coffee, shampoo, shower gel and deodorant. If you are unable to get your gift to church please let me know and I will collect. Gill Brooks 07956878057.|
New life in the Church flower tubs.
The glass doors are fitted and this is how the new foyer looks currently. Artwork planned for the stone arch at the rear.
Views through the new foyer skylights.
|Message from Rev Frances||05/09/2020|
Ministers thought week 25
Ever thought of yourself as a star thrower? Someone described Church as ‘a Company of Star throwers’
Well, if we saw a quantity of stranded star fish beached up, and we threw one back, it would give life to one of them. It would make a difference…………….
Or could we think of being twinkling night stars, offering a window through us beyond the dark sky to the brightness of God’s heavens…….
Or would we turn to Philippians 2v5…..shining like stars in a crooked and depraved generation.
And we notice stars! We went to Iona , an island off the West Coast of Scotland remote from artificial city lights at night, and we saw Stars!
So be famous, be a Star on the stage of life, revealing the light and hope of Christ.
Trying to be imaginative through September, Images of Church…..as we start a new Church year…
Keep shining brightly,
Jairus' Daughter raised by Jesus
Luke Chapter 8
Service 30th August
Our Bible Hero this week is Peter. Peter was a friend and disciple of Jesus. He travelled with Jesus, saw his miracles and heard his teaching. Peter was not always brave, on the night that Jesus was arrested Peter denied knowing Jesus. After the resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit Peter became one of the leaders of the Early Church.
In this chapter of Acts Peter is in prison and he experienced his own miracle. In fact his escape from prison was such a miracle that his friends at first did not believe it was him at the door! Poor Peter left on the doorstep.
Peter trusted God so much that even when he was chained up between two soldiers he could sleep. Do you think you would have been able to sleep! I am not sure I would have slept.
Peter knew that God was always with him. We may not be rescued by angels but in the Bible God tells us that he will always be with us.
Acts Chapter 12:6-17
6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
8 Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”
12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”
15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”
16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place.
|Open Bible Space||29/08/2020|
First week Wed Sept 2nd 10.30-12.30 Open Bible Space
Zoom invitation; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Try and read references in advance and find others to evidence image.
IMAGES OF CHURCH
‘Household of Faith led by Frances
Bible References; eg
Acts 16 v31-34 Acts 18 v7-8
1 Corinthians 1 v11&16, Ch16 v15
Starter questions for every week;
1 Peter 2v9 …. but you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praise of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light
|Message from Frances||29/08/2020|
Ministers thought week 24
We are coming into September, a traditional time of church and schools beginning after the summer holidays. A new church year, within Covid limitations, and with that comes challenges with regard to the continuation of the practices of church.
Seriously aware that we are called to be IMAGES of the Living God. Created by Him to be in community as relational beings.
Inspired to look at Church Images in the Bible for our Open Bible Space, through this month .
Wondered whether we really portray the Bride of Christ, the Household of faith, the Body of Christ even the Priesthood of all believers.
Perhaps it’s not what we think we look like, its whether the visitor coming through our new foyer doors ( soon ) recognises or registers some aspect of the nature of God through Jesus Christ in us, to make them want to see more.
I love to know what you see in the black and white image, as a ‘modern’ interpretation of today’s church.
Take care, Frances
Friendship and Faith
The Challenge this week is based on Psalm 133. Like the Psalm last week, it is thought to have been written by King David. A very famous Bible Hero!
Psalm 133 talks about the joy of friendship when people who love God live in peace and harmony.
The Psalm also talks about anointing oil running down Aaron's head and beard. That sounds a little messy – so what does it mean? Aaron was the high priest and brother of Moses. The oil used to anoint him was made up of 4 spices, Myrrh, Cinnamon, Cane and Cassia. These spices were mixed together with olive oil. After the spices were mixed with the oil it became holy oil. It must have smelt fantastic! This oil is used as a picture of unity – different spices added together to make a beautiful fragrance. The church is full of different people yet when they are united in God, they become amazing!
1.How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God's people to live together in harmony!
2.It is like the precious anointing oil running down from Aaron's head and beard, down to the collar of his robes.
3.It is like the dew on Mount Hermon, falling on the hills of Zion.
That is where the LORD has promised his blessing— life that never ends.
|Message from Rev Frances||20/08/2020|
In another book, ‘The Shack’ there is a colourful description of a garden. The main character ’Mack ‘‘was expecting to see a well ordered garden’, instead he saw a chaos of colour.
‘Dazzling sprays of colour were blasted through patches of randomly planted vegetables and herbs.. It was beautiful, stunning and incredibly beautiful’( pg 128)
But he did have difficulty in what he thought was ‘a mess’ of a garden and was easily distracted by ‘the blends of colours, currant and vermillion reds, tangerine and chartreuse , divided by platinum and fuchsia as well as innumerable shades of greens and browns..Wonderfully bewildering and intoxicating!’
What a garden of delight, with all its weeds and thorns and darker areas,
However the shocking reality as revealed to him was that it represented his Soul!
And the gardener was God in the form of an Asian woman called Sarayu…and the plot thickens.
I know, it’s a love or hate book.
Just glad that God has responsibility for the tending of my soul, clearing away by his sanctifying grace anything that tangles and strangles the good colourful growth.
Never thought of my soul like a garden!
So notice the gardens through this season, smell the fragrances, dwell in God’s wonderful assortment of colours and offer worship to the gardener!
|Message from Rev Frances||18/08/2020|
|Open for Worship||18/08/2020|
|Church is now open for worship in accordance with Methodist Church guidelines. Currently Sunday worship starts at 10am.|
|Digital Service 16 August||16/08/2020|
Mark 2 v 1-12. Our model of the house where Jesus healed the paralysed man in Capernaum.
|Message from Rev Frances||15/08/2020|
|Message from Rev Frances||14/08/2020|
Colours of Communion, but you say we usually think of word and action…..
Jesus said and he ……… blessed, broke and offered and we received with humility.
But let’s look at the colours that are present at Holy Communion... as we see this meditation from the perspective of colour.
‘We look toward the altar with the Lord’s table beautifully prepared with the best that we have. The table is covered with a WHITE damask cloth, a memorial gift used only for Holy Communion. Beside the GOLD plated cross, the symbolic WHITE candles indicating Christ as light of the world, and the flowers of seasonal colour in their pedestal arrangements, we see a table setting. All preparing us to look further towards the bread and the RED wine. The minister breaks the bread, blesses it saying the words of old. Then as the minister reaches across the chalice to set down the bread, the long sleeves of his robe drag and one sleeve catches on the chalice and tips it…..
The RED wine spills. It runs across the beautiful cloth and begins to bleed down the front of the WHITE cloth.
Everyone can see the spilled blood of Christ, staining, trickling where it wills.
The blood of Christ is poured out….that amazing love of the new covenant cannot be controlled, restrained , confined or contained.’
|We have sent £1,193 to Water Aid, money raised through Sunday Coffee and other donations.|
Philip's prayer for Sunday 9 August
|Message from Egle||08/08/2020|
Egle wanted to share her joy at growing tomatoes this summer - here is a photo.
|Message from Rev Frances||08/08/2020|
A traveller was in China making his way to Shanghai Airport. It was a dull morning and the landscape was grey and colourless. Even the commuters seemed devoid of enthusiasm, and the rain was coming down in slanted layers.
Then coming towards him was a determined cyclist , and attached to his bike, a large basket of balls of wool (even balloons) in every colour you could imagine.
This cyclist was like a traveller from another world who transfigured the whole grey suburban landscape with his gentle cargo of blues, yellows ,greens, indigos, oranges, purples and ochres.
|Message from Rev Frances||01/08/2020|
Noticing colours as we travel through this coming month, and last week we reflected on......
‘What is Colour?'
This week I’d like to ask…..what colour is God?
What colour are we dressing him in…..those soft colours of infancy, the pinks, blues, pale lemon or the more aggressive robust colours of crimson, emerald , green , purple even gold.
All dependent on how we view Him, our image or picture of God. It might need adjusting.
Very quickly, one might say in colour terms that God is pure white light. Pure white is the colour of goodness and holiness, contrasting with pure black, the negation of colour, often meaning death and mourning. So why do clerics wear black!
But there is beauty as one looks at shades of black in human skin colour. One could also refer to the ‘dark night’ which in spiritual terms is a source of strength and power.
A Coat of many colours, which Joseph wore, rainbow coloured. Colours of resurrection and hope, so how colourful are we?
What colour is God and what colour would represent you?
|Junior Church Challenge||27/07/2020|
While we have been in lockdown the Challenges have been from the New Testament. For the next few weeks we are going to look at some Bible Heroes from the Old Testament. Our first Bible Hero is going to be Noah. Can you imagine what lockdown in an Ark might have been like!
On many houses, pictures of rainbows have been put up. On the news, one person had even coloured their house with chalks the colour of a rainbow! I have seen on the website some fantastic rainbows made by the young people of Broad Street. These rainbows are to thank the NHS for their hard work.
In the Bible the rainbow is a sign of God's promise of His love for us, it is a symbol of hope. Once Noah, his family and all the animals are safe after the flood a rainbow appeared in the sky.
The challenge this week is to draw, paint, write a poem or a prayer about the Bible story of Noah and the Ark. You could choose to do a rainbow, or an animal, or even the Ark sailing on the water. You might want to tell everybody some facts about animals. You could create some top trump fact cards like those in the photo. The choice is up to you!
This picture is from Angelina.
|Message from Zoe||27/07/2020|
Junior Church member Zoe would like to say a big 'Hello' to everyone at Broad Street. She has sent this picture of her pet hamster, named Dobby, to show you.
|Message from Rev Frances||25/07/2020|
‘Colours of day dawn in the mind’ (c. 1974 Thankyou Music) we sing sometimes……
August needed something colourful, so looking at colour with its shades, tones and hues.
I will be getting my inspiration from ‘ Divine Beauty ‘ by John O’Donohue ISBN 978-0-553-81309-8
It’s becoming aware of the summer colours all around us, so beautiful, as we explore landscapes and scenery locally or on holiday.
Colour is the language of Light, it adorns the earth with beauty. The miracle of colour, transforming dullness, even drabness, and dressing nature in colour, those rich colours of creation. In a world without colour it would be impossible to imagine beauty, for colour and beauty are sisters.
‘Think of a world without any paintings
Think of a room where all the walls are bare,
Think of a rainbow without any colours
We thank you Lord, for paintings and for colours
We thank you, Lord and praise your holy name’ Bunty Newport (b1927)
|Digital Service 19 July||20/07/2020|
Bartimaeus is healed. Mark Chapter10 v46-52. The children were busy doing a jigsaw.
|Message from Rev Frances||18/07/2020|
Switched on the television this evening, found a TBN recorded programme with RT Kendall , a Biblical scholar, expound on the Kingdom of Heaven as related to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount!
Reinforced what we had discussed in our Bible Space. It was coming at me from a variety of sources.
But he did explain how that those earlier disciples would have had a struggle to understand the realm of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Didn’t they want the Kingdom to be on earth? Didn’t they want Jesus to reign in their time and overthrow the Roman occupation.
Maybe we can lighten their confusion as we are beyond Pentecost and can explain that the Kingdom of Heaven dwells within us, in the person of the Holy Spirit.
Enough to take their knowledge a little bit beyond the known, to take them into new territory of understanding.
Enough to take our study towards the last portion of the Sermon in Ch 7 of Matthew, and then to evaluate it like the crowd did.
RT Kendall was popular in his time, and he was well received.
I wonder, would we invite Jesus back and ask him to clarify the bits we didn’t understand?
But He hasn’t gone away has he? He might just be saying ‘Put into practice what you have heard and don’t wait until you understand!’
|Bible Space Sermon on the Mount||18/07/2020|
It’s taken us 4 sessions to reach Matt Ch 7.
We’ve looked at spiritual disciplines of giving, praying , fasting and worrying about what we worry about in week 3 and so we come to this final week before a summer break.
Wed 10-30 to 12.30 Zoom invitation via email@example.com
|Congratulations to Maurice and Vera as they celebrate 71 years of marriage next Thursday.|
|While we were away!||16/07/2020|
Whilst our premises were closed, these three sentinels were keeping watch over our Church! (The photo was taken from the flats next door - thanks Brenda.)
|Message from Rev Frances||16/07/2020|
Well, here we have a unique photograph. Broad Street, worshipping within social distancing requirements. Joining together with our Digital service, but seeing each other again in Church.
It was such a joyful time, even within the strangeness of the legal requirements. We are counting our Blessings that the building can be used for public worship again.
Junior Church Challenge
Do you like food or have a favourite food? I love food of all types – except mashed potatoes! Have you ever been hungry? Perhaps you have had an exciting day and forgotten to eat. In this week’s challenge we learn that a huge crowd had followed Jesus, now they needed some food. Jesus couldn’t nip to the nearest Sainsburys and buy food. It would cost too much; it was likely that no supermarket had enough food for 5,000 people and supermarkets had yet to be invented!
Jesus turned the ordinary into the extraordinary. One boy had 5 small barley loaves and two small fish. This was enough for his lunch, but when Jesus gave thanks and distributed the food, there was enough for everyone with plenty left over.
John 6:5-14 The Feeding of the 5,000
Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, "It would take more than half a year's wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"
Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." So, they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world."
|Bible Space Sermon on the Mount||11/07/2020|
Week 17 Sermon on Mount…Jesus teachings to his disciples
Last week we looked at thorny areas in our relationships eg divorce, broken promises, adultery, loving our enemies and showing mercy to those who had shown us unkindness.
This week 3 Wed 10-30-12-30 Via Zoom , via Revrowbottom@gmail.com for invite
Please read and ponder starter questions before hand
|Message from Rev Frances||11/07/2020|
Sermon on the Mount
What do you think of his sermon so far? Going on a bit, touching issues that aren’t comfortable?
It’s in Matthew ch 5,6,& 7.
Wish he’d just encourage us and tell us what a good job we are doing! But I don’t think he is in the business of affirmation and making us feel good.
Maybe we needed that as children but he’s asking us to question our adult lifestyle, and how we practise what we have been taught over the many years of sitting at the feet of our teachers.
Don’t like it when he keeps talking about hypocrisy, and who doesn’t worry!
Maybe I’ve tried to put myself into the listener of Jesus, as he continues preaching and teaching on the grassy mountain side, called the Mount.
And the number of sermons we have heard over the years, fed us with heavenly strength, but which ones do we remember? Have we put them into practice?
Preachers beware…don’t babble or waffle like the pagans (misquote from Matt ch 6v7)
Make your point, repeat your point, remind them of your point, conclude with your point!
And what points are Jesus making? Are we taking them to heart?
What would we share, what has become important for us? Might soon be forgotten as we resume post lockdown living. I hope not.
|Digital Service at Church 5 July||09/07/2020|
Grace and Angelina were busy during the first service back at church since lockdown began in March. The digital service was relayed in church and homes at the same time.
From Luke chapter 4, the start of Jesus' ministry, these are things we have started during lockdown. Making ravioli and WhatsApp a friend feature here.
|Bible Space Sermon on the Mount||04/07/2020|
Sermon on Mount week 2
We are exploring the Words of Jesus as preached to his first disciples in the Jewish context.
Last week we looked at characteristics of those that would receive God’s blessing, those that knew their need of God’s help. Briefly touching on how to be Salt and Light and about constructive anger and reconciliation!
Wed am 10.30-12.30 Zoom invitation firstname.lastname@example.org
This week we are examining Matthew Ch 5 v27-48
Click here for discussion starter questions
|Message from Rev Frances||04/07/2020|
Apparently Jesus was deemed very audacious in changing the style of delivery as previously taught by the Scribes and Rabbi’s, who hardly proffered their own opinions unless they could evidence their thoughts from previous teachers in their past
Thus says the Lord’ was one of their favourite discussional stoppers! Who could debate the words coming from God!
Now Jesus is coming along saying something like ‘Truly I say unto you’ or ‘Verily, verily I say unto’ even ‘ But I say unto you’…..
I can predict conflict arising between an old style and a new style! He won’t be popular
I can predict that Jesus is giving people time and opportunity to think for themselves and make their own choices about their relationship with God. That won’t be popular
I can predict Jesus is heading for persecution from the power bases of his time, even death on a cross in order to show how much more relationships matter rather than obedience to the minutiae of the traditions that had arisen over the years. He certainly won’t survive for very long.
So, we are encouraged to think for ourselves, to question our teachers, leaders and preachers and to discern God’s plan and purposes.
Might not make us popular..but Jesus is famous because he shunned popularity and welcomed the powerless, the disempowered and the marginalised.
So from Bible Space weekly, opinions are expressed and we are learning and developing in our relationships with Jesus as we examine his every comment, and with each other.
But it’s not very popular, it’s a commitment, but it’s worth it!
|Digital Service 28 June||29/06/2020|
We celebrate and eat cake togther. Ruth chose to be with the people of God.
Angelina wanted to share her birthday photo which shows she had REAL cake!
|Zoom Coffee Morning||28/06/2020|
|Bible Space Sermon on the Mount||27/06/2020|
For the month of July we are continuing our Bible exploration, delving into the teaching of Jesus called 'The Sermon on the Mount’. This is found in Matthew chapters 5,6,7.
For 4 weeks we will listen to His Sermon and be able to ask each other questions to discern meaning and application for our own discipleship at this time.
Wednesday 1,8,15,22nd July 10.30-12.30 by Zoom
For Zoom invitation contact email@example.com
|Message from Rev Frances||27/06/2020|
Just love this image of Jesus teaching his disciples in that open air setting and the questions that seem to come out of their heads as he instructed them on deep subjects pertaining to the Kingdom of heaven.
Looking at Matthew Ch 5,6,and 7, paragraph by paragraph in our next 4 week Zoom Bible Space.
Wednesdays 10.30 to 12.30, come and join in , it might even raise questions, or give you confidence to ask the questions that everyone wants an answer to, but nobody is brave enough to ask the question! Ask me for an invite!
Not that I’m going to give you the answer, that’s too easy.
I’m a great believer in working out our own salvation with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was the best teacher, leaving his students to discuss and debate among themselves….offering parables, illustrations, stimulating their faith, encouraging growth by grappling with the mysteries of the faith, taking them to new insights, and seeing them desire the ways of His Father.
So this first week we will look at the contents of his sermon in the beginning of Ch 5 ,
4 paragraphs; The Beatitudes, being Salt &Light, the Law and Murder.
It’s a lengthy sermon, and they say that it was composed combining many an occasion when he taught his disciples.
Let’s hope we remember something of His Word to us as we meditate week by week on His Spoken Word.
Psalm 119 v105; Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path
Philip remembers the Good News in his prayers at Broad Street Digital Service on Sunday 21 June.
Whether they appear in a field in the countryside or are cultivated for show in a garden, poppies are a joy to see.
|Message from Rev Frances||20/06/2020|
Just because we have reached the last chapter of Ruth, we have been given an insight into the importance of one of the stories that relate to the biblical one liners, Obed (Ruth’s son) was the father of Jesse, the father of David (Ruth Ch 4v17). So we become aware of the significance of the genealogy towards King David and then further onto the birth of Jesus Christ.
Ruth mattered as did Mary, in bringing about new life, having a first born son that was going to influence and give hope for the future.
If Ruth hadn’t met Boaz, and they had a son, who then had a son, who then had a son….. arriving eventually in Matthew Ch 1v 16 “the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
Human family line, divine conception, Son of Man, Son of God, dual nationality!
Of earth and of heaven!
What a mystery, manhood and deity, the man who is God!
So we could say that the Bible is a family history book, helping us piece together who is related to who, what happened to them, their significance in the Old Covenant of the Old Testament ,before the arrival of the New Covenant relationship with Jesus, who was born Christ.
That’s the family line that will reach into eternity. Amazing Grace!
|Bible Study Ruth||20/06/2020|
Week 14 Bible Month Ruth Ch 4
We have reached the final chapter of Ruth.
It’s been good to see each other and share our thoughts;
10.30-12.30 Wed 24th Come with Bible tea/coffee.
Contact Rev Keith on firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom invitation.
|Stained glass panels||19/06/2020|
The stained glass window panels brought from St. Thomas's Road church are now in place at Broad Street. They look magnificent ad we are grateful to Brian, David B and Rev David for their work. We are indebted to George, a member of the Community Choir, for his expertise in repairing the broken panes.
|Paper Folding Video from Broadstreet Digital Week 9||18/06/2020|
|Margaeret and David Hull want to thank everyone for their cards, messges and good wishes following Margaret's operation. Margaret is now slowly recovering at home.|
|Message from Rev Frances||13/06/2020|
The story of Ruth gets a bit romantic now, we have a night-time episode and we have a proposal of marriage, in an Old Testament style of ‘covering’. Read Chapter 3 and discover the integrity of Boaz who was intent to bring both Ruth and Naomi into a restored place of security and safety.
There is also the interesting dynamic of close relatives being called kinsmen redeemers, who could buy or redeem the land, and take responsibility for poor relatives, looking after them until they were in a more sound financial position. That simplifies passages in Leviticus Ch 25 about the Year of Jubilee and in v25 there is the particular instance that applies to Ruth and Naomi.
Redemption is appropriate in our context too, beyond the time of the Bible and in our need of being bought back from the poverty of the enslavement of sin.
Hymns that summarize;
‘There is a redeemer, Jesus, God’s own Son, precious Lamb of God , Messiah, Holy One’ MP 673
‘The price is paid, come let us enter in to all that Jesus died to make our own.‘ MP 663
The price is paid,
so strong and sure!
And so with all my heart, my life in every part, I live to thank you for the price you paid.
(Chorus of MP663)
|Bible Study Ruth||13/06/2020|
Week 13 Bible Month Ruth Ch 3
The story line develops as we have studied Ch 1 &Ch 2
Come and share thoughts on Ch 3
10.30 to 12.30 Wed 17th & 24th June. Come with Bible & tea/coffee, and copy of starter questions
Contact Rev Keith on email@example.com for Zoom invitation
Read Ruth Ch 3 beforehand
|Soap, Lemons, Paracetamol||12/06/2020|
This poem was written by Rhidian Brook. Rhidian is a novelist and broadcaster and is a regular contributor to ‘Thought for the Day’ on Radio 4. This poem featured in his broadcast earlier in lockdown.
|Message from Rev Alan||12/06/2020|
Gwen sent these photos of the roses blooming in her garden.
Bible Challenge 7th June 2020
This Sunday is sometimes called Trinity Sunday. It’s the day when we think about the relationship between God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Last week we thought about the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. This week the Bible passage talks about the creative work of God often associated with God the Father.
Your challenge this week is to depict the things mentioned in the Psalm. There is quite a lot to choose from.
Best wishes with the challenge and may God Bless you and your family.
Psalm 8 A psalm of David.
1 Lord, our Lord,
You have set your glory
5 You have made them[a little lower than the angels
9 Lord, our Lord,
|Digital Service 7 June||09/06/2020|
The theme was Super Heroes and children made cards to say Thank You to doctors, nurses and all NHS staff and showed them at the Digital Service for Trinity Sunday. Thank you Jane for taking materials to their homes and collecting the cards after the service. They will be taken to the Johnson Hospital for display there.
|Bible Study Message from Frances||07/06/2020|
Brilliant first week last week on Ruth Ch 1
Continuing every Wednesday June 10th 17th& 24th
10.30 to 12.30 Come with Bible & tea/ coffee & download of these starter questions
Contact Rev Keith on firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom Invitation
Read Ruth Ch2 beforehand
It’s rose season. Photos of Julie’s rose arch and Jacqui’s climbing rose below. It’s a pity there is no way to transmit the beautiful scents! Do you have a photo of roses currently flowering in your garden to share?
|Message from Rev Frances||06/06/2020|
In June, many of us are looking at the Old Testament book of Ruth and its position in the genealogy of Jesus Christ (see Matthew 1v5). It’s a narrative that includes experiences of famine, grief, faith and relationships.
Recently we have discovered the importance of food, faith and family at this time, rearrange the order but if I was hungry I’d find food first!
Jesus fed the starving 5000 from five loaves and two small fish (Matt 14v13ff), and that met a basic living need.
Give us this day our Daily Bread! Bethlehem is called ‘the House of Bread’. The story of Ruth revolves around Bethlehem, and so does the Birth of Jesus!
And this saying ‘one beggar showing another where to find bread’ is thought provoking.
ONE BEGGAR TO ANOTHER by The Rochesters
Let this beggar tell another where I found bread,
I went asking for crumbs but found a banquet instead;
Seeking only for morsels I left this table well fed,
Follow me to the Master that's where you'll find bread.
If you hunger for more than this world can supply,
Come to my Father His manna satisfies;
He invites every outcast to the table he has spread,
From one beggar to another I know you'll find bread.
Come sit at his right hand as his honoured guest,
When you dine with the king your every need will be met;
Just feast on his bounty you'll have no regrets,
Though you come as a beggar you'll leave as royalty instead.
If you hunger for more than this world can supply,
Come to my Father His manna satisfies;
He invites every outcast to the table he has spread,
Follow me to the Master that's where you'll find bread.
From one beggar to another I know you'll find bread.
Enjoy reading the Book of Ruth, sit yourself in one of the characters and see how God speaks to you…
Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty." John 6v35
We know that during lockdown pets have become vital companions for the well being of those in isolation. Eric, who has been isolating longer than most of us, has two budgerigars named Barbecue and Burger. He leaves the bird cage door open for the budgies to fly around the living room to get some exercise. They enjoy their daily exercise but Burger is very noisy and sometimes prevents Eric hearing the news. He threatens that Burger could end up as the meat on the barbecue. However I am assured that the photos below do not include Burger!
|Message from Brian||04/06/2020|
Thought you might like to see the progress on the stained glass window panels at Church.
This cartoon is especially for those impatiently awaiting the re-opening of hairdressers! Reprinted with kind permission of the Daily Telegraph.
|Message from Gwen||02/06/2020|
Gwen’s collection of Saintpaulias shows you can enjoy a lovely garden indoors. So when the wind blows and breaks the Delphiniums, all is not lost – just cut them and place in a vase!
|Bible Study Ruth||02/06/2020|
Tomorrow Wednesday 3rd June is the first in a series of 4 Bible Study sessions from 10.30 to 12.30 on Zoom.
The host will be Rev Keith - email email@example.com to please let him know if you are coming and he will send you an invitation.
Rev Frances will lead the discussional sessions.
Please read Ruth Ch 1 in advance of the first session. Bring a Bible and cup of coffee/tea with you!
Bible Challenge 31st May 2020
Last week Jackie explained that as Jesus ascended into heaven, there was a promise of more to come! Today is the day when we celebrate the fulfilment of that promise in the coming of the Holy Spirit.
After the ascension of Jesus, the disciples were hidden away together, still fearful, still unsure of the future. The Holy Spirit came and enabled them to preach, teach, be bold and strong.
In the history of the Church, this is sometimes thought of as its birth! So, in a way today we are celebrating the birthday of the Church!!
The Holy Spirit is still with Christians today. He lives in us; he helps us to pray and we can feel the power of his presence as he guides us through each day.
This is what Angelina and Annie came up with to meet the challenge plus Annie’s Ascension picture from last week.
|Digital Service Pentecost 31 May||01/06/2020|
Rev Frances led the service and made this to show the countries she had been asked to include in her prayers for the World.
Countries and cities we have prayed for at Pentecost, thank you Philip!
|The monthly ecumenical prayer meeting will take place on Monday 1st June at 6pm by Zoom and will be led by Pat Gooding. If you would like to participate, please email Keith Rowbottom firstname.lastname@example.org and he will send you an invitation with details of how to join the meeting.|
|Message from Rev Frances||29/05/2020|
They, those disciples, had had the 10 days of prayer together in the Upper Room, maybe praying for five friends to know about Jesus as we have been asked through ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ at this time..
But then they were hit by the touch of God, a Pentecost like never before, worthy of debate discussion, & interpretation throughout the history of the Church. (Acts Ch 2)
Can I simplify that experience of ‘like wind and fire’ by stating that they were individually touched by God in order to send them out with passion and purpose.
I’ve grown up with prayer meetings, praying for missionaries in far flung countries, but when I looked at Pentecost in a new light, I realised that we’ve been asked to pray, but that will often lead to action by the prayers.
The disciples had made time to allow God to nourish their inner lives and now it was Gods right time to equip and enable them to be his witnesses, intoxicated by the Holy Spirit
Gone was the waiting in prayer, now there was a ‘Go out to the market place, go out to the community, go out and be visible, be conspicuous, be different’.
Model Christ not the prevailing culture!
My book quote for the week comes from ‘A New Beginning’ by David Torkington
‘It’s departing from the spiritual journey of feeding off the faith of the parents or the taught prayers, to experience the touch of God for themselves and feel the call to go forward into the unknown, to savour for themselves the height, and the depth, the length and the breadth of God’s love that surpasses all understanding. ‘
When we feel the touch of your hand upon our lives
It causes us
to sing songs of praise,
to share our faith story,
to serve others in Your Name,
to acknowledge that
you are our God, the Father,
God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
And we love you, Lord, Amen
(Prayer adapted from chorus 753 in Mission Praise; When I feel the touch)
Bible month of June is approaching and in the Circuit arrangements are being made to cover the Book of Ruth in 4 sessions on ZOOM!
Booklets are available in the Circuit and also can be downloaded from Methodist website.
These will be held Wed 3rd, 10th, 17th , 24th from 10.30 to 12.30.
The host will be Rev Keith - email email@example.com to please let him know if you are coming and he will send you an invitation.
And Rev Frances will lead the discussional sessions.
Please read Ruth Ch 1 in advance of the first session. Bring a Bible and cup of coffee/tea with you!
FrancesClick here to access the questions.
|Message from Gwen||27/05/2020|
Just had to share this with everybody. I have had this cactus for 20 yrs and it has never flowered before, but a bud came over the weekend and today it opened fully.
After a bit of searching we think it is a Parodia Leninghausii (yellow tower cactus)
|Church Flower Tubs||27/05/2020|
Look how our Church flower tubs are maturing! We may not be able to meet inside but at least the outside of our Church building is enhanced by this wonderful display. Thanks Andrew and Petra for looking after them in this hot weather.
|Message from Sarah||27/05/2020|
Sarah sent this photo of a plaque on a park bench in London – the nearest she can currently get to a walk in her Mum & Dad’s garden in Spalding, apart from watching Mum’s amateur video tour of the garden and photos of shrubs at their peak.
|Gardens in Lockdown||27/05/2020|
Jane and Dave’s Laburnum tree was humming with bees at its peak. Its fragrance was taken over by lilac this week. They also spotted this cheeky robin on the obelisk earlier in Spring.
|Message from Rev Frances||24/05/2020|
How can we possibly understand ‘for ever and ever Amen!’
Our lives operate within time, and because of the virus, we are now often confused about what day it is, and the date, and when the time will come when we can plan for the future for the months and years ahead. Time has different occupations within it now. The present day matters and our enjoyment with gratitude of our daily bread/ blessings.
Earthly time stays the same!
It’s about how we view it, something enjoyable, time flies, something awful, time drags, even time stands still!
There is a time for everything under heaven, declares the writer of Ecclesiastes in Ch 3.
All our life we spend in time from birth to death, all our experiences can be dated and recorded in diaries and journals. Often as history, we research into past events individually, as communities and churches, nationally and internationally. Times of celebrations, times of sorrow, all enter into time making meaning to living, and sensing faith operating in time.
But this statement isn’t about history it’s about the future,..or it’s about continuity in God’s sense of timing, without beginning, without end.
Eternity, timelessness, forever, everlasting life, life after death, in the presence of Jesus.
Glad that it’s beyond my human comprehension and I have to hold faith that it’s not for us to explain it, but to live in the experience and mystery!
Ecc Ch 3v 14 ‘I know that everything God does will endure forever’
And what about;
‘Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever….’
For ever and ever Amen!
Father God, we have come to the end of the Lord’s prayer. It has taken us 10 weeks in earthly time in our reality of place and circumstance to look at each stanza
Time, timelessness, eternity, for ever and ever……isn’t a concept or reality that we understand, but we are saying it this week.
Thank you that you came as Jesus in time to show us yourself, thank you that through the Lord’s Prayer we have come to realize how times on earth matter to you.
We ask that Your kingdom in heaven where there are no clocks, begins to influence our thinking of time especially your Kairos time, when you reveal your plans and purposes to us.
And we say Amen, because we agree and because we say ‘so be it’.
In the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen
|Message from Rev Alan||24/05/2020|
Sunday 24th May 2020
Reading: St John 17: 1-11
‘I pray for them…
Keep them safe...’’
St. John 17:9&11
Before he was arrested Jesus prayed not for himself, but for his disciples:
‘I pray for them… keep them safe.’
In recent weeks his words have been echoed by those concerned for family, friends, carers and those working in the NHS. However, prayer does not in itself confer immunity from life’s perils.
Vigilance, timely action and fortitude are also needed.
Jesus’ disciples couldn’t escape the world. Instead they were sent into it to be messengers of hope.
Times of suffering and adversity would test their beliefs but, whatever lay ahead, safety would be found in loyalty to one another and holding close to God.
For our prayers
The ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative invites us to hold five people in our thoughts and prayers between Ascension Day (21st May) and Pentecost (28th)
There are five prayer candles in this week’s image.
Focus upon and name each person in turn.
Pray that they might be strengthened and given faith.
Encouragement from the Psalms
Protect me, O God; I trust in you for safety
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
all the good things I have come from you.” Psalm 16:1
|Digital Service 24 May||24/05/2020|
Philip drew this to remind us of Jesus' Ascension. Acts Chapter 1 v6 to 11.
|Message from Rev Keith||21/05/2020|
We have received the following information. Hope you find it inspirational and encouraging. Promote, engage, join as the spirit leads.
Keith & Chris
Circuit Prayer Co-ordinators
Raising up a new generation of Wesleys
Have you ever wished that you could get to Cliff Festival, but perhaps it has been too far away or to expensive? Well, perhaps you can join in this year! They are running ‘Festival @ Home’, a free online festival from Fri 22 – Mon 25 May. For further details visit https://cliffcollege.ac.uk/cliff-festival/festival-2020 For many years MET has enjoyed a presence at Cliff Festival, and will do so again this year with a 20 minute seminar titled ‘Raising up a new generation of Wesleys’. This is a passion of Nicky Gumbel’s, and he is interviewed by Ben Juliano (one of the WHOTway presenters) and it will also feature Carolyn Lawrence, the Vice-President Designate, and David Hull, the Chair of MET. This seminar can be accessed of the Festival @ Home adult YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/FestivalatHome clicking ‘playlist’ then clicking ‘adult seminars’.
National Day of Prayer
A MET partner has brought to our attention an online petition requesting that our Prime Minister calls the nation to a day of prayer. So far 62,000 have signed it, and once it reaches over 100,000 national media are more likely to pick up the story. You can find out more details at http://chng.it/2nPtQqcLFG That webpage provides information and a short video about the days of prayer that King George VI called during WWII.
Are we on the cusp of a spiritual awakening?
Premier Christianity have published a thought provoking article by Pete Greig, the founder of the 24-7 prayer movement; ‘5 signs we could be on the cusp of a spiritual awakening’. The 5 signs are, The UK Blessing, Prayer surge, Online church attendance, Public opinion and Young People.
Here is Angelina's latest picture. It is very moving. The topic was the great commission found in Matthew 28. ln a sense Angelina has shown us where we need to be before we can fulfil that calling. See what you think, I felt it was a very mature expression of faith.
|Message from Nicky||21/05/2020|
At the recent online Breakfast Fellowship we thought about the idea of Unity.
As part of our prayers we put onto strips of paper everyone’s name, different churches, groups people belonged to and individual friends and family. These strips were then made into links and joined together, but rather than make a long chain we looked at how different links join with many others and so we ended up with a sphere shape showing how we are united in many different ways with one another.
|Message from Rev Frances||21/05/2020|
David Ballantyne has modelled his railway on our house in Market Harborough which was a former Brickworks manager’s house. He asked Bursledon Brickworks, in Portsmouth, for information about the kiln and Brickworks to help in its miniature construction. Then more interest was shown, and his model railway is now on their Facebook page!’
By popular request. The UK Blessing which was used at a recent Digital Service and has been widely circulated.
|Message from Bryn||18/05/2020|
Reflections on Rogation Sunday.
Our Lego models show the natural world with sea creatures and flowers. We also love our playparks and gardens where we will gather with others one day. We salute our binmen and respect the shark and dinosaur too!
Do you have a photo of your garden or a flower arrangment you would like to share? If so email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Message from Rev Alan||17/05/2020|
‘If you love me you will keep my commandments’
Soon they would be left alone, faced with the challenge tocarry on his work and keep his commandments.
So, in her address marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Queen was able to observe thatthey are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other"
They kept calm and carried on!
‘….one who has the love of God shed abroad in their heart by the Holy Spirit given to them’.
|Ukulele and Community Choir||16/05/2020|
Zeph has sent details of a video of the Ukulele Orchestra and Community Choir made during Lockdown. Click on the link below to watch.
|Message from Rev Frances||16/05/2020|
In this coming week we have the day that we acknowledge the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. He returns to his Father, and he is welcomed back, risen, glorified and exalted into the throne room of heaven.
‘For thine is the kingdom, power and glory’ as you reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
He might be absent from the disciples, he might have disappeared out of their sight, rising, ascending up into the skies (Acts 1v 9ff)but he left them with purpose and a future in Kingdom mission and ministry.
He told them to wait again, they couldn’t start until the power of the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost.
Seeing the Glory,&seeing the Power
Moses came down veiled because of the fading glory.
Look at 2 Corinthians 3v17ff, wonderful verses indicating that we are reflectors of the Lords glory
Gaze on His kingly majesty, adore and worship, give Him praise for who He is, what He has done and can do, and register that his glory is His presence.
Which means in this line of the Lord prayer that we recognize his supremacy, his sovereignty and His saving grace.
Don’t look at this line as a wrap up stanza as we speed to get to Amen, dwell on what these words mean, contemplate them in our present situation.
We are in a 'now and not yet time’ waiting to see the Lord’s kingdom come on earth in all its fullness, to see his power and his glory meanwhile we are called to be reflectors!
Thine is the Kingdom
Father God, those disciples ,on that mountain top, saw your glory, they saw the kingdom being revealed in your Son Jesus Christ, and they saw power.
They were witnesses of the power of resurrection and now of your Son’s ascension back to the throne of heaven.
In this time of ascension, help it not to be an historic event that has no present relevance, but a sight leading to insight of who you are, that leads us to worship you in our lives, in all circumstances.
Here is another challenge completed by Angelina. I love the look on the faces of Thomas and Jesus.
Have you ever felt left out or that you have missed something important? Thomas, one of the disciples felt just like that. All the other disciples had seen the risen Jesus, but Thomas had not! Thomas wanted proof that Jesus was alive. In the Bible passage below, he is given that proof.
Thomas called Jesus his Lord and God. What does Jesus mean to you?
Verse 29 refers to us, Jesus calls those who have not seen him but believe in him blessed or happy. We have a very special relationship with God because we believe in Jesus.
|Message from Rev'd Bruce||11/05/2020|
|'Faithful Vigilance' - a Pastoral Update from Rev'd Bruce Thompson can be found on the District website. (Click on Links/District website/About Us/Chair's Blog)|
|Hymn Quiz 2||10/05/2020|
Rev Alan has devised a second Hymn Quiz for us to enjoy - easier than the first one apparently!
|Message from Deirdre||10/05/2020|
Alan and I would just like to say a big thank you to each and every one of you for all your good wishes the many cards and gifts received. The garden vouchers will certainly help revive our garden and will be a lasting memory of our wonderful church family in Spalding. The Ragdale vouchers from ‘Four Seasons’ will definitely go towards a lovely break when we get back to normality.
We have now moved into our bungalow, it is still work in progress but moving in the right direction. The Broad Street website is a wonderful means of communication in these strange times, and we are in touch with the Central Norfolk Circuit and I have written a couple of ‘Thought for the Day’ for their website.
Love and Blessings to you all. Dee & Alan
|VE Day Celebrations||10/05/2020|
VE Day celebrated by members, friends and neighbours.
The Ekins family baked a Victoria sponge to celebrate 75 years since VE Day. It is good to remember those who made such sacrifice.
Tollgate had a stay at home afternoon tea party. Many of the residents took part. Even had live music from one of the neighbours. Also one of the neighbours entertained us with singing. Great community spirit! No one wanted to go in.
Folks from the village gathered with appropriate distancing around the memorial for the 11am 2mins silence. Then after watching the 3pm Churchill’s speech the duo who were booked to entertain us at the village hall 40’s tea dance (but cancelled) did a Facebook concert that we could all link into and speakers were rigged up so those without internet could also hear. Then tea on the front lawn or on the grass verge and we could see right down the village with lots gathered in their family groups. Able to say “Hi” to lots and wave! Quite a few also passed by and we had some unusual visitors! Later we enjoyed the presentation from Buckingham Palace and sang along to Vera Lynn and “We’ll meet again”.
The Shields family celebrate.
Frances and David celebrate in the Pilgrim's Way cul de sac with neighbours nearby.
We celebrated VE Day with an Afternoon Tea in our garden. We shared this with our neighbours who were in their gardens. We had wartime music playing and enjoyed a game of pin the cigar on Winston Churchill!
Archie decorated his house and garden for VE Day.
|Message from Rev Frances||09/05/2020|
A thought provoking subject this week as we look at the phrase ‘deliver us from evil’
How much have we been taught or need to know about the kingdom of darkness headed up by the Evil one (Satan /Devil) with his fallen angels, demonic spirits, with principalities and powers ( Eph6 v10-18. It’s a big subject and don’t enter it unless you are trained in spiritual warfare!
Controversially there is danger in Christian circles either to overemphasize the presence of evil powers or to dismiss them altogether.
Can we have a balanced view and state that Jesus acknowledged the presence of evil and dealt with his own temptations accordingly by reciting known appropriate Biblical verse. (Matt ch 4)
He confronted Peter with ’Get thee behind me Satan’ ( Matt 16v23)
Had a teaching session with Nicodemus in John Ch 3v 19-20.
And love Jesus’s description of the Evil one as the Father of Lies in John 8v42.
There is connection with this week’s lectionary reading from 1 Peter 2 v2-10, where emphasis is given that we have come from that kingdom of darkness and now we are in God’s kIngdom of Light.
Deliver us from the evil one, and Ive heard it said that he is not bothered if we are comfort zone christians he’ll leave us alone, but if we venture out to new stages of obedience in Christ then be ready………….your equivalent of the apple will appear in front of you!
Someone sent me this this week; Apparently written by CS Lewis during the bombing of England in 1942; An imaginary dialogue;
Satan; I will cause anxiety fear and panic. I will shut down business, schools, places of worship and sports events I will cause economic turmoil.
JESUS; I will bring together neighbours, restore the family unit. I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not the money and material resources.
Deliver us from Evil
Father God , However much we believe that evil keeps away from us , we are faced with light and dark choices every day.
Rescue us, save us, bring us to liberation from all that would chain us or bind us to evil practises and behaviours. Root out the deep issues that cause us to stumble and disable us, and set us free to serve you.
We confess our involvement of anything that would give entry points for evil to enter into our beings, and ask that as we renounce those sins, that you will restore us and renew us .
This is your promise, and we claim it today in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen
|Message from Rev Alan||09/05/2020|
“Questions! Questions! Questions!” Grandma would exclaim when faced with childhood enquiries that exhausted patience and which refused to accept an ‘easy’ answer! St John’s gospel contains many questions.
On several occasions Jesus is referred to as ‘Rabbi’ and it was natural that both followers and opponentsshould address questions to such a teacher.
Thomas had a concern which others perhaps shared, but dared not express:
“We do not know where you are going, how can we know the way?”
Time was growing short. Soon hopes would be dashed, life lost, and friends torn apart, So Jesus encouraged his followers to focus upon things of lasting importance. He assured them of their place within a higher loving purpose,and spoke of the need to remain faithful to his example and teaching whatever lay ahead.
Presently, personal and social difficulties fill us with much uncertainty. Like Thomas, we struggle to discern what the future may hold. Suffering, and a sense of our own mortality naturally lead to questions concerning life’s purpose and the goodness of God.
Today’s gospel encourages us to voice doubts and fears, whilst holding close to Christ.
As Thomas was to learn, this is the way that leads us to discover what is authentic and true and how to live positively and fully when faced by adversity.
An anguished question found a comforting response:
‘I am the way, the truth and the life’
The first Christians were often known as ‘followers of the Way’!
From a prayer of Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
‘O God…. I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me.’
This is a video of a different view of the Beatitudes rewritten for a Global Pandemic.
|Message from Brian||05/05/2020|
|Brian has more good news to share with us. He has become a grandfather. His baby grandson was born yesterday morning to Emily and Timothy. Congratulations Brian!|
Angelina has been busy again and her picture is based on Psalm 23, the Junior Church challenge for this week.
This is the prayer which Philip had planned to read during the digital service this morning.
|Message from Rev Frances||02/05/2020|
Love the comforting Gospel reading for this week, it’s John Ch 10v1-10.
The relationship between the shepherd and his sheep, the unique identity of each sheep, the known voice of their Master, the Good Shepherd.
All we like sheep have a tendency to look elsewhere and follow other voices that lead us away, or tempt us or convince us that Jesus hasn’t got our best in his heart. (Isaiah 53v6)
This picture of sheep in fields and that temptation to look elsewhere or be slaves to another Master, fits in so well with this week’s phrase from the Lord’s prayer;
‘Lead us not into temptation’
I’d prefer that to say; Please help us if we are tempted to …….call us back before we act on our temptation and it then becomes more serious.
I have these verse underlined in my Bible 1 Corinthians Ch 10v12ff to remind myself that temptation happens, but God is faithful and will help me resist and become an overcomer.
John 10v10 Jesus promises Life in all its fullness, and that hasn’t changed because we are in lock down. What is His definition of Life?
Or put another way; What is Life like as a sheep in His green pastures?
Which stanzas shall I choose from this golden oldie?
In heavenly love abiding (A Waring 1923-1910)
The storm may roar without me………..But God is round about me
He knows the way he taketh………… and I will walk with Him.
Green pastures are before me…………..which yet I haven’t seen
And Lead us not into temptation
Thankyou that you name yourself as the Good Shepherd and know each one of your flock by name.
Thank you that you provide green pastures and protection within the lordship and ownership of your name.
Help us as our good Shepherd, to stop us with your rod and staff as we are tempted at this time;
Tempted to eat and drink too much
Tempted to break the social distancing
Tempted to waste time
Tempted to become self centred
Tempted to neglect those daily channels of your grace , our devotional practices.
Remind us that the grass isn’t greener on the other side of your boundary lines of love.
Lead us into pathways of life and care at this time, Amen
|Message from Rev Alan||02/05/2020|
|Message from Brian||29/04/2020|
|Good News. Brian would like everyone to know that his prostate cancer is in remission and he will not need to see his specialist for another year.|
|Message from Teresa||29/04/2020|
Frances received this image from Teresa with the message "Thinking of you and all our Church family."
While we continue in Lockdown, I would like us to share some of our favourite quotations. The first is a personal favourite and the second is Norma's - new to me - quote when talking about the necessity to do some housework after weeks of neglect!
"A house is not a home until you can write 'I love you' in the dust!"
John Chapter 21 verses 15-19
Your challenge this week is found in John chapter 21 verses 15-19. This event happens after the risen Jesus helps Peter catch many fish. At first Peter and Jesus share a meal together and then Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. If you think back to the time before the Crucifixion, Peter denied Jesus three times. Now Jesus is showing Peter forgiveness and love by allowing him to state three times that he does indeed love Jesus. Jesus also gives Peter a job to do, by feeding his sheep Jesus is asking Peter to look after the Church that will be formed and grow.
This Bible passage gives hope to Christians, because it shows us that even when we get things wrong Jesus loves and forgives us.
This is Angelina's interpretation of the passage.
|History repeats itself||27/04/2020|
Message from Yvonne via Frances
The Fuller family were busy yesterday replanting the tubs outside Church.
|Look after each other||27/04/2020|
|Message from Rev Frances||26/04/2020|
Jesus was waiting at the shore side to greet Peter after he had had an empty night.
But it didn’t work as that long night seemed to last for ever, read about it in John 21v1-13.
There he was in his boat with his friends on the Sea of Galilee, and the fish weren’t there when the nets were cast.
Peter with frustration, rather than the fulfilment of a good nights catch.
They say it’s always darkest just before the dawn breaks….
And the dawn broke with a voice, that was to turn Peter’s emptiness into fulfilment at many different levels.
A full net, a full stomach after a seashore BBQ of fish and bread, and a full heart as he was restored to fellowship with Jesus and with himself.
It was an individual struggle for Peter, an important suffering time from his denial to his restoration.
What did Peter learn about himself? Did he learn that he could accept help? Did he come through his personal experience of brokenness knowing he would be forgiven?
Could I speculate that by the dawn Peter knew that Jesus would always love him, so Peter love yourself too.
Jesus was waiting for him……….
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
Father God, we are very good at fishing, we remember and we keep account of the faults of everyone else, and often live forgetting how completely you forgive us through the healing work of the cross of Jesus Christ.
We forget that you are a God who buries our sins in the deepest sea ( Micah 7v19), and has cleansed us from all unrighteousness ( 1John 1v7)
Help us through this time as we reflect on this practice of forgiveness to allow your Holy Spirit to show us where we need to forgive others and ourselves.
Restore us to be new creations in Christ, releasing the chains that bind us in negative ways to others and releasing us from self condemnation.
|Message from Rev Alan||25/04/2020|
Reading: St. Luke 24: 13-35 Reflection
Wearily, forlornly, sadly two disciples make the long journey home.
Their world has changed. Jesus is no longer with them – though some claim to have seen him.
A stranger who joins them on the road listens….
As dusk deepens, their inner darkness is illuminated by long-held hopes and promises.
‘Stay with us; the day is almost over and it’s getting dark’
At table, their guest gives thanks, bread is broken and, suddenly, eyes are opened!
‘It is the Lord!’
Unexpectedly, our world has changed.
But this timeless story brings assurance and comfort.
Whenever bread is blessed so are we.
Christ still draws near in conversation and moments of gratitude.
Perhaps we’ll have glimpsed and known that whilst ‘staying at home’.
So as each evening falls this week let’s be thankful for those with whom we’ve spoken on our daily journey… or food on our table… and for the companionship of Christ.
Eagerly, confidently, joyfully
The two return to tell the others:
‘We have seen the Lord!’
A Prayer of St Patrick
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
|Pray at Home||23/04/2020|
Pray at home, anywhere in your house is a good place to pray.
|Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish - John 21||22/04/2020|
Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish - John 21
This event takes place after Jesus has risen from the dead. Not only do the disciples see the risen Jesus but they manage to catch a huge number of fish. Angelina composed this poem to illustrate the passage.
|Digital Service 19 April||20/04/2020|
20 households tuned in to take part in the first Broad Street Digital Service on Sunday. Phil, ably supported by Kevin, organised the technical setup which allowed us to see and talk to a few Church members, hear prayers, Bible readings, a video and a talk and sing two hymns with guitar accompaniment. During the service children were busy colouring pictures on the worship theme 'The Road to Emaus'.
|Message from Gwen||19/04/2020|
Gwen thought that this prayer for today in the Methodist Prayer Handbook, by Louise Gough, Presbyter of Bramhall &Wythenshawe Circuit was ideal to accompany our current website display of rainbows.
God your love – gentle, immense, unconditional – arcs a rainbow of grace to shelter us all and creates a space of belonging and healing. Your love – grounded in reality, accustomed to suffering – welcomes the excluded, tends hidden bruises, binds wounds and remakes lives and community.
God, may the astonishing truth of your love, your wide span of hope, dawn afresh in our hearts and turn us inside out as we act on your call to share your compassion. Renew our faith and courage that we may live as people transformed by the gospel and inspired by the limitless horizons of your Spirit. Amen.
|Message from Norma||19/04/2020|
Blossom on the trees in our garden helping us appreciate the wonders of nature at this difficult time.
8 year old Samual (spelt with an a) walks by every day with his Mum walking the dog. He put this through our letter box and his Mum said he was thrilled to see we had put it in the window.
Message from Yvonne about Knit & Natter
Although we are unable to meet on Fridays for Knit & Natter, the knitting and crochet is still going on at home for our charity – The Armenian Ministries. Knitted items :- Cardigans, jumpers, hats, scarves & socks for babies up to adults, plus blankets or squares for blankets (which I am willing to stitch together – eventually!) Some people even knit little dresses and coats. In fact any item of clothing is very welcome, as are the blankets. Teddy bears are also very welcome. We shall be knitting Christmas Angels again this year. In fact a notice about that had been sent to Robert before we knew about the Lockdown, so then it wasn’t able to go in the notices and now we would like to knit some for key workers serving during the Coronavirus pandemic.
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, Consider all the works Thy hand has made.
Singing this hymn in a loud voice (because no-one can hear me!) on my daily walk and enjoying some of His works just a few hundred yards from my home.
|Message from Rev Alan||17/04/2020|
A reflection from Alan Barker for this Sunday
Reading:John 20 19-31
|Message from Rev Frances||17/04/2020|
Some of the resurrection stories speak to our situation at this time, e.g. the disciples locked in the Upper Room, ( Luke 20v19ff) and the home meal at Emmaus (Luke 24v13ff).
It’s been good to receive from the variety of social media, and from different preaching styles, the familiar of the Easter stories. I read them again, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak into our present situation.
I travelled along the Emmaus Road, with those two friends as they were trying to process the events of the last days or so, the crucifixion and then the wild tale from the women about resurrection. They were discouraged, verging on despair, with belief in tatters, being honest about their disappointment, dialoguing with the stranger who didn’t offer to pray, but reminded them of the prophetic words from the Old Testament.
The unbelievable discovery as the bread was broken, and they saw, and they registered and Jesus vanished!
Then having had more than their daily exercise, a 2 hour trudge of 7miles to Emmaus, they had to witness for themselves, so back they went to Jerusalem, but this time heads were high and hearts were singing!
Give us this day our daily Bread
Father God, we are aware that this phrase speaks about our daily needs at this present time, and reminds us of the home visit at Emmaus where you , as the Risen Lord, broke bread with Cleopas and his friend.
May we trust you for our needs today, those essentials of faith, family and food, nourishment for both body, mind and spirit, and not worry about future needs and wants
It was not exactly the Easter break, taking the caravan to the seaside, that was planned but at least the children are able to play in the caravan – on our drive at home!
|Annie's Easter picture||15/04/2020|
Junior Church member Annie was busy, using her artistic skills, over the Easter period to create this picture from the Bible passage they were all given.
Annie was another rainbow artist when we first began featuring the children's posters on the website. This was somewhat larger than the others and she found a good place to display it!
|Angelina's Easter picture||13/04/2020|
Jackie's challenge to Junior Church was to read Matthew Chapter 28, Jesus has Risen, then to draw, paint, cook, make or write something that represents that passage. Here is Angelina's magnificent picture.
|Message from Philip||13/04/2020|
Philip has been busy today as you can see from this poster he has produced. He wishes everyone a Happy Easter.
Easter eggs - symbol of Jesus coming out of the tomb, and flowers are just what we need to give us hope at this testing time.
|God's own county?||12/04/2020|
These letters were published in the Daily Telegraph Letters Page last week. Remember local preacher Maurice Walters who moved to Yorkshire? I am sure he would have agreed with the reader from Selby!
|Message from Rev Frances||10/04/2020|
An amazing week as we read about Resurrection, the return of Jesus being seen again by the disciples who thought he had gone for ever.
What a death to life, what a grief to joy, what a shock to the normal expectations.
Fear had its place, after all they were experiencing supernatural, which was soon replaced by joy.
Philip Yancey describes it as ‘a morning beyond belief’!
Would the Resurrection mean so much, or seem incomplete without the scars on his hands, feet and side? Only Jesus could prove his identity by his scars.
But there were no angels in the sky, no kings bearing gifts, just appearances in ordinary circumstances, a private dinner, two people walking along a road, a woman weeping in a garden, some fishermen by a lakeside.
As they recognised, I’m sensing a joy that would be for the long-term….and a belief that now held;
If God could do that…………………..
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
In our prayers for this Easter week we can see from the image of the lifecycle of the butterfly that you bring life and colour from the seemingly dead-like chrysalis.
Your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, obeying your will, showing us life in all its fullness.
Hallelujah He is risen!
|Message from Rev Alan||09/04/2020|
|Rev Alan sends Easter greetings and Reflections for Holy Week. Click here to view Maunday Thursday. Click here for Good Friday here for Easter Sunday and here for a story The Three Trees|
'You may not be able to see them but Junior Church members are still active. Jackie gave them the Bible passage Matthew 21 v1-11 and asked if they could come up with a Bible Verse, prayer or picture and these arrived by email.'
|Holy Week at Methodist Central Hall||08/04/2020|
Methodist Central Hall have provided details of their Good Friday service being broadcast on BBC local radio stations at 3pm and of their Easter Day service being streamed via YouTube on Sunday at 11am.
Then Jesus cried out, "Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness" John 12:44-46
No doubt we're all feeling the sadness of not being able to gather to walk the Stations of the Cross with our friends at Westminster Cathedral, or share Maundy Thursday Communion, or attend our Good Friday reflection, followed by the ecumenical procession of witness. Nevertheless, we urge you to take the time this week to read through Matthew's account of Jesus' journey to the cross – especially chapters 26 and 27, so that we are all better prepared to celebrate the joy of Easter Day.
We are pleased to announce that there will be 15 minutes of reflection from MCHW broadcast at 3 pm on Good Friday. It will be networked across all BBC Local Radio stations (English regions). For many of you this will be via BBC London, BBC Surrey, BBC Essex, or BBC Kent - however, there are 39 different BBC Local Radio stations carrying the service.
|Message from Deirdre||08/04/2020|
In all our turmoil of moving to Norfolk, and our bungalow still not ready for us to move into, our 6 year old grandson made us this rainbow to put in the window. They can't see us but this is a reminder that they are still there! I hadn't got anything to stick it up with so I propped it up with a knife and it has worked!!
Just for Fun! Can you identify 25 (mostly) well-known hymns from the initial letters of the words forming their first line e.g ATNOJ is At The Name OF Jesus. Try without using the index of your hymnbook. It’s not easy! Stuck? You may need to ‘phone a friend’!
I’ve included several Holy Week and Easter hymns. Alan B
12. CTLIRT A!
|Everything's gonna be fine||06/04/2020|
It was March 2020 ... The streets were empty, the shops closed, people couldn't get out.
But spring did not know, and the flowers began to bloom, the sun shone, the birds sang, the swallows would soon arrive, the sky was blue, the morning arrived early.
It was March 2020 ...Young people had to study online, and find occupations at home, people could no longer go shopping, or go to the hairdresser. Soon there would be no more room in hospitals, and people continued to get sick.
But spring did not know, the time to go to the garden arrived, the grass greened.
It was March 2020 ... People have been put in lockdown. to protect grandparents, families and children.
No more meetings or meals, family celebrations.
The fear became real and the days were therefore similar.
But spring did not know, apples, cherry trees and others bloomed, the leaves grew.
People started reading, playing with their families, learning a language, singing on the balcony inviting neighbors to do the same, being supportive and focusing on other values.
People realized the importance of health, of suffering, of this world that had stopped, of the economy that has plummeted.
But spring didn't know. the flowers gave way to the fruit, the birds made their nest, the swallows had arrived.
Then the day of liberation came, people found out on TV, the virus had lost, people took to the streets, sang, cried, kissed their neighbours, without masks or gloves.
And that's when summer came, because spring didn't know. He continued to be there despite everything, despite the virus, fear and death.
Because spring didn't know, he taught people the power of life.
Everything's gonna be fine, stay home, protect yourself, and enjoy life.
Read this and share, but mainly remain confident and keep smiling!