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Message from Win & Maurice 21/06/2021
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Junior Church Challenge 20/06/2021

Samuel Anoints David

Have you ever played a game where people are chosen to join a particular team? If the game is a sporting one the strongest and quickest might be chosen. If it’s a quiz team, the cleverest might be chosen first. If it's a Pictionary, the best artist might be a wise first choice.

Samuel has been sent by God to choose a king. Samuel is looking for someone strong and tall, a brave leader. God has a very different approach! He tells Samuel to look at the person's character rather than their appearance. David was the last one of a family of brothers that Samuel considered to be King, but he was God's first choice. The youngest, and almost forgotten brother who was out watching the sheep would be anointed King. Indeed, David would eventually become the most important King the Jewish people ever had!

Sometimes we are tempted to think about ourselves in terms of how we look or our abilities. However, God looks not at these outward things but our “heart.” We may not be the best sports person or the brightest in the class but we can love God with all of our heart and show that love to others by being kind and helpful.

·      Your challenge this week is to:

·      Draw/paint or write about Samuel traveling to Bethlehem with his horn of oil to anoint the new king.

·      Draw/paint or write about Samuel deciding not to chose the first of Jesse's sons to be king

·      Draw/paint or write about Samuel anointing David as the future King

·      Draw/paint or write about how you imagine David would look as king

I Samuel Chapter 16 Verses 1-13

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”

The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”

Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”

Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”

13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah. 

Angelina has imagined a modern setting for the Bible Story.   

"I imagine how Samuel anointed  the king. I draw him travelling to Bethlehem in a very noisy car. I know that they didn’t have any cars. I hope you will like it!  

David chosen as King 



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Message from Rev Frances 18/06/2021

What a size difference!      Thinks  Frances   Week 66

feet 

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)

                                                                                          Francesx



An Invitation 17/06/2021

Vision21 logo 

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

Refreshments



Leprosy Mission 15/06/2021
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
The Lord Calls Samuel

Have you ever been in a busy place, perhaps a family gathering or meal and heard your mum's voice calling you and asking you to do something? I imagine that everyday you hear your mum calling you to get up. Especially if it’s a school day, it's best to do as she says!

Last week we thought about the commission or job that God gave Isaiah. Isaiah was an adult, a man of some importance. Do you think that God would ever give a message to someone your age or younger? In the Bible reading today we hear about just that situation. Samuel was working and living in the Temple when he first heard the voice of God calling him. An older, more experienced priest was there but God did not speak to him, but to the young boy Samuel. At first Samuel thought it must be Eli calling him. It took three times of God speaking, before they realised who was calling. Finally, Samuel heard God’s message. This marked the beginning of a long and very important career for Samuel as a prophet of God.

Just as we hear and recognise our mum's voice giving us an important instruction or telling us that she loves us. We can be like Samuel and recognise the loving father-like voice of God speaking to us through the Bible, Prayer or the love of others.

Your Challenge this week is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about Samuel being called by God three times

·       Draw/paint or write about Samuel talking to Eli

·       Draw a picture of yourself helping your mum

I Samuel Chapter 3

The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.

One-night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.

Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So, he went and lay down.

Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So, Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God,[a] and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”

15 Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, 16 but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.”

Samuel answered, “Here I am.”

17 “What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.”

19 The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.

The call of the Lord 



Message from Rev Frances 12/06/2021

Judging a book by its cover!      Confesses Frances in week 65

heart matters 

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!

 



Christian Aid 07/06/2021
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

 King

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

27th July   ‘Garden story sharing ’      tba

 

All Tuesdays in July at 7pm. All welcome

Zoom invite via revrowbottom@gmail.com

 

Any queries  please contact Rev Frances 01775 720145 or revfrances@shollandmethodist.org.uk



Junior Church Challenge 05/06/2021

Isaiah’s Commission

Have you ever been given a job to do by your teacher that you didn’t think you had the ability to fulfil? I always felt that way when I was playing sport!

This week we are going to think about one of the prophets in the Old Testament, his name is Isaiah. Isaiah was a man who was called by God to tell people His message. The description of God we read below shows Him to be amazing, but more importantly it shows how powerful He is. In the presence of God Isaiah realises how many failings he has. Yet, God takes away the bad things (or sin) that Isaiah is so aware of and makes him clean. Isaiah knows that he has been equipped by God and is ready to work for him and proclaim his news. This will mean that his life will never be the same again!

As Christians we may not all have the dramatic vision of God that Isaiah had. However, we too are called to spread the good news that God loves us, He sent Jesus to save us and we have the Holy Spirit living in us.

Your challenge this week is:

·       To draw/paint or write about the meeting between God and Isaiah

·       To draw/paint or write about Isaiah’s lips being touched with the burning coal. (Remember never to touch anything burning, it is dangerous and it will be extremely painful!)

·       To draw/paint or write about Isaiah saying to God that he is willing to be His messenger

Isaiah Chapter 6 verses 1-8

 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Angelina pic Isaiah 



Junior Church Challenge 31/05/2021

Pentecost Sunday: The Holy Spirit Comes!

The Church and The Holy Spirit 

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. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 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,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.

Acts Chapter 2 Verses 42-47
The Fellowship of the Believers

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

Trinity Logo 

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

 

                                                                                 Francesx

 



Shoppers' Service 27/05/2021
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


Summer Ready 25/05/2021

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.

Flower tub May 2021   Flower tub 2 May 2021



Christian Aid 25/05/2021
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
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

 

In February, a poor fisherman in Thailand found this very rare orange Melo pearl. It is worth over £250,000! Can you imagine finding something like that?

During the time of the Roman Empire pearls were greatly prized, even more so than they are today. The valuable pearl in this parable would have been the “deal of a lifetime” for the merchant.

Jesus told two parables of finding treasure of great value, such value that it was worth giving everything else up just to obtain this treasure. The first parable we thought about last week involved hidden treasure. In this parable a man is actively looking for something precious. Jesus used this parable to teach those listening to him that we must search for the Kingdom of God. (We can do this by praying and reading our Bible) However, God is also searching for us. The wonderful truth of this parable is that God is looking for people who want to be part of His Kingdom. He gave up everything for us when He sent Jesus to die for our sins. God wants us to look for His Kingdom with all our hearts because he is looking for us with all his heart!

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about the merchant finding the pearl of great price.

·       Draw/paint or write about Gods love for us

·       Draw/paint or write about the things that are most important to you.

Matthew 13:45-46

45 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Pearl of Great Price




Message from Rev Frances 22/05/2021

The Spirit’s leading YOU!     An invitation  by Frances  Week 62

John Wesley 

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……………

 

                                                                                    Frances

 

 



Message from Rev Frances 16/05/2021

Protecting the vulnerable………    Frances   week 61

New Life 

 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.

But they need our generosity………..and understanding as it’s Mental Health Awareness week as well.

                                                         Be blessed as you bless others                        Frances



Junior Church Challenge 15/05/2021

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

 Last week we thought about a lady who lost something very important, a silver coin. This week we read about a man who found some treasure! Have you ever found anything unexpectedly! Last week when I was tidying up some boxes, I found some old photos. I had great fun looking at all the long forgotten pictures.

In the days of Jesus during times of instability or war people would very often bury their treasure in clay pots. In the case of the parable below a man has come upon one of these pots of buried treasure. He knows it's value. In fact, he knows that it is more precious than everything else he owns. So, the man sells all that he has to gain even more!

The treasure that we have in our lives is our knowledge of Jesus and the new life he gives us. There may be things as Christian we have to give up to follow him but the joy He brings into our lives is the greatest treasure of all.

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about the man discovering the hidden treasure.

·       Draw/paint or write about the man selling all he has to buy the field.

·       Draw/paint or write about the kingdom of heaven

Matthew 13:44-46

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Treasure 




Junior Church 12/05/2021

Our Sunflower seeds, sown to produce many more seeds continue the wonderful cycle of life.  There is more in John chapter 12.

 Sunflower seedlings Emma  Sunflower seedlings Jane

Sunflower seedlings Archie 



Junior Church Challenge 09/05/2021

God’s love for us: The Parable of the Lost Coin

Have you ever lost anything? I am always losing things! Keys, books and as some of you know even my glasses! Thank you to Sophia who always seemed to find them when I lost them at Church!

Jesus tells a story or parable about a lady who had lost a silver coin. She undertakes a very, detailed search until she finds it. No stone or cushion is left unturned! Once she has found it she tells all her neighbours and friends because she is so delighted.

Jesus told this story to show how much God loves us. It is unlikely that we will get lost in the same way a coin will get lost. What it means is that if we do things wrong God will still care for us, looks for us and when we are found by him again he will love and forgive us. The woman’s joy is a picture of God's joy and love in relation to us.

·       Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about the woman searching for her lost coin

·       Draw/paint or write about the coin that is hidden

·       Draw/pain or write about the woman sharing her delight at finding her coin with her neighbours

·       Draw/paint or write about you looking for something you have lost.

Luke 15: 8-10

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”The Lost Coin Angelina pic



Message from Rev Frances 08/05/2021

Studying to grow….  ‘Words’ by Frances          Week 60

Bible Month colour logo

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.

See if you can sense who and what Mark is writing about and the impact his words have on you as the reader.

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…..

                                                                                               Francesx



Junior Church Challenge 02/05/2021
Love

Love is a very little word that means such a lot. Perhaps it is one of the most powerful words in the English language? Who are the people in your life that you love? It may be family members or school friends; it may even be your pets!

The Bible tells us that Jesus gave his life for us because he loved us. We have been thinking a lot about this over Easter. Jesus asks us to love those around us. Not just in words but with actions too. A little act of kindness can make a big difference to others!

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about those acts of kindness and love that we have read about Jesus doing over the last year.

·       Draw/paint or write about the way in which the Early Church gave up their material possessions to help each other. (For example, a man with two coats giving one to a person in need.)

·       Draw paint or write about the people or animals in your life that you love.

·       Draw/paint or write about how you could show kindness to others.

 

1 John 3:16-24

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

Angelina pic Love 

"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.

Communion pods Wafer and Wine 



Message from Rev Frances 01/05/2021

Pruning to produce the best!      From Frances Week 59

pruning 

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)

Are we emerging from a pruning season, as Covid has stripped us of so much, and then in due season we will come forth flourishing , fruitful or even bearing flowers!

Know the fruit of the Spirit…. (Galatians 5v22) but wonder what God’s flowers are like?

                                                                                                    Frances



Message from Rev Keith 01/05/2021

It’s 1st May – and a new prayer focus. Here it is:

‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up: do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’ (Isaiah 43.19)

 

Our friends at Bicker ask us to pray:

Dear Lord

As we look forward to a fresh start after the past year, we can see your new creations as the trees and flowers blossom. May we see each other through Your eyes with hope and love in our hearts. The joy of the Lord is our strength. Amen.

 

Prayer Walk

Monday 17th May around Bicker starting at 11am. All welcome. This is also part of Thy Kingdom Come (see below)

 

ALSO

Thy Kingdom Come – 11 days of prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost (13th May – 23rd May)

  • It has been agreed prayer booklets will be purchased for use during these days.
  • An online Prayer Room will be set up for people to visit at any time during this period.
  • A Zoom Ascension Day service will take place on Thursday 13th May at 7.30pm.
  • Our monthly prayer walk will take place at Bicker on Monday 17th May at 11am.


Message from Rev Frances 27/04/2021

           Bible Month colour logo

 

READ MARK LEARN 

This year as Methodists  in Bible Month we are studying the Gospel of Mark in 4 weeks so it would be of great benefit if you could read the whole of Mark to be prepared in advance. Write down any questions or thoughts you might have to share.

The four Tuesdays in May;  4th,11th,18th, 25th

 at 7pm by Zoom invite ( Rev Keith)

Different leaders each week

Themes;  Week 1 Identity and Mission    

                 Week 2 Mission and Boundaries

                 Week 3  On the Way

                 Week 4 Passion Week

 

I have some spare study booklets. Please make contact to obtain one   01775 720145.

 

Look forward to seeing you each week on Zoom....we have  a great time!   Rev Frances

 



Junior Church Challenge 25/04/2021

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

 

Do you have a favourite teacher at school? It may be that the teacher is kind, funny or just very good at making difficult things easy to understand.

 

After Jesus rose from the dead he walked, talked and ate with his disciples. However, he also continued to teach them. Can you imagine Jesus teaching you about the Bible!  I think he would certainly be one of those teachers that made difficult things seem easy!

 

Jesus told his followers that his death and resurrection, his message of peace and new life was all that the Old Testament was pointing to.

 

Like all good teachers Jesus was preparing his students for the future, to spread his story across the world.

 

Your challenge this week is to:

 

·       Draw/paint or write about Jesus standing among the disciples saying, “Peace be with you.”

·       Draw/paint or write about Jesus showing the disciples his hands and feet

·       Draw/paint or write about Jesus teaching the disciples

·       Draw/paint or write about your favourite teacher

 

Luke 24:36-48

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

Jesus is alive 



Message from Rev Frances 24/04/2021

Active  Christianity!   Thoughts by Frances   Week 58

word and actions 

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……………………

                                                          What a challenge!                             Frances



Digital Services 22/04/2021

Sunday 25th April will mark the first anniversary of Broad Street Digital Services.

Digital Desk 



Junior Church Challenge 18/04/2021

Coming Full Circle.

What kind of person are you? Do you always get everything right? Have you ever said the wrong thing because you are afraid or scared of how people would react to you?

One of Jesus’s closest friends was Peter. He had travelled with Jesus, heard him preach and had seen many miracles take place. However, when Jesus was arrested, Peter was frightened and as Jesus had said he would, denied him three times. Poor Peter, he had been so bold and confident following Jesus in the good times when things went badly wrong, he went badly wrong too! 

When Jesus rose from the dead he appeared to the disciples. The Bible reading below tells us that he even helped them to catch a huge number of fish. After eating breakfast together Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. Three times he replies yes. Just as Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus gives him the chance to restore their relationship three times. Jesus not only forgives Peter but gives him a job to do. In asking Peter to feed his sheep he is asking him to teach and lead the fledgling Church that will arise at Pentecost.

We often make mistakes and get things wrong. However, we can be confident that if we talk to God about these things, he hears us and helps us to get back on the right path again.

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw, paint or write about the miraculous catch of fish.

·       Draw, paint or write about Peter denying Jesus 3 times

·       Draw, paint or write about Jesus forgiving Peter and giving him a new job to do

·       Draw, paint or write about your Church at Broad Street.

·       Write a prayer about forgiveness

 John 21

Jesus and the miraculous catch of fish

21 Afterwards Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. ‘I’m going out to fish,’ Simon Peter told them, and they said, ‘We’ll go with you.’ So, they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’

‘No,’ they answered.

He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.’ When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, ‘It is the Lord,’ he wrapped his outer garment round him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred metres. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus reinstates Peter

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’

‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’

Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.’

16 Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’

He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.’

Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’

17 The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’

Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.’ 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, ‘Follow me!’

 Catch of Fish



Message from Rev Frances 17/04/2021

Speaking out     from    Frances   week 57

Peter 

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.

                                                                                          Frances 

 



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.

Stained glass Pollard gift 



Junior Church Challenge 12/04/2021

Jesus is risen!

What is the most important day of the year for you? For many it may be our birthday or perhaps Christmas. For our mums it may be Mother’s Day. In America it may be Independence Day, July 4th!

Christians have two very important days. One sad and one happy. Neither day would exist without the other. On Good Friday we remember the day that Jesus died for us. Some people mark the day by eating fish or in years gone by there would be processions all around England, and one in Boston, remembering the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

On the Sunday after Good Friday, we remember that Jesus rose from the dead. Everything changed on that first Sunday. Weeping and tears turned to surprise, joy and laughter.

We eat Easter Eggs today to remind us that Jesus brings new life. As you eat and enjoy your eggs today, we hope that you have a very special and blessed Easter Sunday knowing that God loves and cares for you.

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw, paint or write about the women finding the tomb.

·       Draw, paint or write about Mary meeting Jesus

·       Draw, paint or write about Simon Peter finding the empty tomb

·       Draw, paint or write about yourself and your Easter

John 20

The Empty Tomb

20 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance. She went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!”

Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there and the cloth which had been around Jesus' head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. (They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.) 10 Then the disciples went back home.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Mary stood crying outside the tomb. While she was still crying, she bent over and looked in the tomb 12 and saw two angels there dressed in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 “Woman, why are you crying?” they asked her.

She answered, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!”

14 Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 “Woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who is it that you are looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener, so she said to him, “If you took him away, sir, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned toward him and said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (This means “Teacher.”)

He is Risen 



Sunday Worship 11 April 12/04/2021

Children's activities in Church Sunday morning.

Hand painting    Do not Doubt



Message from Rev Frances 10/04/2021

Believing  or not?       After Easter reflections        Frances week 56

Risen 

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!......

                Going to believe?                                Frances



Easter Sunday Worship 05/04/2021

Easter Sunday worship in Church and the children's activities.  The service was also attended by many online.

Easter 2021     Easter Garden

 



Junior Church Challenge 04/04/2021

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

Do you like feet? Do you often think about your feet? I am not a big fan of looking at feet – I think that they are quite strange things. However, we need our feet to travel and move around. Our poor feet get hot and tired, they do need to be looked after.

In the days of Jesus, walking would be one of the main means of transportation. The climate was hot, the roads and paths dusty.  One of the lowliest jobs of the time was to wash other people’s feet. Not a very pleasant job! It was the job of a servant or slave. Can you imagine the surprise of the disciples when Jesus took the job on!

What do you think that your response to Jesus would have been? Would you have been surprised, embarrassed, pleased, confused or accepting?

Next week we enter Holy Week. The time when we reflect on Jesus giving his life for us. What do you think your response will be?

You challenge this week is to draw, paint or write about:

·       Jesus washing the disciple’s feet

·       Jesus talking to Peter

·       You helping someone else

John Chapter 17 Verses 13-17

 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not everyone was clean.

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

 Jesus washes the feet



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

Talking about the news for the world!      Easter thoughts    Rev Frances Week 55

Coffee and Chat pic 

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

                                                                                                 Frances

 



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
video-recording of this year's Easter Offering Service, 'Into all the
world', which is now available for you to watch on our brand new MWiB
YouTube channel. The video has been produced by the MWiB Executive, and
lasts around 45 minutes. With the text of the service on screen, and
recordings of hymns and songs to join in with, the video is ideal
particularly for smaller groups (if able to meet) and for individuals to
watch at home.

 Any offerings made via the EO service are wholly donated to the World
Mission Fund.
If you would like to donate directly, via the Just Giving page, please
visit www.justgiving.com/mcfworldmission/donate and reference yourdonation with EO Service 2021.  

The link to the YouTube video is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg9uuQq_6qM&t=2s

All of this information, with accompanying links, is available on the
MWiB website: www,mwib.org.uk

 



Palm Sunday 29/03/2021

Palm leaves with a modern twist which the children made at the Digital Service on Palm Sunday.

Amelia and Mollie palm leaves 



Message from Rev Frances 27/03/2021

Worshipping crowds & a donkey!    Lent Reflections by Frances week 54

Donkey bow 

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 ?

                                                                   Frances



Junior Church Challenge 27/03/2021

The Last Supper

Over the last year, one of the things that we have missed is being able to have a meal with friends and family. I am not sure what kind of food is your favourite, everyone has very different tastes. I imagine that in your head you may have thought about a special meal with special people after the lockdown ends.

Jesus had a very special meal with a very special group of friends.

Passover is a celebration of the story of Exodus. During Passover, the Jewish people remember how their ancestors left slavery behind them when they were led out of Egypt by Moses. Passover is celebrated with a series of rituals. Each ritual symbolises a different part of the story.

The flat unleavened (without yeast) bread, on the table would have reminded the guests about the hurried leaving of Egypt.

The wine would have represented the freedom from Egyptian slavery the Israelites had experienced.

Jesus understood this and the importance of the Passover meal. Jesus also used these symbols to help Christians remember him. The bread reminds us that he died on the cross for us and the wine reminds us of the blood he shed for us.

This is the reason we share in the Lord's Supper/Communion together to remember the great love Jesus had for us.

 Matthew 26:17-19, 26-29

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you; I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Last Supper Angelina pic 

 



Digital service Children's handiwork 22/03/2021

Hands of welcome and seeds of love.  John 12 v 24-26 

Angelina pic hands  Archies hands pic

 Fullers hands pic Fullers seeds pic



Good News 21/03/2021
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

Passion Jesus 

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



Mothers Day 16/03/2021

Children's activities for Mothers Day

Mothers Day 1 Mothers Day 2

Mothers Day 3 Mothers Day 4

Mothers Day 5 Mothers Day 8 

 



Junior Church Challenge 15/03/2021
Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at some of the people that Jesus met. This account in John is a very different kind of meeting! Last week we thought about Jesus showing great sadness at the death of someone he loved. This week we see him demonstrate a great deal of passion – and a great deal of action.

So, what is really happening here! Why is Jesus so upset? He is upset because the place that should be an area of prayer is an area of business. The place that should be about worshipping God has become a place where money is worshipped. Jesus, who showed kindness to the poor, gentleness to the sick and understanding to the lost, is demonstrating here his love and devotion to his Father’s house.

After Jesus has taken action he is questioned by some religious people. They wanted to know by what or whose authority he cleared the Temple. Jesus talks about destroying the temple and then rebuilding it in three days. Many think that he is talking about the building, but in fact he is talking about himself. He knows that he will be taken prisoner, crucified and in three days rise from the dead!

Your challenge this week is to

·       Draw/paint or write about Jesus driving the money changers out of the temple

·       Draw/paint or write about Jesus having a discussion with the religious leaders

·       Draw/paint or write about your Church (Broad Street Methodist Church)

John 2:13-16

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”[c]

18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

                    Jesus clears the Temple



Message from Rev Frances 13/03/2021

‘Being held’   Lent reflection  by  Frances             week 52

being held 

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

                                                                                                        Frances



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. 


Bible Space 13/03/2021

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

The Death of Lazarus

Do you like the TV programme Horrible Histories? It tells us about the bits of history that sometimes history teachers leave out, because, well they are a bit horrible! If we were to look at the Bible in the same way, I think this story might be one included in Horrible Histories. Martha tells Jesus that the tomb would not smell very nice because Lazarus had been in there for 4 days!

Last week we thought about Mary and Martha, this week we learn that they had a brother called Lazarus who had died. The sisters thought this was the end of the story but there was more to come.

Jesus understood the sisters’ sadness. He not only understood it, but he also shared it! Luke 11 verse 35 is the shortest verse in the Bible. but perhaps one of the most powerful. It shows us that Jesus understands our struggles and sadness in life.

At the end of the passage, we find that Jesus performed one of his greatest miracles. Lazarus was brought back to life. Can you imagine the joy Mary and Martha felt?

New life is one of the joys of the Christian life. When we accept Jesus as our lord and saviour, we experience new life. When we celebrate Easter, we celebrate that new life that Jesus brings us. Even now as we look out of our windows, we see the first signs of Spring promising hope and even the Summer to come. God reminds us that there is hope for the future if we trust in Him.

Your challenge this week is to:

·      Draw/Paint or write about the joy of Martha and Mary when their brother came back to life

·      Draw/Paint or write about what New Life means for Christians.

·      Draw/Paint or write about the Spring.

·      Take a photo of some of the Spring Flowers you have seen.

Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus

John Chapter 11: 17-43

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles[b] from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Lazarus


Bible Space 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

Stern face 

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?

Lent isn’t easy for individuals or as communities of God’s people……….  Frances



Message from Rev Frances 02/03/2021

Service of Light Sunday Mar21st 3pm in Broad Street.

Names of loved ones to be remembered, please let Rev Frances know.

(Covid restrictions will apply)

But  we will remember……

 

Also  Maundy Thursday   April1st 7.30 at Broad Street.

Contemplating the story of Holy Week’ with Biblical readings .

Contact Rev Frances for more details.



Digital Service 28 February 02/03/2021

 Children's work as part of the Digital Service today.

Angelinas envelope 1  Angelinas envelope 2

Isaac and Jonathan envelopes 

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
Thank you

Helen Shields



Junior Church Challenge 28/02/2021
At the Home of Martha and Mary

Are you a person of action or a thinker? Are you the kind of person who likes to leap into action or carefully plan your life? Are you someone who likes to be out and about (not so easy at the moment) or someone that likes to stay at home and read? You may be a little bit of all of those things!

Mary and Martha were two more people that Jesus met in his life. They were sisters and at first glance seem very different to each other. Sisters and siblings are often very different from each other!

Martha was the sister, who liked to prepare and act. She worked hard. Can you imagine her cleaning, tidying and cooking?

Mary on the other hand, took time out of her busy day to sit at the feet of Jesus, to listen and learn. She was trying to understand all that Jesus had to teach.

Would you feel safe getting into a car with a person who had not taken lessons and who had not passed their driving test? It takes a long time to learn how to drive. But once you have passed your driving test you need to keep driving to put into practice all you have been taught.

In life there are times when the best thing to do is listen and learn about the things that Jesus teaches. It is only then that we are able to go out and put into practice those things he has shown us.

Your challenge this week is to draw, paint or write about:

·      Martha working hard

·      Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus

·      Mary and Martha together

·      Martha talking to Jesus about Mary or

You could tell us or draw what you like to do – Are you a worker, person who listens and reflects or a bit of both!

Luke Chapter 10 Verses 38-42

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Mary and Martha 





Bible Space 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

Kingdom 

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.

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son    MP 689   (c. Edmond Budry)                                               

 Frances



Flower Tubs 23/02/2021

Church flower tubs refreshed and ready for Spring.

Church tubs 22 Feb 21   Church tubs Spring 21



Junior Church Challenge 21/02/2021
The people that Jesus met.

Doctors, nurses and many other people who work in all kinds of areas within our National Health Service have been celebrated over the last year. We are very blessed to be able to look to these people when we are ill. But can you imagine a world where they did not exist! It would be very sad and scary!

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at some of the people that Jesus met. He welcomed women, children and those that did not seem very important to most of society. Today we are looking at his response to a person who essentially was an outcast. A man with leprosy.

Jesus touched a man who others would have avoided. He did not ignore him but heard his plea and answered him.

Your challenge this week is to draw, pain or write about:

·       Jesus meeting the man with leprosy

·       Jesus healing the man with leprosy

·       The National Health Service today or

You might want to find out about a charity that helps people who are sick today.

Matthew Chapter 8

Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy

8 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Jesus Heals 

 





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

Wilderness 

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.

Yes God did say,  and  so  believe what He says about us  ;

 We are his beloved children, he loves us and he likes us, and he takes delight in us……………………….

Frances



Donation 17/02/2021
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

The Widow’s Offering

Last week we thought about Jesus welcoming the children. Just as children were considered unimportant in the days when Jesus lived, so too were women and poor women especially.

Giving to the Temple was considered part of people’s service to God. Some people were rich and gave lots of money making sure everyone saw what they were doing. Then the poor widow put in two of the smallest coins available at the time.

Jesus saw through the pride and heartlessness of the donations given by the rich and took delight in the generous gift of the woman. She gave willingly the little she had.

God wants us to give our lives to him, not with sadness or from a sense of duty.  He wants us to know the joy in giving our lives to him and joy in serving each other.

Mark 12:41-44

The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few pence.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Jesus and the Widow 

 




Message from Rev Frances 13/02/2021

Climbing mountains together!       Ministers exertions!  Week 48

Climbing mountains 

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……….

Francesx



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                                                                                   

                             Church in the snow 8 Feb 2021 (1) 

 Church (2) 8 Feb 2021 Church Roof 8 Feb 2021  



Message from Rev Frances 10/02/2021

LENT OPEN BIBLE SPACE

Cross sayings 

The CROSS SAYINGS of JESUS

Tuesday 23rd February 7pm

Tuesday 2ndMarch  7pm

Tuesday 9th March 7pm

Tuesday 16thMarch  7pm

Various leaders & various Bible Passages

All welcome

Contact Rev Frances 01775 720145 for more details.

Zoom invite; revrowbottom@gmail.com



World Day of Prayer 08/02/2021
World Day of Prayer March 5th 2021

Due to COVID19 there will be no church service this year, it will now be held via zoom. If you would like more information on the link to the zoom meeting or would like one of the service books please contact Gill Brooks.


Funeral Service 07/02/2021
The funeral service for Michael Holmes is on Wednesday 10 February at 1pm.  Contact jwillsonfuneraldirectors@yahoo.co.uk for livestream details.


Digital Service 7 February 06/02/2021
9.30 a.m. Online service only led by Rev. Alan Barker


Junior Church 06/02/2021

Jesus and the Little Children

Jesus was born, grew up and taught in a time that is very different to the one that we live in. Women and children were not thought of as important! This is why the disciples wanted to send the little children away. Jesus, however, saw every single person as important, rich, poor, young, old, men, women, healthy and sick. Those that were Jewish and those that weren’t.

Jesus said that we needed to receive the Kingdom of God like a little child. Little children, question, learn, grow, trust and enjoy. What a wonderful thought that as we come to faith in Jesus, he takes us in his arms and blesses us.

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about Jesus meeting the children

·       Draw/paint or write about how the children felt about meeting Jesus

·       Draw/paint or write about Jesus blessing the children

·       Draw/ paint or write about how little children are different to adults

Mark 10:13-16

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Jesus and the Children 



Message from Rev Frances 06/02/2021

‘Healing thoughts’   by Rev Frances        week 47

Blind 

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 owl plus 31 Jan

 Digital service Snowman 31 Jan   Digital 2 Feb Rainbow and Robin



Junior Church 31/01/2021

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

Do you know what you want to do when you grow up? Have you thought a lot about it?

It is probable that Simon, Andrew, James and John all knew from an early age that they were going to be fishermen. They came from fishing families and it would be a natural step for them to follow in their father’s footsteps. All was going according to plan until they met with Jesus. Suddenly their lives had taken a different turn. They would no longer be catching fish but people. Let’s hope that they had big nets!!!

We read that the four fishermen instantly left the trade they had grown up with and followed Jesus. It seems so easy, but in reality, it was probably not. To leave everything they knew! To face an uncertain future! What would their family and friends think! Yet they heard the call of Jesus and followed it.

Today its still true that when we hear the voice of Jesus things get turned upside down. Some people face huge difficulties when they follow Jesus and sometimes those around them find it strange. However, just as those first disciples found they had gained everything in giving up so much, so can we too, as we trust in Jesus as our savour and our Lord.

Your challenge this week is to:

·      Write/draw or paint the fishermen fishing.

·      Write/draw or paint Jesus calling the fishermen.

·      Write/draw or paint the fishermen following Jesus

·      Write/draw or paint what you want to be when you grow up

·      Tell us what you think the phrase fishers of men means.

Mark Chapter 1:16-20

16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.

19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

 The Call



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

Dear Friends,

Whilst this may be of interest to you it is particularly for those who do not have internet access!!! So… please pass this on by word of mouth or by telephone to all those you know who haven’t got the ease of linking with folks as those of us with internet access can.

 

TELEPHONE AND REFLECTION PRAYER LINES

Did you know there is a Methodist Church FREE daily prayer line? It is accessible on 0808 281 2514.

There is now a new resource – a pastoral message from the President or Vice-President which will be updated every Monday. This is on 0808 281 2695.

Hope this will help you keep in touch, and to know that someone is there when you are feeling isolated.

 

Every Blessing

Keith & Chris

Circuit Prayer Co-ordinators.



Message from Rev Frances 30/01/2021

Pausing to Remember      Minister’s thoughts week 46

Hartlepool and Hospital 

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.  

 Frances

 

Father forgive them………..Father forgive us



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.

Angelina Fruit Salad Twins Fruit Salad

Grace Fruit Salad 



Junior Church 24/01/2021

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Have you ever been on a camping trip? If you have then I expect you went with a tent and lots of food! This week we will be thinking about a kind of camping trip that Jesus went on. However, he took no tent or food.

After Jesus was baptised, he was led into the wilderness to face three temptations. He was hungry so he was offered food, then he was offered a chance to prove miraculously who he was and finally he was offered everything in the world he could possibly want. Jesus was perfect and did nothing wrong. He rejected each of the three offers. He knew that doing what God wanted was more important than anything else.

We all make mistakes and do things wrong. It may be something as harmless as eating an extra piece of cake when we are full up or it may be something more serious that could hurt other people or ourselves. Because Jesus was tempted in every way, he understands us.

·       Paint/Draw or write about Jesus and one of the temptations he faced.

·       Paint/Draw or write about Jesus alone in the wilderness

·       Paint/Draw or write about a camping trip you have been on

·       Jesus was able to resist temptation because he knew his Bible well. Can you think of a Bible verse that you would like to learn? If so please tell us about it

Matthew 4:1-11

4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]
 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]

 Jesus in the Wilderness



Message from Rev Frances 24/01/2021

Prophetic pouting!……….Minister’s 45th week…..

Jonah 

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


Junior Church 17/01/2021

Jesus and John the Baptist

Are all your friends like you or are you very different from each other? When I was growing up many of my friends were very different to me. We would often hold very different opinions and would talk about them. However, no matter how our opinions differed we were still friends.

As we continue looking at the life of Jesus, we find one of his friends is very different to him indeed. John the Baptist, by anyone’s standards was different. He preached in the wilderness of Judea, he was very honest about the fact that we all need to say sorry for things we have done wrong, his clothes were made of camel hair (not very comfortable) and he ate wild locusts and honey.

John knew that he was different to Jesus. John was aware that Jesus was special and more powerful than him. Jesus had no need to say sorry for anything that he had done because he was perfect. Yet Jesus asked John to baptise him.

John was used by God to prepare the way for Jesus. A very special task. As we head into 2021 what might God be asking you to do? He may want you to pray for your friends. He may want you to be kind to someone. It doesn’t matter that you are different from other people, each of us is special to God and loved by Him. Only God know what he has planned for your life!

Your challenge this week is to

·       Draw/Paint or write about John the Baptist

·       Draw/Paint or write about Jesus being Baptised by John

·       Draw Paint or write about how you are special to God

·       Draw/Paint or write about yourself and your friends

Matthew Chapter 3 Verses 1-6, 11-17

 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”[
a]

John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

11 “I baptize you with[b] water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfil all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Jesus and John pic 



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

10.30 Public church worship will be suspended due to protecting the NHS within the Pandemic and will hopefully resume on Sunday March7th. ( no service next week)  9.30 a.m. online worship only.

 



Message from Rev Frances 16/01/2021

Prayer  Thoughts  from Frances   week 44

glory hands 

‘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……

Francesx



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
Jesus, The 12-Year-Old

Have you ever been lost or got separated from a family member? It can be a scary experience!

At Christmas we think of Jesus as a baby. As time went by, he grew up and our Bible reading this week reflects this.

Mary and Joseph would have been traveling in a large group of friends and family to Jerusalem. This is why it would have taken them a little while to realise that Jesus was not with them. Can you imagine their surprise when they found Jesus not only in the temple courts but sitting amongst the most wise and intelligent men in the community?

Jesus taught but he also listened. He astonished the people around him even when he was young.

This week your challenge is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about Joseph and Mary looking for Jesus

·       Draw/paint or write about Jesus as a child

·       Draw/paint or write about Jesus sitting among the teachers

·       Draw/paint or write about Mary treasuring (or remembering) all the things said about Jesus.

Luke 2:41-52

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Jesus age 12 






Message from Rev Frances 09/01/2021

Controversial Reflection from  Frances     week 43

New life baby 

I had a look at the lectionary readings for January 10th,

 Genesis Ch 1v1-5, Acts 19 1-7 and Mark 1v4-11,

 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, 

 Francesx



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.

signpost photo 4 Jan 2021 



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
There is some good news that Helen, Paul and Annie would like to share.

Annie has got a place on level one hairdressing course at Boston College. 

Annie is always such a joy and pleasure to all around her, she is helpful and caring. I know that she will do very well as she enters this next stage in her life. 

It is so nice to be able to celebrate some good news!


Junior Church 04/01/2021
Waiting with Hope

Over the last few weeks, we have done a lot of waiting. Waiting for the school holidays. Waiting for Christmas. Waiting for our presents or our lovely Christmas dinner. We are still all waiting to be together again. These last 9 months we perhaps have waited more than any other time in our life.

Simeon was like us, he was waiting. Not just for 9 months or for a year but for the whole of his life. I am not sure that I could be that patient! Simeon had been promised that he would see the one who was going to save the people of the world from sin and darkness.

Mary and Joseph were doing something very normal for the time. (Perhaps for us a bit like the dedication or baptism of a baby.) For Simeon the meeting was extraordinary! He met with an answer to his promise.

Simeon met the child who would be a light to all nations. The child who would bring glory to the nation of Israel. Simeon, an old man by this time, took Jesus in his arms and praised God. (I often wonder if he did a little dance of joy as he held him!)

Simeon waited with hope for Jesus. As we move into 2021 let us put our hope in Jesus! Everything in this world may change but his love for us does not.

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about Mary, Joseph and Jesus visiting the temple.

·       Draw/paint or write about Simeon waiting patiently for Jesus for all his life

·       Draw/paint or write about Simeon meeting Mary, Joseph and Jesus.

·       Draw/paint or write about Simeon praising God

Luke 2: 22-35

Jesus Presented in the Temple

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[a]), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[b]

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    you may now dismiss[
c] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Jesus at the Temple 



Message from Rev Frances 02/01/2021

New Year perspective   from Frances….Week 42

starguide 

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

With Hope for 2021     Francesx

 



Message from Rev Keith 27/12/2020

May we share with you a piece I received in one of the Christmas newsletters we received from a friend of ours.

“…the following words are from an Indian doctor, printed in our Church magazine:

“Social distancing is a privilege. It means you live in a house large enough to practice it. Hand washing is a privilege too. It means you have access to running water. Hand sanitisers are a privilege. It means you have money to buy them. Lockdowns are a privilege. It means you can afford to be at home. Most of the ways to ward the Coronavirus off are accessible only to the affluent. In essence, a disease that was spread by the rich as they flew around the globe will now kill millions of the poor. All of us who are practising social distancing and have imposed a lockdown on ourselves must appreciate how privileged we are. Many in the world won’t be able to do any of this”.

I hope that these words will help us all to keep things in perspective and to hold in our prayers at this time those who are far less privileged than we are, both in this country and across the world.



Covid Christmas 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.


Junior Church 24/12/2020
Advent: The Final 2 Candles

Over the last few weeks, we have been thinking about Christmas using the Advent Candles.

Christmas is nearly here! School has broken up; Christmas trees and lights are all around us and now we come to the final two candles.

The 4TH Candle is called the Candle of Love, it represents the love of God. It was because of the incredible love of God that He sent his only son Jesus into the world. Jesus the King of Kings was born in a lowly stable.

The final Candle is known as the Christ Candle. This is traditionally lit on Christmas Eve. It reminds us of the fact that Jesus Christ is the light of the world.

However, you spend Christmas this year I pray that you will know the peace, love and joy that comes with knowing the baby in the manger.

Luke 2:8-20

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

 Advent candles Angelina



Message from Rev Frances 24/12/2020

The Minister’s In -between thoughts    week 41  

Light of World 

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

Frances



Junior Church 20/12/2020

3rd Sunday in Advent: Joy (The Pink Candle)

This week is the third Sunday in Advent. We are getting nearer to Christmas!

If we were to light the third candle on the Advent wreath it would symbolise Joy. The third candle is sometimes called the Shepherds candle. It reminds us of the shepherds who visited Jesus.

The reading below expresses joy. It talks about the deep happiness the wise men felt when they visited Jesus. They had made a long and dangerous journey to visit a new born King.

It is not often that someone is visited by shepherds and then much later by very important people. From the very poorest to the most privileged everyone can meet with Jesus.

This year we may not be able to see as many people as normal over the Christmas Season. However, all of us can meet with that baby in a manger.

This week your challenge is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about the wise men meeting Jesus.

·       Draw/paint or write about the shepherds visiting Jesus

·       Draw/paint or write about both rich and poor meeting with Jesus today

·       Draw/paint or write about joy

Matthew Chapter 2: 10-11

They were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”

Matthew Chap 2 



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

inner child 

Christmas is not cancelled, so please don’t call it Xmas this year!  A different approach and a different arrival at the stable or the place where adoration,awe and acknowledgement can happen.

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,

Frances



Junior Church 14/12/2020

Junior Church Challenge 6th December 2020

Advent: Being prepared!

The Second Sunday in Advent reminds us that it is the time to prepare for the coming of Jesus.

Have you ever been on a long journey and had to pack a case? Or have you been invited somewhere special and had to decide on which nice clothes to wear? Perhaps you have been invited to a party and have had to think of a present to take?

Mary and Elizabeth were going to be mothers. Elizabeth, had longed for a child for many years and had not expected to have one. Mary, was very young and had been given the message by an angel, that her child was going to be born to fulfil the promise of God. Both babies would be special, unique and have a purpose given by God to them.

While they waited for the birth of their babies Mary and Elizabeth would have had to make many preparations. It’s amazing how much a tiny baby needs!!

How will you prepare for Christmas this year? Will you think about tinsel and Turkey (both very lovely things!)? Will your mum be working hard to prepare a wonderful dinner?  In all the preparations for the season it's always nice to spend a little time thinking of Mary and Elizabeth and the coming of their babies who would change the world.

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about the meeting of Elizabeth and Mary

·       Draw/pain or write about Mary talking to the Angel Gabriel

·       Draw/paint or write about preparing all the things that are needed for the birth of a new baby today. (Cot, pram and clothes needed for example.)

·       Draw/paint or write about preparing for Christmas  

Luke Chapter 1 Verses 39-56

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

 Mary and Elizabeth



Nativity Service 14/12/2020

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

childsky 

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?

Francesx



Bible Space 11/12/2020
Bring and Share a Christmas Object.  7pm on Zoom.  Details from Rev Keith Rowbottom


Newspaper cutting 11/12/2020

Press cuttng of a road sign.

DT photo 



Junior Church 06/12/2020

Advent: Waiting with Hope

Do you like waiting for things? Are you a patient person? Over the next few weeks, we will all be waiting for Christmas. In the Church we call this period of waiting Advent, from the Latin word that means coming.

What do you like about Christmas? Do you like the food, the presents or just the fact you have a holiday from school!

The season may be a little different this year, but some things will always remain the same.  During Advent, we wait with hope and remember the baby that was born in a stable. Jesus was not rich, powerful or strong. He was weak, little and poor. Yet when this tiny baby grew up, he became the most important man in history.

Your challenge this week is:

·       To draw/paint or write about Jesus being the light to many in a dark world

·       To draw/paint or write about an advent candle

·       To draw/paint or write about Jesus as the Prince of Peace

·       To draw/paint or write about anything you would like to from the Bible passage below.

·       Or write an advent prayer

 Isaiah Chapter 9 Verses 2, 6-7


“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. […] For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”

 

(The prophet Isaiah wrote these words many years before Jesus was born. He was waiting in hope for a great king who would bring true peace and banish darkness.)

Isaiah 9 Angelina pic 




Message from Rev Frances 04/12/2020

Minister’s ponderings   week 38

Pilgrim 

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.

Travel lightly, travel with expectation, be guided by those that know the route, and please tread carefully  and reverently , because you will be kneeling on holy ground.

Keep travelling,

Frances



Christmas Trees 04/12/2020

More decorated Christmas trees at Church.

Brian photo 2 tree foyer steps

Jane photo tree in arch 



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.

Brian photo Xmas trees foyer 1 Dec Foyer Xmas trees at night 1 Dec

If you would like to view some photos from previous Christmas Tree Festivals click on this link 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/16521384@N07/albums/72157661384694357 



Message from Rev Frances 01/12/2020
Luke 1


Junior Church 29/11/2020

Jesus: The Good Shepherd

Every so often on television there is a programme about a lady shepherdess and her sheep. She has a very busy job looking after sheep, she has to make sure that they are fed, watered, safe, healthy and that they don’t get lost. She has to be outside in all weathers, day and night. She never gets a holiday – not even on Christmas day!

The Bible talks a lot about shepherds. David was a shepherd. Psalm 23 is about the life of a shepherd. The Old Testament talks a lot about shepherds who didn’t always do their job!

Jesus however, calls himself the good shepherd. He doesn’t only look after his sheep but he is willing to lay down his life for them. You and I are the sheep that Jesus is referring to, and his death on the cross was for each one of us.

As we approach the time when we think about Christmas, we think too of the Shepherds who visited Jesus. Shepherds celebrated the birth of Jesus.

As we prepare to join in our celebration of the birth of Jesus this year, let us take time to remember him as our good shepherd. The one who looks after us, keeps us safe, gives us food and shelter and who gave his life for us.

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

·       Draw/paint or write about a modern-day Shepherd.

·       Draw/paint or write about one of the other examples of Shepherds in the Bible.

John 10:11-18

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So, when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command received from my Father.”

The Good Shepherd 



Message from Rev Frances 28/11/2020

Minister’s ponderings in Advent (week 37)

Advent II 

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.

Francesx



Agape Christmas Appeal 28/11/2020

Agape Christmas Appeal 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
Jesus said “I am the Gate”

Have you ever thought about doors and gates? They keep us safe. If we are inside the gate, we are part of something – perhaps a family or a group. If we are not able to go through a gate we are excluded or locked out.

Over the last few weeks, we have been thinking about the things that Jesus called himself. This is perhaps one of the strangest things Jesus said. What did he mean by calling himself a gate?

Jesus is saying that whoever comes to him or enters through him will be saved, which means we are acceptable to God.  We will become part of Jesus flock (or family.)  It is not just a promise that Jesus is the gateway to our relationship with God the Father, but also a promise of peace (find pasture) and a full life.

Your challenge this week is:

·       To draw/paint or write about Jesus being a gateway to peace and a full life

·       To draw/paint or write about the passage below

·       To draw/paint or write about some of the gates or doors you have been through and what they lead to

John Chapter 10 verses 7-10     

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Jesus the Gate 



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

Peace 

Once upon the time there were television beauty competitions and the contestants often answered with ‘World Peace’ when they were asked about their hopes and dreams.

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, 

 Frances x



Message from Rev Alan 21/11/2020
Click here for a 'Just for Fun' Hymn Quiz.


Message from Rev Alan 21/11/2020
President of Conference Rev Richard Teal, will be preaching at an online District Service tomorrow (Sunday 22nd) at 4pm.

 You can access the service via the District Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/groups/212921108873899/ 

or find it by searching for “Lincolnshire Methodist District Facebook”. 



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!

Archies work 15 Nov Archies work 2 15 Nov



Junior Church Challenge 15/11/2020

Jesus the Bread of Life

Bread of Life pic 

Do you have a favourite food? I love most food! One particular food that I enjoy is bread. I like sandwiches, but as we approach winter, I really enjoy toast.  I can never decide which topping I like best, jam, marmalade, cheese, marmite or peanut butter. The list of what you can put on toast is a long one.

Last week we started to look at the 7 “I am” sayings in John's Gospel. They teach us about who Jesus really is. This week Jesus tells us that he is the Bread of Life, but what does this really mean.

The conversation takes place after Jesus has miraculously provided bread and fish for a hungry crowd of 5,000 people. Bread is one of the essential foods of many cultures all around the world; in most cases it is available to rich and poor alike.

 Those listening to Jesus would also have understood the meaning of the Manna, describing the food God sent to help the Israelites survive when they were wandering in the wilderness.

Jesus refers to bread because it provides a picture of something that we need to survive on a daily basis. Jesus is saying that he is our heavenly bread. He is telling us that he is the gift that God has sent who, if we believe in Him will bring us eternal life. If we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we will never know spiritual hunger or emptiness.

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Write/paint or draw Jesus and explaining about the fact he is the Bread of Life

·       Write/pain or draw a picture of Jesus feeding the 5,000

·       Write/paint or draw a picture of your favourite food

·       Write/paint or draw a sandwich (toasted or not) of your own creation

John Chapter 6 Verses 25-35

Jesus the Bread of Life

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs, I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[a]

32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

 



Message from Rev Frances 14/11/2020

Ministers Ponderings Week 35

empty manger 

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!

Frances



Message from Keith & Christine 13/11/2020

Day of Prayer Friday 13 November

The Evangelical Alliance (EA) is calling on churches and Christians across the UK to unite in prayer for our communities, churches and nation at this time. Our Remaining Faithful Network had provisionally set aside Wednesday 18 November as a day of prayer and fasting, we now sense God calling us instead, to join in with the EA’s call to prayer. Click the link for further details; you can then click the ‘Suggested schedule’, which includes suggesting going for a prayer walk around your community. https://www.eauk.org/what-we-do/prayer-centre/uk-day-of-prayer-november-13th-2020?mc_cid=116be061db&mc_eid=d34fb73921

This webpage has a message from Evangelical Alliance and a suggested schedule of prayer for the day.

At 8.00pm you may like to join with Andy Frost from Share Jesus International and Gavin Calver from the EA for live streamed ‘Pray London.’ (Even though you might not usually focus your prayers on London, it is the capital of the UK and is where the Houses of Parliament are, so to focus some prayer on London would be positive.) The following link will take you to the ‘Pray London’ YouTube channel where the live stream will start at 8.00pm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6auLkKQipw&feature=youtu.be

 



Junior Church 08/11/2020
Light and Darkness

Last week we changed our clocks. This means that the mornings are a little lighter than they were before. However, it also means that the nights are longer and there is less daylight.

How often do you think about light? In the daytime we take it for granted, but at night we are unable to see in the dark. Have you ever stumbled over something in the dark because you have not seen it because there is no light?

We have candles, fires, electric lights and torches to light our way in the darkness. Our cars have lights to keep us safe.

 Can you imagine a world there is no light at all? It would be horrible. Thankfully, as we have just said there is much to show us the way.

The book of John has 7 “I am” sayings where Jesus uses something familiar to us to describe himself. In the verse below Jesus describes himself as the Light of the World. Jesus is telling us that he lights up our way in life and in difficult times his love gives our life brightness and hope.

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about Jesus as the light of the world

·       Draw/paint or write about something that gives light and chases away the darkness (such as a candle)

·       Draw paint or write about something that lights up your life

Light and Darkness 

John Chapter 8 Verse 12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."





Remembrance Sunday Digital Service 08/11/2020

Amelia and Mollie and Archie were busy at home during the service. 

Amelia and Mollie pics Remembrance Sunday 

Archies Remembrance poppy 



Message from Rev Frances 08/11/2020

poppytolaunde

Ministers Weekly Ponderings   no 34 

Love came down at Christmas we sing, as we remember the love of God shown in Jesus Christ, a love that exampled servant hood and sacrifice.

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.

Frances



Message from Keith & Christine 07/11/2020

Dear Friends,

There has never been a time in recent history when prayer has been more vital – for ourselves and others, our neighbours, our nation and our world.

Here are two recommendations:

 

FOR YOURSELVES – DAILY HOPE

If in these new restrictive times when meeting with others is limited and church services have once again been curtailed you are feeling isolated and need some encouragement especially if you do not have internet access then Daily Hope is available. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 and has been set up particularly for those unable to access online resources. There are a variety of options from which to choose from a daily reflection to chair exercises! The call is FREE so you can dial it is many times as you wish and stay connected for as long as you want without running up your telephone bill!

 

FOR OTHERS – PRAYER FOR THE NATION

The Evangelical Alliance and the Anglican Archbishops have called for November to be a month of prayer. The suggestion is that every day we pause and pray at 6pm for those impacted by the pandemic. You can set an alarm, light a candle or use a light on your mobile phone (if you have one!) as a prompt to pray, or you may even hear a church or cathedral bell ring as a reminder.

In addition a National Day of Prayer is being called for Friday 13 November. We will send out more details as we receive them.

 

We hope these two aspects of prayer will encourage you at this time. As they are designed for everyone – those with and without internet access – please pass this information on in whatever way you can – a phone call, a printed notice, word of mouth, as well as forwarding this email. Thank you.

Every Blessing

Keith & Chris

Circuit Prayer Co-ordinators

 



Message from Rev Frances 05/11/2020

Ministers thought week 33

Faith pic 

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.

Saw this quote and saw Faith entwined with hope, giving a future outlook, moving us away from the uncertainties, and giving us a trusting outlook into our tomorrows.

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.

Francesx



Junior Church Challenge 01/11/2020

The Transfiguration of Jesus

(The word transfiguration means a complete change of appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.)

Have you ever worked on a really difficult maths problem or a puzzle and did not understand it, and then finally and suddenly like a light has been switched on in your brain you saw the solution? Everything to do with the problem or puzzle is made clear. Sometimes you even wonder how you failed to understand it at first.

In the bible verses below, we see the truth of who Jesus really is. The puzzle is solved! Peter, James and John see the glory of Jesus. He is more than their friend, a teacher, a healer and a wise and compassionate man, he is God's son, chosen and glorious. Can you imagine being on that mountain with Jesus? Do you think you would have been scared or excited? Would you have been like Peter and talked a lot?

Jesus was both God and man, as man he could understand us. As God we stand amazed at what he did for us by dying in the cross.

Over this next week, perhaps you could think about what Jesus means to you!

You challenge this week is:

·       To draw/paint or write about the transfiguration

·       To tell us about a difficult problem you have solved

·       To draw/paint or write about a time you have experienced change. (Such as moving to a new house or school.)

 

Luke Chapter 9 Verses 28-36

28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)

34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

Transfiguration pic 



Message from Rev Frances 01/11/2020

OPEN BIBLE SPACE

Christmas Fruit 

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 ( revrowbottom@gmail.com)

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
Many thanks to everyone who took part in the Zoom Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Cake Quiz. Donations for this important cause were £229. Thank you all for your generosity.  Gill


Message from Rev Frances 30/10/2020

Methodist Church

 

Minister’s competition   week 29

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.

Frances x



Message from Rev Frances 24/10/2020

Ministers thoughts week 32

Coffee cups by fireside 

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.

Found myself thinking that Jesus too , had to die in order to give us life and purpose, to carry on his Father’s Mission Plan.  Jesus had said  Go on, its your turn now. (Changed words of Matthew28v19)

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.

Frances



Junior Church Challenge 22/10/2020

The Greatest Commandment

Last week we heard how Moses was given the Law on tablets of stone, when he met with God on Mount Sinai. Jesus, like most of the people in Israel at that time would have known the 10 Commandments. These are rules to live by and are still applicable today. They tell us not to murder, not to lie, not to be jealous, to obey our mother and father and most importantly to love God and put him first. They also tell us that once a week we should take a break!

Jesus gives us a new commandment to “love one another as I have loved you.” But what does it mean? Just before Jesus says this, he washes the feet of the disciples. Jesus, the Lord of all takes the place of a lowly slave and cares for his friends. He put others before himself.  

For us it's not always easy to care for others or put their needs before ours. But with God's help we can do it!

Your challenge this week is:

·       To draw/paint or write about either the 10 Commandments or perhaps, Jesus washing the disciple’s feet

·       To draw/paint or write about the way we can show love to others

·       To write a prayer about the New Commandments

·        To write some rules that you have to follow. Unfortunately, at the moment we have lots of new rules to follow.

John 13:3-7

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand

John 13:34-35

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

 Angelina Love one Another pic



Annual Reports 2020 21/10/2020
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Message from Rev Frances 17/10/2020

Minister’s thought week 31

BillyGrahamfest 

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.

Frances



Junior Church Challenge 15/10/2020

Junior Church Challenge 11th October 2020

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at some of the things that God spoke to our Bible Hero, Moses about.

This week we see that Moses encounters God once again. This time they meet on a mountain and Moses is given the 10 Commandments. God's presence is described as a “a dazzling light.” I wonder how Moses felt about being in the presence of God, was he afraid, happy, excited or nervous? How do you think that you would feel?

Today we too, can encounter God, it may not be through a burning bush or in a dazzling light. If we want to hear what God is saying to us, we can find out by reading our Bibles or praying. The Bible is full of exciting stories about people like us who God has used, it is also a source of strength and comfort in difficult times. Prayer is our connection to God and we can tell him about anything. So, keep reading your Bible and Praying – like Moses you never know where it will lead you!

Your challenge this week is:

·       To draw/paint or write about Moses meeting with God on the mountain.

·       Write/draw or paint your favourite bit of the Bible

·       Write a prayer

Exodus Chapter 24 Verses 12 - 18

Moses on Mount Sinai.

The LORD said to Moses, “Come up the mountain to me, and while you are here, I will give you two stone tablets which contain all the laws that I have written for the instruction of the people.” Moses and his helper Joshua got ready, and Moses began to go up the holy mountain. Moses said to the leaders, “Wait here in the camp for us until we come back. Aaron and Hur are here with you; and so, whoever has a dispute to settle can go to them.”

Moses went up Mount Sinai, and a cloud covered it. The dazzling light of the LORD's presence came down on the mountain. To the Israelites the light looked like a fire burning on top of the mountain. The cloud covered the mountain for six days, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from the cloud. Moses went on up the mountain into the cloud. There he stayed for forty days and nights.

Moses on Mount Sinai 



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.

Autumn colours 

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…..

Frances



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.

All welcome. 



Junior Church 08/10/2020

Junior Church Challenge

Last week we thought about Moses and the water from the rock. This week we stay with our Bible Hero, Moses and think of the opposite of water, holy fire!

Moses grew up an Egyptian prince but ran away and ended up tending sheep. Moses was a man who struggled with his speech and yet became a leader of a nation. Moses knew that in many ways he was not perfect but God wanted him to do amazing things. God showed Moses through the miracle of a bush that did not burn, even though it was on fire, that he had a purpose and a plan for him.

If God could use Moses what amazing things could you do with God! It may seem like something little to you, for example helping a friend, being nice to someone at school who is on their own or praying for someone who is ill but you never know the impact your actions could make.

Your challenge this week is to:

·       Draw/paint or write about Moses and the Burning Bush or

·       Tell us about the way you could help someone or

·       Think about the words “Here I am,” How do we worship God today? Draw/paint or write about this.

Exodus Chapter 3 Verses 1-5 and 10-12

Moses and the Burning Bush

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

10So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.”

 Moses and Burning Bush



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.

Non participatory Communion 



Message from Rev Frances 26/09/2020

Minister’s thought week 28

Cross 

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.

I managed to simplify the various Biblical interpretations of the Cross and its mystery

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).

Frances



Harvest Festival Junior Church 25/09/2020

Harvest Festival

Do you like plants or growing things? To be honest I am not very good at growing things! However, at the moment I am staying with my family and in the garden, there is a pear tree. This pear tree has so much fruit on it at the moment that some of the branches look like they are going to fall off. In a couple of weeks, the pears will be ready to eat. I have to admit that I have become fascinated looking at all the pears, it seems to me a miracle that just one tree can provide so much good fruit.

In Biblical times just as it is today, the harvest was a very important event. It is a time to gather in everything which has been planted during the year. It is a time of joy and thankfulness for all the good things that God had given us.

Exodus Chapter 23 and Verse 16 reminds us that Harvest is a time to celebrate.

 “Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field.

Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.

The Bible also reminds us to think of those who do not have a lot and be generous.

Leviticus 23 verse 22 says

22 “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’”

Harvest Festival pic 



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!

We think it will be on Look North on October 1st!'



A Competition 20/09/2020

A Competition

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;

Methodist Church

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. 

Sunflower Grace Sunflower Archie

Sunflowers Fuller boys

Sunflowers Mollie and Amelia Sunflower Angelina



Foyer Entrance 20/09/2020

Foyer entrance 1

 

 

 

Foyer entrance 2 

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

Containers of goodness 

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.

Imagine yourself as living examples of Christ.   Yes I mean it.  We are the living representatives of Christ.  I repeat myself so that you can get it!

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’ ?

Keep safe,

Frances



Open Bible Space 19/09/2020

Fourth week  Wed Sept 23rd 10.30-12.30      Open Bible Space

Zoom invitation;  revrowbottom@gmail.com

Try and read references in advance and find others to evidence image.

IMAGES OF CHURCH

‘Body of Christ     led by Frances

Bible References;

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



Junior Church 16/09/2020

Being Thankful 

Last week we thought about all the things that we can be thankful for. Today we are thinking about the word joy. Joy is a much deeper word than just happiness.

There is an old saying that to experience JOY we should put Jesus first, others second and then finally Yourself. It's not always easy to do that if we are honest!

In the Psalm below the writer tells us that we can express joy by making music and singing praise to God. Are you musical – perhaps you play an instrument or sing well?

We can be joyful about what God does because he loves us and made the earth and the skies. Have you ever looked at the sky and been joyful about it?

The Psalmist also tells us that we can be joyful because trust in God gives us hope because he loves us. It is amazing to think that the God who made heaven and earth loves and knows each one of us. Now that is something to be joyful about.

Your challenge this week is to illustrate the Psalm below.

You may want to draw, paint write about:

·       Something to do with musical instruments or singing

·       the world, skies or sea

·       God’s love to humankind

·       God knowing you as a person

Psalm 33

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
    it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
    make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song;
    play skilfully, and shout for joy.

For the word of the Lord is right and true;
    he is faithful in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of his unfailing love.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[a];
    he puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
    let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded, and it stood firm.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

 We wait in hope for the Lord;

    He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

Angelina psalm 33 pic 



Philip's Prayer 14/09/2020

Philip's prayer about forgiveness Sunday 13 September

Philip forgiveness prayer 13 Sept20 



Foyer Entrance 14/09/2020

At last we can see beyond the builders' hoarding into our new foyer entrance.

Foyer glass doors Sept 2020 

 



Junior Church 13/09/2020

BEING THANKFUL

If you receive a gift do your parents ask you to send a thank you card to the person who gave you the gift? I have received some lovely thank you cards and they always make me thankful for the person who sent them!

Last week we thought about Paul and his amazing experience meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus. This week the Bible Challenge is based on one of the letters he wrote. In the verses below it speaks of giving thanks for the good things that we have. Have you noticed how quickly the list grows if you start to give thanks for all the good things in your life? As Christians we know that all the good things that we have in our life come from God.

This week you may have returned to school and you may want to give thanks for that. You may have seen friends that you have missed during lockdown. You may even want to give thanks for the homework you are being given! You may be thankful for your family or your pets. You may be thankful for something else altogether! I am always thankful for food.

Ephesians Chapter 5 Verses 19 and 20

Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father. 

Thankful 

 Angelina's explanation of her drawing

 I drew all the things I like and then everything,they are:the black and white cat is called sneezy and the light brown and white cat is called smugg  I have done a rainbow  with the sun and yellow clouds I have also painted a canvas with colours and a paintbrush and on the plate is jacket potato with tuna and sweet corn and on the other plate has a huge chocolate cake with colourful icing on top.

 



Message from Rev Frances 12/09/2020

Minister's Thought  week 26

Fencelilght

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.

This image certainly poses thoughtful evaluation of where God’s boundary line is.  There we erect our fence!

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!

Frances



Lebanon Appeal 12/09/2020
We have sent £141 in donations to 'All We Can' for their Lebanon Appeal.  


HARVEST 08/09/2020
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. 


Flower Tubs 08/09/2020

New life in the Church flower tubs.

New life in the flower tubs 



New Foyer 08/09/2020

The glass doors are fitted and this is how the new foyer looks currently.  Artwork planned for the stone arch at the rear.

New foyer Sept 20 



New Foyer 08/09/2020

Views through the new foyer skylights.

View through new foyer skylight 1 Sept 20     View through new foyer skylight 2 Sept 20

                        View through new foyer skylight 3 Sept 20 



Message from Rev Frances 05/09/2020

Ministers thought week 25

Star throwers 

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.

Someone is bound to be reminded of ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’…….

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,

Frances



Junior Church 03/09/2020

A Foe who became a Friend!

Do you know what a foe is? It's an old-fashioned term for someone who is an enemy. Hopefully you don’t have any foes.

Saul, who became known as Paul is our Bible Hero this week. Originally, he was a foe of the new group of people who worshiped Jesus. He wasn’t a very nice person – in fact some of his actions were quite horrible! However, one day on the road to Damascus he had an encounter with Jesus. It was such a powerful encounter that Paul turned his life around and he himself became a worshipper, follower and friend of Jesus and the early Church. In fact, much of the New Testament was written by Paul.

Paul's encounter with Jesus teaches us that God can turn our lives around and bring great change. It also teaches us that no one is outside of God's love and care.

Saul’s Conversion: Acts Chapter 9 Verses 1-6

 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Saul 

 



Jairus' Daughter 01/09/2020

Jairus' Daughter raised by Jesus

Luke Chapter 8 

Service 30th August 

Jairus Daughter 



Junior Church 29/08/2020

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 12 

Acts Chapter 12:6-17

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. 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.

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. 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;  revrowbottom@gmail.com) 

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. 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. 5.A New image?   ‘’A collegiality of bridge builders ‘’ 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



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.

 Community Circles

Take care,    Frances



Junior Church 22/08/2020

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! 

 

Psalm 133

 
 
Psalm 133
 
 Psalm 133


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

 

Balloons 

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 Bible Space    series entitled     ‘Images of Church’

 

Wednesdays 10.30 to 12.30 approx   Zoom  invite via revrowbottom@gmail.com

 

1 Peter 2v9   being the overarching Biblical verse.

 

2nd Sept   Household of Faith

9th Sept   Priesthood of all believers

16th  Bride of Christ

23rd   Body of Christ



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.

Model Capernaum house

 



Message from Rev Frances 15/08/2020

Rev Frances & David were scrubbed up as latest  Covid requirement to lead a worship service at Gosberton House Care Home recently.

Frances and David at Gosberton Care Home 

A new first experience, and it was laughable as our trousers kept falling down! We felt as if we were clowning around.

‘Fools for Christ’ came to mind as we encouraged hymn-singing and memories  of Yorkshire Dales from Psalm 23.



Junior Church 14/08/2020
Junior Church Challenge:9th August 2020
The Challenge this week was based on  David and Psalm 27. David was a musician, shepherd, soldier and king. Possessing many talents and gifts meant that there many paths in life that he could take. David however, only wanted to take one path. The path that led to God, he wanted to live in God's house, a place of light, salvation, shelter and safety. 

Angelina's moving and beautiful picture shows the one path that leads to the presence of God.
Psalm 27 Angelina pic
Psalm 27: A Prayer of Praise

 

1The LORD is my light and my salvation;

I will fear no one.

The LORD protects me from all danger;

I will never be afraid.

2When evil people attack me and try to kill me,

they stumble and fall.

3Even if a whole army surrounds me,

I will not be afraid;

even if enemies attack me,

I will still trust God.

4I have asked the LORD for one thing;

one thing only do I want:

to live in the LORD's house all my life,

to marvel there at his goodness,

and to ask for his guidance.

5In times of trouble he will shelter me

he will keep me safe in his Temple

and make me secure on a high rock.

I will sing, I will praise the LORD.

13I know that I will live to see

the LORD's goodness in this present life.

14Trust in the LORD.

Have faith, do not despair.

Trust in the LORD.

 



Message from Rev Frances 14/08/2020

Colours of Communion, but you say we usually think of word and action…..

Balloons 

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.’

A new dimension, colours of communion, but they speak volumes at this time, of the amazing love of Christ for each one of us



Water Aid 14/08/2020
We have sent £1,193 to Water Aid, money raised through Sunday Coffee and other donations.


Junior Church 10/08/2020
These fantastic holiday pictures tie in with the Junior Church challenge of last week. Psalm 136 says to " Give thanks to the Lord." It looks like Annie, Paul and Helen had much to give thanks for!
Annie holiday  Annie hols 
Annie sunset  Annie hols 2 
 



Sunday Worship 10/08/2020

Philip's prayer for Sunday 9 August

Philips prayer 9 Aug 



Message from Egle 08/08/2020

Egle wanted to share her joy at growing tomatoes this summer - here is a photo.

Toms EP 



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.

 Balloons

Read the story  and maybe you might be reminded of another traveller who came from heaven to earth to give us a colourful or an abundant life.  John 10v10



Junior Church 07/08/2020

Junior Church Challenge 2nd August 2020

It seems amazing to think that it is now August and school holidays are in full swing! However, this year has been very different to most. Things may have felt very unusual and strange. Some things about lockdown you may have found difficult and that is understandable.   

Sometimes it is very hard to give thanks or be thankful for things. The repeated line in this Psalm gives us hope as to why we can be thankful.  It tells us that God's love “endures” or lasts forever.

The challenge this week is to think about something over the last few months that has made you thankful. Have you enjoyed being outside in the sun, or playing with a pet? Have you been able to spend more time with your family? Perhaps you have been on a nature walk or a bike ride?

Once you have thought about what makes you thankful please tell us about it. You could tell us in writing, a line or two if you haven't got a lot of time. Or take a photo of it or do a drawing or painting. If you can think of any other way of showing your thankfulness please feel free to do that.

Broad Street Methodist Church and I are very thankful for the members of Junior Church!

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.

Psalm 136 Angelina pic 



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?' Balloons

 

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?

We have a colourful God, who invites us to take a paintbox and play with colour on a  pure  white sheet.

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.

                      Angelina pic Noahs ark 



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.

Click here to see Dobby 

                                      



Message from Rev Frances 25/07/2020

‘Colours of day dawn in the mind’ (c. 1974 Thankyou Music) we sing sometimes…… 

                                         Balloons 

 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.

The eye needs colour as well as needing light.

‘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.

Bartimaeus is healed 



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.

They didn’t know what or who they were waiting for, maybe we don’t realize the importance of the indwelling Holy Spirit to help us be citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven

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 revrowbottom@gmail.com



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.

                    Dual Digital Church and Home 

 



Wedding Anniversary 16/07/2020
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.)

                                     pigeons on pinnacle 



Junior Church 15/07/2020

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."

                          Bread and Fish Junior Church pic



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?

Strange, but we could make the point that we are living a real life sermon at the moment, written down in our lives, to talk about, for many a listener to meditate on.

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.  

Luke Chap 4 Grace and Angelina

 

 



Junior Church 07/07/2020

Junior Church Challenge 5th July 2020

Once again, this week we will be looking at a miracle that Jesus performed.

Jesus turning water into wine was amazing, but now we see the first account in the Bible that Jesus is able to bring life to the sick. Can you imagine how happy that father must have been that his son was well!

The Bible account tells us that the father was a royal official. A man of great importance and yet when he was in trouble he turned to Jesus. We may not be able to see Jesus today but we can still turn to him in prayer if we are in trouble or feel worried.

John 4:46-54

Jesus Heals an Official’s Son

46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.

48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”

The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”

53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.

54 This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.

                             Angelina pic John 4 



Messy Church 07/07/2020
Messy Church flyer


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  revrowbottom@gmail.com

This week we are examining Matthew Ch 5 v27-48

Click here for discussion starter questions

 



Message from Rev Frances 04/07/2020

Just beginning a few weeks of studying, in Bible Space, a famous sermon of Jesus in Matthew 5,6,&7.

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!



Junior Church 02/07/2020
The Miracles of Jesus

This week we are thinking about another miracle of Jesus.

The gospel of John tells us that, Jesus, his mother and his disciples are invited to a wedding, and when the wine runs out, Jesus turns ordinary water into wine. Jesus turned something ordinary into something extraordinary!

We as people may feel ordinary but when we live our lives with Jesus, we can become extraordinary!

John 2:1-11

Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so, they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

                         Angelina Water into Wine pic 



Digital Service 28 June 29/06/2020

We celebrate and eat cake togther.  Ruth chose to be with the people of God.

Cake picture Angelina 28 June   Cake picture Archie 

Cake picture Grace   Cake picture Jon and Isaac 

Angelina wanted to share her birthday photo which shows she had REAL cake!

Angelina Birthday photo 



Zoom Coffee Morning 28/06/2020

A very successful coffee morning..Rev Frances is £25.00 poorer but this is a wonderful coffee donation for Water Aid.

Next month we’ll have another one….Sat July 25th 11-12   Contact Rev Keith for Zoom invitation & yes Rev Frances will be donating a £1.00 per drink again.

 



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 revrowbottom@gmail.com

For Discussion Questons click here 

 



Message from Rev Frances 27/06/2020

Sermon on Mount 

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



Good News 24/06/2020

Philip remembers the Good News in his prayers at Broad Street Digital Service on Sunday 21 June.

Philips prayers 21 June 



Junior Church 24/06/2020
Junior Church Challenge

Over the next few weeks, we are going to have a look at some of the miraculous things that Jesus did.

Have you ever been in a situation where you have been afraid?  In the passage below we learn that the disciples (the friends of Jesus) were afraid.  They were in a boat in the middle of a storm! Now many in the boat were fishermen so they were used to rough weather, but they were still scared. Jesus stood up and calmed the wind and waves.

We may not be in a boat on rough waters but sometimes we go through difficult times in our lives. As Christians we know that Jesus is with us at difficult moments and it is his voice that calms our fears and gives us peace of mind.

Best wishes with the challenge this week!

God Bless You

Jackie

Here is Angelina's picture.

Angelina picture Jesus Storm 



Poppies 23/06/2020

Whether they appear in a field in the countryside or are cultivated for show in a garden, poppies are a joy to see.

Field poppies   Garden Poppy



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.

 

We matter too, we are related as brothers & sisters to Christ, sons &daughters of our Heavenly Father, as we identify by faith and obedience to the Messiah, the Christ, our Saviour & Lord.

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 revrowbottom@gmail.com for Zoom invitation.

 Click here for starter questions



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.

Stained glass window panels complete 



Paper Folding Video from Broadstreet Digital Week 9 18/06/2020


Junior Church 16/06/2020

Junior Church Challenge - 14.06.20

Last week was Trinity Sunday, the week before was Pentecost Sunday. So, we have thought about the Holy Spirit and God the Father. This week we are thinking about Jesus. God the Son.

The passage below tells us that as Jesus travelled around, he saw people in great need and he cared about them deeply. We know that Jesus is our good shepherd and he leads, protects and loves us, so we do not have to feel like lost sheep. However, the final verses of the passage tell us what we can do. Sending out workers into the harvest field is another way of saying that we can be part of God's plan to help those around us. We can do that in many ways, for example, by telling others about God's love, showing people kindness like Jesus did or even in completing a challenge like this one to show others God's care in action by bringing them joy.

Jesus Cares about People           Matthew 9:35-38

                              Angelina Jesus cares for us pic



Thank you! 14/06/2020
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,

 alleluia,

amazing grace,

 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 revrowbottom@gmail.com for Zoom invitation

Read Ruth Ch 3  beforehand

Clilck here for Starter Questions 

 



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
Do note the Methodist Prayerline Freephone number - 0808 281 2514
presently with a prayer marking National Carers Week.



More Roses 10/06/2020

Gwen sent these photos of the roses blooming in her garden.

Gwen Roses 1      Gwen Roses 2



Junior Church 09/06/2020

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.

Jackie

Psalm 8  A psalm of David.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

You have made them[a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honour.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 Angelina pic Psalm 8 God the Father



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.

                            Cards for NHS 

                                              NHS Card 2 



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 revrowbottom@gmail.com   for Zoom Invitation

Read Ruth Ch2  beforehand

Click here to read the questions. 

Click here for a digital copy of the Ruth study booklet.



Rose Season 07/06/2020

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?

Jacqui Roses 1  Rose Arch



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

 



Budgerigars 05/06/2020

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!                 

        Julies tent    bbq                                                  



Message from Brian 04/06/2020

Thought you might like to see the progress on the stained glass window panels at Church.

                                 Stained glass window progress 4 June 2020

 



Sleeping Beauty 03/06/2020

This cartoon is especially for those impatiently awaiting the re-opening of hairdressers! Reprinted with kind permission of the Daily Telegraph.

                                      Matt Cartoon Sleeping Beauty   



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!

 

                            Gwen Saintpaulia   

                             Gwen Delphinium pic 


 



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 revrowbottom@gmail.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!

 Frances

Click here to access a Digital copy of Ruth

Click here to access the questions.



Junior Church 01/06/2020

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.

      Angelina Pentecost pic            Annie pic Happy Birthday in different languages  

 

                              Annie pic Ascension   



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.

                             World Prayers Frances 31 May 

 

               Countries and cities we have prayed for at Pentecost, thank you Philip! 

                             Countries Philip pic Pentecost 31 May cropped



Prayer Meeting 30/05/2020
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 revrowbottom@gmail.com 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. ‘ 

                                          Pentecostlife 

                                      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 28/05/2020

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 revrowbottom@gmail.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!

 Frances

Click here to access the questions.


Junior Church 27/05/2020
                           Angelina Ascension pic


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)

 

                             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.

Church Flower tubs 25 May 1 Church Flower tubs 25 May 2

Church Flower tubs 25 May 4 Church Flower tubs 25 May 5 

                     Church Flower tubs 25 May 3 

 

 



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.

Park Bench plaque      Weigela



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.

Laburnum tree     Robin on obelisk photo taken 3 April 20



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;

Psalm 23v 6…both in time and beyond our time line.

‘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!     

 

                                Eternal Time 

               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

        EASTER 7

        Sunday 24th May 2020

       Reading:  St John 17: 1-11  

        I pray for them…

        Keep them safe...’’

                                St. John 17:9&11 

                            Keep them Safe Prayer Candles

Sunday Reflection

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.

                                Philips pic Ascension 



Message from Rev Keith 21/05/2020

Dear Friends,

We have received the following information. Hope you find it inspirational and encouraging. Promote, engage, join as the spirit leads.

Blessings

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. 

Click Here



Junior Church 21/05/2020

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.

                              Angelina pic Matthew 



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.

                              Nickys Cluster Rings 



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!’  

                               David Railway



UK Blessing 21/05/2020

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.

 

“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.” Acorns planted November 2018.  Pictured in March 2019 and May 2020.

 

These will be passed on to our grandchildren.

 

            Oak trees in plant pots 1      Oak trees in plant pots 2

 



Rogation Sunday 18/05/2020

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 lu48@btinternet.com 

Lego Angelina Lego Archie Underwater

Lego Emelia Lego Grace 2

Lego Mollie  Lego Jen

Lego Fuller boys 



Message from Rev Alan 17/05/2020

EASTER 6

    Sunday 17th May 2020

  Reading:  St John 14: 15-27

  If you love me you will keep my commandments’

                                                St. John 14:15

 

Sunday Reflection

 

The blinds remain closed at our local fish and chip shop but a ‘wartime’ poster in the window instructs passers-by to ‘Keep calm and carry on’.

 

St John tells how Jesus encouraged his followers to remain calm saying:  ‘Let not your hearts be troubled’

Soon they would be left alone, faced with the challenge to carry on  his work and keep his commandments.

 

Along with many local businesses our church buildings are presently closed.

Whoever would have imagined it? 

But Christ’s work continues wherever love is expressed.  Love of God, and love of neighbour.

So, in her address marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Queen was able to observe that “our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other"

 

Jesus went on to assure his friends they would not be left uncomforted.  Help and guidance was at hand.  The Holy Spirit would enable them to remember and practise his teaching.

They kept calm and carried on!

 

In testing times, this week’s gospel brings to mind John Wesley’s description of the character of a Methodist:

   ‘….one who has the love of God shed abroad in their heart by the Holy Spirit given to them’.

 

 

Quietly voice the phrase   ‘We love each other because he loved us first’.

                                                                                                             1 John 4:19                     

Love divine, all loves excelling,

Joy of heaven to earth come down.

Fix in us thy humble dwelling

All thy faithful mercies crown           Hymns & Psalms 267   

 



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. 

https://youtu.be/AkoqMlJaORY-- 



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.

So today we join the disciples on a mountain top, significant as far as connects to transfiguration  (Matt 17) and Moses receiving the commandments on the mountain of Sinai.( ( Ex34)

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!

                           Ascension pic   

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.

They saw, and nobody could take away what they saw.

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. 



Junior Church 13/05/2020

Here is another challenge completed by Angelina. I love the look on the faces of Thomas and Jesus.

Challenge 10.05.20

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.

John 20:24-29

                            Angelina pic Thomas and 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

Hi Everyone,                                                                                                                     

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.

                              Ekins VE Day cake 

 

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.

                         Tollgate VE Day 

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”.

Keith VE Day 1     Keith VE Day 2

                         Keith VE Day 3   

The Shields family celebrate.

Shields VE Day 1               Shields VE Day 2   

Frances and David celebrate in the Pilgrim's Way cul de sac with neighbours nearby. 

                              Frances and David VE Day       

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!

Bennetts VE Day 1 Bennetts VE Day 2        

 Archie decorated his house and garden for VE Day.

                                  Archie VE Day decorations 

                                



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.

Apple snake pic 

                  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.

Help us to choose the Kingdom of light where Jesus Christ reigns and rules,  that brings life in all its fullness, with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit

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

 Sunday Reflection

“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.’



The Beatitudes 06/05/2020

This is a video of a different view of the Beatitudes rewritten for a Global Pandemic. 

Beatitudes 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!


Junior Church 05/05/2020

Angelina has been busy again and her picture is based on Psalm 23, the Junior Church challenge for this week.

                          Angelina Psalm 23 pic       



Philip's Prayer 03/05/2020

This is the prayer which Philip had planned to read during the digital service this morning. 

philips prayer pic   



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

                        My Saviour has my treasure………..and He WILL walk with me

                       Curious Lamb pic

        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.

Just tempted!

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

Readings:  John 10: 1-16

‘He goes ahead…

 and the sheep follow him,

because they know his voice’    St. John 10:4                                          

Sunday Reflection

 

A familiar voice can mean so much,

especially to anyone feeling somewhat lost or alone.

Many of us will have been encouraged by phone calls from friends and family

during the past few weeks.

 

St John records a parable 

in which Jesus compared his role to the work of a shepherd.

(It’s said that shepherds were frequently poor and disregarded)

So at first his hearers didn’t understand,

but in time they came to cherish and remember another of Christ’s sayings:

‘I am the good shepherd’.

His way is one of gentleness and trust.

 

During my early ministry in Lincolnshire

I was privileged each February to visit a local farm at lambing time.

For several weeks the farmer slept only in snatches - in an armchair by his fire.

Throughout day and night, he’d be about his rounds,

not only tending, but  talking to his flock.

To witness such care was humbling,

bringing to mind words from my ordination service:

‘You must set the Good Shepherd before you as your pattern’.

 

Today’s gospel presents every one of us with a pattern!

It speaks of the importance of wise, caring and encouraging words,

and of trusting and following Christ.

Whilst present restrictions have distanced us physically from one another

I’m thankful for the ways in which both telephone calls 

and a shared sense of Christ’s calling 

have drawn and kept us  together….   one flock with one shepherd.

 

A Response   This week we could make the words of Psalm 23 our own.

 

The following lines (author unknown) are said to be inscribed in a monument a few miles from Aviemore, Scotland.

 

Let the Great Shepherd lead and by winding ways,

Not without green pastures and still waters,

We shall climb insensibly and reach the tops

  of the everlasting hills,

Where the winds are cool and the sight is glorious



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."

Snoopy pic 



Quotations 28/04/2020

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!


"We don't have to be extraordinary in any way.  I can do what you can't do, you can do what I can't do, and together we can do great things."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mother Teresa

 

"A house is not a home until you can write 'I love you' in the dust!"


Please email your quotation, profound or amusing, to lu48@btinternet.com to share with others.



Junior Church 28/04/2020

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.

 Angelina pic Jesus and Peter



History repeats itself 27/04/2020

Message from Yvonne via Frances

Pandemic 1918 



Flower Tubs 27/04/2020

The Fuller family were busy yesterday replanting the tubs outside Church.

Flower tub 1   Flower tub 3



Look after each other 27/04/2020

Philip’s picture shows people round a campfire enjoying a meal as per the reading in the service yesterday. John 21 v12-16.  His prayer is for us to look after each other.

Philip camping pic 



Message from Rev Frances 26/04/2020

Jesus was waiting at the shore side to greet Peter after he had had an empty night.

Peter’s agony of self condemnation was apparent as he left the Upper Room, feeling so desolate and empty and out of sorts, determined to do something useful  and productive.

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

 Israel Tantur

 

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 behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

 

 



Pray at Home 23/04/2020

Pray at home, anywhere in your house is a good place to pray.

Pray at Home 



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.

Angelina poem John 21



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'.

 Digital Service 19 April Amelia pic Digital Service 19 April Mollie pic

Digital Service 19 April Archie pic Grace colouring 19 April

Fuller boys colouring 1 Fuller boys colouring 2



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.

Norma blossom 1          Norma blossom 2

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. 

                            Norma rainbow by Samual                 



It's Friday! 17/04/2020

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.

 



Daily Walk 17/04/2020

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.   

 

          Fengate Road 1               Fengate Road 2

          Fengate Road 3               Fengate Road 4 



Message from Rev Alan 17/04/2020

A reflection from Alan Barker for this Sunday 

EASTER 2       Sunday 19th April 2020

Reading:   John 20 19-31

  ‘The doors were locked but Jesus came and stood among them.

“Peace be with you,” he said.                                                      John 20:26


 Reflection

 

 

The doors were locked! 

Our present ‘lockdown’ doesn’t allow gatherings but we sense something of the disciple’s plight.   

Authorities have advised us to stay at home in order to protect ourselves and others from disease. 

This is a wise and positive step, but naturally a lockdown is confining. Anxiety and fear creep in. 

That’s when this Easter story speaks most powerfully.  

Locked doors are no barrier to Christ’s risen presence. 

Whatever our circumstances, wherever we may be, his blessing ‘Peace be with you’ is one to make our own.

 

Another week! 

 Time passes slowly.  How slowly seven days must have passed for Thomas!  

He struggled with belief (as perhaps we do too). 

The doors remained locked, but again Jesus came to stand among them.  

Unexpectedly, indescribably, a room is filled with peace. Fears are dispelled. 

Understanding and encouragement unlock faith. “My Lord and my God!” Thomas cries.

 

John, the ‘beloved disciple’, was there. He explains: ‘These things have been written so that you too may believe….’

 

 A quiet affirmation:             The Lord is here:

                                                 His Spirit is near

                                                 His blessing is peace.

 

Perhaps this week’s gospel will prompt you to share a word of encouragement and the blessing of peace

with someone else who is ‘locked in’.

 

 Alan Barker        


 



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!

‘The joy of the Risen Lord is our strength’   (Nehemiah 8v10 adapted)

Give us this day our daily Bread

Emaus 

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 



Easter Holiday 16/04/2020

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!         

Caravan 1       



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 Easter poster 



Another Rainbow 14/04/2020

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!

                        Annie with Rainbow 



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.

Philip poster 



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.  

                                        Angelina Easter picture    



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!

DT Letters page 1  DT Letters page 2 



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

                Butterflies 

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


Junior Church 08/04/2020

'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.'

Angelina Palm Sunday poster

Annie's Palm Sunday poster


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

HOLY WEEK

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.

GOOD FRIDAY

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.

EASTER DAY
We plan to bring you another 11 am live-streamed service, so do try and listen.  We are grateful to you for all the positive feedback and we are pleased that about 5,000 individuals or families from all over the world are listening to these live-streamed services.  A service order should be available on our website by Sunday morning and on our live stream page.  We are also in negotiations with Premier to see if we can bring you a special evening service on Easter Day too, with content provided by Premier Christian Radio.  We will send an update about this on Holy Saturday.  You can hear our Easter Day service/s at www.YouTube.com/mchwevents 



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!!

At this time of year and in these circumstances we all need to know and realise, that God is with us and he so loved us, that he sent his only Son as a new covenant of hope for the world. Rainbows are a perfect reminder.
In the words of Julian of Norwich "All will be well"
Dee's Rainbow in window 


Hymn Quiz 07/04/2020

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

 

1.     MHB

2.     OJIHP

3.     TLMSINW

4.     TBTGRCS

5.     TIAGHFA

6.     NTWAOG

7.     AFJAFJ

8.     WAFWHIJ

9.     PMSTKOH

10.  GITFOGMF

11.  AG(HSTS)

12.  CTLIRT A!

13.  WISTWC

14.  LOAHLOAJ

15.  LDALE

16.  ATBAB

17.  FTGFWATM

18.  ACIBTISG

19.  IIGOW

20.  MMACOYP

21.  OCS

22.  APTOEDD

23.  YSOGYMP

24.  ACOOGAK

    25.  TGBTGGTHHD 



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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gavin Patterson



Daily Walk 06/04/2020

Seen by two members on their daily walk. Do you have a photo to share of something seen on your daily walk or maybe while gardenig or exercising? Email lu48@btinternet.com and we can start a collection

Taken on Daily Walk 1 (Horsewalker) Lama



Keith's gatepost 05/04/2020

Keith's good idea for Palm Sunday in his village

He put out Palm crosses with a message for passers by to help themselves 

.Keith Palm Crosses  Keith Palm Sunday Text



Message from Rev Frances 05/04/2020

From today, Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy week or Passion week, we start with the palm branch waving and praising from the crowd, and by  the end of the week  some jeering and crying out 'Crucify Him’

I invite you to travel through the story line of this week, from Palm Sunday to Good Friday.

See what Jesus does, where He goes, what He talks about and how he experiences this particular week in our Church Calendars.

Read about this week in the Gospels eg Mark 14 & 15, or John ch 12-19 .

Don’t rush the reading, you have the whole week to let the significance of His Story speak to you.

I will miss helping you take this journey, but maybe this year it’s a personal pilgrimage, discovering for yourselves how much He suffered because He loved you so much.

Rev Frances

                                             Thy Kingdom come 

                           Donkey

We are beginning the descent towards your Crucifixion Jesus, sensing that your kingdom was of powerful love not the love of power. Help us to be agents of your kingdom, giving grace to the needy, appreciating all those who as keyworkers are sacrificing their own lives to save another’s life. May people believe in your reign of goodness because of how we are helping and serving each other at this time,

May your Kingdom come, King Jesus,  Amen. 



Message from Gill 04/04/2020

Message from Gill earlier this week.

The school that Millie goes to while Mum and Dad are working is close to where they live. My son was walking to work in his ambulance uniform while the children were playing netball. The teacher saw him and got the children to clap him, not realising that it was Millie’s Dad! Thought that was lovely!! The photo was taken by my daughter in law on her way home from a shift on ITU. It was quite emotional for her but very uplifting!! 

Gill B Millie's School 



Message from Rev Alan 04/04/2020

Message from Rev Alan

It’s Palm Sunday!

 

Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey!                                                   

Words of the prophet Zechariah were enacted and remembered. 

 

The crowds that gathered in welcome cried out ‘Hosanna’ – meaning ‘save and help us’.  

They also expressed thanks and praise.

 

It’s good to celebrate Palm Sunday as one of a crowd, but presently that’s not possible. 

However, today is one in which we can recall the importance of encouragement.  

The spirit of Palm Sunday was demonstrated again last Thursday when many stood at their front doors 

to applaud and express solidarity with those who work in the NHS.

 

So this weekend let’s aim to be more appreciative of all who aim to  ‘save and help’ 

– not only members of the health and emergency services = but others too, who undertake ‘the donkey work’ 

of fetching, carrying, caring, helping and supplying the needs of our homes and communities 

– all who are willing to lend a hand (or even a lift! Matthew 21:3) when it’s required.

 

Those who are working hard to provide assistance during this time of crisis deserve our thanks and encouragement! 

 

Today let’s bring to mind and pray God’s blessing upon all who humbly help and serve….



District Chair pastoral messages 04/04/2020

In addition to occasional posts, Bruce is also posting a ThursdayThought and a Sunday Message.  These can also be found on his blog https://revbrucethompson.wordpress.com/



To make you smile! 03/04/2020

Thought this cartoon was apt for our daffodil growing area! Reprinted with kind permission of the Daily Telegraph.  Their award winning cartoonist Matt is on the front page every day and is an immediate antidote to the daily headlines.

 Matt cartoon cropped



Gracie's letter to Prime Minister 01/04/2020

Pleased to see that Coronavirus is not uppermost in her mind!

Gracie letter to Prime Minister cropped 



Message from Rev Frances 01/04/2020

One of our Sunday readings (29th March) gives us an indication of life being lived with suffering,loss and grief.

John 11v1-45, a long reading , details Mary & Martha with their reaction as their brother was ill and died, and their reaction as Jesus seemed to delay or dawdle before he arrived.

Read the Bible account and see why Jesus names Himself ‘ I am the resurrection and life.

Creed image

                                                 Hallowed be your name

 

We can see you, our God, through the window of nature, in the variety of people we are praying for, and in the still voice that calls us to be more like you.

May we ‘hallow’what lies before us, by consciously referring it to you and seeking to become more like your Son Jesus Christ.

Praying this in the Holy name of Jesus



Storms don't last forever 31/03/2020

Storms don't last forever ... as we all know - Rainbows are a sign off hope. Some of our younger members have been making rainbows, as many people have across the country. 

Rainbow Angelina Rainbow Annie (2) OK

Rainbow Grace Rainbow Drawing Bennett twins

Rainbow heart Angelina Rainbows Bennett twins 



A poem by our resident poet Ron 31/03/2020

T’other DAY, OR SUNDAY, to give it more precision,

A letter and a bunch o’ flowers, came from friends on a mission

To let the isolated know that if they are in need

There is a group of folk right here your problem to give heed.

If shopping is your problem, be it food or medication

Can do, but not when on vacation!

Maybe a friendly chat to lighten up your day

which otherwise might lengthen into a sunless day



Count your Blessings 31/03/2020

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS.

1. We may not be able to leave our homes - but we do have a home.

2. We may not be able to go to church - but we can pray at home.

3. We may not be able to visit our families - but we are able to keep in touch and even see them via modern technology.

4. We may not be able to go to our usual church events - but we can keep in touch via the website.

5. We may feel isolated and lonely - but we can get on the phone and help someone else in a similar situation.

6. We may be feeling old and vulnerable - but we haven't got the work and child care worries.

7. We may not be able to go to the shops - but we do have some lovely volunteers willing to do this for us.

8. We may get down in the dumps - but we can open a window and listen to the birds.

9. We may all have moaned about our government and our country - but we should be so grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses we have and the NHS.

10. We may be upset that we are in lockdown - but help the country by staying at home and staying safe.

I am sure you have many other blessings that you could count.



Sunday Worship and Gatherings 17/03/2020
Following Methodist guidelines and Public Health, all Sunday worship services are cancelled, as well as all other meetings/gatherings until further notice.  


Weekly Notices 15/03/2020
Due to COV-19, printed Notices will not be produced for the forseeable future but the website will be updated regularly with news.


Beetle Drive 25/01/2020
A happy, noisy, fun evening for all those who managed to obtain tickets for this sell-out event.  £556.50 was raised for Vision21 funds.


Christmas Tree Festival 22/12/2019
Click here for photos of the Christmas Tree Festival 2019


Nativity Service 18/12/2019

Our nativity service was led by Junior Church members from both 9am and 10.30 services.  Written by Jackie, with Keith as technical assistant, wonderful scenery painted by the children, the service was a delight and very well received by the large congregation.

Nativity 2019  Nativity 2019 2

Nativity 2019 3  Nativity 2019 4 



Christmas Concert with Mirinesse 16/12/2019

A most enjoyable Christmas Carol Concert with the Mirinesse Singers who performed a new composition 'A Chilean Carol' by local composer Philip Spratley who was in the audience.

Mirinesse Concert 2019  Mirinesse Concert 2019 (2)



Christmas Angels 14/12/2019

We were enthusiastic about knitting angels as a mean of showering God's love around the commuity of Spalding, via our Christmas Tree Festival and carol services.  Although the knitting pattern was the same, it was so obvious that angels were being knitted in a rainbow selection of colours.

What a lovely gift, with words of good news for the recipient of the angel.  It was a very successful endeavour, hoping that all 517 angels were given good homes at this season of hope, and would be a small token showing the love of God. 

Christmas Angel 2019  Christmas Angel 2019 (2)

Six Angels



Remembrance Day Commemoration 10/11/2019
The Spalding Community Choir recorded "In Flanders Fields" at Broad Street so that it could be played at todays Remembrance Day Parade in the market place. To watch and listen, follow this link: In Flanders Fields - Performed by The Spalding Community Choir


Carolcade 06/11/2019

Click here to see how you can play a part in choosing the carols to be sung on Christmas Eve.

 



Shoppers' Service 20 years celebration 16/10/2019

20 years ago Rev Jenny Park set up this Tuesday weekly service to give an opportunity to anyone for a short period of worship, a time to be still in a busy schedule.  It was also to benefit anyone unable to attend church on a Sunday, for those needing a time of reflection or a time to explore their faith, open to all whatever their needs.  

At first only a handful of people came but over the years it has evolved into a well attended ecumenical gathering led by our own members or other denominations.

We celebrated with a service of memories and reflections led by Rev Frances Ballantyne and Mrs Deirdre Moden with Mrs Gwen Baslington at the piano. 33 people attended, finishing with, as is the Methodist tradition, tea coffee and cakes to continue our fellowship with one another.

This 15 minute service is held each Tuesday morning at 10.45am.  Contact Dee 01775 762284 for more details or pop in to our Coffee Morning Tuesdays 10am to Noon. 

Shoppers Service 20th Anniversary 



Harvest 25/09/2019

We were delighted to welcome Reverend Jenny Park to take our Harvest services. Members were invited to bring donations for the Agape Foodbank and a good collection ensued.

Harvest 2019 Jenny Park  



Harvest Family Party 25/09/2019

Fun and Games at the Harvest family party!

There were games, fun, laughter and lots of nice food.

Harvest family party chocolate game  Harvest family party food cropped 

Harvest family party touching toes 

 



Our Image of Church 18/09/2019

Our Minister Reverend Frances asked us at the 9am and 10.30 am services to think of an object that would be a good description of CHURCH.  Some drew an image that had some connection to help us think of Church in a novel or fresh way.  Someone suggested Church is like ..a pair of hands, a pineapple, a spider plant with babies, even a watering can!  

The pineapple illustration certainly grabbed our attention, the person explaining that we are sometimes seen as daunting on the outside but nice once you get in! 

Her closing conclusion hopefully inferred that the Church needs as gardener, or God is building his Church and we need to trust Him for direction and guidance.

Rev Frances leading Breakfast Fellowship 1  Rev Frances leading Breakfast Fellowship 2



Holiday at Home 17/08/2019

This was a new venture with a variety of activities on offer for two days, including dominoes, design greeting cards, puzzles and knitting but the most popular was the making of palm trees and beach huts as scenery for the model railway.  Ham salad with icecream and traditional fish & chips was the summer holiday style food.  As the rain lashed down around the church we were transported by double decker bus to Athens with the Cliff Richards film Summer Holiday.  By plane to Sri Lanka, India and Israel via a power point presentation as 'Holidays with a Difference', seeing different cultures and experiences whilst sitting comfortably in church. 

Holiday at Home 1  Holiday at Home 2

Holiday at Home 3  Holiday at Home 4

Holiday at Home 5  Holiday at Home 6 

 



Junior Church 13/07/2019

Junior Church becomes fishers of men!

They had been very busy making fish, signs, nets and even a boat. It looks a great catch!

Junior Church Boat   

 

 



Breakfast Fellowship 13/07/2019

All welcome to Breakfast Fellowship in the hall on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 9am.  A time of food, fellowship, chat, music and reflection with activities for younger children.  Why not bring a friend!  

Breakfast Fellowship 1 Breakfast Fellowship 2 



Bible Month 13/07/2019

Our church was part of Bible Month, a campaign led by the Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust charity encouraging churches to spend the month focusing on a single book of the Bible.  We studied the book of Colossians, written by St. Paul and had bibles on display, many open at the book of Colossians, for visitors and passers-by to see.  Some of the bibles were in different languages.  Rev. Frances led bible study groups at other churches in the circuit as well as at Broad Street.

Bible Month  Bible Month Glass doors

 



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