|Message from Zeph||21/09/2020|
Date for your diary
Zeph has this news about the Spalding Community Choir
'It’s a huge virtual choir that some of our choir members have had the pleasure to have been part of. Singing a song called’Home’ to celebrate Lincolnshire day on October 1st with backing from the BBC Philharmonic!
Rev Frances will donate £50.00 to Broad Street
If imaginative designers of all ages & expertise can come up with alternatives to highlight /change/improvise existing signage;
which is at present advertising our existence and function within Broad Street.
There is no limit on cost or whether it complies within any listed building regulations, as this is not about using the final design as the ‘updated signage’
It’s about being creative and looking at space on available external walls, and relooking and just letting imagination free flow.
If you want to pay per entry £1.00 as a donation.
Entries to be received by Sunday Nov 1st, sent to Rev Frances as A4 format
Winner of 'imaginative design‘to be selected by Building teams on Nov 25th. Rev Frances will make contact with winner and donate £50.00 to Broad Street. Be Creative and colourful.
|Harvest Service 20 September||20/09/2020|
Children's crafted sunflowers for our Harvest Service with Rev Jenny Park.
Rev Jenny Park visited to lead our Harvest Service and said 'Wow!' when she saw our new entrance and foyer. It was at her instigation in 2008, when she was our Minister, that we held a 'Dream your Dreams' day to see how we might make our premises fit for our mission in the 21st Century. These photos show how far we've come and what has been achieved.
|Message from Rev Frances||19/09/2020|
Minister’s thought on Week 27
Hope you have been seeing Church through different lenses as we have pictured God’s Church through Biblical images such as bride, body , household, even priests.
Apparently what you ‘see’ speaks louder than what you hear, and what you do has an even greater impact on the retention of knowledge.
So this last week of this series of Open Bible Space, can you see yourself as the ‘Body of Christ’? Don’t age yourself, don’t limit your effectiveness by dis-ease or dis-ability, don’t even dis-criminate due to your own evaluation.
What people see, they hear very loud.
Seeing at a distance is weird, but we are not meant to be isolated bodies, we are faith community called ‘the Body of Christ, containers of God’s goodness’
Love this picture, it’s certainly showing containers of life.
Believe in your value, you are included with your gifts and talents, with purpose to reveal Christ.
Have a read of 1 Corinthians ch 12v 12-30 to see how Paul uses Body Image.
Must ask though, what does your body language reveal to others about
‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ ?
|Open Bible Space||19/09/2020|
Fourth week Wed Sept 23rd 10.30-12.30 Open Bible Space
Zoom invitation; firstname.lastname@example.org
Try and read references in advance and find others to evidence image.
IMAGES OF CHURCH
‘Body of Christ led by Frances
1 Corinthians 12v12-30 & 1 Corinthians 11v23-26
Starter questions for every week;
1. Where can we read about this image in the Bible?
2. Explore its relevance then and now?
3. How does that image look?
4. Does the image encourage discipleship, growth pastoral care, mission social involvement? Discuss…
5. A New image? ‘’A container of God’s goodness’‘’ Discuss?( an image in’ Resourcing renewal’ by Martyn Atkins)
1 Peter 2v9 …. but you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praise of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light
Philip's prayer about forgiveness Sunday 13 September
At last we can see beyond the builders' hoarding into our new foyer entrance.
|Message from Rev Frances||12/09/2020|
Minister's Thought week 26
Another challenging image about church that might seem controversial or challenging is that of
‘a company of fence movers’.
They say that boundary fences cause the most neighbourly disputes. An impossibility in this illustration to sit on the fence, but can we not see the exclusions that occur to separate difference, and limit community integration.
Someone described the need to remove stale outdated fences, or boundaries limiting those of different faith, gender or sexuality, even of no faith.
Don’t all erect higher fences in protest, think about our internal fence lines, and find out where we are entrenched in our beliefs and attitudes.That’s a bit of soul searching for us this week.
I’m sure the field of green pastures where His sheep graze safely has a hedge/ fence around it, of His love and protection…..
I wonder how ‘Open Bible space’ this Wed 10-30 -12.30 by Zoom invitation will interpret this new image, as we look at the Biblical Image ‘the Bride of Christ’, an old image!
|We have sent £141 in donations to 'All We Can' for their Lebanon Appeal.|
|Harvest Festival - Once again your Harvest gifts will be going to the Agape Foodbank. The items they are in need of are :- Fresh and tinned potatoes, pasta, fruit squash, jam, tinned fish, tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned rice pudding, coffee, shampoo, shower gel and deodorant. If you are unable to get your gift to church please let me know and I will collect. Gill Brooks 07956878057.|
New life in the Church flower tubs.
The glass doors are fitted and this is how the new foyer looks currently. Artwork planned for the stone arch at the rear.
Views through the new foyer skylights.
|Message from Rev Frances||05/09/2020|
Ministers thought week 25
Ever thought of yourself as a star thrower? Someone described Church as ‘a Company of Star throwers’
Well, if we saw a quantity of stranded star fish beached up, and we threw one back, it would give life to one of them. It would make a difference…………….
Or could we think of being twinkling night stars, offering a window through us beyond the dark sky to the brightness of God’s heavens…….
Or would we turn to Philippians 2v5…..shining like stars in a crooked and depraved generation.
And we notice stars! We went to Iona , an island off the West Coast of Scotland remote from artificial city lights at night, and we saw Stars!
So be famous, be a Star on the stage of life, revealing the light and hope of Christ.
Trying to be imaginative through September, Images of Church…..as we start a new Church year…
Keep shining brightly,
Jairus' Daughter raised by Jesus
Luke Chapter 8
Service 30th August
Our Bible Hero this week is Peter. Peter was a friend and disciple of Jesus. He travelled with Jesus, saw his miracles and heard his teaching. Peter was not always brave, on the night that Jesus was arrested Peter denied knowing Jesus. After the resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit Peter became one of the leaders of the Early Church.
In this chapter of Acts Peter is in prison and he experienced his own miracle. In fact his escape from prison was such a miracle that his friends at first did not believe it was him at the door! Poor Peter left on the doorstep.
Peter trusted God so much that even when he was chained up between two soldiers he could sleep. Do you think you would have been able to sleep! I am not sure I would have slept.
Peter knew that God was always with him. We may not be rescued by angels but in the Bible God tells us that he will always be with us.
Acts Chapter 12:6-17
6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
8 Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”
12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”
15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”
16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place.
|Open Bible Space||29/08/2020|
First week Wed Sept 2nd 10.30-12.30 Open Bible Space
Zoom invitation; email@example.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 Peter 2v9 …. but you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praise of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light
|Message from Frances||29/08/2020|
Ministers thought week 24
We are coming into September, a traditional time of church and schools beginning after the summer holidays. A new church year, within Covid limitations, and with that comes challenges with regard to the continuation of the practices of church.
Seriously aware that we are called to be IMAGES of the Living God. Created by Him to be in community as relational beings.
Inspired to look at Church Images in the Bible for our Open Bible Space, through this month .
Wondered whether we really portray the Bride of Christ, the Household of faith, the Body of Christ even the Priesthood of all believers.
Perhaps it’s not what we think we look like, its whether the visitor coming through our new foyer doors ( soon ) recognises or registers some aspect of the nature of God through Jesus Christ in us, to make them want to see more.
I love to know what you see in the black and white image, as a ‘modern’ interpretation of today’s church.
Take care, Frances
Friendship and Faith
The Challenge this week is based on Psalm 133. Like the Psalm last week, it is thought to have been written by King David. A very famous Bible Hero!
Psalm 133 talks about the joy of friendship when people who love God live in peace and harmony.
The Psalm also talks about anointing oil running down Aaron's head and beard. That sounds a little messy – so what does it mean? Aaron was the high priest and brother of Moses. The oil used to anoint him was made up of 4 spices, Myrrh, Cinnamon, Cane and Cassia. These spices were mixed together with olive oil. After the spices were mixed with the oil it became holy oil. It must have smelt fantastic! This oil is used as a picture of unity – different spices added together to make a beautiful fragrance. The church is full of different people yet when they are united in God, they become amazing!
1.How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God's people to live together in harmony!
2.It is like the precious anointing oil running down from Aaron's head and beard, down to the collar of his robes.
3.It is like the dew on Mount Hermon, falling on the hills of Zion.
That is where the LORD has promised his blessing— life that never ends.
|Message from Rev Frances||20/08/2020|
In another book, ‘The Shack’ there is a colourful description of a garden. The main character ’Mack ‘‘was expecting to see a well ordered garden’, instead he saw a chaos of colour.
‘Dazzling sprays of colour were blasted through patches of randomly planted vegetables and herbs.. It was beautiful, stunning and incredibly beautiful’( pg 128)
But he did have difficulty in what he thought was ‘a mess’ of a garden and was easily distracted by ‘the blends of colours, currant and vermillion reds, tangerine and chartreuse , divided by platinum and fuchsia as well as innumerable shades of greens and browns..Wonderfully bewildering and intoxicating!’
What a garden of delight, with all its weeds and thorns and darker areas,
However the shocking reality as revealed to him was that it represented his Soul!
And the gardener was God in the form of an Asian woman called Sarayu…and the plot thickens.
I know, it’s a love or hate book.
Just glad that God has responsibility for the tending of my soul, clearing away by his sanctifying grace anything that tangles and strangles the good colourful growth.
Never thought of my soul like a garden!
So notice the gardens through this season, smell the fragrances, dwell in God’s wonderful assortment of colours and offer worship to the gardener!
|Message from Rev Frances||18/08/2020|
|Open for Worship||18/08/2020|
|Church is now open for worship in accordance with Methodist Church guidelines. Currently Sunday worship starts at 10am.|
|Digital Service 16 August||16/08/2020|
Mark 2 v 1-12. Our model of the house where Jesus healed the paralysed man in Capernaum.
|Message from Rev Frances||15/08/2020|
|Message from Rev Frances||14/08/2020|
Colours of Communion, but you say we usually think of word and action…..
Jesus said and he ……… blessed, broke and offered and we received with humility.
But let’s look at the colours that are present at Holy Communion... as we see this meditation from the perspective of colour.
‘We look toward the altar with the Lord’s table beautifully prepared with the best that we have. The table is covered with a WHITE damask cloth, a memorial gift used only for Holy Communion. Beside the GOLD plated cross, the symbolic WHITE candles indicating Christ as light of the world, and the flowers of seasonal colour in their pedestal arrangements, we see a table setting. All preparing us to look further towards the bread and the RED wine. The minister breaks the bread, blesses it saying the words of old. Then as the minister reaches across the chalice to set down the bread, the long sleeves of his robe drag and one sleeve catches on the chalice and tips it…..
The RED wine spills. It runs across the beautiful cloth and begins to bleed down the front of the WHITE cloth.
Everyone can see the spilled blood of Christ, staining, trickling where it wills.
The blood of Christ is poured out….that amazing love of the new covenant cannot be controlled, restrained , confined or contained.’
|We have sent £1,193 to Water Aid, money raised through Sunday Coffee and other donations.|
Philip's prayer for Sunday 9 August
|Message from Egle||08/08/2020|
Egle wanted to share her joy at growing tomatoes this summer - here is a photo.
|Message from Rev Frances||08/08/2020|
A traveller was in China making his way to Shanghai Airport. It was a dull morning and the landscape was grey and colourless. Even the commuters seemed devoid of enthusiasm, and the rain was coming down in slanted layers.
Then coming towards him was a determined cyclist , and attached to his bike, a large basket of balls of wool (even balloons) in every colour you could imagine.
This cyclist was like a traveller from another world who transfigured the whole grey suburban landscape with his gentle cargo of blues, yellows ,greens, indigos, oranges, purples and ochres.
|Message from Rev Frances||01/08/2020|
Noticing colours as we travel through this coming month, and last week we reflected on......
‘What is Colour?'
This week I’d like to ask…..what colour is God?
What colour are we dressing him in…..those soft colours of infancy, the pinks, blues, pale lemon or the more aggressive robust colours of crimson, emerald , green , purple even gold.
All dependent on how we view Him, our image or picture of God. It might need adjusting.
Very quickly, one might say in colour terms that God is pure white light. Pure white is the colour of goodness and holiness, contrasting with pure black, the negation of colour, often meaning death and mourning. So why do clerics wear black!
But there is beauty as one looks at shades of black in human skin colour. One could also refer to the ‘dark night’ which in spiritual terms is a source of strength and power.
A Coat of many colours, which Joseph wore, rainbow coloured. Colours of resurrection and hope, so how colourful are we?
What colour is God and what colour would represent you?
|Junior Church Challenge||27/07/2020|
While we have been in lockdown the Challenges have been from the New Testament. For the next few weeks we are going to look at some Bible Heroes from the Old Testament. Our first Bible Hero is going to be Noah. Can you imagine what lockdown in an Ark might have been like!
On many houses, pictures of rainbows have been put up. On the news, one person had even coloured their house with chalks the colour of a rainbow! I have seen on the website some fantastic rainbows made by the young people of Broad Street. These rainbows are to thank the NHS for their hard work.
In the Bible the rainbow is a sign of God's promise of His love for us, it is a symbol of hope. Once Noah, his family and all the animals are safe after the flood a rainbow appeared in the sky.
The challenge this week is to draw, paint, write a poem or a prayer about the Bible story of Noah and the Ark. You could choose to do a rainbow, or an animal, or even the Ark sailing on the water. You might want to tell everybody some facts about animals. You could create some top trump fact cards like those in the photo. The choice is up to you!
This picture is from Angelina.
|Message from Zoe||27/07/2020|
Junior Church member Zoe would like to say a big 'Hello' to everyone at Broad Street. She has sent this picture of her pet hamster, named Dobby, to show you.
|Message from Rev Frances||25/07/2020|
‘Colours of day dawn in the mind’ (c. 1974 Thankyou Music) we sing sometimes……
August needed something colourful, so looking at colour with its shades, tones and hues.
I will be getting my inspiration from ‘ Divine Beauty ‘ by John O’Donohue ISBN 978-0-553-81309-8
It’s becoming aware of the summer colours all around us, so beautiful, as we explore landscapes and scenery locally or on holiday.
Colour is the language of Light, it adorns the earth with beauty. The miracle of colour, transforming dullness, even drabness, and dressing nature in colour, those rich colours of creation. In a world without colour it would be impossible to imagine beauty, for colour and beauty are sisters.
‘Think of a world without any paintings
Think of a room where all the walls are bare,
Think of a rainbow without any colours
We thank you Lord, for paintings and for colours
We thank you, Lord and praise your holy name’ Bunty Newport (b1927)
|Digital Service 19 July||20/07/2020|
Bartimaeus is healed. Mark Chapter10 v46-52. The children were busy doing a jigsaw.
|Message from Rev Frances||18/07/2020|
Switched on the television this evening, found a TBN recorded programme with RT Kendall , a Biblical scholar, expound on the Kingdom of Heaven as related to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount!
Reinforced what we had discussed in our Bible Space. It was coming at me from a variety of sources.
But he did explain how that those earlier disciples would have had a struggle to understand the realm of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Didn’t they want the Kingdom to be on earth? Didn’t they want Jesus to reign in their time and overthrow the Roman occupation.
Maybe we can lighten their confusion as we are beyond Pentecost and can explain that the Kingdom of Heaven dwells within us, in the person of the Holy Spirit.
Enough to take their knowledge a little bit beyond the known, to take them into new territory of understanding.
Enough to take our study towards the last portion of the Sermon in Ch 7 of Matthew, and then to evaluate it like the crowd did.
RT Kendall was popular in his time, and he was well received.
I wonder, would we invite Jesus back and ask him to clarify the bits we didn’t understand?
But He hasn’t gone away has he? He might just be saying ‘Put into practice what you have heard and don’t wait until you understand!’
|Bible Space Sermon on the Mount||18/07/2020|
It’s taken us 4 sessions to reach Matt Ch 7.
We’ve looked at spiritual disciplines of giving, praying , fasting and worrying about what we worry about in week 3 and so we come to this final week before a summer break.
Wed 10-30 to 12.30 Zoom invitation via firstname.lastname@example.org
|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.
|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.)
Junior Church Challenge
Do you like food or have a favourite food? I love food of all types – except mashed potatoes! Have you ever been hungry? Perhaps you have had an exciting day and forgotten to eat. In this week’s challenge we learn that a huge crowd had followed Jesus, now they needed some food. Jesus couldn’t nip to the nearest Sainsburys and buy food. It would cost too much; it was likely that no supermarket had enough food for 5,000 people and supermarkets had yet to be invented!
Jesus turned the ordinary into the extraordinary. One boy had 5 small barley loaves and two small fish. This was enough for his lunch, but when Jesus gave thanks and distributed the food, there was enough for everyone with plenty left over.
John 6:5-14 The Feeding of the 5,000
Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, "It would take more than half a year's wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"
Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." So, they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world."
|Bible Space Sermon on the Mount||11/07/2020|
Week 17 Sermon on Mount…Jesus teachings to his disciples
Last week we looked at thorny areas in our relationships eg divorce, broken promises, adultery, loving our enemies and showing mercy to those who had shown us unkindness.
This week 3 Wed 10-30-12-30 Via Zoom , via Revrowbottom@gmail.com for invite
Please read and ponder starter questions before hand
|Message from Rev Frances||11/07/2020|
Sermon on the Mount
What do you think of his sermon so far? Going on a bit, touching issues that aren’t comfortable?
It’s in Matthew ch 5,6,& 7.
Wish he’d just encourage us and tell us what a good job we are doing! But I don’t think he is in the business of affirmation and making us feel good.
Maybe we needed that as children but he’s asking us to question our adult lifestyle, and how we practise what we have been taught over the many years of sitting at the feet of our teachers.
Don’t like it when he keeps talking about hypocrisy, and who doesn’t worry!
Maybe I’ve tried to put myself into the listener of Jesus, as he continues preaching and teaching on the grassy mountain side, called the Mount.
And the number of sermons we have heard over the years, fed us with heavenly strength, but which ones do we remember? Have we put them into practice?
Preachers beware…don’t babble or waffle like the pagans (misquote from Matt ch 6v7)
Make your point, repeat your point, remind them of your point, conclude with your point!
And what points are Jesus making? Are we taking them to heart?
What would we share, what has become important for us? Might soon be forgotten as we resume post lockdown living. I hope not.
|Digital Service at Church 5 July||09/07/2020|
Grace and Angelina were busy during the first service back at church since lockdown began in March. The digital service was relayed in church and homes at the same time.
From Luke chapter 4, the start of Jesus' ministry, these are things we have started during lockdown. Making ravioli and WhatsApp a friend feature here.
|Bible Space Sermon on the Mount||04/07/2020|
Sermon on Mount week 2
We are exploring the Words of Jesus as preached to his first disciples in the Jewish context.
Last week we looked at characteristics of those that would receive God’s blessing, those that knew their need of God’s help. Briefly touching on how to be Salt and Light and about constructive anger and reconciliation!
Wed am 10.30-12.30 Zoom invitation email@example.com
This week we are examining Matthew Ch 5 v27-48
Click here for discussion starter questions
|Message from Rev Frances||04/07/2020|
Apparently Jesus was deemed very audacious in changing the style of delivery as previously taught by the Scribes and Rabbi’s, who hardly proffered their own opinions unless they could evidence their thoughts from previous teachers in their past
Thus says the Lord’ was one of their favourite discussional stoppers! Who could debate the words coming from God!
Now Jesus is coming along saying something like ‘Truly I say unto you’ or ‘Verily, verily I say unto’ even ‘ But I say unto you’…..
I can predict conflict arising between an old style and a new style! He won’t be popular
I can predict that Jesus is giving people time and opportunity to think for themselves and make their own choices about their relationship with God. That won’t be popular
I can predict Jesus is heading for persecution from the power bases of his time, even death on a cross in order to show how much more relationships matter rather than obedience to the minutiae of the traditions that had arisen over the years. He certainly won’t survive for very long.
So, we are encouraged to think for ourselves, to question our teachers, leaders and preachers and to discern God’s plan and purposes.
Might not make us popular..but Jesus is famous because he shunned popularity and welcomed the powerless, the disempowered and the marginalised.
So from Bible Space weekly, opinions are expressed and we are learning and developing in our relationships with Jesus as we examine his every comment, and with each other.
But it’s not very popular, it’s a commitment, but it’s worth it!
|Digital Service 28 June||29/06/2020|
We celebrate and eat cake togther. Ruth chose to be with the people of God.
Angelina wanted to share her birthday photo which shows she had REAL cake!
|Zoom Coffee Morning||28/06/2020|
|Bible Space Sermon on the Mount||27/06/2020|
For the month of July we are continuing our Bible exploration, delving into the teaching of Jesus called 'The Sermon on the Mount’. This is found in Matthew chapters 5,6,7.
For 4 weeks we will listen to His Sermon and be able to ask each other questions to discern meaning and application for our own discipleship at this time.
Wednesday 1,8,15,22nd July 10.30-12.30 by Zoom
For Zoom invitation contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|Message from Rev Frances||27/06/2020|
Just love this image of Jesus teaching his disciples in that open air setting and the questions that seem to come out of their heads as he instructed them on deep subjects pertaining to the Kingdom of heaven.
Looking at Matthew Ch 5,6,and 7, paragraph by paragraph in our next 4 week Zoom Bible Space.
Wednesdays 10.30 to 12.30, come and join in , it might even raise questions, or give you confidence to ask the questions that everyone wants an answer to, but nobody is brave enough to ask the question! Ask me for an invite!
Not that I’m going to give you the answer, that’s too easy.
I’m a great believer in working out our own salvation with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was the best teacher, leaving his students to discuss and debate among themselves….offering parables, illustrations, stimulating their faith, encouraging growth by grappling with the mysteries of the faith, taking them to new insights, and seeing them desire the ways of His Father.
So this first week we will look at the contents of his sermon in the beginning of Ch 5 ,
4 paragraphs; The Beatitudes, being Salt &Light, the Law and Murder.
It’s a lengthy sermon, and they say that it was composed combining many an occasion when he taught his disciples.
Let’s hope we remember something of His Word to us as we meditate week by week on His Spoken Word.
Psalm 119 v105; Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path
Philip remembers the Good News in his prayers at Broad Street Digital Service on Sunday 21 June.
Whether they appear in a field in the countryside or are cultivated for show in a garden, poppies are a joy to see.
|Message from Rev Frances||20/06/2020|
Just because we have reached the last chapter of Ruth, we have been given an insight into the importance of one of the stories that relate to the biblical one liners, Obed (Ruth’s son) was the father of Jesse, the father of David (Ruth Ch 4v17). So we become aware of the significance of the genealogy towards King David and then further onto the birth of Jesus Christ.
Ruth mattered as did Mary, in bringing about new life, having a first born son that was going to influence and give hope for the future.
If Ruth hadn’t met Boaz, and they had a son, who then had a son, who then had a son….. arriving eventually in Matthew Ch 1v 16 “the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
Human family line, divine conception, Son of Man, Son of God, dual nationality!
Of earth and of heaven!
What a mystery, manhood and deity, the man who is God!
So we could say that the Bible is a family history book, helping us piece together who is related to who, what happened to them, their significance in the Old Covenant of the Old Testament ,before the arrival of the New Covenant relationship with Jesus, who was born Christ.
That’s the family line that will reach into eternity. Amazing Grace!
|Bible Study Ruth||20/06/2020|
Week 14 Bible Month Ruth Ch 4
We have reached the final chapter of Ruth.
It’s been good to see each other and share our thoughts;
10.30-12.30 Wed 24th Come with Bible tea/coffee.
Contact Rev Keith on email@example.com for Zoom invitation.
|Stained glass panels||19/06/2020|
The stained glass window panels brought from St. Thomas's Road church are now in place at Broad Street. They look magnificent ad we are grateful to Brian, David B and Rev David for their work. We are indebted to George, a member of the Community Choir, for his expertise in repairing the broken panes.
|Paper Folding Video from Broadstreet Digital Week 9||18/06/2020|
|Margaeret and David Hull want to thank everyone for their cards, messges and good wishes following Margaret's operation. Margaret is now slowly recovering at home.|
|Message from Rev Frances||13/06/2020|
The story of Ruth gets a bit romantic now, we have a night-time episode and we have a proposal of marriage, in an Old Testament style of ‘covering’. Read Chapter 3 and discover the integrity of Boaz who was intent to bring both Ruth and Naomi into a restored place of security and safety.
There is also the interesting dynamic of close relatives being called kinsmen redeemers, who could buy or redeem the land, and take responsibility for poor relatives, looking after them until they were in a more sound financial position. That simplifies passages in Leviticus Ch 25 about the Year of Jubilee and in v25 there is the particular instance that applies to Ruth and Naomi.
Redemption is appropriate in our context too, beyond the time of the Bible and in our need of being bought back from the poverty of the enslavement of sin.
Hymns that summarize;
‘There is a redeemer, Jesus, God’s own Son, precious Lamb of God , Messiah, Holy One’ MP 673
‘The price is paid, come let us enter in to all that Jesus died to make our own.‘ MP 663
The price is paid,
so strong and sure!
And so with all my heart, my life in every part, I live to thank you for the price you paid.
(Chorus of MP663)
|Bible Study Ruth||13/06/2020|
Week 13 Bible Month Ruth Ch 3
The story line develops as we have studied Ch 1 &Ch 2
Come and share thoughts on Ch 3
10.30 to 12.30 Wed 17th & 24th June. Come with Bible & tea/coffee, and copy of starter questions
Contact Rev Keith on firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom invitation
Read Ruth Ch 3 beforehand
|Soap, Lemons, Paracetamol||12/06/2020|
This poem was written by Rhidian Brook. Rhidian is a novelist and broadcaster and is a regular contributor to ‘Thought for the Day’ on Radio 4. This poem featured in his broadcast earlier in lockdown.
|Message from Rev Alan||12/06/2020|
Gwen sent these photos of the roses blooming in her garden.
Bible Challenge 7th June 2020
This Sunday is sometimes called Trinity Sunday. It’s the day when we think about the relationship between God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Last week we thought about the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. This week the Bible passage talks about the creative work of God often associated with God the Father.
Your challenge this week is to depict the things mentioned in the Psalm. There is quite a lot to choose from.
Best wishes with the challenge and may God Bless you and your family.
Psalm 8 A psalm of David.
1 Lord, our Lord,
You have set your glory
5 You have made them[a little lower than the angels
9 Lord, our Lord,
|Digital Service 7 June||09/06/2020|
The theme was Super Heroes and children made cards to say Thank You to doctors, nurses and all NHS staff and showed them at the Digital Service for Trinity Sunday. Thank you Jane for taking materials to their homes and collecting the cards after the service. They will be taken to the Johnson Hospital for display there.
|Bible Study Message from Frances||07/06/2020|
Brilliant first week last week on Ruth Ch 1
Continuing every Wednesday June 10th 17th& 24th
10.30 to 12.30 Come with Bible & tea/ coffee & download of these starter questions
Contact Rev Keith on email@example.com for Zoom Invitation
Read Ruth Ch2 beforehand
It’s rose season. Photos of Julie’s rose arch and Jacqui’s climbing rose below. It’s a pity there is no way to transmit the beautiful scents! Do you have a photo of roses currently flowering in your garden to share?
|Message from Rev Frances||06/06/2020|
In June, many of us are looking at the Old Testament book of Ruth and its position in the genealogy of Jesus Christ (see Matthew 1v5). It’s a narrative that includes experiences of famine, grief, faith and relationships.
Recently we have discovered the importance of food, faith and family at this time, rearrange the order but if I was hungry I’d find food first!
Jesus fed the starving 5000 from five loaves and two small fish (Matt 14v13ff), and that met a basic living need.
Give us this day our Daily Bread! Bethlehem is called ‘the House of Bread’. The story of Ruth revolves around Bethlehem, and so does the Birth of Jesus!
And this saying ‘one beggar showing another where to find bread’ is thought provoking.
ONE BEGGAR TO ANOTHER by The Rochesters
Let this beggar tell another where I found bread,
I went asking for crumbs but found a banquet instead;
Seeking only for morsels I left this table well fed,
Follow me to the Master that's where you'll find bread.
If you hunger for more than this world can supply,
Come to my Father His manna satisfies;
He invites every outcast to the table he has spread,
From one beggar to another I know you'll find bread.
Come sit at his right hand as his honoured guest,
When you dine with the king your every need will be met;
Just feast on his bounty you'll have no regrets,
Though you come as a beggar you'll leave as royalty instead.
If you hunger for more than this world can supply,
Come to my Father His manna satisfies;
He invites every outcast to the table he has spread,
Follow me to the Master that's where you'll find bread.
From one beggar to another I know you'll find bread.
Enjoy reading the Book of Ruth, sit yourself in one of the characters and see how God speaks to you…
Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty." John 6v35
We know that during lockdown pets have become vital companions for the well being of those in isolation. Eric, who has been isolating longer than most of us, has two budgerigars named Barbecue and Burger. He leaves the bird cage door open for the budgies to fly around the living room to get some exercise. They enjoy their daily exercise but Burger is very noisy and sometimes prevents Eric hearing the news. He threatens that Burger could end up as the meat on the barbecue. However I am assured that the photos below do not include Burger!
|Message from Brian||04/06/2020|
Thought you might like to see the progress on the stained glass window panels at Church.
This cartoon is especially for those impatiently awaiting the re-opening of hairdressers! Reprinted with kind permission of the Daily Telegraph.
|Message from Gwen||02/06/2020|
Gwen’s collection of Saintpaulias shows you can enjoy a lovely garden indoors. So when the wind blows and breaks the Delphiniums, all is not lost – just cut them and place in a vase!
|Bible Study Ruth||02/06/2020|
Tomorrow Wednesday 3rd June is the first in a series of 4 Bible Study sessions from 10.30 to 12.30 on Zoom.
The host will be Rev Keith - email firstname.lastname@example.org to please let him know if you are coming and he will send you an invitation.
Rev Frances will lead the discussional sessions.
Please read Ruth Ch 1 in advance of the first session. Bring a Bible and cup of coffee/tea with you!
Bible Challenge 31st May 2020
Last week Jackie explained that as Jesus ascended into heaven, there was a promise of more to come! Today is the day when we celebrate the fulfilment of that promise in the coming of the Holy Spirit.
After the ascension of Jesus, the disciples were hidden away together, still fearful, still unsure of the future. The Holy Spirit came and enabled them to preach, teach, be bold and strong.
In the history of the Church, this is sometimes thought of as its birth! So, in a way today we are celebrating the birthday of the Church!!
The Holy Spirit is still with Christians today. He lives in us; he helps us to pray and we can feel the power of his presence as he guides us through each day.
This is what Angelina and Annie came up with to meet the challenge plus Annie’s Ascension picture from last week.
|Digital Service Pentecost 31 May||01/06/2020|
Rev Frances led the service and made this to show the countries she had been asked to include in her prayers for the World.
Countries and cities we have prayed for at Pentecost, thank you Philip!
|The monthly ecumenical prayer meeting will take place on Monday 1st June at 6pm by Zoom and will be led by Pat Gooding. If you would like to participate, please email Keith Rowbottom email@example.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. ‘
When we feel the touch of your hand upon our lives
It causes us
to sing songs of praise,
to share our faith story,
to serve others in Your Name,
to acknowledge that
you are our God, the Father,
God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
And we love you, Lord, Amen
(Prayer adapted from chorus 753 in Mission Praise; When I feel the touch)
Bible month of June is approaching and in the Circuit arrangements are being made to cover the Book of Ruth in 4 sessions on ZOOM!
Booklets are available in the Circuit and also can be downloaded from Methodist website.
These will be held Wed 3rd, 10th, 17th , 24th from 10.30 to 12.30.
The host will be Rev Keith - email firstname.lastname@example.org to please let him know if you are coming and he will send you an invitation.
And Rev Frances will lead the discussional sessions.
Please read Ruth Ch 1 in advance of the first session. Bring a Bible and cup of coffee/tea with you!
FrancesClick here to access the questions.
|Message from Gwen||27/05/2020|
Just had to share this with everybody. I have had this cactus for 20 yrs and it has never flowered before, but a bud came over the weekend and today it opened fully.
After a bit of searching we think it is a Parodia Leninghausii (yellow tower cactus)
|Church Flower Tubs||27/05/2020|
Look how our Church flower tubs are maturing! We may not be able to meet inside but at least the outside of our Church building is enhanced by this wonderful display. Thanks Andrew and Petra for looking after them in this hot weather.
|Message from Sarah||27/05/2020|
Sarah sent this photo of a plaque on a park bench in London – the nearest she can currently get to a walk in her Mum & Dad’s garden in Spalding, apart from watching Mum’s amateur video tour of the garden and photos of shrubs at their peak.
|Gardens in Lockdown||27/05/2020|
Jane and Dave’s Laburnum tree was humming with bees at its peak. Its fragrance was taken over by lilac this week. They also spotted this cheeky robin on the obelisk earlier in Spring.
|Message from Rev Frances||24/05/2020|
How can we possibly understand ‘for ever and ever Amen!’
Our lives operate within time, and because of the virus, we are now often confused about what day it is, and the date, and when the time will come when we can plan for the future for the months and years ahead. Time has different occupations within it now. The present day matters and our enjoyment with gratitude of our daily bread/ blessings.
Earthly time stays the same!
It’s about how we view it, something enjoyable, time flies, something awful, time drags, even time stands still!
There is a time for everything under heaven, declares the writer of Ecclesiastes in Ch 3.
All our life we spend in time from birth to death, all our experiences can be dated and recorded in diaries and journals. Often as history, we research into past events individually, as communities and churches, nationally and internationally. Times of celebrations, times of sorrow, all enter into time making meaning to living, and sensing faith operating in time.
But this statement isn’t about history it’s about the future,..or it’s about continuity in God’s sense of timing, without beginning, without end.
Eternity, timelessness, forever, everlasting life, life after death, in the presence of Jesus.
Glad that it’s beyond my human comprehension and I have to hold faith that it’s not for us to explain it, but to live in the experience and mystery!
Ecc Ch 3v 14 ‘I know that everything God does will endure forever’
And what about;
‘Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever….’
For ever and ever Amen!
Father God, we have come to the end of the Lord’s prayer. It has taken us 10 weeks in earthly time in our reality of place and circumstance to look at each stanza
Time, timelessness, eternity, for ever and ever……isn’t a concept or reality that we understand, but we are saying it this week.
Thank you that you came as Jesus in time to show us yourself, thank you that through the Lord’s Prayer we have come to realize how times on earth matter to you.
We ask that Your kingdom in heaven where there are no clocks, begins to influence our thinking of time especially your Kairos time, when you reveal your plans and purposes to us.
And we say Amen, because we agree and because we say ‘so be it’.
In the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen
|Message from Rev Alan||24/05/2020|
Sunday 24th May 2020
Reading: St John 17: 1-11
‘I pray for them…
Keep them safe...’’
St. John 17:9&11
Before he was arrested Jesus prayed not for himself, but for his disciples:
‘I pray for them… keep them safe.’
In recent weeks his words have been echoed by those concerned for family, friends, carers and those working in the NHS. However, prayer does not in itself confer immunity from life’s perils.
Vigilance, timely action and fortitude are also needed.
Jesus’ disciples couldn’t escape the world. Instead they were sent into it to be messengers of hope.
Times of suffering and adversity would test their beliefs but, whatever lay ahead, safety would be found in loyalty to one another and holding close to God.
For our prayers
The ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative invites us to hold five people in our thoughts and prayers between Ascension Day (21st May) and Pentecost (28th)
There are five prayer candles in this week’s image.
Focus upon and name each person in turn.
Pray that they might be strengthened and given faith.
Encouragement from the Psalms
Protect me, O God; I trust in you for safety
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
all the good things I have come from you.” Psalm 16:1
|Digital Service 24 May||24/05/2020|
Philip drew this to remind us of Jesus' Ascension. Acts Chapter 1 v6 to 11.
|Message from Rev Keith||21/05/2020|
We have received the following information. Hope you find it inspirational and encouraging. Promote, engage, join as the spirit leads.
Keith & Chris
Circuit Prayer Co-ordinators
Raising up a new generation of Wesleys
Have you ever wished that you could get to Cliff Festival, but perhaps it has been too far away or to expensive? Well, perhaps you can join in this year! They are running ‘Festival @ Home’, a free online festival from Fri 22 – Mon 25 May. For further details visit https://cliffcollege.ac.uk/cliff-festival/festival-2020 For many years MET has enjoyed a presence at Cliff Festival, and will do so again this year with a 20 minute seminar titled ‘Raising up a new generation of Wesleys’. This is a passion of Nicky Gumbel’s, and he is interviewed by Ben Juliano (one of the WHOTway presenters) and it will also feature Carolyn Lawrence, the Vice-President Designate, and David Hull, the Chair of MET. This seminar can be accessed of the Festival @ Home adult YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/FestivalatHome clicking ‘playlist’ then clicking ‘adult seminars’.
National Day of Prayer
A MET partner has brought to our attention an online petition requesting that our Prime Minister calls the nation to a day of prayer. So far 62,000 have signed it, and once it reaches over 100,000 national media are more likely to pick up the story. You can find out more details at http://chng.it/2nPtQqcLFG That webpage provides information and a short video about the days of prayer that King George VI called during WWII.
Are we on the cusp of a spiritual awakening?
Premier Christianity have published a thought provoking article by Pete Greig, the founder of the 24-7 prayer movement; ‘5 signs we could be on the cusp of a spiritual awakening’. The 5 signs are, The UK Blessing, Prayer surge, Online church attendance, Public opinion and Young People.
Here is Angelina's latest picture. It is very moving. The topic was the great commission found in Matthew 28. ln a sense Angelina has shown us where we need to be before we can fulfil that calling. See what you think, I felt it was a very mature expression of faith.
|Message from Nicky||21/05/2020|
At the recent online Breakfast Fellowship we thought about the idea of Unity.
As part of our prayers we put onto strips of paper everyone’s name, different churches, groups people belonged to and individual friends and family. These strips were then made into links and joined together, but rather than make a long chain we looked at how different links join with many others and so we ended up with a sphere shape showing how we are united in many different ways with one another.
|Message from Rev Frances||21/05/2020|
David Ballantyne has modelled his railway on our house in Market Harborough which was a former Brickworks manager’s house. He asked Bursledon Brickworks, in Portsmouth, for information about the kiln and Brickworks to help in its miniature construction. Then more interest was shown, and his model railway is now on their Facebook page!’
By popular request. The UK Blessing which was used at a recent Digital Service and has been widely circulated.
|Message from Bryn||18/05/2020|
Reflections on Rogation Sunday.
Our Lego models show the natural world with sea creatures and flowers. We also love our playparks and gardens where we will gather with others one day. We salute our binmen and respect the shark and dinosaur too!
Do you have a photo of your garden or a flower arrangment you would like to share? If so email it to email@example.com
|Message from Rev Alan||17/05/2020|
‘If you love me you will keep my commandments’
Soon they would be left alone, faced with the challenge tocarry on his work and keep his commandments.
So, in her address marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Queen was able to observe thatthey are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other"
They kept calm and carried on!
‘….one who has the love of God shed abroad in their heart by the Holy Spirit given to them’.
|Ukulele and Community Choir||16/05/2020|
Zeph has sent details of a video of the Ukulele Orchestra and Community Choir made during Lockdown. Click on the link below to watch.
|Message from Rev Frances||16/05/2020|
In this coming week we have the day that we acknowledge the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. He returns to his Father, and he is welcomed back, risen, glorified and exalted into the throne room of heaven.
‘For thine is the kingdom, power and glory’ as you reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
He might be absent from the disciples, he might have disappeared out of their sight, rising, ascending up into the skies (Acts 1v 9ff)but he left them with purpose and a future in Kingdom mission and ministry.
He told them to wait again, they couldn’t start until the power of the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost.
Seeing the Glory,&seeing the Power
Moses came down veiled because of the fading glory.
Look at 2 Corinthians 3v17ff, wonderful verses indicating that we are reflectors of the Lords glory
Gaze on His kingly majesty, adore and worship, give Him praise for who He is, what He has done and can do, and register that his glory is His presence.
Which means in this line of the Lord prayer that we recognize his supremacy, his sovereignty and His saving grace.
Don’t look at this line as a wrap up stanza as we speed to get to Amen, dwell on what these words mean, contemplate them in our present situation.
We are in a 'now and not yet time’ waiting to see the Lord’s kingdom come on earth in all its fullness, to see his power and his glory meanwhile we are called to be reflectors!
Thine is the Kingdom
Father God, those disciples ,on that mountain top, saw your glory, they saw the kingdom being revealed in your Son Jesus Christ, and they saw power.
They were witnesses of the power of resurrection and now of your Son’s ascension back to the throne of heaven.
In this time of ascension, help it not to be an historic event that has no present relevance, but a sight leading to insight of who you are, that leads us to worship you in our lives, in all circumstances.
Here is another challenge completed by Angelina. I love the look on the faces of Thomas and Jesus.
Have you ever felt left out or that you have missed something important? Thomas, one of the disciples felt just like that. All the other disciples had seen the risen Jesus, but Thomas had not! Thomas wanted proof that Jesus was alive. In the Bible passage below, he is given that proof.
Thomas called Jesus his Lord and God. What does Jesus mean to you?
Verse 29 refers to us, Jesus calls those who have not seen him but believe in him blessed or happy. We have a very special relationship with God because we believe in Jesus.
|Message from Rev'd Bruce||11/05/2020|
|'Faithful Vigilance' - a Pastoral Update from Rev'd Bruce Thompson can be found on the District website. (Click on Links/District website/About Us/Chair's Blog)|
|Hymn Quiz 2||10/05/2020|
Rev Alan has devised a second Hymn Quiz for us to enjoy - easier than the first one apparently!
|Message from Deirdre||10/05/2020|
Alan and I would just like to say a big thank you to each and every one of you for all your good wishes the many cards and gifts received. The garden vouchers will certainly help revive our garden and will be a lasting memory of our wonderful church family in Spalding. The Ragdale vouchers from ‘Four Seasons’ will definitely go towards a lovely break when we get back to normality.
We have now moved into our bungalow, it is still work in progress but moving in the right direction. The Broad Street website is a wonderful means of communication in these strange times, and we are in touch with the Central Norfolk Circuit and I have written a couple of ‘Thought for the Day’ for their website.
Love and Blessings to you all. Dee & Alan
|VE Day Celebrations||10/05/2020|
VE Day celebrated by members, friends and neighbours.
The Ekins family baked a Victoria sponge to celebrate 75 years since VE Day. It is good to remember those who made such sacrifice.
Tollgate had a stay at home afternoon tea party. Many of the residents took part. Even had live music from one of the neighbours. Also one of the neighbours entertained us with singing. Great community spirit! No one wanted to go in.
Folks from the village gathered with appropriate distancing around the memorial for the 11am 2mins silence. Then after watching the 3pm Churchill’s speech the duo who were booked to entertain us at the village hall 40’s tea dance (but cancelled) did a Facebook concert that we could all link into and speakers were rigged up so those without internet could also hear. Then tea on the front lawn or on the grass verge and we could see right down the village with lots gathered in their family groups. Able to say “Hi” to lots and wave! Quite a few also passed by and we had some unusual visitors! Later we enjoyed the presentation from Buckingham Palace and sang along to Vera Lynn and “We’ll meet again”.
The Shields family celebrate.
Frances and David celebrate in the Pilgrim's Way cul de sac with neighbours nearby.
We celebrated VE Day with an Afternoon Tea in our garden. We shared this with our neighbours who were in their gardens. We had wartime music playing and enjoyed a game of pin the cigar on Winston Churchill!
Archie decorated his house and garden for VE Day.
|Message from Rev Frances||09/05/2020|
A thought provoking subject this week as we look at the phrase ‘deliver us from evil’
How much have we been taught or need to know about the kingdom of darkness headed up by the Evil one (Satan /Devil) with his fallen angels, demonic spirits, with principalities and powers ( Eph6 v10-18. It’s a big subject and don’t enter it unless you are trained in spiritual warfare!
Controversially there is danger in Christian circles either to overemphasize the presence of evil powers or to dismiss them altogether.
Can we have a balanced view and state that Jesus acknowledged the presence of evil and dealt with his own temptations accordingly by reciting known appropriate Biblical verse. (Matt ch 4)
He confronted Peter with ’Get thee behind me Satan’ ( Matt 16v23)
Had a teaching session with Nicodemus in John Ch 3v 19-20.
And love Jesus’s description of the Evil one as the Father of Lies in John 8v42.
There is connection with this week’s lectionary reading from 1 Peter 2 v2-10, where emphasis is given that we have come from that kingdom of darkness and now we are in God’s kIngdom of Light.
Deliver us from the evil one, and Ive heard it said that he is not bothered if we are comfort zone christians he’ll leave us alone, but if we venture out to new stages of obedience in Christ then be ready………….your equivalent of the apple will appear in front of you!
Someone sent me this this week; Apparently written by CS Lewis during the bombing of England in 1942; An imaginary dialogue;
Satan; I will cause anxiety fear and panic. I will shut down business, schools, places of worship and sports events I will cause economic turmoil.
JESUS; I will bring together neighbours, restore the family unit. I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not the money and material resources.
Deliver us from Evil
Father God , However much we believe that evil keeps away from us , we are faced with light and dark choices every day.
Rescue us, save us, bring us to liberation from all that would chain us or bind us to evil practises and behaviours. Root out the deep issues that cause us to stumble and disable us, and set us free to serve you.
We confess our involvement of anything that would give entry points for evil to enter into our beings, and ask that as we renounce those sins, that you will restore us and renew us .
This is your promise, and we claim it today in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen
|Message from Rev Alan||09/05/2020|
“Questions! Questions! Questions!” Grandma would exclaim when faced with childhood enquiries that exhausted patience and which refused to accept an ‘easy’ answer! St John’s gospel contains many questions.
On several occasions Jesus is referred to as ‘Rabbi’ and it was natural that both followers and opponentsshould address questions to such a teacher.
Thomas had a concern which others perhaps shared, but dared not express:
“We do not know where you are going, how can we know the way?”
Time was growing short. Soon hopes would be dashed, life lost, and friends torn apart, So Jesus encouraged his followers to focus upon things of lasting importance. He assured them of their place within a higher loving purpose,and spoke of the need to remain faithful to his example and teaching whatever lay ahead.
Presently, personal and social difficulties fill us with much uncertainty. Like Thomas, we struggle to discern what the future may hold. Suffering, and a sense of our own mortality naturally lead to questions concerning life’s purpose and the goodness of God.
Today’s gospel encourages us to voice doubts and fears, whilst holding close to Christ.
As Thomas was to learn, this is the way that leads us to discover what is authentic and true and how to live positively and fully when faced by adversity.
An anguished question found a comforting response:
‘I am the way, the truth and the life’
The first Christians were often known as ‘followers of the Way’!
From a prayer of Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
‘O God…. I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me.’
This is a video of a different view of the Beatitudes rewritten for a Global Pandemic.
|Message from Brian||05/05/2020|
|Brian has more good news to share with us. He has become a grandfather. His baby grandson was born yesterday morning to Emily and Timothy. Congratulations Brian!|
Angelina has been busy again and her picture is based on Psalm 23, the Junior Church challenge for this week.
This is the prayer which Philip had planned to read during the digital service this morning.
|Message from Rev Frances||02/05/2020|
Love the comforting Gospel reading for this week, it’s John Ch 10v1-10.
The relationship between the shepherd and his sheep, the unique identity of each sheep, the known voice of their Master, the Good Shepherd.
All we like sheep have a tendency to look elsewhere and follow other voices that lead us away, or tempt us or convince us that Jesus hasn’t got our best in his heart. (Isaiah 53v6)
This picture of sheep in fields and that temptation to look elsewhere or be slaves to another Master, fits in so well with this week’s phrase from the Lord’s prayer;
‘Lead us not into temptation’
I’d prefer that to say; Please help us if we are tempted to …….call us back before we act on our temptation and it then becomes more serious.
I have these verse underlined in my Bible 1 Corinthians Ch 10v12ff to remind myself that temptation happens, but God is faithful and will help me resist and become an overcomer.
John 10v10 Jesus promises Life in all its fullness, and that hasn’t changed because we are in lock down. What is His definition of Life?
Or put another way; What is Life like as a sheep in His green pastures?
Which stanzas shall I choose from this golden oldie?
In heavenly love abiding (A Waring 1923-1910)
The storm may roar without me………..But God is round about me
He knows the way he taketh………… and I will walk with Him.
Green pastures are before me…………..which yet I haven’t seen
And Lead us not into temptation
Thankyou that you name yourself as the Good Shepherd and know each one of your flock by name.
Thank you that you provide green pastures and protection within the lordship and ownership of your name.
Help us as our good Shepherd, to stop us with your rod and staff as we are tempted at this time;
Tempted to eat and drink too much
Tempted to break the social distancing
Tempted to waste time
Tempted to become self centred
Tempted to neglect those daily channels of your grace , our devotional practices.
Remind us that the grass isn’t greener on the other side of your boundary lines of love.
Lead us into pathways of life and care at this time, Amen
|Message from Rev Alan||02/05/2020|
|Message from Brian||29/04/2020|
|Good News. Brian would like everyone to know that his prostate cancer is in remission and he will not need to see his specialist for another year.|
|Message from Teresa||29/04/2020|
Frances received this image from Teresa with the message "Thinking of you and all our Church family."
While we continue in Lockdown, I would like us to share some of our favourite quotations. The first is a personal favourite and the second is Norma's - new to me - quote when talking about the necessity to do some housework after weeks of neglect!
"A house is not a home until you can write 'I love you' in the dust!"
John Chapter 21 verses 15-19
Your challenge this week is found in John chapter 21 verses 15-19. This event happens after the risen Jesus helps Peter catch many fish. At first Peter and Jesus share a meal together and then Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. If you think back to the time before the Crucifixion, Peter denied Jesus three times. Now Jesus is showing Peter forgiveness and love by allowing him to state three times that he does indeed love Jesus. Jesus also gives Peter a job to do, by feeding his sheep Jesus is asking Peter to look after the Church that will be formed and grow.
This Bible passage gives hope to Christians, because it shows us that even when we get things wrong Jesus loves and forgives us.
This is Angelina's interpretation of the passage.
|History repeats itself||27/04/2020|
Message from Yvonne via Frances
The Fuller family were busy yesterday replanting the tubs outside Church.
|Look after each other||27/04/2020|
|Message from Rev Frances||26/04/2020|
Jesus was waiting at the shore side to greet Peter after he had had an empty night.
But it didn’t work as that long night seemed to last for ever, read about it in John 21v1-13.
There he was in his boat with his friends on the Sea of Galilee, and the fish weren’t there when the nets were cast.
Peter with frustration, rather than the fulfilment of a good nights catch.
They say it’s always darkest just before the dawn breaks….
And the dawn broke with a voice, that was to turn Peter’s emptiness into fulfilment at many different levels.
A full net, a full stomach after a seashore BBQ of fish and bread, and a full heart as he was restored to fellowship with Jesus and with himself.
It was an individual struggle for Peter, an important suffering time from his denial to his restoration.
What did Peter learn about himself? Did he learn that he could accept help? Did he come through his personal experience of brokenness knowing he would be forgiven?
Could I speculate that by the dawn Peter knew that Jesus would always love him, so Peter love yourself too.
Jesus was waiting for him……….
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
Father God, we are very good at fishing, we remember and we keep account of the faults of everyone else, and often live forgetting how completely you forgive us through the healing work of the cross of Jesus Christ.
We forget that you are a God who buries our sins in the deepest sea ( Micah 7v19), and has cleansed us from all unrighteousness ( 1John 1v7)
Help us through this time as we reflect on this practice of forgiveness to allow your Holy Spirit to show us where we need to forgive others and ourselves.
Restore us to be new creations in Christ, releasing the chains that bind us in negative ways to others and releasing us from self condemnation.
|Message from Rev Alan||25/04/2020|
Reading: St. Luke 24: 13-35 Reflection
Wearily, forlornly, sadly two disciples make the long journey home.
Their world has changed. Jesus is no longer with them – though some claim to have seen him.
A stranger who joins them on the road listens….
As dusk deepens, their inner darkness is illuminated by long-held hopes and promises.
‘Stay with us; the day is almost over and it’s getting dark’
At table, their guest gives thanks, bread is broken and, suddenly, eyes are opened!
‘It is the Lord!’
Unexpectedly, our world has changed.
But this timeless story brings assurance and comfort.
Whenever bread is blessed so are we.
Christ still draws near in conversation and moments of gratitude.
Perhaps we’ll have glimpsed and known that whilst ‘staying at home’.
So as each evening falls this week let’s be thankful for those with whom we’ve spoken on our daily journey… or food on our table… and for the companionship of Christ.
Eagerly, confidently, joyfully
The two return to tell the others:
‘We have seen the Lord!’
A Prayer of St Patrick
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
|Pray at Home||23/04/2020|
Pray at home, anywhere in your house is a good place to pray.
|Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish - John 21||22/04/2020|
Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish - John 21
This event takes place after Jesus has risen from the dead. Not only do the disciples see the risen Jesus but they manage to catch a huge number of fish. Angelina composed this poem to illustrate the passage.
|Digital Service 19 April||20/04/2020|
20 households tuned in to take part in the first Broad Street Digital Service on Sunday. Phil, ably supported by Kevin, organised the technical setup which allowed us to see and talk to a few Church members, hear prayers, Bible readings, a video and a talk and sing two hymns with guitar accompaniment. During the service children were busy colouring pictures on the worship theme 'The Road to Emaus'.
|Message from Gwen||19/04/2020|
Gwen thought that this prayer for today in the Methodist Prayer Handbook, by Louise Gough, Presbyter of Bramhall &Wythenshawe Circuit was ideal to accompany our current website display of rainbows.
God your love – gentle, immense, unconditional – arcs a rainbow of grace to shelter us all and creates a space of belonging and healing. Your love – grounded in reality, accustomed to suffering – welcomes the excluded, tends hidden bruises, binds wounds and remakes lives and community.
God, may the astonishing truth of your love, your wide span of hope, dawn afresh in our hearts and turn us inside out as we act on your call to share your compassion. Renew our faith and courage that we may live as people transformed by the gospel and inspired by the limitless horizons of your Spirit. Amen.
|Message from Norma||19/04/2020|
Blossom on the trees in our garden helping us appreciate the wonders of nature at this difficult time.
8 year old Samual (spelt with an a) walks by every day with his Mum walking the dog. He put this through our letter box and his Mum said he was thrilled to see we had put it in the window.
Message from Yvonne about Knit & Natter
Although we are unable to meet on Fridays for Knit & Natter, the knitting and crochet is still going on at home for our charity – The Armenian Ministries. Knitted items :- Cardigans, jumpers, hats, scarves & socks for babies up to adults, plus blankets or squares for blankets (which I am willing to stitch together – eventually!) Some people even knit little dresses and coats. In fact any item of clothing is very welcome, as are the blankets. Teddy bears are also very welcome. We shall be knitting Christmas Angels again this year. In fact a notice about that had been sent to Robert before we knew about the Lockdown, so then it wasn’t able to go in the notices and now we would like to knit some for key workers serving during the Coronavirus pandemic.
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, Consider all the works Thy hand has made.
Singing this hymn in a loud voice (because no-one can hear me!) on my daily walk and enjoying some of His works just a few hundred yards from my home.
|Message from Rev Alan||17/04/2020|
A reflection from Alan Barker for this Sunday
Reading:John 20 19-31
|Message from Rev Frances||17/04/2020|
Some of the resurrection stories speak to our situation at this time, e.g. the disciples locked in the Upper Room, ( Luke 20v19ff) and the home meal at Emmaus (Luke 24v13ff).
It’s been good to receive from the variety of social media, and from different preaching styles, the familiar of the Easter stories. I read them again, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak into our present situation.
I travelled along the Emmaus Road, with those two friends as they were trying to process the events of the last days or so, the crucifixion and then the wild tale from the women about resurrection. They were discouraged, verging on despair, with belief in tatters, being honest about their disappointment, dialoguing with the stranger who didn’t offer to pray, but reminded them of the prophetic words from the Old Testament.
The unbelievable discovery as the bread was broken, and they saw, and they registered and Jesus vanished!
Then having had more than their daily exercise, a 2 hour trudge of 7miles to Emmaus, they had to witness for themselves, so back they went to Jerusalem, but this time heads were high and hearts were singing!
Give us this day our daily Bread
Father God, we are aware that this phrase speaks about our daily needs at this present time, and reminds us of the home visit at Emmaus where you , as the Risen Lord, broke bread with Cleopas and his friend.
May we trust you for our needs today, those essentials of faith, family and food, nourishment for both body, mind and spirit, and not worry about future needs and wants
It was not exactly the Easter break, taking the caravan to the seaside, that was planned but at least the children are able to play in the caravan – on our drive at home!
|Annie's Easter picture||15/04/2020|
Junior Church member Annie was busy, using her artistic skills, over the Easter period to create this picture from the Bible passage they were all given.
Annie was another rainbow artist when we first began featuring the children's posters on the website. This was somewhat larger than the others and she found a good place to display it!
|Angelina's Easter picture||13/04/2020|
Jackie's challenge to Junior Church was to read Matthew Chapter 28, Jesus has Risen, then to draw, paint, cook, make or write something that represents that passage. Here is Angelina's magnificent picture.
|Message from Philip||13/04/2020|
Philip has been busy today as you can see from this poster he has produced. He wishes everyone a Happy Easter.
Easter eggs - symbol of Jesus coming out of the tomb, and flowers are just what we need to give us hope at this testing time.
|God's own county?||12/04/2020|
These letters were published in the Daily Telegraph Letters Page last week. Remember local preacher Maurice Walters who moved to Yorkshire? I am sure he would have agreed with the reader from Selby!
|Message from Rev Frances||10/04/2020|
An amazing week as we read about Resurrection, the return of Jesus being seen again by the disciples who thought he had gone for ever.
What a death to life, what a grief to joy, what a shock to the normal expectations.
Fear had its place, after all they were experiencing supernatural, which was soon replaced by joy.
Philip Yancey describes it as ‘a morning beyond belief’!
Would the Resurrection mean so much, or seem incomplete without the scars on his hands, feet and side? Only Jesus could prove his identity by his scars.
But there were no angels in the sky, no kings bearing gifts, just appearances in ordinary circumstances, a private dinner, two people walking along a road, a woman weeping in a garden, some fishermen by a lakeside.
As they recognised, I’m sensing a joy that would be for the long-term….and a belief that now held;
If God could do that…………………..
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
In our prayers for this Easter week we can see from the image of the lifecycle of the butterfly that you bring life and colour from the seemingly dead-like chrysalis.
Your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, obeying your will, showing us life in all its fullness.
Hallelujah He is risen!
|Message from Rev Alan||09/04/2020|
|Rev Alan sends Easter greetings and Reflections for Holy Week. Click here to view Maunday Thursday. Click here for Good Friday here for Easter Sunday and here for a story The Three Trees|
'You may not be able to see them but Junior Church members are still active. Jackie gave them the Bible passage Matthew 21 v1-11 and asked if they could come up with a Bible Verse, prayer or picture and these arrived by email.'
|Holy Week at Methodist Central Hall||08/04/2020|
Methodist Central Hall have provided details of their Good Friday service being broadcast on BBC local radio stations at 3pm and of their Easter Day service being streamed via YouTube on Sunday at 11am.
Then Jesus cried out, "Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness" John 12:44-46
No doubt we're all feeling the sadness of not being able to gather to walk the Stations of the Cross with our friends at Westminster Cathedral, or share Maundy Thursday Communion, or attend our Good Friday reflection, followed by the ecumenical procession of witness. Nevertheless, we urge you to take the time this week to read through Matthew's account of Jesus' journey to the cross – especially chapters 26 and 27, so that we are all better prepared to celebrate the joy of Easter Day.
We are pleased to announce that there will be 15 minutes of reflection from MCHW broadcast at 3 pm on Good Friday. It will be networked across all BBC Local Radio stations (English regions). For many of you this will be via BBC London, BBC Surrey, BBC Essex, or BBC Kent - however, there are 39 different BBC Local Radio stations carrying the service.
|Message from Deirdre||08/04/2020|
In all our turmoil of moving to Norfolk, and our bungalow still not ready for us to move into, our 6 year old grandson made us this rainbow to put in the window. They can't see us but this is a reminder that they are still there! I hadn't got anything to stick it up with so I propped it up with a knife and it has worked!!
Just for Fun! Can you identify 25 (mostly) well-known hymns from the initial letters of the words forming their first line e.g ATNOJ is At The Name OF Jesus. Try without using the index of your hymnbook. It’s not easy! Stuck? You may need to ‘phone a friend’!
I’ve included several Holy Week and Easter hymns. Alan B
12. CTLIRT A!
|Everything's gonna be fine||06/04/2020|
It was March 2020 ... The streets were empty, the shops closed, people couldn't get out.
But spring did not know, and the flowers began to bloom, the sun shone, the birds sang, the swallows would soon arrive, the sky was blue, the morning arrived early.
It was March 2020 ...Young people had to study online, and find occupations at home, people could no longer go shopping, or go to the hairdresser. Soon there would be no more room in hospitals, and people continued to get sick.
But spring did not know, the time to go to the garden arrived, the grass greened.
It was March 2020 ... People have been put in lockdown. to protect grandparents, families and children.
No more meetings or meals, family celebrations.
The fear became real and the days were therefore similar.
But spring did not know, apples, cherry trees and others bloomed, the leaves grew.
People started reading, playing with their families, learning a language, singing on the balcony inviting neighbors to do the same, being supportive and focusing on other values.
People realized the importance of health, of suffering, of this world that had stopped, of the economy that has plummeted.
But spring didn't know. the flowers gave way to the fruit, the birds made their nest, the swallows had arrived.
Then the day of liberation came, people found out on TV, the virus had lost, people took to the streets, sang, cried, kissed their neighbours, without masks or gloves.
And that's when summer came, because spring didn't know. He continued to be there despite everything, despite the virus, fear and death.
Because spring didn't know, he taught people the power of life.
Everything's gonna be fine, stay home, protect yourself, and enjoy life.
Read this and share, but mainly remain confident and keep smiling!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can start a collection
|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.
Thy Kingdom come
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.
Keith's good idea for Palm Sunday in his village
He put out Palm crosses with a message for passers by to help themselves
|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!!
|Message from Rev Alan||04/04/2020|
Message from Rev Alan
It’s Palm Sunday!
|District Chair pastoral messages||04/04/2020|
|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.
|Gracie's letter to Prime Minister||01/04/2020|
Pleased to see that Coronavirus is not uppermost in her mind!
|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.
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.
|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.|
|Due to COV-19, printed Notices will not be produced for the forseeable future but the website will be updated regularly with news.|
|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|
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.
|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.
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.
|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|
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.
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 Family Party||25/09/2019|
Fun and Games at the Harvest family party!
There were games, fun, laughter and lots of nice food.
|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.
|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.
Junior Church becomes fishers of men!
They had been very busy making fish, signs, nets and even a boat. It looks a great catch!
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!
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.
|Many thanks to everyone who supported our annual Spring Fayre. The children's activities were popular and visitors enjoyed a large variety of stalls, games and refreshments. It was a very successful event which raised £1,000 for Church funds.|
It was messy church and the children enjoyed a morning of crafts, stories and games. A Messy Wonderland!
Our Church beautifully decorated by our talented flower ladies for a lovely winter wedding in January.
The Ukulele Orchestra's invitation was to 'Come and Sing with us' - and we did! They entertained and we joined in, singing favourite Christmas carols and songs. Mincepies served during the interval and a raffle helped raise £340 for Vision21 funds.
|Christmas Tree Festival||08/12/2018|
The heart of Christmas is Jesus, Son of God, born to Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, laid in a manger, birth foretold by the Old Testament Prophets, fulfilling God's plan, anounced by the Angel Gabriel, bore witness to by Elizabeth, arrival heralded by a star, worshipped by angels,shepherds and kings ad kept safe by God until the time was right to begin his mission to bring salvation to all people.
Donations from the Festival were for Spalding branch of LIVES.
A wonderful concert by the Mirinesse Singers was enjoyed by a large audience, a fitting end to our commemoration of the end of WWI. A superb programme by Director Sam Graper featured music composed by those who served in the war, music linked to the women's suffrage movement and music reflecting the ides of remembrance and peace. A trumpet solo by Pawel Nieweglowski added to the enjoyment and he played the Last Post to conclude the concert. Poignant, powerful and peaceful.
|Poppies & WWI Memorabilia||06/11/2018|
A superb display of poppies and memorabilia, commemorating the end of WWI in 1918.
|Service of Light||04/11/2018|
A special service 'From Darkness to Light' was led by Rev Frances Ballantyne. Opportunity was given for quiet reflection and lighting of candles to remember loved ones.
|Desert Island Discs||22/09/2018|
Reverend Keith interviewed castaway Rt. Hon. John Hayes M.P. and we learned of John's desire to become an M.P. from a very early age (7!) and his subsequent success many years later. His commitment to his family and constituency shone through as he spoke, underpinned by the certainty of his faith. His choice of music was interesting and made easy listening; his chosen book (poetry) and luxury item (cricket bat and bowling machine) surprised and amused the audience. A superb buffet supper afterwards completed a most enjoyable and rewarding evening, realising £666.50 for Vision21 funds.
|Annual Reports 2018||06/09/2018|
|Please read our Annual Reports 2018|
|Spalding Methodists Unite||01/04/2018|
Easter Sunday began with the lighting of the individual St. Thomas's Road and Broad Street Churches candles. The new candle, celebrating the joining together of the two congregations was lit by Senior Stewards from both Churches from the flames of the separate candles which were then extinguished. Membership lists of each Church were added to the table and Communion was celebrated by Minister Rev Frances Ballantyne for the first time as a united congregation.
|Circuit Service: New Local Preacher||01/03/2018|
Deirdre Moden's accreditation service on 11th February was led by Rev Alan Barker. Rev Julie Doddrell (pictured with Deirdre) delivered the sermon. Dee says "I would like to thank all the people (152) who attended this service for all their support over the last 3 years. Julie has been the most amazing tutor. It has meant a lot of hard work and new experiences, especially as it was all online! It is surprising how when God calls you for service he equips you too, you just have to believe in him and yourself and the rest will follow. It has been a very rewarding time and I shall endeavour to serve the Lord to the best of my abilities wherever he leads me."
The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding gave a wonderful Christmas concert to a good audience. We enjoyed songs, carols and even poems by this versatile group who use our Church as their rehearsal venue each week. £507 was raised from the evening which the Orchestra kindly donated to our Vision21 fund.
|Annual Reports 2017||11/12/2017|
|Please click here to view the Annual Reports 2017|
|30th Anniversary Tuesday Coffee Mornings||28/11/2017|
Since 1987 we have been holding Coffee Mornings each Tuesday, selling tea, coffee and home made cakes to raise money for Church funds. Fairtrade goods, preserves and second hand books were later added for sale. In 1999 we began holding a 15 minute Shoppers' Service which continues today.
Over 15 years ago we were approached by staff at the Chappell Centre who asked if they could bring two students to help. Angela and Susan are still part of the team. We celebrated 30 years with birthday cake and a blessing from Rev Frances Ballantyne.
A truly magical afternoon for all the family with magician Paul Vickers delighting everyone with his magic show. This was followed by a magic themed afternoon tea, with rabbit shaped jelly and icecream a highlight. £205 was raised for Vision21.
|Dino visits Sunday Worship||18/06/2017|
Our Bible focus for the month of June is the letter of James and during Sunday worship preacher David Baldwin spoke about Chapter 3 v1-12 'Speech and Wisdom'.
James offers different images of the power of the tongue. Like a bridle guiding a horse or a rudder steering a ship, so too the tongue has power over the whole body. Christians need to be aware of the power of their words and the effects that they have. All speech should be informed by the wisdom of God and seek to bring about good.
We were amused by David's visual aid to illustrate this - a remote controlled dinosaur! Certainly a sermon we shall all remember.
|Nicky and her helpers prepared a superb lunch for us all to enjoy after Sunday service. Good food and fellowship was enjoyed by our Church family. One member even went to the trouble of dressing to match the napkins!|
|Junior Church members helped Rev Alan Barker describe the meaning of Easter to the congregation and then enjoyed Easter craft activities in the hall, which, of course, involved lots of glitter and chocolate!|
|Voices Unplugged and the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding entertained a large audience with a rich mix of music from pop, jazz, 'world' and folk style. A superb evening's enjoyment which realised £720 for Vision21 funds.|
|See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw||11/12/2016|
|A video from the service|
|We were superbly entertained by Lieut. Cols. Peter & Sylvia Dalziel who were accompanied by members of the Salvation Army Citadel Band. A selection of Christmas songs and carols were appreciated by a large audience, making a good start to our Christmas festivities.|
|100 Years Young!||13/10/2016|
Brenda Carrott enjoyed her lunch among friends at our October Luncheon Club after celebrating her 100th birthday the previous week. Brenda, from Moulton Chapel, regularly attends the monthly Luncheon Club at Broad Street where a three course meal is served. Members have an enjoyable time of fellowship together.
Our Harvest Festival was led by Rev Alan Barker who enlisted the help of the children to display the produce. The generous gifts of dry and tinned goods were later donated to the Agape Foodbank. The focus of his address was water, its necessity to sustain life and how much we use every day. The children enjoyed helping to demonstrate this by carrying buckets (fortunately empty for the purpose of the demonstration!) from the back of the Church each time a particular use of water in our daily life was mentioned.
|Junior Church Cake Sale||21/08/2016|
Alongside their regular lessons, Junior Church members were busy this morning baking cakes to sell in aid of Cancer Research. The cakes were sold after the 10.30 service while members were having coffee. £50 was raised. Well done to the young people and their adult helpers and thanks to everyone who purchased the cakes.
|Cupcakes, Cookies and Coffee Morning||16/04/2016|
What a wonderful morning! Such attention to detail, a superb display of cupcakes and cookies to choose from, with cupcakes especially decorated with children in mind. The Church hall was full with folk who had come along to enjoy the festive atmosphere despite the off-putting weather. It was all enhanced by bunting and floral table decorations. Thanks to Helen, Annie and Paul for organising the occasion which raised £242 for Vision21 funds.
|A Busy Saturday!||27/02/2016|
Our annual popular £ Sale was held in the morning. There were many bargains and it was well attended, raising a record £1240 for our Vision21 funds.
In the evening we were superbly entertained by the Spalding Ukulele Orchestra. A welcome return by this popular group who have recently recorded a new CD in our newly refurbished Church. Their generosity in giving this concert free of charge enabled more funds for our Vision21 project.
A busy and very successful Saturday! Many thanks to all involved at both events.
|A fun evening enjoyed by our Church family and friends. This successful social occasion added £320 to our Vision21 funds.|
|Pride of Britain Banquet||10/10/2015|
A highly successful evening. Over 60 folk enjoyed a 4 course meal with dishes celebrating the best of the British Isles. There was also an opportunity to purchase items of interest, including learning to play the Ukulele, meeting the Queen (bee, of course!), days out and beauty treatments. £1,250 was raised for Vision21 funds.
We held an outdoor celebration at Ayscoughfee Gardens on Sunday12th July. The theme was The Way, and members and friends took part with readings, worship songs and reflections on life’s journey. Children enjoyed drawing each other and also their parents and helpers which later contributed to the Friendly Bus, a beautiful red vehicle made for the event. Broad Street music group led the singing and Rev Alan Barker asked for interesting traveller’s tales from anyone who wished to take part. The get-together was part of the outreach to which the Church is committed, including a refurbished building.
|Tea on the Terrace||20/06/2015|
A large gathering of members and friends enjoyed Tea on the Terrace at the home of Rita and Pete. The weather was kind for most of the afternoon and folk were able to sample a wide menu and admire their newly planted garden. A raffle and stall selling plants and cakes helped to raise a magnificent £1,025 for Vision21 funds.
Several teams of members and friends turned out for this annual event (or evening of torture as one member quipped!) Fortunately there were several multi-choice questions and a new round of musical ones to keep everyone involved. A ploughman's supper added to the enjoyment.
|Voices Unplugged and Ukulele||28/03/2015|
|Voices Unplugged choir and the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding entertained a packed hall. This very popular evening lived up to its promise of a toe tapping time for a large audience and raised over £500 for Vision21 funds.|
A relaxing afternoon when young and old alike enjoyed board and computer games. Tea and cake kept everyone sustained!
A large gathering of all ages enjoyed playing Beetle and ate hot dogs for supper. Many thanks to Emma, Mark and family for organising such a fun evening. £320 was raised for the Church Vision21 project.
|Contractors on Site!||12/01/2015|
Today Lindum, the contractors for the next phase of the Vision21 project began work on renovating the Church interior.
A very successful coffee morning run by the Church's children was well supported by members and friends. There were various activities for children to enjoy. £200 was raised for the Scripture Union's Christmas comic appeal.
A good audience enjoyed two one-act comedies presented by the drama section of Spalding Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society (SADOS). Coffee and home made cookies were an interval treat and £188 was raised for Vision21 funds.
|Service of Light||02/11/2014|
|The theme for this year's service was 'The Light of Friendship'. It included both familiar hyms and quiet recorded music. The names of those who have died were remembered in prayers. There was also the opportunity to light candles of hope and thanksgiving.|
Our Harvest Banquet was a great success both in mission and fundraising aspects. The event was well supported and everyone had an enjoyable evening. We also appreciated the support from local businesses for lovely raffle prizes and provision of shloer for all of the tables. £653 was raised for our Vision 21 project.
Children had great fun in the garden at the home of Andrew and Petra, whilst adults relaxed in lovely surroundings on a beautiful summer's day. A tasty BarBQ, followed by mouth watering desserts, was enjoyed by everyone who came. Thanks to the generosity of our hosts £170 was raised for Vision21 funds.
The theme of Noah - God keeps His promises - was explored at the Summer Praise service at Springfields Festival Gardens recently. Rev Alan Barker led worship, with music by Broad Street music group and themed activities for children. About 50 people enjoyed the pleasant surroundings singing worship songs old and new. Readings and drama added to worship and the children's artwork was displayed later in the Church hall. Broad Street's focus was again to have a presence in a popular location outside the Church and we look forward to another event next year.
Many thanks to Elizabeth & Tom who hosted a garden party in aid of Vision21. Visitors enjoyed a stroll around their beautiful garden with delicious tea and cake to follow. The star attraction was the model steam railway which meandered through part of the garden and a selection of Tom's model boats were also on display. £282 was raised for Vision21 funds.
The youngest children of our Church teamed up with Action for Children and The World of Eric Carle™ for a Giant Wiggle fundraiser to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the UK’s most read children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™.
|Spalding Folk Club||22/03/2014|
There was a large audience for Spalding Folk Club and Slap Dash Dancers who provided an excellent Saturday evening's entertainment. A good mix of songs, some composed by club members, together with appellation dancing was enjoyed by all. We are grateful to both the Club and Dancers who gave their time freely. The evening was a great success and raised £381 for our Vision21 fund.
|Super Soup Lunch||14/03/2014|
Our "Super Soup Lunch" for the Christian Aid Lenten appeal was a great success, raising £253.76. The home made soup was enjoyed by all and it was very kind of Sainsbury's to support us providing bread rolls etc. The presentation by Nick Thorley from Christian Aid gave us an insight to how they work in partnership with communties to enable them to have a better long term future.
'Just one more dance please', pleaded one of the youngsters as the Barn Dance came to an end. It was an energetic social evening enjoyed by all who came. A Ploughmans Supper at half time was welcome sustenance to help keep up energy levels. £163 was raised for Vision21.
Hot dogs for supper were enjoyed by everyone who came to play Beetle on Saturday evening. Many thanks to Emma and family for organising this fun night for our Church family and friends. Great prize for the winner (and even a prize for the one who came last!). Over £300 was raised for our Vision21 fund.
|Who was the actor to play the first Doctor Who? Just one of the questions at our popular Quiz Night enjoyed by everyone who came. More taxing questions followed but were made easier by multi-choice options! Hot dogs for supper and prizes galore ensured a fun evening for all. The event raised £220 for our Vision21 project.|
Our Curry Night held on the 9th November was a great success. 60+ people had a lovely meal and as a nod to the "5th November" we had a quiz, between courses, around this historical event. Thanks to the generosity of several businesses, we had an excellent raffle. Whilst the money raised, £475, was for our Vision21 funds the important thing was the wonderful friendly atmosphere that was enjoyed by all
|Antiques & Anecdotes||02/10/2013|
|A most enjoyable evening with Alan Smith, former auctioneer on TV's Bargain Hunt and Flog It. Alan entertained a packed hall with amusing tales of his time as an auctioneer with T.W. Gaze & Son of Diss, Norfolk. He brought along some interesting Victorian objects and described their unusual uses. The event was sponsored by Mr & Mrs Richard Pacey who supplied the delicious French bread for the Ploughman's Supper. £665.50 was raised for our Vision21 project.|
|Tea in the Garden||16/06/2013|
|Heavy downpours failed to blight a lovely afternoon at the home of Geoff and Judith Dodd. Many folk turned out to enjoy cream teas served in their beautiful garden (or indoors at times!) and over £400 was raised for the Vision21 project.|
A Summer Praise service was held at Springfields Gardens by Broad Street Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon. The aim was to take our worship to the people. and the theme was Creation, which was ideal in such a wonderful setting.
|Another successful Flower Festival was held over the May bank holiday weekend. Beautiful floral tableaux were created by talented members and friends and were much admired by the many visitors. Home made cakes and snack lunches were popular and raised much needed funds for the Church. We also featured on BBC radio programme Pirate Gold as we held the final clue to the treasure hunt on the Sunday morning.|
|A well attended concert was held with popular organist Eric Wayman and Boston based choir The Haven Singers. Items from the Church's famous organist Gatty Sellars were included in the programme and the 'hit' of the evening was Eric's rendition of 'The Dambusters' to celebrate the 70th anniversary. £400 was raised for Vision21 funds.|
|Voices Unplugged and the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding joined forces for a superb concert. Despite the dreadful weather a large audience turned out to enjoy a fun, toe-tapping evening of music from pop, jazz, world and folk. £543 was raised for Vision21 funds. We are grateful to both groups for their contribution to fund raising for our major project.|
|Garth School Visit||07/03/2013|
|For three consecutive Monday afternoons George and Daniel, from the Garth school, came along to Broad Street for work experience with their teachers. This covered various aspects of their cuririculum, with help from their teachers they cleaned our silver, washed cups and spoons and did a little light dusting, whilst listening to music. Sensory tasks are very important, George loves music; it makes him happy and they both loved the feel of the bubbles in the soapy water.|
|Super Soup Lunch||22/02/2013|
|A Super Soup Lunch was held here as part of the Lenten Appeal for Christian Aid on 22nd February. This event was very well supported; a variety of homemade soups were served along with an assortment of bread rolls tea and coffee plus a bring and buy stall. Total funds raised were £233. Many thanks to Sainsbury's for their generous donation, enabling us to have a lovely assortment of bread rolls etc.|
|66 people enjoyed a Valentine's Banquet at Broad Street on Saturday 16th February. The after dinner speaker was Steve Weatherly-Barton sharing some of his amusing experiences from his days as a Taxi Cab driver. We wish to thank the people who contributed to our prize draw including Bennetts Butchers, Amy Vere at Aspire, Mishishi, Phil at ARK, and Neame Lea Nursery for their generous donations which helped to make our evening a great success and a total of £625 was raised for our Vision 21 project.|
|Celia's popular quiz raised a record £185 for Vision21 funds. The winner of the Christmas Quiz £10 prize this year with a 100% accurate return was Sue Abrams of Weston. Many thanks to all who purchased copies.|
|By popular request Cantemus once again entertained with their annual Christmas Concert to the enjoyment of a full audience. Eric Wayman conducted and introduced a varied programme of Christmas items at this sell-out event.|
|Christmas Tree Festival||10/12/2012|
|Two superb weekends of festive displays in Church with superbly decorated Christmas Trees. Donations were for Lincs. & Notts Air Ambulance. The Christmas Fayre in the hall was well supported and raised funds for Vison21 project.|
|Bargains galore were on offer at the second successful £1 Sale we have held, which raised £632 for Vision21 funds. Thanks to everyone who donated goods and helped on the day.|
|A fun evening enjoyed by church members and friends. Do you remember who married Cynthia Powell in 1962?! Not many did (John Lennon) but there were plenty of other questions which we all answered correctly! A Ploughmans Supper was served in the interval and over £200 was raised for our Vision21 Project.|
|A very enjoyable evening of Songs from the Shows performed by Spalding Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society in concert. This concert by SADOS members was by way of a 'Thank you' to Broad Street for allowing use of our premises for rehearsal on winter evenings when they would find it too cold to sing at 'The Shed', where they normally rehearse. £658 was raised for Church funds.|
|Vision21 Launch Weekend||10/09/2012|
Our Church Vision21 project was launched over a very successful weekend (7,8,9 September). Past members were invited to celebrate a day of Nostalgia, to bring photos and mementos of their past participation in life at Broad Street, to reminisce with friends over a shared past at our town centre Church.
There were reunions of Youth Clubs of the 60s and 80s with a few members from the 50s joining in! Photos and memories were exchanged and friendships rekindled. A fun afternoon remembering a shared past. More reunions planned?
|We now have Lincolnshire honey on sale! The bees are now settled and happy in their new abode in Spalding and have produced the first comb of pure Lincolnshire honey. This can be purchased from our regular Tuesday Coffee Mornings in the hall at Broad Street, £3.50 per jar. Come and see our full range of home produced preserves and chutneys.|
|6000th Jar of Preserves||04/07/2012|
|An invitation to pick plums from someone's orchard produced so much fruit that the idea of members making jam for themselves and pies for Luncheon Club went out of the window. This was the start of jam and chutney making at Broad Street. Five years later a small team of members has filled over 6,000 jars of preserves which are sold at our Coffee Mornings and annual Festivals. There are now 16 varieties of jam, 8 jelly, 15 chutney, marmalade and cordial from which to choose. Members continue to offer their surplus fruit and vegetables each season and jars thankfully seem to appear as if by magic! The team is also grateful for donations to their "sugar fund", sugar being the most expensive extra ingredient necessary to keep this hive of industry busy.|
|Jubilee Garden Party||17/06/2012|
|A very successful garden party with a Jubilee theme took place on Saturday at the home of Geoff and Judith Dodd. Visitors were able to visit the newly restored Blacksmith forge as well as enjoy viewing their beautiful garden.The weather was not helpful but didn't spoil the fun! The event was well supported and over £500 was raised for Vision21 funds.|
|WaterAid uses practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people. During Lent we asked the congregation for donations to this worthy organisation and, with additional donations on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, a total of £240 was raised.|
|£950 for Vision21||06/04/2012|
Members of our Vision21 team decided not to waste their preparations for the cancelled South Holland Rotary Club Radar Challenge. An alternative route for the 8km sponsored walk from Spalding to Cowbit was planned and despite rain at the start and muddy conditions underfoot, everyone completed the course. Over £950 was raised for the Vision21 fund. Many thanks to the sponsors for their generous support.
|Honey, honey, honey........!||18/03/2012|
|We now have honey on sale in addition to our usual preserves. A new member of our Church has moved his beehives to Spalding so the next batch will be pure Lincolnshire honey. In the meantime enjoy pure Norfolk honey on sale at our weekly Tuesday coffee mornings and fayres, price £3.50 per jar.|
|£500 has been donated to Traidcraft Exchange from the proceeds of coffee after the Sunday Service. This money helps producers of Fairtrade goods to become self sufficient and also provides much needed facilities such as piped water and education.|
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