PRAYER VIGIL: Tonight (19th August) lasting 24 hours - praying for peace throughout the World.
MESSAGE FROM THE METHODIST CHURCH OF GREAT BRITAIN:
Please read the following letter from the Secretary of Conference for the Methodist Church - sent on 7th July 2016
'Sisters and brothers in Christ,
I write to you from the Methodist Conference in order to act upon a resolution which it passed yesterday afternoon.
What follows is the text which the Conference agreed should be read in all our churches this coming Sunday, or as soon as is possible.
The statement is also shared on our website www.methodist.org.uk/nationallife where it can be turned into an email which will be automatically sent to your local Member of Parliament. The Conference also encourages the Methodist people to send this letter to their MP.
The Conference also encouraged the Methodist people to join the campaign to wear an empty safety pin as a badge symbolising solidarity against racism (please see www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36661097 for details).
The 2016 Annual Conference of the Methodist Church passed a resolution containing the following text:
The United Kingdom, as a result of the referendum on 23 June 2016, has voted to leave the European Union. In this time of very significant change and uncertainty there is a need for leadership which seeks the common good and encourages people to work together, to respect one another and to uphold the dignity of all.
The Methodist Conference believes that the British Isles are enriched by diversity and celebrates the contribution made by those who have come from other parts of the world.
The Christian tradition calls for respect, tolerance, love of neighbour and hospitality to the stranger. All bear the responsibility of speaking and acting for healing, reconciliation, and mutual respect.
The Methodist Conference abhors and deeply regrets those actions and words which incite hatred and lead to the victimisation of groups within society and notes with concern that such actions and words have been normalised in recent public discourse. Believing that racism is a denial of the gospel and that to stay silent when others are abused is to collude with those who seek to promote hatred and division, the Methodist Conference calls:
I recognise the you have many demands upon your time, but please do ensure that this important statement is shared as widely as possible.
With gratitude for our continued partnership in the gospel,
The Reverend Gareth J Powell
Secretary of the Methodist Conference
Gareth J Powell
Secretary of the Conference'
LOOK and See update:
In 2013, Our minister invited church members, and representatives from organisations using the church, to look around as if they were new comers seeing the building for the first time. Suggestions for possible improvements to the building were collected, and the 'Look and See' Committee was formed to prioritise the list and a project plan was drawn up including fundraising, and grant applications .
Phase 1 involved:
Thanks to all who supported donated to the retiring collection after the afternoon 'Sharing Some Eternal Lines' - £438 was raised for the Look and See fund. More importantly the afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by those who attended.
Sunday 14th 9:30am: Holy Communion Service
10:30am: All Age Worship - Rev'd Pauline Crispin
Sunday 21st 10:30: Family Worship - Mr Jeff Craghill
Sunday 28th 10:30: Family Worship -followed by Church Picnic Rev'd Pauline Crispin
19-20 August - from 7:30pm until 7:30pm there will be a 24 hour prayer vigil at Christ Church. This is a time for us to pray for peace
28th August: CHURCH - PICNIC IN BISHOP's PALACE GARDENS
Thank you to all who supported the Manse Garden Party - £205 was donated to the Look and See refurbishment. A lovely afternoon was had by all.
18th August: 7:30pm - Church Meeting
‘High Five’ for Christ Church: The food hygiene rating was re-checked on 16 November and Christ Church has been rated at 5 again—the highest possible!
Toddler Group runs on Wednesdays from 10 am -11:30 am
Christ Church Art Group: Tuesday mornings from 10.15-12.15 Everyone welcome, from beginners to professionals. Cost: £3 a session Contact Shan Harries
LEPROSY MISSION: Collecting boxes are due for emptying during May. Any additional donations will be most welcome.
If you are interested in joining a house group, please talk to one of the elders for more details. A number of house groups are meeting on a regular basis - these meetings provide an opportunity for fellowship and learning. All are welcome.