New Covid Rules impacting worship services from 27th January 2022
We will continue to follow UK gov guidelines:
Ensuring that rooms are adequately ventilated
Advise use of face coverings in crowded or enclosed spaces to reduce the risk of transmission
Promote testing and self-isolation where appropriate
Provide hand sanitiser for everyone to use
MORE INFORMATION HERE
Happy Easter. Yes, we are still in the Easter Season.
Christ is alive and is with us, now and always, and that is what we believe. Having accepted Christ in our hearts we are changed. The American theologian Timothy Keller said “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.”
So, are you Easter people? God called each and every one of you, God spoke into your heart and you accepted his call to be his disciples, didn’t you?
How are you living out your calling? Sharing the good news of Jesus, serving in our community, learning more about our faith and caring for all, and worshipping regularly.
As they were going along the road, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another Jesus said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No-one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62 NRSV.
We can always find time to do the things we want to do - what are the excuses we tell ourselves that allow us to avoid doing the things we are called to do? Too busy, family needs, pressure of work - it is all a matter of priorities and where we choose to place them.
The General Church Meeting is on the 10th May. All are welcome, but only members get to vote. If you are worshipping with us and wish to become a member of the church please speak to me (I really don’t bite!).
Our GCM is an opportunity to hear the news about the work of the church, suggest ideas for future mission (be warned if you suggest it, you should be prepared to play a part in it!) and to be brought up to date about the ongoing finance. Also, to appoint stewards and congregational representatives to the church council.
We need church stewards - if you want to know what this involves, please ask. Nominations for stewards need to be given to me 7 days in advance. If you have been a steward previously and are prepared to come back and serve, this is also fine as long as you have had a bit of a break. We need representatives from the church congregation (up to 15). If you already serve and are happy to continue, please confirm this with Anita. If you’d like to join us, the requirement is that you are a member and regularly in worship (after all you can hardly represent the views of the congregation if you are not part of it). Please ask if you are interested in playing your part.
There are plenty of other roles in the church if church council is not for you. We need a treasurer to take over as Andrew is finally after many (many) years of faithful service, hanging up his calculator. We also need people who do social media to promote church events, people to receive information and maintain notice boards and people on the coffee rota after services. And after the GCM we might have some other good ideas. I will finish with a quote from Mother Theresa - “I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I'm supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I'm praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.”
It is up to you - I look forward to hearing from you,
How to Find us
Church Road Methodist Church and Community Hub is at the Junction of Church Road and St Alban’s Road in St Anne’s. Post code FY8 3NQ .
If you would like more information or want to chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Reverend Louise Makin, our Minister, 01253 224232 email@example.com or Judith Smith, our Lay Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org 01253 720986
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