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**NEW** Update letter from Rev. David Goodwin at Caldy Valley Church

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**NEW** CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

Christian Aid Week Special Event Wednesday 12th May 7.30pm at St Mary's in Handbridge. An evening of readings and music with Trevor Dennis, Michael Reynolds and Sarah Jessop. If you wish to reserve a seat please call Trevor on 01244 638441 or email trevordennis11@gmail.com
Or the event will be livestreamed on St Mary's YouTube channel and will also be available to watch afterwards.
Donations to Christian Aid at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chesterchristianaidgroup2021

**NEW** BEECHWOOD COURT, CONWY

Request for volunteer help sent in to the Circuit by Lawrence Wood

"I happen to be Treasurer for the charitable organisation called “Friends of Beechwood Court”,  so am now aware of a pretty desperate position for staffing that Christian Endeavour Holiday Centre in Conwy.  Before Covid interrupted many things,  the Centre’s “business model” included a certain amount of “Volunteer” help. For this,  Christians from overseas who wanted to gain more experience of using English [mainly young adults] came to Beechwood [and the other Centre near Cromer] and in return for their help were given as  much language opportunities as possible,  plus help and encouragement through Bible Study sessions to develop their faith and confidence.  They tended to often come from South America or Africa,  but all had to obtain a visa and work permit from our Government. That is where the difficulty has come.   Now preparations are under way for the reopening to guests, all attempts to get those permissions are being blocked.   That has created the desperate need to find people in this country, and  who will be in harmony with the Christian atmosphere and standards of the place."

Do you know anyone who might be in a position to volunteer this year at Beechwood Court - please feel free to pass this information on to them too.           

Are you someone willing to serve the Lord in a practical way, in picturesque surroundings of North Wales?
Covid restrictions have prevented our usual International Volunteers to staff our Christian Holiday Centre and we are desperately in need of help, as we have plenty of bookings.
All ages and offers to volunteer are welcome for periods from now until late summer.
Volunteering involves general housekeeping duties, waiting-on at meals, and general duties.
You would also become involved in the devotional life of our community during your stay. Board and lodging will be provided.
If you might  be able to help for any reasonable period, fairly short or longer,  please will you contact our Manager to learn more details. 
She is: Jillian Orme on 01263 579212                or by email:  jillian.orme@cehc.org.uk    Our website is: www.cehc.org.uk

Latest news from All We Can

The devastating Rohingya Refugee Camp Fire has been a major focus for All We Can over the past fortnight – there is an article here about All We Can’s response.  

We have also attached last years Partner Church resource as it contains many useful resources.  A great way to keep up to date and support the work of All We Can is to become a PARTNER CHURCH.
For more information click here.


Living Library   www.methodist.org.uk/for-churches/vocations/living-library/

COMING SOON …  22nd May 2021

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED IF YOU MIGHT VOLUNTEER FOR A LAY ROLE IN CHURCH LIFE, OR EVEN EXPLORE ORDAINED MINISTRY OR PAID LAY WORK?

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED IF YOU MIGHT VOLUNTEER FOR A LAY ROLE IN CHURCH LIFE, OR EVEN EXPLORE ORDAINED MINISTRY OR PAID LAY WORK?

·         If you have a sense that God might be nudging you in to a role in church life, but you’re not sure and you don’t want to make a fuss at church, then you can come to this event and meet people from other churches.
·         It is a place where there are no ‘silly’ questions
How it works:
·         We have some ‘books’ (people) committed to be at the event.
Local Preachers, Administrators, Stewards (circuit and church), Presbyters, Deacons, Children Youth & Families Workers, Global Mission Partners, Pioneer or Planters, Chaplains, Youth Reps, Youth President and other young adult leaders.
·         ‘Readers’ visit the ‘books’ in breakout rooms, and the ‘books’ share their stories, and the ‘readers’ can ask questions and together they engage in a conversation.
·         The event is 10:00am to Noon on 22 May
o   There will be up to 3 breakout room opportunities, and 3 times of prayer all together (we will be engaging with 3 different styles of discernment prayer)
o   If people only want to ‘read’ one book, they can visit that book 3 times, or they can head off after they have ‘read’ the book.  It is very flexible.

www.methodist.org.uk/for-churches/vocations/living-library/

Please contact Alison Ransome if there is anything else it would be helpful to know ransomea@methodistchurch.org.uk
Alison Ransome | Connexional Vocations Advisor & Regional Learning & Development Coordinator - North West & Mann 

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Previous notices

Please find attached the very first newsletter from Deacon Tim Coleman which outlines the vision and current situation of this exciting ministry which he runs with a team of volunteer chaplains from Runcorn churches.  

"Why are we doing this?
The primary reason is because we care about people, specifically the people of Runcorn. We care about the Shopping City community. In some towns there are churches located in the heart of a community open for prayer and reflection and so it is good to be able to offer that sort of space in shopping city.
Another reason is to be available to people who are not normally part of a church community, to offer a way in which they can receive the pastoral support that would normally be available in a church community.
Our hope is that by serving in this way we show the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. We exist as a bridge between the people and Jesus."

Tim also shares on how, even during lockdown, the Sanctuary is still a listening space - albeit virtually!

Superintendent's Letter

Please find attached a letter from Superintendent Rev Neil Stacey regarding our situation during lockdown number 3.

Rev. David Goodwin's Letter

Please find attached a 'lockdown' update letter from Rev. David Goodwin 

SUNDAY WORSHIP AT CALDY VALLEY 

While public worship is permitted under lockdown regulations, the Diaconate have decided that in the light of the current situation the services previously advertised for 10th and 24th January will not now take place. We are sharing online Sunday worship on Zoom with friends from other local Methodist and United Reformed Churches. To receive the weekly Zoom link please email: caldy-valley@btconnect.com

We are continuing to send out our weekly 'Worship at Home' which is posted on the Welcome page. There are links to other opportunities for online worship on the Worship Resources page.

Closure of Caldy Valley Centre The lockdown restrictions mean that the regular hirers of the Centre are unable to meet. The Joint Management Committee officers have therefore had to take the decision to close the Centre again until further notice.

Wesley Cafe, Lunchtime Concerts and Fair Trade shop

We are sad to report that as a result of Cheshire moving to Covid Alert Level:  'Tier 4', Wesley's Café, Lunchtime Concerts and Fair Trade Shop will not be reopening in January. The Wesley website will be updated as soon as this situation changes in the coming weeks.

District Partnership with the Methodist Church in Peru

Please find attached a letter from Revd Helen Kirk regarding the possibility of a partnership with the church in Peru.

Words, Images & Imagination  (flyer attached)

Is a unique first collection of original poems, watercolour prints and photos reflecting images of the sea and faith by Revd Dr Andrew Pratt, a Supernumerary in Mid-Cheshire.  

For Caldy Valley folk:  GIFT AID ENVELOPE SCHEME  Pauline Edwards is now coordinating this and has asked if any one has any queries or requires any information about this to ring her on 07743436110, leave a message and she will ring you back or email her on paulineedwards31@yahoo.co.uk.  Thank you.

Methodist Church website  Why not grab a tea/coffee and have a look around the Methodist Church website this week.  You'll find lots of helpful information from worship resources to webinars, latest news and assistance regarding Coronavirus and worship and property issues.  https://www.methodist.org.uk/

Reset The Debt is a campaign launched by the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, Church Action on Poverty, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.  The campaign grew out of our listening and learning to communities during the lockdown of 2020, as part of our Gleanings project. An estimated six million people in the UK have fallen behind on one or more household bill as a result of Covid-19, with the biggest increases in debt amongst the poorest households.

People who were previously able to keep their head above water are now in severe difficulty. Others, who had been just staying afloat, now face being overwhelmed by circumstances entirely beyond their control.

This is an urgent problem that demands a solution. It is not right that those with the fewest resources should bear the heaviest burden of the lockdown, potentially for years to come.  Now is the time for a solution to be found.

We believe people swept into debt by Covid-19 now need a Jubilee. It’s time to #ResetTheDebt.  We are supported by a number of other organisations, who’ve added their voices to call for change.

For more information visit their web page  https://resetthedebt.uk/

Christian Resources for Life in association with MBC Methodist Book Centre

Please browse and purchase through their website for books, Bibles, cards and gifts   https://www.crfl.co.uk/default.asp

EMAIL SAFETY Please do take care opening emails that would seem to have been sent from within the Circuit.  Ensure the email address is official, does it end with .methodist.org.uk  or  northcheshiremethodists.org.uk?  If not, it's best to check with us before opening anything.

The Chester and Stoke-On-Trent Methodist District have updated their website, please pop over there and check it out.  Their new address is: https://www.candsmethodists.org.uk

CHESTER AID TO THE HOMELESS   Margaret and Bryan Fitzpatrick are collecting tinned and dried food for Chester Aid to the Homeless and are happy for donations to be dropped off at their house and left in the porch.   The address is 5, Boughton Hall Avenue, off Filkins Lane, CH3 5EL.  Please ring beforehand to ensure that the porch door is unlocked phone no. Chester 323915.

BRITISH METHODIST YOUTH CHOIR    Following a hiatus of 18 months the British Methodist Youth Choir is now back up and running.  In 2022 the BMYC will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and is now in preparations for rebuilding the choir and the membership.  BMYC are keen to try to recruit as many members as possible to restart this choir, so that they can sing throughout the connexion and truly show the Methodist spirit of ‘Born in Song’.  BMYC currently have an age range of 14-27, but we will shortly be increasing this to an upper age of 30. Here are some links to their social media sites.

https://www.facebook.com/TheBMYC/
https://twitter.com/bmyc?lang=en-gb
https://www.instagram.com/thebmyc/?hl=en
https://www.bmyc.info/ (the current website is under development and so doesn’t reflect the current status of the choir)
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBMYC
Please contact Judith Laycock (judelaycock@gmail.com  or admin@bmyc.infoor Jason McMahon (musical director jason.mcmahon@live.co.uk) if you would like any more information.

For those who love to crochet!   -  A lovely group of people at Wesley have been creating these beautiful forget me not flowers to go out to families who are bereaved during this time.  If you'd like to know more, be involved or would just like a copy of the pattern please let Liz know at ministersadmin@northcheshiremethodists.org.uk 

SACRED SPACE Revd Jo Brown has asked if you could help her by sharing some of your favourite 'sacred spaces' with her - see attached document.  If local, they may be used in conjunction with Forest Church which hopefully you discovered a bit more about last Sunday (again check out the circuit website for more info).  jo.brown@methodist.org.uk

                                                                       

Are you looking for a way to help your community through this difficult time and beyond?
OR
Are you looking for help with shopping, collecting prescriptions or just need someone to talk to?

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A poem received from a member of Caldy Valley Church during these difficult and unprecedented times 

Got the Covid-19 Blues