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!
Please find attached a letter from Superintendent Rev Neil Stacey regarding our situation during lockdown number 3.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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.bmyc.info/ (the current website is under development and so doesn’t reflect the current status of the choir)
Please contact Judith Laycock (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) or Jason McMahon (musical director firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com
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). firstname.lastname@example.org
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