Video highlights from the Methodist Conference in Birmingham 2019 are now online:
The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the initials HH alongside the 10.45am service for Frodsham on the new plan. HH stands for Holy Habits, a book written by Methodist minister Rev'd. Andrew Roberts, which has become an extremely popular resource for many churches. During the autumn quarter we will be looking at each of the ten ‘habits’ of Christian discipleship as outlined in the book, based on the picture of the early church as recorded by Luke in Acts ch 2 vv 42-47.
You may like to read the book in advance, although this is not essential. It is published by Malcolm Down, RRP £10.99, but it can be found from various sources online for less than this. I can highly recommend it.
Frodsham Methodist Ladies Group would like to thank everyone who support us on our Charity Afternoon on Monday 22nd July. We would also like to thank all who helped on the day by baking for us and setting up the room. Many thanks also to Frodsham Community Choir who sang for us. On the day we made £661.80. Proceeds to Memory Lane Project wards 50/ 51 Countess of Chester.
Frodsham Churches Together are looking to appoint a Registered Nurse to serve as the Volunteer FCT Parish Nurse in Frodsham, Cheshire. Hours to be agreed.
The volunteer would liaise with the Frodsham Churches Together and their care teams in supporting the spiritual and physical well-being of the people of Frodsham and surrounding area. This may also involve some links to surrounding nearby villages. The support offered to the local community will be regardless of their faith.
As the appointment requires the person to offer spiritual care and prayer when requested, it is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for the applicant to be a practising Christian.
Applicants must be willing to undertake the Parish Nurse Ministry training 4th-7th November 2019 in Birmingham. All expenses will be paid by the Project.
To register an interest in the appointment please email: email@example.com. An application pack and full job description will be forwarded by email.
Appointment to commence on the first day of training.
Closing Date for Applications: Monday 16th September 2019.
A BIG Thank you for everybody who helped in different ways, to make the coffee morning a success. An amount of £345.73 was raised for Victims of Modern Slavery and will be sent to the Salvation Army fund for Victims. The Salvation Army has the government contract to provide the support and they work with 12 other agencies across the UK.
Report from the National Crime Agency
The total number of referrals has increased year on year each time the report has been compiled. In 2018 it was 6993, in 2017 it was 5145, in 2016 it was 3,804. This year’s figure is a 36% increase on the 2017 total. What has led to this increase? Are there more victims to be found, or are we just better at finding them? It’s more likely to be the latter.
As public understanding of modern slavery has increased, so naturally will referrals. The same goes for increased awareness levels within the police and statutory agencies. Additionally people who may previously have been treated as offenders – for example young people groomed and forced to sell drugs, commonly known as county lines – are now treated as victims. The increase in county lines activity is noted in the report as the key factor in driving the increase in referrals.
A huge thank you to all those who helped with Christian Aid Week 2019, including those who delivered envelopes, collected door to door and wrote ‘Dandelion Gifts’ several hundred times! As a church we raised £1,189.71 which went toward a total amount raised by the good people of Frodsham of £5,108.08, which is a great achievement.
New President of the Methodist Conference calls for confidence in telling the story of God to a fractured world
In an address on Saturday to the Conference outlining the theme for her Presidential year, ‘So what’s the story…?’, the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson used stories from her own life and ministry to reveal how we can find a “fragile strength” and from being present in difficult places we can, “surprise ourselves once again with the way of Jesus”.
She said: “We are called to tell stories, to listen to stories and to wrestle with stories, to search for truth not fake news, to challenge the malicious stories we tell about each other and to go on believing that as people of creation, exodus, crucifixion, wilderness wandering and even in exile we can still claim the hope of resurrection and the gracious promise of life in all its fullness.”
Dr Glasson’s ministry has been with the Bread Church in Liverpool, Touchstone, a Methodist interfaith project in Bradford, and with people who have experienced abuse following the Past Cases Review. She arrived at the Conference, being held this year in Birmingham, on foot having walked 133 miles from Huddersfield, stopping frequently en route to share and listen to the stories of communities along the way.
On a trip to China in 2017, Dr Glasson heard of the story of nineteenth century Cornish missionary, Samuel Pollard, brought up to date in a country with the fastest growing Christian population on earth. On another journey to Myanmar she encountered Shanti Kana, or safe space, a project run by All We Can for women, so that they can feel safe and cool and rest, away from the cramped, claustrophobic and often violent shacks of the nearby refugee camp.
The people of these stories she said, “live the Jesus story and so can we, we who are Methodist and Methodish, we who are marinaded in faith or just dipping a tentative toe, Conference buffs and Conference rookies, big wigs and small fry, gay or straight or trans or undefined, broken, diffident or downright scared, all of us, each of us is called to this simple, costly way, living out our stories within the eternal, challenging, costly, glorious stories of God - because nothing in all creation can separate us from it.”
In her address Dr Glasson called for more than just telling of stories but to push for change and to listen: “We will need to be people of reconciliation and peace in an increasingly angry and divided Britain. We will need to commit ourselves to not only making the church inclusive, but allowing those who we might think ‘on the edge’ to challenge and transform us. We need to listen in three dimensions to what is told and what lies in the dark spaces between the words.”
To watch a video and read the full text of Dr Glasson delivering her address click here.
We are pleased to announce that we have so far raised £707.85 in donations for Chester Aid to the Homeless, comprising £92 from sales of sock dolls at the Christmas Tree Festival, £150 at the retiring collection after the visit of the CEO, Robert Bissett on March 24th, £219 as half the proceeds of the Quiz Night, £125 as a direct donation cheque and £121 from Sunday Coffee donations.
We know that there is an unprecedented problem of homelessness in Chester and other major cities at the present time, so please continue to give generously with your Sunday coffee. If you feel further able to make a larger direct donation then please make cheques payable to the church with a note to say “for CATH” and we will pass on your gift as part of our church Charity of the Year giving.
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