What a wonderful Service of Welcome for Rev'd. Andrew Emison and his family last night.
We were delighted to be joined in a packed Church by:- the Mayor of Frodsham, Cllr. Mallie Poulton; representatives from the other churches in Frodsham, Fr. James Kenny of St. Luke Roman Catholic Church, Fr. Michael Mills of St. Laurence Church of England Parish Church, Rev'd. Mansell Morgan of King's Church, and Mrs. Sue Spilman of Main Street Community Church; Mrs. Aelison Wilson of Frodsham Churches Together; and, Suzie Treeton of Chapel Fields MHA Nursing & Dementia Care Home, Frodsham.
We were also pleased to welcome Rev'd. Neil Stacey, Superintendent of the Chester & Delamere Forest Circuit of the Methodist Church, and Rev'd. Peter Barber, Chair of the Chester & Stoke-on-Trent District of the Methodist Church.
Frodsham Methodist Church were delighted yesterday, Sunday 12th June 2016, to host visitors at all three worship services. At 0930live! we were joined by visitors from Manor House Primary School and guests from Ghana. At 10.45 we welcomed our Superintendent Minister, Rev'd. Neil Stacey, who preached and celebrated Holy Communion.
And at 6pm there was a Circuit Service attended by Methodists from all over Chester and this part of Cheshire where we celebrated the work of MHA (housing and care charity for older people) and launched the Circuit Project for 2016 to 2018. The project, which will run from June 2016 to January 2017, aims to raise funds and awareness for Cheshire Search and Rescue. We thank God for these expressions of his love in connections with community, country and internationally.
Every Easter, the Methodist Church in Britain invites donations to the World Mission Fund through Easter Offering Envelopes. The World Mission Fund supports God's mission in 65 Partner Churches outside Britain and Ireland.
There will be a special dedication service within the Circuit after Easter. Please use one of the envelopes provided in the church foyer to make your gift, and Gift Aid it if you can. The envelopes will be available each week until Easter Sunday. And please continue to support this vital work in your prayers throughout the year.
About the Easter Offering
The tradition of the Easter Offering dates back to 1883 when women in Manchester collected £32 from 'Christmas pennies' at family gatherings on Christmas Day at lunch for Missionary work overseas. In March 1884, the London Districts distributed Easter envelopes and collecting bags asking for a penny a head and just over £100 was collected.
Through gifts great and small, the Easter Offering has become a significant feature of the World Church. In 1986, the Bicentenary year, it totalled nearly £200,000. Throughout the country, effort focuses on the annual envelope collection for the Fund for World Mission through the Easter Offering and the associated service of dedication.
This reflects the long history of commitment to overseas work by the women of Methodism, and the recognition that local specific relationships with oversea projects and World Church in Britain partnerships are given broader meaning by a national focus. The theme and service are different every year.
The audience were much absorbed by the Rhema Theatre presentation in October. The performance enacted the day to day reality of the tragedy facing individuals across the world by Human Trafficking. £800 was raised through this evening and this has been forwarded to front-line charities tackling this situation.
The evening was sponsored by the Chester Diocese of the Church of England and Frodsham Churches Together. Refreshments were donated by our local Supermarket, Morrisons, who have kindly agreed to further support the fundraising by allowing Carol Singing at the Store in December. All donations will go to the Salvation Army UK fund for Trafficked Victims.
Please find below the new strategy for our Church, which we are launching today. This is an exciting document which sets out the new vision and mission statement for our Church, and how we hope to deliver it over the next five years. Please take time to carefully read it and let Mr. John Holmes, Mr. Alan Carter or any of the Leadership Team know if you have any queries or want more information. Please use the sign up sheet in the Church Hall, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to:-
The Leadership Team
We are delighted to hear that Heather Rowland, our friend from Kelsall, will be received as a fully accredited local preacher at a special service at Kelsall Methodist Church on Friday October 16th at 7.30pm. The preacher will be Rev'd. Ashley Cooper, formerly a minister in our Circuit. All are welcome. Please hold Heather in your prayers.
Mr. John Dower, a local alpine enthusiast, is presenting a talk entitled, 'Alpine Flowers - from Mountain to a Frodsham Garden'.
The talk will be at Frodsham Methodist Church, on Friday 27th February 2015 at 7.30pm.
John's digital presentation in Church will be followed by tea or coffee and a slice of delicious home-made cake in the Church Hall. John will give us a fascinating insight into these delicate plants, using beautiful pictures he has taken, and adding his quirky facts. The evening will be lovely.
Admission is £4 (incl refreshments) and you can pay on the door
For more information speak to Marg Jacks or e-mail email@example.com.
Proceeds will be in aid of a Christian Aid Project, ’Transforming Women’s Lives in Afghanistan’.
Our Circuit is attempting to raise £10,000 for a Christian Aid project "Transforming Women's Lives in Afghanistan‟.
Christian Aid‟s partner - the Afghanistan Women's Education Centre (AWEC) is taking steps with our support to make the lives of women and children in Afghanistan better. Work has continued relatively smoothly despite the difficulties surrounding the 3rd presidential election.
New women and youth shuras continue to be successfully established. Since the project began AWEC has supported 1,200 women and 360 youths through capacity building workshops and literacy classes.
So far, as a Circuit we have raised nearly £7,500 which is fantastic! We still have plenty of events in the pipeline too and if your church hasn;t done anything yet - there is still time!
Events to come include:
8th September 7pm Fun Quiz at Tarvin
20th September 11am - 12.30pm Coffee Morning at Oakmere
27th September Murder Mystery Evening at Saltney
10th October Quiz Night 7pm at Saughall
19th October Caldy Valley Big Sing Circuit Service 4pm
Please pray for the project in Afghanistan, for families affected by conflict and for our partners who work, often at great personal risk, to support those in need. Thank you partnership has the power to end poverty.
It is the intention of the Circuit to begin a course of training for Worship Leaders this Autumn. If you would like to explore what is involved in being a Worship Leader in the Methodist Church or are interested in the way that the various elements of worship are developed and worship constructed, then this course may be of interest to you.
If you join us there will be no pressure on you to become a Worship Leader.
I have been asked by the Local Preachers’ Meeting to facilitate this group. I imagine that the course will consist of six to eight sessions of around 2 hours.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with me by the end of August / beginning of September if you are interested in joining us for this exploration of worship and worship leading.
Rev'd. David Ray
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