What a wonderful Christmas it has been. It was wonderful to see so many people in Church for the Community Nativity, Carold by Candlelight and on Christmas Day itself as we welcomed Christ into our world and into our lives. The picture below is of worship on Christmas Day as we all shared the gifts we had received!
We are pleased to advise that the craft fair was another successful event. We had 23 stallholders in the Church and the hall selling a wide range of original art work and hand-crafted items including jewellery, textiles, glass and ceramics. Hilary demonstrated her skills on the potter’s wheel and even allowed some customers to have a try themselves!
A total of £1500.40 was raised, which will be divided between Chester Aid to the Homeless and Church funds.
There are more photographs from the event on the Facebook page.
A big thank you to all who made the event a success by attending, volunteering or helping in any way.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
Churches Together in Frodsham are now working with Parish Nursing Ministries and seeking to appoint a Nurse for Frodsham.
What can a Parish Nurse do?
• Encourage everyone towards healthy lifestyles • Give personal health advice and help someone to get the most appropriate treatment or care • Support and work with those engaged in pastoral care • Liaise with the local GP surgery staff • Make visits, listen to spiritual needs as well as physical needs; offer prayer with patients when asked • Introduce people to appropriate voluntary agencies, health facilities or support groups • Offer training and opportunities for volunteering in the local community • Talk to community groups about health issues • Accompany someone to a stressful medical appointment • Help someone to stay on their own at home for as long as possible • Attend and help with services for healing • Work within the Code of Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Council)
More information can be found here.
The Methodist Church has announced a new team to encourage growth and confidence within the Church.
The team will focus on supporting churches by promoting everyday evangelism, helping them reach out into their local communities, and plant new churches.
Clickm here to find out more.
Everyone responded very generously to our various requests for giving over the Christmas period.
We have been able to take a number of bags of clothing of various kinds to both CATH (Chester Aid
To the Homeless) and to the Salvation Army in Warrington, along with ten bags of toiletries kindly donated by Morrisons supermarket following the anti-human trafficking group carol singing there.
We also raised £468.10 for Action for Children and £319.37 for Christian Aid.
Thank you all.
Our walk in April was part of the Frodsham Festival of Walks and was led by Kevin and Sue Fairbanks. About 60 people met at Appleton Thorn to start our 4 mile walk though the Lumb Brook Valley, into the Dingle and along the Mersey Way, and into the Walled Garden at Grappenhall Heys, returning to our cars through woodland and field edges. We returned tired and a little bit muddy to have tea and cake at Frodsham Methodist Church.
A big thank you to all who helped in the kitchen on Tuesday for the Pancake Party. We made hundreds of pancakes for the hundred plus people who came through the door to mark Shrove Tuesday.
A big thank you to everyone who supported the recent ‘Singalong with Equinox’. After expenses, £1,400 was raised and will be split between Frodsham Methodist Church and Rotary Charities.
Frank and Valarie Ball
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