Prayer of approach, longing and confession for the Advent season.
God, with us,
As we enter this season of longing and waiting,
bear with us a little longer;
R: be patient with our impatience.
You have journeyed alongside us from the beginning of time,
R: yet still we miss the signs of your presence.
When we are blinded by the brashness of this season:
R: Open our eyes to the glimpses of your glory.
When we want simple answers:
R: Open our minds to the hints of incarnation.
When we are deafened by our own shouting:
R: Open our ears to the whispers of your grace.
May we share with you in longing for restoration and renewal
and may we be watchful for the light that breaks through
the darkness of our world.
R: In Christ’s name. Amen
God says ‘Be patient, watch and wait,
for the time is close at hand.’
Know that you are loved, forgiven and healed.
R: Amen. Thanks be to God.
Frodsham Churches Together is planning to pray for our town continuously for 48 hours between 7pm on Wednesday 17th May and 7pm on Friday 19th May.
Our base will be right at the centre of our town in the function room behind the Bear’s Paw. We are all invited to take part by offering 1 hour slots during that time, including overnight. During this time we are asked to attend at the Function Room. Resources will be available to help you in your time of prayer. Praying for our town means praying for its needs and to find out what those are, we have produced “Prayer Request Cards” which are available in the Church Foyer.
If you belong to or have connections with our town’s organisations or businesses, please take one of these cards. If offering prayer feels difficult, just try asking what are the biggest concerns for our town and ask permission to pray on their behalf.
It would be good if Frodsham Methodist Church is well represented during the 48 hours so if you can offer a slot, please e-mail Rev'd. Andrew Emison on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have e-mail, please contact Andrea Ellams.
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.
Fun making Christingles this afternoon and we nearly managed to finish all the cakes and sandwiches at the afternoon tea! Followed by Worship exploring the meaning of the various elements of the Christingle.
Churches Together in Cheshire's service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 24th January 2016 at 4.00pm, the preacher will be Rev'd. The Lord Leslie Griffiths. Leslie Griffiths, a former President of the Methodist Conference and currently the Minister at Wesley's Chapel in London, is a well-known Methodist voice and those from the churches in and around Cheshire may appreciate this opportunity to hear him, as well as to join with others in celebrating our Christian unity.
It can be difficult to find time in the busyness of Christmas, but Frodsham Methodist Church warmly invites you to join us for any of our Christmas services and events this year.
Sunday 20th December
9:30am: Bible study with a special Christmas theme
10:45am: Christmas Nativity, come dressed as your favourite character!
4pm: Carols by Candlelight followed by mince pies and tea/coffee
Tuesday 22nd December
7pm: Singalong at Christmas with Equinox, advance tickets only from Dandelion Gifts or Valarie Ball
Wednesday 23rd December
3pm: Afternoon Tea and Christingle
10am: Family Worship
Sunday 27th December
11am: Churches Together in Frodsham Service at S. Laurence Parish Church
6.30pm: NO Evening Service, but all are welcome to join Blakelees Methodist Church, Kingsley, for a Songs of Praise
For more information about any of these events, e-mail email@example.com.
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
Are there Bible passages that you have never understood, or Christian history that you know nothing about?
What about stories that are in the news, and how Christians might view these? Are there any differences in Christianity today from previous generations? Are you interested in discussing Bible passages, or listening to other people having these discussions? Why not join the discussion group that meets on the third Sunday of each month at 9.30am? All over a cup of tea of course!
In response to the recent church Survey comments, there are also plans to start other midweek study groups, so if you can’t make 9.30 then watch out for notices about dates and times for these in the near future.
More than 120 people attended Frodsham Methodist Church on Kingsley Road in Frodsham for the Church's first ever hosting of a General Election Hustings. It also happened to be the last hustings event in the Weaver Vale Constituency before the election on 7th May. Rev'd. Denise Harding chaired the proceedings, whilst questions tabled from the people present were sifted and sorted by friends from the local churches, and then were asked of all the candidates. These focused on local, national and international issues. All six of the candidates were present for all of the proceedings on the evening.
The candidates responded well to being given no advance warning of the questions - which ranged in topic from health to tolling the Mersey bridges, from 'the delight or deliverance of leaving the EU' to 'when food banks will no longer be needed', from tax and the environment to finally - 'what are you most passionate about?', the candidates answered well, and were respectful of each other.
The undisputed star of the evening though, was someone not even old enough to vote - Esme Anstice from Frodsham Manor House Primary School - who asked a question about the NHS. She received a resounding applause from the whole audience, including the panel of candidates, for even being there, and for the boldness of being able to ask her question, which was: "My class have been talking about what should be the most important aim for the new government. We voted for the National Health Service. What would your party do for the NHS?"
Rev'd. Denise concluded the proceedings by inviting those present to contribute towards the Christian Aid DEC Nepal Appeal to help those affected by the earthquake a week ago, and then shared some words from the founding father of Methodism, John Wesley, as a hopeful manifesto for us all:
Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.
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