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.
Central heating was not needed at Frodsham Methodist Church tonight as over 200 people filled the Church for the annual Singalong at Christmas with Equinox hosted by Frodsham and Helsby Rotary Club. Over £1,500 was raised, which will be split between Frodsham Methodist Church and Rotary charities.
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.
Wonderful to see so many people, 165 in total, worshipping God and fellowshipping together at the Community Nativity Service this morning. For more information about all the events for families and young people at Frodsham Methodist Church, do get in touch.
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have reminded people of the importance of 'welcome' in this year's Presidential Christmas message.
The Rev'd. Steven Wild and Dr. Jill Barber highlight the central significance of Emmanuel, 'God-with-us', and how we can encounter God through welcoming others.
Click here to listen to the messages in full, or click 'read more' below for the full text.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We all know that Christmas is a time of giving, and that as Christians we want to give not just to friends and family, but to help those less fortunate than ourselves. At Frodsham Methodist Church we are supporting several charities in different ways.
Our Advent candle lighting ceremony is based this year around words from All We Can, the Methodist Relief and Development agency (formerly MRDF). The emphasis of their work is on small-scale projects, working in conjunction with local partners in poor communities overseas, to improve quality of life and create positive, long-term change. This Christmas they are inviting individuals, groups and churches to buy Extraordinary Gifts, practical presents that help some of the world’s poorest people, not just at Christmas but for years to come. Booklets with information about these gifts are available in the church and hall foyers. Our collection on Christmas Day will go to All We Can, and Gift Aid envelopes will be available.
For several years now, we have invited people to send just one Christmas card to church friends, which is displayed on a board in the Hall. A donation can then be made to Christian Aid in lieu of money spent on cards. Again, Gift Aid envelopes are available alongside the display in the Hall. Christian Aid was founded 70 years ago in response to the crisis of refugees and displaced persons following the second world war. Although the scope of their work has changed and broadened over the years, concern for refugees is very much part of their ethos. This year, they have a special Christmas appeal. They continue to help impoverished and displaced people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and other places from where the refugees landing in Europe are fleeing. But in response to this crisis, Christian Aid is also working alongside partner organisations in the Greek islands of Chios, Samos and Kos, and in Hungary and Serbia, to bring help to those thousands of people who have fled war, violence, and persecution but now find themselves in dire straits in Europe as winter closes in. Please help if you can – even if you don’t join the Christmas card scheme, you could still make a donation in the box in the Hall.
Finally, don’t forget our Sock Tree in the church foyer. As well as socks for Chester Aid for the Homeless and the Salvation Army, we are again having ‘undercrackers’, a place under the tree for knickers and underpants! This is always a good talking-point for visitors to the church! And very much appreciated by the recipients.
Frodsham & District History Society invites you to a talk on “Thomas Hazelhurst, Prince of Methodism” on Monday 4th January 2016 at Main Street Community Church, Frodsham.
It starts at 7.45 pm and costs £3 for visitors (although annual membership costs only £5 + £1.50 per evening.) See poster in our Church Hall for more information.
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