Naomi, Matthew and Sophie join me in thanking you all for all of the time, gifts, cards and messages that you have sent to us to welcome us to our home here in Frodsham. We’re grateful also to our District Chair, Rev’d Peter Barber and our Superintendent, Rev’d Neil Stacey and to all those who shared in the welcome service on 30th August. We were welcomed, but we also celebrated our shared ministry. We did so in the context of the worship of the living God who we know in Jesus. It is Jesus who I believe has called us together and who calls each one of us, not just to come to him but to follow him. It’s good to be amongst you and I ask for your patience as I take time to get to know you all.
One of the things that moving to a new station does is to give the opportunity to take stock and to reflect on my ministry to this point. I will try to learn from the mistakes I made on the Isle of Man and try not to make too many all-new mistakes as we journey on together. All I can do is ask for your grace and your prayers! Perhaps those of you reading this letter might also like to take the opportunity to pause and reflect. Could this be a time for you to respond in a new way to God’s call and claim upon your life?
If any of you ever want to talk about any aspect of our faith, of being a disciple, of following Jesus, of your sense of call and vocation, please know that there is nothing I love to do more and that I am never too busy for a black coffee with no sugar!
It’s my privilege to join you as together we explore God’s plan for our life together.
Grace and peace.
Andrew M. Emison
Minister, Frodsham Methodist Church
Family Worker Ramblings
A sense of time, growth and seasons always becomes apparent at this time of year, when our thoughts turn to activities and events in the winter months.
Familiar faces, and taller children return to the various activities held at Church. It has been wonderful to greet people again after the summer and catch up with their news. This reminds me of the Church being like a family - welcoming people whom we see frequently, others we see occasionally, and perhaps new people into the family. I pray we find new ways of being family in our Church.
Looking forward, we have plans for a number of events where we can come together as a family. Firstly on Saturday 15th October, there is a walk (about 8 miles ) from the aqueduct in Trevor along the canal to Llangollen and back. We are walking in aid of our Church Charity (The Boaz Trust) and a donation towards this will be greatly received. All welcome, including dogs. Meet at 10am in the overflow car park near the aqueduct at Trevor.
This year we are also collecting items to make shoe boxes for The Boaz Trust. These will be in the free shop for their clients to receive them at Christmas time. We can put the following items into the boxes: chocolates, gloves, scarves, hats, jewellery, moisturisers (but not creams), and accessories (clients receive toiletries monthly). We will be meeting in November to put the boxes together.
The youth at Church would like to have a 'Stay Awake', so if you are a night owl and fancy helping at an event such as this, please speak to Andrea.
Due to the primary schools finishing late for Christmas this year, there will be a Holiday Club and Christingle on Thursday 5th January 2017. Time and details will follow. Details for Toddlers and Messy Mice activities are on Facebook: Tots and Frodsham Methodist Church.
Looking ahead to Summer 2017, some young people have already booked to go to Greenbelt! So, check out details on the Internet and see if you fancy going too. It would be great to have a big group going from Frodsham and Norley.
Andrea's contact number is 07749877823 if you need any more information on the above events.
Young Families Worker, Frodsham Methodist Church
Written by the Minister & Members