Weeknight Worship returns - but different! Weeknight Worship is changing days!
With effect from this week, the North Cheshire Circuit Service will now be held on Sunday evenings at 7pm beginning on 30th August. This week Rev'd David Bintliff will be reflecting on Romans 12: 9-21.
Please join us on the Circuit YouTube channel as we worship together.
A huge thankyou to all who contributed to this Gift Weekend appeal as a result of which we were able to collect an incredible total of £ 2,187.00.
Of this £1,093.5 went to Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH), with the rest split equally between Methodist Homes fo the Aged (MHA), Runcorn and District Food Bank, and the Methodist Church
Fund for World Mission.
In addition, we were able to send a cheque for £180 to the Toilet Twinning organisation which gives grants towards provision of toilets in schools and other community buildings in the developing world, and a further donation of £191 to the Leprosy Mission, for whom we had an envelope
collection just before lock-down.
Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to these gifts.
John Holmes, Church Treasurer
Announcing the launch of "Frodsham and District Open Hands" (a project of Frodsham Open Hands Limited, of which Rev'd. Andrew Emison is the director), which launched on 30 March in full co-operation and support of Cheshire West & Chester Council, Chester West Voluntary Action in partnership with Frodsham Town Council and Frodsham Churches Together.
“Life Together” will be taking place from Wednesday 12th February to Sunday 16th February.
Andrew Emison is looking for volunteers to cook and be present during the sessions. Please help if you can. If you are not able to help in this way, please pray for our young people as they share in discipleship in this way.
We, the leaders and representatives of ten British Church denominations and networks, speak together as the UK prepares to leave the European Union on Friday 31 January 2020.
Three and a half years after the UK voted to leave the European Union, the point of departure has now been reached. The process of arriving at this point has been bruising and divisive. For some this date will mark the realisation of a long-held ambition and a moment of celebration. For others, however, it will be an occasion of great loss, marking the moment when deeply held desires for the nations of the UK are placed beyond reach.
Church members in good conscience continue to hold a wide range of views about Brexit. As Church leaders and representatives, we are united in wishing to seek God’s guidance and a sense of common purpose as we move from this chapter of the Brexit process into the next.
As the UK leaves the EU there are important choices to be made about the values that we as a country live out. As Christians, we affirm our belief that all people are equally created in God’s image. Our country should be one that offers sanctuary to refugees and is intolerant of those who hate because of a person’s race or nationality. Both Leave and Remain campaigns agreed on this – we must now make it a reality.
The continuing challenges of the climate crisis, global inequality and conflict will require both resolve and close international cooperation to be addressed effectively.
We greatly value the love and friendship of our sisters and brothers in other European churches, and a group of us are writing to them publicly today to assure them that these relationships will continue. We also recognise that 31 January will bring uncertainty and anxiety to many EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in the EU. Leaving the EU cannot mean abandoning our responsibilities towards these families.
Brexit exposed and exacerbated divisions in British society. The deeply held convictions that fuelled the Brexit debate will not simply go away, but our Christian faith urges us to be people of peace and reconciliation. If the bitterness of the last four years is not to persist in polluting our national life, we will all need to resist the temptation to hold on onto the hurts of the past, or to act in ways which will be perceived as triumphalist.
We will only be able to move towards having a sense of common purpose, despite our differences, when we choose to act with kindness, humility and respect towards those with whom we disagree. We call on our political leaders to set an example over the next weeks and months as we move towards negotiations which will require further decisions about priorities for the nations of the UK.
For our part, our Churches will be working and praying for:
a society where the poorest and most marginalised are at the centre
a society that welcomes the stranger
a just economy that enables the flourishing of all life
a planet where the environment is renewed
a world which actively works for peace
a politics characterised by listening, kindness and truthfulness.
Rev'd. Dr. Barbara Glasson and Professor Clive Marsh, President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
Rev'd. David Mayne, Moderator of Council, Baptist Union of Great Britain
The Right Rev'd. Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Rev'd. Nigel Uden and Mr. Derek Estill, Moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church
Most Rev'd. Father Olu Abiola OBE and Archbishop Fidelia Onyuku-Opukiri, Council of African and Caribbean Churches UK
Yvonne Campbell, General Secretary, on behalf of the Council of the Congregational Federation
Rev'd. Dr. Noel A Davies, Chair, Cytûn: Churches Together in Wales' Working Party on Wales and Europe
Bishop Simon Iheanacho, Overseer, UK World Evangelism Churches
Paul Parker, Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain
Most Rev'd. Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
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.
As usual we will be supporting a number of charities over the Christmas period.
Our sock tree will go up on Sunday December 2nd to receive your gifts of new socks for men, women and children. Also under the tree we will collect hats, gloves and scarves. These will be given to Chester Aid to the Homeless, and to Warrington Salvation Army for their work in support of victims of human trafficking.
Our collection at the Carols by Candlelight service will be for Action for Children (formerly NCH), a Methodist - founded charity supporting disadvantaged children across the UK. Gift Aid envelopes will be available. If you are a taxpayer please use this to increase the value of your gift by 25%.
Our gifts on Christmas Day will go to Christian Aid. Their campaign this year is in support of those offering help in war-torn communities. Again, Gift Aid envelopes will be available.
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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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