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.
Festival at Home, a free online festival happening from 22 to 25 May hosted by Cliff College, a Christian theological college in Calver, Derbyshire. With worship, seminars, challenges, prayer, teaching and more for all ages, this is the place to be over the bank holiday! Join them online or on YouTube.
PLUS Cliff College are also hosting two virtual open days, on June 2 and 3 – you can find all the information on their website.
Jeremiah implores us: "seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you.....and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare". Although it might be a stretch to think of Frodsham as a city, nevertheless all of us around our circuit want to communicate the sense that although our buildings are closed, our church fellowships continue to pray for our communities.
Members of Frodsham Methodist Church have hung bunting that celebrates God's presence and each flag carries a prayer for people in our community who are leading or serving at this time.
Below are just a few of the flags, but do take a closer look when out for your daily walk.
With this Friday, 8th May, being the commemoration of VE Day, the Methodist Church has a podcast episode available which features a chat to Methodists from the island of Jersey who were liberated from occupation.
As we cannot meet together face-to-face at present, during the online worship on Easter Sunday there will be an opportunity for the Frodsham Methodist Church Family to greet each other.
If you want to be part of this, please send a photograph or video of you and your family wishing the Church Family a Happy Easter by Thursday 9th April to:
This could be recorded on a professional camera but a phone is also fine. Be as creative as you want. Your message could be delivered orally, in writing, or anything else you can think of! But do try to keep the message short so the service does not overrun (too much!).
Do note that the service will be broadcast on YouTube so everyone in the photograph or video should be comfortable with their image being included in the service. And we will try our best to include all submissions received, as long as the format is compatible.
Please help to spread the word!
The Methodist Church in Britain publises a quarterly magazine, The Connexion. Issue 18 (Spring 2020) is available now and you can read the magazine online here. It is well worth a read!
Along with this magazine this month is a prayer journal, also available online here. This is published by Thy Kingdom Come, which is a worldwide prayer movement.
They have prayer journals that can be printed off / read / used for free available here.
These might be of help to those who are searching at this difficult time.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, all public worship and activities are suspended.
Visit our What's On page for devotional materials and live Sunday worship!
During this time, the Methodist Church in Britain is providing a number of resources online for Methodists to continue to worship.
Online Worship Resources
The best place to find these online resources is by following this link:
A number of Methodist Churches around the country are also conducted acts of worship online. These include the following:
Wesley's Chapel in London who will live-stream from the chapel (the Minister lives on the premises):
Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, this worship will be studio based – with strict distancing rules being followed:
www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank and www.facebook.com/swanbank/
Methodist Central Hall Westminster:
“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.
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!
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.
News & Notices
To receive a copy of the weekly Church News & Notices electronically, contact us here.
It is normally distributed by e-mail on a Thursday and is available in Church each Sunday and throughout the week.