Morning Worship for Sunday 31st May, will be streamed online and lead by our Minister, the Reverend Andrew Emison.
The service will start at 10am.
It can be accessed here:
The year is 1904 and teenager Florrie Evans stood up in a youth meeting in Newquay, Cardiganshire and declared publicly that she loved the Lord Jesus with all her heart. As she spoke those words, the spirit of God seemed to visibly fall on the meeting and the excitement and enthusiasm for the Christian gospel spread life fire to other young people across Cardiganshire.
In September of the same year Evan Roberts, a faithful member of Moriah Calvanistic Methodist Church became a pupil of Newcastle Emlyn Grammar School, to prepare for Trefecca Theological College. After two weeks he had an experience of faith which sent him back to his own church at Moriah to share his own experience and encourage the people there to be open to God’s spirit.
Within two weeks the Welsh Revival was national news and before long Evan and his brother Dan and their best friend Sydney Evans were travelling the country conducting Revival Meetings and they were meetings with a difference, for they broke the conventional and bi-passed the traditional. So much so that ministers sat down, unable to preach or even understand what had hit their usually sedate Welsh temples.
This was a revival with youth on fire - young men and even, in this day and age, young women. A storm had hit the churches and it was a storm of love and power which completely transformed lives and continued in the same way from 1904 to 1906.
People were changed in so many ways. The crime rate dropped, drunkards were reformed, pubs reported losses in trade and many were forced to close. Bad language disappeared and in some areas never returned, it was reported that pit ponies failed to understand their born again colliers who seemed to speak a different language - without curse and blasphemy. We’re told by one writer that “even rugby became uninteresting in the light of new joy and direction of the converts.” Colliers and tin-men, the working classes, prayed out loud and in new, refreshing and original ways.
It was estimated at the time that there were 100,000 new converts and in the dying months of 1904 the movement spread across the world - to France, Turkey, the United States and even the Khasia Hills of India. It also led to a rush of church building and it was estimated that between 1904 and 1906 there was a new chapel in Wales every 8 days.
In the late 1990’s one elderly Revival convert was asked whether she felt the revival stopped in 1906, she answered, “No, it’s still burning within my heart now - it’s never been extinguished - it has burned in the same way for over 70 years.”
At Pentecost we again wait on that same spirit of God, that came like a rushing wind to the early followers of Christ, as well as to those who prayed for revival in the Welsh valleys, because as St Luke says to us in the Acts of the Apostles, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
The arrival of God’s spirit brings with it the revival of God’s people.
A recording of “Here is Love, vast as the ocean”, a hymn of the Welsh Revival, sung first in Welsh and then in English:
For those who watch Frodsham Methodist Church's online worship each Sunday, these superb prayers of adoration were part of our service a fortnight ago. We praise and thank God for his greatness that is seen in all Creation.
Video by George
This evening, Thursday 28th May, will see the North Cheshire Circuit's streamed weeknight worship service.
Please come and join us from 7pm at:
Last week, many of us in Frodsham will have been saddened to hear of the sudden death of Joan Griffiths. Joan, her husband David and children Anne-Louise, Paul and Ian, came to Frodsham in the early 1980’s when David took up a new post as a bank manager in Helsby (yes there were banks in Helsby then!)
Joan and David worshipped at Trinity Methodist Church and brought with them vast experience of youth work, having led large successful MAYC Youth Clubs and Boys Brigade groups in Lancashire. Their evangelical spirit and commitment to bring young people to Christ was infectious and touched the lives of many in our church community and beyond.
Joan was an accomplished singer and musician and soon set about bringing together the Frodsham Methodist Singing Group. Singers from eight to eighty, drawn from across our churches, came together to perform musicals which included Greater than Gold, A Grain of Mustard Seed, From Pharaoh to Freedom, Jonah Man Jazz and Saints Alive to name but a few. Joan’s enthusiasm, energy and infectious smile inspired many and was instrumental in bringing people together with one common purpose, to sing praises to their God and to sing of a Christ who was in all and above all.
In chapter 5 of his gospel, the disciple Matthew says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Through music, song and showing the love of Christ to others Joan helped many to find Christ for themselves, as through her music she would just “tell the stories of Jesus”. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Listen to “Tell Me The Stories of Jesus”, written and arranged by Roger Jones in his musical Greater Than Gold:
In the days preceding lockdown, this “Where’s Wally?” puzzle appeared on social media.
In a poignant way it represents how we may all have felt at some point in recent weeks, going from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the business, the appointments, the leisure pursuits, to spending time with fewer people and, for some, not being able to meet those who we may long to see and share time with.
Of course, there are also times when we can feel alone in a crowd. St Luke tells the story of a woman who had suffered from a terrible bleeding for many years (Luke 8 verses 40-48). Her condition meant that she had become an outcast, unable to have contact with friends and family and left to suffer alone, having spent all that she had on doctors who had still been unable to offer her a cure. But as she touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak, she was immediately healed.
When Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” the woman came trembling, fell at his feet and told him the reason she had touched him and how she was immediately healed. Jesus said to the woman, “Daughter. Your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
At those times when we still feel alone, despite the presence of those around us in whatever way or form, we have that same assurance of Jesus, “Your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” Maybe not a sudden physical healing, but a sense of hope that despite what we may experience Jesus is there for each one of us, as we reach out even just to the hem of his cloak.
Listen to this performance of the Roger Jones arrangement of “Man of Sorrows”:
I have chosen this poem, A Holy Place, that I wrote in the year 2000 because it is about the spring, worship at home and about learning from people of faith--it seems so relevant to this season we find ourselves in now.
A HOLY PLACE
WHALLEY RANGE, MANCHESTER 2000
The first sign of summer in our road
was when granddad emerged.
In his white robes and dashing slippers
he would sniff the air suspiciously
doubtful that Manchester could ever be warm
enough to allow him out of hibernation.
One May day , he caught his breath
for a while lounging on the bench,
watching Iqbal feed pigeons and squirrels.
Then the flurry of wings enchanted
him as they flapped down
and picked away at the seed.
When all was quiet, Iqbal inside,
pigeons back on the tiles, squirrels
back up the giant willow which gave
unsought-for shade to the old man,
he reached down and lifted his prayer mat
and placed it reverentially on the lawn.
Kneeling down, his head almost touching
the grass, he prayed. Back and forth he moved,
brought himself into Allah’s presence.
For a moment the little urban space became
a holy place. Prayers over, Iqbal’s dad rose,
smiled at me. God was with us.
(This poem was first published in the Winter 2013 issue of Magnet)
Many Christians will have been through times when they doubted their faith, perhaps because of some tragedy or incident that happened in their lives, because faith or reading scripture simply does not interest them much, perhaps because they lack time to focus on the development of their faith. These times of Coronavirus have seen some people turn to faith and others turned off by it—how can such a terrible tragedy as this happen?
As times John Wesley also felt he did not have enough faith to continue preaching and that his faith gave him little comfort in his life. To Peter Böhler, a Moravian friend, he confessed his growing misery and decision to give up on ministry. Böhler advised him to “Preach faith till you have it, and then because you have it, you will preach faith”.
After this, John must have become even more frustrated. We read in his diary that on Sunday 7th May, 1738 that he preached at ‘St. Lawrence's in the morning, and afterward at St. Katherine Cree's Church’ and was told ‘that I was not to preach any more in either of those churches’. The same happened on future Sundays at St. Ann's, Aldersgate, St. John's, Wapping and St. Bennett's, Paul's Wharf. At these churches, likewise, he was ‘to preach no more’.
For the next three days, all Wesley records is this: ‘Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, I had continual sorrow and heaviness in my heart’.
It was against this background that we read in Wesley’s diary that he opened his Bible at about five in the morning on Wednesday 24th May and read thes scripture readings:
‘Jesus gave his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants in the divine nature.’ (Mark 12: 28-34)
‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ (2 Peter 1: 4)
Later that same day, Wesley writes these now famous words, which Deacon John F. Clarke reminded us of on Saturday in these pages:
In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.
But this is not the end of the story. The next passage is perhaps even more significant. Later that evening, Wesley records the following:
After my return home, I was much buffeted with temptations, but I cried out, and they fled away. They returned again and again. I as often lifted up my eyes, and He "sent me help from his holy place." And herein I found the difference between this and my former state chiefly consisted. I was striving, yea, fighting with all my might under the law, as well as under grace. But then I was sometimes, if not often, conquered; now, I was always conqueror.
Yes, Wesley wrote his diary with the intent it would be published and would be read by others. So are these words a simple and accurate recording of the day’s events? We do not know.
But surely here, in these words, Wesley is telling us something that is so significant to our faith both as Christians and specifically as Methodists.
We find ourselves in a world where there is violence; there is unjust action, where we feel unable to do anything about it. We find ourselves tempted, thinking things we would rather not, doing things we wished we had not. We are greedy; we are rude; we get angry too quickly. We feel isolated and alone; stressed, that we cannot cope with the conditions and poverty we find ourselves in.
But Methodists have always been clear that no-one is beyond the reach of God's love. Salvation is there for everyone who turns to God, and not just for a chosen few. That night when John Wesley felt his heart strangely warmed, he felt a change in his heart. It did not mean that suddenly he did not sin or that bad things never happened to him, but he knew that his sins were taken away and he could conquer—rather than be conquered by—whatever happened to him.
Today we may find the Church (in the UK at least) in decline in terms of numbers. We may question if we or our church leaders and preachers have that same zeal as Wesley.
I recently came across these words written in 1961 in the Methodist Message, the magazine of the Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore (or Malaya as it was at that time):
We've had no end of instruction in methods, in education, in evangelism, and churchmanship; but these have not borne the expected results. What is needed is a new experience, the transforming power of Christ in the heart of the believer. This is something which, though earnestly sought, cannot be acquired without divine help. It is a gift of God. May the Holy Spirit be poured out upon the church, its pastors, and workers, upon every member in the pew. Then Aldersgate will be reclaimed, in South Eastern Asia and around the world.
So the day after Aldersgate Sunday 2020, let us remember that great summary of our Methodist teaching that: “All need to be saved. All may be saved. All may know themselves saved. All may be saved to the uttermost”, and may we have the faith to know it ourselves and to proclaim it to others. Amen!
We are truly part of a world church. Here is Charles Wesley's "Conversion Hymn" written around this same time 282 years ago, sung by the Korean Methodist Church (with English subtitles!):
Morning Worship for Sunday 24th May, will be streamed online and lead by our Minister, the Reverend Andrew Emison.
The service will start at 10am.
It can be accessed here:
Sunday May 24th is known by many Christians and churches world over as Aldersgate Sunday for it was at Aldersgate in the City of London on that particular date in 1738 that John Wesley, the co-founder of the Methodist Church, experienced what he called "his conversion".
It was on that evening he felt "my heart strangely warmed, that I did trust in Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given that He had taken away my sins, even mine and saved me from the law of sin and death."
That then is what John Wesley said about the effect of his conversion, but can we know about conversion itself?
To get towards an answer I offer the following tentative thoughts.
Conversion cannot be effected merely by words, in a gesture or a ceremony, but by a meeting far too private for anyone else to be involved other than yourself and your God.
A person may be able to remember the time and place when the liberties mentioned came, but to be sure that you are loved by and belong to God, to have your heart transformed, sin forgiven, become an adopted member of His family, this is the thing above all else.
If we ask ourselves the question, "What should be done when in this state?" the answer comes in God's consistant call to help Him in bringing about the better, healthier world He has for us. Which is something that Wesley tried to do in his time on earth.
John F. Clarke
To learn a bit more about Wesley and his life, and for activities about him for children, click here.
**The below reflection is published by kind permission of Methodist Minister Rev'd. Dr. Julie Lunn. It was first published on Monday in Theology Everywhere. All are welcome to subscribe.**
Coronavirus leaves me feeling conflicted.
On the one hand I am deeply sad about the number of those who have died and continue to die from the virus and those who have contracted it. I feel for the families who have lost loved ones, and whose loss and grief is compounded by not being able to say goodbye in person, or to attend funerals. I feel for those who are our front-line NHS workers; who risk their lives daily through their deep faithfulness to their work, and commitment to bring healing, to preserve life, and to help others whatever the cost. I am so thankful for them and I wish they did not have to go through it.
I also feel frustrated that in the UK we did not act more quickly to deal with this virus. I watch the daily update on the BBC news app – tracking the very gradual decline of infections and deaths, and, although I know it’s going to be slow, I long for the numbers to plummet, for the decline to be rapid, for the virus to be gone.
And on the other hand I am conflicted because I love the streets being quieter, I love the air being cleaner, I love the more frequent visit of birds – and an increasing variety of species – to our garden (probably because we now have time to feed them each day). I like the quietness, I like being at home, and not driving to work each day, navigating traffic queues, breathing petrol fumes. And I am very glad about the decrease in global carbon emissions – that’s a chink of light in the dark place of this pandemic.
So what are we to do with all that? As Christians where is God’s call to us? God’s movement is always towards redemption. It seems to me that we are called to work in tandem with God to redeem the loss, grief, suffering, danger, death, and pain, and to make those chinks of light a permanent outcome for the whole of God’s creation.
The Carbon Brief website states:
Pre-crisis estimates of GDP growth suggested CO2 output might rise by around 1% … in 2020. But even if this previously expected growth is deducted from the estimated coronavirus impact, the … effect is so large that it would still result in the largest annual fall in CO2 emissions ever recorded, in records going back to the 18th century.[i]
A recent Guardian editorial put it like this:
It’s too soon to say with any confidence what impact coronavirus will have on the climate emergency. The brakes placed on economic activities of many kinds, worldwide, have led to carbon emission cuts that would previously have been unthinkable: 18% in China between February and March; between 40% and 60% over recent weeks in Europe. Habits and behaviours once regarded as sacrosanct have been turned on their heads: road traffic in the UK has fallen by 70%. Global air traffic has halved.[ii]
That’s a chink of light. I am convinced that God’s redemption is for the whole world and not just human beings. ‘God so loved the world that he sent his only Son…’ (John 3:16). Is this drastic reduction in carbon emissions a tiny rebalancing of the relationship of humanity with the environment? A hint of Jubilee?
But it isn’t all sweetness and light. It comes with a warning. The trend has to continue. Unless carbon emissions continue to decrease, any gain will be lost. Each year we need a similar drop in emissions until, says Glen Peters from Cicero, ‘net-zero emissions are reached around 2050’.[iii]
There are a number of theological themes which emerge from this danger and possibility. There are chimes here with the prophetic warnings of the Old Testament. Jeremiah (9:10-14) connects the destruction of the land with the faithlessness of God’s people. ‘Why is the land ruined and laid waste like a wilderness, so that no one passes through? And the Lord says” “Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, or walked in accordance with it…”’. Northcott comments on such prophetic warnings, ‘The devastation of the land is not only seen as the judgement of a vengeful God. It is also interpreted as the consequence of the human rebellion against the created order and wisdom of nature.’[iv] There is a disconnect between humanity and the rest of the created world, which should not be, which is not God’s intention.
Theological themes emerge from the New Testament too. The Guardian editorial cited earlier continues, asking, ‘Could the renewed shock of human vulnerability in the face of Covid-19 make way for an increased willingness to face other perils, climate chaos among them?[v] As Christians we know about vulnerability. It is at the heart of our understanding of the Incarnation and Atonement. We’re not afraid of it, but respectfully embrace it, because God has been there.
So how do we catch up with those who are going before us, and help lead the way in facing the perils of climate chaos? This is arguably the biggest challenge and witness the church faces in this generation. How do we pray, work, act for governments, institutions and individuals to decrease carbon emissions, turn to green energy, reduce consumption and change our lifestyles? What will we do? What will you do? What can your church do to decrease carbon emissions? Can we use our video-conferencing that we have become suddenly familiar with, more? Can we use less car travel? Less air travel? Produce less waste? Do more working from home?
I’m going to make my own oat milk (Google it) and get on my bike.
Rev'd. Dr. Julie Lunn
Lecturer in Practical and Social Theology, Nazarene Theological College
[iv]Michael S. Northcott, The Environment and Christian Ethics. (Cambridge: CUP, 1996), 171.
This evening, Thursday 21st May, will see the North Cheshire Circuit's streamed weeknight worship service.
Please come and join us from 7pm at:
On Sunday 10th July 2005, a Service of Celebration and Final Act of Worship was held at Union Church, Frodsham, the church having been a living witness in Frodsham since 1886.
Joan Pollen, who we remember with great fondness at Frodsham Methodist Church, was the Church Secretary and along with other members of her family was a life-long member of Union Church. As part of the last act of celebration Joan wrote these words:
“In 1878, in an Old Mill Room by the River Weaver, two men, Mr John Jackson a Baptist and Mr Thomas Rigby a Congregationalist, started a Sunday School. The following year a United Church of Baptists and Congregationalists was formally established and over the next seven years it flourished, so much so that most of the present building, which includes the Baptistry, had been erected and opened for worship. The site had previously held a rather unsavoury tavern, which had been notorious for its association with the men constructing the railway, and a few cottages.
The church was completed in March 1887 and on Sunday 27th of that month the members and Sunday School scholars assembled for the last time in the Mill Room and processed to the new church singing the hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee”.
The church was called “Union” indicating the origins and constitution from both Baptist and Independents.
Union was and is a very friendly and caring church and has always tried to give visitors a warm welcome. Many neighbouring residents look upon it as their church. Former Junior Church members get married here and bring their children for baptism, and funeral services are conducted for older, long-standing members.
Thank you all.
Throughout her ministry Joan inspired and cared for many who were part of both Union Church and the close community that surrounded it. At the final service crosses were distributed to those present with these words, which give us hope and assurance still today:
As you hold this cross,
may you rejoice in the knowledge that God’s love is indestructible.
May you know that nothing can separate you from the
love of God,
neither life nor death, things present or things to come.
The cross is the sign that nothing in all creation,
nothing at all,
can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Holy, Holy, Holy, performed by the Virtual Choir of St John’s Woking:
A blog post from George (9) and Bev (not 9)
April was Autism Awareness month but we are now in May and we personally didn’t get to do anything to promote Autism Awareness (or even better Autism Acceptance). So today we are going to hi-jack this page to share some thoughts about Autism.
George is awesomely autistic, so he is the expert here, Bev (mum) is just going to help a bit.
Autism is not an illness, it means your brain works in a different way to most other people. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently. Autistic people share certain traits but being autistic will affect each person in different ways.
Many autistic people have repetitive behaviour, big interests, they might feel and see things differently and often struggle with speech and non verbal communication. Sometimes we only want to focus on a couple of things and some of us don’t need much sleep or can’t sleep because we are thinking. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues and other conditions. Each autistic person is unique and will need different kinds of support.
A lot of difficulties that Autistic people experience is because the world doesn’t really think about us... at shopping centres the lights are too bright and the music too loud for many autistic people to cope with. They change this during Autism Hour.
Sometimes people say ‘we are all a bit autistic’, what they often mean by this is that there are some parts of Autism that they are able to relate to. Commonalities can be really helpful in enabling people to understand each other but only 1% of the population has a diagnosis - so we are quite rare! People with a diagnosis generally have an experience that goes way beyond what people outside of it experience. Sometimes the tendencies can be seriously disabling, especially because our society in general, isn’t designed with autistic people in mind.
People can help autistic people by turning the lights down but this won’t help all autistic people, I really like disco lights, so the best thing really is to just ask.
Autistic people can also help you because we have some great ideas.
People make guesses about autistic people but the guesses might be wrong, the best thing is to just ask.
In Philippians 2:4 St Paul says ‘Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.’
It’s good to understand one another!
George and Bev
This Thursday, 21st May, is Ascention, the rising of Jesus’ body into heaven forty days after his Resurrection. After the very first Ascension Day, the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. This year it will start this Thursday, 21st, and run to Sunday 31st May.
During these 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
1) Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
2) Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
3) Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness
Whether you have joined in Thy Kingdom Come before or not (like me), we are all invited to take part this year – along with churches from over 65 different denominations in 178 countries around the world.
The best ways to take part are to (by Thursday!) download a prayer journal & encourage others by joining the global prayer wave – it would be really cool to know others are taking part! An app is also available for download in the App Store & Google Play
Horatio G. Spafford was born in 1828 and was a Presbyterian layman from Chicago. As a young businessman he established a very successful legal practice and was also a devout Christian. Among his close friends were several evangelists including the infamous Dwight L. Moody and his companion Ira Sankey, also from Chicago.
Spafford built up a fortune, which evaporated in the wake of the great Chicago Fire of 1871. Having invested heavily in real estate along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, he lost everything overnight. In a saga reminiscent of Job, his son died a short time before his financial disaster, but for Spafford, the worst was yet to come. In the wake of all this disaster he decided that he, his wife and their four daughters needed a rest and he also wanted to go and join Moody and Sankey in one of their campaigns in Great Britain so he could experience, first hand, the great things they were doing in the Lord’s name.
Spafford planned a European trip for his family in 1873. In November of that year, due to unexpected last-minute business, he had to remain in Chicago, but sent his wife and four daughters on ahead as scheduled on the S.S. Ville du Havre. He expected to follow in a few days. On November 22 the ship was struck by the Lochearn, an English vessel, and sank in twelve minutes. Several days later the survivors landed at Cardiff Bay and Mrs. Spafford cabled her husband with the words ‘Saved alone’.
Spafford left immediately to join his wife. On the Atlantic crossing, the captain of the ship called Horatio to his cabin to tell him that they were passing over the spot where his four daughters had perished. He wrote to Rachel, his wife’s half-sister “On Thursday last we passed over the spot where she went down. But I do not think of our dear ones there. They are safe, folded, the dear lambs.” As he continued on his journey Spafford penned his great hymn, “It is well with my soul”.
Another daughter, Bertha, was born in 1878 as well as a son, Horatio, in 1880, though he later died of scarlet fever. After the birth of a further daughter Grace in 1881, Spafford and his wife moved to Jerusalem out of a deep interest in the Holy Land. There they established the American Colony, a Christian society engaged in philanthropic activities among Jews, Muslims and Christians.
For Spafford, despite the disasters that had hit him, his family and his business, he still came back to God, for as he says in the words of his hymn:
“When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
‘It is well, it is well, with my soul’”.
You can listen to this inspirational song here:
Morning Worship for Sunday 17th May, will be streamed online and lead by our Minister, the Reverend Andrew Emison.
The service will start at 10am.
It can be accessed here:
Christian Aid faces a huge dilemma this year. For decades, it has relied on the generous donations of the general public to fund its overseas aid and development programmes aimed at alleviating poverty and addressing crisis situations.
Last year the total raised was in excess of £8m and engaged around 57,000 volunteers. This year, due to Covid-19, there are no door-to-door collections but we are still being encouraged to donate.
This year’s focus is on Kenya, which is experiencing its worst drought in living memory, and now has Coronavirus to contend with too. The prospect is extremely worrying. What were we all told to do to combat Coronavirus? “Wash your hands”. Well, that’s not difficult if you have soap and water.
Christian Aid is helping Kenyan’s to build water traps and dams, without which many will die from a basic lack of water and hygiene. We remember from Holy Week how when Pontius Pilate could not find any fault in Jesus he ‘washed his hands’ claiming to be “innocent of this man’s blood” (Matt 27:24).
Please let’s not “wash our hands” of the plight of our Kenyan brothers and sisters. If you can, please donate a little something to Christian Aid this year. You can do it via Christian Aid’s Just Giving page. .
Alternatively, all profits from the sale of the music CD ‘Michael Gough … in the Gallery’ are being donated to this cause. Please donate on-line, or buy the CD which is available via PayPal.
Kate McIlhagga was a minister and a member of the Iona Community until her death in 2002. Her intimate, insightful prayers and poems can really give a deeper perspective, including this one:
When the days beginning
Is dark and grim
Lighten our darkness
When my heart thuds
From one tear to the next
Lighten our darkness
When the next task
Lighten our darkness
When my mind races
Like a rat in a trap
Lighten our darkness
When all seems lost
Over the cliffs of fall
Lighten our darkness
O encompassing Love
Be our shield and our companion
Calm us as you stilled the storm
Enfold us in your loving arms
Encourage us to pilgrim with you
And surround us always
With the halo of your presence.
Kate McIlhagga, The Green Heart of the Snowdrop
This evening, Thursday 14th May, will see the North Cheshire Circuit's streamed weeknight worship service.
Please come and join us from 7pm at:
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.