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 evening, Thursday 23rd April, will see the North Cheshire Circuit's streamed weeknight worship service.
Please come and join us from 7pm at:
To support faith at home during Holy Week, the Methodist Church in Britain have put together a number of resources.
The Children, Youth and Family team of the Methodist Church in Britain has curated and created a whole suite of resources here.
These include a series of activities for families to do together at home throughout the week and a brand new journalling resource A Holy Week Journey for young people. This can also be found below.
There are also resources available online for worship as a wider Church during Holy Week and Easter, including service sheets for worship at home and a poster to print and place in your home windows.
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Frodsham Methodist Church's Christmas Tree Festival 2018 was officially opened by the member of parliament for the Weaver Vale constituency, Mr Mike Amesbury, MP, last night Friday 7th December).
The Christmas Tree Festival is open on both Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday will see special worship services amongst the trees.
Do come along. We hope to see you there.
Sleepover @ FMC for KS2. On Saturday 23rd June. Starting at 7pm. Finishing after the 0930live! service the following morning.
Games. Food. Campfire and marshmallows. Drama and discussion.
Everyone’s invited. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a copy of the consent form.
Monday 22nd August, 2016
Cookery Club priced at £6 per child to pay for all equipment and items needed. Contact Andrea on 07749877823 or e-mail email@example.com for details.
Tuesday 23rd August, 2016
Family Walk. Meeting at 2pm at Frodsham Methodist Church.
Wednesday 24th August, 2016
Film Club in the Quiet Room at Frodsham Methodist Church. Starting at 2.pm, a film for children aged 7 and over. Starting at 7.pm, a film for Year 6 and above.
Toddlers finishes on Thursday July 28th and re-opens on Thursday 25th August, 2016.
The last Messy Mice is on Monday 18th July and will start again on 19th September, 2016.
For more questions about either of these fun and friendly groups for young families, contact Mrs. Andrea Ellams, Young Families Worker, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and Join the celebration on Wednesday 23rd December.
Afternoon Tea and Messy Christingle at 3-3.45pm followed by a Christingle Service at 4pm. Feel free to drop in for either or both parts. All most welcome.
Donations will be received for the Children’s Society.
For queries about this or any of our work for young people and families, contact Andrea Ellams, Young Families Worker on email@example.com.
A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal.
At our Gift service on the 15th November 2015, we will be dedicating Christmas Shoe Boxes which will be transported to children around the world. Take a look on the Operation Christmas Child Samaritan's Purse website for details about what you can put in a shoe box.
You can help in different ways:-
1) Finding a shoe box.
2) Collecting items to fill a box and either fill one yourself or bring items to Church to fill boxes together.
3) Use the knitting patterns on the website to make something for the boxes.
4) Donate £3. Each box needs £3 to help with transporting costs.
5) Come on Wednesday 4th November at 3.30pm and Thursday 12th November at 7pm to help decorate and fill boxes.
Friday 25th September: Decorating the Church and setting up the exhibition of memories
Saturday 26th September, 10am-4pm
Harvest of Memories
A display of memorabilia covering the decades from the . Come and reminisce, share your memories and maybe learn something new. Listen to or join in with some of the old favourite songs and hymns, look at old photos, maybe do the quiz.
Then join friends over refreshments.
Sunday 27th September
9.30am 0930live!: The usual lively, informal celebration for families (and others!)
10.45am Morning Worship led by Elizabeth Holmes: a mix of traditional and more modern hymns, special readings and participatory worship.
After this service there will be a ‘Bring and Share’ lunch, to which all are invited. You don’t need to provide superb home-cooked fare – a supermarket offering is just as acceptable. Our church family lunches are always very much enjoyed by those who come – if you’ve not been before, why not join us?
6.00pm Songs of Praise, a traditional service led by Local Preacher Mr Mark Smyth
Gifts of non-perishable foodstuffs and simple toiletries will be received at these services, to be taken to Frodsham Foodbank and Chester Aid for the Homeless. Tinned food with ring-pulls is especially useful for the latter. There will also be a basket for gifts of money.
Monday 28th September
2.30pm Afternoon Praise: a short act of worship led by Edgar Gregory, followed by afternoon tea. A service especially, but not exclusively, for our older friends who find it more difficult to come regularly to Church. All are welcome.
Do come and share in our Harvest celebrations – and why not invite a friend?
Monday 22nd December 1-4.30pm
Tea 4.45 pm
Making Christingle’s 5.15-5.30pm
5.30pm Christingle Service
During the afternoon we will be having fun with games, getting crafty with Christmas activities and taking part in quizzes and stories.
Open to all primary school children. Limited places so please register. Cost £6.00.
This year our Holiday Club is followed with tea and an opportunity to make your own Christingle and take part in the Christingle Service.
This Service helps to raise money for The Children’s Society and celebrates God’s gift to our world in Jesus. A collection will be taken during the service for the Children’s Society. Children need to be accompanied from 5pm onwards, as it is a bring and share tea.
Please download the form below, complete and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Sunday we shall be celebrating Harvest at Frodsham Methodist Church, and our service at 0930live! will be one of thanksgiving for all that God has given to us. We will be starting with prayers of thanks, and if you would like to write a short prayer to read out in the service, please bring this along with you.
After the service, in 0930plus in the hall, we would like to get any children who play an instrument to Grade 1 or above (or equivalent) to come to a practice for a new young band. We shall be working on songs that we can use in future 0930live! services to lead worship.
KS2 children will meet with Andrea to explore the theme further. Young Minds does not meet this week, but it would be great if any from that group who are musical could bring their instruments and help with the band practice, or assist in Andrea's group.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday
The 0930live! team
PS: Don't forget 0930live! are decorating the church for Harvest 10am - 12noon Saturday . Seasonal flowers and vegetables will be welcomed, along with any help!
As we commemorate the First World War during 2014, the young people of Frodsham Methodist Church invite you to an Evening of Food and Music from 100 years ago, on Saturday 11 October at 6pm in the Church Hall.
Come and sample a First World War-era menu. All ages welcome. Places are limited and are on a first come first served basis. Please RSVP by 1st October to Nadine Read via e-mail email@example.com.
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.