As I write this, we are reaching the end of the first week of the twelve or more of these 'social distancing' special measures to counter COVID-19 that the UK is currently experiencing.
Many of us continue to be separated from loved ones and friends and cannot go about the bustle of our lives as normal. And for many, there will be fears and worries about jobs, about those we know, about the survival of businesses, charities, churches and other organisations. And of course there are some who are suffering right now, who are afflicted and who are worried, either by the current crisis or other things in their lives.
This, more than ever, is an opportunity for us to take time to stop, to take stock and to reflect on our own lives.
Yesterday, Wesley's Chapel in London was the host of Radio 4's Sunday Worship ( it can be found here for the next 28 days). The Methodist Church located in central London also broadcast a wonderful act of reflection yesterday evening filmed in Cornwall and led by Katherine Baxter (see the YouTube video below).
As we focus on the world around us, on the birds in the trees and the waves crashing on the beach in the Youtube video, it can be reminder to us to take inspiration from the world around us, to breath in the seeming calmness and peace. An opportunity to focus for a few moments not on our lives now and the uncertainty of the current virus situation, but we are invited instead to focus on the wonderful presence of God and to think about the future, how can we come out on the other side of this national crisis positively.
Take the opportunity in this short act of worship of just 18 minutes to reflect and to think.
God bless and all the best to all on this slightly overcast Monday morning.
Frodsham Methodist Church Webmaster
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:
The Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Mrs. Jill Baker, will be visiting the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District from 8th to 11th February. A programme of the events is displayed in the Church Hall, together with contact details to book a place at the events.
The Cheshire Churches Together Service for 2017 will take place in Frodsham. It will be celebrated at St. Laurence Parish Church on Sunday 22nd January at 3 pm.
We are privelaged that the preacher will be Rev’d. Dr. Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference. The focus will be on reconciliation between our different Churches and promises to be a rewarding time. Dr. Walton is former Director of the Wesley Study Centre in Durham and the author of a number of books and articles.
You are all most welcome and encouraged to come and share this time together.
Welcome to our first craft fair!
There will be plenty of stalls selling and demonstrating all kinds of crafts, with plenty of ideas for presents. Special demonstrations in the craft room and children’s activities.
The garden will be decorated and you can sit and relax in the ‘knit and natter’ area.
Why not come for lunch or afternoon tea with home-made soup, freshly made sandwiches and a variety of cakes on sale.
For more information, do e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please put 30th June at 4pm in your diaries now - this will be the Circuit evening service where Mr. Alan Carter will be admitted as a Local Preacher, and it will be followed by refreshments. We are very pleased to be able to host special event and all are welcome to attend.
A Service of welcome and installation of Susie Treeton as the Chaplain of Chapelfields Care Home will take place this Sunday, 8th July at 2.30pm at Chapelfields Care Home, Frodsham. Chapelfields is managed by Methodist Homes for the Aged (MHA).
Please do come along and share in this important event. All welcome.
We are delighted that Janet Batey, member at The Hurst Methodist Church, Kingsley, has now completed her Local Preacher studies.
There will be a special Circuit Recognition Service on Friday 13th January at 7.00pm at The Hurst, when Janet will give her testimony and be received as a fully-accredited Local Preacher.
Please come and support Janet at this event. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Check out our Calendar for a listing of all events.