Church News for March: Week 52.
Dear Earlsdon Methodist Friends,
A very happy St Patrick’s Day for Wednesday 17th, especially to all our Irish friends!
(And belatedly to our Welsh friends for St David’s Day, Monday 1st)
Fourth Sunday in Lent
All Age Worship on March 14th will be led by Rev’d Doreen Koffie-Williams. It will be a zoom meeting and you can log in online or by phone. Details are attached.
You can see who is planned to lead future Sunday worship by looking on the Circuit Preaching Plan (Earlsdon & Circuit website addresses below)
With sadness we heard this week that Jenny Williscroft, wife of Ray, died in the early hours of Monday morning. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with Ray and his family, separated by distance and COVID isolation. A difficult and sad time for them all.
The funeral of Rod King will be led by Rev. Doreen Koffie-Williams at 2.15pm on Friday 9th April at Canon Hill Crematorium.
The cortege will drive slowly passed Earlsdon Methodist Church on the way to Canley so that any who wish to pay their respects may stand outside while it passes. (The approximate time for this will be announced nearer the time)
Although numbers attending the funeral are strictly limit by the current lockdown requirements, the family would like to know who would wish to attend the service as numbers permit. Would you please contact Lois (or via EMC news email) if you would like to attend so that she can liaise with the family.
Family flowers only please but donations are welcomed for ‘The Blind Veterans Association’. Grimmett & Timms Funeral Directors will be setting up an online page for donating and the crematorium service will be live-streamed. Details will be circulated later.
Morning Prayer: We are holding a short time of quiet prayerful reflection each Wednesday morning during Lent at 8.30am for 15 minutes. The ‘zoom log in’ is the same as for Sunday worship (attached). Each week the format is different and can be simple or creative; we are quietly reflective together. Next week, Wednesday 17th, Ian will host.
CTEC Fellowship in Lent: There is a short service each week on Tuesdays at 7pm hosted by each of the CTEC churches. This coming week, March 16th , it is the turn of Hearsall Baptist. Further information with zoom link and ways to donate to Christian Aid and Cafod are on the attached notice.
Church Council meets by zoom on Thursday 18th. Anyone can attend and only CC members are able to vote. Secretary Gill has sent out details.
CARING FOR GOD’S WORLD Attached you will find a draft church Environmental Policy and initial action plan which will be reviewed at Church Council. This has been drafted by a small group of us (Judith Cule, John Horsler, Lynne Horsler, Martin Ingles, Jan Nightingale and Lorna Warrener) who have been looking at how we can be more proactive as a church in addressing the urgent threat to our world of climate change and live in a way which honours and respects the world our God has created. Please take a look and let us know if you have any comments, suggestions or would like to be involved in the working group.
If you feel you would like to make practical changes in your own household to be more environmentally friendly but are not sure where to start, the CreationCare website provides an excellent tool to enable you to review and evaluate your current lifestyle and identify areas for improvement, as well as the opportunity to receive monthly tips by email. https://creationcare.org.uk/
Dancing Nuns: This clip might bring a smile to your face and joy to your day; it did it for me!
There are links to other renditions from Swiss Police, Irish Garda, street kids in Uganda; All Fantastic!
Anyone up for an EMC version when we can get together? ??
Anniversary Newsletter: It is almost a full year since the beginning of Lockdown in March 2020. This week is e-letter number 52. To acknowledge the year gone by, we are planning a newsletter anniversary edition for March 28th. Submissions by Monday 22nd would be helpful.
We have a few promises of contributions and it would be great to have lots more. We invite you to reflect on the year and share your message in whatever format you choose. You may wish to offer a picture, a few lines of writing, a phone call (transcribed),…be creative! It will be good to have a mixture of voices.
Whether you are a ‘Regular ol’ timer’, a newcomer, feel a bit on the edges, or you may live and worship elsewhere, we are all part of the EMC community and we would love to hear from you!
We have 6 attachments: ( * Available to logged in Members only)
Circuit website: http://covnunmethodist.org.uk/
District website: https://www.birminghammethodist.org.uk/
District Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Birminghammethodistdistrict/
Church Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EarlsdonMC/
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