Church News for March: Week 54
Dear Earlsdon Methodist Friends,
Last week we remembered Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, and this week, Thursday 25th, marks ‘The Feast of the Annunciation’ (known in some traditions as ‘Lady Day’). We remember that Mary had a revelation from God and discovered that she was expecting a baby. Marking the day goes back to 1125 and was the start of new year in England. It is exactly 9 months before Christmas Day.
All age Worship on March 28th will be led by Rev Ian Coates. 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 (Circuit website address below)
The funeral service for Jenny Williscroft is on Monday 29th March at 12 noon. There are details of the live stream on the attached document and Ray has asked that these be shared with those who would like to see it.
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). Next week, Wednesday 31st, Gill & Tim will host.
Stations of the Cross: As we enter Holy Week, you may wish to use this time, either during the week or on Good Friday to meditate on the ‘Stations of the Cross’; a traditional Christian practice in many churches. There are many resources around including some helpful and creative images and words on the website of ‘Companions of Barnabas’: https://www.barnabas-priory.net/gallery-03
Follow the LENT link to ‘Cross of Nails’ which includes traditional images, and meditations from the Iona community.
And /or the link to ‘Stations of the Cross’ which uses Mary Button’s contemporary illustrations ‘A Pandemic Hope’ linking each image to words from a poem by Emily Dickinson.
The Church window areas have been re-designed with Holy Week as the theme. If you are passing, take a moment to look at the new display. Some photos are included in the newsletter.
Digital Church: Trevor Gay is inviting all members across the circuit to attend one of two events to hear of the experiences of ‘Coffee Shop Sunday’ with online worship; an opportunity for learning. Details are attached.
Methodist Women in Britain: Easter Offering Service letter with recorded link is attached.
Living Library: This is a whole new concept which sounds fascinating. People are the books and others come along as readers. To find out more about this event on May 22nd, see the attached document!
Our next Church Open Meeting is Wednesday 7th April at 7pm. More information next week, but a flag for your diary.
One Year of EMC online Newsletters: Your Anniversary newsletter is attached and there is so much to read and view; a bumper edition. Enjoy!!
Clocks Change! Don’t forget to put your clocks on by 1 hour Saturday night/ Sunday morning. We have 7 months of British Summer Time to look forward to!
We have 7 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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