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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.


Palm Sunday
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/

Do let others know of these e-letters. Anyone can go onto the mailing list by posting ‘I’m In’ to earlsdonmcnews@gmail.com.  You can opt out at any time by sending an email to this address.

Lois Talbot, 27/03/2021
Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

For when the church reopens.

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Following the service we serve tea, coffee and biscuits. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

Open Google Maps

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet off the back of church.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am, but when the music is led by our Worship Band, we have a few hymns &/or songs before the service starts. There is then a warm welcome from one of our Stewards. Church news & extra notices may also be given at this time. Our services are typically an hour long, with a mixture of hymns, prayers, bible readings and a sermon. One of our leaders will give the sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We finish with a final worship song before a final prayer is said. (Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.)


images: Services

What about my kids?

As with Sunday Services, all children’s groups held at the church have ceased until further notice due to Covid-19. If you would like information of on-line Sunday Schools & other such activities available for children during this time please Contact Us.

 
Have you got children? Would you like to bring them to church?
 

Earlsdon Methodist Church aims to provide a safe & welcoming environment in which children can be themselves & have fun learning about our Christian faith. Please see our Sunday Services page for more information on Sunday morning groups for children.

 
Current mid-week groups available for children are as follows:

  • Parent & Toddler Group – every Thursday morning between 9.30-11 am. This is led by church members & is open to parents & carers with children aged 0-3 years.
     
  • Prayers & Bears – every Wednesday morning starting at 8.45 am. This is hosted by the church but led by Tulo & Sarah Raistrick from St Barbara’s C of E Church & is open to parents & carers with children aged ?).
     
  • Dayspring Steel Band – please follow this link for more information.

In addition to the above we now have two youth pastors, Ruda & Ady, & we welcome the new opportunities that they are bringing for our children & youth

 
If you have any questions about any of the above then please Contact Us .

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, morning, afternoons and evenings.


Our groups include:-

  • Tuesday Prayer Lunch
  • Wednesday Fellowship
  • Wednesday Word
  • Dayspring Steel Band
  • Wellspring Café
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.
  We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes