Week 68: 4.7.21
Dear Earlsdon Methodist Friends,
This weekend we offer a nod (or a ‘shout out’) to St Thomas, one of Jesus’ close friends, whose feast day is 3rd July. He is always remembered as ‘doubting Thomas’ (John 20: 24-31) and I guess there were other aspects to his personality that his friends and family knew well! Maybe it is good to take a moment to celebrate doubting; a natural and healthy part of growing and learning. When we doubt and question, we are open to explore more deeply, to discover new truths and new ways. That’s how children learn, by being curious, asking questions, wanting to know. When we are certain and totally sure about our beliefs, fixed in our thinking, we are unlikely to change and to grow……
There are times to be grateful for doubting and not knowing I believe God can use these in us, in exciting ways! (LT)
Sunday 4th July Worship with Holy Communion in the church building will be led by Revd Doreen Koffie-Williams. Restrictions continue to apply and booking in advance by phone is needed. (Details as usual are attached)
Sunday 11th July All Age worship will be led by Helen Bishop. This will be a zoom meeting.
We congratulate our minister, Revd Doreen, who was ordained at the annual Methodist Conference last Sunday.
You can read about Conference, the new Methodist President, Revd Sonia Hicks and Vice President, Barbara Easton, and view or read their excellent Conference addresses: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/the-methodist-conference/conference-2021/presidency/
Church Family News:
A short July EMC newsletter is attached, including some lovely wedding photos!
Church Council met on Thursday and the minutes will be available when they have been prepared. It was left that Sunday worship will continue to alternate fortnightly as zoom meetings and in the church building for now. We anticipate that Government guidance may change within the next couple of weeks, at which point the Minister and stewards will review and decide the next steps.
Interesting projects were discussed including plans to install further insulation and destratification fans in the building for energy efficiency. As things progress, we will keep you up to date with these and other initiatives.
Circuit and wider News
The Circuit Newsletter has been produced on a monthly basis since October 2020. Due to staffing levels over the summer the next edition of the Circuit Newsletter will be produced in September 2021.
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Arley Centenary (101). Arley Methodist Church celebrates its celebrations with Flower Festival this weekend. Details are in last week’s newsletter. You are encouraged to visit if you are able; we have local floristry involvement!
From the Birmingham District: A message is attached highlighting resources on Wellbeing and Positive Working.
You are invited to the following meetings and activities during the coming week:
CTEC Zoom Prayer Breakfast Saturday 3rd July 8.00am
This monthly morning prayer is hosted on Saturday by All Souls. Zoom details are attached, and the liturgy that will be followed is attached. You are very welcome to join. Regrettably All Souls will not be delivering breakfast to you after the Zoom prayers – you will have to make breakfast for yourself.
Sunday Coffee meeting The zoom meeting will be open from 12 – 12.30pm.
Monday Fellowship by zoom meets on 5th at 7.30pm. The link is the same as Sunday worship.
Morning Prayer Tuesday at 8.45am for 15 minutes. A time of quiet reflection to start the day. The zoom link is the same as for Sunday worship.
We include, attached, our reflection on Julian of Norwich from last Tuesday morning.
Intercessory Prayer Group on Tuesday at 11am by zoom.
A church Prayer Day, entitled ‘Be Thou my Vision’ is planned for Friday August 13th . This will involve creative and interactive ways to engage in prayer. Displays will stay in place over the weekend. Alison is planning this event with the support of the ‘Church Nurture sub-group’
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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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