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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: 

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.

We welcome Churches and individuals to offer prayer concerns, news items, inspirational poems, moving testimony (up to 200 words), or even a Bible puzzle or crossword to be included in the next  Newsletter. Please send, by 10th September 2021, to the Circuit Office c/o Bedworth Methodist Church, Mill Street, Bedworth, CV12 8JZ, Email:, or Telephone: 07517693474

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.

Looking Ahead

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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Church Facebook page:

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Lois Talbot, 02/07/2021
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 

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.

Currently we are not offering tea, coffee and biscuits after the service due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, but it is hoped we can re start soon.

Plan your journey: 

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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.)

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What about my kids?

If you would like information of the activities available for children when they restart 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:

  • 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 .


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