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Week 69: 11.7.21 

Dear Earlsdon Methodist Friends,

Each week I think – ‘It will be a thin week for news this time’ – and each week more news items and events come along, keeping the newsletter busy. This week we have lots to read again, but not a mention of Football or Wimbledon, not a whisper!   Hope you enjoy reading and being part of our community, by joining in person, online and in prayer. (LT)


Sunday 11th July All Age Worship will be led by Helen Bishop as a zoom meeting.  The details for logging in are the same as usual and can be found on the attachment.


Sunday 18th July worship will be in the church building and led by David Kershaw.  Restrictions continue for this service and booking is required.  Please note, that in order to make life a little easier for the volunteers taking phone calls, times have been adjusted to Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday between 10am and 6pm.  Please be patient and call later if you do not immediately get a response.

‘Wellspring’ News: Wellspring café volunteers have been working very hard with cleaning, restocking and preparing to reopen with safety in mind.  We are delighted to announce that it will be open from Thursday 15th July with an entirely new Covid-19 safe environment and table-service.  We hope to welcome patrons old and new for coffee and cake, for a light lunch and for the usual chat and fellowship for which Wellspring is renowned!

Hours are as before: Thursday and Friday 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and Saturday 9.00 a.m. until 12 noon.

The Wellspring Team

The Prayer Shawl Ministry – Knitting team – will resume in Wellspring on Thursdays between 10am and 12 noon.  Heather is looking forward to meeting whoever is able to join with her.

Circuit and wider News.
We have a letter (attached) from one of the Artists in Residence with the Circuit as part of Coventry City of Culture.  There are plans for celebrating in music and you are invited to be involved.


Sutton Park Circuit has invited our young people to a Sports Day. on the 8th of August at 2.30pm-5pm, venue Stockland Green Methodist Church for those aged 8years and above. Please do encourage our young people to be a part of this time of fellowship with other young people from part of the Birmingham District. There is a flyer attached.

Venue - Stockland Green Methodist Church, Slade Rd, Erdington, Birmingham B23 7JH

Please note that parents/carers of the young people will need to organise their own transport to Stockland Green MC.

Ruda and Ady


Methodist Women in Britain.  A message from Josie Boughton, Secretary of B’ham District.

“I am pleased to inform you that there will be a Live Stream of the Induction of new President and Vice President B’ham District MWiB Sat July 10th 2pm. It will be on Sutton Park YouTube , so you may link in to see the Service, even though you cannot attend.

There are seven places left, if anyone else would wish to attend, please let me know along with your telephone number for Registration and Track and Trace.

All those attending the Service are asked to have a Lateral Flow Test on Friday please, if you have this facility.  I am looking forward seeing people at the Service and hope many of you can join us on Youtube.”  Josie   Tel: 01543 410897


You are also invited to the following meetings and activities during the coming week:

  • Sunday Coffee meeting   The zoom meeting will be open from 11.30am  – 12.30pm.
  • Meditation online, Sunday at 4pm, led by Joy Welford and hosted by Coffee Shop Sunday.  Zoom link with invitation is on the attachment
  • 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 share attached, last week’s reflection (6.7.21), including one of the ‘Cancer Psalms’, by Jim Cotter.
  • Intercessory Prayer Group on Tuesday at 11am by zoom.

The Monday Fellowship Group meets fortnightly and recently has been using familiar hymns as a focus to reflect on our current experiencing of God in our lives.  The next meeting will be Monday 19th at 7.30pm by zoom.

There has also been discussion around the different resources which we use for reading, prayer and meditation.  In addition to printed booklets, a few examples available online are:

Lectio 365, for morning and evening prayer: https://www.24-7prayer.com/dailydevotional  There is an app you can download to your phone for audio recordings.

Methodist Church website offers commentary on daily reading from the Lectionary: https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/the-bible/a-word-in-time/

Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation.  You can subscribe to receive an email each day, or the weekly summary https://cac.org/ (‘Center for Action and Contemplation’)

There are so many resources to choose from.  I tend to mix around as I’m not very good at being consistent! (LT)

Looking Ahead
Our Minister, Revd Doreen is on leave from 19th July to 7th August.  Urgent pastoral concerns during this period should go to Revd. Marcus Torchon, Circuit Superintendent.

Church AGM has been further postponed (from 11th July) so that we can meet in person without restricting numbers for anyone wishing to attend.  As soon as a date is decided, we will let you know.

The Methodist Modern Art Collection comes to our church in September as part of Coventry City of Culture.  This does feel like an exciting privilege and something to look forward to.  Helen prepared some information in advance for Church Council and this is shared on the attachment.

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, 09/07/2021
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 

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: 

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?

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 .

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