I was up early this morning and as I opened the front window blinds it was clear blue sky. That was a lovely greeting to meet me. When I opened the back blinds it was cloudy. By the time I’d had my first cup of tea, it was a mixture of both sunshine and light cloud. How this made me think about where we are today! We all long for the clear blue skies, though like many of us, Pete doesn’t like it too hot. What we have at the moment is the mixture of sunshine and cloud. The clouds are getting lighter as we move towards the clearer blue sky.
As well as this being true about Covid I think it’s true about where we are as people as well. There are those who long for the sunshine and clear blue skies and there are those who still feel the need of a bit of shelter. As we approach this freedom as it’s being called we do so with caution and care for one another. We watch out for each other and respond to individual needs as much as we can. I know, having spoken to some, that churches are trying to decide how to move out of restrictions into a freer way of being.
I know there is great care in the churches for your congregations and you will responsibly look after one another.
The same is the case following the Conference decisions that have been made. It is too early to do any more than pray at the moment and treat each other with the same love, care and respect that everyone, and I mean everyone, deserves. It is a debate that has over the years been sensitively conducted and we need to have the same sensitivity as we continue forward. The decisions made will not come into effect until September 2021 and even then there is work to do before anything will change. Guidance will come from Conference to help us through the next part of our discerning and your ministers will let you know as that happens. Please continue to hold that love, care and respect for people’s feelings, remembering people are in different places with different emotions. Most importantly, let us hold each other in our prayers.
All the Conference agenda items are online if you want another chance to watch them now. You can find them on the Methodist Website under the ‘Conference 2021’ and ‘Watch Again’ page. www.methodistchurch.org.uk
I know that many are planning holidays and some are already away. Do enjoy this summer’s offer of relaxation and a slower pace. You all continue to be in my prayers.
Circuit Registered Charity No. 1134464
Superintendent: Revd Yvonne J Pearson MA, B.Min.Th
Go in peace to love and serve the world.
Be blessed and bless those you meet in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For those wishing to join the weekly service at Holmes Chapel via Zoom on a Sunday, the link is on the Circuit Website www.danetrentmethodist.org.uk
Grace and peace in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
Be assured of my ongoing thoughts and prayers
Superintendent Minister of the Dane & Trent Circuit.
Contact Revd. Yvonne J Pearson on 07714243627 or email email@example.com
We welcome you to Worship
I thought I might remind friends of the Goostrey Mission Statement that was proposed many years ago.
We believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and in the power of the Holy Spirit recongnising we are called to be a welcoming, praying Church and to share in God’s mission of love to the world. We value our Methodist heritage and welcome the opportunity to co-operate with other churches. Our obective is growth.
Growth as individuals in our relationship with God.
Growth in richness of sharing together in the life of the Church.
Growth through leading others to Christ.
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|Church Cleaning||Ann & Brian||Diane & Delyth|
The Fellowship – We haven’t got a funeral date for Mike yet but will advise you as soon as we have. Our prayers and thoughts are with Margaret, who is still at Weston Park Care Home, Weaver Unit.
Please continue to pray and support, in love, those in the fellowship who are going through very hard times. We also pray for those we know who are ill at this time.
School Hall Reopening – The Hall is now in use for certain groups and we welcome them back but due to further restrictions some of the hall users will not now be in use until after July 20th.
Please note if anyone has to enter the hall or annex (e.g. for maintenance, access to cupboards, cleaning etc.) they must sanitise all surfaces they have touched to keep the area safe for other users.
Village Appeal- The amount of the appeal so far has risen to £ 4500 ! and more donations are coming through from which will in due course receive an additional at least £642 in gift aid.
Congleton Food Store – We are asking again for donations of dried, or tins of food to be placed in the box in the foyer, but remember they need to be in date. Many thanks.
Please bring your goodies to Church and put them in the box as usual. Thank you.
Circuit On-line Services – As we are now able to worship in person in a number of the Circuit’s churches, the Sunday Zoom service has been ended. We are however, going to attempt to Zoom from one of our churches. If you wish to try it this Sunday the link is on the Circuit Website www.danetrentmethodist.org.uk
CU Money – now stands at £860.45. Remember you can still make a contribution via Diane’s letterbox.
Circuit Website – There are new images every week so don’t forget to have a look at the newlook Home page and tell the new team what you think at (https://www.danetrentmethodist.org.uk)
Newsnotes – Please note that I am now doing the newsnotes so if you have anything to report please let me know by Wed of each week, thank you.
If you know of anyone who would like to receive the newsnotes and don’t already, then please let me know.
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And finally :
If angels asked you what you did
What you achieved today,
Would it be hard to answer them
And just what would you say?
We can’t accomplish mammoth tasks,
Small jobs we need to do,
But, maybe, you just lend a hand,
Or shared a smile or two,
Perhaps you sent a greetings card
Or simply made a call?
By lifting someone’s heart and mind
You left them walking tall.
So, as the day fades fast away
And you lie down to rest,
You’ll hear the angels whispering,
“Well done, you did your best”
Researcher and Writer