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Ascension Day Statement on Overcoming Religious Intolerance

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have released the following statement to mark Ascension Day, when Christians celebrate Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven.

The month of May includes a number of important dates in the Christian calendar: Ascension Day, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday all fall within the same month this year.

May 2018 also brings special days for those of other faiths including Shavuot for Jews, Wesak for Buddhists and Ramadan for Muslims.

We welcome these seasons and celebrations and send greetings of peace to our neighbours of all faiths in Britain, praying that this will be a time of deepening understanding of each other’s traditions.

We commend the ongoing work of the Big Iftar and of organisations including the Council of Christians and Jews and the Christian Muslim Forum who seek to build bridges in our communities.

Strong relationships, understanding and tolerance have never been more needed, in a world where intolerance and violence against other faith groups have become all too frequent.

We grieve for the victims of recent violence targeted at Christians in the Middle Belt of Nigeria, of the terrorist attack on a church in Bangui, Central African Republic, and of the bombing of a mosque in Khost, Afghanistan.

Sadly, these are only a few among many acts of violence targeted against believers including attacks and abuse directed at minority groups in our own country.

We stand at this time in solidarity with all people of faith who are subject to hatred, abuse and violence because of their beliefs.

All people are made in God’s image and, as we celebrate the ascension of our Lord, we pray that the day will come when no one will be persecuted for their faith.

Loving God, from earliest times you have heard the cry of your children for justice and for peace.

In these days of tension, of difficult remembrances, of competing voices and desperate cries, help us to hear the whisper of your Spirit, calling us to love, to service, to prayer and to compassion.

Open our ears to the voices of those with whom we disagree and our eyes to see how things look to them.

Give us confidence to stretch out our hands across difference and division.

Help us all, Gracious God, to be channels of your grace and your peace, wherever we may be.

Amen.

Added on 11/05/2018.

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Statement before the General Election

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have called for Christians to be guided by their faith in discerning what sort of society they wish the new government to create and have issued the following statement. 

As we prepare for the General Election, we recognise that Christians across our nations will prayerfully vote for a variety of parties and candidates in good conscience. We celebrate the fact that Christian people are inspired by their faith to debate passionately – and to disagree well - on how the United Kingdom should be governed at this present moment.

While much of the debate around the election is rightly focused on individual policies, it is also our duty to ask what sort of society we would wish our government to build. As Christians we have to embrace the reality that our vision will never be achieved by humankind alone, and to look beyond our human time-frames to the coming of the Kingdom of God. It is this future hope that gives meaning and direction to present struggles.     

Jesus offers us abundant life, life in all its fullness, and we are called to reflect this eternal promise on earth as it is in heaven. If we believe that all people are made in the image of God, we must surely pray, work and vote for a society in which all people are enabled to flourish and live life in all its fullness in the here and now too.

This is a society in which everyone has enough food, resources, shelter and opportunity to succeed, and where people are not left behind or damaged by poverty and inequality.

This is a society where our common humanity is valued and respected, where people can find refuge, and where everyone can contribute towards the common good.

This is a society that acts to protect God’s creation, and seeks to be a peaceful influence in the world, promoting human rights, religious freedom and economic justice for all.

So we invite you to pray for everyone standing for office and for all voters. We pray that Christians across our nations entering the polling booth on 8 June do so as followers of Jesus Christ, seeking to take part in creating a society which reflects God’s kingdom of goodness and of justice. A society that encourages life in all its fullness.

Signatories

Revd Lynn Green, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain

Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Revd Dr Roger L Walton, President of the Methodist Conference

Ms Rachel Lampard MBE, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

Revd Kevin Watson, General Assembly Moderator of the United Reformed Church

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Michael Ivatt

Lead Media Officer

Methodist Church House

25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR

T 0207 467 5191

M 07881 783812

 E ivattm@methodistchurch.org.uk

Added on 01/06/2017.

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Statement and Prayer after the Manchester Attack

The Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference and Vice-President, Rachel Lampard, have responded to last night's attack in Manchester. Andrew Lunn, Chair of Manchester and Stockport District, and Peter Martin, Chair of Bolton and Rochdale District, have written a prayer. Youth President, Tim Annan, has also released a statement.

 

From the Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference, and Rachel Lampard, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference:

      

We are appalled by the horrific bombing at the Manchester Arena. We pray for the families of those who have been killed or who are injured, and for those, many of whom will be young, who have been scarred and scared by what they have witnessed.

      

We give thanks for the emergency services and for the many ordinary people who demonstrated compassion in responding to those caught up in the tragedy. We ask the Methodist people to hold the people of Manchester and beyond in their prayers as we remember the words of Psalm 34, "Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."

      

From Andrew Lunn, Chair of Manchester and Stockport District, and Paul Martin, Chair of Bolton and Rochdale District of the Methodist Church:

      

In the face of the violent and deadly attack at the Manchester Arena last night, the Methodist people in Manchester are united with many others in their sense of shock, and in their prayers for all those who have been bereaved, wounded, or traumatised.

      

As we seek to respond to this terrible event we are grateful for those who have affirmed that, so far as it is possible, we will not let this attack change our daily lives. Some people have been tweeting using the hashtag #WeAreNotAfraid - in this way those who are stronger support those who feel the weight of anxiety, pain and fear.

      

Among the stories beginning to emerge there are many about the ways people have sought to help others: providing safe places, or lifts home, or passing on messages to help those who were separated find each other. It is through such small acts that we reaffirm our commitment to one another. Every such act makes a stand against violence and fear.

      

In a diverse city one thing we can be sure of is that people in Manchester will not let this event divide us.

      

Manchester is the home of a movement called We Stand Together (#WeStandTogether), in which people of many different faiths and backgrounds recognise that we find strength in our common humanity.

      

We are deeply grateful for the many assurances of prayer which we have received from around the country.

      

God of compassion and mercy,

amidst the pain and trauma of this day we turn to you,

for through Christ crucified we know that you have taken to heart the suffering of our people.

      

In fear and anxiety, strengthen us.

In despair and pain, comfort us.

In incomprehension and anger, reassure us that your love and life are stronger than the hatred and violence which overshadows our city today.

 

Console those who carry a burden of loss, injury, or trauma and empower all who support them.

Strengthen all who seek to stand together in peace and unity.

      

We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

      

From Tim Annan, Youth President of the Methodist Church:

      

It's hard to look at the images and stories coming out of Manchester today and not feel rage at this horrific act of violence against people; all of whom were just going to live life to its fullest.

      

Lives have been irreconcilably changed last night. An empty seat at the table. A smile and warm embrace; now missing. We stand with all those who grieve this morning, in our thoughts and prayers. Holding the pain with the anger.

      

Yet, in the face of the anger, confusion and grief, the response of the people of Manchester was love and compassion. From the emergency services responding quickly and effectively, to the many people who opened up their homes to those who needed a place to stay, to cab drivers transporting distraught people for free to a place to rest. Even at the darkest moment, humanity, compassion and hope shone through.

      

Beautiful and terrible things will happen, but don't give in to anger or fear. Know that you are surrounded by God's love.

Added on 25/05/2017.

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An Easter Message from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard MBE, speak about confidence, suffering and hope in this year's Easter Message. - Watch here:

http://methodist-news.org.uk/BVI-4VIMD-8959XPH079/cr.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

Added on 13/04/2017.

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Joint Statement on Aleppo

The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church in Wales, the Church of Scotland, Quakers in Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have released a statement calling upon the Syrian and Russian Governments and other forces to stop their bombardment of Aleppo.  
 
The humanitarian crisis in eastern Aleppo has become a tragedy. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has stated that in the two weeks following the collapse of the ceasefire, 376 people have been killed, one third of whom were children, and a further 1266 were wounded.  The international humanitarian organisation Medicines Sans Frontieres‎ said recently that there have been 23 recorded attacks on Aleppo's eight hospitals since the end of July. Seeking medical care has become a danger in itself.

The statement below has been signed by leaders from the six churches representing more than one million people in the UK.

The destruction of Aleppo must stop.  

We are appalled by the attacks on civilians by the Syrian Government, Russian and other forces. Life is a gift of God. The targeting and killing of civilians can never be passed off merely as a consequence of war. Aerial strikes on homes, hospitals and aid convoys are never acceptable, under any circumstances.  
 
The responsibility for such attacks lies first and foremost with those who have carried them out. But the frequency of such attacks in Syria also underlines a failure on the part of the international community to uphold long-established principles concerning the immunity of civilians in conflict. Member states of the United Nations should seek to hold to account the parties responsible for indiscriminate attacks on men, women, children, hospitals, humanitarian and rescue workers, which could be construed as war crimes.

The world cries out for an end to the death and destruction in Syria that daily adds to the largest flight of refugees since the Second World War.  We join with our brothers and sisters of other churches and other faiths in praying for the people of Syria. We claim no simple solution to a complex political reality but offer the simple message of our faith: that every life is valued by God and that the slaughter must end now.
                                   
The signatories to the statement are:

The General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain - the Revd Lynn Green.
The President of the Methodist Church - the Revd Dr Roger Walton.
The General Secretary of the United Reformed Church - the Revd John Proctor.
The Moderator for the Church of Scotland - the Right Revd Dr Russell Bar.
Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain - Paul Parker
The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon - the Right Revd John Davies. (1)

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Events

Listed below are forthcoming events at the Morpeth Methodist Church or of interest to its members. Please check with the contact listed for each event to ensure that the details are accurate.

Lunchtime Organ recital

Friday 25th May 2018 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

This recital will be given by Darlington's David Ratnanayagam.

Entry is free and the concert will be followed by light refreshments.

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Lunchtime Organ recital

Friday 22nd June 2018 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

We are delighted to welcome back Francesca Massey, sub-organist, Durham Cathedral, to give this month's recital.

The concert is free and will be followed by light refreshments.

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Musical Chairs

Saturday 23rd June 2018 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

The New Tyneside Orchestra presents an evening of acoustic music from classical to traditional, voice and instrumental.  Tickets, £5.00, available now from Morpeth Methodist Church - or on the door.  Proceeds to Action for Children.

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Lunchtime Organ recital

Friday 20th July 2018 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Our July recital will be given by Kris Thomsett of Newcastle Cathedral.

Entry is free and the concert will be followed by light refreshments.

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Notices

Below is a selection of relevant notices which may be of interest to members. Not all notices from the regular Sunday notice sheet are included here, mainly for privacy reasons.

Plant Sale and Coffee Morning

Saturday 26th May at 10.00 am until Noon in St George’s Church Hall there is the St George’s Annual Plant Sale & Coffee Morning.  There will be the usual large selection of bedding plant and perennials, gardening related items, cake stall, books, hand-made cards, raffle & more. There will also be home-made cheese and fruit scones to go with your tea and coffee.  Come along and bring your friends and neighbours – the more the merrier.  Entry free and lift available.

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Easter Offering

Thank-you to all those who contributed to the Easter Offering in aid of the Methodist World Mission Fund.  A cheque for £223-40 from Morpeth Methodist Church was presented and dedicated at the Area Easter Offering Service at Blyth last Sunday afternoon – and there will be gift aid to follow.  The service on the theme of ‘Seek Peace and Pursue it’ stories and pictures of several projects supported by the World Mission Fund.  Thank-you for your gifts.

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The Vine - Summer Edition

I know, Spring has only just arrived and we’re already talking about Summer.  It’ll be here before you know it though so now is the time to put your thinking caps on and produce some articles for the next magazine. Please let Arlette have contributions as soon as possible - before it’s too nice to sit in front of a computer and type.  Thanks.

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Stewardship Letters

Replies received so far have shown a very positive response to these letters - but there are still a good number which have not been returned.  If you haven’t returned yours yet, please give it to Malcolm Kennedy, or leave it at reception, as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Church Council

Church Council met on 9th May and a copy of the minutes are available in the black ‘Church Information Folder’ in the coffee lounge.  Please take a look to find out what the council are doing.  The next Church Council meeting will be on 11th July.  If you have any items you would like raised on the agenda please give them, in writing, to either Rev. Antony or Church Council Secretary Maureen Baker.

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Ageing Well in Northumberland - Stepping into Spring

This is a free event at the Town Hall, Morpeth, on Wednesday 23rd May from 10.00 am - 2.00 pm.  Come in for a cuppa and a chat, find out more about staying active, involved and well as well as local activities and volunteering opportunities.

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Gideons International

You are cordially invited to join the Gideons at their Friends’ Evening to celebrate their 40th Anniversary at St James’s URC, Pottergate, Alnwick.  The celebration will take place on Friday, June 8th, at 7.30 pm and will feature the Bedlington Salvation Army Band and special guest, Helen Conroy.  Free buffet supper - a collection will be taken up.  Janet and David Brough have 2 spare seats if anyone would like a lift to the event.

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Pride

The first Pride event in Northumberland will take place in Alnwick on Saturday June the 2nd. The day will feature a parade in Alnwick, also community focused stalls, including a Christian Faith stall and a main stage with live music at Alnwick Rugby Club from 1pm. 

An inclusive ecumenical service is being held at St James’s URC, Alnwick at 7pm on May 29th.  Whether you are LGBT+ yourself, a friend, family member or ally, we look forward to welcoming you at our service.

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Cornerstone (Benwell Christian Shop Project) - Job Vacancies

Cornerstone was set up 30 years ago by churches in Benwell in the west of Newcastle.  Led by paid staff and volunteers, its work focuses on adults with learning difficulties, children, and people in their ‘third age’.

1) There is a vacancy for a part-time Senior Administrator to help lead this project and develop it further.   £13,500 per annum for 20 hrs/week.   Closing date 28th May 2018.

2) There is a vacancy for a part-time Caretaker to oversee the premises and keep them clean.   £5,004 per annum for 10 hrs/week.   Closing date 21st May 2018.

For further information or to request an application pack contact Peter Hindle.   e-mail: peter@familyhindle.net   or phone  01669 621347. 

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Every Penny Counts

St George’s players present a trip through the decades - a charity night in aid of Parkinson’s UK with local band ‘Back catalogue’.  Fancy dress optional - 1960s - 199s pop icons.  Bring your own food and drink.  Tickets £5.00 from Pamela Cassels tel 07730943155. Saturday 9th June at 7.30 pm in St George’s church hall.

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Common Ground

Thanks to everyone who made donations in April.  We will collect tinned fruit and vegetables in May.  Other items always welcome.

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TeaTtime Talk

The next TTT will be on Thursday 24 May at 2.30 pm in St George’s URC Hall.  The speaker is Jared Johnson and he is talking about “The Thirty Year’s War”.  Please let him know if you are likely to attend, so that caterers can make enough scones.  This is the last TTT before the Summer break - they restart in September at the new start time of 2 pm.

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Country Dance Club

The last CDC before the Summer break will be on Saturday 26 May at 7.30 pm in St George’s Hall.  We hope for a big turn-out so hope as many folk as possible might be able to attend.  Further details from Jared if you have any queries.

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Saturday Walking Group

Meet 9.30am at the rugby club on Saturday 26th May for an 8 mile walk from Alwinton. Taking in Clennel Street, Saugh Rigg to Shilmoor, and back via Pass Peth. An enjoyable walk with some uphill parts. Further details from Anne or Tony Woods.

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MWiB World Church Day

Saturday 9th June at Brunswick Methodist Church.  Celebrating Palestine.  Speaker Rev. Enid Gordon.  10:00 for coffee then worship at 10:30.  Followed by lunch.  Simple Palestinian food will be provided.  All welcome.

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Accessibility Training

We have been given the opportunity to have some training which should help us make our church more accessible to people with a learning disability or autism. The training is free and will take place on Wednesday, 30th May at 2.00 pm.  It will last about 2 hours.

The training will include common social skills difficulties and communication techniques and we would expect it to be useful to many people who come into contact with those who come into the church - either to services or to participate in groups, or to have lunch.  The training is open to anyone who is interested but we would especially encourage those on the coffee / lunch/ door rotas as well as stewards and pastoral visitors to come along. 

If you are interested, please give your name to Lorrie Bronsema.

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Light Lunches at Elsdon Avenue

Main Course, Dessert, Tea or Coffee, Wednesdays 12noon – 1.30pm,

30th May 2018, 27th June 2018.  Price £4.00

All are very welcome

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Rainbow Rhythms

The next meeting of our weekly music group for pre-schoolers will be on Wednesday, 23rd May, at 10.00 am. 

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Puddlers

Over the next few weeks, Puddlers will be continuing to look at the York Course "Tough Talk - hard sayings of Jesus".  everyone is most welcome to join us.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 22nd May at 11.00 am.

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Spirit of Windrush

As you may know, we are holding a national event to mark the 70th anniversary of the landing of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks on 22 June 1948 carrying over 500 passengers, and which is recognised as the start of the Windrush era. ‘Spirit of Windrush: contributions to Multicultural Britain – a service of thanksgiving’ will take place from midday on Friday 22 June 2018 in Westminster Abbey.  Admission is free but everyone must register and receive a ticket accompanied by personal ID on the day.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spirit-of-windrush-a-service-of-thanksgiving-tickets-44188760773

The preacher will be the Revd Canon Joel Edwards and in attendance will be national political and religious leaders as well as members of the diverse communities that make up multicultural Britain.

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The Knitted Bible

Come along to Widdrington United Reformed Church between Saturday 19th and Monday 28th May to see this exhibition of knitted scenes from the Bible which has been displayed all over the country.  See poster in the coffee lounge for full details of opening times.

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Lifepath - Brinkburn 25th - 29th June 2018

Once again, the Mustard Tree Trust, Scripture Union, Barnabas in Schools and representatives from local churches are working in partnership to run this event. Children will have an exciting day of discovery and fun, exploring the Christian Faith by finding out about the life of St Oswald and how he followed ‘The Servant King’.  We would like to have the prayer backing of as many local Christians as possible.  This is very important for the success of Lifepath at Brinkburn.  The first of the year’s ‘Prayer Updates’, with detailed prayer requests, can be found on the notice board in the coffee lounge.

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Memory Cafe

For people with memory problems or dementia, and their family and friends. Come along for a chat, to pick up information and to enjoy some social time with others in a similar situation to your own. No need to book, please just drop in!

Refreshments will be available.

The café will run on the Thursdays shown below from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon in the Coffee Lounge at the Morpeth Methodist Centre, Howard Terrace, Morpeth. For further information please contact the church office on 01670 511078

or e-mail office@morpethmeth.org

Memory Café Dates 2018

May 17th

June 7th and 21st

July 5th and 19th

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