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Closure of Church and Centre

 

The decision has been made to close the church and centre until further notice. The church will open for 2 hours on Sunday from 10am - Noon for anyone who wishes to come in for reflective prayer. There will be no service. Anyone wishing to donate to Wansbeck Food Bank can also drop of contributions during this time. We are still contactable through office@morpethmeth.org and on 0160511078

 

Added on 20/03/2020.

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Update

At 1500 yesterday, The Methodist Church issued this statement:

It is with sadness that we recommend that worship services in Methodist Churches are suspended for the time being in line with Government guidance.

In terms of Church business, we recommend that all meetings including church councils and circuit meetings should be cancelled.

Other community events like lunch clubs, after school clubs, playgroups and fellowship groups should be suspended.

This means, that for the duration, there will be no church meetings, church groups, or worship held at MMC. The Methodist Church centrally will keep us updated on when we might be able to resume activities. The last activities for the foreseeable future were held today before lunchtime.

The full text of the statement can be found here:

https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/

The statement goes on to say:

During this incredibly difficult time when people might want to spend time in prayer in their Methodist Church. Local trustees should consider whether it is possible to open up their churches to enable people to come and pray or sit quietly, perhaps offering prayer stations as a point of reflection with precautions around physical distancing.

I will be seeking permission from the Church Council (Managing Trustees) to open the premises on Sunday morning between 1000 and 1200 subject to the conditions above, for prayer and reflection. There will be prayer resources available for people to take away with them.

We will be seeking to set up a network of people who would be willing to stay in touch with vulnerable and isolated members of the congregation, also folk who might be able to help in practical ways, e.g. posting a letter or do small amounts of shopping.

Thank you for your support, and I will endeavour to keep you updated during these difficult times.

All the best,

Antony Oakley

Added on 18/03/2020.

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Covid-19 virus update

At Morpeth Methodist Church we are trying to balance protecting the vulnerable whilst trying to avoid people becoming socially isolated as we implement measurers to slow the spread of the covid-19 virus. The situation is evolving daily, and we will do our best to respond accordingly and keep you updated.

Inevitably, there will be an impact on the life of Morpeth Methodist Church, but we hope to be proportionate in our response. in line with government and Methodist Church advice, there are currently no plans to cancel Sunday services or the Tuesday Communion service.

We will update the website as and when we know more.

Added on 17/03/2020.

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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.

Sorry, there are currently no forthcoming events advertised.

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.

Daily Reading

For daily Lectionary Readings and Psalms, please see our sermons page

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are you feeling lonely

Coronavirus: Taking care of yourself and those around you

Each year at the beginning of lent we hear how Jesus was lead into the wilderness, where he was tested.  The wilderness is of course an isolated space; it becomes a testing place precisely because of the isolation.  We believe that human beings were created to live in relationship.  Relationship with one another and primarily with our Creator God.  So now in the lent of 2020 we find ourselves, more than ever, understanding what Jesus went through – and we can be assure that God has experience this too.

We read in the scriptures that in the wilderness Jesus was tested by the devil.  The taunts of “the evil one” have echo of what we might experience today:  increasing isolation, bombardment of negative and worrying news stories and concerns for the health of those we love, can heighten anxiety levels and cause depression.

We have had a look at some resources that have become available during the Coronavirus outbreak that can boost wellbeing and mental health to help build resilience at this difficult time.

Anxiety and depression

The mental health charity, Mind has produced a comprehensive set of resources for when:

  • you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus
  • you’re asked to stay at home or avoid public places, for example if your employer asks you to work from home
  • you have to self-isolate.

See more here.

Practical help to overcome anxiety is here.

This advice emphasises the importance of routines, relaxation and remaining connected with others. Tips are offered for parents who are working from home but have children with them.

The NHS offers a breathing technique that can be used to help reduce stress: 

The charity Anxiety UK has produced a couple of helpful blogs which recommend a number of relaxation and calming measures including using the Headspace app.

For older people

This is likely to be a particularly worrying time for older people. Age UK has a section of helpful general information.

Loneliness is known to affect older people and the potential for this to become more widespread now is clear. Two charities that offer helplines are Sane and the Silver Line.

More information here:

  • SANEline is staffed by trained volunteers and professionals and is open between 4.30pm and 10.30pm every day of the year on 0300 304 7000. 
  • Silver Line offers a weekly life line of a telephone conversation to people over 55. Find out more by calling 0800 4 70 80 90 

Keep connected with Church friends

While church buildings may be closed, many church communities are offering telephone pastoral care and the chance to be part of an online worship community.

We have worship sheets to use at home and details of online worship and tips for those who want to do this here

Some examples of this are:

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link to methodist podcast

https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/podcasts/the-methodist-podcast-episode-9/

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link to prayer

https://youtu.be/ukXC6XKx7ds

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link to Methodist prayer wall

https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/prayer/prayer-wall/

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free resources

During the pandemic ROOTS is offering free resources to use at home every week on the ROOTS website. See www.rootsontheweb.com/

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live stream info

Live-streamed services and prayers

Morning Prayers

09:00 Monday-Friday - from Wesley House Cambridge: www.facebook.com/wesleycambridge.  
Resources for following the prayers and readings are available at: www.wesley.cam.ac.uk/prayer-space/.  

10:00 Monday-Friday - from Wesley’s Chapel London: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA 

Worship services

Wesley's Chapel London

Wednesdays 12:45
Thursdays 12:45
Sundays 9:45 and 11:00. 

All these services will be available at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA 

Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem 

Sundays 10:30

The service will be available at www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank and www.facebook.com/swanbank/

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prayer for today

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen

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Covid-19 Virus Information

At Morpeth Methodist Church we are trying to balance protecting the vulnerable whilst trying to avoid people becoming socially isolated as we implement measurers to slow the spread of the covid-19 virus. The situation is evolving daily, and we will do our best to respond accordingly and keep you updated.

Inevitably, there will be an impact on the life of Morpeth Methodist Church, but we hope to be proportionate in our response. in line with government and Methodist Church advice, there are currently no plans to cancel Sunday services or the Tuesday Communion service.

We will update the website as and when we know more.

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Church Groups/Events Closed

 

We have taken the decision to cancel the groups and events following until further notice:

Friendship Group

Tuesday lunches

Memory Cafe

Men's Breakfast

Messy Church

Meeting Point

SENEA Area event on Sunday 29th March with John Bell

Family Quiz Night on Friday 27th March

Rainbow Rhyths

Organ Recitals

Parent and Toddlers

Swing Band Concert

 

 

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Social Events in the Near Future

Friday March 27th 7pm

Quiz Night

Saturday April 4th 7.30pm

East Coast Swing Band

May/June

Late Spring Fayre to be arranged

Saturday 19th September 7pm

Backworth Male Voice Choir

Other event s to be discussed at our next meeting. Any ideas, please?

Vivien Scott

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Morpeth Music Society Concerts

Tickets available at Morpeth Methodist Church

Adults: £16:00 each

Students: £3:00 each

Children: Free when accompanied by an adult

Run by Morpeth Music Society

 

Thursday 19th March 2020 19:30pm

Artist: Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch (piano trio)

Thursday 30th April 19:30pm

Artist: Anna Fedorova (piano)

 

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Memory Cafe

 

For people with memory problems or dementia, and their carers, 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 where you can share ideas and experiences. 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 January to May 2020

January 2nd and 16th

February 6th and 20th

March 5th and 19th

April 2nd and 16th

May 7th and 21st   

 

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