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Telephone not working

Apologies to anyone who has been trying to contact the church reception over the last few days. We have an issue with our internal telephone line and are currently unable to get any connection. We are presently waiting for an engineer to come out but may take a few days. In the interim, if you need to contact us, please email if you can.

Added on 05/06/2019.

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Lunchtime Organ Recitals 2019 Season

This year’s season of lunchtime organ recitals at Morpeth Methodist Church will get off to a great start on Friday, April 26th, with a visit from noted Organist, Harpsichordist, and Musicologist, Dr David Ponsford.  As well as performing all over the world, David is currently engaged in recording a series of CDs featuring historic French organs. 

This is David’s first visit to Morpeth and we are very excited to have him.  The concert will start at 12.30 pm.  Entrance is free and there will be refreshments to follow.

Details of all the concerts can be found on our Events page.

Added on 12/04/2019.

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President & Vice President's Statement on Death Penalty

 

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have released a  statement  regarding two Islamic State fighters who have had their British citizenship removed and are now facing the death penalty.

Added on 27/07/2018.

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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

For more information contact:

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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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 28th June 2019 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Our June recital will be given by Simon Brett, formerly of Dunblane Cathedral and also St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle.

Free entrance, refreshments to follow.

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Lunchtime Organ Recital

Friday 26th July 2019 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

We are very pleased to be able to welcome back Paul Ritchie to our July recital.

Entry is free and there will be refreshments to follow as usual.

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Lunchtime Organ Recital

Friday 23rd August 2019 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Gabrielle Lewis of the Minster Church of St Andrew in Plymouth is our organist for our August recital and we look forward to welcoming her on her first visit to the area.

Free entry, refreshments to follow.

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Lunchtime Organ Recital

Friday 20th September 2019 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Our September organ recital sees a welcome return from Tamsin Brown, Organist and Director of Music at St John the Baptist, Newcastle.

Free entry, refreshments to follow.

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Lunchtime Organ Recital

Friday 18th October 2019 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Our final recital in this year's series will be given by Ruby Topping of St John's, Peterborough.

Free entry, refreshments to follow.

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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.

MWiB

‘Methodist Women in Britain.  The June to September issue of MWiB News is now available in reception priced only 20p.  News, reflections and information about what is going on around the District.’

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Volunteers / Church Staff - First aid, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene, Fire Safety

Many of the different roles within the church require us to have training in the areas mentioned above or to have DBS checks completed. If you are a pastoral visitor/ newsletter deliverer, flower deliverer, steward, work on reception, help with any of the church groups which work with children and young people, are part of the transport rota bringing people to church, help with catering  - really anything which brings you into contact with vulnerable people on behalf of MMC - you may fall into one of these categories.

Some people have already had training in some of these area and we are trying to put together a register of when refreshers are due.

If you think you might be affected, please contact Darleen Turner or leave your details at reception.

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Srebrenica and Bosnian Genocide Memorial Event

July 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm You are warmly invited to Newcastle Cathedral to remember the victims and survivors of the single largest atrocity mass killing on European soil since the Second World War. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the Bosnian genocide, in the town of Srebrenica, Bosnia, which took place in July 1995, when Serbian nationalists massacred 8,372 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. The women and young girls were subjected to a different form of genocide through sexual violence and rape.  The programme will feature testimonies from Bosnian genocide survivors, also talks by Allan Little (former BBC correspondent) and Emlyn Pearce (blogger and writer).

All are welcome and admission is free for this powerful evening of remembrance, inspiration and unity – please register, as places are limited.

Light refreshments will be served from 6pm.

RSVP:
Lesley Hillary: l.hillary@newcastle.anglican.org
Smajo Beso: smajo.beso@ncl.ac.uk

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3Generate 2019

Volunteers are needed for this year’s 3 Generate which is scheduled to take place on the 22nd-24th November 2019 at Pontins, Southport.

There are volunteering opportunities for anyone from the age of 16 to 65+. It is an opportunity to explore vocation and calling to ministry with and alongside Children, Youth and Young adults. There are a variety of roles to be filled and an opportunity to be a part of a large Methodist event which  focuses on hearing  and responding  to the voices of children and young people across the Connexion.

The Volunteer teams consist of 3 main categories:

Venue/programme teams-who work within each of the venues to manage the setup of the venue space for the programming in this venue and to be a support to those facilitating sessions in the Venues.

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Jesmond United Reformed Church Community Garden

The Community Garden is a resource for all to enjoy. You may like to visit and just wander, looking at the plants, perhaps resting on one of the seats!  May your time here be blessed with real peace. The entrance to the garden is at the end of the short path into Haldane House at 51 Burdon Tce, 20 yards east of the church.

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Church Council

‘The next meeting of Church Council will take place on Wednesday 26th June, 7:30 p.m.  Any items you would like raised with Church Council should be given in writing to either Revd. Antony or Church Council Secretary Maureen Baker the.hebron.bakers@totalise.co.uk  by Sunday 23rd June at the latest.’

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The Story project Workshop Day

Tuesday 25th June, 10am - 4pm or 6.30pm - 9.30pm, at Wrekenton Methodist Community Church.  This will be a fun and interactive day with workshops and if you wish to, the opportunity to share your story in the story booth. 
We all need a little bit of help in sharing our story of faith.  This day will inspire, equip and encourage you to speak naturally and openly about your story.   Every Christian has a unique story of faith that is worth sharing.
For those not able to attend through the day, a slightly shorter session will be repeated in the evening which will include most of the activities and resources.  

To book your place on either the day time or evening session contact deeassistantne@gmail.com

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Messy Church Volunteers

Messy Church Volunteers are needed to continue to develop Messy Church which is held at Morpeth Methodist Church approx every 6 - 8 weeks on Saturday afternoons at 3 - 5 pm. No specific training needed just a desire to help children and families enjoy and experience a Christian fun afternoon with crafts and stories and a hot meal. DBS check required and a sense of fun. Please see any of the team, Jane Greaves, Clive Kemp, Louise Marsland,  Susan Edwards, Jackie Laidlaw, Viv Scott, Gwen Charlton, Janet Brough, Helen Jones to get started.

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Women's Fellowship

The Women’s Fellowship at St Andrew’s and St Mark’s Church, Newbiggin are hosting a Pie and Pea supper on 19th June at 7pm.

Leanne Todd and her choir will be entertaining everyone.

Tickets are £4 each, please do come along and join in.

To book please ring 01670 853153 or 01670 816098

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Visit to the reform Synagogue, Kenton

I have now arranged for a group of interested folks from Northern Synod to visit the Newcastle Reform Synagogue, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, during one of its regular Shabbat service on Saturday 22 June 2019, starting at 10.30am. This is a valuable opportunity to learn about Reform Judaism and its traditions, and it should add to our inter-faith awareness and learning, especially as ‘cousins in the Abrahamic faiths’. From my recollection the service is conducted mostly in English, with some Hebrew, and there is a Kiddush (wine, bread, etc.) reception. The whole event should finish around 12.30/1.00pm. - Andy Lie

Any questions ask Sue or Steve Swan

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Lifepath

The Lifepath event for school children is running at Brinkburn Priory from Monday 24th to Friday 28th June 2019

We are setting up during the afternoon of Sunday 23rd June.  At 5pm we will be having a commissioning service, in the Priory and we would love it if you came to join us!

For more information contact Kirstine@mustardtreetrust.org.

or check out the website www.mustardtreetrust.org

or speak to Maureen Baker or Wendy Garvey.

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NEW (North East Women)

NEW (North East Women)
(formerly District Younger Women’s Network)

Invite you to an evening of      SUMMER FELLOWSHIP

Wednesday 19th June 2019,

Meeting at 6.55pm for 7pm.

For a walk around the front at
South Shields    Meal booked for 8.30pm at Colmans Seafood Temple

All (both men and women) are welcome. Please join us!
For further details and to book contact Claire Dixon

e mail – pringle.claire2011@btinternet.com

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MWiB

27th June 2019  7:00 p.m.  Doxford Place Methodist Church, Cramlington.  All ladies are invited to the SENEA Fun Evening – an evening of fellowship with light-hearted entertainment provided by members of some of our churches.  Pooled supper.  A chance to get together with ladies from around the Area.  For more information and car-share contact Maureen Baker  (513333 or the.hebron.bakers@totalise.co.uk)

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Donations to Kamuzinda Victory Church

MMC also sent a further £110 towards the building of toilet facilities at Kamuzinda Victory Church.

Bishop Daniel’s new message

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, I hope you're all well.

Thank you for the funds you sent for toilet, now we have progress and now we have finished roofing because the Church also we raised some funds.

Now we praying for funds for finishing work.

God bless you all

Daniel

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Music Group Helpers

I still have several vacant slots for helpers for Wednesday morning Music Group. If you are able to confirm by email or by adding your name to the rota ( probably the easiest method) please could you do so, after this morning’s service. If you would like to help with either Music Group or monthly Messy Church please contact Jackie Laidlaw. You can leave a message at the desk or ring me at home if I’m not in work.

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Elsdon Avenue Concerts

         

The following concerts will be hosted at Elsdon Avenue Church, Seaton Delaval.

Sunday, 22nd September, at 3pm: Dinara Klinton – Concert Pianist

Sunday, 20th October, at 3pm: Backworth Male Voice Choir

Sunday, 24th November, at 3pm – Dominic Mountain – Pianist

Tickets to each concert will be £10 per person.

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Weekend Key Holders

We are looking for people to support  our  existing keyholders on a rolling rota basis. If you can some spare weekends free and would be willing  to open  and  close the building over  a weekend , please contact admin on 01670 511078

 

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Church General Meeting

Just a reminder to those who have not yet sent in their reports that the deadline is June 7th.  Please email them or leave them at reception as soon as possible.  Thank you.

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Away Day

Away Day for Preachers, Worship Leaders and anyone interested in leading worship.  Saturday 6th July.  Led by Canon Peter Dodd.  Theme ‘Taking the World Seriously’ – looking at planning worship based on current affairs.  Bring a Bible and a packed lunch.  Venue is Doxford Place Methodist Church, Cramlington.  10:30 a.m. start (refreshments will be served from 10:00 a.m.)  The day will end with an informal communion by 4 p.m.  For further information contact Worship and Preaching group secretary, Maureen Baker

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Common Ground

Thanks to all who contributed in May.  In June we will be collecting toiletries.  Other items always welcome.

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Tuesday Lunches

Why not come along and meet your friends for lunch in the Coffee Lounge?

Soup and a selection of sandwiches, followed by tea/coffee and cake, are available from

12.00 noon until 1.30 pm every Tuesday in a friendly welcoming atmosphere.

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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 May 2019- June 2019

May 2nd and 16th

June 6th and 20th

July 4th and 18th

August 1st and 15th

September 5th and 19th

October 3rd and 17th

November 7th and 21st

December 5th and 19th

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Puddlers

The next meeting will be at 11.00 am on Tuesday 11th June. We are looking at Women of the New Testament.  This week 'Elizabeth'.  Please read Luke Chapter 1.

Everyone is very welcome to join us. 

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