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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

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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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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

From 1.30pm on Thursday 23rd August 2018 to 2.30pm on Friday 23rd August 2019

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 26th April 2019 from 1.30pm to 2.00pm

David Ponsford, organist, harpsichordist and musicologist, opens our 2019 series of organ recitals. 

Entry is free and there will be refreshments to follow.

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Lunchtime Organ Recital

Friday 24th May 2019 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Our second recital this year will be given by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist, Durham Cathedral.  we are delighted to welcome Daniel back to MMC.

Entry is free and there will be refreshments to follow.

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Lunchtime Organ Recital

Friday 28th June 2019 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

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

Sunday 28th July 2019 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

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 20th September 2019 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

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 1.30pm to 2.30pm

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.

Tea Time Talk

The next TTT will be held at 2 pm on Thursday 25 April in St George's URC hall.  The speaker is Simon Foley and his talk is entitled "Mutinies" - sounds fascinating!  Please try and let Jared know (in advance if possible) if you are intending to come so that we can cater appropriately for the cream tea afterwards. 

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Country Dance Club

Country Dance Club

A reminder that the next CDC (the last before the Summer break) will be on Saturday 4 May in St George's URC Hall.  I think we will be rather short on numbers (both of Band and dancing) so please do come along if possible - and bring friends!

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Greetings from Kamuzinda

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ I hope you are all well and we are also well and we had a good Palm Sunday yesterday and the sermon was  Jesus had a plan on palm Sunday and that plan was to cleanse the Temple that's why he mobilized multitudes and entered Jerusalem in power and the city was moved in terror and Jesus entered the Temple and cleansed it and priests feared to stop him because they feared the multitudes. Matthew 21:1_16

We wish all members of MMC a happy Easter.

God bless you all, Daniel

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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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Easter Offering

Every Easter the Methodist Church in Britain invites donations to the World Mission Fund through the Easter Offering envelopes.  The WMF supports the work of 65 Partner Churches outside Britain and Ireland through mission partners, nationals in mission appointments, scholarship and leadership training and other grants.  Please give generously to this vital work and continue to support it in prayer throughout the year.  This year the Easter Offering from all the Methodist Churches in the South East Northumberland Ecumenical Area will be dedicated at a special service held HERE at MMC at 6pm on Sunday 19th May.  Representatives of many different SENEA churches will take part but the guest speaker will be our own Mrs Pam Oakley.  The service will include information about the work of the World Mission Fund  and there will be refreshments afterwards.  Please  come along to support this service especially when it is at our church this year.

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Murder Mystery

Saturday 11th May at 7.30 pm in St George's URC  Church Hall.  Lift available.  A Murder Mystery Evening presented by the St George's Community Players with a 2 Course Supper served during the play scenes. A vegetarian option will be available.  Tickets £10 00 will be available from 1st April and may then be obtained from Gillian or Ken Irvine, or from The Tourist Information Centre at the Chantry

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Graham Kendrick

An evening with Graham Kendrick called Keep the Banner Flying High at 7.30 pm on Thursday 2nd May at Dunston Activity Centre, Gateshead.

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Lunchtime Concert

Wednesday 13th May at St. George’s URC.

Eilidh Gillespie(Flute) Iona Brown(Violin) and Nick Byrne(Cello) all from Royal Northern Sinfonia. Tickets £3.00 at the door. Doors open 12noon

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Common Ground

Thanks to all who contributed in March. In April we will be collecting toilet rolls.  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

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Puddlers

Now that Lent is over, Puddlers are having a week off before resuming our study of 2 Corinthians.  Next meeting will be at 11.00 am on Tuesday 30th April.

Everyone is very welcome to join us. 

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