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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.


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.


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


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:






Added on 13/04/2017.

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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 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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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.

Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir

Book the Date

The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir will be performing at Morpeth Methodist Church on Saturday 14th September 2019 at 7:00 pm.  This will be a ticketed event and tickets, free of charge, (with an opportunity to donate on the night), are now available from the church office 01670 511078, (Monday - Friday).  A wonderful, vibrant, energetic, exuberant and uplifting evening of song, dance and drumming is guaranteed.  Be sure to secure your tickets to avoid disappointment.

The choir will also be performing at Heighley Gate Garden Centre at intervals between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm on Saturday 14th September.

A concert will take place at Chantry Middle School on Tuesday 17th September.  Tickets at the door £4 adults, £3 children.

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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. CRB 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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Strawberry Event

 St. George’s Church Afternoon Strawberry Event to be held on Saturday 27th July at 2.30pm with entertainment at 3.00pm by the Grainger Singers. Admission £6.00 at the door to include Strawberries and Cream with Tea or Coffee

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The Vine - Summer Edition

Can you please let Arlette Irving have contributions to the next issue of the church magazine as soon as possible. Pictures, articles, family news, thoughts, poems, recipes, book reviews…...or anything else that takes your fancy….. all welcome. Email to or leave at reception.  Deadline: 21st July

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Saturday Walking

The next walk will be on Saturday 27th July.  Further details later but all welcome to join us for a walk of about 7 miles in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside followed by refreshments.  Leaders Maureen and Ken Baker

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‘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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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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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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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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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

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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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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