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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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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.

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.

Christmas Activities at Morpeth Methodist Church

Friday

13th December                    Come and Sing – This is the Star -an event for local pre-schoolers and Nurseries (Booking advised)

10:00 -11.30am                  Crafts, carols and Christmas story

Saturday

14th December       

3:00 -5:00                             Messy Church -Bible based fun games and activities, plus hot meal and refreshments

Saturday /Sunday

14th/15th December           Nativity Festival

10:00-5:00pm

2:00 – 5:00 pm (Sun)         Display of nativity scenes, crafts, refreshments and live music

                                   

Sunday

15th December

10:30-4:00                             Nativity Play at St. George’s

4:00                                        Carol Service at MMC

Wednesday

18th December

10:00 -11:30                          Rainbow Rhythms Sing a long Nativity For pre-schoolers and their carers

Sunday

22nd December

10:00am                                 Morning Worship

Tuesday

24th December

11:30                                   Midnight Service Refreshments from 11:00

 25th December

10:00                                  Christmas Worship

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Christmas Events

Are you around on the morning of Friday 13th of December? I’m looking for help with setting up for Morpeth Methodist Church’s annual “ Come and Sing” for pre-schoolers. We need several tables of craft equipment putting out and some chairs moving. If you’re free and able to help with crafts that would be great also. We’re making musical shakers ( I’m collecting small plastic bottles and pots) crowns fit for a King! Angels and icing ginger biscuits. This will be followed by the Nativity story and Christmas carols and songs. Time 9:00 am setting up. Event( 10.00 -11.30) Sign up on the Volunteering Board or contact Jackie 01670 504408

Help would also be welcomed on Sat 14th/ 15th of December for Nativity Festival.

It’s that time of year again – The card competition has been judged and the winners will be announced. I’m looking for volunteers to deliver Christmas cards around the town businesses from Thursday 5th December until Thursday 12th December. The cards will have Christmas Greetings in them from MMC and service times. Please sign up on the Volunteering Board. I’d be very grateful and it’s brilliant pre- Christmas exercise!

Lastly, I’m looking for the loan of small toy animals ( preferably in pairs) to decorate the St George’s MS Society Christmas tree entry. If any one has some or spare rainbow coloured decorations/ old “crystal” type light fittings that can be stripped as raindrops, please place in the box in Reception. I will need them pretty soon as the tree needs to be completed by Friday 6th December. The theme is “ Noah’s Ark” and in light of recent flooding and the destruction of the world’s eco system, we thought it would be a topical, colourful ( different – I admit it’s not seasonal!) theme.

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The Vine

Due to postage and printing costs and data protection we have had to change the process for distributing the Vine. A copy of the  Vine will be emailed to everyone who has an email on the family roll (one per couple), Pastoral visitors will be dropping off a copy to everyone on their pastoral list and extra copies will be available  at reception.

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Kamuzinda Victory Church

Greetings in the name of Jesus , I hope you are all well

I want to inform you that Kamuzinda Victory Church has prepared to celebrate 30 years of its existence on 26th Dec 2019, the Church was started in ,1989 in December under tree, after preachers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ came and preached in the villages around and  some people believed to take Jesus Christ as there Lord and Savior.

Since then people came on joining the church and the church has grown now to nearly 300 people and many others have passed through this Church and blessed by this Church and we have invited them to celebrate together and thank the Lord.

We will have different activities to be done through the day , we shall conduct worship and praise service and a sermon shall be preached by the guest speaker, testimonies will be given and knowing each other etc. And we are expecting to have lunch, it will be a long day, different Church choirs are invited to sing plus community around are invited to attend and government officials.

So we need your prayers and support to our budget.

God bless you so much

We wish you all a happy Christmas and a happy new year 2020.

Daniel 

On behalf of organizing committee and the whole Church

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West End Refugee Service

A notice from WERS saying all their clothes storage facilities are full - so they can not take any more clothes until further notice.

West End Refugee Service will be collecting donations to give to all the destitute asylum seekers they work with during Festive Week, 16th – 20th December. They would be enormously grateful for any of the following items for the 124 male clients they are currently supporting:


- Socks - Men’s shampoo - Chocolate - Toothbrushes- Men’s shower gel - Toothpaste - Men’s Deodorant
 

They are also supporting 19 female destitute clients and so women’s shower gel, shampoo, deodorant and chocolate for them would also be great.
 

 WERS really needs to receive these by the end of November so that they have time to sort all the gifts.


They also try to give destitute clients additional payments from the Hardship fund over the Christmas period, so if anyone would like to make any additional
financial donations, please visit their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/wers

Thank you very much for all your support!"

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Nativity Festival – Messy Church Saturday 14th December 2019

 

Do you enjoy fellowship, fun, food and friendship? Are you curious about what Messy Church is all about? Come and join us for a special Christmas Messy Church Party during the Nativity weekend here at Morpeth Methodist Church. On Saturday 14th December at 1500 – 1700 as part of the nativity weekend we are hosting an all age Messy Church. It will be an opportunity for children and adults alike to join in with Crafts, worship, party games, music, good food and good company.  We are hoping also to have a visit at the close from a very Important person. If you have a small person you’d like to bring along that would increase the magic. All welcome. For catering purposes please pop your name and number of folk attending and the age / boy or Girl  on the Messy Church notice board in the foyer next to the stairs by Sunday 8th December or alternatively speak to any of the stewards. Its going to be a good one!

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Rainbow Rhythms

Our music group for pre-school children meets each Wednesday (check with office during school holidays) at 10.00 am.  All 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 2019

December 5th and 19th

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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