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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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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.

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.

Operation Christmas Child

We have been advised that there will be significant changes for this year’s project. A meeting for all volunteers to advise of and discuss these changes will take place on 4th September at 7pm in Doxford Place Church.

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Church Directory

We are starting to prepare an updated edition of the Church Directory and everyone will shortly receive a letter showing what details are being held for them.  (Any letters which have not been collected from church will be posted out this week.)

Please do check your letter and let us know whether there are any corrections/updates needed. 

If you would like your contact details to appear in the next directory, it is essential that you return the consent form.  In previous years we have used the ‘opt out’ method but this is no longer legal and only those from whom we have received consent forms can be included.

If we hold email details for you, you should also receive a message from us just checking that our information is up to date.

Anyone who does not receive a letter (and email if appropriate), please let the office know.   Thanks

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School Uniforms

If you are able to donate 2nd hand school uniforms - any school, any size from reception up to sixth form - in good condition, please leave them at reception.  School shoes are also needed and smart interview clothes.  These will be passed to the Stobhill Community Link office for distribution.

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Communion Preparation

A small number of people prepare the elements for Communion on Sunday mornings, working in pairs.  They bring the bread, pour wine into cups, take home cloths to wash as needed and ask people on the day to be servers. Various circumstances mean that the number of people involved has dropped of late and we really need a few more people.  We aim to only have people on duty once each quarter at the most.  If you would like to help,  please speak to Lorrie Bronsema.

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MHA _ Thank You

Thank-you to all who bought jam last Sunday.  The sale raised £48 for the Methodist Homes Association.  I hope you all enjoy the jam.  Maureen Baker, church MHA rep.

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Christian Aid

The Annual Street Collection for Christian Aid is being held on Saturday 21st September.  All we require are people willing to stand with a collecting box for one of the hours between 9 am and 3 pm.  Please see Margaret Brock if you are willing to take part.

Christian Aid Ceilidh is on Saturday 28 September in St George’s URC Hall from 7.30 –10pm.

The St George’s Ceilidh Band will be playing and Jared will be doing the Calling.  Each dance will be walked through first so no previous dancing experience is necessary.  There will be a bar where you can buy your drinks – nibbles will be provided at the tables.

You can come and enjoy the evening even if you don’t want to do all the dances – the Band will be playing music between all the dances as well!

Adults £5 per person – accompanying children FREE!  Tickets available from either Margaret Johnson or Margaret Brock, or you can pay on the door.

New Treasurer for Christian Aid Group
Roz Soulsby, who has performed this role for many years now wishes to step down so we need someone to replace her. Before Roz took on the role, it was undertaken by one of the church representatives, but I think that it is much better if the work can be spread by having an additional member of the Group to do that. But of course if one of you would like to volunteer there is no reason why you shouldn’t.

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Suggestion Box

You are invited to contribute your ideas and suggestions and to find out more about existing and proposed projects relating to work with families and throughout the wider Morpeth Community.

If you’d like to add any suggestions or ideas to be discussed, please pop them into the two Suggestions boxes. These are now located in the Centre Reception and on the deep window ledge outside the hall. If you’re interested in either Family or Community work or both - (there’s obviously a big cross over) but are unable to attend the meetings, I’m happy to meet up for a coffee and chat at a time which is convenient.

The “Family” meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10th of September. We will be meeting in the Coffee Lounge at MMC (refreshments provided).  All Church members involved with Children’s and Youth work will be invited. It will be a great chance to find out what is currently working well and what support (if any) is required. There will also be a chance to discuss my current “Action Plan” and to explore new ideas.

The “Community” meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th of September, with the venue once again being the Coffee Lounge. This will provide an opportunity to chat about how Morpeth Methodist Church are currently working to engage with local residents and support those in greater need due to low income/ Asylum seeker status. It will be a good opportunity to learn about the work of local groups and charities and to find out what can be done to provide practical support.

Please come along/ contact Jackie to find out more.

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Methodist prayer handbooks, 2019 - 2020

New prayer handbooks are now available from reception.  Ordinary & large print formats.  £3.95 each.

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Induction of Revd Julian Sanders

The URC churches in Morpeth, Widdrington and Great Bavington are delighted to be welcoming the Revd Julian Sanders as their new minister.  His induction service will be in St George’s URC on Saturday 31st August at 3.00 pm.  All welcome.  Refreshments to follow.

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Key Holders

I am in the process of updating our key holder information and would be grateful if those who have  keys/fob to the church could confirm what keys/fob they have, including the number on the fob. This can be done either by email or by passing the information to Lorrie, Carol or myself.  Thank you. Darleen

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Saturday Walking, 21st September

Meet 10:00 at the Rugby Club for a walk south from Blanchland.  7 miles.  Moorland, field paths and minor roads.  Including a visit to the remains of the historic Sikehead Lead mines.  Great views, scenery and nothing too strenuous.  Refreshments afterwards in Blanchland.   Further details from Maureen Baker.

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Wansbeck Foodbank

Wansbeck Food Bank

Throughout the year, MMC acts as a collection centre for the Wansbeck Food Bank.  Many of you make regular contributions of food or cash which are much appreciated.

Last year, the food bank supplied roughly 40,000 meals-worth of food across the region.  This year, they expect to provide about 50,000 meals - so demand is clearly rising.

This time of year is a particular problem for families in need.  The school holidays are just beginning and that means that access for children to free school meals stops until September.  That can put a huge strain on people already struggling.

In addition to supplying people directly with groceries, this summer Wansbeck Food Bank will also be supporting a number of schools which are taking part in the holiday Hunger Project.

All this adds up to a greatly increased need for supplies over the next few months.  If you don’t already donate to the food bank, please consider doing so.  It doesn’t have to be a lot - just pick up an extra tin of something with your weekly shop. Groceries (non-perishables) can be left in the green basket at reception.  If you would rather give cash, please give it to reception staff to pass on.

According to their website, the following items would be particularly welcomed at present:

“Small tubs of Buttery Spread, Small Blocks of Cheese, Long Life Milk, Tins of Carrots, Tins of Sweetcorn, Packets of Potato Mash, Tins of Rice Pudding, Toilet Rolls

In addition Shower gel, Shampoo, Toothpaste, and small Bars of Chocolate would be gratefully received.”

We are also talking to the food bank about the possibility of providing ‘back to school’ supplies of essential stationery for them to distribute - watch this space for details.

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MWiB Fellowship Day

Thursday 26th September  SENEA MWiB  Fellowship Day. ‘Journey’ led by Revd. Una McLean  at  St Margaret’s Chapel, Longhirst Road,  Pegswood  NE61 6XF. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (tea/coffee from 10:30 a.m.)  Ladies from around the ecumenical area will get together for a day of fellowship, fun and inspiration.  The day will close with communion.  Bring a packed lunch – and if you wish, bring along a small memento, photo, postcard etc. of somewhere significant to you.   But most importantly bring yourself!   Further information from Maureen Baker.

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Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir

The Pearl of Africa Children's Choir will give an inspirational, energetic, enthralling and engaging performance of singing, dancing and drumming in traditional colourful costumes at 7:00 pm in Morpeth Methodist Church on Saturday 14th September.  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 (Mon - Fri).  Be sure to secure your tickets to avoid disappointment.

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

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

Everyone is welcome at the performances and a complete list of all the concerts to be given by the choir is available from MMC and Morpeth Town Hall.

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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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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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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 July.  In August we will be collecting tinned meat (not pork) and fish.  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 2019

September 5th and 19th

October 3rd and 17th

November 7th and 21st

December 5th and 19th

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Puddlers

Having finished our study of Women of the New Testament, Puddlers is having a break for a few weeks before starting our new study.  We haven’t quite decided what we will be looking at next - possibly Thessalonians or Colossians - but we will reassemble on Tuesday 3rd September at 11.00 am.

 

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