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Following our recent Church Council meeting, we are absolutely delighted to be able to inform you that we are now actively planning and working towards a return to worship in church w.e.f. Sunday 23rd May. This, rather fittingly, is the day of Pentecost - the day on which we celebrate the birth of the Church.  Recognising that not everyone will yet feel able to join with us, the service will be live-streamed. Further details of what this will involve and look like will follow in the coming week but we wanted to share this wonderful news with you as soon as possible.

Date Preacher Link to FB
04Apr Revd Paul Timmis Easter Sunday
11Apr Circuit Service Easter 2
18Apr Brenda Cannon Easter 3
25Apr Brenda Cannon Easter 4
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02May Tony Loft Easter 5
09May Revd Paul Timmis Easter 6
16May Brenda Cannon Easter 7
23May Revd Paul Timmis Pentecost
30May Viv Newitt
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06Jun Revd Paul Timmis
13Jun Valerie Ashcroft
20Jun Richard Graham
27Jun Revd Paul Timmis
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04Jul Tony Loft
11Jul Brenda Cannon
18Jul Revd Paul Timmis
25Jul Circuit @ Ruxley
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01Aug Tony Loft
08Aug Valerie Ashcroft
15Aug Revd Paul Timmis
22Aug Brenda Cannon
29Aug Viv Newitt
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Lectionary - Year B

Week commencing 16th May 2021 (Easter 7)

Clicking on the Bible reference below will display the full bible text in another window courtesy of BibleGateway

Take 5

The Revd Chris Morley, who has led worship at Martin Way on a number of occasions, has started a venture, called “Take Five”. Each daily thought is a suggestion for how each of us might grow spiritually and come closer to God by reflecting that day on a particular theme. He is inviting people to Take Five minutes each day to join him, either on YouTube or Facebook.

Singing the Faith

In September 2011, Singing the Faith became the first complete and balanced successor to Hymns and Psalms, as the standard hymn book for use in Methodist services. Since its inception, Singing the Faith Plus has published approaching 100 hymn texts not included in the Singing the Faith hymn book. Some of the hymns have been available before in other places; most have not. Some of the authors had already been featured in Singing the Faith; many had not. To bring you a flavour of these new songs, we’ll include the words of a new one each week.

This week’s new song…

A Living Pentecost

Streets are filled with many people, voices raised in every tongue,
Bring first-fruits of their harvest, gift to God from old and young.
In the midst of celebration, comes a new unsettling sound:
A cacophony of praising, Word alive, Spirit unbound!

Chorus:

God is here, speaking our language, speaking as we do,
Christ alive, here in Spirit, and turns the tables, upsets conventions,
Brings a new church to birth, today a living Pentecost.

Mighty wind blows through the city, sweeps a new age into birth,
Holy fire to burn the boundaries, and ignite God's work on earth.
Aramaic, Persian, Coptic, Parthian, Arabic and Greek,
Heard and understood and spoken, God in multi-lingual speak!

God is here ....

Wake up call to every nation, chaos melts, new paths made plain,
Harvest now for new creation, these the first-fruits of Christ's reign.
We, God's Church, arise for action, move in faith to break new ground,
Spirit, take us to the margins where your living work is found.

God is here ....

Words and Music © 2019 Raj Bharath Patta and Clare Stainsby
CCLI licence: 160808

Facebook

You may or may not know that we also have a Facebook page where you can keep up to date with what else is happening in our church family. It can be accessed by clicking on the small blue Facebook logo wherever it pops up on this site or by visting www.facebook.com/martinwaymethodist or by searching for @martinwaymethodist in a browser or on Facebook itself.

Stories of Hope

We all like a good story and inspite of this year being a washout due to “you-know-what” there are some good stories out there among the tragedies that have occured. As part of the Methodist Church #GodIsWithUs campaign for Advent you are invited, to quote their website “read a new story about an individual’s journey through this year. These stories include people who have felt the painful effects of isolation this year, who have experienced insecurity, who have struggled with poor mental health, who have lost loved ones – like so many millions of others. But ultimately, incredibly, God’s loving presence offers them powerful hope.”

Find out how by reading a new story as it is unlocked each day, just like an Advent calendar, at findingourhope.co.uk.

Reading other people’s stories can be uplifting but may also be upsetting. If you want to speak to somebody, or you need other help, we encourage you to go to that website’s “Need help?” page and use the relevant links which take you a range of expert support services.

Closures

Because the situation and guidance is constantly under review we are examining those guidelines as they are published and will attempt to keep you updated as to the situation regarding opening the church for worship and for lettings. At the moment, the church remains closed for worship but some lettings are being allowed back subject to an approved Risk Assessment.

To check what you can and can’t do under the latest guidelines please refer to the Government’s website at Government’s FAQ website.

Above all “Stay Safe”. These are unprecedented and trying times but with God’s help we will pull through.

Fundraising

We’ve now topped the £400.00 mark.

Thank you to all our supporters

Total raised so far £ 410.13, (as at 16th May 2021). That’s money received from suppliers after our supporters (22 so far) have shopped on-line at no extra cost to themselves.

Please join in and raise funds for free by going to our easyfundraising page for more information and where you can join the scheme or shop if you’ve already joined the scheme.

GDPR - Privacy Policy

In view of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came into effect on Friday, 25 May 2018, we have updated our Privacy Policy to detail how we collect, store and handle your personal data to reassure you that your data is safe with us. Please left-click to read or right-click to download on the following link - GDPR Data Privacy Notice