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Now that Covid19 restrictions have, in the main, been lifted (and may they so remain), Sunday services have resumed and groups are starting to meet on our premises once again.

Well, almost open…

It is regret that two of our long established clubs, The Frog’s Toddler Group and The Men’s Supper Club will not be reopening due to the staff not being able to run them any more. However, not all is lost as we are negotiating with the child minders who came to Toddlers pre-pandemic to take it on albeit in a different format. So watch this space for more information.

Community Garden

The proposal to develop a Community Graden in the area outside the Coffee Lounge was made by Shelley Whittington and Abby Herring to Church Council. The plan, which was accpeted, would include raised, accessible beds growing vegetables and herbs, a pollinator area to attract insects with a bug hotel, a mud kitchen to encourage outdoor play and exploration for young children, a potting area, to sow and cultivate our planting and a memory / reflection garden, planted up, with a wildlife pond, plants and a seated area, designed for reflection and rest.

Phase 1 of this project has taken off and the produce of the spring and summer sowing is available for the picking. However, produce is only the means to an end as the main purpose of this project is to bring the local community together. Further plans to be put before our Church Council later this month, include extending the garden from the patio outside our Coffee Lounge right the way through to a new entrance in Martin Way. This will enable the construction of the remaining components of the garden as listed above together with pick-your-own vegetable beds.

Garden Cafe

Parallel to the garden project above, proposals will also be brought to Church Council for our Coffee Lounge to be designated as a Garden Cafe. This would not be a commercial cafe but one that can be used for a variety of purposes such as Coffee & Chat, Lunch Club, as well as somewhere visitors to the garden can pop in for a cuppa and a natter. We will also be exploring it for use by organisations such as Mencap, CAP, Junk Cafe and the possibility of holding informal services, hosting music evenings and a book club.

Other activities

Also, the following activities are now up and running, although with the summer holidays in full swing, some may not be meeting in August. Please check with the contact listed to find out.

Check back from time to time to see the updated list.

Day Time Group Contact
Sunday 17:00 - 18:00 Karate Maggie (07932 977 048)
Monday 18:45 - 21:15 Pilates/keep fit Natasha’s website
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 Coffee and Chat Geraldine
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 Pilates for Ladies Anita Benoit (07854 003 648)
Wednesday 17:45 - 19:45 Wimbledon Drama Rob (07958 412 183)
Wednesday 19:30 - 20:30 Pilates for Ladies Anita Benoit (07854 003 648)
Thursday 09:45 - 12:15 Baby massage Samantha Pemble
Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 Townswomen’s Guild Tracy (020 3648 0988)
Thursday 18:00 - 19:30 Brownies
Thursday 20:00 - 22:00 Wandle Band
Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Pilates for Ladies Anita Benoit (07854 003 648)
Friday 10:00 - 12:45 Jemma
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00 Players Academy Player’s website
Saturday 14:00 - 16:00 Baby first aid Caroline

Above all “Stay Safe” is still the watchword and although the wearing of masks is now down to personal choice, it is still advised that they are worn in confined spaces. Also sanitising stations are still dotted about the building for your use.

Services at Martin Way

As of 23rd May 2021, we are back worshipping live and will continue to do every Sunday from now on, subject of course, to the current Covid19 restrictions. The service is simultaneously broadcast on our Facebook page. Do come and join us. To watch a service again or even for the first time, just click on the preacher’s name in the table below.

Date Preacher
01Aug Tony Loft
08Aug Valerie Ashcroft
15Aug Revd Paul Timmis
22Aug Brenda Cannon
29Aug Valerie Ashcroft
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05Sep Brenda Cannon
12Sep Revd Paul Timmis
19Sep Valerie Ashcroft
26Sep Revd Paul Timmis
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03Oct Tony Loft
10Oct Revd Paul Timmis
17Oct Viv Newitt
24Oct Richard Graham
31Oct Valerie Ashcroft

Lectionary - Year B

Week commencing 19th September 2021

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, 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, we’ll occasionally include the words of a new one.

Let the cross shine out

In this house all people will be welcome.  
In this house all people will find love.  
Open the doors so all the world may enter.  
Open your hearts and share the love of God.  

Let the cross shine out like a beacon  
bringing hope to all who need your love.  
As we sing our song of adoration  
let our lives reflect the love of God.

We are here to worship in God’s presence,  
singing songs of worship, songs of love.  
Just as this place bears witness to God’s splendour  
may our lives bear witness to his love.

Let the cross shine out like a beacon  
bringing hope to all who need your love.  
As we sing our song of adoration  
let our lives reflect the love of God.

For the Church is more than bricks and concrete,  
more than glass and metal, nails and wood.  
It’s in the lives of all of those who serve him  
and who show the world the love of God.

Let the cross shine out like a beacon  
bringing hope to all who need your love.  
As we sing our song of adoration  
let our lives reflect the love of God.

Words: © Paul McDermott  
Metre: Irregular with refrain  
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.

Fund-raising

We’ve passed the £450.00 mark.

Thank you to all our supporters

Total raised so far £ 471.46, (as at 12th September 2021). That’s money received from suppliers after our supporters (26 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 Notice 2021

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 Privacy Notice 2021