Paul's message for Christmas is one of hope. To quote a passage near towards the end "As we celebrate Jesus’ birth once again, the good news of great joy that we can hold onto is that we too have nothing to fear. Whatever our concerns about our country or the world in general, whatever happens in it or to it, God is with us. That’s the message of Christmas."
Frog’s Toddler Group
Our last session this term will be on Wednesday, 11th December.
In previous years this had been a lunchtime event to accommodate both morning and afternoon sessions. However, since we no longer have an afternoon group we will run our usual but Christmassy Playgroup. Hopefully, if they are not too busy, Father Christmas and his singing elf, Emily will visit us.
We shall start again on Wednesday, 15th January.
Christian CARE is a charity working in the London Borough of Merton. They are a group of 40 volunteers from 16 different churches offering help to anyone whatever their race, colour or religion. Each year over 150 families, whose lives are in crisis, are supported. They are always in need of food, clothes and furniture, so please follow the link to their website for their latest requirements.
Several people from Martin Way volunteer for Christian Care. If you are interested please look at their Volunteers page and get in touch.
Faith in Action
By collecting harvest gifts, we continue to support Merton Faith in Action, who every Wednesday and Friday throughout the year, run the Merton Homeless Drop-in with the help of volunteers. On average about 65 homeless and vulnerably housed people attend each session. These are mainly men, and a few women, for whom little other help is available. As well as a warm and friendly welcome they can get a high-quality hot lunch, internet access and help with filling in on-line forms, and help with moving on. Learn more about this charity at the FiA website.
Services for December 2019
Revd Paul Timmis (Holy Communion & Gift Service)
Richard Graham (Morning Worship)
Revd Emma Cusack (Morning Worship)
Revd Paul Timmis (Holy Communion)
Revd Paul Timmis (Nativity/Cafe Worship)
Brenda Cannon (Carol Service)
Revd Paul Timmis (Christingle)
Revd Paul Timmis (Midnight Communion)
Revd Paul Timmis (Christmas Day)
Valerie Ashcroft (Morning Worship)
Services for January 2020
Viv Newitt (Morning Worship)
Revd Paul Timmis (Covenant / Holy Communion)
Revd Paul Timmis (Morning Worship)
Circuit M&R Meal at Stoneleigh
Andy Frost (Morning Worship)
Revd Paul Timmis (Healing Holy Communion)
Can we help?
Please let us know if there is any way in which we can be of service to you by contacting us via the Contact us page. All communications will be treated in the strictist confidence.
Do you know anyone who has dementia or is caring for someone suffering with dementia then you may find the organisation "Dementia Friends" helpful.
Dementia Friends is an organisation about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help.
The Merton Dementia Hub is a unique community based service for people with dementia, their family and carers.
Their address is:
The first Christians were Jewish converts, and found it difficult to welcome non-Jews as equals in their new Faith. St. Paul leans heavily on the Jewish Scriptures to demonstrate that God’s love in Christ is for Jew and Gentile alike.
According to the Jewish Historian Josephus, King Herod regarded John the Baptist as a threat to the precarious peace of Israel, and therefore had him arrested. But John was calling for a spiritual revolution – and Jesus was among those who responded.
We've heading towards the £150 mark. Thank you to all our supporters Please join in and raise funds for free
Total raised so far £134.60 (as at 7/12/19). That's money received from suppliers after our supporters (21 so far) have shopped on-line at no cost to themselves.
Please go to our Fundraising page for more information or click on the picture below to join the scheme or to shop if you've already registered.
The December 2019/January 2020 edition is now available. To keep up to date with events at Martin Way, left-click to read or right-click to download on the Newsletter cover.
Please click on an event for further details. If you would like to have an event or meeting added to the calendar please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Contact us page.
A Word in Time
Would you like to follow a Bible Study, but don't know where to start? Then why not go to A Word in Time on the Methodist Church web site and follow this week's Bible Study.
The Community page showcases organisations which have chosen Martin Way as a place where they feel they can offer further services to the community. Most are regular long-standing bookings. Have a look to see if any strike a chord with you.
Please pray for others known to you who are ill, bereaved, in need of encouragement or just in need of a friendly word, especially if you're the one able to give it. It could mean so much to them.