Come to a COFFEE MORNING
at White Hill Lodge Pitton (SP5 1DU)
in aid of “Action for Children” and “All we Can”
on Wednesday 23rd January 10:30 – 12:00
January 8 Reaching out – to refuge and asylum seekers.
Isabel King, a retired GP, will speak of working with those seeking refuge in Sierra Leone and writing reports for Freedom from Torture.*
January 22 Reaching out – through the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
John Walker, retired Methodist minister, will speak of his work as chair of the Friends of Tolpuddle, making history live through mission today.
February 5 Reaching out – to older people internationally.
Chris Roles, a Methodist from Winchester, heads up Age International which helps people in the ageing process in poorer places of the world.
February 19 Reaching out – to Methodists today, A calling to fulfil.
Ann Reeder, Methodist from Sherborne, is a local government consultant. In the past she has worked both for the Methodist Connexion and in politics at local, national and European level.
March 12 Reaching out – through drama.
Through a performance (directed by Steve Hawkes) of Consequences: The Trial of Arthur James Balfour, written by retired Methodist minister, Warren R Bardsley.
March 19 Reaching out – through poetry.
Jan Sutch Pickard, former Vice President of Methodist Conference and warden of the Iona Community will be using her own poems to speak to us.
* This will coincide with a display in the North Corridor (throughout January) of an exhibition of photographs of refugees mounted by Salisbury Amnesty Group.
The Nativity Festival will include cribs, pictures, models and all are invited to visit and see the many exhibits depicting the Christmas Story.
The Festival will be open for visitors on
Thursday 13th December
and Friday 14th December
from 10.00am to 5.00pm
and Saturday 15th December from 9.00am – 3.00pm.
Full details can be found Here
Christmas is about so much more than the birth of a baby. For us the Incarnation is a key theological theme that illuminates our understanding of what came before Christ and continues to inform our views of the present and the future. This visible commitment of God to the universe, coming in the form of the most vulnerable, a baby, defines the Christian understanding of a God who is more than just on the side of the poor and suffering, but that God is one of the poor and suffering.
This incarnation of the kingdom of God into our world has become so familiar that it has lost all its impact. Christmas has become a time for sentimentality, but it also offers us opportunities to engage with a society which generally ignores God’s message. How we welcome people into our church services and the quality of our worship may draw people closer to God, if we are seeking to spread God’s kingdom through the welcome we give.
For many in our society Christmas is the time to sing the familiar carols, a family time and a time to over indulge in food and drink. However, for a significant number it is a time of debt and depression. How we respond to those who are most disenfranchised, those who cannot celebrate as our society expects, shows how we would serve the one who came as a babe in a manger and a lonely man on a cross. Our task is to serve those who are lonely, suffering, poor, disabled and disadvantaged.
At SMc on 16th December there will be a ‘Blue Christmas’ service for those who find Christmas to be a time of sadness rather than joy. For families the Café on the Green Nativity on Friday 21st December will be a great event.
Once again we have only planned for four services on the Sunday after Christmas each led by one of the Circuit ministers. We hope that congregations will travel to the one nearest to them. This enables us to give our Local Preachers a Sunday free, a thank you for all that they do Sunday by Sunday.
I would also draw your attention to the ‘Talking Together’ services which are at 5.00 p.m. at SMc once a month and will continue to address important issues in the life of the Methodist Church and society in general.
Helen and I hope that you will have a happy and meaningful Christmas.
Sundy 14th October at 6pm
All Welcome to come and sing some Hymns no longer in Singing the Faith.
The following churches also have Harvest Festivals, please see the preaching plan for details.