Message Sunday 5th April Palm Sunday

Message – This is based on an email I received from
‘WeAreWorship’…
Self isolation and social distancing have suddenly become
very much a part of our lives. Is it strange to think that
during this season of Lent we have all been asked to give up
one of the things that we value the most, our freedom?
During Lent the church family traditionally stops to
remember Jesus’ own 40 days of self isolation in the desert
(Matthew 4). Retreating away from the hustle and bustle of
life has long been part of the monastic experience, but is
one that all too often passes most of us by in our hectic
modern world.
God makes a way where there’s no way we can see.
‘’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord,
‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future’ (Jeremiah 29:11)’ Could this interruption
of our daily lives allow us to take some time to confirm
God’s plans and paths for us?

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Sunday Message 29th March

The reading for today is Ezekiel 37: 1-14   The Valley of Dry Bones

Initially I was going to look for a different reading with all that is going on now but the more I thought about the reading, the more I realised it can speak to us today in our current situation

“The Babylonian exile was a tragic, and yet fruitful event in the life of the people of Israel. It was tragic, because the nation was torn apart. Yet, the exile also gave Judah an opportunity to rediscover its identity as a people. Much of what we know as the Old Testament emerged in the context of the exile. While, it was a challenging time for the people of Judah, who found it difficult to live in hope of a new and better day”

We are in a time where we are limited in the choices we can make as we are in our homes most of the time and restricted to going out to the reasons given by the Government, to protect ourselves and others.

This week I have been in school so that the students and staff that are looking after them have a clean and safe building. The staff around me are nervous and concerned but also only want to do their best to maintain a safe environment. Other staff at home are preparing the work for each student so they can continue to learn at home.  

But we are also working to ensure when that day comes everyone can return to school and the building will be ready for the return.

What can we do now?

  • Pray
  • Study Gods word
  • Worship through the many online resources that are available
  • Keep in Contact.
  • Offer help where practical

Ezekiel said:  “I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.”

We may feel as if our bones are “very dry.” They feel as if the life has been drained from them, but here is a word of hope. Say to the bones – Live. Call for the wind of the Spirit to breathe life into the bones of our nation and congregations. We may be in exile today, but the realm of God is there in front of us.

Let’s be ready for the day when we can get back out and give thanks and praise!

Chris

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Raise A Hallelujah live at Soul Survivor.

Recorded at Soul Survivor

Raise A Hallelujah

“When we’re afraid, worship is a great weapon to fight our fear. Today we wanted to share this song from last summer and hope it encourages you”

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Rev Kate Message

Message – There’s a song I found on youTube this morning by Matt Redman called ‘You never let go’. It talks about even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, even though we go through the storms of life, which we are facing personally and as a nation God never lets us go. Friends we are facing unrepresented times, some of us are in shock, some of us will react with anger, anger at the greed, the selfishness, the impotence of this situation and want to react in all sort of ways, some familiar to you and some in ways that you don’t recognise. I urge you to stop, pause, call upon the power of the Holy Spirit to enter you, to calm your fears, to let prayer be your companion, scripture be your torch, to allow patience, kindness, compassion to shine from you. We will get through this together by drawing closer to God with Him as our guide. Remember friends he will ‘Never let us go’ through this storm. Hold on, for this too will pass. Rev Kate.

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Live-streamed services – Wesley’s Chapel in London

Wesley’s Chapel in London will continue to live-stream worship, adapted for no physical congregation.

Service times

Wednesday 12:45 Thursday 12:45 Sunday 9:45 and 11:00. 

All these services will be available at :  www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA

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Methodist Church’s updated Covid-19 Coronavirus Information

Methodist Church’s updated advice about what we should be doing in the light of the government’s updated advice 17th March   – https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/.

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JR Church Sunday 22nd March

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Blankets ready for Harvest

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Shoe boxes 2019

OK Operation Christmas Child- Shoebox appeal 2019. Thanks to the generosity of members, friends, the Exercise Class and work colleagues, we were delighted to make up 71 Shoeboxes this year. The response was overwhelming. A team of willing volunteers came along to fill the boxes. The Rotary Club from Derby came to collect them from Church to send off with all the others. We received a Certificate of thanks which is displayed in the Foyer. Many thanks to all involved. It was a superb effort. Chris

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