Notices 20 June 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 20th June 2021

"Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"
Mark 4 v 41

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please remember Chris Chester in your prayers following the death, last Friday, of her husband Peter.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

Church Reopening – we are still opening again on Sunday 27th June at 10:30am, however social distancing will be in place – please follow the signs. To comply with Covid track and trace regulations we must take the contact details of everyone attending. Everyone must wear a mask and we will not be allowed to sing or offer tea and biscuits. The doors and windows must be open. On the plus side we have been advised that the toilets can be used as normal.

We are starting the Thursday morning prayer time on 1st July.

Paper Service Sheets and Notices – we will not be delivering these anymore and would like to offer a very big thank you to Alan for hand delivering these every Saturday since the Church closed. If you would like a copy of the Circuit Service on DVD please call Geoff Wilcox on 545083, a copy of the weekly notices will be included with these in future.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Alan Beesley on 766604. Please do not call Rev Joe Adams while he is off sick.

Notices 13 June 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 13th June 2021

It is good to give thanks to the Lord
Psalm 92 v 1

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for the success of the G7 Summit in Cornwall and pray that all the wealthy countries of the world will do whatever is necessary to ensure a successful roll-out of the Covid vaccines to the poorer countries.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

Church Reopening – we will be open for services again on Sunday 27th June at 10:30am – please note the earlier start time – the half hour service will be led by Alan Beesley. To comply with Covid track and trace regulations we must take the contact details of everyone attending. Everyone must wear a mask and we will not be allowed to sing or offer tea and biscuits. The doors and windows must be open. On the plus side we have been advised that the toilets can be used as normal.

We also plan to start the Thursday morning prayer time on 1st July. We do not have a start date for the Friendly Tea Club at the moment but will provide an update in the newsletter later this month.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Alan Beesley on 766604. Please do not call Rev Joe Adams while he is off sick.

I Remember, I Remember

I remember, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon
Nor brought too long a day;
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away.

I remember, I remember
The roses, red and white,
The violets, and the lily-cups
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birth-day,
The tree is living yet!

I remember, I remember
Where I used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then
That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow.

I remember, I remember
The fir trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was childish ignorance,
But now ‘tis little joy
To know I’m farther off from Heaven
Than when I was a boy.

Thomas Hood 1799-1845

Notices 6 June 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 6th June 2021

‘Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’
Mark 3 v 35

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for our congregations as we gradually open up our church buildings.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

Church Reopening – we will be open for services again on Sunday 27th June at 10:30am – please note the earlier start time – the half hour service will be led by Alan Beesley. To comply with Covid regulations and data protection everyone attending must complete the attached form so that we can maintain a record for track and trace. We do not anticipate large numbers so you do not need to pre-book and it will be alright to bring the form with you on the day.
We will not be allowed to sing or offer tea and biscuits. We would request the toilet is used in an emergency only because it will have to be thoroughly cleaned after each use. We also plan to start the Thursday morning prayer time on 1st July. We do not have a start date for the Friendly Tea Club at the moment but will provide an update in the newsletter next month.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Alan Beesley on 766604. Please do not call Rev Joe Adams while he is off sick.

Notices 30 May 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 30th May 2021

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” Isaiah 6 v 8

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for our congregations as we gradually open up our church buildings.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

Church Reopening – we will be open for services again on Sunday 27th June at 10:30am – please note the earlier start time – the half hour service will be led by Alan Beesley. To comply with Covid regulations and data protection everyone attending must complete a form so that we can maintain a record for track and trace. These will be supplied next week or as soon as possible after that. We will not be allowed to sing or offer tea and biscuits. We would request the toilet is used in an emergency only because it will have to be thoroughly cleaned after each use. We also plan to start the Thursday morning prayer time on 1st July. We do not have a start date for the Friendly Tea Club at the moment but will provide an update in the newsletter next month.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Alan Beesley on 766604. Please do not call Rev Joe Adams while he is off sick.

Broken Angel

The angel fell upon the ground,
A bruised and bloodied thing.
With a tear streaked, battered face
And a torn and broken wing.

Dear Lord, this was not the sight
I thought that I would see
When I asked you for an angel.
An angel just for me.

My heart, you knew, was broken
And bleeding inside of me.
My spirit tossed and tattered
Like a ship on stormy sea.

What good to me an angel, Lord,
That is more bruised than me.
It is not fair, how can I cope,
Dear Lord, what cruelty.

Oh dearest Lord, why do you test
My loyalty in this way.
Why do you send me broken things
And every waif and stray.

My spirit, Lord, is weary
And my strength has gone away.
How could you, a benevolent God,
Treat me in this way.

Oh God, oh God, oh God above,
An angel tattered and torn!
The angel that you sent me, Lord,
Is weeping and forlorn.

I did not think it possible
But my heart is breaking more.
How bitterly I am grieving
For this angel on the floor.

Oh broken angel, let me see
What I can do for you,
Perhaps by mending, healing you
I can be mended too.

Christine Beesley 2021

Notices 23 May 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 23rd May 2021
Pentecost

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit
Acts 2 v 4

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for our congregations as we gradually open up our church buildings.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

Church Reopening – we will be open for services again on Sunday 27th June at 10:30am – please note the earlier start time – the half hour service will be led by Alan Beesley. To comply with Covid regulations and data protection everyone attending must complete a form so that we can maintain a record for track and trace. These will be supplied next week or as soon as possible after that. We will not be allowed to sing or offer tea and biscuits. We would request the toilet is used in an emergency only because it will have to be thoroughly cleaned after each use. We also plan to start the Thursday morning prayer time on 1st July. We do not have a start date for the Friendly Tea Club at the moment but will provide an update in the newsletter next month.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Alan Beesley on 766604. Please do not call Rev Joe Adams while he is off sick.

Notices 16 May 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 16th May 2021

“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world.”
John 17 v 6

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Pray for the people of Israel and Gaza. Please pray for peace in the land where Jesus once walked. Pray that Jews, Muslims and Christians can come to an agreement regarding the Holy city of Jerusalem.

Please pray for our empty Church Buildings and for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

Our minister, Rev Joe Adams, is currently signed off sick and we are not sure when he will be back with us. Please remember him in your prayers. He is not able to take phone calls at the present.

Sunday Services on Zoom – as well as the services on YouTube and FaceBook we also have Zoom services on a Sunday. If you are interested in joining any of these please contact Christine at christine.beesley so that I can send you the link.

Church Reopening – we will provide an update next week.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Alan Beesley on 766604. Please do not call Joe.

The Goldfinch

A pretty baby goldfinch eats our nyger seeds each day,
But one sad day, mistakenly, it went the other way
And flew into our window pane, as fast as it could fly,
We heard the crash and had a look and thought that it would die.

I noticed it was breathing, so I held it in my hand,
When I moved to take a photo, how it gripped my wedding band…
It’s beak was rather splintered from the impact on the end
And it’s head was missing feathers, but we loved our feathered friend.
I went to where it liked to eat it’s precious nyger seeds,
And placed it on the platform where it sat, still dazed, at ease,
Eventually it looked, in one direction then another,
And suddenly it flew away, but just before it’s mother
Came to find her baby bird and sadly flew away.
I hoped they’d be reunited by the ending of the day.

Next morning, baby goldfinch, with it’s mother was seen feeding,
Rather dazed and somewhat battered, but it followed mother’s leading.

Likewise we, as vulnerable believers in the Lord, need to be feeding
On God’s word and He will help us understand what we are reading.
For like the little bird, we too, have sadly gone astray…
We’ve sinned and crashed so frequently and turned from God away,
Maybe we should stop and think of God, and of His Son,
Who made each tiny goldfinch, and He made us too, each one.
He loves us to believe in Him, to repent and say, “I’m sorry”
And live each day with Him to help, until we meet in Glory!

Faith C Gage 2015

With thanks to Maudie for sharing this with us

Notices 9 May 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 9th May 2021

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
John 15 v 12

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please continue to pray for the people of India because they are still struggling with a more deadly wave of coronavirus and remember also the people of Brazil and other countries of the world that are still experiencing terrible repercussions from this awful virus. My God be with all His people.

Please pray for our empty Church Buildings and for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

Our minister, Rev Joe Adams, is currently signed off sick and we are not sure when he will be back with us. Please remember him in your prayers. He is not able to take phone calls at the present.

Sunday Services on Zoom – as well as the services on YouTube and FaceBook we also have Zoom services on a Sunday. If you are interested in joining any of these please contact Christine at christine.beesley so that I can send you the link.

Church Reopening – with Joe being off sick at the moment we are not sure when our church will be open again.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Alan Beesley on 766604. Please do not call Joe.

The Cross in my Pocket

I carry a cross in my pocket,
A simple reminder to me,
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be.

This little cross is not magic
Nor is it a good luck charm;
It isn’t meant to protect me
From every physical harm.

It is not for identification
For all the world to see.
It’s simply an understanding
Between my Saviour and me.

When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or a key,
The cross is there to remind me
Of the price He paid for me.

It reminds me too, to be thankful
For my blessings day by day,
And to strive to serve Him better
In all that I do or say.

It’s also a daily reminder
Of the peace and comfort I share
With all who know my Master
And give themselves to His care.

So I carry a cross in my pocket
Reminding no one but me
That Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life
If only I’ll let Him be.

Notices 2 May 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 2nd May 2021

“I am the true vine.” John 15 v 1

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please continue to pray for the people of India as they go through another and more deadly wave of coronavirus and remember also the people of Brazil and other countries of the world that are still experiencing terrible repercussions from this awful virus. My God be with all His people.

Please pray for our empty Church Buildings and for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

Sunday Services on Zoom – as well as the services on YouTube and FaceBook we also have Zoom services on a Sunday. If you are interested in joining any of these please contact Christine at christine.beesley so that I can send you the link.

Church Reopening – we will soon be holding a meeting to discuss when our building can be opened again. If anyone has any issues regarding this please contact Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Alan Beesley on 766604.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Alan Beesley on 766604.

Notices 25 April 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 25th April 2021

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
John 10 v 11

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for the people of India as they go through another and more deadly wave of coronavirus

Please pray for our empty Church Buildings and for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

Sunday Services on Zoom – as well as the services on YouTube and FaceBook we also have Zoom services on a Sunday. If you are interested in joining any of these please contact Christine at christine.beesley so that I can send you the link.

Church Re-opening – we are holding a meeting next month to discuss when our building can be opened again. If anyone has any issues regarding this please contact Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Alan Beesley on 766604.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Alan Beesley on 766604.

The Hands of a Carpenter

The hands of a carpenter created the world,
God’s fingers made stars, quite a feat really,
He just had to say, and light shone in the darkness,
Then from dust, He made man so uniquely.

The hands of a carpenter gave Noah instructions
For ‘step by step; shipping construction;
The wood to be used, and specific dimensions,
Then Noah’s Ark survived global destruction!

The hands of a carpenter made many mangers
After Mary carefully wrapped Jesus asleep in one,
Born in Bethlehem Ephrathah, as Micah had promised,
Where bright angels sent shepherds to visit Him!

The hands of a carpenter were quite used to nails,
Usually held in, not right through His hands,
As when He hung on a cross, a wooden cross,
To die for us all, that’s from all lands.

The hands of a carpenter are outstretched and waiting
Encouraging us all to be His forever,
If we are sorry for sin, and we welcome Him in,
He’ll live in us, best carpenter ever!

Faith C Gage
12/12/11

With thanks to Maudie for sharing this with us

Notices 18 April 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 18th April 2021

Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’

John 24 v 36

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for the Queen and the rest of the royal family following the sad death of the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Please pray for our empty Church Buildings and for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

Sunday Services on Zoom – as well as the services on YouTube and FaceBook we also have Zoom services on a Sunday. If you are interested in joining any of these please contact Christine at christine.beesley so that I can send you the link.

Our Church has been decorated and the carpet cleaned. Many thanks to Alan who assisted and had to move all the chairs.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Alan Beesley on 766604.

The Methodist Church

A prayer for the Prince Philip

Lord God

We give thanks for the long life of Prince Philip, for all that he has contributed to our nation and beyond, and for his support of our Queen. We pray that he will be at rest trusting in the grace of God.

We remember before you Her Majesty the Queen and her family praying that they will know your comfort and strength in the days to come.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The President and Vice-President of the Conference