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Below please find messages from the congregation to keep church folk up to date with what is going on in each others lives or for church folk to send encouraging messages to the congregation in general. If you want to post a message to this page, please email it to webmaster@bishopmethodist.org.uk or ring/contact the minister and he will pass it on.

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  • Can you help? 20-22 August

    FareShare Summer Food Collection

    FareShare organise the charity donations that Tesco, Asda and other supermarkets pass onto the likes of Woodhouse Close Foodbank and other charities that can help those who struggle to buy food or use it to provide meals for those who will benefit from them. Rev John and Vanessa have helped the Baptist Church to share with Woodhouse Close FareShare collections that they would in normal circumstances use themselves to benefit the community from both Asda and Tesco. In doing this, we have been made aware of this Summer Food Collection.

    Can you donate just one item? @Tesco is running a Summer Food Collection from today until Saturday to support @FareShareUK & @TrussellTrust but due to social distancing there won’t be volunteers in-store collecting donated items.

    Share this & help get food to people in need #FoodHero #EveryCanHelps

    Watch the video below

  • Two deaths…

    We have heard the sad news this week of the passing of two friends who worshipped with us in times past:

    We extend to the families of Avril Hill and Marjorie Jean Cameron our sympathy and prayers at this time.

  • Drive in Church

    Bookings now open

    Click on the picture below to go to the eventbrite booking page:

  • Funeral of Betty Elliott

    Betty’s funeral takes place this afternoon. We hold as a congregation her family in our thoughts and prayers at this time, remembering her quiet ways amongst us over the many years.

  • Millie shares her thoughts on Methodist Conference

    Thoughts on Conference

    As it was my first time at Conference this year, I knew it was going to be a little bit daunting at least. Then to add to the strange events, COVID 19 meant that it would only be held online. So I sat in my bedroom for a couple of days and listened to the whole of Conference online on a website called Zoom. I was able to vote like usual, and listen to all of the discussions, which I found very interesting, but also very strange. They discussed a few things which I didn’t understand at first, but with a bit of research on top, I was able to get my head around the conversations and topics. 

    One topic which was discussed, and really stood out to me, was the current ongoing topic of the black lives matter movement. Quite a few people decided to raise their hand to talk about and discuss this topic, which was very lovely to see. I was able to see different people’s opinions on things that have happened, and also see what people think should happen. Although I didn’t speak and raise my hand, I would have definitely agreed with what most people said, so was great to hear and see other people saying it too. 

    I would love to get the chance to go again, and experience Conference again in person hopefully! It was a real eye opening experience, especially coming from just one little church, with not many young people at all. I was able to talk to a couple of other young people who were involved in the Conference, and have spoken to them about hopefully going with them to Conference next year! 

    Millie Cairns, Darlington District Youth Representative to Conference 2020

    Rev Richard Teal, Methodist President 2020-21 and Mrs Carolyn Lawrence, Vice President 2020-21, had their installation service online

    If you want to watch back any of the Conference sessions, or listen to the Presidential/Vice Presidential address, find the videos on the Methodist Church’s YouTube Channel

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