Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Circuit Newsletter from Jenny 20th March

Funeral details

Rev Kenneth Thornton’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 1.15pm in Woodlands Methodist Church, Glasgow.  This will be followed by a burial at the plot Kenneth himself had selected and arranged, in Lambhill Cemetery. There will be a live link online and on the phone. Please get in touch if you would like the link.

Woodhouse Close Church and Community Centre

Tuesday 23rd March at 10-30 am. National Day of Reflection to remember the past year. Short time of Meditation led by Revd David Payne. 23rd March 2020 marked the beginning of the first lockdown.

Woodhouse Close Church have five music copies of Hymns and Psalms and one music copy of The Methodist Hymnbook. Free delivery to a good home!! Contact webmaster@bishopmethodist.org.uk for details.

Thank you to Circuit members and their churches who have supported the Crisis work over the past year at Woodhouse Close. The donations of food are sadly still needed and they are grateful for the support.

If you would like to donate food, the following items are most needed at the moment:

  • Packet soup
  • Meat paste
  • Soap powder – they split into smaller amounts.
  • Tinned ham
  • Easter treats
  • (Please no pasta or tinned soup at present)

Easter Celebration CD 2021

Available to download
https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/lent-and-easter/easter-celebration-cd-2021/
Rev David has a few available if you would like one for someone who is not online.

On 26 January, Eco Church in England and Wales became five years old. While Covid has prevented a face to face “birthday party”, on 26 March Eco Church will be holding an online event to celebrate the development of the programme, to thank all who have contributed, and to pray together. Read a reflection on those first five years and register for the special online service on 26 March. The event will also be recorded and made available on Eco Church’s YouTube channel.

Regular Events on the Circuitand Links

SundaysVisit YouTube to see a recorded service from Bishop Auckland Methodist Church. Or visit the website for lots of other opportunities for worship https://bishopmethodist.org.uk/church-community/worshiphome/
Sundays 11amBishop FM 105.9 will have a recorded service from Bishop Auckland Methodist Church
Sunday 6pmWorship takes place on Zoom, please get in touch for the link
Monday 12.45 pm    The President and Vice President of Conference are hosting a series of events on Facebook Live. https://www.facebook.com/MethodistPresidency/
Tuesday 23rd 10.30amWoodhouse Close Church National Day of Reflection to remember the past year. Short time of Meditation led by Revd David Payne. 23rd March 2020 marked the beginning of the first lockdown.
Tuesdays 12.45pm      During this Year of Prayer there is an opportunity to join with others across the Methodist Family in a weekly prayer session, on Zoom and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MethodistChurchinBritain     Tuesday’s service will be led by Charlotte Rumble, School Chaplain at Hippings Methodist Primary School in Oswaldtwistle and community pastor in the West Pennine Moors Circuit.
Thursday 25th March 10amPalestine during the Pandemic   Cry for Hope (Palestine) – petition
(see image below)
https://www.change.org/p/politicians-legislatures-or-government-agencies-join-palestinians-cry4hope

The Revd Richard Teal and Carolyn Lawrence, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have issued this message ahead of the anniversary of the first lockdown:

“The past year has asked much of us as individuals, families and communities. For many hundreds of thousands of us it has been a time of immense grief for the loss of loved ones. For others the economic uncertainty and restrictions on our day to day activities have taken a huge toll on mental wellbeing. Others may be living with the effects of long Covid not knowing how long it will last. We pray that this anniversary will be a time of deep reflection, prayer and a time to process all that has passed. We also mark a solemn time in Lent just ahead of Holy Week.  As we begin the journey to the cross, let us take comfort in the knowledge that we are never alone, that Jesus is walking with us and that our hope lies in Him.

“We invite you to join us at 12.45pm on Monday 22nd March Live on Facebook where we will offer a reflection, prayer and a short time of togetherness to acknowledge what we have all been through and ask for God’s guidance as we face a hopeful but uncertain time ahead.

“And please join the national Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March when there will be a minute’s silence at midday and an invitation to join in lighting your doorstep at 8pm that night.”

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