We invited you to visit https://forthvalleycircuit.org.uk/news-and-events/ on Easter Sunday morning, to find a link to a fun celebration of the Easter story – suitable for small and big kids alike. This is where the link led – this lovely Sea Shanty, written for her local primary school by Rev Diana Hall, the rector of St Anne’s, Dunbar, a Scottish Episcopal and Methodist Church partnership.
This year’s Methodist Women in Britain Easter Offering Service Into all the world is now available for you to watch via YouTube.
The video lasts just 38 minutes and has the text of the service on screen, and recordings of hymns and songs to join in with. It’s ideal for individuals to watch at home, but why not arrange a time for you and your friends to watch it at home ‘together-apart’, and have an online/Zoom chat afterwards.
If, having watched the video, you would like to make a gift to the World Mission Fund, talk to Dave Ward, or give directly via the Just Giving page, referencing your donation with “EO Service 2021”.
Information, with accompanying links, on the MWiB website.
Eddie Sykes writes: On Easter Sunday, 4 April, there will be a short service at the church, beginning at 11:15am, which will include the blessing of the Paschal Candle and Easter Holy Communion. If you wish to attend, you need to call or email David Salthouse by Saturday evening (3 April) at the latest.
I am afraid that we are only able to accommodate a total of 28 worshippers under the current Covid guidelines and restrictions. In worship you will be required to wear a face mask at all times; there will be no singing; you will be seated socially distanced apart (unless you are from the same household); and there will be no fellowship time or refreshments following the service. Sanitising stations are in place throughout the church building, and when you enter you will be asked to sign in following trace and protect protocols.
Providing there are no changes in the current progress of coming out of lockdown restrictions, Methodist services will take place on alternate Sundays at 11:00am throughout April and May on: 18 April; 2, 16 and 30 May. For all services, if you wish to attend, you will need to contact David Salthouse beforehand – until you are informed otherwise. There will continue to be a 9:45am on-line Zoom service every Sunday.
Please continue to pray for the church and its members, as we look forward to a brighter future together.
I express the thanks of us all to the cleaning teams and other persons involved in any way in maintaining and preparing the church for worship.
We give thanks to God for the hope he has given us in Jesus.
Like the early Christians (Acts 2.42–47), we seek to express what it means to follow Jesus in the regular, practical actions of worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism. In this sense, A Methodist Way of Life is both new and old. It is built on what Methodists have always done, since the days of John Wesley, in trying to follow Jesus and live out the Christian faith – just as those first followers in Acts did. The commitments of A Methodist Way of Life remind us of, and provide a compass for, Christian living.
You are warmly invited to join us for four Zoom sessions, each lasting 60–75 minutes, facilitated by the Circuit Staff, to explore A Methodist Way of Life at 6.30pm on Sundays between 18 April and 9 May.
Click the image for a downloadable poster giving details of all our services from Palm Sunday (28 March) until Easter Day (4 April). As well as the usual 9:45am services on the two Sundays, there will be a series of reflections at 7:00pm on Monday to Wednesday, a Circuit service at 7:00pm on Maundy Thursday, and a reflection entitled The Way of the Cross at 10:00am on Good Friday.
All these services will be on Zoom, using the same access codes as for the regular Sunday services. If you don’t have these details, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for an access code.