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Grange Methodist Church

11 June 2024

Please remember that our General Church meeting is at 1:00 p.m. this Sunday, June 16th. Bring a packed lunch to eat in the hall after the morning service – hot drinks will be provided, or go home and come back. Please send any apologies to me (Hazel – contact details below).

News from the Grants Team: ”We are delighted to let you know that "Open for Community" has just been awarded a grant of £20,000 by the Congregational and General Charitable Trust. This is really exciting because it brings the overall fundraising total (which includes £150,000 in interest-free loans) to over £890,000 - so we have hit the target figure we have been working towards for the past 3 years!! Targets will of course change as we find out more about the actual cost of the project, and we must also continue fundraising to repay the loans, but for now it feels like a real milestone moment. Thanks for all your support and encouragement along the way. Su and Barbara"

Our church is hosting a hustings event on Monday, 17th June, starting at 7:30 pm and finishing at 9:00pm. We are expecting at least three of the candidates to attend, hopefully more. All welcome: if you would like to suggest a question for the candidates, please come 10 minutes early and hand in your question at the door. We will pick four or five questions on a range of the most chosen topics to put to the candidates. If anybody would be happy to help steward the event, please contact David or Hazel.

Remember that to vote in the election on July 4th, you must be registered to vote. If you are not on the electoral roll, this needs to be done by June 18th. You must also take acceptable photo ID with you to the polling station on polling day. The list includes passport, driving licence, blue badge, older persons bus pass and disabled person’s bus pass. If you do not have any of these, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. The deadline to do that for this election is Wednesday, June 26th. Please talk to Hazel if you need further advice on this, or help with accessing the websites.

Thanks to all who supported the Jazz Concert on Saturday given by the Estuary Band. An enjoyable evening raised £293-25 (including Gift Aid) for the Building Redevelopment Fund.

Reminder: This month in Sunday worship we are working on the Bible Month material in Genesis. Please consider reading a section before each Sunday if you’re able. Here is how we’re dividing it up:
16th June:  Genesis 25-36   (23rd June:150th Anniversary)    30th June:  Genesis 37-50

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term-time Sundays; Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

The June Lunch and Pray will be from 12:00 on Wednesday, June 12th. Stay after the coffee morning or come specially to share a bread and cheese lunch together, then a time of informal prayer from 1:00, led this month by Rev Sue Nicol.   

Sunday services: Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 16th  will be led by members of the congregation and will be the third in the Bible Month series on Genesis. The service on June 23rd is our 150th Anniversary celebration service, led by Rev Dr Richard Teal and Rev Jo Rand. This will be suitable for all ages; Toast church will not meet at 9:00 a.m. that day but will join us for the celebration service. This will be followed by the church family lunch at 12:45 p.m. for those who are booked in.

Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 16th will be led by Rev Jo Rand and will be the third in the Bible Month series on Genesis. The service will also include Holy Communion. The service on June 23rd will be led by Rev Grace Cauldwell.

The joint Holy Communion service for June with our friends from St Paul’s will be at our church at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19th. It will be led by Rev Jo Rand.

Saturday, June 22nd brings the start of our 150th Anniversary celebration weekend. The hall will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with displays showcasing what we offer the community and the work of many of our user community groups. Light refreshments will be available. Click here for the programme of demonstrations to be given by some of the user groups in the church. That evening brings a concert in the church starting at 7:00 p.m. with a variety of items demonstrating the talents we have within our congregation. All events are free admission; donations will be welcome for the Redevelopment Fund.

Message from Glenda re Celebration Weekend June 22nd / 23rd:

“I am sure that we are all looking forward to this special weekend, when on the Saturday we will welcome visitors from the community all day. We intend to serve free tea & coffee to our visitors between 10am and 4pm. Some folk have volunteered to provide this service to the Community for slots of one and half hours between those times. So men or women will you please consider if you can give some of your time on that day? If you can it will really share the work between us.

Sunday: We are expecting a group from Thornleigh to share Morning Worship with us. So if you can help serve and clear away after coffee that would help us. Or if you can help to serve and clear tables at lunchtime that would be a great help also. If you can help, please ring me on 32386. Thank you - Glenda.”

A forthcoming fund raising event for the Redevelopment Fund is a Quiz Evening with Supper on Friday, July 12th. Tickets are £10 and are on sale from Pam Brook (34241) and Barbara Leader (33270)

Invitation from St Paul’s: All are welcome to “Woven Wind”, a talk and demonstration of painting on silk by Margaret Wilmot at 2:00pm on Monday, June 17th. Tea and scones will be served.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: June 13th Rev Lis Mullen, June 20th David and Hazel Edmondson.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

4 June 2024

Please contact Hazel for the calling notice and agenda for our General Church meeting, which is at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 16th, and the minutes of the previous meeting on November 5th, 2023.

Reminder: This month in Sunday worship we are working on the Bible Month material in Genesis. Please consider reading a section before each Sunday if you’re able. Here is how we’re dividing it up:

9th June: Genesis 12-25          16th June:  Genesis 25-36
(23rd June:150th Anniversary)    30th June:  Genesis 37-50

Message from Liz Jackson: “Please support Sue, who’s managing the produce stall on Wednesday June 5th, by baking, making and spending. Produce in the gardens is beginning to flourish at this time of year so maybe something can be brought along for sale. We usually make about £160 so it’s an excellent contribution to our building fund. Many thanks from Liz”

Message from Sue Nicol: Anniversary Lunch 23rd June at 12.45pm.
A reminder to reply by Sunday 9th June to your invitation to this event if you haven’t already done so, so that we can organise the catering. Please let Glenda Clark or Sue Nicol know whether you can come or not. Thank you! Sue: email  or tel 015395 31044; Glenda: Tel 015395 32386

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term-time Sundays; Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

The monthly in person Bible study will be at the home of David and Hazel Edmondson (details below) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5th. All welcome.

The Repair Café will be open from 6-8pm on Friday, June 7th. There will be the usual repairers there for textiles, wood, mechanicals and electricals, and the bike repairer will be there too. Offers of cake to Hazel please, if you have any to spare after baking for the produce stall.

South Lakes Dementia Community are holding a coffee and advice morning in our church hall from 10-12 on Saturday, June 8th. Come to learn more about dementia and the services available in our area.

The Estuary Band are giving a Jazz Concert in our hall from 7-9pm on Saturday, June 8th. Foot-tapping music with light refreshments on sale. No tickets; donations welcome for the Development Fund.

Sunday services: Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 9th  will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson and will be the second in the Bible Month series on Genesis. The third will be on June 16th, led by members of the congregation.

Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 9th will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley  and will be the second in the Bible Month series on Genesis. The third will be on June 16th, led by Rev Jo Rand.

The monthly “Coffee and Chat” will be at Cartmel Methodist Church from 10:30 to 12 noon on Tuesday, June 11th. All welcome for refreshments and conversation.

Some of our Baby Group Mums are taking part in a Sponsored Walk down the Prom on Tuesday, June 11th at 11:30, raising funds for Barnardo’s. See poster and sponsor form in the church hall.

That morning there is also a concert at St Paul’s at 11:00 am, given by flautist David Edmonds. Admission free with a retiring collection. Refreshments available from 10:30.

The June Lunch and Pray will be from 12:00 on Wednesday, June 12th. Stay after the coffee morning or come specially to share a bread and cheese lunch together, then a time of informal prayer from 1:00, led this month by Rev Sue Nicol. 

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: June 6th Rev Martyn Coe; June 13th Rev Lis Mullen.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

28 May 2024

The June edition of the Mustard Seed is here.

Message from Jo: “This Sunday we begin Bible Month, which is working through Genesis this year. It’s a good old story, and well worth a read. At 50 chapters long, we’re not going to be covering every verse on Sundays! I’d highly recommend reading along, before each Sunday if you’re able.

Here is how we’re dividing it up:   2nd June:  Genesis 1-11

9th June: Genesis 12-25             16th June:  Genesis 25-36

(23rd June:150th Anniversary)    30th June:  Genesis 37-50

(Yes, chapter 25 is included twice – I think the resources break at the death of Abraham, which is inconveniently in the middle of the chapter!)”

Message from Liz Jackson: “Please support Sue, who’s managing the produce stall on Wednesday June 5th, by baking, making and spending. Produce in the gardens is beginning to flourish at this time of year so maybe something can be brought along for sale. We usually make about £160 so it’s an excellent contribution to our building fund. Many thanks from Liz”

Message from Judith Sharples: “Thank you to the people who took the service on Sunday morning enlightening us about the work of Methodist World Mission on justice and freedom in a marginalised world. We heard about their work in Tanzania with the disabled  and about the needs of Colombian migrants for food, water, shelter and a living, and much more. Thank you, Judith Sharples”.

If anyone would still like to give to the World Mission Fund, inspired by last week's service, there will be a basket out for donations this Sunday, and an opportunity to give via the CollecTin card reader, or give directly  here; or speak with Judith Sharples about having a missions collection box to put loose change in regularly.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term-time Sundays; Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon

The next Companionship Café run by Home Instead will be in our hall from 1:30 to 3:00 on Thursday, May 30th. Come for conversation and a free hot drink and scone.

The Churches Together Men’s breakfast will be in our church hall from 8:30 on Saturday, June 1st. All men welcome for a simple breakfast, conversation and prayer. St. Paul’s Church are holding a Summer Fair from 10:00 to 1:00 that morning. Admission Free. Bacon butties, raffle and tombola and a variety of stalls.

Sunday services: 

Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 2nd will be led by Rev Jo Rand and will be the first in the Bible Month series on Genesis, and will also include Holy Communion. There will be a “Stillness and Song” Taizé-style service at 6:00 p.m., led by local musicians. The service on June 9th will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson and will be the second in the Bible Month series on Genesis.

Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 2nd will be led by Rev David Edmondson and will be the first in the Bible Month series on Genesis. The service on June 9th will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley  and will be the second in the Bible Month series on Genesis.

Boarbank Hall are holding a Garden and Book Sale from 11:15 to 15:00 on Sunday, June 2nd. High Quality Flowers and Shrubs, Range of Fiction and Non- Fiction Books.

South Lakes Dementia Community are holding a coffee and advice morning in our church hall from 10-12 on Saturday, June 8th. Come to learn more about dementia and the services available in our area.

The Estuary Band are giving a Jazz Concert in our hall from 7-9pm on Saturday, June 8th. Foot-tapping music with light refreshments on sale. No tickets; donations welcome for the Development Fund.

Some of our Baby Group Mums are taking part in a Sponsored Walk down the Prom on Tuesday, June 11th at 11:30, raising funds for Barnardo’s. See poster in the church hall. That morning there is also a concert at St Paul’s at 11:00 am, given by flautist David Edmonds. Admission free with a retiring collection.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: May 30th Clifford Parker;  June 6th Rev Martyn Coe.

Please send items for this update to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

21 May 2024

There will be a collection plate out this Sunday, May 26th for donations towards a gift for James Tebbutt, who comes to the end of his five years as Chair of the Cumbria District this summer when Cumbria becomes part of the larger North West England District, of which James will be the Chair from September. The gift will be presented at a celebration service marking the end of the Cumbria District in Penrith on July 14th (more details to follow), but donations need to be in by the end of this month. We didn’t put a plate out last week, as James himself was with us, so if you wish to give, please do so this Sunday.

Message from Peter Mallinson: “Please would you pass on my thanks to Church members for the lovely flowers Jo brought to me on Sunday, these were for the occasion of what would have been the 70th Wedding Anniversary for Nancy and I. We were married on 19th April 1954, which that year was Easter Monday. God's Blessing.”

Message from Carol Lamb: “The next Foodbank collection will take place in Grange on Sunday 26th May at St Charles Church between 1-3pm. As usual collection boxes will be in the school room and church porch for any donations. Items needed: Tinned meat, soup and vegetables, UHT milk, Long-life fruit juices, Coffee, Tea, Tinned Rice and Steamed puddings, Jam, Toiletries. The green collection box for any cash donations will be on the table at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support, Carol”

Message from Judith Sharples: “I have a lot of  CDs of services at Grange Methodist Church pre-covid. As they are no longer required would anyone be interested in having them before they are disposed of.”

Message from Claire and Jean: “Dear friends, Everyone is welcome to join Cartmel Quakers for a silent meeting for peace next Friday 24th May at 10:30 am, followed by refreshments and a chance to talk.”

From the district mailing: “District Testimony Service - this is taking place on Saturday 25th May at 3pm at Stricklandgate Methodist Church, Kendal (LA9 4QJ). This is an opportunity to hear from the Revd Tiras Dainty-Share from the Kendal Circuit and to show our support for him ahead of his ordination in June. The preacher will be the Revd Andrew Norman.” David and Hazel plan to go.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term-time Sundays; no Toast Church this Sunday (May 26th) as it’s half term. Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

Sunday services: Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 26th will be the Easter Offering service, led by members of the congregation. The service on June 2nd will be led by Rev Jo Rand  and will be the first in the Bible Month series on Genesis, and will also include Holy Communion. That evening there will be a “Stillness and Song” Taizé-style service at 6:00 p.m., led by local musicians.

Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 26th will be led by Mrs Joy Campton. The service on June 2nd will be led by Rev David Edmondson and will be the first in the Bible Month series on Genesis.

The next Companionship Café run by Home Instead will be in our hall from 1:30 to 3:00 on Thursday, May 30th. Come for conversation and a free hot drink and scone.

The Churches Together Men’s breakfast will be in our church hall from 8:30 on Saturday, June 1st. All men welcome for a simple breakfast, conversation and prayer.

St. Paul’s Church are holding a Summer Fair from 10:00 to 1:00 on Saturday, June 1st. Admission Free. Sue’s Café with bacon butties, raffle and tombola and a variety of stalls.

Boarbank Hall are holding a Garden and Book Sale from 11:15 to 15:00 on Sunday, June 2nd. High Quality Flowers and Shrubs, Range of Fiction and Non- Fiction Books.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: May 23rd David and Hazel Edmondson; May 30th Clifford Parker.

The deadline for the June edition of the Mustard Seed is this Sunday, May 26th. Please send items for it or for this update to me

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

14 May 2024

Message from Sue and Peter Nicol: “Open Garden Days at Hollin Head Wood

A massive 'thank you' to everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the Open Garden weekend - those who made cakes and sold them, served refreshments, looked after the book and card stall, welcomed visitors, made donations and organised car-parking, and whatever else! Special thanks to those who managed the kitchen when I was not really quite up to it after being ill! 

Everyone worked together to make it a very happy occasion for the many visitors, and the result is an amazing £960.09!! which includes the CollecTin takings and Gift Aid. The weather and the rhododendrons excelled themselves, which of course was beyond our control but went towards making it a real success, and we give thanks for that, and for the many blessings that were flying about through meetings and conversations that took place with people from other walks of life. The rain kept off until all was cleared up - the shelter came down in the dry, and the notices were retrieved from the lane just in time!”

And our thanks to Sue and Peter for opening up their wonderful gardens to us all, and for all the hard work throughout the year to keep the gardens looking that good!

Message from Carol Lamb: “The next Foodbank collection will take place in Grange on Sunday 26th May at St Charles Church between 1-3pm. As usual collection boxes will be in the school room and church porch for any donations. The green collection box for any cash donations will be on the table at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support, Carol”

Remember this is Christian Aid week, which runs from 12-18 May. This year the focus is on Burundi – situated in the north-west corner of Tanzania and bordering Rwanda. See May’s Mustard Seed for full details. The hatch takings from the coffee morning on Wednesday, May 15th will be given to Christian Aid. The card reader will be available for card donations. Then on Friday, May 17th, please support the Youth Concert  at 7:00 p.m. in Grange Methodist Church. This is a fantastic opportunity to be entertained by talented young people who have dedicated their time and talent to raise money for Christian Aid, ably directed by Mick and Jean Malkin. Entrance is free, donations in cash or by card at the concert. There will also be a chance to focus on and contribute to Christian Aid at the worship, followed by refreshments, at the United Reformed Church at 10:30 on Thursday, May 16th. This will be led by Rev Kate Hunt.

This year’s Christian Aid film, which lasts three and a half minutes, can be viewed here.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term time Sundays, Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

The May joint midweek Communion service will be at St Paul’s at 10:00 on Wednesday, May 15th.

Sunday services: Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 19th will be led by Rev James Tebbutt and will include Holy Communion. The service on May 26th will be the Easter Offering service, led by members of the congregation.  

Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 19th will be led by Rev Grace Cauldwell. The service on May 26th will be led by Mrs Joy Campton.

The next Companionship Café run by Home Instead will be in our hall from 1:30 to 3:00 on Thursday, May 30th. Come for conversation and a free hot drink and scone.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: May 16th Rev Kate Hunt, May 23rd David and Hazel Edmondson.

All are invited to the Pentecost Garden Party organised by Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together to bless our community as we celebrate the birthday of the church. It’s on St Charles field (or in our hall if it’s wet) on Sunday, May 19th. Bring your own picnic to have from 1:00 (hot drinks will be available), then from 2:00 Ulverston Town Band will be playing. At 3:00 the band will lead the music for a short service together. All ages welcome - there will be a bouncy castle and various games and activities.

Date for your diaries: The Estuary Band have kindly offered to put on a Jazz Concert – “foot tapping music to dance to” - in aid of our redevelopment fund. In our church hall from 7-9pm on Saturday, June 8th.

Please send items for this update to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

7 May 2024

Please find attached a press release about the salt dough figures exhibition now at Hawkshead.  Anyone who can offer to spend some time at the exhibition and welcome visitors, please contact Dare Holland on 01539441594 or email)

Do remember to come to the Open Gardens weekend at Hollin Head Wood, Canny Hill, Newby Bridge LA12 8NT. Tel: 015395 31044. Opening times are Saturday 11th May 10.30am – 4pm & Sunday 12th May 12.30pm – 4pm. There will be a cake stall, all contributions welcome. Directions: By car, from the A590 travelling west, go straight on at the Newby Bridge roundabout and after 200yards take the first left up Canny Hill lane. Turn down the third drive on the left where there is a list of house names on a stone gatepost. 100 yards further on bear right into our drive. Park on the lower part of the drive, to the left. There will be signs at strategic points! By Bus, on Saturday, take the X6 from Grange Station, towards Ulverston and Barrow. It leaves on the half hour. Go as far as Newby Bridge, the bus stops in the lay-by outside the Newby Bridge Hotel. Walk back the way you have come and turn right up Canny Hill lane, then as above. Approximately a quarter of a mile to walk, with a small steep section up the lane. Bus returns on the hour from Newby Bridge. On Sunday afternoon the X6 leaves Grange Station at 12.59 and 14.59. Return is from Newby Bridge at 14.26 or 16.26

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term time Sundays, Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon. The May Lunch and pray will be from 12:00 on Wednesday, May 8th. Stay after the coffee morning or come specially to share a bread and cheese lunch together, then a time of informal prayer from 1:00, led this month by Jo Rand.

Sunday services: Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 12th will be led by Rev Hayley Edmondson. The service on May 19th will be led by Rev James Tebbutt and will include Holy Communion. Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 12th will be led by Rev Jo Rand and will include Holy Communion. The service on May 19th will be led by Rev Grace Cauldwell.

Christian Aid week this year, which runs from 12-18 May, has a focus on Burundi – situated in the north-west corner of Tanzania and bordering Rwanda. See May’s Mustard Seed for full details. There will be a plate for donations at the Sunday service on May 12th. The hatch takings from the coffee morning on Wednesday, May 15th will be given to Christian Aid. The card reader will be available for card donations on both these occasions. Then on Friday, May 17th, by please support the Youth Concert  at 7:00 p.m. in Grange Methodist Church. This is a fantastic opportunity to be entertained by talented young people who have dedicated their time and talent to raise money for Christian Aid, ably directed by Mick and Jean Malkin. Entrance is free, donations in cash or by card at the concert. This year’s Christian Aid film, which lasts three and a half minutes, can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtieJPH39m0

The first of this summer’s “Coffee and Chat” gatherings at Cartmel Methodist Church will be from 10:30  to 12:00 on Tuesday, May 14th. All welcome at the “Chapel by the River” for refreshments and conversation.

The joint communion for May will be at St Paul’s church at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15th.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: May 9th Geoff Chetwood, May 16th Rev Kate Hunt.

All are invited to the Pentecost Garden Party organised by Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together to bless our community as we celebrate the birthday of the church. It’s on St Charles field (or in our hall if it’s wet) on Sunday, May 19th. Bring your own picnic to have from 1:00 (hot drinks will be available), then from 2:00 Ulverston Town Band will be playing. At 3:00 the band will lead the music for a short service together. All ages welcome - there will be a bouncy castle and various games and activities.

Please send items for this update to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

30 April 2024

Lots of attachments this week! First, there’s the May edition of the Mustard Seed.

Also attached are two resources to inform our prayer. In the time between Ascension and Pentecost (May 9th – May 19th this year), we are called to join the global ecumenical prayer movement  “Thy Kingdom Come”, using the attached prompt sheet. Also, the Cumbria Methodist District has strong links with the Methodist Church in Argentina, and Ruth Briddock has sent the attached prayer diary for 2024 that was available at Synod on Saturday. Both sheets will also be on the prayer board in the hall.

Finally, the June-August preaching plan is here, which has a letter from Grace Cauldwell with it, and a poster about the Circuit service in August.

Message from Liz Jackson: “Can you produce something for our produce stall on Wednesday May 1st? 

Gardening, baking or making jams or chutney might not be your thing. But could you contribute cash to help pay for the eggs we sell? This would increase our profits and help to bring our new building nearer to completion. Everyone can help, it’s proving a great team effort.”

This is the last call for recipes to go into the recipe book that is being produced as a fundraiser and to coincide with our anniversary weekend. Do let Pam have your recipes by Sunday (May 5th).

Do remember to come to the Open Gardens weekend at Hollin Head Wood, Canny Hill, Newby Bridge LA12 8NT. Tel: 015395 31044. Opening times are Saturday 11th May 10.30am – 4pm & Sunday 12th May 12.30pm – 4pm. Look out for the list out at the back of church asking for helpers – welcoming visitors, making and serving coffee and tea etc. If you can spare a couple of hours on the Saturday (morning or afternoon) or Sunday (afternoon) please could you sign up. There will be a cake stall, all contributions welcome.

Directions: By car, from the A590 travelling west, go straight on at the Newby Bridge roundabout and after 200 yards take the first left up Canny Hill lane. Turn down the third drive on the left where there is a list of house names on a stone gatepost. 100 yards further on bear right into our drive. Park on the lower part of the drive, to the left. There will be signs at strategic points!

By Bus, on Saturday, take the X6 from Grange Station, towards Ulverston and Barrow. It leaves on the half hour. Go as far as Newby Bridge, the bus stops in the lay-by outside the Newby Bridge Hotel. Walk back the way you have come and turn right up Canny Hill lane, then as above. Approximately a quarter of a mile to walk, with a small steep section up the lane. Bus returns on the hour from Newby Bridge. On Sunday afternoon the X6 leaves Grange Station at 12.59 and 14.59. Return is from Newby Bridge at 14.26 or 16.26

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term time Sundays, Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

The Bible Study at David and Hazel’s (contact details below) is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1st.

The Repair café will be open from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd. Bring any items in need of repair and the volunteer repairers will see what can be done. Please let Hazel know if you could offer some cake.

There is a foundation level safeguarding training session in the church hall from 10:30 to 12:30 on Saturday, May 4th. Contact David Edmondson (details below) for more details.

Sunday services: Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 5th will be led by Rev Jo Rand, and at 6:00 p.m. there will be a reflective service led by David and Hazel Edmondson. The service on May 12th will be led by Rev Hayley Edmondson.

Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 5th will be led by Rev David Edmondson. The service on May12th will be led by Rev David Edmondson.

The May Lunch and pray will be from 12:00 on Wednesday, May 8th. Stay after the coffee morning or come specially to share a bread and cheese lunch together, then a time of informal prayer from 1:00, led this month by Jo Rand. 

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: May 2nd Rev Lis Mullen (in the URC church, as the URC hall is used as a Polling Station); May 9th Geoff Chetwood.

All are invited to the Pentecost Garden Party organised by Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together to bless our community as we celebrate the birthday of the church. It’s on St Charles field (or in our hall if it’s wet) on Sunday, May 19th. Bring your own picnic to have from 1:00 (hot drinks will be available), then from 2:00 Ulverston Town Band will be playing. At 3:00 the band will lead the music for a short service together. All ages welcome - there will be a bouncy castle and various games and activities.

Please send items for this update to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

23 April 2024

This notice was read out in all the churches in the South Lakes circuit on Sunday (21st April):

“At Circuit Meeting on 15th April, we approved a request from Jo Rand to move to a half time appointment from 1st September 2024 in order to give her time to begin doctoral study. This means there will be some changes within the circuit oversight. Jo's primary circuit focus will be pastoral charge of Grange over Sands. From 1st September Grace will have pastoral care of the members at Windermere (already a class of Ambleside where she holds pastoral charge) and pastoral charge of Cartmel, though David will continue to exercise pastoral care and day to day ministry in Cartmel. Jo will be working set hours in her new role. Exact days will be arranged and advertised over the coming few months.”

Each church had been asked to take to that circuit meeting a display showing what they did missionally and for the community. The display for Grange and Cartmel is currently on display at Grange, in the hall for coffee morning and the church on Sunday. Do have a look at what the churches are doing and give thanks.

Message from Liz Jackson: “Can you produce something for our produce stall on Wednesday May 1st? 

Gardening, baking or making jams or chutney might not be your thing. But could you contribute cash to help pay for the eggs we sell? This would increase our profits and help to bring our new building nearer to completion. Everyone can help, it’s proving a great team effort.”

Message from Glenda: Egg Boxes for Produce Stall: Our supply of egg boxes has expired, so if you have any spare egg boxes please can you leave them in the Church kitchen for us? We will be grateful for them. The extra large eggs are available for collection at the monthly produce stall, if ordered beforehand with Mrs. Liz Jackson, £2 per half dozen. The next stall is May 1st, any new orders by April 28th, please. Thanks.

Message from Sue Nicol: “Open Gardens weekend: Saturday 11th May 10.30am – 4pm & Sunday 12th May 12.30pm – 4pm. Look out for the list out at the back of church asking for helpers – welcoming visitors, making and serving coffee and tea etc. If you can spare a couple of hours on the Saturday (morning or afternoon) or Sunday (afternoon) please could you sign up. Many thanks, Sue Nicol.”

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term time Sundays, Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

The “Singing the Faith” group meets at Ulverston Methodist Church at 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 24th.

The fund-raising team will meet in the church hall at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th. New members and ideas always welcome!

Cartmel Quakers will be holding a Peace Meeting on Friday, April 26th at 10:30; half an hour of silence followed by tea and coffee and time to talk. Everyone is welcome to join us

Sunday services: Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 28th will be led by Mrs Joy Campton.

The service on May 5th will be led by Rev Jo Rand, and that evening at 6:00 p.m. there will be a reflective service led by David and Hazel Edmondson.

Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 28th will be led by Mrs Lesley Thompson. The service on May 5th will be led by Rev David Edmondson.

The Bible Study at David and Hazel’s (contact details below) is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1st.

The Repair café will be open from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd. Bring any items in need of repair and the volunteer repairers will see what can be done. Please let Hazel know if you could  offer some cake.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: April 25th Rev Martyn Coe, May 2nd Rev Lis Mullen. (Please note that the gathering on May 2nd will be in the URC church, as the URC hall is used as a Polling Station.)

There is a Coffee morning in our church hall by Grange WI from 10-12 on Saturday, April 27th.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. that day there is the Craft De-stash Fair at Allithwaite Community Centre.

The deadline for the May edition of the Mustard Seed is this Sunday, April 28th. Please send items for it or for this update to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

16 April 2024

Message from South Lakes Circuit: “Grace’s Sabbatical: If you're interested in Grace's Sabbatical reflections these are available here or as a beautiful booklet available on request.” There are copies in our church that you can borrow to read this in hard copy.

Message from Glenda: "Egg Boxes for Produce Stall: Our supply of egg boxes has expired, so if you have any spare egg boxes please can you leave them in the Church kitchen for us? We will be grateful for them. The extra large eggs are available for collection at the monthly produce stall, if ordered beforehand with Mrs. Liz Jackson, £2 per half dozen. The next stall is May 1st, any new orders by April 28th, please. Thanks."

Message from Sue Nicol: “Open Gardens weekend: Saturday 11th May 10.30am – 4pm & Sunday 12th May 12.30pm – 4pm. Look out for the list out at the back of church asking for helpers – welcoming visitors, making and serving coffee and tea etc. If you can spare a couple of hours on the Saturday (morning or afternoon) or Sunday (afternoon) please could you sign up. Many thanks, Sue Nicol.”

Message from Judith Sharples: “Would friends who hold Home Mission or World Mission Boxes please let Judith Sharples have them for emptying. If anyone would like to hold a box or make a donation to this important work Judith would be very pleased to see you.”

Message from Ruth Briddock: “On Saturday 27 April from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. there is to be a Craft De-stash Fair at Allithwaite Community Centre. The idea is that anyone looking for a way to ‘de-stash’ their accumulation of craft materials can do so either by taking a stall or donating materials for sale in support of St. Mary’s Hospice. At the end of the Fair, any unsold donations will go to the St. Mary’s Hospice shops. So, question: do you have unwanted craft materials (see below for details) that you would be willing to give? If there is a significant amount offered, the items can be sold on behalf of Grange Methodist Church to raise funds for the church re-development; otherwise, any items collected would be donated for sale in support of St. Mary’s Hospice. Either way, what’s collected will go to a good cause! The list of items sought as donations is: fabrics, yarns, craft tools and equipment, knitting needles, sewing notions, sewing patterns, crochet and knitting patterns, art supplies, paper craft materials, craft storage, haberdashery, jewellery kits, craft books. If you have things to donate please contact Ruth Briddock - email  or tel. (015395) 32235. Don’t worry – arrangements can be made to collect. The full details about the Craft De-stash Fair can be found on page 3 of the April edition of Grange Now.”

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term time Sundays, Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

The April joint communion with our friends from St Paul’s will be at our church at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17th. It will be led by Rev Sue Nicol.

Home Instead South Lakes are running a “Companionship Café” in our church hall from 1:30 to 3:00 on Thursday, April 18th. Free hot drink and scone; detailed flyer available at church.

Remember that the Kitty Brown Fashion Show takes place in church on Friday, 19th April at 7.30pm. All proceeds will go to the development fund.

Sunday services: Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 21st will be led by Rev Jo Rand and will include Holy Communion. That afternoon there is a “Songs of Praise” in the church at 4:00 p.m. followed by a buffet tea. The service on April 28th will be led by Mrs Joy Campton.

Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 21st will be led by Rev David Edmondson.  The service on April 28th will be led by Mrs Lesley Thompson.

The “Singing the Faith” group meets in the Bedford Room at Ulverston Methodist Church at 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 24th.

There is a Coffee morning in our church hall by Grange WI from 10-12 on Saturday, April 27th

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Grange Methodist Church

9 April 2024

The Spring 2024 issue of the Connexion magazine is now available in church; please collect a copy if you wish, and remember to take one for anyone you visit who doesn’t get to church.

Message via Glenda: “We are sorry to share the news that our friend, Mrs. Maggie Bucknell passed away on Tuesday 26th March. Her Funeral will be on Monday 15th April  at 12-30 p.m. at Stricklandgate Methodist Church, Kendal. There will be Refreshments in the Church Hall afterwards.“

Message via Glenda from Margaret Popper: “A former member of Grange URC, Carol Edwards has passed away. Her Funeral will be at Grange over Sands URC on Monday 15th April at 12 noon.

Message from Carol Lamb: Tickets for the Kitty Brown Fashion Show are available for £10 from Carol. (07717 217816). It will take place on Friday,19th April at 7.30pm. All proceeds will go to the development fund.

Message from Glenda: Egg Boxes for Produce Stall: Our supply of egg boxes has expired, so if you have any spare egg boxes please can you leave them in the Church kitchen for us? We will be grateful for them. The extra large eggs are available for collection at the monthly produce stall, if ordered beforehand with Mrs. Liz Jackson, £2 per half dozen. The next stall is May 1st, any new orders by April 28th, please. Thanks.

Messages from Sue Nicol: “Hawkshead labyrinth, ‘The Things he Carried.’ This will remain open until the end of the school holidays, so there is still time to visit if you haven’t been already and are in the area.

Open Gardens weekend: Saturday 11th May 10.30am – 4pm & Sunday 12th May 12.30pm – 4pm.

Further to the advert I put in last week’s update for this event, this is to say that I will be putting a list out at the back of church asking for helpers – welcoming visitors, making and serving coffee and tea etc. If you can spare a couple of hours on the Saturday (morning or afternoon) or Sunday (afternoon) please could you sign up. Many thanks, Sue Nicol. PS The rhododendrons are already showing colour, but I have explained to them that they need to be at their best that weekend!”

Message from Judith Sharples: “Would friends who hold Home Mission or World Mission Boxes please let Judith Sharples have them for emptying. If anyone would like to hold a box or make a donation to this important work Judith would be very pleased to see you.”

Message from Ruth Briddock: “On Saturday 27 April from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. there is to be a Craft De-stash Fair at Allithwaite Community Centre. The idea is that anyone looking for a way to ‘de-stash’ their accumulation of craft materials can do so either by taking a stall or donating materials for sale in support of St. Mary’s Hospice. At the end of the Fair, any unsold donations will go to the St. Mary’s Hospice shops. So, question: do you have unwanted craft materials (see below for details) that you would be willing to give? If there is a significant amount offered, the items can be sold on behalf of Grange Methodist Church to raise funds for the church re-development; otherwise, any items collected would be donated for sale in support of St. Mary’s Hospice. Either way, what’s collected will go to a good cause! The list of items sought as donations is: fabrics, yarns, craft tools and equipment, knitting needles, sewing notions, sewing patterns, crochet and knitting patterns, art supplies, paper craft materials, craft storage, haberdashery, jewellery kits, craft books. If you have things to donate please contact Ruth Briddock, tel. (015395) 32235 or email. Don’t worry – arrangements can be made to collect. The full details about the Craft De-stash Fair can be found on page 3 of the April edition of Grange Now.”

Update from Paul: The total to be sent to the Gaza Appeal has increased to £506.31.

The April Lunch and Pray will be on Wednesday, April 10th. Stay after the coffee morning or come specially for this. We share a bread and cheese lunch together (provided by church, no set charge, donations welcome) from 12:00 and then a relaxed time of prayer from 1:00 to 1:30, led by Rev Sue Nicol.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term time Sundays (starting again on April 14th), Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

Sunday services: Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 14th will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley. The service on April 21st will be led by Rev Jo Rand and will include Holy Communion. That afternoon there is a “Songs of Praise” in the church at 4:00 p.m. followed by a buffet tea.

Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 14th will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson and will be the Easter Offering service. The service on April 21st will be led by Rev David Edmondson.

The leadership team meets on Tuesday, April 16th. Do let us know if there is anything you want to raise.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: April 11th Clifford Parker; April 18th David and Hazel Edmondson.

There are a lot of events coming up organised by various local organisations, that may be of interest:

Coffee morning in our church hall by Newton and Field Broughton WI from 10-12 on Saturday, April 13th.

Home Instead South Lakes are running a “Companionship Café” in our church hall from 1:30 to 3:00 on Thursday, April 18th. Free hot drink and scone; detailed flyer available at church.

Coffee morning in our church hall by Grange WI from 10-12 on Saturday, April 27th

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Grange Methodist Church

2 April 2024

Message from Jo: “We now have confirmation that the funeral service for Ron Woodhead will be in church at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. April 8th.

Message from Glenda: “The family of Ron Woodhead have asked if we can serve the refreshments on Monday which will be provided by Hazelmere. It would be helpful if 3 people could spare the time to come about 12-45 to set the tables, help serve and clear away afterwards; it will probably take until about 4-30.”

Please find here an account of the funeral of Rev Jim Needham. Many thanks to Alan Johnson for sending this through. A copy of the order of service is in the church hall.

The Spring 2024 edition of The Way, the newspaper of the Church in Cumbria, can now be found here.

Message from Carol Lamb: Tickets for the Kitty Brown Fashion Show are available for £10 from Carol. (07717 217816). It will take place on Friday, 19th April at 7.30pm. All proceeds will go to the development fund.

Messages from Sue Nicol: “Hawkshead labyrinth, ‘The Things he Carried.’ This will remain open until the end of the school holidays, so there is still time to visit if you haven’t been already and are in the area.

Open Gardens weekend: Saturday 11th May 10.30am – 4pm & Sunday 12th May 12.30pm – 4pm.
You are invited to visit the home of Sue and Peter Nicol, at Hollin Head Wood, Canny Hill, Newby Bridge LA12 8NT. Refreshments (tea and coffee etc) and cake stall – and hopefully the rhododendrons will be out!
Donations welcome, Card Reader available! Proceeds to Grange Methodist Church Redevelopment Fund”

Thanks for all donations to the Gaza appeal; with Gift Aid where permissible, we will be sending £461-45.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term time Sundays (starting again on April 14th), Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

There is a Bible Study at the home of David and Hazel Edmondson at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3rd.

The ecumenical Men’s breakfast will be in our church hall at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 6th. All men welcome to share a simple breakfast, conversation and prayer together.

Sunday services:

Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7th will be led by Rev David Edmondson. At 6:00 there will be “Stillness and Song”, Taizé-style worship led by local musicians. The service on April 14th will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley.
Cartmel: There will be no service on April 7th, as many people are away. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 14th will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson and will be the Easter Offering service.

The church council meets at 7:30 on Tuesday, April 9th and the church leadership team then meets on Tuesday, April 16th. Do let us know if there is anything you want to raise.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: April 4th Rev Kate Hunt; April 11th Clifford Parker.

There are a lot of events organised by other churches and local organisations, that may be of interest:

Concert at St Paul’s at 11:00 on Tuesday, April 9th (come at 10:30 for tea/coffee and biscuit). Charles Edmondson piano recital; admission free, donations welcome

Coffee morning in our church hall by Newton and Field Broughton WI from 10-12 on Saturday, April 13th.

Home Instead South Lakes are running a “Companionship Café” in our church hall from 1:30 to 3:00 on Thursday, April 18th. Free hot drink and scone; detailed flyer available at church.

Coffee morning in our church hall by Grange WI from 10-12 on Saturday, April 27th

Message from PEAT (Peninsula Environmental Action Together): “On Saturday, 27th April at Allithwaite Community Centre there will be a Craft Destash Fair from 1-4 p.m. Janet Jackson in conjunction with PEAT is organising an event to sell and buy surplus craft and creative hobby materials. So if you are having a spring clean, or have too many materials, or want some more…. To book a table, or donate, get in touch with Janet - click here

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Grange Methodist Church

26 March 2024

Please find attached the April edition of the Mustard Seed. Thanks to all who have contributed.

Message via Alan and Mary Johnson: “We have just heard that Ron Woodhead died today (Monday 25th).  Funeral details will be issued when we get them.”

Message from Peter Nicol: “I have heard from Stephanie Roux, District Property Secretary, that the District Consents Panel has agreed to add District Consent to the Project Form! This means that, subject to us having sufficient funds, we can start our development project.”

Message from Liz Jackson: “Produce stall appeal for Wednesday, April 3rd. Can you make, bake or bring produce for sale? All welcome to come along to purchase at our friendly coffee morning. Many thanks.” 

Message from Carol Lamb: Tickets for the Kitty Brown Fashion Show are available for £10 from Carol. (07717 217816). It will take place on Friday 19th April at 7.30pm. All proceeds will go to the development fund.

Message from Sue Nicol: “Still open this week: Hawkshead Church: Lent and Easter ‘labyrinth’ using the theme of the book ‘The Things he Carried’ by Stephen Cottrell. There is not room for the circular pattern in Hawkshead church, so this labyrinth is a winding path with points at which you may stop and consider the ‘Things that Jesus carried to the Cross’. Notes for guidance are provided, and we hope people will find it helpful – an opportunity to slow down for a while and think about the Easter story.”

Thanks to all who  helped with or came to the Lent Lunch. A good time of fellowship was enjoyed, and donations to the Leprosy Mission raised £167, increased to £208.75 with Gift Aid.

There’s still time to visit “Journey to Jerusalem”. Why not pop in during coffee morning? Remaining opening times: Wednesday 10.30-4 and 7-8, Good Friday 12-4, and Saturday 10.30-4 and 7-8. Donations will go to the Gaza appeal (see Mustard Seed for details). If you are not able to visit in person,  but can get online, a 9 minute video made by Jo & Andrew can be found here.

Extra services for Holy Week and Easter: On Maundy Thursday we share a service in our church hall at 7:00 p.m. with our friends from the URC. The service will be led by Rev Jo Rand. On Good Friday, we join the service at the URC at 10:30 a.m., which will be led by Rev Kate Hunt. On Easter Sunday, as in past years, Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together have arranged a Sunrise service in the Hampsfell Road car park, which will start at 6:45 a.m. It will be led by Rev David Edmondson, and all are invited to St Paul’s afterwards for hot drinks and hot cross buns. Please note that none of these services will be streamed; the Journey to Jerusalem video could be used to inspire worship for those not able to be at these services.  

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term time Sundays (starting again on April 14th), Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

Sunday services: Don’t forget the clocks go forward one hour Saturday night into Sunday!

Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. will be a communion service led by Rev Jo Rand. All are invited to share a simple Easter breakfast together in the hall before this, at 9:30 a.m. The service on April 7th will be led by Rev David Edmondson.

Cartmel:. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31st will be a communion service led by Rev David Jackson. There will be no service on April 7th, as many people are away.

Our friends at the URC are hosting an Easter Coffee morning on Easter Monday from 10-12; all welcome.

There is a Bible Study at the home of David and Hazel Edmondson (details below) at 7:30 on Wednesday, April 3rd. The Men’s breakfast will be at our church at 8:30 on Saturday, April 6th.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: March 28th (Maundy Thursday) David Lamb; April 4th, Rev Kate Hunt.

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Grange Methodist Church

19 March 2024

Message from Jo Rand: “A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in setting up the Journey to Jerusalem, all who have signed up to steward, and those who are helping show school groups round. We have 206 school children booked to visit between yesterday and Maundy Thursday! Feedback from the two classes we’ve had so far has been brilliant. We didn’t have many other visitors on Monday, so please do invite friends, neighbours, visitors etc. Why not pop in during coffee morning? Opening times this week and next: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 10.30-4, Friday 12-4, and then Wednesday and Saturday evenings 7-8.”

Message from Paul Rand: “If you are coming to our Church to Toast Church service this Sunday at 10am, you are invited to bring with you a favourite or special item of clothing. You are welcome to wear it (you won't be asked to take it off!) or just bring it with you. There will be an opportunity in the service to tell others about why it's special.”

Message from Sue Nicol: “Hawkshead Church: Lent and Easter ‘labyrinth’ using the theme of the book ‘The Things he Carried’ by Stephen Cottrell. There is not room for the circular pattern in Hawkshead church, so this labyrinth is a winding path with points at which you may stop and consider the ‘Things that Jesus carried to the Cross’. Notes for guidance are provided, and we hope people will find it helpful – an opportunity to slow down for a while and think about the Easter story. Why not give it a try if you happen to be in Hawkshead in the weeks before Easter!”

Messages from Carol Lamb: The next foodbank collection will take place on Sunday 24th March. Stocks are low on most items so if you can help in anyway it will most appreciated. The Green collection box for any gifts of money is on the table at the back of church. Thank you for your support, Carol

Tickets for the Kitty Brown Fashion Show are available for £10 from Carol. It will take place on Friday 19th April at 7.30pm. All proceeds will go to the development fund.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term time Sundays, Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

The monthly joint communion service for March is at St Paul’s church at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20th. It will be led by the Venerable Penny Driver.

Cartmel Quakers will be holding a short meeting at the Meeting House on Haggs Lane on Friday, March 22nd at 10:30 am, focusing on the current conflicts around the world. Half an hour of silence will be followed by time to share thoughts over a cup of tea or coffee. Everyone is very welcome.

The final Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together Lent Lunch for this year will be at our church on Friday, March 22nd. Come between 12:00 and 1:00 for a light lunch and fellowship, then share in a time of devotions from 1:00 to 1:15. All money raised this year will be given to the Leprosy Mission.

Grange: The service on Palm Sunday, March 24th, will be a Church to Toast Church service in the hall, led by Rev Jo and Mr Paul Rand. The service will start at 10:00 a.m. All welcome to breakfast first at 9:30.

Cartmel:. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 24th will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley. The service on Easter Sunday, March 31st, will be a communion service led by Rev David Jackson.

Holy Week and Easter services:

On Maundy Thursday we share a service in our church hall at 7:00 p.m. with our friends from the URC. The service will be led by Rev Jo Rand. On Good Friday, we join the service at the URC at 10:30 a.m., which will be led by Rev Kate Hunt. On Easter Sunday, as in past years, Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together have arranged a Sunrise service in the Hampsfell Road car park, which will start at 6:45 a.m. It will be led by Rev David Edmondson, and all are invited to St Paul’s afterwards for hot drinks and hot cross buns. The service at our church will be a communion service at 10:30 a.m. led by Rev Jo Rand.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: March 21st Rev Kate Hunt; March 28th (Maundy Thursday) David Lamb.

The deadline for the April Mustard Seed is this Sunday, March 24th. Please send items for it or for this update to me

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Grange Methodist Church

12 March 2024

Please find attached the electronic copy of this term’s Churches Together Youth Trust Newsletter, which includes news of the “Soul Fuel” group happening at our church. Hard copies will be available soon.

Do remember to sign up to offer to steward as people take the “Journey to Jerusalem”. There is a sheet giving the times when people are needed, starting from March 18th, which is available in church and at the Wednesday coffee morning. A guidance sheet will be available for stewards to follow.

Do come to take the journey yourself, and encourage friends and neighbours too as well. Opening times for the two weeks from March 18th: Mondays 10:30 to 4:00, Wednesdays 10:30 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 8:00, Fridays 12:00 to 4:00 and Saturdays 10:30 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 8:00. Admission is free; there will be an opportunity to donate to the Methodist Church’s Gaza Appeal, with information about this for you to read.

We have school pupils booked in from 3 different schools – Grange Primary, Leven Valley Primary and Cartmel Priory Secondary. Please pray for them, their teachers and all who will help guide them round.

Message from Jo: “We’ve just heard the sad news that Revd Jim Needham died yesterday (Monday) morning, very peacefully, after being taken into hospital on Sunday night. Jim and Yvonne retired here many years ago, and around 20 years ago Jim served as minister of this church for a couple of years when there was a vacancy. More recently they have spent the majority of their time in Alsager, returning to their house in Grange for holidays. Please do remember Yvonne and the family in your prayers. Jim’s funeral will take place at 11.45am on Tuesday 26th March, at Wesley Place Methodist Church in Alsager.”

Message from Sue Nicol: “Fund-Raising Team Meeting: Our next meeting will be at 2pm in the church hall on Thursday 14th March. This is an informal gathering, to discuss fund-raising projects and make plans - we would welcome new members, and new ideas! Please speak to Glenda or Sue for more information.”

Message from Sue Nicol: “Hawkshead Church: Lent and Easter ‘labyrinth’ using the theme of the book ‘The Things he Carried’ by Stephen Cottrell. A labyrinth is an ancient pattern, used long before the Christian era. When it is marked out on the ground it is used for people to walk around, and Christians have taken it as a symbolic way of going on a pilgrimage. There is not room for the circular pattern in Hawkshead church, so this labyrinth is a winding path with points at which you may stop and consider the ‘Things that Jesus carried to the Cross’. Notes for guidance are provided, and we hope people will find it helpful – an opportunity to slow down for a while and think about the Easter story. Why not give it a try if you happen to be in Hawkshead in the weeks before Easter!”

Messages from Carol Lamb: "The next foodbank collection will take place on Sunday 24th March. Stocks are low on most items so if you can help in anyway it will most appreciated. The Green collection box for any gifts of money is on the table at the back of church. Thank you for your support, Carol

Tickets for the Kitty Brown Fashion Show are available for £10 from Carol. It will take place on Friday 19th April at 7.30pm. All proceeds will go to the development fund."

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:00 a.m. on term time Sundays, Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

Lunch and Pray: Stay after the coffee morning on Wednesday February 13th or come specially for this. We share a bread and cheese lunch together from 12:00 and then a relaxed time of prayer from 1:00-1:30.     At that coffee morning there will be the chance to buy some of the Easter stock (Fairtrade Easter Eggs and Cards) from the Re:new Christian Charity and bookshop in Barrow.

Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 17th will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson, then there will be a “Songs of Praise” gathering at 4:00 followed by a buffet tea. The service on Palm Sunday, March 24th, will be a Church to Toast Church service in the hall, led by Rev Jo and Mr Paul Rand. The service will start at 10:00 a.m. All welcome to come to breakfast first at 9:30.

Cartmel:. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 17th will be led by Mr David Lamb. The service on March 24th  will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley.

Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together have organised Friday Lent Lunches as usual this year. Come between 12:00 and 1:00 for a light lunch and fellowship, then share in a time of devotions from 1:00 to 1:15. All money raised this year will be given to the Leprosy Mission. Remaining dates and venues:

Friday 15th March: St Charles Borromeo-RC Grange; Friday 22nd March: Methodist Church, Grange

Holy Week and Easter services:

On Maundy Thursday we share a service in our church hall at 7:00 p.m. with our friends from the URC. The service will be led by Rev Jo Rand. On Good Friday, we join the service at the URC at 10:30 a.m., which will be led by Rev Kate Hunt. On Easter Sunday, as in past years, Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together have arranged a Sunrise service in the Hampsfell Road car park, which will start at 6:45 a.m. It will be led by Rev David Edmondson, and all are invited to St Paul’s afterwards for hot drinks and hot cross buns. The service at our church will be a communion service at 10:30 a.m. led by Rev Jo Rand.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: March 14th David and Hazel Edmondson; March 21st Rev Kate Hunt.

Please remember that the deadline for the April Mustard Seed is earlier than usual, on Sunday, March 24th so it gets out by the end of the month.

Please send any items for that, or for these updates, to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

5 March 2024

Message from Barbara Leader and Su Lockley: “Following the visit of Bryony from the Beatrice Laing Trust we have just heard that our application for a grant has been successful. Not just successful but they have granted us twice as much as we had hoped for – a total of £20,000 has been granted. This is wonderful news and has acted as a big spur to our ongoing grant applications.  We are waiting for the National Churches Trust Trustees to meet on 16 March when they will, following a visit from their Grants Officer, make a decision on our application.  We hope to hear the outcome before Easter.” 

Message from Liz Jackson: “Your PRODUCE stall needs you on Wednesday March 6th. Can you make or bake something for us to sell or just come along to purchase anything you fancy. We have regular makers and bakers but we’re always looking for new contributors. Many thanks in anticipation from Liz Jackson”

Message from Sue Nicol: “Fund-Raising Team Meeting: Our next meeting will be at 2pm in the church hall on Thursday 14th March. This is an informal gathering, to discuss fund-raising projects and make plans - we would welcome new members, and new ideas! Please speak to Glenda or Sue for more information.”

Message from Maureen Place: “Please bring your jars of 20p coins to me on a Sunday so they can be counted, and any jars of thanks. Thanks to those who have already given in full 20p jars.”

Message from Pam Brook: “If you weren't able to attend the World Day of Prayer service at St Peter’s. you may wish to view it online here. The collection, which supports initiatives worldwide, raised  £272.10 prior to gift aid.”

Do remember to sign up to offer to steward as people take the “Journey to Jerusalem”. There is a sheet giving the times when people are needed, starting from March 18th, which is available in church and at the Wednesday coffee morning. A guidance sheet will be available for stewards to follow.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets on term time Sunday mornings, at the new start time of 9:00 am. Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

The next business meeting of the Grange Leadership Team will be on Wednesday, March 6th. Do have a word with any of the team (Jo, Sue N, Su L, Glenda or Hazel) if there is anything you would like to raise.

The monthly evening in-person Bible Study will be at 7:30 that day at the home of David and Hazel Edmondson – details below.

Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 10th will be led by Mr Paul Rand. The service on March 17th  will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson. You may like to make a note now that the service on Palm Sunday, March 24th, will be a Church to Toast Church service in the hall, led by Rev Jo and Mr Paul Rand. The service will start at 10:00 a.m. All welcome to come to breakfast first at 9:30.

Cartmel:. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 10th will be led by Rev Jo Rand The service on March 17th  will be led by Mr David Lamb.

David Edmondson and Ruth Briddock will be leading a Safeguarding Foundation training session in the Vestry from 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12th. Those who need to be there have been specifically invited, but all who feel they might benefit from this are welcome to attend – please contact David (details below) if you wish to come.

Lunch and Pray: Stay after the coffee morning on Wednesday February 13th or come specially for this. We share a bread and cheese lunch together from 12:00 and then a relaxed time of prayer from 1:00-1:30. At that coffee morning there will be the chance to buy some of the Easter stock (Fairtrade Easter Eggs and Cards) from the Re:new Christian Charity and bookshop in Barrow

Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together have organised Friday Lent Lunches as usual this year. Come between 12:00 and 1:00 for a light lunch and fellowship, then share in a time of devotions from 1:00 to 1:15. All money raised this year will be given to the Leprosy Mission. Remaining dates and venues:

Friday 8th March: United Reformed Church, Grange; Friday 15th March: St Charles Borromeo-RC Grange; Friday 22nd March: Methodist Church, Grange

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: March 7th: Rev Martyn Coe; March 14th David and Hazel Edmondson.

Please send any items for these updates to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

27 February 2024

Please find here the March edition of the Mustard Seed, where you’ll find the details about the request for recipes and the precise timings for Journey to Jerusalem. Do think and pray about how you could be involved with each venture. There are other opportunities to serve as well….

Message from the Flower team: “Church Flowers: The team continue to make sure that flowers are in Church regularly on Sundays, we hope that you enjoy the colour and beauty of them. If you would like someone to receive flowers after service for whatever reason and whoever you have in mind, please write the name in the Flower Book, which is always on the table in the porch. That would be most helpful and if you are able to deliver them as well, even more helpful! The flower basket will be on the table near the coffee this coming Sunday, if you wish to give a donation to maintain the Flower Ministry they can be placed there .Please accept our grateful thanks for these donations. The Flower Team”

Message from Judith Sharples: “I would like to thank everyone for their good wishes whilst I was in hospital and am now home, progress is slow but hope to be back in church soon. I have enjoyed the services on line, thank you.”

Message from Liz Jackson: “Your PRODUCE stall needs you on Wednesday March 6th. Can you make or bake something for us to sell or just come along to purchase anything you fancy. We have regular makers and bakers but we’re always looking for new contributors. Many thanks in anticipation from Liz Jackson”

Message from Mervyn Hull: LAKES GOSPEL CHOIR  An invitation to an inspirational evening of music, worship and celebration featuring the Lakes Gospel Choir at St. Mary's Church, Ambleside Road, Windermere on Saturday 9th March at 7 pm.  Admission on the door, £10.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets on term time Sunday mornings, at the new start time of 9:00 am. Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

This year’s local World Day of Prayer service, with material prepared before the current horrific events by an ecumenical group of  Palestinian women, will be hosted by St Peter’s Church, Field Broughton LA11 6HR at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 1stThe theme is “I beg you… Bear with one another in love”.

The repair café will be open in the church hall from 6-8pm on Friday, March 1st. Offers of cake will  be welcome as ever – please contact Hazel if you can help in this way.

The Churches Together Men’s breakfast will be in the church hall at 8:30 on Saturday, March 2nd. Come to share a simple cereal and toast breakfast and a time of conversation and prayer.

Remember the talk from the ambassador for the charity ‘Dementia Friends’ is in the church hall this Saturday 2nd March at 11am. This will be followed by a soup lunch for those who have signed up.

Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd will be led by Mrs Paulette Bissell. There will be a reflective service at 6:00 pm that evening, led by David and Hazel Edmondson. The service on March 10th  will be led by Mr Paul Rand.

Cartmel:. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd will be led by Rev David Edmondson and will include Holy Communion. The service on March 10th  will be led by Rev Jo Rand.

The next business meeting of the Grange Leadership Team will be on Wednesday, March 6th. Do have a word with any of the team (Jo, Sue N, Su L, Glenda or Hazel) if there is anything you would like to raise.

The monthly evening in-person Bible Study will be at 7:30 that day at the home of David and Hazel Edmondson – details below.

Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together have organised Friday Lent Lunches as usual this year. Come between 12:00 and 1:00 for a light lunch and fellowship, then share in a time of devotions from 1:00 to 1:15. All money raised this year will be given to the Leprosy Mission. Remaining dates and venues:

  • Friday 1st March: St Mary’s Church, Allithwaite
  • Friday 8th March: United Reformed Church, Grange
  • Friday 15th March: St Charles Borromeo-RC Grange
  • Friday 22nd March: Methodist Church, Grange

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The next speaker will be: February 29th and March 7th: Rev Martyn Coe.

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Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

20 February 2024

As mentioned in the Mustard Seed, the Leadership Team have arranged for Miriam Baird, who is an ambassador for the charity ‘Dementia Friends’, to come and speak to us on Saturday 2nd March at 11am. This will follow the pattern of the meeting we held in January, with an hour of information and discussion, and further conversation over lunch. Please make sure you have signed up on the sheet in church by Sunday, February 28th, so we have some idea of numbers, for Miriam and for catering purposes.

Message from Pam and Glenda: “Recipe book: As another exciting venture, we are hoping to produce a recipe book as part of our 150yrs celebrations and as a fundraiser for the development fund. There will be the usual categories of soups/starters; cakes/traybakes; savouries; sweets/puddings but we would like to include other possibilities such as, vegetarian; gluten free; using leftovers; economical recipes; cooking for a crowd; in fact anything! Please will you submit a recipe, together with your name (if you are happy for it to be printed,) a title – maybe something like ‘My Mother’s recipe for…’, a list of ingredients and the method including oven temperature, cooking time etc. You can use a template, attached for those who get the update by email, or hard copies can be picked up from church, or just write it out. We would like to have it ready by June, so would need recipes by the beginning of May at the latest please. Recipes can be emailed, left at church, handed to a steward or leadership team member. A note about copyright – ingredients cannot be copyrighted but if your favourite recipe comes from a well- known source, you need to slightly alter the words in the method to make it your own. Thank you.”

Message from Mervyn Hull: LAKES GOSPEL CHOIR  An invitation to an inspirational evening of music, worship and celebration featuring the Lakes Gospel Choir at St. Mary's Church, Ambleside Road, Windermere on Saturday 9th  March at 7 pm.  Admission on the door, £10.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets on term time Sunday mornings, with a new start time from February 25th of 9:00 am. Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

The joint midweek Communion service with our friends from St Paul’s church will be at our church at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 21st, led by Rev. Jo Rand.

The Circuit/United Area Singing the Faith Group will meet in the Bedford Room at Ulverston Methodist Church from 7:00 to 8:30. on Wednesday, February 21st

Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 25th will be led by Rev Jo Rand, and will include the baptism of Felicity, granddaughter of Brian and Liz Lewis, and Holy Communion. The morning service on March 3rd will be led by Mrs Paulette Bissell, then there will be a reflective service at 6:00 pm.

Cartmel:. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 25th will be led by Rev David Jackson. The service on March 3rd will be led by Rev David Edmondson. and will include Holy Communion.

There is a pastoral team meeting at church at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 26th.

The repair café will be open in the church hall rom 6-8pm on Friday, March 1st.

Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together have organised Friday Lent Lunches as usual this year. Come between 12:00 and 1:00 for a light lunch and fellowship, then share in a time of devotions from 1:00 to 1:15. All money raised this year will be given to the Leprosy Mission. Dates and venues:

  • Friday 23rd February: St Paul’s Church, Grange;
  • Friday 1st March: St Mary’s Church, Allithwaite; 
  • Friday 8th March: United Reformed Church, Grange;
  • Friday 15th March: St Charles Borromeo-RC Grange; 
  • Friday 22nd March: Methodist Church, Grange

This year’s local World Day of Prayer service, with material prepared before the current horrific events by an ecumenical group of  Palestinian women, will be hosted by St Peter’s Church, Field Broughton LA11 6HR at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 1st. The theme is “I beg you… Bear with one another in love”.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The next speakers will be: February 22nd Rev Kate Hunt; February 29th Rev Martyn Coe.

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Grange Methodist Church

13 February 2024

Thanks to all who helped with or came to the ceilidh, which raised £222 in donations to the
redevelopment fund. Many non-church people were among those who enjoyed a fun evening of music and dance.

As mentioned in the Mustard Seed, the Leadership Team have arranged for Miriam Baird, who is an ambassador for the charity ‘Dementia Friends’, to come and speak to us on Saturday 2nd March at 11am. This will follow the pattern of the meeting we held earlier this month, with an hour of information and discussion, and further conversation over lunch.
Please make sure you have signed up on the sheet in church so we have some idea of numbers, for Miriam and for catering purposes.

Message from Pam and Glenda: “Recipe book: As another exciting venture, we are hoping to produce a recipe book as part of our 150yrs celebrations and as a fundraiser for the development fund. There will be the usual categories of soups/starters; cakes/traybakes; savouries; sweets/puddings but we would like to include other possibilities such as, vegetarian; gluten free; using leftovers; economical recipes; cooking for a crowd; in fact anything! Please will you submit a recipe, together with your name (if you are happy for it to be printed,) a title – maybe something like ‘My Mother’s recipe for…’, a list of ingredients and the method including oven temperature, cooking time etc. You can use a template that can be picked up from church, or just write it out. We would like to have it ready by June, so would need recipes by the beginning of May at the latest please. Recipes can be emailed, left at church, or handed to a steward or leadership team member.
A note about copyright – ingredients cannot be copyrighted but if your favourite recipe comes from a well- known source, you need to slightly alter the words in the method to make it your own. Thank you. Pam & Glenda”

Message from Mervyn Hull: LAKES GOSPEL CHOIR An invitation to an inspirational evening of music, worship and celebration featuring the Lakes Gospel Choir at St. Mary's Church, Ambleside Road, Windermere on Saturday 9th March at 7 pm. Admission on the door, £10.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets on term time Sunday mornings; no
meeting on February 18th then from February 25th the new start time will be 9:00 am. Baby
group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

Lunch and Pray: Stay after the coffee morning on Wednesday February 14th or come specially for this. We share a bread and cheese lunch together from 12:00 and then a relaxed time of prayer from 1:00-1:30.

Cartmel Quakers will be holding a silent ‘Time for Peace’ meeting on Friday 16th February at 10:30 am at the Meeting House in Haggs Lane; half an hour of quiet reflection followed by tea, coffee and fellowship.

“Facing Change” Saturday 17th February 9.30am – 12 noon at Grange Methodist Church.
You are invited to come to a ‘Quiet Morning’ at the beginning of Lent, as a way of preparing for Easter – we will be thinking about the changes that Jesus and his disciples had to face as he travelled towards Jerusalem and the Cross. Coffee will be served in the Church Hall at 9.30am followed by an informal act of worship at 10am. Then there will be a time of quietness, with some notes for guidance if you wish to use them, before a short service of Holy Communion to which all are welcome, finishing at 12 noon. Anyone who would like to stay on afterwards for lunch is welcome to do so – please bring your own food, drinks will be provided. For further information contact Sue Nicol on 015395 31044

Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 18th will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson. There will be a “Songs of Praise” gathering at 4:00 p.m. followed by a buffet tea. The service on February 25th will be led by Rev Jo Rand, and will include the baptism of Felicity, granddaughter of Brian and Liz Lewis.

Cartmel:. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 18th will be led by Rev Hayley Edmondson. The service on February 25th will be led by Rev David Jackson and will include Holy Communion.

The online fellowship group resumes on Monday, February 19th at 7:00 pm. This will be the first of six weeks focusing on the “Unbounded Love” themes. Contact Hazel for zoom link if you wish to join.

The joint midweek Communion service with our friends from St Paul’s church will be at our church at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 21st, led by Rev Jo Rand.

The Circuit/United Area Singing the Faith Group will meet in the Bedford Room at Ulverston
Methodist Church from 7:00 to 8:30. on Wednesday, February 21st, focusing on hymns for Lent All welcome to enjoy singing together and exploring the rich resources of the hymn book. Further details from David and Hazel Edmondson (contact details below).

Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together have organised Friday Lent Lunches as usual this year. Come between 12:00 and 1:00 for a light lunch and fellowship, then share in a time of devotions from 1:00 to 1:15. All money raised this year will be given to the Leprosy Mission.
Please note dates and venues now:
Friday 23rd February: St Paul’s Church, Grange
Friday 1st March: St Mary’s Church, Allithwaite
Friday 8th March: United Reformed Church, Grange
Friday 15th March: St Charles Borromeo-RC Grange
Friday 22nd March: Methodist Church, Grange

This year’s local World Day of Prayer service will be hosted by St Peter’s Church, Field Broughton LA11 6HR at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 1st.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The next speakers will be: February 15th David Lamb, February 22nd Rev Lis Mullen.

Please send any items for these updates to me.

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Grange Methodist Church

6 February 2024

Please find attached a leaflet from the South Lakes Circuit listing all the Lent, Holy Week and Easter service throughout the circuit, including details of the online Lent Group topics at Grange. Please join the group from February 19th, if you wish, even if you’re not usually part of the Monday night online fellowship.

Message from Jo: “We're sorry to hear of the death of Jean Holding – Jean moved away a couple of years ago, after her husband Brian's death, but they were valued members of the congregation here. Her funeral will take place at Grange Methodist Church at 1.30pm on Monday 12th February and will be followed by refreshments in the hall. All welcome.”

As mentioned in the Mustard Seed, the Leadership Team have arranged for Miriam Baird, who is an ambassador for the charity ‘Dementia Friends’, to come and speak to us on Saturday 2nd March at 11am. This will follow the pattern of the meeting we held earlier this month, with an hour of information and discussion, and further conversation over lunch. There is now a sheet to sign up in church so we have some idea of numbers, for Miriam and for catering purposes.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:30 am on term time Sunday mornings; no meeting on February 18th. Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

Remember that there will be a produce stall at the coffee morning on Wednesday, February 7th. All contributions welcome, plus willing customers! Lunch and Pray will take place from 12:00 following the coffee morning on Wednesday. February 14th.

The next meeting of the Grange Leadership team is on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 7th. Do get in touch with any member of the team if there is anything you would like to be discussed.

Please note that the in person Bible study group at the home of David and Hazel Edmondson planned for Wednesday, February 7th has had to be cancelled.

Cartmel Church Council will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 9th.

Next fundraising event: A Ceilidh to which all are invited, with a caller and the Sands Band playing, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9th, with light refreshments. No tickets and no need to say whether you are coming – all donations welcome for the building fund. Do invite neighbours and friends. You don’t have to dance; the lively music is good to listen to, and it can be quite a good spectator sport!

Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 11th will be led by Rev Jo Rand and will include the baptism of Arthur Blackburn. The service on February 18th will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson. There will be a “Songs of Praise” gathering at 4:00 p.m. that day, followed by a buffet tea.

Cartmel:. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 11th will be led by Rev Hayley Edmondson. The service on February 18th will be led by Rev David Edmondson.

“Facing Change” Saturday 17th February 9.30am – 12 noon at Grange Methodist Church. You are invited to come to a ‘Quiet Morning’ at the beginning of Lent, as a way of preparing for Easter – we will be thinking about the changes that Jesus and his disciples had to face as he travelled towards Jerusalem and the Cross. Coffee will be served in the Church Hall at 9.30am followed by an informal act of worship at 10am. Then there will be a time of quietness, with some notes for guidance if you wish to use them, before a short service of Holy Communion to which all are welcome, finishing at 12 noon. Anyone who would like to stay on afterwards for lunch is welcome to do so – please bring your own food, drinks will be provided. For further information contact Sue Nicol on 015395 31044

Cartmel Peninsula Churches Together have organised Friday Lent Lunches as usual this year. Come between 12:00 and 1:00 for a light lunch and fellowship, then share in a time of devotions from 1:00 to 1:15. All money raised this year will be given to the Leprosy Mission. Please note dates and venues now:

  • Friday 23rd February: St Paul’s Church, Grange;
  • Friday 1st March: St Mary’s Church, Allithwaite; 
  • Friday 8th March: United Reformed Church, Grange;
  • Friday 15th March: St Charles Borromeo-RC Grange; 
  • Friday 22nd March: Methodist Church, Grange

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: February 8th Rev Kate Hunt; February 15th David Lamb

Message from Cumbria District: “North West England District: Expressions of Interest – in order to populate and staff the various proposed groups and roles in the new District there is a request for Expressions of Interest to be made. There are three documents to help facilitate this (which include details of where to send the Expression of Interest and EDI forms):

  1. Expression of Interest form
  2. EDI Monitoring form
  3. Volunteer Opportunities Information Document

Copies of these are available on the District website

There is now also a short video with an invitation to consider getting involved in supporting the new district as a volunteer. You can view this here. The closing date for any expression of interest is not until 16th February.”

Please send any items for these updates to me.

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Grange Methodist Church

30 January 2024

Please find here the February edition of the Mustard Seed – thanks to all contributors.

Do look out for the Church “Business card”, now available at church or from the holder on the outside notice board. It’s a handy way of passing on lots of information about our church to any visitors or newcomers – why not keep a couple in your bag or wallet?

Reminder of message from Carol Lamb: “The next collection for the Foodbank will take place in Grange on Sunday 4th February. The foodbank team have now let us know that post-Christmas they need everything – have a look at the list on the box! Many thanks for your continued support.”

Message from District: “As we consider whether to become one single circuit across Cumbria, your voice is important in our deliberations. Place for Hope are facilitating a Listening Space – dedicated to us hearing and understanding the differing feelings and opinions that are being expressed. We look forward to sharing with you at Penrith Methodist Church on 3rd February – 9.30 am for refreshments ready for a 10am start.” 

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:30 am on term time Sunday mornings, Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

The Repair Café will be open from 6-8pm on Friday, February 2nd.  Offers of cake to Hazel, please! Don’t forget to bring items for repair – electrical, phones, computers, textiles, jewellery, wood.

Men’s breakfast on Saturday, February 3rd at 8:30; share a simple breakfast, conversation and prayer.

Grange: The service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 4th will be a service for Candlemas led by members of the congregation. At 6:00 p.m. there will be “Stillness and Song”, a time of reflection and song in the style of Taizé, led by local musicians. The service on February 11th will be led by Rev Jo Rand and will include the baptism of Arthur Blackburn. 

Cartmel:. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 4th will be led by Rev Jim Needham and will include Holy Communion. The service on February 11th will be led by Rev Hayley Edmondson.

There is a coffee morning at the URC from 10-12 on Tuesday, February 6th.

The next meeting of the Grange Leadership team is on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 7th. Do get in touch with any member of the team if there is anything you would like to be discussed.

The in person Bible study group meets at the home of David and Hazel Edmondson (details below) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7th.

Cartmel Church Council will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 9th.

Next fundraising event: A Ceilidh to which all are invited, with a caller and the Sands Band playing, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9th, with light refreshments. No tickets and no need to say whether you are coming – all donations welcome for the building fund. Do invite neighbours and friends. You don’t have to dance; the lively music is good to listen to, and it can be quite a good spectator sport!

“Facing Change” Saturday 17th February 9.30am – 12 noon at Grange Methodist Church. You are invited to come to a ‘Quiet Morning’ at the beginning of Lent, as a way of preparing for Easter – we will be thinking about the changes that Jesus and his disciples had to face as he travelled towards Jerusalem and the Cross. Coffee will be served in the Church Hall at 9.30am followed by an informal act of worship at 10am. Then there will be a time of quietness, with some notes for guidance if you wish to use them, before a short service of Holy Communion to which all are welcome, finishing at 12 noon. Anyone who would like to stay on afterwards for lunch is welcome to do so – please bring your own food, drinks will be provided. For further information contact Sue Nicol on 015395 31044

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: February 1st David and Hazel Edmondson, February 8th Rev Kate Hunt.

Please send any items for these updates to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

23 January 2024

Message from Jo: We have received the sad news that Harvey Berrisford, David and Helen Khan’s grandson, died in hospital in Lancaster on Saturday, having had very complex health problems from birth. Harvey’s was the last baptism we had at Grange, in October 2021. Please hold all the family in your prayers at this difficult time, especially Harvey’s parents Vikki and Jamie, and Harvey’s sisters.

Message from Carol Lamb: “The next collection for the Foodbank will take place in Grange on Sunday 4th February. The foodbank team have now let us know that post-Christmas they need everything – have a look at the list on the box! Many thanks for your continued support.“

Message from Barbara Leader: “Thank you for all the used Christmas cards which will be made into Christmas Gift Tags to sell for the Development Fund.  Production has started but will take a little while!”

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:30 am on term time Sunday mornings, Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: There are two remaining gatherings, as below:
Wednesday January 24th:    10:00 at St Paul’s Church, Grange (followed by refreshments)
Thursday January 25th:         11:00 in Grange Methodist Church Hall (refreshments from 10:30)

If you would like to be involved in the planning for the service on February 4th, please come to a meeting on Wednesday, January 24th at 2.00 p.m. at 20 Highfield Road (Su Lockley’s house). The Grange church council meets at church at 7:30 p.m. that evening;. Please remember this meeting in your prayers.

Grange: On Sunday, January 28th the service at 10:30 a.m. will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley. The service on February 4th will be led by members of the congregation. At 6:00 p.m. there will be “Stillness and Song”, a time of reflection and song in the style of Taizé, led by local musicians. 

Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 28th will be led by Rev Jo Rand.  The service on February 4th will be led by Rev Jim Needham and will include Holy Communion.

The Repair Café will be open from 6-8pm on Friday, February 2nd.  Offers of cake to Hazel, please!

Men’s breakfast on Saturday, February 3rd at 8:30; share a simple breakfast, conversation and prayer.

Message from District: “As we consider whether to become one single circuit across Cumbria, your voice is important in our deliberations. Place for Hope are facilitating a Listening Space – dedicated to us hearing and understanding the differing feelings and opinions that are being expressed. We look forward to sharing with you at Penrith Methodist Church on 3rd February – 9.30 am for refreshments ready for a 10am start.”

Next fundraising event: A Ceilidh to which all are invited, with a caller and the Sands Band playing, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9th, with light refreshments. No tickets and no need to say whether you are coming – all donations welcome for the building fund. Do invite neighbours and friends. You don’t have to dance; the lively music is good to listen to, and it can be quite a good spectator sport!

“Facing Change” Saturday 17th February 9.30am – 12 noon at Grange Methodist Church.

You are invited to come to a ‘Quiet Morning’ at the beginning of Lent, as a way of preparing for Easter – we will be thinking about the changes that Jesus and his disciples had to face as he travelled towards Jerusalem and the Cross. Coffee will be served in the Church Hall at 9.30am followed by an informal act of worship at 10am. Then there will be a time of quietness, with some notes for guidance if you wish to use them, before a short service of Holy Communion to which all are welcome, finishing at 12 noon. Anyone who would like to stay on afterwards for lunch is welcome to do so – please bring your own food, drinks will be provided. For further information contact Sue Nicol on 015395 31044

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. On January 25th there will not be a gathering at the URC as they are joining us for that day’s Week of Prayer event. The speakers on February 1st will be David and Hazel Edmondson.

The deadline for the February Mustard Seed is this Sunday, January 28th. Please send items for that or the update to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

16 January 2024

Thanks to all who contributed to the Christmas card and Christmas Day collection for Action for Children. Updated total: With Gift Aid added, a splendid total of £538.20 was raised.

Reminder of message from Jo: “Following on from ‘Journey to Christmas’ at the end of 2022, this year we are planning to open the church for ‘Journey to Jerusalem’ in the last two weeks of Lent: 17th-31st March. We already have an outline of what we did in 2017, but we are always open to tweaks and fresh ideas. If you would be interested in any aspect of the planning and setup, creating displays etc., please get in touch with Jo by Friday 19th January so that we can make arrangements.”

Message from Carol Lamb: “The next collection for the Foodbank will take place in Grange on Sunday 4th February. As usual the boxes will be out in the hall and the church porch. If you are unable to shop and would like to donate there is the green box for any cash gifts. The foodbank team currently have a good supply of tinned soup and meat. Items most needed at the moment are: Longlife milk/fruit juice, biscuits, tinned spaghetti, tinned potatoes, sponge puddings, jam, tinned rice pudding/custard, jars of pasta sauce, size 6&7 nappies. Many thanks for your continued support.“

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:30 am on term time Sunday mornings, Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

The January joint midweek Holy Communion service will be at St Paul’s church at 10:00 on Wednesday, January 17th, led by the Venerable Penny Driver.

Grange: On Sunday, January 21st the service at 10:30 a.m. will be led by Mr Paul Rand. At 4:00 that day there will be a “Songs of Praise” gathering, followed by a buffet tea together. The service on January 28th will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley. 

Cartmel:. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 21st will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley. The service on January 28th will be led by Rev Jo Rand.  

The next Local Arrangements service at Grange is on February 4th. If you would like to be involved in the planning for that, please come to a meeting on Wednesday, January 24th at 2.00 p.m. at 20 Highfield Road (Su Lockley’s house).

The Grange church council meets at church at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24th. Please remember this meeting in your prayers.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: The material this year, prepared by the church in Burkina Faso, is based on the story of the Good Samaritan and the theme “Go and do likewise”. All are invited to all or any of the gatherings below for 20-30 minutes of prayer for Christian Unity. Please come early or stay afterwards (as indicated below) for refreshments and fellowship. You will note that we are hosting and leading the final gathering; please try to come to that, and also try to attend some of the other events:

Thursday January 18th:        10:30 in Grange United Reformed Church hall (followed by refreshments)
Friday January 19th:              10:00 at St Charles Church, Grange (followed by refreshments)
Monday January 22nd:          11:00 at St John’s Church, Flookburgh (refreshments from 10:30)
Tuesday January 23rd:          11:00 at St Mary’s Church, Allithwaite (refreshments from 10:30)
Wednesday January 24th:    10:00 at St Paul’s Church, Grange (followed by refreshments)
Thursday January 25th:        11:00 in Grange Methodist Church Hall (refreshments from 10:30)

Next redevelopment project fundraising event: A Ceilidh to which all are invited, with a caller and the Sands Band playing, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9th. There will be light refreshments. No tickets and no need to say whether you are coming – all donations welcome for the building fund.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in the URC hall from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: January 18th Rev Kate Hunt (Week of Prayer event). On January 25th there will not be a gathering at the URC as they are joining us for that day’s Week of Prayer event.

Please send any items for these updates to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

9 January 2024

Reminder of message from Jo: “The funeral of Elizabeth Armstrong will take place on Monday 15th January. After a service at Beetham Crematorium (family only), there will be a service at 12.30 at Grange Methodist Church, followed by refreshments in the church hall. All are welcome.”

Thanks to all who contributed to the Christmas card and Christmas Day collection for Action for Children. With Gift Aid added, a splendid total of £513.20 was raised.

Message from Jo: “Following on from ‘Journey to Christmas’ at the end of 2022, this year we are planning to open the church for ‘Journey to Jerusalem’ in the last two weeks of Lent: 17th-31st March. We already have an outline of what we did in 2017, but we are always open to tweaks and fresh ideas. If you would be interested in any aspect of the planning and setup, creating displays etc., please get in touch with Jo by Friday 19th January so that we can make arrangements.”

Reminder from Liz Jackson: “Our next produce stall and sale of eggs will be on Wednesday January 10th. A big thank you to those who make and bake plus our regular customers.” 

Message from Glenda and Hazel: “A reminder that the next Open Church Leadership Team meeting is on Saturday, January 13th from 11:00: to 12:00, followed by a soup lunch. This will look at suggestions for where we might use for various activities when our premises are being redeveloped. – all ideas welcome! It would help to have an idea of numbers staying for lunch – if you haven’t signed up yet, please let us know”

Message from Barbara Leader: “If it is not too late, please could Church members save their Christmas cards and pass them to me so that I can make gift tags with them for sale next year. Thank you.”

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church meets at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings. Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

Lunch and Pray: Stay after the coffee morning on Wednesday January 10th or come specially for this. We share a bread and cheese lunch together from 12:00 and then a relaxed time of prayer from 1:00-1:30.

Cartmel Quakers will be holding a silent ‘Time for Peace’ meeting on Friday 12th January at 10:30 am at the Meeting House in Haggs Lane; half an hour of quiet reflection followed by tea, coffee and fellowship.

Grange: On Sunday, January 14th the service at 10:30 a.m. will be led by Mrs Lesley Thompson. The service on January 21st will be led by Mr Paul Rand.

Cartmel:. The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January14th will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson. The service on January 21st will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley.  

The January joint midweek Holy Communion service will be at St Paul’s church at 10:00 on Wednesday, January 17th, led by the Venerable Penny Driver.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: The material this year, prepared by the church in Burkina Faso, is based on the story of the Good Samaritan and the theme “Go and do likewise”. All are invited to all or any of the gatherings below for 20-30 minutes of prayer for Christian Unity. Please come early or stay afterwards (as indicated below) for refreshments and fellowship. You will note that we are hosting and leading the final gathering; please try to come to that, and also try to attend some of the other events:

Thursday January 18th:     10:30 at Grange United Reformed Church (followed by refreshments)
Friday January 19th:           10:00 at St Charles Church, Grange (followed by refreshments)
Monday January 22nd:       11:00 at St John’s Church, Flookburgh (refreshments from 10:30)
Tuesday January 23rd:       11:00 at St Mary’s Church, Allithwaite (refreshments from 10:30)
Wednesday January 24th: 10:00 at St Paul’s Church, Grange (followed by refreshments)
Thursday January 25th:      11:00 at Grange Methodist Church (refreshments from 10:30)

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship at the URC from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: January 11th David Lamb; January 18th Rev Kate Hunt (Week of Prayer event)

Please send any items for these updates to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

2 January 2024

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Message from Jo: “The funeral of Elizabeth Armstrong will take place on Monday 15th January. After a service at Beetham Crematorium (family only), there will be a service at 12.30 at Grange Methodist Church, followed by refreshments in the church hall. All are welcome.”

Important notice regarding the Produce stall from Liz Jackson: Our next produce stall and sale of eggs will be on Wednesday January 10th (2nd Wednesday not the 1st one). Please make a note on your calendars and in your diaries for Wednesday 10th January. A big thank you to those who make and bake plus our regular customers.” 

Message from Glenda and Hazel: “A reminder that the next Open Church Leadership Team meeting is on Saturday, January 13th from 11:00: to 12:00, followed by a soup lunch. This will look at suggestions for where we might use for various activities when our premises are being redeveloped. – all ideas welcome! It would help to have an idea of numbers staying for lunch – please let Glenda or Hazel know, or sign up on the list in church on Sunday.”

Message from the organisers of the Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul’s: “We just wanted to say a huge 'Thank You' to everyone who contributed in any way to another successful festival. The trees looked amazing and received so many positive comments from visitors to the festival...thank you to all those who organised and helped to decorate them. This year we had over 740 visitors and raised a fantastic £1575.”

Charles Edmondson (organist at St Paul’s) has arranged an event (neither a service nor a concert) which will take place at St Paul’s at 4 pm on 12th night, Friday 5 January. There will be seasonal carols and readings ranging from Advent to Epiphany. All welcome who would enjoy this final celebration of Christmas. There will be mince pies and mulled wine afterwards.

The repair café will be open from 6-8 pm on Friday, January 5th in our church hall. Please let Hazel know if you could offer to make some cake for this.

The Churches Together Men’s breakfast will be in our church hall at 8:30 on Saturday, January 6th.

Don’t forget to come to our church family party for all ages in the church hall from 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 6th. Please bring something to contribute to a bring and share meal; we’ll .be getting some chips in (as we did last year). Thanks to our Toast Church leaders who will be leading us in some games. Let Hazel (contact details below) know if it would be helpful for you to have transport.

Regular weekly activities at Grange: Toast Church starts meeting again at 9:30 am on January 7th. Baby group meets from 9:30 on Tuesdays, and the Wednesday community coffee morning is from 10:30 to noon.

Grange: On Sunday, January 7th the service at 10:30 a.m. will be the annual Covenant service led by Rev Jo Rand. The service on January 14th will be led by Mrs Lesley Thompson.

Cartmel: The service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 7th will be the annual Covenant service, led by Rev David Edmondson. The service on January 14th will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson.

Please note that the Covenant service always includes Holy Communion.

Lunch and Pray: Stay after the coffee morning on Wednesday January 10th or come specially for this. We share a bread and cheese lunch together from 12:00 and then a relaxed time of prayer from 1:00-1:30.

Cartmel Quakers will be holding a silent ‘Time for Peace’ meeting on Friday 12th January at 10:30 am at the Meeting House in Haggs Lane; half an hour of quiet reflection followed by tea, coffee and fellowship.

All are welcome to share worship and fellowship at the URC from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. The speakers will be: January 4th Rev Lis Mullen, January 11th David Lamb.

Please send any items for these updates to me.

Hazel (36213 or email)

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