This weekly bulletin was started by Rev. Jo Rand when the first lockdown was imposed.  Since Jo's sabbatical began in summer 2021, Hazel Edmondson has stood in to produce it.  As we now have a monthly Newsletter (Mustard Seed - see here) this page will continue, but renamed as Update from Grange, as it chiefly contains breaking news since the latest issue of Mustard Seed.

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Grange Methodist Church

21 June 2022

Dear Friends,

While Hazel and David enjoy a well-deserved break, this week I’m sending out the update (largely what Hazel has put together in advance – thank you Hazel!) – Jo.

Please pray for all who have been involved in the transition day for all year 6 (top junior) pupils from our local primary schools, which was held this morning (Tuesday, 21st June) at St Mary’s, Allithwaite, helping them to prepare for the Big Move to secondary school.

Reminder: An Emergency Life Support session covering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) will be held in the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, 25th June 2022 from 10.00 to 12.00. Instructor David Webster, who is an expert in the subject.  He will tailor the session to the requirements of those attending. To get an idea of the number likely to attend please include your name on the form by the serving hatch in the hall or speak to Alan Johnson Tel: 015395 33793

The Methodist Conference meets this week and next. This year, of the 300+ members of Conference, three are from the South Lakes Circuit! – Gill de Bourcier, Martha Rand, and Jo Rand. We would welcome your prayers not just for us but for all involved – that God would guide us in all that takes place. Conference begins with the Presbyteral Session this Thursday and Friday. On Saturday the Induction of the new President and Vice-President, Revd Graham Thompson and Mr Anthony Boateng takes place. Conference Worship and Ordinations are on Sunday, and the Representative Session runs from Monday to Thursday next week.

On Sunday, 26th June the morning service at 10:30 will be led by Rev David Jackson. On July 3rd  the preacher will be Rev Jo Rand.

Sunday, 26th June is the last day for contributing to the leaving collection for Rev Graham Ransom and Deacon Maggie Patchett.

Message from Judith Shapland: Please note that there will be no service at Cartmel on Sunday, 26th June, as that is a race day and access to Cartmel would be very difficult for non-racegoers.

Remember that the next issue of the Mustard Seed will cover both July and August. Please think whether there are any areas of church life that you could report on or news of church friends (with their permission) that you could pass on. The deadline for items to reach Hazel is Sunday, 26th June (16, Charney Court, LA11 6DL,  tel. 36213, or email).

Please pray for all involved in the ‘Prayer Space’ in Cartmel Priory School on 27-29th June which gives all age groups from 11-16 the opportunity to explore different ways of praying.

Reminder: Maureen Place is asking for you to return your ‘Jars of Thanks’ to her by the end of June – she is keeping track of the donations and will return the jars to you, if you wish to continue.

Remember that our friends at the URC meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings – all are welcome. Speakers: June 23rd Rev Martyn Coe, June 30th Judith Bartlett.

Have a good week, and thank you,

Jo

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Grange Methodist Church

14 June 2022

The joint communion with St Paul’s is at our church this month, at 10:00 on Wednesday, 15th June. This will be led by Rev Jo Rand.

The morning service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, 19th June will be a communion service led by Rev Jo Rand. It will include the commissioning of the pastoral team. The afternoon brings the launch of our “Songs of Praise” gathering. Meet in church at 4:00 to choose and sing your favourite hymns, telling us why they are meaningful for you, then share a buffet tea together (provided by David and Hazel; no set charge but donations welcome).

There will be no online fellowship on Monday, 20th June as many of the regular participants will be at the circuit meeting.

Please pray for all involved in the transition day for all year 6 (top junior) pupils from our local primary schools, which will be on Tuesday, 21st June at St Mary’s, Allithwaite, helping them to prepare for the Big Move to secondary school. Jo, Helen Hoyle (Youth and Community Worker) and Chris Mason (Churches Together Youth Trust) will all be involved.

Reminder: An Emergency Life Support session covering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) will be held in the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, 25th June 2022 from 10.00 to 12.00. Instructor David Webster, who is an expert in the subject.  He will tailor the session to the requirements of those attending. To get an idea of the number likely to attend please include your name on the form by the serving hatch in the hall or speak to Alan Johnson Tel: 015395 33793

Message from Judith Shapland: Please note that there will be no service at Cartmel on Sunday, 26th June, as that is a race day and access to Cartmel would be very difficult for non-racegoers.

Remember that the next issue of the Mustard Seed will cover both July and August. Please think whether there are any areas of church life that you could report on or news of church friends (with their permission) that you could pass on. The deadline for items to reach me is Sunday, 26th June.

Please send any items for the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

7 June 2022

EMERGENCY LIFE SUPPORT: An Emergency Life Support session covering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) will be held in the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 25th June 2022 from 10.00 to 12.00. Instructor David Webster.

In addition to Church members anyone who attends classes or meetings in the Church or Hall is welcome to attend. If you have difficulty kneeling or just want to sit and watch please do come. If you just want to drop in for a short time that's fine.  The knowledge you gain may prove useful sometime in the future. David is an expert in the subject.  He will tailor the session to the requirements of those attending. Having an AED on the premises is a real bonus as swift intervention can save lives. Although simple to use (the AED tells you what to do) the more people who feel confident in using the Defibrillator and carrying out CPR the better. PLEASE COME. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THE KNOWLEDGE MAY PROVE VITAL. To get an idea of the number likely to attend please include your name on the form by the serving hatch in the hall or speak to Alan Johnson - Tel: 015395 33793

There are two documents attached this week, which were also attached two weeks ago after the General Church meeting. Here’s what Jo said about the first one:

  1. “It has been suggested that we hold an ‘away day’ / church weekend type event, but without going away. There's a document which invites you to give your thoughts and ideas about this. You can type your thoughts into the Word version, or print this version and write on it by hand.

  2. The second page of the same document asks about how we might pray together more. We are aware that for a good number of people it’s not that practical to attend a prayer meeting, but there are various ways of being together in prayer without or alongside a physical meeting.”

It would be good to get more responses in than we have got so far; the leadership team have pencilled in Saturday, September 17th as the date for the “away day” event, but we won’t make any more plans for that or for prayer together until we have more guidance from you!

The second document is a hard copy version of the survey about fellowship groups. Thanks to those who have already responded to the online version or filled in a hard copy. If you haven’t yet, please download and print this form, fill it in and get it back to me; or alternatively, you can fill in the survey online here. For those of you who get a hard copy of this update, there will be forms available at the coffee morning and on Sunday. If you’re not able to be at those but would like a form, please get in touch with me (contact details as below).

Remember that tomorrow (8th June) is the deadline for booking for the next gathering of the Cumbria branch of Methodist Women in Britain, which is “FOOD FOR THOUGHT”  at Sedbergh Methodist Church  on WEDNESDAY 15th JUNE 2022 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Hear about Repositaria Yummy (Argentina) and Upper Eden Food Bank, then enjoy Afternoon tea. Donations Welcome.

More details from Glenda Clark, who could provide transport and pass on our numbers.

Our original commitment to being a Fairtrade church was made on 02-01-2007. We have now made our re-commitment and the new certificates are on display. Please note that these now have a renewal date (01-06-2024) to ensure we are still keeping to our commitment.

There will be two different collection plates out on Sunday in church (in addition to the regular one for any donations to church). As we were at St Paul’s last Sunday, we missed the first Sunday in the quarter when we have our plate out for donations for flowers. And there will be a plate out throughout June for gifts towards the leaving presents for Rev Graham Ransom and Deacon Maggie Patchett.

The morning service at 10:30 on Sunday June 12th will be led by Mrs Paulette Bissell.

The joint communion with St Paul’s is at our church this month, at 10:00 on Wednesday, June 15th. This will be led by Rev Jo Rand.

On June 19th the morning service will be a communion service led by Rev Jo Rand and this will include the commissioning of the Pastoral Team. That afternoon brings the launch of our “Songs of Praise” gathering – meet in church at 4:00 to choose and sing your favourite hymns, telling us why they are meaningful for you, then share a buffet tea together (provided by David and Hazel; no set charge but donations welcome).

Remember that our friends at the URC meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings – all are welcome. Speakers: June 9th David and Hazel Edmondson, June 16th Rev Lis Mullen.

Please send any items for the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

31 May 2022

The June issue of the Mustard Seed is here - it includes lots of information, including the invitation to the Churches Together Great Big Garden Party on Saturday 4th June.

Remember that there is No Service at Grange Methodist Church this Sunday (June 5th). We will be joining with other congregations that are part of Churches Together in Grange and District in the ecumenical service of Thanksgiving to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The service is at St Paul’s at 11:00 a.m. and will include Holy Communion. It will be led by Revd Canon Jonathan Brewster.

Toast church will meet at our church at 9:30 as usual. There is an evening service at our church at 6:00 p.m., a reflective service for Pentecost led by Rev David and Mrs Hazel Edmondson.

There are some community events to note this week:

  • St Paul’s have Tea, Cake and a Children’s Colouring Competition at 2:30 on Thursday, 2nd June.
  • There is a Loving Earth Project Art Exhibition at the Victoria Hall, open from 10-4 on Friday 3rd June, Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June. Entry is free and there will be refreshments available. “Enjoy a visit to this inspirational project. It celebrates the wonder of our planet, threatened by environmental breakdown”.
  • On Sunday there is a “Picnic in the Park”, a community picnic at the Bandstand in Park Road Gardens from 11:00 to 12:45 to celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign. Take your own picnic, and enjoy music by the Bay Community Singers and the Sands Band. Then show off your own crown in the Crown Parade at 12:30 led by the Mayor.

The Churches Together Men’s Breakfast will take place at our church at 8:30 on Saturday, 4th June.

Message from Liz Jackson: “The next Produce stall will be June 8th. Please can you bake, make or purchase at our Wednesday coffee morning on June 8th. Extra-large eggs 6 for £1-50 will again be available to pre-order by ringing Glenda on 32386 or Liz on 92687. Please bring along an egg box if possible.”

Remember that our friends at the URC meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings – all are welcome.. Speakers: June 2nd Judith Bartlett, June 9th David and Hazel Edmondson.

Please send any items for the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

24 May 2022

Such a lot to read and hopefully take action on this week! The General Church meeting minutes are here, as are other documents as indicated by Jo in her messages below:

Messages from Jo: At the General Church Meeting on Sunday we had 18 people present and a very positive meeting, despite there being a significant number of people who were not able to be there. We discussed various ideas for helping to rebuild connections and relationships within the congregation. We want to make sure that those not able to be there are also able to contribute. In particular:

  1. It has been suggested that we hold an ‘away day’ / church weekend type event, but without going away. There's a document which invites you to give your thoughts and ideas about this. You can type your thoughts into the Word version, or print this version and write on it by hand.
  2. The second page of the same document asks about how we might pray together more. We are aware that for a good number of people it’s not that practical to attend a prayer meeting, but there are various ways of being together in prayer without or alongside a physical meeting.
  3. A number of people have mentioned to me that they would like fellowship groups to restart. There has been a lot of change over the past couple of years, with some people who had been part of groups a couple of years ago moving away. Other people have also arrived. Therefore it seems a good moment to start afresh. I have put together a survey which asks about what people would want from a fellowship group, when, where, how often to meet etc. Even if you have never been part of a group, please do have a look at the questions. If there is interest, we could have a range of groups doing quite different things. These could be even wider than those suggested (for example, some church fellowship groups meet to discuss and reflect on aspects of faith while walking, or knitting, or something else). This form can be printed and filled in, or alternatively, you can fill in the survey online here.

Please give any responses to Hazel. As ever, if you have any thoughts or questions about this or anything else, please do speak to Jo or one of the Church Stewards, Glenda Clark, Hazel Edmondson, Su Lockley or Sue Nicol.

This is what Jo has sent out to all churches in Churches Together about the Jubilee Saturday event:

I am attaching a poster for the Great Big Garden Party for the Jubilee, which will take place from 12 noon on Saturday 4th June – which is next week! (click here to download it.)

We have lots of exciting things planned – bouncy castle, story tent, crown making, field games, giant Jenga. At 4pm in the Methodist hall we have Jubilee Creative Concoctions – a bring and share tea with a small competitive twist. See the poster, and also this leaflet about how to enter the baking competition.

There are three things I’d love for you to do:

  1. Put up posters anywhere and everywhere – inside and out! Tell people in your churches and invite everyone you can think of! Encourage others to bake for the Jubilee Creative Concoctions.
  2. Consider whether you could volunteer, and let me know. A list of roles to fill is below. Most of the roles already have a ‘lead’ but they will very much appreciate help.
  3. Come along on the day. If you are able to, bake something for the ‘Jubilee Creative Concoctions’ yourself.

To make this happen we need:

  • people who can be available in the morning to set up

  • Stewards to direct people and generally help out.

  • People to help serve refreshments both on the field during the afternoon

  • People to help receive Jubilee Creative Concoctions contributions / entries, set them out, serve and clear away

  • People to help with the crown making workshop

  • People to help with the field games

The more help we have, the lighter the load for everyone, so please do get in touch with Jo either by email or phone: 015395 33164 letting me know what help you are able to offer.

Thank you!

Also from Jo: The Movement for Good 2022 awards are open for nominations. Could you spare a moment to nominate Grange Methodist Church? The more nominations we get, the more likely we are to receive a £1000 award, and every bit helps! Click the link - our details are filled in already, and it only takes a minute to complete your details.

Three messages from Paul:

  • Could you occasionally assist the technical team at church, sitting beside the computer operator to move the camera and adjust microphone volume levels as needed during services? No need to get involved with the computer or understanding how we send our services out over YouTube. If so, please speak to Paul.

  • Places on our 9th July Sandgate to Chapel Island walk are starting to sell. We are limited to 75 places so if you would like to join the walk, please book soon. Booking forms are available at church from either Ray Booth or Paul Rand.
    Or you can email to be emailed a booking form. Tickets are £15 per adult and £5 per child, payable on booking. Do also ask for a sponsorship form or set-up a JustGiving Fundraiser (see Paul's article in the next issue of the Mustard Seed for details).

  • We've now counted all the money received during Christian Aid week and the totals (excluding Gift Aid) are as follows: Quiz: £325, Concert: £482.13, General Envelopes: £245. This means that overall, including the Gift Aid that can be claimed, we have raised £1245.16 for Christian Aid.

Message from Liz Jackson: “The next Produce stall will be June 8th. Please can you bake, make or purchase at our Wednesday coffee morning on June 8th. Extra-large eggs 6 for £1-50 will again be available to pre-order by ringing Glenda on 32386 or Liz on 92687. Please bring along an egg box if possible.”

I have had a message from Norman, which included this: “Thanks again for the very welcome card. I will show it to the family. God bless you all Noman Rothery.”

On May 29th morning worship at Grange at 10:30 will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson. Please remember that there will be no service at our church on the morning of June 5th, as we will be joining with other churches at the Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving for the Jubilee, at 11:00 a.m. at St Paul’s. There is a service at Grange Methodist that day, at 6:00 p.m. when there will be a reflective service for Pentecost led by Rev David and Mrs Hazel Edmondson.

Remember that our friends at the URC meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: May 26th Pam Dent, June 2nd Judith Bartlett.

There are a lot of events this week organised by other churches and groups that may be of interest to readers of the update as a chance to meet with others, have a cuppa and support good causes:

Thursday May 26th: At 11:00 there is a Concert at St Paul’s by South Cumbria Brass Band. Coffee is available from 10:30. Free with a retiring collection. In the afternoon, the Alzheimer’s Society are holding a Coffee Afternoon from 1-4 p.m. in the URC hall.

Saturday May 28th: At our church, Grange Garden Society are holding a Plant Sale and Coffee Morning from 10:00 a.m. Admission £2 including refreshments. And St Paul’s are holding their May Fair from 10:00 a.m. Admission free, with a café (including bacon baps), books, plants, cakes etc and a raffle.

It's the deadline on Sunday for items for the June Mustard Seed. Please send any items for that or the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

17 May 2022

Two lots of thanks to start with:

From Sue Nicol:

Last Saturday’s Open Day: An enormous ‘thank you’ to all involved in making our Open Day such a success - those on the organising team and all of you who visited! We hope you enjoyed yourselves, it was wonderful to see such a mix of people chatting together. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and the azaleas and rhododendrons excelled themselves after all! The total raised has increased over the weekend and now stands at £600 – a wonderful result!

Thank you again, Sue and Peter.

Thanks as well to the amazing team from our church who took on the organising of the Churches Together Meal and Quiz for Christian Aid. Everyone who came said how much they had enjoyed it, and were full of praise for the meal – huge thanks to Glenda and her team of helpers, and all who donated the delicious desserts. Thanks too to Jo for sourcing and leading the quiz, and providing the Fair Trade hamper that was the prize to the winning team, who came from St Mary’s. A total of £325 was raised for the work of Christian Aid, with further publicity given to their work.

The joint midweek Holy Communion service will be at St Paul’s this month, at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18th.

There’s a further chance to give to Christian Aid on Friday – here’s a reminder of what Jean and Mick Malkin tell us we have in store:

“After what seems ages…. The Young People of Grange and District are showing their love for others less fortunate by giving A CONCERT – yes, an actual one instead of a virtual, on the 20th May (FRIDAY) 7pm – 8:30 Christian Aid Week in the Methodist Church. There will be music, singing, laughter and comedy, dancing and gymnastics. Refreshments will be served afterwards and the whole concert is FREE….we will just ask for a donation to this most worthy cause if you are able. Come and support, share the fun with the young people that have been part of the Christian Aid support from this area for year.”

And a reminder from Carol Lamb that it’s the foodbank collection on Sunday May 22nd (details in the Mustard Seed). She says: “We haven’t had many donations so far, but I fully understand there are other requests for help at the moment. Many thanks Carol”

On May 22nd morning worship at 10:30 will be led by Rev Jo Rand. Remember that the General Church meeting is at 1:00 and is open to all. Bring a packed lunch to eat at church between the service and the meeting, or you may just have time to go home then get back for 1:00. The agenda is on the attached sheet, which also went out in hard copy on Sunday.

Notice from Graham Ransom: “Hawkshead Churches invite you to a United Service for Wesley Day at Hawkshead Methodist Church on May 22nd at 6pm when Revd Graham Ransom will preach and Deacon Maggie Patchett will also be involved. This will be the first service to be held in the chapel for at least two years. Please come along and support us.” David and I plan to go to this service and will happily take the first two passengers to let us know they would like to come too – contact details as below.

The AGM of Churches Together in Grange is at St Paul’s at 7:30 on Tuesday, May 24th. Please pray for the work and witness of all local congregations, and our working together.

Thanks to Pam Brook for passing on this message: Please join us for a Time for Peace at Cartmel Meeting House on Wednesday morning 25 May at 10:30am. Half an hour of holding the world with all its troubles and joys in the Light, followed by a cup of tea. We may meet in the garden if it’s warm enough, otherwise inside with good ventilation and masks if needed. All welcome, of all faiths or none.

Remember that our friends at the URC meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: May 19th Rev Martyn Coe, May 26th Pam Dent.

Please send any items for the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

10 May 2022

The Open Day at Sue and Peter Nicol’s is on Saturday 14th May from 10.30am until 4pm.  Directions to Hollin Head Wood, Newby Bridge, LA12 8NT are on the posters and on the Church and Circuit website. David Edmondson has offered a taxi service for those with no transport so please let him know if you would like a lift (contact details as below) – your choice of time and how long you stay. Tea/coffee/cake stall/card stall – donations to the Building Fund. Come and enjoy the gardens and time to chat.

Thanks to Glenda for passing on this information:

The Daley family are holding a Memorial service for Joe in Stockport on Saturday, May 14th. Please remember Heather, Jonathan and Rebecca in your prayers at this time.

On May 15th the morning service at 10:30 will be led by Mr Paul Rand. On May 22nd the preacher will be Rev Jo Rand. Remember that on the 22nd the General Church meeting is at 1:00 and is open to all. Bring a packed lunch to eat at church between the service and the meeting, or you may just have time to go home then get back for 1:00.

Christian Aid week this year is from 15th – 21st May. Envelopes for your gifts will be available in church on Sunday. Those who have tickets, remember that the Meal and Quiz is at 7:00 on Monday, May 16th. The second of the Christian Aid week events that we are hosting is a concert. Here’s a reminder of what Jean and Mick put into the Mustard Seed:

“After what seems ages…. The Young People of Grange and District are showing their love for others less fortunate by giving A CONCERT – yes, an actual one instead of a virtual, on the 20th May (FRIDAY) 7pm – 8:30 Christian Aid Week in the Methodist Church. There will be music, singing, laughter and comedy, dancing and gymnastics. Refreshments will be served afterwards and the whole concert is FREE….we will just ask for a donation to this most worthy cause if you are able. Come and support, share the fun with the young people that have been part of the Christian Aid support from this area for year.”

Because of the Christian Aid Meal and Quiz, there will be no online fellowship on May 16th.

The joint midweek Holy Communion service will be at St Paul’s this month, at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18th.

Thanks to Pam Brook for passing on this message:

Please join us for a Time for Peace at Cartmel Meeting House on Wednesday morning 25 May at 10:30am. Half an hour of holding the world with all its troubles and joys in the Light, followed by a cup of tea. We may meet in the garden if it’s warm enough, otherwise inside with good ventilation and masks if needed. All welcome, of all faiths or none.

Remember that our friends at the URC meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: May 12th Clifford Parker, May 19th Rev Martyn Coe

Please send any items for the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

3 May 2022

Most information this week is to be found in the May edition of the Mustard Seed, which you will find here.

Thanks to Andrew, who has put up a couple of new links:

  • Peter and Sue Nicol are hosting an Open Day for the project, at their home on Saturday 14 May
  • Sponsored Walk across the sands from Sandgate near Flookburgh to Chapel Island and back, Saturday 9 July

You will see in the Mustard Seed that David Edmondson is offering transport to Sue and Peter’s on May 14th. This can be at a time of your choosing, and for however long you wish to stay – he will do as many trips as required. Get in touch on the contact details below – but not till next week as we are variously away till then!

Message from Liz Jackson:

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our last produce stall by making, baking or purchasing. We made £96-20 for our development fund .

Our next produce stall will be Wednesday May 4th so please put the date in your diaries for making, baking or thinking of popping along to the coffee morning.

Glenda got us extra-large free range eggs to sell at 6 for £1-50, a bargain!  This was so successful we are going to do this again so if you wish to pre order as you don’t usually come to the coffee morning please ring myself 92687 or Glenda 32386.

On May 8th the morning service at 10:30 will be a communion service led by Rev Jo Rand. On May 15th the preacher will be Mrs Lesley Thompson.

Don’t forget to get your ticket if you are planning on coming to the Christian Aid meal and quiz on May 16th – we have asked for numbers to be in by May 8th. Glenda will have tickets available (£7.50 each) at the coffee morning on the 4th and on Sunday morning.

Remember that our friends at the URC meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: May 5th Rev Lis Mullen, May 12th Clifford Parker.

Please send any items for the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

26 April 2022

The May edition of the Mustard Seed will not be coming out till next week – I could probably squeeze in any late contributions if you get them to me promptly!

Message via Pam Brook: “Cartmel Quakers will be holding a Time for Peace at 6pm Wednesday 27 April, to continue holding in the Light the terrible situation in Ukraine and in our world. Please join us if you can for half an hour of shared silence. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are familiar with Quaker worship.”

Message from Liz Jackson: “A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our last produce stall by making, baking or purchasing. We made £96-20 for our development fund. Our next produce stall will be Wednesday May 4th so please put the date in your diaries for making, baking or thinking of popping along to the coffee morning. Glenda got us extra-large free range eggs to sell at 6 for £1-50, a bargain!  This was so successful we are going to do this again so if you wish to pre order as you don’t usually come to the coffee morning please ring myself 92687 or Glenda 32386”.

Thanks to all those who use the prayer pointers in the Mustard Seed newsletters. Just a quick reminder that there are still 3 entries left for April:

April 27: Toast Church leaders meeting: Pray for all who come to Toast Church

April 28: Fundraising meeting: Pray for all those who are organising events

April 30: Cumbria District Synod meets in our circuit: Pray for all who serve

Two messages from Sue Nicol: “Fund Raising Meeting Thursday 28th April at 2pm in the Church Hall. The Team have been reminded, but anyone who is interested in helping to raise funds for the Building Development Project is welcome to join us. If you have ideas but cannot come please speak to Glenda Clark or Sue Nicol. Thank you!”

Open Day at Sue and Peter's, Saturday 14th May 10.30am to 4pm. - rhododendrons, azaleas and acers! (hoping they are not over by then!!) Donations to the Building Fund. We are planning to have a cake stall so contributions for this are welcome. Please let me know if you can help by bringing cakes or produce on the day, or whether you need it collecting beforehand, which can be arranged. Thanks. Sue.  More details

On Sunday May 1st the morning service at 10:30 will be led by Deacon Maggie Patchett, and there will be a Taizé style service with local musicians at 6:00 p.m. The service on May 8th will be a communion service led by Jo.

As it is a Bank Holiday, please note that there will be no online fellowship group meeting on Monday, May 2nd.

Remember that our friends at the URC meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: April 28th Rev Sue Nicol. May 5th Rev Lis Mullen

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Christian Aid meal and quiz. It’s on Monday, May 16th at our church at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are £7-50 and I have them now.

Please send any items for the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

19 April 2022

Click here for the Spring edition of “The Way”, which is the ecumenical newsletter for the church in Cumbria.

Having said there would be no update this week, I found that Pam was available and willing to do the copying, and sort distribution, along with the printed services, and Glenda gave me this notification about a change of date for Jacky’s funeral: The funeral for Jacky Grant will now take place at St. Charles’ Church on Thursday 5th May at 11a.m.

So I’m taking this chance to put in a few more things, and give reminders of what is coming up soon. Don’t forget that this Sunday (April 24th) is the deadline for the May “Mustard Seed”. Do let me know if you have any news or thoughts to share.

Thanks to all who helped in any way to make our Lent, Holy Week and Easter Day worship and witness so memorable and meaningful. The church looked beautiful on Easter Sunday and it was good to see the flower team at work after the service too preparing bunches of flowers to go out to our housebound folk and others we know who are in need of this sign of our love and care.

Thanks to Jo for passing on this news of Cartmel Priory School’s musical, which has two of our Toast Church young people in the lead roles:

Cartmel Priory School Production Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st April 6.30pm
This week Cartmel Priory School are performing an abridged version of the darkly comic musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ about Seymour Krelborn who works in a florist’s shop and finds himself caring for a mysterious plant with a taste for human blood. Starring Amos Rand as Seymour and Alice Payne as Audrey. Tickets are £5 and can be bought on the door.”

The April midweek Holy Communion service, which is joint with our friends from St Paul’s, is at our church at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday April 20th. Please remember in your prayers the members of the church council as they meet at church that evening.

I know that many of you look out for opportunities to get together, so will point out that the WI are holding a coffee morning in our hall from 10:00 till 12:00 on Saturday, April 23rd. Admission is £2 which includes refreshments, and there will be a variety of stalls.

Worship at Grange at 10:30 on Sunday, April 24th will be a service led by members of the congregation to focus on and dedicate the Easter Offering. Thank you to all those who have volunteered to take part. On May 1st the morning service at 10:30 will be led by Deacon Maggie Patchett, and there will be a Taizé style service at 6:00 p.m.

Remember that our friends at the URC meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: April 21st David and Hazel Edmondson; April 28th Sue Nicol..

Please send any items for the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church


12 April 2022

Click here for the Spring edition of “The Way”, which is the ecumenical newsletter for the church in Cumbria.

Please note that there will be no update next week as both our faithful copiers and delivers are taking a well-deserved break. Thanks to Rob and Pam for their faithful work week by week in getting the hard copies of the updates and printed services out to so many people. The next update will go out on 26th April, with the May Mustard Seed. The deadline for that is as ever the last Sunday in the month, April 24th.

I have had a message from Brian Gordon about his father, Norman: “Dad is 97.5 now and still in Cartmel Grange. He has received cards / flowers from the Methodist Church in Grange so I write to express our thanks to you for continuing to remember him.”

Thanks to Liz Lewis, who has passed on to us news of the death of Jacky Grant. Many of you will remember her from her being at our coffee mornings pre-lockdown and then at the online version. Her funeral will be at St Charles’ on Tuesday, April 26th at 11:00 a.m. At Glenda’s suggestion, I had taken her a plant from our church at the beginning of March and she was visibly moved to be remembered by people from a different church to the one she attended.

Thanks to all who help in any way with the card and flower ministry from our church. You will see from the last two items how much this ministry is appreciated.

Remember that the vestry is open from 10:30 for Prayers on Wednesdays in Lent. Do come in for a few minutes or longer – there will be printed prayers for guidance if you require, or just come and sit quietly. This year we are gathering at 11.30am for a short ending to the morning which will be led by one of the Leadership Team. Thanks to Sue Nicol for setting this up and providing material for reflection each week.

At our coffee morning on Wednesday, April 13th, starting at 10:30 a.m., there will be the monthly Produce Stall as well as the regular card, book and jigsaw stall.

As this is Holy Week, there are extra services. On Maundy Thursday, April 14th we join with our friends at the United Reformed Church at their church at 7:00 for a service led by Rev Lis Mullen, then on Good Friday, April 15th they join us at our church at 10:30 for a service led by Rev Sue Nicol. For those of you able to be out early, Churches Together in Grange and District have arranged a Sunrise service at 6:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 17th led by Rev David Edmondson at Hampsfell Car Park, followed by hot cross buns at St Paul’s. The 10:30 service at our church will be a communion service led by Rev Jo Rand.

There is to be an Easter Coffee morning with stalls at the United Reformed Church on Monday, April 18th from 10:00 am to 12 noon. Admission is £1-50 including coffee and all are welcome.

Please note that there will be no Online Fellowship group meeting on Monday April 18th. We start again on Monday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Worship at Grange at 10:30 on Sunday, April 24th will be a service led by members of the congregation to focus on the Easter Offering. This is a set service with plenty of opportunities for volunteers who would be willing to read Bible readings, stories and prayers.  Please let Glenda or Hazel know by Easter Sunday if you would be willing to help in this way. There will be a planning meeting to finalise the details for this service at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19th at Glenda’s house (17 Fellside, Allithwaite LA11 7RN). It would be good to see a few new faces at this gathering – but you don’t need to be at the meeting to be a reader.

Please remember in your prayers the members of the church council as they meet at church on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th.

Remember that our friends at the URC meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: April 14th Martyn Coe; April 21st David and Hazel Edmondson; April 28th Sue Nicol.

Please send any items for the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

5 April 2022

Thanks to all who helped in any way to make our hosting of the Lent Lunch last Friday such a happy occasion. Around 40 people from a variety of local churches shared in a simple lunch and act of worship. Particular thanks to those who made and served the delicious soups. A total of £167.60 was raised towards the appeal for Ukraine.

Message from Paul Rand: “Thank you to all who have increased their standing orders or made additional donations to the General Fund since my presentation at the end of February. Overall, it appears that standing orders have increased by £350 per month and in addition to this we have received just under £3000 in one off donations to the general fund. In my presentation, I showed how we were £4000 below budget in regular giving meaning we expected to end the year with a deficit of over £6000. Thanks to this increase in giving and the additional lettings we have recently secured, I am confident that we will now balance the books this year. Thank you again.”

Remember this message from Judith Sharples: “Please can you help: There are Syrian refugees housed in Barrow at the Majestic Hotel (not very majestic) - the staff are getting very short of toiletry items for their clients. I know there has been a lot of appeals for things recently but if you feel able, I will put a box in the church porch for the next three or four Sundays for your Gifts. They need mainly shower gel, soap, toothpaste and brushes. Thank you, Judith”

Please note that the Afternoon Tea that was planned for Friday, April 8th has been cancelled.

Remember that the vestry is open from 10:30 for Prayers on Wednesdays in Lent. Do come in for a few minutes or longer – there will be printed prayers for guidance if you require, or just come and sit quietly. This year we are gathering at 11.30am for a short ending to the morning which will be led by one of the Leadership Team.

Remember that in April the Produce Stall at the Wednesday Coffee morning will not be on the first Wednesday but on Wednesday 13th.

The last Churches Together Lent Lunch is this week, Friday, April 8th. It will be at the United Reformed church in Grange. The pattern is of a light lunch provided from 12:00 noon by a rota of churches, with donations going to charity. There is then an optional short service together afterwards from 1pm to 1:15, led by the host church. Please do support and enjoy meeting together on these occasions.

Morning worship at 10:30 on Sunday, April 10th will be a Palm Sunday service led by Rev David Edmondson. Remember the extra services during Holy Week: On Maundy Thursday, April 14th we join with our friends at the United Reformed Church at their church at 7:00 for a service led by Rev Lis Mullen, then on Good Friday, April 15th they join us at our church at 10:30 for a service led by Rev Sue Nicol. For those of you able to be up and out early, Churches Together in Grange and District have arranged a Sunrise service at 6:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 17th led by Rev David Edmondson at Hampsfell Car Park, followed by hot cross buns at St Paul’s. The 10:30 service at our church will be a communion service led by Rev Jo Rand.

Remember that our friends at the URC meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: April 7th Rev Lis Mullen, April 14th Rev Martyn Coe.

I have recently received a detailed and interesting newsletter giving an update on how Hayley Edmondson (no relation!), who did her placement with us whilst candidating, is getting on with her ministerial training. Please let me know if you would like me to forward a copy to you.

Please send any items for the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

29 March 2022

Please find attached the April edition of the Mustard Seed. Many thanks to all who have contributed to it.

Also attached is the Spring 2022 edition of the Churches Together Youth Trust newsletter.

The next Open meeting organised by the Church Leadership Team will be in the church hall at 2:00 on Tuesday, April 5th.  The focus of the meeting will be our mission and outreach, including the plan to set up a team to lead on this area of church life. All are invited to come to this meeting. We are aware that this is short notice; if you have ideas but are not able to join us then, please let any member of the leadership team know.

Message from Judith Sharples: PLEASE CAN YOU HELP. There are Syrian refugees housed in Barrow at the Majestic Hotel (not very majestic) - the staff are getting very short of toiletry items for their clients. I know there has been a lot of appeals for things recently but if you feel able, I will put a box in the church porch for the next three or four Sundays your Gifts. They need mainly shower gel, soap, toothpaste and brushes. Thank you, Judith 

Remember that the vestry will be open from 10:30 for Prayers on Wednesdays in Lent. Do come in for a few minutes or longer – there will be printed prayers for guidance if you require, or just come and sit quietly. This year we are gathering at 11.30am for a short ending to the morning which will be led by one of the Leadership Team.

The Churches Together Lent Lunch this week (Friday, April 1st) will be at our own church, Grange Methodist and next week’s (April 8th) will be at the United Reformed church in Grange. The pattern is of a light lunch provided from 12:00 noon by a rota of churches, with donations going to charity. There is then an optional short service together afterwards from 1pm to 1:15, led by the host church. Please do support and enjoy meeting together on these occasions. Thanks to all those who have offered to make soup – much appreciated.

Morning worship at 10:30 on Sunday, April 3rd will be a communion service led by Rev Sue Nicol, and at 6:00 p.m. there will be reflective worship for Passion Sunday led by David and Hazel Edmondson.

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: March 31st Rev Martyn Coe, April 7th Rev Lis Mullen.

Please send any items for the weekly updates to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

22 March 2022

Plea from Glenda: Sunday After church coffee 27th March & 3rd April – Can anyone help ?

As some of the regular helpers are unavailable on the above dates we are looking for an extra pair of hands to help with the serving of coffee and the clearing and washing up afterwards . PLEASE will YOU consider this and if you are able to help, ring 32386 by Friday. If you would like to help in this way on other dates, please sign the new Rota which is on the table in the aisle. Many Thanks

Those of you who have been past church in the last couple of days may well have seen a handwritten message that Norman has put up. It says:

“Norman has now retired from this volunteer work on this garden. I have always enjoyed being here.
I wish to thank you the public sincerely for your support in so many ways during those changing years.

God Bless You, Norman x”

Our thanks to Norman for all his hard work in the garden, which has brought so much joy to so many.

Reminder of this message from Jo:

The funeral of John Warrington will take place on Thursday 24th March, 2pm at Grange Methodist Church followed by committal at Beetham Crematorium at 3.30pm. John was father of Amanda Fogg, known to many through her working at Abbot Hall. John joined our congregation during lockdown after moving to Grange. The family are inviting anyone attending his funeral to wear a splash of red, John’s favourite colour, to celebrate his life. We remember John’s family and friends in our prayers.

Message from Liz Jackson regarding our produce stall where the proceeds go to our development fund:

A big thank you to everyone who regularly bakes and cooks for us we always have a great range of produce to sell. The April stall will be on April 13th so ready for Easter, please put the date in your diaries.

Remember that the vestry will be open from 10:30 for Prayers on Wednesdays in Lent. Do come in for a few minutes or longer – there will be printed prayers for guidance if you require, or just come and sit quietly. This year we are gathering at 11.30am for a short ending to the morning which will be led by one of the Leadership Team.

The Church Leadership Team gather for a business meeting on Friday morning (March 25th) – do let me or anyone else in the team know if there is anything you would like us to discuss.

The Churches Together Lent Lunch this week (Friday, March 25th) will be at St Paul’s Church in Grange, and next week’s (April 1st) will be at our own church, Grange Methodist. The pattern is of a light lunch provided from 12:00 noon by a rota of churches, with donations going to charity. There is then an optional short service together afterwards from 1pm to 1:15, led by the host church. Please do support and enjoy meeting together on these occasions.

For those who have tickets, remember that the Fashion Show is at 7:30 on Friday, March 25th. If you’re not going to be there, you may like to uphold this event in prayer. It is an occasion when many non-church folk come through our doors to support us.

Morning worship at 10:30 on Sunday, March 27th will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley. On Sunday, April 3rd morning worship at 10:30 will be a communion service led by Rev Sue Nicol, and at 6:00 p.m. there will be reflective worship led by David and Hazel Edmondson.

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: March 24th Pam Dent, March 31st Rev Martyn Coe.

Remember that the deadline for items for the April edition of the Mustard Seed newsletter will be as ever the last Sunday of the month, so March 27th. Please send them, or any items for the weekly updates, to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

15 March 2022

News from the Grants Team (via Su Lockley): We are delighted to say that the church has been offered a grant of £20,000 towards our “Open for Community” project.  The offer comes from the Norwood and Newton Settlement, which is a religious funding body based near London.  We are very grateful for their generosity and for this demonstration of support for our project. 

Message from Jo: The funeral of John Warrington will take place on Thursday 24th March, 2pm at Grange Methodist Church followed by committal at Beetham Crematorium at 3.30pm. John was father of Amanda Fogg, known to many through her working at Abbot Hall. John joined our congregation during lockdown after moving to Grange. The family are inviting anyone attending his funeral to wear a splash of red, John’s favourite colour, to celebrate his life. We remember John’s family and friends in our prayers.

Message from Paul Rand: Thanks for all donations to the collection last Sunday for Ukraine, which raised £285. With Gift Aid added, £356-25 has been sent via Christian Aid. If you missed this chance to give and still wish to do so, the plate will be out again this Sunday.

Messages from Carol Lamb: Just a reminder that the food bank collection is this Sunday 20th March. If you have any items to donate please bring them to church for Sunday. There are boxes in the porch and school room and also a green collecting box for any money donations. Many Thanks Carol.

Also: We are planning to have an afternoon tea on Friday 8th April between 2-4pm with tea being served at 2.30. Come and meet your friends for a chat and a light tea. All donations will go towards the church development fund. If you would like to come please contact Carol or Glenda.

Another message from Jo: Could you offer a room to a lodger for a few months? The son of a friend of Revd Martyn Coe and Alison Adam is working at L’Enclume for 3-4 months and his accommodation in Grange has fallen through. Alison says: “He's about 20, a Greenbelter and lovely.” Contact Jo for more information.

The monthly joint mid-week Holy Communion service with St Paul’s will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16th. It will be at St Paul’s, as all our ordained folk will be at Presbyteral Synod.

Remember that the vestry will be open from 10:30 for Prayers on Wednesdays in Lent. Do come in for a few minutes or longer – there will be printed prayers for guidance if you require, or just come and sit quietly. This year we are gathering at 11.30am for a short ending to the morning which will be led by one of the Leadership Team.

The Churches Together Lent Lunch this week (Friday, March 18th) will be at St John’s. Flookburgh, and next week’s (March 25th) will be at St Paul’s Church in Grange.. The pattern is of a light lunch provided from 12:00 noon by a rota of churches, with donations going to charity. There is then an optional short service together afterwards from 1pm to 1:15, led by the host church. Please do support and enjoy meeting together on these occasions.

Morning worship at 10:30 on Sunday, March 20th will be led by Rev David Edmondson. It is hoped that this will include Jo commissioning Ruth Briddock as our new Pastoral Secretary, and other members of the Pastoral team, but we know there are several cases of Covid around at present so this element may have to be postponed.

The Cumbria Methodist Women in Britain Spring Day will be at Levens Methodist Church from 10:00 to 3:30 on Tuesday, March 22nd. The theme is “The Pale Blue Dot: A personal response to climate change”. Please take a packed lunch; drinks will be provided. There will be a book stall and bring and buy stall. Further details from Glenda or Hazel.

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: March 17th David and Hazel Edmondson, March 24th Pam Dent.

Advance warning: The deadline for items for the April edition of the mustard Seed newsletter will be as ever the last Sunday of the month, so March 27th. Please send them or any items for the weekly updates, to me.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

8 March 2022

Message from Jo: “Dear Friends, I have spoken to a number of you about recent developments related to my health, and I think it is now time to give a wider update. I found out in mid-January that I have a small genetic fault that affects my body’s ability to use the medication that I have been taking for a number of years for my underactive thyroid. The science is all quite new and complex, so I will only give you the short version here! I am now taking some different thyroid medication which I am finding absolutely transformational. It is much less commonly prescribed, partly because it is comparatively expensive, and partly because it needs to be taken in small doses regularly through the day. I really notice when I need to take it, not just in physical energy but in my mood, and my ability to think clearly too. I really do want to thank you for your understanding, love and care over these past months. I have been gradually increasing my working hours, but I’m aware that I still need to be careful as I continue to recover from months and even years of being short of this hormone. Because it is a genetic condition it also has some implications for us as a family, and we value your prayers as we continue to work through it all.” Jo Rand.

Thanks to all who came to the meeting on Saturday morning in connection with the “God in Love Unites Us” report and Conference decisions around same-sex marriages. This meeting was to enable members of the church council to get some idea of the feelings of the wider church congregation. 16 people attended, of whom only 3 were not church council members. Email contact had been made by a further 7 church members and friends, of whom 3 were for and 4 against. Those present at the meeting heard a summary of the changing attitudes over time to marriage within the church, and watched some helpful videos of individuals sharing their own widely differing views and experiences of relevant issues. Time was given for private reflection, shared conversation and Question and Answer. Those present then indicated their response to the question “Should Grange Methodist Church be registered for the marriage of same-sex couples?”; it was stressed that this was not a vote. The views expressed were: Strongly disagree: 2; Disagree: 0; Unsure/undecided: 4; Agree: 6; Strongly agree: 4.
Hazel Edmondson, Church Council Secretary

Jo writes: “The Church Council will be considering the formal resolutions at the next Church Council meeting on 20th April to decide whether or not to register this church for the marriage of same sex couples. It is an important decision, but I think even more important is that when we disagree, we disagree well, and I am grateful to everyone for the honesty and grace of those conversations. Please do pray for the members of Church Council as they seek the will of God on this.”

Many of you know Jackie Grant, who goes to St Charles’ but was a regular at our coffee morning before lockdown and then at the online version. We had heard that she is frailer now, and took one of the lovely plants from Sunday’s window arrangements to her with love and prayers from our church. She was very moved to receive this and asked for her thanks to be passed on to the whole congregation.

Remember that the vestry will be open from 10:30 for Prayers on Wednesdays in Lent. Do come in for a few minutes or longer – there will be printed prayers for guidance if you require, or just come and sit quietly. This time we will gather at 11.30am for a short ending to the morning which will be led by one of the Leadership Team.

Cartmel Quakers will be holding a short Time For Peace meeting this coming Thursday afternoon March 10th from 2:30 pm, just 30 minutes of mostly silent time to hold in the Light everyone involved in the situation in the Ukraine. Everyone is most welcome to attend, whether or not they are familiar with Quaker worship. We may meet in the garden if the weather is warm enough, or else in the Meeting Room with extra ventilation and masks. 

Lent Lunches start on Friday, March 11th. The pattern will be of a light lunch provided from 12:00 noon by a rota of churches, starting with St Charles’ on the 11th, with donations going to charity. There will be a short service together afterwards from 1pm to 1:15. Please do support and enjoy meeting together on these occasions.

On Saturday March 12th you are invited to come to a Quiet Morning during Lent and reflect on the theme of ‘The Cross of Jesus is life and health’ – thinking about the effect Jesus had on the people who encountered him on his way to the cross, and the way we look at the cross today. Coffee will be served in the Church Hall at 9.30am and 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.

Churches Together in Grange and District are holding a peace vigil for Ukraine at 2:00 on Saturday, March 12th. Come to the Millennium Peace Pavement in the Ornamental Gardens (above the lake next to the railway line) to spend 30 minutes with others in quiet reflection and prayer.

Morning worship at 10:30 on Sunday, March 13th will be led by Mrs Hazel Edmondson. There will be a retiring collection for Ukraine, or you can donate online via christianaid.org.uk  

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: March 10th Rev Lis Mullen, March 17th David and Hazel Edmondson.

Thanks,

Hazel (36213 or email)

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Grange Methodist Church

1 March 2022

The March edition of the Mustard Seed is now out!  This update is just to remind you of events coming up soon:

The vestry will be open for Prayers on Wednesdays in Lent, as it was during Advent. Do come in for a few minutes or longer – there will be printed prayers for guidance if you require them, or just come and sit quietly. This time we plan to gather at 11.30am for a short ending to the morning which will be led by one of the Leadership Team.

We’re still in Fairtrade Fortnight, which goes up to March 6th. Do come to the regular coffee morning on a Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to enjoy freshly brewed Fairtrade coffee and tea and to share in conversation with friends old and new. In addition to the usual card stall, this Wednesday there is the monthly produce stall too.

Reminder: this week brings the start of the new venture to open the hall on a Wednesday 3-5pm, starting 2nd March, for young people to drop in for hot chocolate and toast on the way home from school. Helen Hoyle, the ecumenical Community & Youth Leader, is leading on this. Please pray for all involved.

Reminder: This year’s World Day of Prayer service, always on the first Friday in March, will be on Friday, March 4th at 2:00 p.m. at the United Reformed Church in Grange, followed by refreshments. This year’s theme, from Jeremiah chapter 29, is “I know the plans I have for you”.

The Churches Together Men’s Breakfast group meets at our church at 8:30 on Saturday, March 5th for a simple breakfast, conversation and prayer

Reminder from Jo: ‘God in Love Unites Us’ Open Meeting Saturday 5th March, 10-11.30am

At our next Church Council meeting we will be discussing and voting on whether to register for the marriage of same sex couples to be able to take place at Grange Methodist Church. This follows on from decisions made by Methodist Conference in the summer, to allow Methodist Churches to register if they wish to. As reported in February’s Mustard Seed, in order to help the Church Council make this decision, we are holding an open meeting for all connected with the church to be able to think through the issues and indicate their own feelings.

Many of you will know that we have had meetings on this subject in the past. Sometimes in individual conversations people have said to me ‘I don’t need to attend, because I don’t have a problem with same-sex marriage’, while others have said ‘I won’t come because views like mine aren’t wanted’. However, the purpose of this meeting is to help the church council get a sense for the feelings in the wider congregation, so I can assure you that we do want to hear from as many people as possible, whatever your views.  Please do come if you are able!

Morning worship at 10:30 on Sunday, March 6th will be a communion service led by Rev Jo Rand. There will be a Taizé-style service at 6:00; come for a time of Stillness and Song.

As this is the first Sunday of a new quarter, the small basket for donations towards flowers will be left on the aisle table.

Look out for and use our ‘Let’s Live Lent 2022’ leaflet, available in church, at the coffee morning, from the leaflet dispenser outside church and going out with the hard copy of this update. Do take one for a friend if you wish.

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: March 3rd Geoff Chetwood, March 10th Rev Lis Mullen.

Thanks,

Hazel

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Grange Methodist Church

22 February 2022

Message from the Stream Team: “Sorry to those who were hoping to watch last Sunday's service on YouTube. For some reason it didn't go out. We will hopefully have it working again this Sunday.”

Message from Paul: “I’m delighted to pass on the news that Grange Methodist Church is now a registered charity (registration number 1198002). You’ll find more details about this in the March Mustard Seed”

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.”

Reminder: Ann Waller’s funeral will take place at St Paul’s, at 12 noon on Wednesday 23rd February. Please do remember Keith in your prayers.

Each Wednesday brings our usual coffee morning from 10:30 a.m. with freshly brewed Fairtrade coffee and tea and a card stall. Do come to share in conversation with friends old and new – including on the online version, which still continues. Fairtrade Fortnight this year is February 21st to March 6th, and on Wednesday, February 23rd there will also be a Fairtrade stall, with the chance to buy at the price they cost items purchased locally – no profit to us but a chance to see what is available and to promote Fairtrade. There will also be the chance to put an order in for Fairtrade Easter Eggs – there is a poster with the range of Eggs available. That afternoon brings the next business meeting of the church leadership team (Jo, Sue Nicol, Su Lockley, Glenda and me) – do let any of us know of anything you would like discussed.

On Sunday, February 27th the morning service at 10:30 will be led by Mr Paul Rand. Following the service Paul, as our treasurer, will be giving a presentation on the current state of church finances.

Lent starts on March 2nd, and we are invited to join our friends from St Paul’s for their Ash Wednesday service at 10:00 a.m. at St Paul’s. Sue Nicol says: “This service will be led by Revd Jonathan Brewster and will include the opportunity for ashing. There should still be time to get back to the Methodist Church afterwards to support the Produce Stall at the coffee morning! The vestry will be open for Prayers on Wednesdays in Lent, as it was during Advent. Do come in for a few minutes or longer – there will be printed prayers for guidance if you require them, or just come and sit quietly. This time we plan to gather at 11.30am for a short ending to the morning which will be led by one of the Leadership Team. Following the success of last year’s ‘Let’s Live Lent’ leaflet it will be available again, slightly adapted for the situation in 2022!”

This year’s World Day of Prayer service, always on the first Friday in March, will be on Friday, March 4th at 2:00 p.m. at the United Reformed Church in Grange, followed by refreshments. This year’s theme, from Jeremiah chapter 29, is “I know the plans I have for you”.

Message from Jo: "'God in Love Unites Us’ Open Meeting Saturday 5th March, 10-11.30am

At our next Church Council meeting we will be discussing and voting on whether to register for the marriage of same sex couples to be able to take place at Grange Methodist Church. This follows on from decisions made by Methodist Conference in the summer, to allow Methodist Churches to register if they wish to. As reported in February’s Mustard Seed, in order to help the Church Council make this decision, we are holding an open meeting for all connected with the church to be able to think through the issues and indicate their own feelings.

Many of you will know that we have had meetings on this subject in the past. Sometimes in individual conversations people have said to me ‘I don’t need to attend, because I don’t have a problem with same-sex marriage’, while others have said ‘I won’t come because views like mine aren’t wanted’. However, the purpose of this meeting is to help the church council get a sense for the feelings in the wider congregation, so I can assure you that we do want to hear from as many people as possible, whatever your views. Please do come if you are able!"

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: February 24th Judith Bartlett, March 3rd  Geoff Chetwood.

Please remember to send me items for the March Mustard Seed (deadline 27/2) and for this update.

Thanks,

Hazel

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Grange Methodist Church

15 February 2022

Jo writes: I’m excited about new plans to open the hall on a Wednesday 3-5pm, starting 2nd March, for young people to drop in for hot chocolate and toast on the way home from school. Helen Hoyle, our ecumenical Community & Youth Leader is leading on this, and would welcome volunteers to help out with refreshments and getting to know the young people – you can contact her on 07940463792. We don’t know yet how this might evolve, so if there is anything in particular you feel you could offer, do get in touch. And please do pray for all involved.

Thanks to Eileen Hutchinson for passing on a certificate from Boxes of Hope Cumbria with the message “Thank You to Grange Methodists”. The certificate is now on the noticeboard in the hall.

Judith Shapland has asked me to pass on the news that Alf Dawson died last week.  We give thanks that he was able to celebrate his 100th birthday with a party last year.

Message from Carol Lamb: On Friday 25th March we are having a spring fashion show in church, presented by Kitty Brown Boutique. Tickets are £10 and can be obtained from Carol, Ruth Briddock or Judith Booth. All money raised will be for the development fund.

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."

The next joint mid-week communion will be on Wednesday, February 16th at 10:00 a.m. at St Paul’s.

On Sunday, February 20th the morning service at 10:30 is a “Local arrangements” service. This will be led by church members and will focus on Fairtrade as Fairtrade Fortnight this year is February 21st to March 6th. We are a Fairtrade church and “promoting Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities where possible” is one of our commitments. On February 27th the service will be led by Mr Paul Rand.

Each Wednesday brings our usual coffee morning from 10:30 a.m. with freshly brewed Fairtrade coffee and tea and a card stall. Do come to share in conversation with friends old and new – including on the online version, which still continues. On Wednesday, February 23rd there will also be a Fairtrade stall, with the chance to buy at the price they cost items purchased locally – no profit to us but a chance to see what is available and to promote Fairtrade. There will also be the chance to put an order in for Fairtrade Easter Eggs – there is a poster with the range of Eggs available.

That afternoon brings the next business meeting of the church leadership team (Jo, Sue Nicol, Su Lockley, Glenda and me) – do let any of us know of anything you would like discussed.

Lent starts on March 2nd, and we are invited to join our friends from St Paul’s for their Ash Wednesday service at 10:00 a.m. at St Paul’s.

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: February 17th Rev Lis Mullen, February 24th Judith Bartlett. It is good that Marjorie Harris has been able to attend recently.

I belong to PEAT (Peninsula Environment Action Together), who have a member’s meeting on the last Tuesday of the month in our church hall. Members have had this message from their organiser: “We are aiming to have the Youth Panel for our Feb 22nd meeting at Grange Methodist Hall. We are doing what we do in PEAT to help these young people inherit a world that's healthy and sustainable, so please come along to find out what their views are and the actions they would like to see. If you know any people in their teens/early 20s who you think would like to come along, either to listen or to be on the panel, please let me know.”  Potential new members would be welcome to attend – meetings start at 7:00 p.m. Do let me (Hazel) know of any young people who might like to be involved and I can pass details on.

I’m remembering to give you advance warning this month that the deadline for articles for the March edition of the Mustard Seed newsletter is as ever the last Sunday of the month, so February 27th. Please send articles to me, and anything for the updates.

Thanks,

Hazel

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Grange Methodist Church

8 February 2022

Those who receive this update by email may like to know that tomorrow (Wednesday February 9th) there is a meeting of the building project management group at 3:00 p.m. It would be good to think that some of those not involved in the meeting will be supporting in prayer those who are.

Messages from Jo:

We’re sorry to learn that Ann Waller died on Tuesday last week. Her funeral will take place at St Paul’s, at 12 noon on Wednesday 23rd February. Please do remember Keith in your prayers.

A call for musicians! We are hugely grateful to Ray for the number of times he is willing to play the organ for services. However, with Joy’s departure we are left with a few gaps. One of those is Easter Day, 17th April. Our ‘back up plan’ is that we can sing to CD accompaniment tracks. However, the suggestion has been made that perhaps for Easter we could form a little music group. So this is a call for any volunteers – any instrument welcome (even those that transpose – with enough warning we can sort written parts in an appropriate key). Any standard welcome too – in my experience the sum is always greater than its parts (we cover each other’s mistakes – I’m sure there’s a sermon in there somewhere!) Get in touch with Jo, the sooner the better (33164 or email)

On Sunday, February 13th the morning service at 10:30 a.m. will be led by Mrs Gillian Ransom. On February 20th the service is a “Local arrangements” service. This will be led by church members and will focus on Fairtrade as Fairtrade Fortnight this year is February 21st to March 6th.

The next joint Communion service with our friends from St Paul’s will be at St Paul’s at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 16th.

Each Wednesday brings our usual coffee morning from 10:30 a.m. with freshly brewed Fairtrade coffee and tea and a card stall. Do come to share in conversation with friends old and new – including on the online version, which still continues.

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: February 10th Judith Bartlett, February 17th Rev Lis Mullen

Those of you who keep an engagement diary may like to note now some of these dates – further details in the update nearer the time:

  • Ash Wednesday, March 2nd: Service at St Paul’s at 10 a.m.
  • Maundy Thursday, April 14th: Joint service with the URC at the URC at 7:00 p.m.
  • Good Friday April, April 15th: Joint service with the URC at our church at 10:30  a.m. 

Do remember to let me know (email or 36213) if you have anything to pass on through this update.

Thanks,

Hazel

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Grange Methodist Church

31 January 2022

Just a brief update this week as you will find the February edition of the Mustard Seed attached. Thanks to all who have contributed to what is a very varied issue.

On Sunday, February 6th the morning service at 10:30 a.m. will be led by Rev Jo Rand and is a communion service, and there will be reflective worship at 6:00 p.m. led by David and Hazel Edmondson. On February 13th the service will be led by Mrs Gillian Ransom.

Each Wednesday brings our usual coffee morning from 10:30 a.m. with freshly brewed Fairtrade coffee and tea and a card stall. Do come to share in conversation with friends old and new – including on the online version, which still continues.

From Liz Jackson: “March will see the relaunch of our Wednesday morning produce stall. Please put March 2nd in your diaries for making and baking to produce items for our produce stall. Thanks from Liz.”

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: February 3rd Clifford Parker, February 10th Judith Bartlett.

Please send me material for this update or for Mustard Seed by email or tel. 36213

Thanks,

Hazel

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Grange Methodist Church

25 January 2022

Message from Jo following tonight’s church council meeting: “With the changes to government regulations, face coverings are no longer legally required in indoor spaces, however it is still recommended that they be worn when in crowded or enclosed areas, particularly where you may be coming into contact with people you do not normally meet. We are mindful that some will be keen to no longer wear them, and others may feel vulnerable about being around numbers of people not wearing masks. It is also the case that face coverings are more effective at protecting others from the wearer, rather than the other way around. We encourage those attending church to make their own decisions about whether to wear a face covering or not bearing all this in mind. We will also be seeking to make sure that there are areas in the church where seating is further spaced.”

We have had the sad news that Margaret McBeath’s husband Alan has died. Please pray for Margaret and the family and friends.

Morning worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday 30th January will be led by Mr Andrew Lockley. On Sunday, February 6th the morning service will be led by Rev Jo Rand and is a communion service, and there will be reflective worship at 6:00 p.m. led by David and Hazel Edmondson.

Each Wednesday brings our usual coffee morning from 10:30 a.m. with freshly brewed Fairtrade coffee and tea and a card stall. Do come to share in conversation with friends old and new – including on the online version, which still continues.

From Liz Jackson: “March will see the relaunch of our Wednesday morning produce stall. Please put March 2nd in your diaries for making and baking to produce items for our produce stall. Thanks from Liz.”

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: January 27th Rev Lis Mullen; February 3rd Rev Pam Noonan

If you are hoping to see the Knife Angel in Barrow, remember that it is on display outside the Town Hall there until January 31st. It comes as part of the National Youth Anti-Violence Education Programme and Tour. The statue is a moving piece of art that helps raise awareness with a very strong message.

This coming Sunday, 30th January, is the deadline for the February edition of the Mustard Seed. I plan to issue that and next week’s update on Monday 31st – please note the earlier deadline for anything for the update (send to edmola11@yahoo.co.uk or 36213)

Thanks,

Hazel

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Grange Methodist Church

18 January 2022

Remember that the next midweek Communion service is in church at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday 19th January when it is our turn to host our friends from St Paul’s. The usual Wednesday coffee morning follows, starting at 10:30. Last time we hosted the joint communion it was good to chat with those from St Paul’s who stayed for coffee. If you’re at the coffee morning, do take the chance to meet them – or any other visitors among us. Folk do comment on the lovely welcome we offer.

It is particularly appropriate that we have the joint communion tomorrow as today is the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The next meeting of Churches Together in Grange and District will be in the Father Magner room at St Charles’ at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday 19th January, but circumstances have meant that there are no other joint gatherings locally this year. I have condensed the material provided for this year, which has been prepared by Christians from the Middle East; it is here, so if you wish you can use it in your own devotions, knowing that many others are using it too at this time. Remember too this invitation for those online passed on last week by Glenda:

The Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome and the Methodist Liaison Office Jerusalem invite you to the webinar “Voices from Bethlehem: Christian Unity in the Birthplace of Jesus” on Friday, 21 January 2022 at 08:00 UK/09:00 Rome/10:00 Jerusalem. The webinar celebrates the theme of the 2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – “we saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him” from Matthew 2 – which was selected by the Middle East Council of Churches. In this webinar Christian leaders from Bethlehem and environs will discuss the importance of Christian unity in contemporary times in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. The webinar is free and will last 90 minutes. The webinar will be conducted in English on Zoom. Visit the MEOR website to register for the webinar and receive the Zoom link.

Morning worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday 23rd January will be led by Rev Jo Rand, and on Sunday January 30th by Mr Andrew Lockley.

From Sue Nicol: “Fundraising Team: A reminder that our next meeting is planned for Thursday 20th January at 2pm in the church hall. We will look at the suggestions we made last time and make some plans, but new ideas and new members are very welcome! Please speak to Sue Nicol or Glenda Clark for further information.”

From Liz Jackson: “March will see the relaunch of our Wednesday morning produce stall. Please put March 2nd in your diaries for making and baking to produce items for our produce stall. Thanks from Liz.”

From Glenda: “Church Flowers: At present there are four members in the flower team, who take turns to source and arrange the flowers in church each week. These are delivered after the Service to anyone for a variety of reasons. There are various ways you can help to enable this to continue:

If you like doing flowers, you might like to be a regular helper on the rota.

You might like to deliver flowers to someone after the service, that is a great help.

If neither of these suggestions appeal, we are always grateful to receive donations towards the flowers.

Thank you, Barbara, Elizabeth, Maureen, Glenda”

Rotas: We know people are enjoying the after-service refreshments. We could do with some more help on the rota for making this happen! The list is on the table in the aisle, or have a word with Glenda. More volunteers would also be welcome for the Wednesday coffee morning rota; again, have a word with Glenda if you could help or to find out more about what’s involved. Baby group on Tuesday mornings would welcome a few more volunteers to come to meet the lovely smiley babies and their parents/carers; ask Glenda, Hilda or Hazel what’s involved.

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: January 20th Pam Dent, January 27th Rev Lis Mullen.

If you ever go to Barrow, you may like to know that until January 31st the Knife Angel, a poignant symbol against violent crime of all kinds, is on display outside the Town Hall there. It comes as part of the National Youth Anti-Violence Education Programme and Tour. The statue is a moving piece of art that helps raise awareness with a very strong message.

Do remember to let me know (email or 36213) if you have anything to pass on through this update.

Thanks,

Hazel

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Grange Methodist Church

11 January 2022

From Pam Brook: “Action for Children:

Thank you very much to everybody who contributed to the Christmas Card display in Church and the hall, It did indeed look very attractive and more importantly, it generated £150.

As reported in an earlier update, the Christmas Day collection was £148.07; so, when Gift Aid was calculated under the GASDS scheme, we have been able to send a grand total of £372.59 to Action for Children. Thank you for your generosity.”

From Glenda: “Church Flowers: At present there are four members in the flower team, who take turns to source and arrange the flowers in church each week. These are delivered after the Service to anyone for a variety of reasons. There are various ways you can help to enable this to continue:

If you like doing flowers, you might like to be a regular helper on the rota. If this interests you, you are welcome to our next planning meeting at the home of Elizabeth Armstrong, Tuesday 18th January at 2 p.m.

You might like to deliver flowers to someone after the service, that is a great help.

If neither of these suggestions appeal, we are always grateful to receive donations towards the flowers.

Thank you, Barbara, Elizabeth, Maureen, Glenda”

If you wish to suggest a recipient for the flowers, please write in the notebook that is to be found in the porch. Specific dates and reasons can be noted.

Rotas: We know people are enjoying the after-service refreshments. We could do with some more help on the rota for making this happen! The list is on the table in the aisle, or have a word with Glenda. More volunteers would also be welcome for the Wednesday coffee morning rota; again, have a word with Glenda if you could help or to find out more about what’s involved. Baby group on Tuesday mornings would welcome a few more volunteers to come to meet the lovely smiley babies and their parents/carers; ask Glenda, Hilda or Hazel what’s involved.

Morning worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday 16th January will be led by Rev David Edmondson, and on Sunday 23rd January by Rev Jo Rand. The next midweek Communion service is on Wednesday 19th January when it is our turn to host our friends from St Paul’s

The next meeting of Churches Together in Grange and District will be in the Father Magner room at St Charles’ at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday 19th January.

From Sue Nicol: “Fundraising Team

A reminder that our next meeting is planned for Thursday 20th January at 2pm in the church hall.

We will look at the suggestions we made last time and make some plans, but new ideas and new members are very welcome! Please speak to Sue Nicol or Glenda Clark for further information.”

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: January 13th Rev Martyn Coe; January 20th Pam Dent.

Thanks to Glenda for passing on this invitation for those online:

The Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome and the Methodist Liaison Office Jerusalem invite you to the webinar “Voices from Bethlehem: Christian Unity in the Birthplace of Jesus” on Friday, 21 January 2022 at 08:00 UK/09:00 Rome/10:00 Jerusalem. The webinar celebrates the theme of the 2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – “we saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him” from Matthew 2 – which was selected by the Middle East Council of Churches. In this webinar Christian leaders from Bethlehem and environs will discuss the importance of Christian unity in contemporary times in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. The webinar is free and will last 90 minutes. The webinar will be conducted in English on Zoom. Visit the MEOR website to register for the webinar and receive the Zoom link.

If you ever go to Barrow, you may like to know that until January 31st the Knife Angel, a poignant symbol against violent crime of all kinds, is on display outside the Town Hall there. It comes as part of the National Youth Anti-Violence Education Programme and Tour. The statue is a moving piece of art that helps raise awareness with a very strong message.

Do remember to let me know (email or 36213) if you have anything you want to pass on through this update.

Thanks,

Hazel

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Grange Methodist Church

4 January 2022

With best wishes to you all for 2022.

From Ruth Briddock: Thank you to all who supported Christian Aid's Afghanistan Crisis Appeal this Christmas. A total of £133.30 was raised. In the words of the appeal letter, this will go toward providing "life-saving food and support to communities on the brink of famine. Thank you."

The collection for Action for Children on Christmas Day raised £148-07; thanks to all who contributed.

There will be a Churches Together Men’s Breakfast at Grange Methodist at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 8th.

Toast church starts up again from 9:30 on Sunday, January 9th. The morning service at 10:30 will be led by Mrs Lesley Thompson.  

The Online Fellowship group starts again from Monday January 10th. We meet via zoom at 7:00 p.m. and the link is here.

This term we will be looking each week at the Gospel lectionary passage for the next Sunday. It’s Luke’s gospel this year, and we’ll be starting with an overview from Jo. All are welcome to come – it doesn’t matter if you can’t come every week.

The next business meeting of the church leadership team is on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 11th – do let any member of the team know of anything you wish to be discussed.

Remember that our friends at the United Reformed Church meet for a time of worship and fellowship from 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Speakers: January 6th Judith Bartlett; January 13th Rev Martyn Coe.

Do remember to let me know (by email or 36213) if you have anything to pass on through this update.

Thanks,

Hazel

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