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News sheet for 9th August 2020

Contact details:  Minister: Rev. Lesley Dinham: Tel: 01933 312778

email: lesleydinham@gmail.com

Web address: hope-methodist.church

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Zoom meetings:

The Pause for Prayer group meets, via Zoom, on Thursday mornings at 9.30 am.  If you wish to be involved and invited, please ring Chris M.

Sunday morning services, (following the Circuit Worship Service) are at 10.30 am.  If you have not used Zoom yet give Chris M a ring (317719) who will pass on the connection for the meetings.  If you have formed a ‘Bubble’ with someone, invite them to join you when on zoom.

There will be no ‘zoom’ coffee mornings’ during August

If you go to methodist.org.uk, type in search ‘mission beyond lockdown’, it takes you to the recordings of a webinar series run from May to July 2020.  They are worth watching, especially one in July called Exile or Pentecost? and another entitled Committing to Antiracism in Mission.

Redevelopment news:

‘Thank you Thursday’

For 10 weeks, every Thursday, pans were banged, hands were clapped, horns were tooted as, initially, thanks were offered for all helping in the NHS, but then widening out in appreciation of so many people we often overlooked or taken for granted.  A loud, joyful noise ensued which could not be ignored.  Sometimes God is overlooked, but then we burst out in praise as we reflect on his love.  On Thursday, 13th August, you are invited to be aware of ‘thank yous’ and to consider offering some money for each one you encounter that day.  It could be a ‘Thank you’ said in a shop, in prayer, on the radio or heard, by phone, in a hymn or song, on television, or read, in a book, on a wall or window, in a paper or thought as we look back over the day or witness an act of kindness.  It can be a penny or a pound each time – or indeed anything in between.  A word of warning – I counted just over one hundred each time on two try out Thursdays, so you may want to see what the total is before choosing the coin.  All money to go to the Redevelopment fund please, using the usual means. Thank you.  Please put ‘Thank you’ on your envelope or as the bank transfer reference.

Future dates:

29th August There will be an open-air sale of jigsaws, quiz sheets and cards, weather permitting from 10.00 am in the Church car park.

12th September There will be a Sponsored ‘Ride and Stride’ walking or riding a bike between Churches but if you ride a bike maybe you would like to start training!  50% of money raised comes to us and 50% to the ‘Historic Churches Trust’. The Trust then gives out big grants to help Churches.  We hope to receive one of those big grants!  A list of Churches that will be open will be forth coming. If you wish to take part please, please register with Chris M (317719) who will provide you with a sponsor form.  Can you persuade any friends or family to take part?

These activities will take place with the current government ruling in place but if you have any ideas that will help raise money during the situation that we are in, please chat to the Event Co-ordinator Group

If you would like your Church Collections /monies/ jigsaws collected, ring Chris M on 317719 or Chris and Pip on 357965 and it can be arranged with pleasure.  Every penny is greatly appreciated.

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We continue to remember all our friends both at Rushden Park Nursing Home in Rushden and those in other residential homes in the area, especially in Ringstead.  As more visiting is allowed, we pray for the health and safety of the residents, all carers and visitors on whom the residents depend.  We especially remember those injured in the incident in Beirut and the families of those who have died.  We are sad when we learn of the death of a relative or friend of a church member, but rejoice when we hear of a new life in the family of a church member.  On 15th August – V.J. Day – we remember all who suffered during the war years.

Thought for the day –‘The best is yet to come’

O Lord my God, I praise you for all you have done in the past.  I look forward with thankfulness for all you will do in the future, and I thank you for today and all your blessings.

(taken from Our Daily Bread devotional readings)

Father, thank you for the love you shower on us day by day.  Teach us, in turn, to care for others.  Open our eyes to see their need and respond as you want us to. (taken from ‘Daily Bread Devotions’)

Dial-a-Prayer FREE phone lines for prayers and news from the Methodist Church – listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514, listen to news: 0808 281 2478.  Content is updated weekly on Thursday afternoons

‘There is never a day when we don’t need to pray’

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Keep the faith and safe.

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Pastoral Visiting – if anyone is ill from our congregation please let our Pastoral Secretary know.

If anyone is in hospital or bereaved or needs to speak to a Minister, please contact Rev. Lesley.

and thanks to all who are exercising pastoral care to members and community

If you go to methodist.org.uk, type in search ‘mission beyond lockdown’, it takes you to the recordings of a webinar series run from May to July 2020.  They are worth watching, especially one in July called Exile or Pentecost? and another entitled Committing to Antiracism in Mission.

   

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On the Methodist Church website, coronavirus section, there is a printed service which is changed each week.

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