Glossop Methodist Circuit

Hadfield Methodist Church

Station Road, Hadfield

Newsletter

July 2017

Teach us O God, to trust your  providence ordered and sure;  to accept  your wisdom,  unerring and true; and to rejoice in your love, unbounded and eternal;  through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

Minister's message

Recent events, like the terror attacks in Manchester and London have challenged many people’s faith; why can a good God allow so many bad things to happen? At times like these, when circumstances can grip us like the starkness of winter, we can begin to fear that the evil and terror will only get worse. In these times, pessimists will consider this is all life has to offer, get used to it and if things do get better then it is a bonus and probably won’t last. The optimist will look for signs of hope, like the thousands of people who have responded with compassion as events unfolded, wanting to support in any way they can.

At the ‘One Love’ Manchester concert, following the Bomb attack at the Manchester Arena, U2’s Bono, one of the biggest names in the music industry and a Catholic, made a special appearance via video. His message offered heartfelt and profound words of empathy and comfort. To the audience; he said “There is no end to grief, that is how we know there is no end to love.” - a message which resonates well with the gospel message of God’s sacrificial love.

Here are some words from a hymn by Andrew Pratt written on 4/6/2017

Hopeless to help in the face of catastrophe,
helpless while watching this picture unfold,

The hymn asks - Where is the love when our cities are targeted, common humanity shattered or lost?    Then reminds us that we are part of the answer -

Stir up compassion to heal our communities,
love reaching deep to the centre of loss,
meeting each neighbour in horror and fearfulness,
draw us together through comfort and cross.

I like the honesty of the psalms about our human condition and the depths of our despair at times, but there is also a sense of expectation, a desire to do God’s will, to keep praising God, to be honest in prayer and to hold on to hope. Lamentations and Job both question the depth of human suffering; nestled in Lamentations we read “because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, his compassion's never fail. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” (Lam 3:22-23) In Christ we have sure ground for this hope because he has lived our life, has known our pains and, having died on a cross and risen again to new life, he offers us confidence in God’s promises for us. It is up to us to choose to be 

thankful and look for signs of hope. We can choose to reach out into our communities and show that love is greater than hate, and when we do God’s Kingdom will prevail.      

Many blessings to you all.
Rev Mike, Gwen, Lydia and Joanna

Do you like walking?

I would like to organise some shortish walks (3-4miles), in August, and open them to anyone who is interested in walking together.  Starting at Church and walking from there or organising lifts to an alternative, fairly local, starting point.  If anyone is interested or knows any good walks please let me know. 

Caroline (01457 866788)

 

Duty rota

Church Stewards Door Flowers
July      
2nd AM Brenda
PM Ken Holt
Edith Marjorie Clough
9th Caroline Dorothy Johnson family
16th Caroline Kath Brenda
23rd Brenda Edith Cathy
30th Brenda Dorothy Gweneth
August      
6th Caroline Kath Wyn

Thursday Thought coffee  
1st Gweneth and Ken
8th Jose and Dorothy
15th Brenda
22nd Gweneth and Ken
Aug 1st Jose and Dorothy

Dates for your Diary

July  
Sun 2nd 10.30pm and 2.30pm Sunday School Anniversary Services
Mon 3rd Adult Cell Group 7.45pm in the Church Cellar beginning a new series on “Heaven”
Tues 4th Circuit Meeting at Zion 7.45pm
Wed 5th Service at Willow Bank Home 2.30pm all welcome
Fri 7th Summer Supper Evening at Hollingworth 7pm
Mon 10th First Aid, Training at Central 7.30pm
Adult Cell Group 7.45pm in the Church Cellar
Tue 11th Compass Course at Central – Life Together.
Sat 15th Summer Family Barbecue, Central 5-7pm
Sun 16th Taize Style Service, here  6.15pm
Mon 17th Adult Cell Group 7.45pm in the Church Cellar
Wed 19th Drop in Lunch for the Over 55’s noon-1.30pm
Mon 24th Children’s Activities 10-noon Central Church, Glossop
Sat 22nd Strawberry Teas at Central Methodist Church all afternoon
Sun 23rd “Peace and Unity Event”   Song, Dance and Fellowship.  Manchester Cathedral 1-4pm  Free Tickets available online
Mon 31st Children’s Activities 10-noon Central Church, Glossop
August  
Tue 1st Local walk starting here at Church 10.30am

Every week: *Term time only
Sunday: 10.30 am  Morning Service & Sunday School
Monday: 10am – 12 noon Feeding Together Drop-in session. Information and support regarding infant feeding and time  to meet other parents. (Not Bank Holidays)
Tuesday: 6.30-9pm. Table Tennis
Wednesday: 6-7.30pm Rainbow Brownies*
Thursday: 9.30-10am  Thursday Thought, Coffee  10-11am
Friday: 1.15-3pm Toddler Group
6.45-8pm Youth Station - Youth Club for 8-13s*