Do you have a favourite Easter hymn?
On Sunday 8th April, we are having an Easter Songs of Praise Service and will be looking for suggestions very soon.
'They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship' Acts 2:42
After a long day's work, she made the journey back to her village over the hills as it was getting dark. At home she had a quick wash and grabbed something to eat and then went to the house group in the next road. There was a spring in her step as she approached, excited to learn more about Jesus and for the fellowship with other believers. Despite the long days the house group energised her week – a chance to share and pray together and encourage each other for the week ahead.
The above story could be about an early Christian in the 1st Century A.D. who had come to faith following the teaching of one of the apostles who had come to her village after the dispersion of Christians from Jerusalem. Or, she could have heard Mr. Wesley preach and started going to Methodist Class meetings in her village. Or, someone in the present, like one of our friends who undertook to read through the bible in a year course, where they regularly met as a group to go deeper into the scriptures they had read.
As a church we have been reviewing our mission in the last year and reflecting on where we need to grow. Following our introduction to the 5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations we decided to explore how we can grow through ‘Intentional Faith Development’. As the opening story illustrates, Christianity has grown through fellowship and teaching in small groups. Learning in community was central to the way Jesus taught his disciples. It was central to the development and growth of Methodism and still is for Christians today.
Being a disciple of Jesus means that we intentionally seek to learn and grow in our faith. In my first 18 months in Hadfield I have enjoyed the fellowship we have shared. It is good to know there is a hunger there to grow in faith together. As we explore this theme together in the coming couple of months, it will be good to share ideas and stories of how we have grown. Following Jesus is risky, we never know when he might take us out of our comfort zones – but in sharing the journey together we can travel together and encourage each other on the way. Let us take time to give and receive the care of Christ to one another through prayer – supporting one another in times of difficulty and sharing our joys. These are disciplines which I have observed in the fellowship in Hadfield. Can we learn more from one another and intentionally seek to grow and explore the will of God that we might live out Our Calling together as Methodists in Hadfield?
Many blessings to you all as we prepare for Easter through this season of Lent.
Rev. Michael Grimsley
(Minister Hadfield Methodist Church - 01457 852422 - Day off: Mondays)
Everyone is invited to the christening of Lilly May Siddall, on 27th May, 12:15 to 6:00pm at Central Methodist Church.
RSVP to Susan Siddall.
|Thursday Thought coffee|
|1||Gweneth and Ken|
|8||Jose and Dorothy|
|22||Gweneth and Ken|
|29||No Thursday Thought|
|5||Jose and Dorothy|
Dates for your Diary
|Fri 2nd||Film at Central 7pm “Darkest Hour”|
|Tue 6th||Service at WillowBank Home, 2.30pm - All Welcome|
|Tue 6th||Lent Meeting, Zion. Meal 6.30pm, Discussion 7.30pm|
|Wed 7th||Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast for Lent 7.15am, Tintwhistle URC|
|Sun 11th||Mothering Sunday Service 10.30am|
|Tue 13th||Lent Meeting, Hadfield. Meal 6.30pm, Discussion 7.30pm|
|Wed 14th||Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast for Lent 7.15am, St Mary’s Hollingworth|
|Sat 17th||Church Easter Fair, 10.30am – noon|
|Tue 20th||Network and Outreach Meeting, Central, 2.15pm|
|Tue 20th||Lent Meeting, Hollingworth. Meal 6.30pm, Discussion 7.30pm|
|Wed 21st||Drop in Lunch for the Over 55s noon-1.30pm|
|Tue 27th||Lent Circuit Service. Central, 7.30pm|
|Wed 28th||Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast for Lent 7.15am, St Andrews|
|Thu 29th||Maundy Thursday Supper and Service 6pm|
|Fri 30th||Good Friday Service 10.30am|
|Sun 1st||Easter Breakfast, 9.15am. Service 10.30am|
|Fri 6th||Film at Central, 7pm|
|Sun 8th||Easter Songs of Praise. 10.30am|
|Tue 10th||Circuit Outing to Harrogate|
|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*