On 8th November our circuit and local churches have invited Rev Rob Cotton from Knutsford Methodist Church to come and share something of the Hope vision and how we might explore working together in our outreach in the coming year.
HOPE began in 2008 bringing various organisations together to support churches in outreach to their communities. HOPE08 was a focused year of mission activities in villages, towns and cities. Methodist churches all over the country responded, and many asked HOPE to continue afterwards. In 2014, another year dedicated to mission together saw more churches catching the HOPE vision. And now, as HOPE works towards 2018’s countrywide year of mission, with churches of all denominations taking part, many more Methodist Churches are set to take part.
Jude Levermore, Head of Discipleship and Ministries for the Methodist Church, is part of the HOPE Leadership Team. She said: “Partnering with HOPE supports and encourages our focus on authentic discipleship. Although discipleship is always a personal call, it is never a private one. God calls us to be with others, and HOPE helps us to serve people where we are.” Words and actions characterise HOPE’s mission. Methodist churches identifying with the HOPE vision mirror the powerful, practical Christianity John Wesley preached as he left church buildings and took faith to the people.
HOPE aims to give churches inspiration, tried and tested ideas and top-quality mission resources – whether for larger or smaller churches and their communities. The HOPE– Methodist partnership has developed as they seek to understand what churches need to help make more followers of Jesus. There is a natural rhythm of mission based around the Christian calendar; Christmas, Easter, summer festivals and Harvest become opportunities to reach out. HOPE watches out for key dates when churches can take their place at the heart of their communities, bringing people together. The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations the other year is one example, the First World War Centenary commemorations are natural opportunities to bring communities together.
HOPE resources seem to be a hit with many Methodist churches. e.g. Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem, Stoke on Trent, worked with local churches and civic bodies to hold a street party for 2,000 people for the Queen’s birthday. The local MP and members of Port Vale Football Club attended, with all guests receiving The Servant Queen booklet. The afternoon’s festivities finished with an open-air service in the town square.
I don’t know where the HOPE vision might take us as a circuit, or with other churches in Hadfield, but as we reflect on our mission and how we reach out to our community it seems like a great opportunity which we can adapt to fit our context. Please try your best to come and join the service at Hollingworth Methodist Church 7:30pm on Wednesday 8th November.
God bless, Mike
(Minister Hadfield Methodist Church - 01457 852422 - Day off: Mondays)
This year the circuit are supporting Teams4U who send shoe boxes with gifts to children in Eastern Europe. Please help by either decorating and filling your own shoe box (pick up a leaflet on the table at the back of church or see Teams4U website for details), or bringing small items for inclusion in a church box.
All shoeboxes/gifts need to be at Church by 20th November.
|12||Remembrance at St Andrews|
|Thursday Thought coffee|
|9||Gweneth and Ken|
|16||Jose and Dorothy|
|30||Gweneth and Ken|
|7||Jose and Dorothy|
Dates for your Diary
|Mon 8th||“Hope 2018” launch – with Rob Cotton. Hollingworth. 5pm, Tea 6pm, Service 7.30pm. (Please let Hazel or Mike know if you want tea)|
|Sun 12th||No Service at Hadfield Methodist Church - Joint service with St Andrews for Remembrance: 10am and then at the cenotaph|
|Sun 12th||Circuit Lunch at Central 12.15pm. Speaker: Harvey Bealey from “Helping Hands” charity shop in Hyde|
|Sun 12th||Taize Service at Central 6.15pm|
|Wed 15th||Pastoral Visitors Meeting after Thursday Thought|
|Thu 23rd||Church Stewards’ Meeting 9 Kiln Lane 7.45pm|
|Sun 26th||Café Church Style Service with communion and discussion of our Mission Review. 10.30am|
|Tue 28th||Adult Cell Group. 7.45pm. Advent Reflections. All welcome.|
|Dec 3rd||Gift Service 10.30am. For Women’s Refuge in Glossop. Please bring gifts for children or mothers.|
|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*