Glossop Methodist Circuit

Hadfield Methodist Church

Station Road, Hadfield

Newsletter

December 2017: God’s great gift

May the love of the Father,
the tenderness of the Son,
and the presence of the Spirit,
gladden your heart
and bring peace to your soul,
this day and all days, Amen.

Minister's message

We often think about Advent as being a time of waiting, a time of preparation for Christmas. Six years ago Gwen and I were waiting for our first baby, due, just before Christmas. However, it was not just the waiting time people kept talking to us about but that the baby would bring a big change in our lives. We had no doubt that this was true, but it was only when Lydia was born that we really learned how much a baby really does change lives.

As I reflect on the Christmas story, I realise that in the story of Jesus’ humble birth, even though it was over 2000 years ago, we have a common human experience of bringing a new precious life into the world and the life-changing transformation it brings into a family. When Zechariah was told by the angel that his life was about to change dramatically because his wife Elizabeth would give birth to a son, he was disbelieving - with good reason, as the couple were beyond normal child bearing age and Elizabeth had not had any children. When Mary received the angel’s message that she would give birth to a baby boy she had some reservations but, reassured by the angel, she responded “let it happen to me as you have said”. Joseph, being betrothed to Mary also needed the reassurance of an angel to accept the good news.

The Christmas story, continues to be a life-changing and world changing story. Our history and the world today is shaped by Jesus in so many ways. His life and preaching continues to challenge our human tendency towards selfishness. Jesus invites us to take part in God’s greater plan for the world – that all can know his love, peace and assurance in their lives. Change brings challenges as it takes us into new places, but if we are open to it we become better people for allowing the change to shape us. As you Celebrate and reflect on another Christmas, think about the changes in your life and pray for those facing difficult challenges in the world around us.

All are warmly invited to our various Services over Advent and Christmas,  bring a friend who may be on their own.

Wishing you a Christmas full of love, joy and peace.

Rev. Michael Grimsley and Gwen, Lydia and Joanna

(Minister Hadfield Methodist Church - 01457 852422 - Day off: Mondays)                      

 

Duty rota

Church Stewards Door Flowers
December    
3 Caroline Edith Marjorie
10 Brenda Kath Brenda
17 Ken Dorothy  
24 Caroline Edith  
25 Jose    
31 Brenda Kath Gweneth
January    
7 Jose Dorothy Caroline
14 Caroline
PM Ken
Edith Margaret
21 Brenda Kath Kath
28 Jose Dorothy  
February
4 Caroline Edith Rose

Thursday Thought coffee
7 Jose and Dorothy
14 Brenda
21 Gweneth and Ken
28 No Thursday Thought

Dates for your Diary

December  
Fri 1st Film, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” Central 7pm
Sun 3rd Gift Service 10.30am.  For Women’s Refuge in Glossop.  Please bring gifts for children or mothers.
Tues 5th Adult Cell Group 7:45pm in the cellar – Advent reflections.  All welcome
Sun 10th Circuit Advent Praise Service.  Hollingworth 6pm
Tues 12th Adult Cell Group 7:45pm in the cellar – Advent reflections.  All welcome
Wed 13th Drop in Lunch for the Over 55s 12 noon to 1.30pm.
Wed 13th Carol Service at Willow Bank Home.  All Welcome 2.30pm
13 - 17 Christmas Tree Festival at Central.
Sun 17th  Action For Children Carol Service.  2.30pm - NB no morning service on Sunday 17th
Tues 19th Adult Cell Group 7:45pm in the cellar – Advent reflections.  All welcome
Sun 24h Carol Service 10.30am
Mon 25th Christmas day Service 10.30am
January 2018
Wed 3rd Service at Willow Bank Home 2.30pm All Welcome
Fri 5th Film at Central 7pm
Sun 7th Covenant Service.  10.30am
February 2018
Thu 1st Church Stewards Meeting 9 Kiln Lane 7.45pm
Fri 2nd Film at Central 7pm
Sun 4th Taize Service, Hadfield 6.15pm

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*