Glossop Methodist Circuit

Hadfield Methodist Church

Station Road, Hadfield

Newsletter

April 2019

Christ is alive!  No longer bound to distant years in Palestine

Minister's Message

Easter Greetings to you all:

But, just before we rush into Easter, I invite you to first take time to journey through Holy Week. For we cannot by-pass the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the roller-coaster of emotions that Jesus’ followers must have gone through; before the Sunday when they discovered the empty tomb and realised that Jesus really had risen from the dead and was alive again.

Going on a long journey always has its ups and downs. Packing can be stressful, but at least it tinged with hope and excitement of reaching the destination. There is excitement as you leave but soon, as the journey drags on, you can feel worn out by it all, especially if there are delays or you’re travelling through the hours of darkness. Travelling through a crowded station or port can leave you anxious that you won’t lose sight of loved ones or your bags. Finally you arrive at your destination often it is relief that kicks in first before the joy of accomplishing your original objective. You just hope that journey is worth it.

Reading through Luke’s gospel there is a very real sense of journey with a roller-coaster of emotions. It is easy to get caught up with the celebrations on Palm Sunday, remembering how the pilgrims to Jerusalem were part of a Festival procession. That year was different, with Jesus the preacher and healer travelling with them, there was a heightened expectation. However, the joy did not last, just as Jesus had prophesied. Jesus went to the temple and preached the Kingdom of God is near; it begins with personal renewal, not political revolution. In the end the temple authorities had had enough of Jesus’ bold claims and even some of the crowds turned on Jesus when he was tried and sentenced to be crucified.

Jesus’ followers thought his death was the end. But, the story does not end there. There would be no Jesus movement or church today if Jesus had not risen three days later. It took time for it to sink in for Jesus’ disciples. We too should take time to reflect and let the enormity of it all sink in, so we can say ‘He is risen indeed!’ with joy on Easter morning.

Many Easter Blessings to you all, Rev Mike

Rev Mike Grimsley                                           (Minister 01457 852422)

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Duty rota

Church Stewards Door Flowers
April    
7 AM Brenda
PM Ken
Kath
 
 
14 Jose Edith Cathy M
19 Brenda   Good Friday
21 Caroline Dorothy  
28 Jose Kath  
May    
5 Caroline Edith Diana V

Thursday Thought coffee
April
4 Jose and Dorothy
11 Gweneth and Ken
18 No Meeting
25 Jose and Dorothy
May
2 Brenda

Don’t miss out on things you would like to go to:
Please ask if you would like a lift to any event.  Those of us who drive are more than happy to help, and would welcome your company.

Dates for your Diary

February
Wed 3rd Service at Willowbank Home.  All Welcome 2:30 pm
Wed 3rd Circuit Lent Bible Study at Central
Bring and Share Meal - 6:45pm, Bible Study  - 7:45pm
Fri 5th Film at Central, “Green Book”  7:00 pm
Sat 6th Easter Fair 10:30am - 12:00 noon
Mon 8th Circuit Trip to Bakewell and Chatsworth House
Tue 9th Circuit Lent Bible Study at Hadfield
Bring and Share Meal - 6:45pm, Bible Study  - 7:45pm
Tue 16th Circuit Holy Week Service at Hollingworth 
Wed 17th Drop in Lunch for the Over 55s 12:00 noon - 1:30pm
Thu 18th No Thursday Thought
Thu 18th Maundy Thursday Supper and Communion 6:00pm
Fri 19th Good Friday Service 10:30am
Sun 21st Easter Sunday –  Holy Communion 9:00am
                                Breakfast in the Cellar
                                Easter Songs of Praise 10:30am
May
Fri 3rd Film at Central 7:00pm  “Fisherman’s Friends”

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Every week: *Term time only
Sunday: 10:30 am Morning Service & Sunday School
Monday: 10:00am – 12:00 noon Feeding Together Drop-in session. Information and support regarding infant feeding and time  to meet other parents. (Not Bank Holidays)
Tuesday: 6:30-9:00pm. Table Tennis
Wednesday: 6:00-7:30pm Rainbow Brownies*
Thursday: 9:30-10:00am Thursday Thought, followed by Coffee 10.00-11.00am
Friday: 1:15-3:00pm Toddler Group
6:45-8:00pm Youth Station - Youth Club for 8-13s*