Monday, November 22, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
It may seem strange for church pastors to be concerned about the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, but we live in an area alongside many Muslims. Over the years we have established a tradition of giving as many of our neighbours as possible a cake to help them in their celebration of Eid. This means that Jonathan spent many hours on the 10th and 11th of September baking Swiss rolls, which were given to 8 local families. We are not aware of any special significance of Swiss rolls to Muslims!, but our conversations with Asian families have taught us that this is an aspect of English cookery which they appreciate. The gifts have resulted in many interesting conversations over the years, often a small gift of Pakistani food in return, and frequently a Christmas Card later in the year.
The church meeting on the 15th required some communication (mostly email) with the secretary in order to establish what the agenda would be.
Sunday September 19th was the last Cafe church for the summer which required Saturday being spent in preparing worship materials and baking.
The lack of a car meant that the shopping for the Supper club was a bit more involved that normal, but the problem was solved by several trips using a shopping trolley.
The coffee morning on 25th in aid of Macmillan was a success, and was followed by our friends from Richmond church using our premises for their "awayday"
Susannah celebrated communion on Sunday 26th morning whilst the team from Fulwood church led the worship.
In the evening Jonathan preached at our Philadelphia church and Susannah sang a solo ot the celebration of their anniversary, it was 45 years since the current building was opened.
Susannah attended a meeting and lunch to celebrate the acquisition of the new minibus for Pitsmoor and Shiregreen community transport on Wednesday 29th. This was held at Shiregreen United Reformed Church.
On Thursday 30th, Susannah chaired the circuit meeting at Owlerton church. Jonathan attended the meeting.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Dear Rev. Jones,
At our church prayer meeting on Tuesday we prayed for you, your church, and the people who will be affected by your proposed actions.
In Matthew's Gospel (ch 5:44), Jesus urges "Love (agape) your enemies." and "Pray for those who persecute you" Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 13) gives us an exposition of what love (agape) is, and in his letter to the Ephesians (4:16) urges the body to build itself up (edify) in love.
You will undoubtedly say that you are free to do that which you propose, and I cannot argue with you, but may I remind you that in his first letter to the Corinthians (10: 23), Paul says that all things are permissible, but that does not necessarily make them beneficial or constructive (edifying).
I urge you to prayerfully consider whether your actions are worthy of our Lord's call to love; whether they are beneficial; whether they will edify. If any of these questions cannot be answered with an unqualified "yes", then I urge you to reconsider your course and make any protest which you feel necessary in a more loving, constructive and less confrontational manner.
Yours in the service of the Lord,
Pastor Mayfield Wesleyan Reform Church
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The church meeting on May 12th required planning, as there were minutes of the previous meeting to duplicate and ideas to pass to the secretary in order to help him prepare the agenda. Also we had to make sure that we had done everything which we had agreed to do at the last meeting.
For the rest of the week, Jonathan was collecting pictures of different stones and rocks ready for the Café church on May 16th. In addition there were hymns on this theme and pictures to colour in to be found and duplicated. On Sunday, the chapel had to be rearranged for the Café Church, and then put back afterwards.
Later, Susannah had to contact the preacher for the next Sunday to arrange transport and discover whether she had any special requests. Two days later we were attending a meeting in Dodworth in order to progress the arrangements for the Union youth weekend in September. A bit of a walk down memory lane for us as we were married in Dodworth Methodist Church. The local chip shop was a satisfying end to the day.
On 23rd May, Susannah was at Denby Dale Wesleyan Reform church to lead the singing for the Pentecost sing. At the same time, Jonathan was preaching at Grimesthorpe Wesleyan Reform Church where he used the parable of the talents as the starting point for the study of the story of Pentecost.
The 27th was our monthly Supper Club, and a great deal of effort was required to do all the shopping as we received the keys to our new shop on that day, so, in addition to everything else, we were in the throes of moving the entire stock of our shop from where it was stored to the new premises. Supper was once again served in the chapel and Jennifer Senior from our Philadelphia Church talked about Yorkshire and its dialect.
In amongst everything else, there were posters for the flower festival, summer solstice service and Ladies quiet day to be produced and distributed.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Thursday afternoon saw us visiting Church House in Sheffield where we had an appointment to look at the trust deeds for the church. We wanted to be sure who the trustees who hold our property were before the next church meeting. Colin, the general secretary, had been to the bank vault and had retrieved the documents for us.
Saturday was the "Craftastic" needlework day at chapel and Susannah was there progressing her rug and talking to ladies doing a variety of needlework. due to the building and decorating work, this was held in the chapel. A future day to look at Hardanger is planned for 7th May. details are available on our website. The rest of Saturday afternoon , Susannah was shopping for the refreshments for café church. The evening was spent baking, whilst Jonathan prepared and printed the service materials.
Sunday 18th April was our monthly "Café church" again this was in the chapel rather than the back room due to the work being done. The theme was "Journeys" which was explored by a variety of activities including; jigsaws, colouring, wordsearches, poetry writing, crosswords and quiet. Refreshments accompanied these activities. Jonathan brought the service to a close after about an hour and a quarter. It was actually quite dificult to stop people at this point. The chapel then had to be rearranged to a more conventional arrangement for the next event.
Wednesday April 21st was the Ladies' meeting and Susannah had to collect the speaker, Kevin Jones, who spoke about his work with "Familia", a children's orphanage and school in India. Later, Susannah had to do the shopping for the supper club because this month, the third Wednesday and the fourth Thursday are in the same month!
Thursday, Susannah represented us at the funeral of a member of another chapel who we have known for many years. Meantime Jonathan was cooking at chapel for the supper club, this involved trying to make Melba toast for 30, whilst minimising the amount burned!. "Dinner will be served at the sound of the smoke alarm"
On Saturday April 24th Susannah was at the "Women of Action" (W.A.) annual general meeting at our Coal Aston Church, This was preceded by prayer and salad lunch, the meeting being held in the afternoon. In the evening we attended a "Pie and Pea" supper at Tapton Hill Congregational Church, a church where we both preach fairly frequently. On Sunday, Susannah preached for the first time at our Oughtibridge chapel and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the warm welcome she received. In the evening Jonathan was preaching at our Philadephia chapel.
On Tuesday Susannah met with others to discuss the upcoming Flower festival and decide on a suitable theme. They chose the Ten Commandments.
The rest of the month was spent designing, printing and distributing about 450 leaflets with details of our programme for the next few months, fortunately the weather was largely favourable. If you would like a copy of the leaflet, or anything else, please email us.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Later in the day, Susannah was planned to preach at Grimesthorpe Wesleyan Reform Church, much closer to home. She too used the story of the walk to Emmaus, but used the images of walking with Jesus and the idea of a journey. Again, the pictures show the inside and outside of the chapel.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Having sorted out what we intended doing, there were prayers and blessings to find, recipes to sort out and then a combined order of service/menu to produce.
Most of the ingredients were straightforward, but Susannah made some last minute additions as a result of converations with other customers in Tesco who were also buying their ingredients for the Seder meal, and were interested in what we were doing.
The event went well, and people appreciated how Jesus had used the meal and done what he often did which was to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.
8-00a.m. on Good Friday saw us at our St. Mary's Wesleyan Reform Church in the City centre for the morning service. Derek Linkens preached and celebrated communion.
Our evening service at Mayfield saw some confusion as we had variously announced the time of the service as 7-30p.m. and 7-00p.m. even different pages of the newsletter did not agree! We waited until 7-30 to be sure that everyone was present.
Saturday morning was another fairly start (for a holiday) as it was our turn to run the church coffee morning. A steady stream of people turned out and we collected £40-55 for the Alzheimer's society.
Sunday was an even earlier start as Jonathan was celebrating at the morning communion service (8-00a.m. start) He was under strict instruction not to delay breakfast by preaching a sermon.
Our final act for Easter was for Susannah to lead the 6-30p.m. service, unusually this was not communion due to their having been communion in the morning so she led an informal "Service in the round".
We're starting with Easter 2010.