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Wilf & Advent
He was aged about 50 and some how had got into trouble with the law. He’d been in prison, and when he came out, he’d no home to go to. I think he had a daughter somewhere. He joined the little community of men who lived at ‘Longcroft’ in Lancaster. Longcroft is run by the Langley House Trust, a Christian charity which provides a home for ex-offenders who have no home to which they can return. It was headed by John and Doreen Andrews, both Methodist local preachers; who were members of this church until some time in the 1980’s. Their children were part of the Junior Church. John and Doreen brought some of Longcroft’s residents to church. Perhaps you remember the Andrews, Alan, Gerald and Wilf ?
One Advent, TMC was presented with the beautiful Advent wreath which Wilf had created by beating and embossing copper.
Take time to have a look at it . The overall shape is the Methodist Orb. In each of the four quadrants is a map of the four continents; around the circumference are many Christian symbols.
The Andrews, Alan, Gerald, Alan and Wilf have all moved on now; the Advent wreath remains.
Maybe, Wilf didn’t feel too comfortable or welcome in church, but he left us a shining gift. Thank you Wilf.
Work base: Home based with some travel required.
Closing date for Applications: 8 th January 2021
Interviews (probably by Zoom): 22nd January
The successful applicant will require a successful enhanced DBS disclosure.
For further details and application form:
Mrs Carolyn Dickinson,
Cumbria Methodist District Administrator- 07727 415400
An occupational requirement exists for the post holder to be a practicing Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
it is with sadness that I let you know that Keith Tattersall died in hospital . Keith has been a Local Preacher in our Circuit for many years, a member of Wesley and the Circuit Meeting and he was also involved in the District.The funeral will be at
Wesley Methodist Church
on Wednesday, 9th December at 2:00 p.m.
followed by a service at
Beetham Crematorium at 3:30 p.m.
It is likely that under current guidelines only close family members will be allowed to attend. The cortege will travel from Heysham to Beetham along Morecambe Promenade.
Donations would be welcome for
The Railway Mission, Rugby Railway Station ,
Rugby CV 21 31A
Please hold Keith’s wife Vivienne, their family and friends in your prayers through the coming months as they try to adjust. Please pass this information on to people who want to know.
We have upcoming blood donation sessions at Lancaster Donor Centre with lots of available appointments and I would be grateful if you could help us spread the word. I have attached a poster for you to print and display in your church when you reopen or share through internal communications and with any external people who it may be relevant to (see poster attached). I have also attached a social media graphic if you would like to support us there.We are working with the rest of the NHS to keep supplying lifesaving blood to hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic and we need people to keep donating as normal. We have extra safety measures in place and every precaution is being taken to eliminate the risk of covid-19 transmission at our blood donation sessions. Having an appointment to give blood is classed as essential travel and will be exempt from any local or national travel restrictions.Thank you for your support in helping us save and improve lives in these unprecedented times.Kind regards, Emily Jones Donor Marketing Operations Assistant – NorthNHS Blood & TransplantMobile - 07385387758Twitter @GiveBloodNHSFacebook givebloodnhsVisit www.blood.co.uk .
Morecambe Bay CCG and their associated GP practices are seeking volunteer drivers to bring eligible individuals to the planned Covid-19 vaccination centres. The centres are currently being identified, but what we do know is that the vaccine won’t be delivered through every GP practice, but rather one practice within each GP network, alongside one or two mass vaccination sites.Attendance therefore will require a degree of travel, as such we wish to support those who may not have the means to travel via friends or family, and in turn offer a means of travel a little more controlled than public transport.If those within the volunteer network are willing to assist then please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The journey that may last a lifetime; I have been interested in the very long hymn that we rarely sing (Singing the Faith 461) . Now I have had the opportunity to spend time with this hymn and began to see parallels between the journey towards Christmas and the struggle that Jacob experienced and that inspired Charles Wesley's hymn, "Come, O Thou Traveller unknown ... If you are interested, perhaps you would like to share the journey with me? I'd love to hear your thoughts and share them if you would like me to on this page.As with Lent, Advent is a period to give time and prepare in all sorts of ways. Each Saturday you will find relevant prayers on the WORSHIP page; each Sunday you can find a Service on the SUNDAY WORSHIP page; Monday to Friday, I shall endeavour to provide an Advent thought on the SNIPPETS page.
The full newsletter from the Circuit can be read on the WHATS ON page
May you know God's blessing upon you this Christmas and always,
Steve. (Rev Steve Charman, Superintendent Minister)
The impact of Covid-19 continues as does its effect on Church finance.
We are very grateful to those who have sent donations in lieu of collections and envelopes However as we are unable to use the buildings for any purpose the implications of no income from room rentals is still affecting us.
Here's a reminder of some of the figures, as mentioned in our previous letter from our Treasurer:
It has been agreed that we will run a
“Gift Day With a Difference”
on Saturday 5 December 2020
between 10:00 am and 12.00 noon.
We do hope that as many people as possible will be able to support this event.
With every blessing to you all.
Rev David Philo, Rev Roy Burley and Moyna
📷 📷Monday 25th January 2021
09:30 to 15:45 on zoom
Join a group to explore some basic techniques to create good practices in ministry that address negative behaviour
· Your postal address·
Your Circuit or denomination if not Methodist
For more information contact Brec Seaton:
Bookings close on Wednesday 13th January📷The Methodist Church has a training partnership with Place for Hope and there will be a small charge for non-Methodists sharing with us on this day. Please do not let costs deter you from joining with us. 📷
R S V P
RSVP is a series of Saturday morning
sessions where we will consider how we pay
attention to God’s invitation and how we
understand what God’s calling might be in our
Each session stands alone, and they fit
together, so please do come to some or all.
The sessions are intended to offer you a
focus for your discernment.
16th January God Calling: Many Calls
20th February Biblical Callings: My Calling
20th March Our Calling: Methodist Vocations
17th April God’s Calling: Our Identity
15th May Discerning Calling: Decision Making
To book a place please email Rob on
10am-12.30pm – arrivals from 9:45am
For more information contact Edel on
The theme for the Methodist Prayer Handbook 2021/2022 is
A Place for All
No one was excluded from Jesus’ table and eating with him was a sign of the kingdom of heaven and an invitation to meet God, to be transformed. We recognise that we don't always offer a generous welcome or listen to the voices on the margins.
As the Church strives to be God’s people in a world changed by a global pandemic, we invite prayers of thanksgiving and intercession, penitence and resolve that, with God’s help, we may recognise and repent of our exclusivity, and that then we may be reconciling, open to all and ready to listen to all voices equally. Together, we pray to become a more inclusive and diverse Church, creating communities of greater respect and compassion. In addition to prayers on the theme we invite prayers of thanksgiving, adoration and confession and prayers on the themes of justice, times of life and times of day and the comforting presence of God for the opening pages of the Handbook. Prayers must be no longer than 120 words.
Please also email photographs that will help to bring our theme to life. Photographs with people in are particularly welcome. Photographs should be sent in their original size. Please provide a caption and state where the photograph was taken.
The deadline for submission of prayers and photos is 11 January 2021.
The exception to this is prayers and photos from schools. For schools only the deadline is 29 January.
Please send contributions to: email@example.com.
Please also provide your name, postal address and how you would like to be described.
Before sending contributions, please read the full submission guidelines at: www.methodist.org.uk/prayerhandbook
The Cornerstone Zoom Book Group has proved to be enjoyable and worthwhile. What a combination! It has stimulated great discussion, some passion and much friendship. Facilitated by
Rev. Kara Cooper
(Methodist Chaplain /
Lancaster University's Spiritual Care Co-ordinator),
the group is open to all- we have people from churches across the Circuit and will welcome anyone else who is able to join us. We have read The Great Divorce by CS Lewis, The Camino by Shirley MacLean, and we have just completed Silence and Honey Cakes by Rowan Williams.Future books for the next few months are below.
If you would like to join us please email Liz Dean on firstname.lastname@example.org
Advent/ Christmas Book:
Journey to the Manger: Exploring the Birth of Jesus
Paula Gooder (Canterbury Press: 2015)
Re: Communications - Social Media
Fresh Expressions and Digital Church Planting
is coming to North Lancs Circuit!!
We are creating a brand new Circuit Facebook page and are hoping to launch it on
Advent Sunday 29th November 2020.
Isaiah 52 7
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
Let us encourage one another to use Social Media as a tool to share our faith -
Community Outreach and Evangelism via a
We can all be ‘church planters’. With 19 churches in our circuit, we invite everyone to be involved and contribute in anyway you feel comfortable; share and express your ‘Good News’.
The Advent and Christmas posts will run until the Epiphany on: 6th January 2021.
Please send your initial responses by: 23rd November. However, we encourage you to send any of your blessings throughout December and January and beyond. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Psalm 133 1 NIV
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Please see link for the Social media guidelines from the Methodist Church.
A healthy Christian community is a safe place of mutual care, where everyone feels respected, valued, and loved These guidelines for engaging on social media reflect those values.These guidelines apply to all content and comments posted to Methodist Church social media channels. Methodist churches, circuits and districts, and individuals are encouraged to adopt these guidelines for their social media engagement.
Joanne TowersCircuit AdministratorNorth Lancs Circuit Email: email@example.com
Mobile: 0792276851. .
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 31 October, it has been confirmed that new National Restrictions will be brought into effect from 5 November 2020 (subject to a Commons vote on Wednesday) in England.* As part of these new restrictions, places of worship and their ancillary accommodation will have to close or remain closed for congregational worship and all other user groups, except for the following:
Unfortunately wedding ceremonies will not be permitted to take place. (I know of people trying to get a special licence from the Registry Office)Full details of all the restrictions can be found here. Until 5 November, the restrictions under the 3 tier system should be followed. After 5 November, the National Restrictions will take precedence until they are lifted. We will expect more details to follow over the coming week. All such updates will be posted on the Methodist website, Signpost for Ministry, TMCP website and the usual communications channels (including social media) as they are made available.*Please note this is for England only and please check local restrictions for Scotland and Wales.
With every blessing, Roy
Just a reminder that you can order not just Christmas cards but anything from Traidcraft via Lyn/Bernard on 417662 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no postage to pay and you will receive a discount on published prices.We have catalogues available which we can pop through your letterbox; we will let you know when your order has come (usually within 10 days); and we can deliver. We have most of the day-to-day items that we used to offer on the Church stall regularly in stock. We are happy to create a tab so that you can pay us whenever is convenient.A big "Thank you" to all those who have shopped early for Christmas, helping Traidcraft to make a real difference to the lives of hardworking communities across our world.
As Coronavirus has closed our buildings, meetings and services for, possibly a few months, the role of the website will be changing too. Hopefully it will help us all to keep in touch with each other and provide some encouragement and interest . So some page headings will change, let me know what's needed.
Events and activities are going to be minimal for a while and we are going to do things in a different ways. This will not happen unless we find new ways to keep ourselves in the loop. I NEED YOU to let me have materials to put on here and in the OUTLOOK Magazine. Requests and offers for help will appear here.
Currently there are very few contacts here...... I could expand this, but must stay within Data Protection legislation. If you want me to add your details, let me know. The "People" page has superficial info of many interesting activities. Send me short articles of things you are doing to keep yourself active during this "lockdown"...... your tips and suggestions will help everyone. Maybe you'd like to be put in touch with someone with similar interests so you could chat with each other about your common interests?
There is a Photo Album" page have you any old photos or current ones that would be interesting? I'll need permission of subjects.The history page has very little on it. Let me have any stories of our church that you know. We have had some wonderful people in the past and even today. You may have a knowledge of our past that would interest or entertain.
Thanks for the suggestion that notification of changes to the website are flagged on the Home Page.... so that you don't have to search the whole site to find the new posts.
From now, there will be less detail on this page; new posts and directions to their whereabouts will be listed here for at least a week or until additional notices displace them. I shall try to change the picture for relevant sections to draw further attention to changes
This page holds the contact details of our Safeguarding Officer, safeguarding guidance and policies. Training events will also be posted there
Watch this space for new posts This is where we post contact details for the minister & for room bookings.
Alison, our Church Administrator,
has a new email address
you can also ring her:
This page gives information about activities that members of our church are involved with.
LENT FORFEITS AND
KNITTING FOR NEXT CHRISTMAS
All details of our premises here will be of interest to people interested in hiring any part of our premises.
Property Committee notices may be posted there too.
To comply with government advice regarding Corona virus we are not taking bookings.
There is little posted here at the moment. Please offer any photographs of activities and events to Sue: email@example.com
If people ar the subject of the picture, please ask their permission before sending to Sue.
We are waiting for more historical information.
Do you know any interesting stories or facts?
Links to other organisations and websites
The Power Point Presentation
and full Workshop have been added to this page 17/02/2020
The words "Community Centre" are a significant part of the Torrisholme Methodist Church signage. The church " or "the sanctuary" is a peaceful space where anyone can sit quietly while the building is unlocked. Everyone is welcome to join us for worship or simply to sit and observe what's happening. There are services every Sunday at 10:30 am, some of which include Holy Communion , and also we have a short early Holy Communion Service at 8:30 am on 2nd Sunday each month..
The Communion Table is open to all who choose to come, if this it feels right for you, Children can take part in a simple way alongside the adults. The communion wine is non-alcoholic.
No alcohol is permitted anywhere on our premises.
Coffee, tea and biscuits are served in the Hall at about 11:45 am following the Sunday service. This is free of charge, but we welcome donations for Christian Aid. Please join us for a chat.
Almost all of our premises are available for hire. We hope our local community will see us as a resource that everyone can use. Our buildings are available to local groups and organisations needing a space that is accessible, comfortable and at a reasonable cost. Almost all of our premises is available for hire. There are ramped entrances both at the front & back of the building. There are toilets including one with wheelchair access. We have a well appointed, modern kitchen and rooms of varying size. There is a car park at the back of the building with 7 spaces, plus 2 for Blue Badge holders.
Click on "Premises" at the top of this screen for details.
We look forward to meeting you.
Torrisholme Methodist Church is called by God to respond to the good news of God's love in Christ and to live out our discipleship through worship, prayer, bible study and fellowship. Powered by God's Spirit we are committed to :-
* Being a welcoming, loving, caring and supportive community
* Exploring established and new ways of worshipping God
* Taking risks for Christ
* Providing teaching and fellowship to promote growth in faith
knowledge and love
* Enabling everyone to discover and use their gifts
* Seeking to address the needs of local, national and international communities
* Ensuring that our resources are fully used for worship, fellowship and community activities
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES ARE CANCELLED DUE TO THE GOVERNMENT ADVICE ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS> WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING BOOKINGS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE
Torrisholme Methodist Church,
Torrisholme, Lancs, LA4 6LS
We are near "The Shrimp" roundabout that links A589, B5321, B5275, and Westgate.
turn right, towards Torrisholme village, at the crossroads, just before the traffic lights at the pedestrian crossing, on to Longton Drive. Norwood Drive is the next turning on the right.The building is on the corner.
Take Bay Gateway towards Morecambe and Heysham (indicated by Ferry Terminal signposts). Move across to the right as you approach the traffic lights (close to MacDonalds) towards Morecambe town centre/seafront.
From this point you have joined the A589 from Lancaster, then follow the instructions above..
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