We live in strange times with restrictions on when and how we can meet for worship and fellowship; strangely for this Church, there will be two minister’s for one year. It seems strange, in one sense, that after three years in the Circuit, I am writing this as an introduction to Gladys and me. I look forward to working with you and getting to know you. However, here goes, I was born in Plymouth, but quickly escaped across the border to Cornwall, therefore, I count myself as a Cornishman, and a Cornish flag has been with me for a good part of the last twenty years. I have a sister, Elaine, but sadly, both sets of our parents have now passed away. I am married to Gladys, a Bradford lass, who is quite ‘crafty’ as she makes and sells her home made cards and we have a daughter Rachel, who is currently a Methodist Minister in Brampton (Carlisle), she is married to Steve and we have two grandchildren David and John
My first job from school was as a Radio Operator in the Royal Navy for eight years, with a few different jobs before training to be a Methodist Minister at Wesley College, Bristol (now closed). My section of churches were in Orrell (near Wigan), which I had only heard of because of the rugby team. My main church (I had four) was right on the Wigan/St Helens border, so the big question was “Are you Wigan or St Helens?” I tried to remain neutral.
I joined the Royal Army Chaplains Department in June 2001 and was posted to different parts of the country (and abroad): Paderborn (Germany), Thirsk, Catterick, Tidworth, Blandford Forum, Hadleigh (near Ipswich) and Okeham (in Rutland). I have been deployed on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and on the Green Line in Cyprus, where Gladys and Rachel were able to join me for R&R. My commission with the army ended in 2017, when I came to this Circuit, to look after Brookhouse, Quernmore, Roeburndale and Wray.
I have a keen interest in history, which is focussed currently on an MPhil in Army Chaplaincy History 1795-1820, which is entitled, “An age of negligence? British Army Chaplaincy, 1796-1844,” . I am good at boring people with my research. I am due to go on a deferred Sabbatical during May to July 2021 inclusive, which will include a study period at Spurgeon’s College, near London, with the Principal being a great Army Chaplain friend...
Message from Linda
Join us on the WORSHIP page each SATURDAY.
Whilst the Saturday morning ecumenical prayer group is suspended from meeting in the church, we will still be praying in our own homes. We ask others to join with us from 9.30 to 10.30 each Saturday, so that we can be united in prayer, even though we can't meet.
We regularly pray for our own churches and community, the country and the wider world concerns, street pastors and the persecuted church as well as specific requests.
Prayer requests can be emailed via firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing Linda on 853332.
All confidences will be respected
You can be anonymous if you wish.
There is a national call to prayer from 'Churches Together' when we are asked to light a candle of prayer at 7:00pm on Sunday and pray for the current situation. .
Keep looking after each other. Blessings, Linda
The system workis well: customers ring 417662 to place orders, collecting them from the bench in our drive.
If you prefer, we could drop things off on doorsteps as part of our daily exercise; please, keep the orders coming!
We are still ordering from Traidcraft and have most things you would find on the stall. We can order anything shown as available on their website: https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/
We could pop a price list through your letter box to remind you what we normally stock. and it can be here can be here within a week or so. Please don't worry about payment; we will continue running accounts "on tick" up till Christmas!
It is important to keep Traidcraft's business running during this difficult time.
Fairtrade is a crucial lifeline, it helps thousands of producers and communities across the world .
Update: A big thank you to all who continue supporting Fairtrade by placing and collecting big and small orders from our home.
To encourage more of you to do so, here is a breakdown of what we can offer at present:
What is available on the (virtual!) Fairtrade stall?
Please be aware that transfer of items is carefully managed to reduce risks passing Corvid-19. Washing your hands before and after handling newly acquired goods and cleansing the goods themselves is advised by the government & NHS.
An ideal box will contain some sturdy toys such as ball, doll, toy car, dominoes, skipping rope, and then basics such as soap and facecloth, toothbrush and paste, hairbrush or comb, hat, scarf, mittens, socks, educational supplies such as paper, pens, pencils, colouring pencils, ruler, rubber and pencil sharpener.
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“So what I have seen a lot of is recommendations for how to try to avoid getting coronavirus in the first place -- good hand washing, personal hygiene and social distancing -- but what I have NOT seen a lot of is advice for what happens if you actually get it, which many of us will. So as your friendly neighborhood Nurse let me make some suggestions.
You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug, like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it’s coming!
Things you should actually buy ahead of time (not sure what the obsession with toilet paper is?): Kleenex, Paracetamol, whatever your generic mucus thinning cough medicine of choice is (check the label and make sure you're not doubling up on Paracetamol) Honey and lemon can work just as well! Vick vaporub for your chest is also a great suggestion.
If you don’t have a humidifier, that would be a good thing to buy and run in your room when you go to bed overnight. (You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam). If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if it is.
This is also a good time to meal prep: make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand. Stock up on whatever your favorite clear fluids are to drink - though tap water is fine you may appreciate some variety!
For symptom management and a fever over 101, take Paracetamol.
Hydrate (drink!) hydrate hydrate! Rest lots. You should not be leaving your house! Even if you are feeling better may will still be infectious for fourteen days and older people and those with existing health conditions should be avoided! Ask friends and family to leave supplies outside to avoid contact.
You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high (over 103.5) and unmanaged with meds. 90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds. If you are worried or in distress or feel your symptoms are getting worse, ring 111 and they will advise if you need to go to hospital. The hospital beds will be used for people who actively need oxygen/breathing treatments/IV fluids.
If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your Doctor or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick.
One major relief to you parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days (but they will still be infectious), Just use pediatric dosing . Be calm and prepare rationally and everything will be fine.
To all my churches:
Our Lord has over 100 different names from Lord to Ancient of Days to Prince of Peace. Many of us will have a favourite name of Jesus, one of my favourites is physician, a title Jesus gave Himself. (Gospels Matthew chapter 9 verse 12 and Mark chapter 2 verse 17)
Often to be seen in hospitals and hospices, it resonates with those suffering and hurting in body, mind and spirit.
In Jesus' day, medical practice was primitive. There were no sterile dressings, operating theatres, trained doctors or nurses, no anesthesia. Pain and disease were rampant. In the scriptures we see the healing power that Jesus used to give healing and hope to the sick and the lost.
Even more important, we see how this great physician entered into people's pain and suffering; how this physician, moved by love and compassion met the sick and the lost.
We may all have a favourite gospel story of Jesus' healing. One of mine is embodied in the simple words,
"When evening came, many who were demon-possessed, were brought to Him, and He drove out the spirits and healed the sick." (Matthew 8 : 16)
It would be easy to dwell on Jesus' physical healing of sick people; we as people then and now, can be easily amazed, but it was Luke, the good physician who was quick to emphasise the holistic practice of Jesus. He reminds us that Jesus said to those He healed,
"Your faith has healed you"
Many, particularly at the moment, need healing from their illness, but total healing also demands forgiveness and forgiving and from the washing away of sin.
We remember also that this great physician loves us so much that He died for us.
"By His wounds, you have been healed"
(1 Peter 2 : 24.)
See the WORSHIP page for details of Services
USUALLY 10:30 am.
Children share the beginning of the service and then leave to enjoy "Plugged in" in age appropriate groups,
"Live Wires" and
Parents are welcome to accompany their children.
When services include Holy Communion, children return near the end of the service to share in an age appropriate way.
Please collect your children at the end of the service.
Our Safeguarding Policy is displayed in the Entrance Hall at the foot of the staircase.
Complete Safeguarding Guidance and Policies are available to download from our Safeguarding page on this website.
We also have short services of Holy Communion at 8:30 am on the 2nd Sunday each month.
Occasional evening services are sometimes arranged for 6:30 pm. These will be announced in weekly notices in church & on this Website. CURRENTLY SUSPENDED
Men's Fellowship at
BARE METHODIST CHURCH
usually alternate Tuesdays
10 am coffee for 10.30 start:
March 17 Quiz;
April 7 Webster's & Friends
April 21 "Australia on £100"
Tony Kadelbach (followed by AGM)
May 2- 7.30 pm (Open) Men's Weekend Concert
May 3-10.30 am Morning Service
Housegroup 6 meets fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons, usually at Sister Vivien's home.
Our membership comprises Elsie, Vi, Vivien, Peter , Peter, Valerie, Frank and Dorothy.
Sister Vivien leads the group in study and fellowship.
Currently we have been gaining insights the prophetic background to the Jewish hope of a Messiah, and the difference between the Jewish expectation and Jesus Christ.
We continue now into Lent.
We each contribute to a collection each meeting and then donate to an agreed charity
We sometimes go together to a local restaurant .
See Frank or Sister Vivien for details
Housegroup 2 meets fortnightly on Thursday evenings in some our homes. We would welcome people to join us.... just to see if we suit you, with no obligation. Some of us take turns to lead sessions. We are a happy, honest, open-minded group who make sure we have some laughs.
We have an informal (chaotic??) style which includes prayer, bible study, study courses and discussion.
We represent a broad spectrum of theological and spiritual belief and enjoy exploring different perspectives.
Contact Sue for details:
Royal Northern Music Scholars
- their 4th visit to TMC
Music for everyone
A MUST for music lovers
Tickets. all £10.00
Students under 18 FREE
Rev. Leslie Newton
Chair of Yorkshire North& East Methodist District
In addition to the church activities listed above, local organisations also use the premises for a variety of purposes. These include Lune Valley Dog Training, U3A, Lancaster & District Art Society, Creative Station, card makers, dance/drama , keep fit, gentle exercise classes, children's parties and charity events.
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