A warm welcome to
ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH Website: http://www.shmch.org.uk
Minister: Rev Tricia Williams
Address: 15 Holmesdale Road
Tel: 01424 733137
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28th February 2021
The Second Sunday of Lent
Included this week we have the second of the ‘reflections for Lent’ prepared by Methodist Women in Britain for this year.
The Lectionary readings for this Sunday are:
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38
We are not having live services this week so you are encouraged to worship God using radio and television broadcasts and / or catch one of the Methodist services available.
Options for Methodist services this week include:
The short act of worship for “those unable to attend worship” is posted on the church website.
The Circuit Service live online on Zoom on Sunday, which will be led by Rev David and Mrs Christine Freeland. The joining link is :
Other Methodist Sunday services available online include:
Methodist Central Hall Westminster www.youtube.com/mchwevents
Swan Bank Methodist Church in Stoke www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank
Sthie (‘At home’) – from the Isle of Man www.youtube.com/andyfishburne
Wesley’s Chapel www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA
Keeping in touch
Eileen sends her love to everyone at St Helens.
Val has asked to include thanks on behalf of herself and others, to Mike for producing this notices sheet each week and also to Diane, David and Gillian for getting it round to everyone. That’s very kind, Val. Thank you.
Audrey is improving but still needs our prayers.
If there is anything you would like to share through this notices sheet, please feel free to get in touch. Contact information for Mike: email: email@example.com and mobile (phone and text) 07368 801680; Gillian 07773 008607; and Diane 01424 430791.
The next St Helens Live Services
There is still nothing to tell you about regarding the resumption of live services as yet, which is a little disappointing. As and when we do get confirmation that services may restart, please be assured we will let you know as soon as we can.
One thing is certain, the Church Council meeting provisionally planned for the 7th March will happen at a later date.
God of breeze and sunshine, bless us;
God of wind and rain, refresh us;
God of gale and hail, invigorate us;
God of cyclone and snow, renew us;
God of creation, grant new birth to all your earth,
in Christ our Lord. Amen.
Graham Thompson, Plymouth and Exeter District Chair
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – this week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
Our whole church community at St Helens.
those connected with St Helens who we know are not in the best of health or have particular need of our prayers at this time.
all those suffering with the covid-19 virus, as well as those self-isolating as a result of family infections.
all those who live within the community of Ore Village, particularly those who are thinking about the place of God in their lives.
pray also for our minister Tricia Williams, Philip Wagstaff, our Circuit Superintendent Minister, and the Circuit Leadership Team.
Into all the world – Reflections for Lent 2021
Week 2 – Written by Hilary Evans, President MWiB
The Road to Reynosa
Near the north eastern border of Mexico with the United States is a road from the town of Nuevo Laredo to Reynosa. It is a two lane road [similar to a British ‘B’ road] through dense scrubland more than the height of an average man – the kind of territory where many things could be hidden.
Along the road there are often checkpoints. Some operated by official organisations such as police, others posing as official organisations, but actually operated by Cartel members [organised crime gangs]. It can be difficult to tell the difference, especially for a newcomer to the area.
Many stories are told of incidents along that road. Teenage boys [known as hawks] caught up with gangs are often trained to unobtrusively track travellers and report movements to their masters. Cars can be stopped, valuables extorted, guns pointed, people kidnapped and disappeared.
Travelling that road is best done with an experienced guide, someone who is alert to the signs of danger, and aware how to respond if stopped.
As a stranger in that place the advice is often to say nothing if stopped, and to give only basic information if challenged. The town of Reynosa has the reputation of being the most dangerous in Mexico. Cartels operate openly – they ‘call the shots’, sometimes literally, leaving little doubt that they are dominant.
One wonders how it must feel to live where one is constantly looking out for danger, feeling a constantly threatening atmosphere, wondering whether friend and family will be safe today, will your belongings be extorted from you? Will even a trip to buy food end in tragedy?
Travelling in fear is common for many travellers, especially those who become migrants or refugees, for there will always be those who prey upon others in lesser circumstances. Stories of travellers in the Bible make us aware of robbers and thieves waiting to attack them.
Stories of travellers seeking to take the Gospel to new places have related many dangers on the way. Potential dangers do not stop people travelling. Jesus knew his journey into Jerusalem was dangerous so as we approach Easter, journeying in our different ways through Lent let us reflect on the ways and means, and the various roads we travel.
To Ponder: How do you decide whether a risk is worth taking? Would you take a personal risk to be able to help others? How much risk are you prepared to take in your journey of life? How does this relate to your faith? Has your faith been strengthened when you have taken a risk for what you believe in?
Prayer: Loving God, we take many journeys during our lives. Our whole lives are a kind of journey. From time to time there will be dangers and challenges. Help us to be alert not only to the dangers, but also to your presence right there with us every step of the way. Teach us to act wisely and trust fully. Amen.
Bible link: 2 Chronicles 15: 1–8a; and Luke 10: 30–35
AND A FEW QUOTES:
“Life is like an onion; you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” Carl Sandburg
The secret of life is not to do what you like but to like what you do.
Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”
How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?
Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker
Invitation from Tricia: if you would like to join her (on Zoom) for the second and subsequent weeks in the above series of Lenten reflections on Wednesday evenings – starting 3rd March at 7.15 for 7.30pm. You will be very welcome.
The Zoom link for all of these weeks is as follows: