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
5th April 2020
& Holy Week
The hardcopy weekly delivery of the notices sheet and service sheet remains suspended for the time being.
The good news is that Evelyn had only very slight symptoms last week and we don’t know of any other Covid 19 infections within the St Helens church community. Praise God!
The short act of worship for “those unable to attend worship” is again included as a separate document on the church website. Please consider using this for your personal time with God, whether it is on Sunday or any other day. AND, the best way to do this is by following it on our church website!!!
Why? Because if you do (and the service is on the website home page – click on ‘METHODIST SERVICE SHEET’), when you come to a hymn or music, you can click on the YouTube link to get a visual delight.
There are a number of services available on line, some more inspiring than others. In order of popularity those recommended by the Methodist Church are:
From Methodist Central Hall Westminster
From Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem
From Sthie (‘At home’) – from the Isle of Man
Wesley’s Chapel London
These broadcasts are available live, or on demand.
Pen Wilcock has also started a Sunday service but this will NOT be on the Pett Methodist Chapel Facebook page from now on.
As from 5th April Pen’s service will be at 10am on a new Facebook page called The Campfire Church – the Facebook link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/152609416052506/ and this will be a ‘private group’ page open only to members. The service is responsive, in that, each part of the service is ‘delayed’ until responses have been made to the previous element, e.g. ‘Amens’ to prayers. This is a little slow moving, in that the 45 minute service would normally take only 15 or 20 minutes. On the plus side, the ‘waiting time’ leaves time for reflection and more importantly gives a sense of church community – participants so far are from Battle, Calvert, Little Common, Pett and St Helens – maybe others.
To participate in future you need to become a ‘member’ of The Campfire Church on Facebook in advance.
Pen is also considering a service for Maundy Thursday.
The full set of Lectionary readings for the 5th are :
Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 118:1-2,19-29
Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 21:1-11
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – this week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
Our whole church community at St Helens including those who are normally able, or unable to attend Sunday worship, the Tiny Footprints Baby and Toddler Group people, those who usually come to Messy Church, JUMP Club, House Group, and the Prayer Group.
Pray for 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: Annette, Daisy, Di, Joyce, June, Lin, Lin’s daughter Kerry and grandson Morris, Margaret, as well as everyone self-isolating.
Pray also for our minister Tricia Williams, the Circuit Leadership Team, and the Revd. Philip Wagstaff who comes in September.
STUDY MATERIAL FOR LENT GROUPS extract
Week 5 – Walking the way of the cross
Bible reference: Matthew 16:24-26a
Commentary: These are daunting words. At first glance it seems the idea is for Christians to be perpetually suffering and miserable. What about the joy? What about the Creator who pronounced all things good and blessed human life on earth? We bear in mind Jesus came to people expecting a political Messiah to overthrow the enemy and usher in supremacy and victory over others. His teaching redirects this thinking; in God’s kingdom there are no enemies; God’s people are called to love and serve. This brings fulfilment, joy and meaning; and sometimes it can be incredibly painful too.
Question for discussion / contemplation: If Jesus died for us on the cross, why do you think we have to take up the cross as well? What does taking up the cross mean? Does it refer to any kind of suffering, or specifically to costly choices and sacrifice? What do you think?
God of love, we place our trust in you. We want to follow Jesus, but we are afraid of pain and sorrow. Please give us wisdom and courage to make hard choices, and to really serve and follow Jesus every day; because we love you, Lord, we want to live as you call us to do. Amen
EXTRA PAGES THIS WEEK
Please see that we have 3 extra pages to the notices sheet this week, giving ideas / details of a special prayer challenge going out to Methodists in this part of the UK. See pages 5 to 7 below.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
We hope you find the worship material and ideas helpful. Do get in touch and let us know what you think, and also if you know of any other good worship options on line which can be shared.
Also, if you would like to send greetings to, or have thoughts you would like to share with others in our church community, please feed those back to Diane, Gillian or Mike as soon as you think of it. These could then be included in the next edition or two. Please bear in mind that the content for each notices sheet is now finalised much earlier in the week. Also, if you know of anyone else who would like a copy of our notices sheet and weekly service by email, please tell Mike.
Contact information for Mike: email: email@example.com and mobile (for text or call) 07368 801680; Gillian 07773 008607; and Diane 01424 430791
MODERN VERSION OF THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen
FISHING FOR HOPE!
In the Southern & Islands Region of the Methodist Church
A prayerful challenge for this era of lock-down, sent to Methodists in The Southampton District, The South East District and The Channel Islands District…although all are welcome and invited to take part!
Initiated in March 2020 by a group of people, lay and ordained, from across the three districts who are already beginning the challenge!
Create a fish prayer object.
Or, create a shoal!
Use your talents and whatever creative resources you have available in your home to make your fish!
You could make a fish by:
Knitting (pattern included with this challenge!)
Crocheting (pattern included with this challenge!)
Cutting, sewing, sticking, scrap materials
Painting it on a stone
Or any other creative means you can think of!
Why a fish prayer object?
The fish has long been a symbol of Christian identity, hope and salvation.
At time like these, perhaps it is good to hold on to our Christian identity, hope and salvation! Literally! With the fish we create, we can hold them in our hands and we can hold what they represent symbolically in our hearts and minds.
Why do this?
The fish could be an object for prayer during this time.
They could also be gifts for others; whether they can be gifted now, if there are others in your household, or later, when the time is ‘right’ (according to governmental health and safety instructions and advice).
If you plan to gift your fish, consider what story your fish might tell its new owner!
Your fish could be a tool for evangelism. Consider the fishy stories in the Bible, like The Miraculous Catch of Fish (Luke 5:1–11) and the Feeding of the Five Thousand (Matthew 14: 13-21).
Your church, circuit or district might, at a later date (when the time is ‘right’), request to gather in all the fish created, to be presented as a whole, to a wider audience. To reflect our prayers and hopes, while we were all being ‘alone together’ at this time; united in our identity, hope and salvation.
The fish may then be requested to be offered as gifts for the local community – to be used in a similar way as, for example, knitted angels at Christmas time.
You could document your fish making, and or the prayers that you’ve said in this time. You could record these in a notebook, in photographs, or if you’re online, you could share them with your online communities via your social media platforms. If you share them online, it’d be great if you could include the hashtag #fishingforhope2020 so your content can be easily searched for and found.
How to Knit a Fish
First find some brightly coloured yarn and a pair of knitting needles. 3mm needles are ideal, but it will work with any needles.
Starting at the tail end, cast on twelve stitches. If you want a wider tail cast on more stitches in multiples of two.
Knit in stocking stitch (1 row plain, 1 row purl). Decrease one stitch as each end of the plain rows only, until you have 6 stitches left.
Knit three rows in stocking stitch without decreasing.
If you want to change colours, now might be a good time.
Increase one stitch at each end of every plain row until you have 24 stitches on the needle.
Now decrease one stitch at each end of every plain row until 2 stitches remain. Knit these two stitches together and bind off.
You need two pieces to make a fish. Sew them together (inside out) but leave the tail end open. Now turn them right side out and stuff – how much stuffing you use depends on how fat you want your fish to be! Sew up the tail.
Feel free to add patterns or fins if you want!
How to crochet a fish
This pattern was created using a size 4 hook and double knit wool.
Change in wool and /or hook size will just make a different size fish!
The whole thing is crocheted in uk treble stitch
Make a chain of 15 stitches
Row 1 1 treble in third chain from hook then 1 treble in each chain to end, turn…
Always begin each row by crocheting 2 chain instead of crocheting into the first hole whether increasing or decreasing as this counts as the first treble
Now Decrease one treble at each end of next 3 rows by missing a stitch (i.e. Make 2 chain and then crochet a treble into 3rd stitch and don’t crochet into the 2 chain from the preceding row)
Increase one stitch at each end of next 6 rows by crocheting 2 stitches in one hole at either end
Work 2 rows without increasing number of stitches.
Decrease one stitch at each end of next 7 rows. Tie off
Make a second fish, join the two together leaving one side partly open