We are re-opening! plus this week’s YouTube service and phone in service

Stocksfield Methodist Church Building is re-opening for Sunday Morning Services on Sunday 23rd May. The capacity is limited to 30 so you are still required to book by calling either 07484 627242 or 01661 842153 on the preceding Thursday. We have re issued the Do’s and Don’ts so that if you want to come along (and we hope you do) you will know what to expect.

As always you can view a recorded act of worship on YouTube this Sunday (16th May) by clicking on this link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVM23vWTXfc

You can also join a telephone service at 2.15 pm each Sunday by following this sequence of dial-in numbers:
Phone number – 0333 0110 946
Enter Room Number when prompted – 44241866#
Enter Pin Number when prompted – 1984#








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Welcome!

Stocksfield Methodist Church is a small community offering a huge welcome. We are committed through worship, fellowship and service to growing as disciples of Jesus and building a vibrant Christian community.

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Dos and Donts for Worship from 23rd May

DoDon’t
Do pre book each week by phoning Jacqui on  07484 627242/ or 01661 842153  on a Thursday between 1pm. and 8pm.Don’t just turn up. You may be turned away at the door.
Report any covid symptoms you or anyone you’ve been in contact with have experienced in the preceding 7 days, while booking your place. This will mean you cannot attend for at least 2 weeks. If the symptoms occur after you have attended a service please let us know so that we can all self isolate.Even when you have a booked place, don’t come to church if you or anyone you have been in contact with have experienced symptoms in the last 7 days.
Follow all instructions to practice social distancing. Disinfect hands, use tissues and place in the bins provided. Follow cleaning rules if you need to use the toilets. Bring and wear a face maskDon’t complain to the stewards, they have to follow the rules too. Don’t shake hands, hug or kiss anyone. Don’t touch anything or anyone unnecessarily. Don’t worry we will all get used to it.
If there is a queue outside church wait in your car.Do not get closer than 2metres to others not in your group
Do bring your own Bible if you want to use it during the service but please take it home with you each week.  The words of readings will be on the screen.Don’t bring hymn books as there will be no singing for the foreseeable future. Don’t sing along to any music.  
Do continue to make your offerings to the Church. If you bring your envelope with either cash or a cheque made payable to Stocksfield Methodist Church and place in the offering bowl as you enter the church.
Do wait in your seat at the end of the service until you are directed to leave.Don’t hang around outside to chat as it may stop the flow of people exiting the building.
Do arrange to have a coffee time with your friends over the phone.Do not expect communion, coffee or other fellowship. We will get there when things become easier.

Minister’s Letter

Hi!

This week’s lectionary theme centres around friendship as Jesus prays for his friends in John’s gospel. Many of you  I know are relishing the opportunity to catch up with friends in your homes and gardens over the next couple of weeks as things change and some will be counting down the days until the hugging rule is finally lifted.

This year has been very much a time for praying for our friends and deepening our friendship with Jesus while so many other things were stripped away.  As we move back into more familiar rhythms I believe it is vital to keep asking ourselves as church ‘what are we doing to deepen people’s friendship with Jesus? 

I’d be really grateful if you could pray for the online Alpha course which began last Thursday. Working as three churches together, we are seeking to reach out through the course to help others deepen their friendship with Christ or perhaps begin it for the very first time.

Please pray for the course on Thursdays and pray for each other as we move forward together.

Looking forward to seeing you very soon!!

Jenny 

Roots at Home + children’s activities to enjoy at home

 

“Roots at Home” is a weekly reflection based on lectionary readings. It includes prayers and readings and is produced by Roots for Churches Ltd. You can find out more by visiting http://www.rootsontheweb.com.

Click on the links below to open the PDF files
Visit the following links for children and family pages:
https://www.rootsontheweb.com/media/22511/16-may-activity-sheet.pdf
https://www.rootsontheweb.com/media/22507/9-may-activity-sheet.pdf

Visit the following link for the adult Roots at Home pages:
https://www.rootsontheweb.com/media/22704/roots-at-home-16-may-2021.pdf
https://www.rootsontheweb.com/media/22700/roots-at-home-9-may-2021.pdf

 

 

God is in Control

Trust Him.
Trust the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit,
with those things that you don’t understand, or
that are out of your control.

When you are worried
about tomorrow,
God is not worried!
He knows what will happen

if you trust in Him,
if you will let The Son, Jesus Christ,
be in control of your life!

For Jesus guides and protects those
who belong to Him,
who choose to believe His promises.

Have faith in God,
His promises are sure.
His love never fails.
He is not worried about tomorrow.

 

Vision 21 Metres of Coppers

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We still need your loose change… We have now raised £1738. What a fantastic response we are having, not only from our own Church family but also from those we are reaching out to in the village! Don’t stop saving your coppers every little helps!

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