I seem to have typed the phrase ‘Happy New Year’ many times this week but I’m conscious that for many of us this is a hugely frustrating time and that we might, like the psalmist, feel like saying ‘How Long oh Lord?’ as we long for change.
I took some comfort from 1 Corinthians 4:19 this week which reminds us that ‘The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of Power. It’s important to remember that whatever we read in the media or hear in the street, however many words we have to wade through in our work, God is still with us in power and we can draw on that power to calm us, encourage us comfort us and to enable us to reach out to others with God’s love. Connecting with that power couldn’t be simpler…we just ask God to ‘help us and use us; every day.
So I wish you not so much a Happy New Year but a blessed, fruitful and powerful year in Christ as we commit to him again and remind ourselves of his covenant of love with us.
Rev Jenny Porterpryde
In line with other churches in the circuit Stocksfield Methodist Church will be closed for live services until further notice. This is due to the north east region being put into tier 4 restrictions. Places of worship are officially allowed to open but it is felt that the risk is too high to continue with live services for the present.
As always you can view a recorded act of worship on YouTube this Sunday (24th Jan) by clicking on this link:
The Tynedale Methodist Circuit website as several resources and links to help you with your devotions and spiritual growth during these difficult times.
Visit the site at:
Hexham Trinity Methodist Church is holding live Zoom services every Sunday.
You can join the service live at 10.30 am, and view it later, on Facebook. The link every week is:
The Methodist Church is providing services for you to join at home during the current crisis. Click on the following link to access these services and much more:
“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:
Visit the following link for the adult Living the Faith pages:
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
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.
Here is the link to a recording of “The Blessing” made by churches across the UK:
Lord bless our homes.
Bless our communities,
Bless our NHS and all key workers
and bless our World with healing health and peace.
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!
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.