SUNDAY 15 JULY 2018



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10.45am    We welcome everyone who is here for this United Service for all ages, which is led by Rev
Jane Cook minister of this church but leading our worship for the final time before she leaves soon for a new appointment in part of the Sunderland Circuit.

We do hope that as many as possible will stay for coffee, tea or juice, which will be served immediately after this service, and then for lunch, which will soon be available, through in the church hall.

It is hoped that everyone will have an opportunity to speak to Jane, perhaps over lunch, but on behalf of the Methodist Church, the Wylam and District Churches and the wider community, we say a very big thank you to Jane for the eight years of her ministry here in Wylam.

At a recent meeting of preachers and worship leaders Jane preached about words that came to mean so much to her at the time of her ordination in 2012.   Those words, the first 17 verses from chapter 15 of John’s Gospel, are worth us all reading and re-reading, but here are just a few of them:- “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”    Thank you Jane, for helping us to understand the significance of these words for us. We pray that they will continue to inspire your own ministry as a disciple of Jesus Christ and bearing much fruit in the years that lie ahead.

It is assumed that children will remain in church today but Crèche facilities are available for any little ones, in Room 1, across the atrium, providing there is parental supervision.

If you wish to use the loop system in the church, please turn your hearing aid to the appropriate setting.

7.30 to 9.00pm    The Sunday Home Group will meet this evening at the home of the Favraud family.  This week the group will study chapter 11 of the “Holy Habits” book, on the subject of “Prayer”.  This will be the last meeting of this group before joining the other two groups in commencing a summer break. Back again on Sunday 2 September.

9.00 to 11.30am    Soft Play continues in the hall this morning, today primarily for pre-Playgroup aged children. Please note that this is the final Monday session before the holiday break.

7.00 to 9.00pm    The first of our Wednesday Summer Coffee Evenings will be held in the foyer here at the church, hosted this week by Carol Cassidy and Claire Waddell, to whom we are very grateful.   All are welcome.   Each week will be totally informal and you are invited to come for the duration or drop in for a shorter time if more convenient.

1.00 to 3.00pm   The final Thursday Soft Play session before the holiday break will be held in the hall, today primarily for babies and toddlers. Soft Play will resume Thursday 6 September.

10.30am to 12 noon    Coffee or tea will be available again in the foyer. All are welcome if you would like to call in for refreshments and a chat at any time.

5.00 to 6.30pm   “The Hub”, for youngsters in school years 4, 5 & 6 will meet again here.

7.00 to 9.00pm “The Gathering”, for year 6 and above, will also take place.   Young people in either of these age groups are welcome to come along for games, activities and refreshments!

10.45am   We welcome Nigel King, who is to lead our worship this morning.   This is the fourth in the series in which Nigel is leading us through Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians.

Children are invited to come into church for the first part of this service before moving to their own Youth Church.   Crèche facilities are available for any little ones, in Room 1, providing there is parental supervision.

We are very grateful to Marjorie Warwick, who has provided the flowers that are decorating the church today.

Do stay if you can for refreshments, which will be served in the foyer immediately after this service.

6.00pm    We hope that as many as possible will try to come along this evening to the Circuit Service at Corbridge Methodist Church at which the Tynedale Circuit will be saying goodbye to Jane and wishing her well for her future ministry.   Preacher at this service is to be Rev Marian Olsen, formerly a minister in this Circuit who was supporting minister for Jane at her ordination in Plymouth.   Marian is now a minister in the Barnsley Methodist Circuit.
Any donations for the refreshments following this service, perhaps a tray bake, biscuits or scones for example, would be very welcome. Just take them along to the service, or if you are unable to attend, please pass them to someone who is. If you are looking for a lift to this service, or can offer lifts, please make this known this morning.

10.30am    All who are interested, and it is hoped that many will be, are invited to meet with Hilary King and Bev Kenny, to get the ball rolling in developing a Church Prayer Space/Corner in the church atrium.   This would be a place for reflection, creative prayer, or to leave prayer requests confidentially.   It is intended that this space will be welcoming to those passing through and perhaps generate some interest in the spiritual life of the church.   Any ideas for this are welcome, and as the aim is for the space to be ‘fluid’, and to reflect the church seasons, there is opportunity to try out a variety of approaches. Please come along if you can, and if you are unable to attend, let Hilary or Bev know about any thoughts you have, either by email or in person.

7.00 to 9.00pm    Our next Wednesday Coffee Evening will be held at the home of Margaret and Graham White.   As always, all are welcome. Come for the duration or for a shorter time if more convenient.

10.30am to 12 noon    Coffee or tea will be available again in the foyer.    All are welcome if you would like to call in for refreshments at any time.

10.45am    Our worship this week is to be led by Ann Worthy, from Prudhoe.


KESWICK CONVENTION     The Convention begins this weekend, for 3 weeks.   David Featonby has a full programme if you are interested, but essentially, Bible Readings commence at 11.15 each morning and evening celebrations are 7.30 to 9.00pm.   There is a range of seminars each day.

SUMMER BIBLE STUDY    Revs Paul Dunston and David Goodall will be leading a Bible Study based on “The Sermon on the Mount”. This will be held from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 August, at Hexham Trinity Methodist Church, from 7.30 to 9.00pm each evening.   All are welcome.   Please refer to the poster on the main notice board for further details.   Nigel King has expressed his intention to attend and may be in a position to offer a lift to one or two others.

DISTRICT LETTER    Please have a look at the newsletter on the notice board from Elaine Lindridge, our District Evangelism Enabler.   Several future events are indicated and we will try to include details here when they get a little closer.

PRAYER FOOTNOTE   Almighty God, we give you thanks for you constant presence.    You remain with us through seasons of constancy but also of change, which sometimes call us into deeper waters to serve others in your spirit of unity.   Grant to Jane, as she is called into new waters, your unending love and mercy – a love that promises to hold onto us as we go where your Spirit leads.     Amen

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