NOTICES FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING SUNDAY 19 JANUARY 2020

SUNDAY 19 JANUARY
10.00am    Please note the time, and that there will be no service here at the Methodist Church this morning as we share in a united Wylam and District Churches Service for all ages at St Oswin’s Church.   This service marks the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is strictly speaking an “Octave of Prayer”, which began yesterday and concludes next Saturday.

This year, Christians in Malta and Gozo have been responsible for preparing material for the Week of Prayer, for churches that choose to use it. The theme is “Unusual Kindness”.  In February every year, Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of the Christian faith there.  You can read the story in Acts, chapters 27 and 28.

Hospitality is a much needed virtue in our search for Christian unity.  It calls us to a greater generosity to those in need.  The people who showed unusual kindness to Paul and his companions did not yet know Christ, and yet it is through their unusual kindness that a divided people were drawn closer together.  Our own Christian unity will be discovered not only through showing hospitality to one another, but also through loving encounters with those who do not share our language, culture or faith. (Source:  Week of Prayer website.)

MONDAY 20 JANUARY
9.00 to 11.30am   Another Soft Play session will take place in the hall, today primarily for pre-Playgroup aged children.

TUESDAY 21 JANUARY
2.00 to 6.00pm   Although not a church matter, we hope that many people will take the opportunity to visit Wylam Library today to “have their say” in a consultation about the future of Library Services in Northumberland. This, we are told, is not a specific threat to our local library but, as one of the smaller libraries already operating on a part-time basis, one might assume it will receive close examination. The Library is an important provision for many in our community, especially children, older people and those without their own means of transport. Not only that, but the Falcon Centre in which it is based would be unlikely to remain a viable resource if the Library were to go, posing a threat to the Railway Museum and Playgroup as well as several other occasional activities there. You can fill in a questionnaire on-line at www.mylibrary.co.uk or pick up a copy at the library. The consultation ends on 16 March.

WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY
8.00pm   The Wednesday Evening Home Group continues this evening at the home of Bev and Tim Kenny.  This week, continuing the study of Timothy Keller’s book “Hidden Christmas”, looking this week at the final part, chapter 8, “The Doctrine of Christmas”.  All are welcome.

THURSDAY 23 JANUARY
12 noon to 1.00pm   Our weekly drop-in for prayer times resume today, when two members of our prayer team will be available for listening and prayer.

1.00 to 3.00pm   Another Soft Play session will be held in the hall, today primarily for those with babies and toddlers.

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY
8.15 for 8.30am to 10.00am   The monthly “Perspectives”, Men’s Breakfast will be held at the Vallum Tea Room, when the guest speaker is to be David Kennedy, currently the Vicar of Corbridge, talking about “Cuthbert and Bede, SuperMac and Shearer, faith, football and fun”. More details about David can be seen on the poster on the main notice-board.   All men are welcome. If you would like more information, or a lift, speak to Brian Japes.

10.30am to 12noon   Coffee/Tea will once again be served in the foyer here for all who wish to call in for refreshments and a chat.

SUNDAY 26 JANUARY
10.45am   Our worship is to be led once again by “our own” Marie Hutchinson. Please note, in an amendment to the current Circuit Plan, that this will not be a “WCC” (all-age) service but a normal preaching service.

ADDITIONAL NOTICES AND FOR YOUR DIARY:-

“GOD IN HIS LOVE UNITES US”     Consultation events relating to this important Report are now under- way in many locations around our District.    Last Sunday, Rev Jenny commended these to us once again and asked that as many as possible should try to get to one. The nearest to us remain:- Tuesday 4 February, 7.00pm at Hexham Trinity;  Thursday 27 February, 10.00am at Brunswick, Newcastle and Saturday 29 February, 10.00am at Westerhope Methodist Church.   Each session is expected to last for 2 hours and those attending are expected to have read the report! (Copies in the atrium or on-line.)   Jenny has indicated, subject to seats remaining, she could offer transport to Lanchester, Monday 20 January at 10.00am, Cullercoats, Wednesday 22 January at 7.00pm and Amble, Wednesday 29 January at 2.00pm.
Please note:- We have been notified from the office of the Newcastle Methodist District, that a further study guide, this one produced by the Cumbria Methodist District which includes many of the key biblical texts and various interpretations of them, can be viewed on-line or downloaded. The full link contains more than 150 characters but if you wish to see this document, Brian Japes will forward to you the original email containing the necessary link.

NEW HALL HEATERS   The new heaters in the hall, installed in December, appear to be working well and providing a comfortable environment.  The cost of these heaters was approximately £5,250, a sum that had not been budgeted for but which the Church Council felt was an essential expenditure in the light of increasing failure of the remaining original units, in use for almost 30 years.  The cost of the new heaters has been met, but the Church Council felt it would be appropriate to invite members of the congregation to contribute towards the cost if they feel able to, which would reduce the pressure on the limited financial reserves currently held by the church.  If this is something you would like to do, please place your contribution in an appropriately marked envelope in the church collection or, if you have any queries, speak first to Graham Wilson, our Treasurer.  Thank you.

RICHARD PORTER has now completed his Local Preacher’s training and we are invited to share in his Commissioning Service, which is to be held at Stocksfield Methodist Church on Sunday 2 February at 6.00pm.   All will be welcome.

PRAYER SPACE   We will be changing the prayer space in the next week or so.   The new theme, “Go Deeper”, will reflect our desire to grow in our relationship with God and experience more of the spiritual riches He promises those who seek Him.   Growing in prayer, understanding the Bible and action/service that moves us beyond our comfort zone, are the disciplines that help us grow.   If you have any ideas about what we could put on the board that reflect this theme or His promises – pictures, poems, scriptures, stories – please contact Bev or Hilary.

PRAYER INITIATIVE   The Wylam and District Churches Prayer Initiative continues this month with a request that we pray for the residents of Tynedale Close and Bluebell Close, while the general theme for our prayers is “The World of Work”, this week focusing on “Social Responsibility in Employment”.

CHURCH CLEANING   A final appeal for some “new blood” to join the rota for cleaning the church premises.   It is disappointing to hear that nobody has so far put their name forward.   It looks increasingly as though consideration will soon have to be given to employing someone for this role at a time when church finances are already heavily stretched.   If you can offer help, currently a few hours in one week every couple of months, please speak to Georgina or Denis Peel as soon as possible.

“PERSPECTIVES” DINNER    If you are interested in attending this event on Thursday 20 February, at which Tim Farron MP, is to be the guest speaker, you might need to act soon if you have not yet booked.  The next Perspectives Breakfast is Saturday 25 January (see above), which we believe is intended to be the closing date.  Though you are welcome to, you don’t have to attend on 25th if you wish to sign-up for the dinner, but speak to Brian Japes if you are interested.   Details are on the notice board.

PRAYER FOOTNOTE   Reconciling God, as we feel the pain of past mistakes, shy away and retreat to individual strongholds; help us to surrender a false sense of who we are, all that tethers us and all that we hold precious. Bind us to humility and compassion as we learn together, to receive from You, abide in You and in Your love.   Amen
A prayer from the Week of Prayer material, prepared by Christians in Malta and Gozo.

Material for the next issue to Brian Japes by 7.00pm on Tuesday please
Tel: 852151    email: brian@japesfamily.co.uk