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NOTICES FOR TWO WEEKS COMMENCING SUNDAY 8 MAY 2022

Covid infection risks mean that we continue to be careful, particularly in close company with others who may be vulnerable. Steps are in place to make the church environment as safe as possible for those attending worship or for anyone thinking of returning

SUNDAY 8 MAY
10.45am
We once again welcome Graham Wilson, who is appointed to lead our worship this morning.

Easter Offering Easter may be a fading memory but as we were not worshipping here last week, if you still have a collection envelope for the Methodist Fund for World Mission, you are invited to return it today on the collection plate at the back of the church. There are still envelopes available if you don’t have one, so do please take and use one today.

It is expected that refreshments will be available in the foyer immediately following this service, although a settled rota has been difficult for our Church Stewards to finalise. If you are willing to help occasionally, please let one of the Stewards know, today if possible.

4.00pm Another “Messy Church” will take place today, essentially for families but a warm invitation to anyone of any age who would like to come along. This month’s theme is “The Feeding of the Five Thousand”. There will be craft activities, stories and music designed for accompanied children up to the age of 11, but with everyone invited. Sessions end at about 5.30pm with a simple meal for the children and light refreshments for adults.

WEDNESDAY 11 MAY
10.30am (with refreshments served from 10.10am)
The monthly meeting of “Men at Home” will be held in the foyer, when Lieutenant General Robin Brims will be speaking about “Basra 2003”. All men will find a very warm welcome.

7.30pm Everyone is invited to the church Annual General Meeting, to be held in the church. This is an important opportunity to hear about the on-going work of the church and to contribute to the essential thinking and planning for the future. It is hoped that as many as possible will try to come along.

This meeting will be immediately followed by a meeting of members of our Church Council, specifically to make a final vote on whether Wylam Methodist Church should be registered as a church in which same-sex weddings can be held. This follows the “indicative vote” taken at the meeting for all members, held a week or two ago.

Please note that in view of the Church AGM this evening, the Wednesday Evening Home Group will not be meeting this week. Please see next Wednesday’s entry for news of the interesting new programme that this group will be following over the coming weeks and months.

THURSDAY 12 MAY
9.15 to 11.30am
Weekly Soft Play sessions for pre-school children continue today in the hall.

SUNDAY 15 MAY
10.45am
Our worship this morning is to be led by our minister, Rev Jenny Porterpryde. This service will follow a Christian Aid theme, marking the beginning of Christian Aid Week – see later note.

We trust that refreshments will be served in the foyer immediately following this service. Do stay if you can.

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY
8.00 to 9.00pm
The Wednesday Evening Home Group continues a new rota of topics with the first instalment of “The Chosen”, a film drama portraying Jesus “through the eyes of those who met him”. The related scripture will be looked at and the session will conclude with a brief discussion. These film-based evenings (generally every fourth week), are thought to be particularly good for friends at any stage of their journey of faith. You can attend either in-person at Tim and Bev’s home or by “zoom”. If you have not been attending this group and would like to join or to know more, please contact Tim.

THURSDAY 19 MAY
9.15 to 11.30am
Weekly Soft Play sessions for pre-school children continue today in the hall.

SATURDAY 21 MAY
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 here. Young people in either of the above age groups are welcome to come along for various games, activities and fun!

SUNDAY 22 MAY
10.45am
Our worship this morning will be a “reader service”, led by Brian Japes.


CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Christian Aid Week takes place this year between 15 and 22 May and, as usual, people from the Wylam and District Churches, including some of our own congregation, will be delivering envelopes around the village for our donations. As in the last two years, envelopes will not be collected but people are being asked to leave envelopes with their donations at Wylam Institute, or to donate on-line, for which details are included with the envelopes. We trust that everyone will be as generous as possible in support of this charity.

“JUMP FOR JOY” This event, the major fund raising event for the Wylam and District Churches in support of our Children’s and Youth Worker, is to be held from 12 noon on Sunday 22 May in and around St Oswin’s Church Hall and grounds with, of course, the famous teddy bear parachute drops from the church tower. The jigsaw stall, here a few weeks ago (*), will be part of the event and Brenda Newbegin has been asked to help with the tombola stall and would appreciate gifts for tombola prizes. These can be left in the box in the foyer, from today and for the next week or two.

CHARITY EVENT (*) You have possibly already heard that the Coffee Morning with jigsaw and one or two other stalls, held here on Saturday 23 April, raised over £800, to be shared between a charity providing help in Ukraine and an eye clinic in Ghana. Well done to those who organised and helped run this event and, of course, to all who came along and gave their support.

MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFASTS We are delighted to know that the Men’s Prayer Meetings, with a simple breakfast, which had to stop at the first “lock down” are starting up again, initially on a monthly basis. They will take place in the foyer here from 6.30 to 7.30am. Fridays, 10 June and 8 July are the next dates. Make a note in your diary (or smart phone!!)

MINISTERIAL CHANGES As we are hopefully all aware, Rev Jenny and husband Richard will be leaving the Prudhoe manse and moving to the West End manse in Hexham at the end of May. Jenny has already taken over as Superintendent of the Tynedale Circuit, and will continue to fulfil this role until the summer of 2023. She will remain minister of this church, together with Prudhoe and Stocksfield, until mid-June, when Rev Tony Buglass will provide ministerial cover until Rev Fiona Calverey takes on the role as our minister from 1 September. Please remember Jenny in your prayers at this hectic time for her, not forgetting Fiona as she prepares for what will, without doubt, be a massive change in her life too.

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING The dates of the Advanced Module training sessions which we brought to your attention last time have now all past but please note that some Foundation Module sessions, delivered by “zoom” are still to be held, as follows:- Thursday 20 June, 6.30 to 9.30pm; Thursday 23 June, 9.30am to 12.30pm and Saturday 25 June, 9.30am to 12.30pm. A poster giving further details can be seen on the notice board but you can access a booking form at Spring/Summer 2022 – Foundation Module: Booking Form – Google Forms or, for more information contact Jenny Prior at neregsafe.office@gmail.com

APPEAL FOR FURNITURE Please remember the on-going appeal for items of furniture to equip the manse at Prudhoe for our new minister, Fiona Calverey and her husband when they arrive before long from South Africa. See recent past issues of these notes for full details.

NEXT NOTICES Expected to be published shortly before Sunday 22 May. Information to Brian please.

Prayer Footnote: All-seeing God, you watch over every instant of our lives, showing us the glory of your creation if we should but pause to look; showing us the generosity of your Spirit if we should but hold out our hands to receive; showing us your work that needs to be done if we should only use our eyes and ears. Turn us away, loving Lord, from our insistent self and lead us to see more clearly what you give and what you ask of us this day. Amen Pat Heynes

Information to be circulated? You can contact Brian Japes
Tel:- 852151 or email:- brian@japesfamily.co.