Notices blog


Each year, Helen and I usually meet up with friends to record a list of new year's resolutions and review the previous year's. The first time we did this we had met at Saltram and were sat in the cafe, so the only thing to hand to record the resolutions was a napkin, and we've kept up the tradition for several years. We even managed to do it this year, using the power of Zoom!

This week's Bible passages talk to us of new starts and new beginnings...

Genesis 1 tells us that first story of good coming from nothing, a new beginning, a beginning!

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."

In the appointed reading from Mark 1 v4-11, we read of two new beginnings. First we have the new-start of baptism. That confession of sins, forgiveness and a new start, a new life, one filled with the spirit. Later in verse 9 John baptises Jesus and so his ministry to all begins, another new start.

One of the wonderful things about being a Christian is that there can always be another new start. Moreover we can begin each day new, fresh in the presence in the spirit of God. So I challenge you today to think about new beginnings, fresh starts. What might you do differently in your life this year. More time reading the word, more time in prayer, being more positive, gentler on yourself. What might we do differently as a Church this year, what should we do differently as a nation this year?

If we were in church, during a service I'd be asking for ideas, as we're not, have a think about it. I will post the same question on our Facebook page so if you'd like to respond there, please do so.

Whatever the answer let us pray that 2021 brings new beginnings for us, for Church, for nation and globe. A new start is needed and one is at hand.

As to our new year's resolutions, well, I didn't run the half marathon I put down last year!! Maybe I will settle on targeting a mile this year :-)

Blessings and love to you all

Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth
xxxx

P.S. I have updated our website today to reflect the situation and extend a message to those in our community. http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/

Message from Di
Following the advice of the Circuit Leadership Team, EMCC's Church Council has agreed that the Church should be closed until further notice. We have decided to have Zoom services both morning and evening. This week's service will be led by Andy. The Code is: REDACTED please call for details.
with blessings,
Di

FACEBOOK LIVE
Please note as a result of the above there will no longer be an EMCC live stream. If you can not join Zoom you can join with other local churches on-line. As an example Ridgeway have a YouTube service planned for the 10th. You can see that here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRDRcrqWEDVyuqnq-IC4v3Q

Upcoming Services (via Zoom)
Morning Services in January
10th Andy Chislett-McDonald
17th Deacon Linda Brown
24th Mary McNaughton
31st Gillian Higgins

Evening Services in January
10th - David Youngs
17th - TBC
24th - Andy Chislett-McDonald
31st - TBC

REDACTED
CONTACTING OUR MINISTER
Rev Andy Chislett-Mcdonald
07960 050355

ANDY's Messages
If you are not already aware Andy is sharing a message everyday during lockdown and you can read this on our facebook page. You don't need a Facebook account to do that, if you come as a guest Facebook behaves like any other website. You can read all his past posts here: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist

Contact Details

Mobile: 07884 232829
Land line: 01752 480319
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist
Website http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk
Circuit https://www.facebook.com/PDMethodist

The NOTICES

Please remember you can get these notices via our notices blog on this page of our website: http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/notices-blogso if you don't get this email do check there, anytime.

PRAYER

For those who would like to we are continuing our Wednesday prayers, starting at 7pm we are each praying at home. We end at 7:15 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.

COFFEE MORNINGS

Please remember Denise hosts a coffee morning at 1030 each Saturday on Zoom, please get in touch for zoom details.

 

JAM & IMPACT

Jam & Impact are no longer meeting online or in-person.
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A very happy new year to you! If you aren't joining us in person, then you can join us on-line via this link OR our normal video page.

https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist/posts/3537443376291433
OR...
http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/video

In addition you can join us from 6:30pm on Zoom for our evening worship. Details of the zoom call can be found further down this news sheet.

This week's notices are to be a little different as I want to include some asks. Here they go...

Firstly, I have been giving the Church website a virtual lick of emulsion over the Christmas break and would like to include some new photos. I have lots of the building and events but what I would like to add on the website and social media are some people. It would be great to have a photo of 4 or 5 people and optionally a little about them. I'm looking for details about who you are, why you go to a Church, why you believe, why you are a part of EMC or something like that.

Secondly, as always the notices are more interesting when they include personal stories, you must be bored of hearing ours (the Carharts) by now. It would be lovely during the next few months if you could share something we can post in the notices. Something you've done, read, seen, heard, thought, drunk, eaten or washed in. It doesn't really matter what it is, it's just nice to hear how everyone is and what they are up to.

So if you are able to share a little biography for the website or a story for the notices please do get in touch: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Now that said, I will tell you a little about our Christmas. The Children had a fantastic time and enjoyed it very much. If you cannot guess, unwrapping presents was their favourite part. Beth has the most enormous dolls house which she loves, although I think her favourite toy is a white board/chalk board. Photo below. For Josh it has been some games both for the Xbox and some board games that are the favourites this year. We did have to spend 10 days at home, as someone in Beth's class had COVID but we were able to join family via MS Teams and Messenger.

We had some great events over Christmas at EMCC, the Christingle, the nativity display and Crumbs from the Table. I will be sharing a story on "Crumbs" in due course. Today I wanted to say a massive thank you to Julia, Tony and their team for all the hard work to deliver the Christingle on Christmas eve. It was a fantastic achievement under such difficult circumstances so thank you all!

Could I also say a thank you to June for a magnificently decorated tree. You must have spent an entire day decorating it. I know many of you will not have been able to see it in person but hopefully you have caught a glimpse on the video feed.

I also want to say a thank you to Dawn and Helen for the nativity scene in the entrance. If you have not been able to see it in person here are some photos. We have the display each year as a part of the light switch on but it has been there to cheer everyone up with it's lights, animals (courtesy of Pauline) and it's stable :-)

This week's reading is from John. What a powerful word it is for today the beginning of 2021. It starts at the very beginning and reminds me of two things. Firstly, that a great deal has already passed under the bridge and secondly that God is in command and always has been. Well isn't that the case, we can look back over time at a world and a human race who have been through so much and always come through it. Here we are as proof. What is more we have been through so much as individuals, and we are stronger for those experiences. Even more it's a reminder that we have been through so very much with God. He has brought us safe since the dawn of time, and our first personal encounter with him. Here we are as proof! What that tells me, is just as he has brought us safe to the start of a new year, a new challenge together, he will carry us safely to the next shore.

You can read this week's lectionary here:- http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=472636415

May God bless you into 2021 and fill you with hope, not some unfounded hope, but hope based on experience, and hope based on the promise of his word!

With love from us all

Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth
xxxx







Upcoming Services
Morning Services in January
3rd Sue Bolt
10th Andy Chislett-McDonald
17th Deacon Linda Brown
24th Mary McNaughton
31st Gillian Higgins

Evening Services in January (via Zoom)
3rd - Bev Smerdon
10th - David Youngs
17th - TBC
24th - Andy Chislett-McDonald
31st - TBC

Evening Zoom Services:
Please call for codes.

Booking a space for the morning service
If you would like to book a seat for the morning service please contact me on 405435 from Monday to Thursday each week. If I'm not here please leave a message - my answer phone gives time and date. I’ll ring back to confirm. If we're full when you ring your name will be transferred to the following week. Thank you.
with blessings,
Di

Worship in Person
Our building will now be open each Sunday morning at 10:30 for worship. This means around 27 people will be able to join in worship in the church building. If you would like to be a part of that you are asked to book in advance via Di. Bookings must be made by Thursday. Full information on how to book and what to expect can be found on our website here:
http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/images/Notices/EMCC_RO_v4.pdf

If you can't join us in person we are hoping to stream the service to you live at 1030.
How do you get that?
Well you have options, and I put them all here in case of issues ....
Option 1 - Go to this page which SHOULD go directly to this weeks broadcast https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist/posts/3537443376291433
Option 2 - Go to https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist/live_videos/?ref=page_internal - This is our Facebook web page and contains our upcoming and previous live videos
Option 3 - Go to http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services - This is our website and I hope to embed the video here for you

Alternatively if you can't join us at 1030 you can watch the video at any time after the event via this page or Facebook http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services


CONTACTING OUR MINISTER
Rev Andy Chislett-Mcdonald
07960 050355



ANDY's Messages
If you are not already aware Andy is sharing a message everyday during lockdown and you can read this on our facebook page. You don't need a Facebook account to do that, if you come as a guest Facebook behaves like any other website. You can read all his past posts here: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist

Contact Details

Mobile: 07884 232829
Land line: 01752 480319
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist
Website http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk
Circuit https://www.facebook.com/PDMethodist

The NOTICES

Please remember you can get these notices via our notices blog on this page of our website:http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/notices-blogso if you don't get this email do check there, anytime.

PRAYER

For those who would like to we are continuing our Wednesday prayers, starting at 7pm we are each praying at home. We end at 7:15 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.

JAM & IMPACT

JAM & IMPACT are yet to return to their on-line or in-person sessions, we hope to provide details about the plans soon.

COFFEE MORNINGS

Please remember Denise hosts a coffee morning at 1030 each Saturday on Zoom, please get in touch for zoom details.

 

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I thought this week I would enclose for you one of the reflections that Andy posts each day on our and the Circuit's Facebook pages. It seemed particularly relevant.

An act of will.
Scripture, reflection and praise. Psalm 108:1-5
"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make melody.
Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples,
and I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens,
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
and let your glory be over all the earth."
Reflection: Four times the psalmist makes a choice, not for his future but for his present. Four times he says, "I will..' The psalmist understands the goodness of God and reacts with praise. The Lord does not force us to praise, but really does deserve it. God is utterly worth of our praise. Have a think about the great depth of the psalmist's praise. I have no clear idea what it means to 'awake the dawn' with praise. Yet, we can feel the joy in the heart of the writer.
Will we sing praises of the Lord this day? Have we woken the dawn with our thanksgiving? Will we make melody? Will we choose a day of praise to our Lord Jesus? This is the day that the Lord has made. Will joyful anticipation of the blessed birth dominate our mindset?
Why should it? "For your (The Lord’s) steadfast love is higher than the heavens and your (The Lord’s) faithfulness reaches to the clouds." And, if you want proof just take a little glance at a stable; at the nativity scene. A baby shows us steadfast love.
Praise. "Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
and let your glory be over all the earth."

It will soon be Christmas and the celebration of the birth of a child that will turn everything on it's head. A child with the power to change everything and more than that, to change everyone. To remake us into new people.
For us, school has broken up and the Children are growing excited for the big day. I hope and trust you are settled in and ready for the big day too. Let me draw your attention to my contact details further down this email, as I am available to bore you about the following topics over the Christmas period:- Mainframes, cloud computing, Cyber security, Vulcan aircraft, the cold war, modern history, anything engineering, and Christ! In fact, I can bore you on these at great length, should you wish! (As I regularly do to Helen and the Children.)

God bless!
Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth
xxxx

Messages from Di:

Morning Services in December:
20th December Di Smart
25th Christmas Day - Di Smart

Evening Zoom Services:
REDACTED
20th December - Andy Mac - Carol Concert

The Stewards made the decision to have a service on Christmas Day rather than 27th. Christmas Day is very special and although it will be very different from usual it's important to many to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Please contact me (405435) from Monday to Thursday each week to book. If I'm not here please leave a message - my answer phone gives time and date. I’ll ring back to confirm. If we're full when you ring your name will be transferred to the following week. Thank you.

with blessings,
Di

Worship in Person
Our building will now be open each Sunday morning at 10:30 for worship. This means around 27 people will be able to join in worship in the church building. If you would like to be a part of that you are asked to book in advance via Di. Bookings must be made by Thursday. Full information on how to book and what to expect can be found on our website here:
http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/images/Notices/EMCC_RO_v4.pdf

If you can't join us in person we are hoping to stream the service to you live at 1030.
Last week's broadcast seemed to work, and around 10 households joined us on-line, if you had issues please let me know.
How do you get that?
Well you have options, and I put them all here in case of issues ....
Option 1 - Go to this page which SHOULD go directly to this weeks broadcast https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist/posts/3498752466827191
Option 2 - Go to https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist/live_videos/?ref=page_internal - This is our Facebook web page and contains our upcoming and previous live videos
Option 3 - Go to http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services - This is our website and I hope to embed the video here for you

Alternatively if you can't join us at 1030 the video will be available after the event on our website. http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services



The Courier
The latest copy of the Courier is now available on our website. The Advent courier is a chance to catch-up on what has been happening around the Church. You can visit by clicking here http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/images/LinkMagazines/AdventCourier2020.pdf

Christingle
This year we are doing the Christingle in a very different way. Instead of a service you will be able to attend EMCC on December 24th between 3:00 and 5:30pm to collect a DIY Christingle kit. We hope this will be a way that we can share with the joy and light of Christmas in our own homes. Many Thanks to Tony, Julia and the Messy team for making this happen !!


CONTACTING OUR MINISTER
Rev Andy Chislett-Mcdonald
07960 050355



ANDY's Messages
If you are not already aware Andy is sharing a message everyday during lockdown and you can read this on our facebook page. You don't need a Facebook account to do that, if you come as a guest Facebook behaves like any other website. You can read all his past posts here: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist

Contact Details

Mobile: 07884 232829
Land line: 01752 480319
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist
Website http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk
Circuit https://www.facebook.com/PDMethodist

The NOTICES

Please remember you can get these notices via our notices blog on this page of our website:http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/notices-blogso if you don't get this email do check there, anytime.

PRAYER

For those who would like to we are continuing our Wednesday prayers, starting at 7pm we are each praying at home. We end at 7:15 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.

JAM & IMPACT

JAM & IMPACT are yet to return to their on-line or in-person sessions, we hope to provide details about the plans soon.

COFFEE MORNINGS

Please remember Denise hosts a coffee morning at 1030 each Saturday on Zoom, please get in touch for zoom details.

 

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Hope you are well this week. There is a lot of news to share with you, so lets get started.

Please note that Tristan is leading our worship this week, many thanks to him! This will be our last all on-line service for the time being so I'd also like to say how grateful I am to him for leading worship over the last 9 months. It isn't easy to lead worship on your own at home but he has done a fantastic job!! So thank you sir!

Worship in Person
Next Sunday, December 6th 2020 we will be returning to in person worship at EMCC. This means around 27 people will be able to join in worship in the church building. If you would like to be a part of that you are asked to book in advance via Di. Bookings must be made by Thursday. Full information on how to book and what to expect can be found on our website here:
http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/video-services

For those who will be unable to attend in person we hope to stream the service from the building. We will use Facebook to host and deliver our broadcast but you do not need to be a Facebook account holder to access our live stream. During the live broadcast Facebook acts like any other web site which can be browsed by anyone.

As we will be broadcasting the service live next Sunday you will need to join us at 10:30 am on-line. We will endeavour to provide a recording for viewing later but to avoid disappointment please join us at 1030.

The technology to broadcast is new to us at EMCC so do bear with us. I will be over at Bittaford leading worship there so please be gentle with those trying to get this to work. Once home I hope to add a recording to the church website so if you can't join us live at 1030 you can watch back during the afternoon (or as soon as I get it added).

Full details of what is happening can be found in the guide sheet which you can read here http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/images/Notices/EMCC_RO_v4.pdf
There are also more details further down from Di our senior steward.

The Courier
The new copy of The Courier will be out next week, if anyone has anything they wish to be included please let Liz Coleman have it ASAP please.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 335662

Crumbs from the table
Last week I made you aware of a plan to feed around 30 families this year that the primary school tell us will find it hard to feed themselves. We have been overwhelmed with the out pouring of love and support from the entire Church and the community. We have, in one week, received 720 pounds in pledges from Church members and beyond. Helen went to the Co-op to place the order for the food and was delighted when they agreed to add 250 pounds worth of goods to our purchases. It is another very generous gift! As mentioned last week, the Lemon Tree have offered us a selection box for each of the families (another very kind gift!) bringing the total value of support so far for this project to ONE THOUSAND POUNDS!!

It has been a fantastic response that truly shines a light of the compassion and love of God's people!! Thank you !!
http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/cftt

Christingle
This year we are doing the Christingle in a very different way. Instead of a service you will be able to attend EMCC on December 24th between 3:00 and 5:30pm to collect a DIY Christingle kit. We hope this will be a way that we can share with the joy and light of Christmas in our own homes. Many Thanks to Tony, Julia and the Messy team for making this happen !!

One of the readings set for this week is Corinthians 1 3-9. It is a timely reminder to a people called to be patient. We are waiting now, not for Jesus birth, he has already been born and come to us. We are waiting to celebrate that birth again this year. Maybe with more gusto than for many years as we think to the positive light of his love. We are also called to be patient as we wait for his return. Some of the other readings this week focus on Jesus 2nd coming. It is this we are called to be patient for, to wait for and to prepare ourselves for.

A portion of that preparation is attempting to live Holy lives. Something we so often fail in, but just like the servants with the talents the master is more interested in our bold efforts than the results. The Corinthians passage reminds us of something wonderful; that even though we strive and fail to live holy lives we are made holy by him. More then that we have received all the spiritual gifts we need, we are surrounded in his love and can be blessed in those most trying of times through him who loves us.

This is also the first Sunday in advent the beginning of the Church year and a time for new starts. A looking forward to re-opening, to Christmas, to the end of the pandemic, maybe, and to the return of the father when all pain and suffering will end.

Now may the God of love bless you and keep you this week, may he fill you with peace hope and love!


Each week, I like to share something from our week at home. We have begun to switch to Christmas mode this week. I have been wearing my Christmas hats including my new Christmas tree hat :-) You can see a photo here:

It has been a talking point on the many many conference calls I join each day :-)

We are approaching the last three weeks of school and so the end is in sight for Josh and Beth and this winter term. Josh has been playing xbox online with his friends. The technology allows them to chat through the headset while they build new worlds in Minecraft. It's a great way for them to socialise when they can't meet up and play.

Beth has been decorating the tree and doing all those traditional Christmas things. A little earlier than normal this year but never mind! She has also been recording a video with Anne Middleton that will be available very soon. Proud Dad moment as she has done a fabulous job.

Sincerely with all our love!!
Jon Helen Josh and Beth
xxxx

A message from Di (Senior Steward)
Morning Services in December: 6th December - Terry Higgins; 13th Peter Sweeting; 20th Andy Mac and 25th Christmas Day - tba
Evening Zoom Services:
REDACTED
November 29th - Di Smart; December 6th - Brenda Youngs; December 13th and 20th - Andy.

The Stewards made the decision to have a service on Christmas Day rather than 27th. Christmas Day is very special and although it will be very different from usual it's important to many to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Please contact me (405435) from Monday to Thursday each week to book. If I'm not here please leave a message - my answer phone gives time and date. I’ll ring back to confirm. If we're full when you ring your name will be transferred to the following week. Thank you.

with blessings,
Di


SERVICES
Please do remember there are two services this week, you can watch our online service via the link on this page. You can also watch recordings of all our previous services.
http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/video
In addition, on Sunday night at 6:30 there will be a Zoom service. Details on how to join can be found further down this notice sheet.
Hope to see you there :-)


From Di
CONTACTING OUR MINISTER
Rev Andy Chislett-Mcdonald
07960 050355



FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS
Something else to celebrate this week is that over 300 people are now following and engaging with us on Facebook. Facebook has proven over the past three years to be an invaluable tool in reaching out to people of many generations and sharing our message. If you aren't following us you can do so at https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist

ANDY's Messages
If you are not already aware Andy is sharing a message everyday during lockdown and you can read this on our facebook page. You don't need a Facebook account to do that, if you come as a guest Facebook behaves like any other website. You can read all his past posts here: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist

SERVICES

You can find all our services on our Church website here

http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services

FEEDBACK

Tristan and I would love to receive your formal feedback please. We need one formal review for each service we submit as a part of our portfolios so if you are able to compete a form now and then that would be great! You can find them here :-)Feedback

Thank you !

Jon

CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE
You can find all the details here http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/cftt

Contact Details

Mobile: 07884 232829
Land line: 01752 480319
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist
Website http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk
Circuit https://www.facebook.com/PDMethodist

The NOTICES

Please remember you can get these notices via our notices blog on this page of our website:http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/notices-blogso if you don't get this email do check there, anytime.

PRAYER

For those who would like to we are continuing our Wednesday prayers, starting at 7pm we are each praying at home. We end at 7:15 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.

JAM & IMPACT

JAM & IMPACT are yet to return to their on-line or in-person sessions, we hope to provide details about the plans soon.

COFFEE MORNINGS

Please remember Denise hosts a coffee morning at 1030 each Saturday on Zoom, please get in touch for zoom details.

 

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Welcome to this week's notices and what an exciting week it is! Not only is it the 2nd week in Advent, a time of hope but it is also our first week of worship in the building at EMCC. Terry Higgins will be leading our worship and if you have booked we look forward to seeing you in person at 1030. I will be the bloke in the Methodist Church face mask :-)

We are now in full Christmas prep mode here, although we have taken the time to repaint Beth's room after a little condensation issue. It is now a slightly gentler shade of pink! Alarmingly we have also ordered some new internal doors so I may be covered in wood shavings next Sunday, we will see.
The school is excitedly making the best Christmas preparations that it can, an assembly for us to share in as parents by Zoom is going to be the highlight for me. I think they are doing the best they can to make it fun for the children.
We are really blessed as a circuit to have lots of talented folk who have put together some videos for us to share. I will post the link to "The Nativity" below and also "Silent Night". The lyrics to the latter have been written by one of our Ministers, Brenton who also leads the singing in the video. I am biased, of course, but my favourite part is Beth's contribution, see if you can spot her.
Silent Night - https://fb.watch/2bp50I-dCg/
The Nativity - https://fb.watch/2bp6T6yFy4/

Of course the news this week has been dominated by the word "Vaccine". We have moved on a phase from a vague hope in the possibility of a vaccine to the reality of a vaccine that may soon be distributed to billions world wide. This is by no means over but I think we may allow ourselves this week a little smile as the prospect of an end becomes a reality and we may begin to predict with a gretaer degree of accuracy the conclusion of our control measures. The vaccine is in sight and so is the end of Advent, Christmas day, the birth of God as child, the paying of our debt and the residence of love in our world.
And there you have it, the reason we all gather in person or on-line it is to celebrate, to delve deeper into and to be embraced in the love of God and one another.
It is his and our love that we send to you today
God bless!
Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth
xxxx

Worship in Person
Our building will now be open each Sunday mornign at 1030 for worship. This means around 27 people will be able to join in worship in the church building. If you would like to be a part of that you are asked to book in advance via Di. Bookings must be made by Thursday. Full information on how to book and what to expect can be found on our website here:
http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/images/Notices/EMCC_RO_v4.pdf

If you can't join us in person we are hoping to steam the service to you live at 1030.
How do you get that?
Well you have options, and I put them all here in case of issues ....
Option 1 - Goto this page which SHOULD go directly to this weeks broadcast https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist/posts/3455025141199924
Option 2 - Goto https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist/live_videos/?ref=page_internal - This is our Facebook web page and contains our upcoming and previous live videos
Option 3 - Goto http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services - This is our website and I hope to embed the video here for you

Alternatively if you can't join us at 1030 we hope to make the video available after the event on the website. I will provide the links on the standard video services page later on Sunday afternoon so do check back for that. The link is the same as option 2 i.e. http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services



The Courier
The latest copy of the Courier is now available on our website. The Advent courier is a chance to catch-up on what has been hapening around the Church. You can visit by clicking here http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/images/LinkMagazines/AdventCourier2020.pdf
A message from Di (Senior Steward)
Morning Services in December:
6th December - Terry Higgins;
13th Peter Sweeting;
20th Andy Mac
25th Christmas Day - tba

Evening Zoom Services:
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December 6th - Brenda Youngs;
December 13th and 20th - Andy.

The Stewards made the decision to have a service on Christmas Day rather than 27th. Christmas Day is very special and although it will be very different from usual it's important to many to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Please contact me (405435) from Monday to Thursday each week to book. If I'm not here please leave a message - my answer phone gives time and date. I’ll ring back to confirm. If we're full when you ring your name will be transferred to the following week. Thank you.

with blessings,
Di

Crumbs from the table
Oh God is good, he is so very good. What a week for CFTT. You have pledged 965 pounds so far, for which we are incredibly grateful. We are also really blessed to have been given 250 pounds from the CO-OP in the village, 40 pounds from Allison's Butchers and selection boxes from the Lemon tree cafe! A massive thank you to all of them !!
If you would like to make a donation, but haven't yet, please let us know by the end of the 6th of December. This is because the hampers must be finalised this week for distribution to the school early next week.
More details here ....
http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/cftt

Christingle
This year we are doing the Christingle in a very different way. Instead of a service you will be able to attend EMCC on December 24th between 3:00 and 5:30pm to collect a DIY Christingle kit. We hope this will be a way that we can share with the joy and light of Christmas in our own homes. Many Thanks to Tony, Julia and the Messy team for making this happen !!


CONTACTING OUR MINISTER
Rev Andy Chislett-Mcdonald
07960 050355



ANDY's Messages
If you are not already aware Andy is sharing a message everyday during lockdown and you can read this on our facebook page. You don't need a Facebook account to do that, if you come as a guest Facebook behaves like any other website. You can read all his past posts here: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist

Contact Details

Mobile: 07884 232829
Land line: 01752 480319
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist
Website http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk
Circuit https://www.facebook.com/PDMethodist

The NOTICES

Please remember you can get these notices via our notices blog on this page of our website:http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/notices-blogso if you don't get this email do check there, anytime.

PRAYER

For those who would like to we are continuing our Wednesday prayers, starting at 7pm we are each praying at home. We end at 7:15 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.

JAM & IMPACT

JAM & IMPACT are yet to return to their on-line or in-person sessions, we hope to provide details about the plans soon.

COFFEE MORNINGS

Please remember Denise hosts a coffee morning at 1030 each Saturday on Zoom, please get in touch for zoom details.

 

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How has your week been? I hope you have been able to make the most of these quieter times and have one eye to the joyful news that Christmas reminds us of, the birth of Christ. We are really blessed this week that our service is being led by Andy with readings from his wife, Ruth. The service has already been uploaded to our website so take a look anytime.

We are also introducing a new initiative this week "Crumbs from the table", with the help of local supermarkets we are hoping to support around 30 local families who would benefit from some essential food this Christmas. The school has identified those in need and we are keen to share some love and compassion this year. It would be great if you could support this and more details can be found here http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/cftt. We are essentially asking if you would pledge to contribute to this scheme so that we can provide a bag of goodies later in December.

What about our week, well Josh finished his bike ability and got a certificate for his very damp bike riding efforts; it rained a lot! Beth has been busy learning to knit with Helen who is making a blanket or a scarf, I can't remember which and I have several times got it wrong so not going to ask again. Lets hope she doesn't read this :-)

It is the Sunday before Advent and many of the lectionary readings now turn to the topic of the Jesus' return in power and glory. These are not doom and gloom texts, instead they are pointers to a happier time when suffering and pain will have passed away. As followers of Christ these are times we can look forward to. Looking forward to happier times is something we have often talked about over the last few months. There is another passage set this week from Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

This passsage speaks for itself and is a reminder of God's constancy. It reminds us that he is always to be praised, that we should find space at home in these times to worship the God of love who loves us. We should make a joyfull noise in our homes for him! It contains also those re-assuring words "In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains..." everthing is his, he is greater than all of it! This psalm underpins something I often say which is that all is well as the God of creation, the God overall is in command!

May that same God of creation, of love, of hope, of happy tomorrows fill you with his love and grace today, tomorrow and always!

With our love!
Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth
xxxx

SERVICES
Please do remember there are two services this week, you can watch our online service via the link on this page. You can also watch recordings of all our previous services.
http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/video
In addition, on Sunday night at 6:30 there will be a Zoom service led by Andy. Details on how to join can be found further down this notice sheet.
Hope to see you there :-)


From Di
The Church Council agreed to hold Evening Services via Zoom at 6.30p.m.
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22nd November - Phil Walsh
29th November - Di Smart
6th December - Brenda Younds
13th December - Andy
20th December - Andy

CONTACTING OUR MINISTER
Rev Andy Chislett-Mcdonald
07960 050355



FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS
Something else to celebrate this week is that over 300 people are now following and engaging with us on Facebook. Facebook has proven over the past three years to be an invaluable tool in reaching out to people of many generations and sharing our message. If you aren't following us you can do so at https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist

ANDY's Messages
If you are not already aware Andy is sharing a message everyday during lockdown and you can read this on our facebook page. You don't need a Facebook account to do that, if you come as a guest Facebook behaves like any other website. You can read all his past posts here: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist

OPENING THE BUILDING
We are now planning to re-open the premises for worship on Sunday 6th December 2020 at 1030 am. This is clearly dependent on the national lockdown being released. Preparations are well under way and the leaflet you can read here http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/images/Notices/EMCC_RO_v4.pdf gives you more details on the church's plans. Please note a correction from last week in that you must book by and not from the Thursday of the week you wish to attend EMCC.

SERVICES

You can find all our services on our Church website here

http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services

FEEDBACK

Tristan and I would love to receive your formal feedback please. We need one formal review for each service we submit as a part of our portfolios so if you are able to compete a form now and then that would be great! You can find them here :-)Feedback

Thank you !

Jon

CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE
You can find all the details here http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/cftt

Contact Details

Mobile: 07884 232829
Land line: 01752 480319
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist
Website http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk
Circuit https://www.facebook.com/PDMethodist

The NOTICES

Please remember you can get these notices via our notices blog on this page of our website:http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/notices-blogso if you don't get this email do check there, anytime.

PRAYER

For those who would like to we are continuing our Wednesday prayers, starting at 7pm we are each praying at home. We end at 7:15 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.

JAM & IMPACT

JAM & IMPACT are yet to return to their on-line or in-person sessions, we hope to provide details about the plans soon.

COFFEE MORNINGS

Please remember Denise hosts a coffee morning at 1030 each Saturday on Zoom, please get in touch for zoom details.

 

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