Hi all, brief bonus notices this week. I have published an entry on our blog, please do have a read if you have the time. Click here .....James 1

 

Thank you

Jon

 Hi all,

 As always it's been another franticly busy week in the Carhart household, schooling, and working and watching Formula One which is Josh's new interest. The weather isn't great, and now I think about it I'm not sure we've left the house for some days. Still restrictions are lifting still further this week, and the virus numbers are reducing even more. I have been recording the case numbers since the very early days and calculating a rolling 7 day average (It's nice to have a hobby :-))

I have tried something a little different this week, and included some photos, hope these work.

I'm not sure what Tristan will preach on this week, so I won't say much. I did read the Matthew items from the lectionary, copied below ....

Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

Jesus Thanks His Father

At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

It is re-assuring to know that we need not carry any load on this journey, that we have God with us at all times to enable us to rest even in the most trying of circumstances. That with him there can always be peace. Indeed as we will discuss next Sunday we do not have to rely on our strength alone, we have his strength to carry us through. I trust this week you will find time, and space to rest in his presence, with his assurance. 

Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth xx

 

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 The NOTICES

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 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 715 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.

Zoom Security

Hi all, Janet has asked me to make you aware of a recent Zoom scam, details in the document below....

From Brenda

BARLEY
Our daily dog walk often take us through sown fields of various grains and plants:
wheat, oats, rape, maize and even potatoes! In one field, this year, the farer has
been growing a crop of barley, sown last October. We have watched the tiny shots
appear like fine grass, not knowing what it will turn out to be. Gradually with warmth
and rain the growth reveals short, stiff hairs breaking through the tops of the stalks,
like miniature paint brushes. The bright green seed heads soon shoot upwards
showing the promise of a full head of seeds. As the colours change to a creamy soft
yellow the seed heads with their long ‘whiskers’ begin to turn downwards as if in
preparation to drop their seeds at the right time. Now is the waiting time until
everything is right for the harvest; colour, moisture content, and period of dry
weather.
This year, in this field, there has been something else. The autumn grain must have
contained a ‘rogue’ seed that has developed into a tall, dark green weed among the
golden barley. Does this remind you of one of Jesus’ stories? We read in Matthew
13: 25 – 30 the words:
‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his
field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the
wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, the weeds
appeared also.’ In Jesus’ time this was a method of war activity. If an enemy did this
‘sowing’ at the time the wheat was planted (sown?) it was almost impossible to
distinguish the young shoots. If left to grown the weeds (a species of darnel grass)
could cause damage to the corn, and even worse when harvested with the grain
would prove poisonous to those who had the bad fortune to eat them.
I think Jesus was telling us to be alert, (where have we heard that word recently!) to
anything in our lives that creeps in unnoticed to take us away from the way God
wants us to grow.
Even in times of lock-in, when we are receiving so much information about covid-19
and its effects, this material can cause some people to be more worried and scared
of the future. Seeds of doubt, insecurity and fear are just as dangerous as wicked
deeds and unkind thoughts. Let them know who to turn to for support, reassurance
and love, - Jesus our loving Saviour.
Perhaps this time of lock-down has given us moments to consider our pressured
lives and to weed out the unnecessary and over-important things. The sower in the
story had been ‘sleeping’ while the ‘enemy’ worked. We can ask God to keep us
aware of temptations and bad thoughts that affect us from our earliest days.
Our field will be harvested by magnificent giants of machinery which will separate
thee good grain and the weed seed. May we draw upon God’s greatness and loving
power to bring us safely into his Kingdom. May we draw upon his everlasting love to
redeem any who are overcome by the seeds of evil.

PRIVATE-PRAYER

There has been some discussion around re-opening the building for private prayer. Di has asked me to advise you that the stewards and Simon have taken the decision not to do so. Please do join us Wednesdays at 7.

 PRIVATE PRAYER from Tony

We could open this church building for private prayer – but
we won’t.
Why not? Because if you came here to pray we’d have to:
 
Make you wash or sanitise your hands at the door.
 
Instruct you to wear a mask.
 
Ask you if you had covid symptoms, underlying health
problems or feel unwell (and turn you away if the
answer to any of those was “Yes”).
 
Tell you which seat you could sit in.
 
Warn you not to sing.
 
Make sure you left by a different door.
 
Then clean and sanitise every surface you touched.
Alternatively you could:
 
Sit in an armchair at home with a cup of tea.
 
Sit on a bench watching the birds.
 
Walk along the sea front,
and talk to God just as easily.
You don’t need special words, a special place, special
objects or special people to talk to God.
He loves you, and He’s listening. So just do it.
This church building is still shut. The ears of heaven are not!

 JAM & IMPACT

Please do remember these both take place via Zoom each Sunday at 10:30. Please contact me for joining details.

COFFEE MORNINGS

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

 

Hi all,

We have been considering at EMCC the question of re-opening for prayer. It would not be possible right now to open for group prayer, we could only open the building for you to sit and pray alone. We firmly believe that the God of all, is everywhere and does not need us to be in special places to worship him or speak with him. You can speak with our creator anywhere including your own home.

You can read some more here....

http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/images/Notices/PRIVATE_PRAYERv4.pdf

 Hi all,

This week marks  a very unusual fairwell service for our friend and minister Rev Simon Leigh. Simon has been with us since 2008 as superintendent and in more recent years as minister at Elburton. I am sure you will all have your own memories of the skills and talents Simon has brought to our fellowship. On behalf of us all, Simon, thank you for sharing the journey with us and preparing us for the future. Your ministry has been a welcome and valued part of EMC life for many years and you will be missed.

With our love

Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth xx

 

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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 715 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.

PRIVATE-PRAYER

There has been some discussion around re-opening the building for private prayer. Di has asked me to advise you that the stewards and Simon have taken the decision not to do so. Please do join us Wednesdays at 7.

SERVICES

You can find all our services on our Church website here….

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

JAM & IMPACT

Please do remember these both take place via Zoom each Sunday at 10:30. Please contact me for joining details.

COFFEE MORNINGS

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

 

 Hi all,

In this week's service we will be talking about obedience and doing no harm. After I recorded the service I read a little story that I thought was worth sharing with you. If you follow us on Facebook then you have already seen it. The story is based on a photograph with a very, very long queue. Why is the queue there? Some parents made a plea to their local community, they asked for help as their 5 year old was dying. The child needed a donor and they wanted people to step forward to be swabbed to see if they are a match. The community answered the call, 5,000 people lined up to be tested, to see if they could help. It emphasizes the point that built into each of us is the desire to help our community, to protect one another, and especially our youngest and most vulnerable. This inherent, instinctive function is common to us and God, we are built in his image.

The children have prepared another little clip for you this morning, that I hope makes you smile. Josh plays the part of the telex machine.

Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth xx

 

Contact Details

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01752 480319

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https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist

https://www.facebook.com/PDMethodist

https://ww.elburtonmethodist.org.uk

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-blog so if you don't get this email do check there, anytime.

APOLOGY

An apology from us to the uniformed organisations, it would have been great to include goodbyes to Simon from you in last week's service and that is an oversight on our part. We hope you are all staying safe and have been able to pass on your thoughts directly to Simon.

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 715 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.

PRIVATE-PRAYER

There has been some discussion around re-opening the building for private prayer. Di has asked me to advise you that the stewards and Simon have taken the decision not to do so. Please do join us Wednesdays at 7.

PRIVATE PRAYER from Tony
We could open this church building for private prayer – but
we won’t.
Why not? Because if you came here to pray we’d have to:
 
Make you wash or sanitise your hands at the door.
 
Instruct you to wear a mask.
 
Ask you if you had covid symptoms, underlying health
problems or feel unwell (and turn you away if the
answer to any of those was “Yes”).
 
Tell you which seat you could sit in.
 
Warn you not to sing.
 
Make sure you left by a different door.
 
Then clean and sanitise every surface you touched.
Alternatively you could:
 
Sit in an armchair at home with a cup of tea.
 
Sit on a bench watching the birds.
 
Walk along the sea front,
and talk to God just as easily.
You don’t need special words, a special place, special
objects or special people to talk to God.
He loves you, and He’s listening. So just do it.
This church building is still shut. The ears of heaven are not!

SERVICES

You can find all our services on our Church website here….

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

JAM & IMPACT

Please do remember these both take place via Zoom each Sunday at 10:30. Please contact me for joining details.

COFFEE MORNINGS

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

 

Hi all,

This week we are looking at Genesis in our service we will be talking about the surprising, amazing love of God that both understand and forgives us and how we have good cause to trust him. You can find this week's service on our website here http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/video. 

We have had another busy week at home. Josh has gotten into the swing of his school work, he now starts early to get it over and done with. We have also found a store of old Formula 1 races to watch, we are making our way through them. Beth is less keen on her school work but she does get it done, she is currently having her face painted by Helen.

As you may know both Tristan and I are going through our LP training. Something that would be really helpful would be if I can ask some of you to complete feedback for is each week. We only need one person each week so please don't feel you have to do this every time. To make it as easy as possible I have created a web page with the feedback form. You don't need to send the actual form in, simply answering the questions in an email would be great. If you fancy doing that for a previous week, feel free :-)

http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/feedback

We are also continuing our weekly prayer for each other, the community and the world. You can join us in your own home 7pm to 715 pm each Wednesday. See here for more details. http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/prayer 

So onto another week, the lockdown is easing and although this may not be the end of the pandemic it might be that we have reached the end of the beginning, sorry I couldn't resist the quotation. 

At the risk of appearing to be stuck, I want to remind end by reminding you we have a God who loves us, and who as the creator is in command of everything, including yesterday, today and tomorrow. May you come to know his love and may he bless you this week.

With our love

Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth xx

 

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A few other notices for you this week....

Doreen Sparey-Delacassa 

I received this wonderful notice from Doreen Sparey-Delacassa this weeks, and with her permission I share it with you, should any of you remember her do let me know :-)
 
Back in 1972 my husband Roger and I moved to Plymstock and became members of your congregation. Revd Charles Holgate was the minister then. It was an exciting time of great growth and action. My eldest son was baptised there in spring 1975 (April?) and then the navy moved us on. Therefore I was very thrilled to be asked by MWIB to lead your worship next Sunday and am disappointed that I can't be there. Please accept my blessings and prayers. Maybe, when they 'let us out' I can drive down and see you - if I have a Sunday when I'm not preaching somewhere.
May God be with you all
Doreen
Revd D M Sparey-Delacassa
(I was just Sparey when I was there. Roger died in 1985.)
 
A little quiz for you from Helen....
 
There are 30 books of the bible in this paragraph. Can you find them? This is a most remarkable puzzle.  It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours.  He enjoyed it so much, he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That’s a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalised. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fundraising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new record. The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, “The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight.” Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus. There really are 30 books of the bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found. God bless.

Courier

​                                     AH YES, I REMEMBER IT WELL!

Hello, everyone, hope you are all well and coping fairly well with the present situation. A small

“Courier” will reach you soon, but we are looking to having a regular issue when things get more

normal. Before “lockdown” we were looking to have a feature for VE Day, but events overtook us.

We did though, have an interview with our two veterans, Ivor and Bill which were in the last

publication. We cannot let such an important anniversary pass without some sort of recognition. It is

therefore intended to go ahead with our original plan and we need your help. Please think about

letting us know these three things. On the day it was announced that the war was over 1) where you

were 2) what you were doing there 3) how you were told the news. There may not be many of you

who remember, but we would all love to hear your experiences of that special day. If you need help

with writing it we can arrange that. Please send, or contact  Liz or myself with your contributions.

Keep safe, keep healthy, keep smiling and look forward to when we can be together again.

Jean

 

From Brenda

Brenda has sent me to documents to share with you, and I’d like to do those by sharing scanned copies via our website. So please find those documents on the links below…

http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/Notices/Brenda3.png

http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/Notices/Brenda2.png

 

Services

You can find all our services on our Church website here….

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

Re-opening the Building

Simon and the stewards have been in discussion around the question of re-opening our building for worship. Many of us are longing for the day when we will be able to do so, but equally appreciate the need for caution at these times. EMCC has decided that we do not think opening our building makes sense until September, at the earliest. Clearly we will continue to seek advice from government and the connexion.

This will doubtless be disappointing for many, but the decision is based on the need to protect all of those in our Church and community. I would emphasize our Church is not closed. In fact, our Church is fully active, but in new ways. We are still the Church of Christ, just a little dispersed.

Please do let me know if you know of others who would like to receive these notices or our on-line services. Equally please let us know also if folks are not receiving Simon’s weekly notes.

For now our building remains closed, except for the weekly maintenance visit and when it re-opens new procedures and processes will doubtless be needed.

 

 

JAM & IMPACT

Please do remember these both take place via Zoom each Sunday at 10:30. Please contact me for joining details.

Getting Help

Rachel has shared with me the details of how you can get help from the NHS responders if you need to do so, here are the details...

NHS Responders can be contacted for shopping, collection of medicines and driving to hospital appointments. They can be contacted between 8am and 8pm on 08081963646 Find out more on Portal for NHS Volunteer Responders | Royal Voluntary Service

Thy Kingdom Come

In this week's service we made us of some of the Thy Kingdom Come resources. TKC suggests 5 activities Churches can do to pray. One of them is agreeing a time when we will all pray for a few minutes and optionally follow the guidance in the TKC document. If you think it's a good idea we could start one week day evening next week perhaps? Thoughts welcome.

Here is the website.

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/stories/5-ways-your-family-and-church-can-be-involved-years-thy-kingdom-come

Coffee Mornings

Also do remember we have our coffee morning hosted by Denise, every Saturday at 10:30 am. So there is still lots going on at EMCC.

Performing Arts Mission

As mentioned in our service today you can find out more about the Performing Arts Mission here on the Facebook page ….

https://www.facebook.com/performingartsmission