Hi all,

Good morning, it looks like another beautiful morning out there, and I thought, while the house was still quiet (children are asleep) I would compose and send this weeks notices. I don't have a great deal to share with you this week. Whilst the children and I where busy jump starting our little car yesterday morning, Helen joined in the virtual coffee morning from the driving seat of the other car. It sounds like they all had a lot of fun, so if you haven't been attending do drop in on next weeks. If you don't have the contact details let me know and I will share.

I hope you are finding in these quiet moments time for reflection and practicing that art, that I have not mastered of sitting in a state of prayer. Have to say our house is seldom peaceful :-) I know many of you will be reading the news and be concerned about developments at home, and indeed overseas. Even this will pass, and believe it or not there are many signs of hope in the chaos, from vaccine trials, community spirit, sacrifice, a re-generating planet to slowly reducing case loads and reducing fatalities. There are signs this might be the end of the beginning (yes I know I just badly quoted Churchill, sorry!) The point is it's really easy to focus on the negatives and let them absorb us, the trick is to find each and every positive and dwell more on those.

Right, enough waffle have a week filled with peace and above all stay home, and stay safe!!

God bless you at this time!

Remember the God of the universe is in command, even of this!

Jon

 

Contacts

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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.

 

Sharing

It would be lovely to be able to share any thoughts, poems, ideas you have via these notices so do send me anything I can circulate each week to keep our spirits up!

Services

Tristan is busy uploading this week's service but when it has been uploaded I will place a link on the videos page below. Check back there to find it....

You can get all our previous services via this web page also: http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services

Free Things

Dawn has started a small space outside the Church for folks to share books, games, toys etc. Please do help yourself but remember to give things a clean when you get home, and only pick up/drop off during your regulation one trip out a day, but you knew that :-)

 A sad farewell

As many of you will know we have had to say a distant but none the less love filled farewell to Mary this week. It's reassuring to know that Simon was able to conduct the funeral even if it was a reduced gathering of close family only. The fact of it seems all the sadder for us not being able to mourn with her family. However, I also know they are aware of just how much love and compassion has poured out to them from the cards and messages they have received. We as a Church may not have been physically there but we have been present with them at this time in spirit.

Prayer

I wonder if at this time I could ask you to join me in praying for those in care homes, particularly around Plymouth. I know of a number of people in homes, as do you, some of you read this, so hello to you, our love to you ! One I know of, my former Sunday school teacher, is in a home where the infection is now present. Prayers for him and all those affected would be welcome today.

Messy Church

Julia has asked me to share the item below for all those in Messy Church.....

Hi 'Messy' friends. I hope this message finds everybody well and staying Safe. Hopefully also taking advantage of this lovely weather.
Have recently done a couple of craft projects for the children to complete at home over Easter. I thought it might be nice as a Team, to see if anyone else can come up with a craft, for the children to again complete at home. i.e. Something we can display in the Church front window, complete with items required etc and instructions for completetion or similar. 

If it will help, I can pick this up from your doorstep as I drop off or pick  Karl from his work, Mon - Fri, and then as previously mentioned, display this in the Church window.

I would also like, as a Team, to raise some money for the NHS. I have recently made 100 Rainow🌈 & Cross ✝️ bracelets to sell for £1 each. The bracelets are now pre-packaged in re-sealable bags, ready to sell. They can be dropped through a letter box and then payment preferably £1 coin can received. Payment(s) can be left on front steps or an alternative if previously discussed and agreed. 
If anybody can help me with this, or has any other ideas, please get in touch.
If this proves to be popular, I am willing to make more. I'm hoping to raise £150.00 plus.

Home☎️: 402810
Love in Kindness. Stay Safe. Julia xx
 
 

Hi all,

It's the 2nd week of Easter, happy Easter everyone! It's great to be in touch again, hope you are still all well. I have taken a few technical steps this week to reduce the chances of my messages being tagged as SPAM, lets see how this works for you. It continues to be super important that we are stay in touch and I have included below my contact details and all the ways you can stay in contact.

Contacts

                07884 232829

                01752 480319

                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                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.

 

Sharing

It would be lovely to be able to share any thoughts, poems, ideas you have via these notices so do send me anything I can circulate each week to keep our spirits up!

Services

This weeks service is conducted by me, Josh, Beth and Helen, and next week will be Tristan. You can find this weeks service here on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist/videos/648167662703123/ (You don't need to have a Facebook account or use any of there other features to watch our video there). I have also uploaded it to YouTube but they are taking some time to process it, it will be here https://youtu.be/GxsBlsYltcw when they finish that task. In the meantime you can get it on Facebook. 

You can get all our previous services via this web page: http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services

In the service I mention the Authorship of Peter, and if you'd like to read some more, this Wikipedia post is a good place to start and get a little overview. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Epistle_of_Peter

Lyrics for today's service

Come on and celebrate
His gift of love, we will celebrate
The Son of God who loved us
And gave us life
We'll shout Your praise, O King
You give us joy nothing else can bring
We'll give to You our offering
In celebration praise

Come on and celebrate
Celebrate
Celebrate and sing
Celebrate and sing to the King
Come on and celebrate
Celebrate
Celebrate and sing
Celebrate and sing to the King

 

Purify my heart
Let me be as gold
And precious silver
Purify my heart
Let me be as gold
Pure gold

Refiner's fire
My heart's one desire
Is to be holy
Set apart for You, Lord
I choose to be holy
Set apart for You, my Master
Ready to do Your will


Purify my heart
Cleanse me from within
And make me holy
Purify my heart
Cleanse me from my sin
Deep within

 

All I  once held dear, built my life upon,
All this world reveres and wars to own;
All I once thought gain I  have counted loss,
Spent and worthless now compared to this.

CHORUS:
Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You
There is no greater thing.
You're my all, You're the best,
You're my joy, my righteousness,
And I love You Lord.

Now my heart's desire is to know You more,
To be found in You and known as Yours,
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All surpassing gift of righteousness

Oh to know the power of Your risen life,
And to know You in Your sufferings;
To become like You in Your death, my Lord,
So with You to live and never die.

 

Free Things

Dawn has started a small space outside the Church for folks to share books, games, toys etc. Please do help yourself but remember to give things a clean when you get home, and only pick up/drop off during your regulation one trip out a day, but you knew that :-)

 

I will sign off here, but I hope you have a good and blessed week !

Jon

P.S. Julia now follows …..

Messy Church

Julia has asked me to share the item below for all those in Messy Church.....

Hi 'Messy' friends. I hope this message finds everybody well and staying Safe. Hopefully also taking advantage of this lovely weather.
Have recently done a couple of craft projects for the children to complete at home over Easter. I thought it might be nice as a Team, to see if anyone else can come up with a craft, for the children to again complete at home. i.e. Something we can display in the Church front window, complete with items required etc and instructions for completetion or similar. 

If it will help, I can pick this up from your doorstep as I drop off or pick  Karl from his work, Mon - Fri, and then as previously mentioned, display this in the Church window.

I would also like, as a Team, to raise some money for the NHS. I have recently made 100 Rainow🌈 & Cross ✝️ bracelets to sell for £1 each. The bracelets are now pre-packaged in re-sealable bags, ready to sell. They can be dropped through a letter box and then payment preferably £1 coin can received. Payment(s) can be left on front steps or an alternative if previously discussed and agreed. 
If anybody can help me with this, or has any other ideas, please get in touch.
If this proves to be popular, I am willing to make more. I'm hoping to raise £150.00 plus.

Home☎️: 402810
Love in Kindness. Stay Safe. Julia xx
 
 

Hi all,

Denise has asked me to circulate the following Coffee morning news to you. Please find the details below. Please remember you can get these notices here: http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/notices-blog and our video services here: http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services

Hope you have a great week, see you on Sunday at 10:30.

Jon

P.S. If you find you are missing some of my emails please do check your JUNK or SPAM folders as they often arrive there. 

Please join us on Saturdays through to end of May for a chat and coffee/tea/squash. Join when you like and leave when you like.
Let me know if you're having trouble joining...it's best if you download Zoom to your mobile/tablet/laptop.
Several of us enjoyed the Maundy  Thursday one so thought I'd try it on Saturdays.
Details of meeting below...I've added a password his time for security.

Denise  

Denise Avent is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Saturday coffee morning Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime Join Zoom Meeting **DETAILS REDACTED FOR ON-LINE VERSION*

 

Hi all,

Just a quick update to let you know I have posted a short video in lieu of a Good Friday service. This is a kind of one person Bible study. I have posed a few questions and offered some possible answers. You may have more questions or other answers and you are very welcome to share them with me, and I can share them on the website if you'd like that.

The video can be found here: https://youtu.be/EtEEdD9prXk

Hopefully you have all received from Simon his study notes for today :-)

The Courier - Apologies if you found you could not open the courier last week, I added an extra S in the name and hence it could not be opened by some of you. The correct link can be found below ....

http://elburtonmethodist.org.uk/images/LinkMagazines/Courier_April_2020.pdf

Please remember you can find all these notices on our Church website, at this address: http://elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/notices-blog

I hope you have a good day and a blessed one!

Jon

Well here we are, Good Friday (Holy Friday) has been and gone with all it's sadness and reflection, the long wait (not weight) of Holy Saturday has ebbed away and here we are on Easter morning. It is a time for celebration,a time to be happy. It may seem more difficult to celebrate while we are separated as we are. However, we are combined in one body, the body of Christ the Church. Together we can today acknowledge that God has power over sin and death and anything that attempts to separate us from him and his love.

Today we rejoice, we sing, we say God you are amazing! Today changes absolutely everything that has come before, today, in surprise the disciples who had thought it was all over, who thought they had been wrong to trust him discover he is faithful even after death. He is and will always be faithful to his promise to us. He loves us, he died for us and today we can claim through Grace his promise of freedom and eternal life.

Hallelujah ! What an awesome God we have!

I hope you are having  good Easter Sunday, be happy, celebrate in whatever way you can !

STAYING IN TOUCH

Just a reminder from me that there are various ways to stay in touch during this time. Please let me know if you’d like to be added to our community What’s app group, or this email list. If you know of folks who do not receive this update please share it with them and ask them to contact me to be added. I am currently sending this to around 40 of you, I’m sure there are more who have an email address that I just don’t know. 

                07884 232829

                01752 480319

                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist

                https://www.facebook.com/PDMethodist

                https://ww.elburtonmethodist.org.uk

 THE COURIER

Last week I made a big mistake and put an extra S in the courier link, hence you couldn't open it. Please find the corrected courier link below ….  

http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/images/LinkMagazines/Courier_April_2020.pdf

 If you know of someone who needs a hard copy sent please let Liz know at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 THIS WEEKS SERVICE

This weeks service will be conducted by our very own Tristan with music from Helen, who just about sounds normal. *Resists temptation to mock and get in trouble when Helen reads this. I think they have done a fantastic job, entirely remotely so a massive thank you to them ! You can find the service on our YouTube site, or by following the link below ….

https://youtu.be/XwFkBcvOhH8 <== This weeks service.

You can also view our previous services via the YouTube link here....

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuJWUNcwFq8SJUjqotVfq7w/

If you are a YouTube user do subscribe and hit the Bell button and you will get notifications as soon as we post new content. 

LYRICS

Due to copyright reasons I can't put the words to our songs on the video, silly I know but there we are. To compensate please find the words below for you to sing a long at home...

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NEXT WEEK’s SERVICE

This will be back to me again, but if anyone else would like to record a sermon, or if you'd prefer me to read your words that's fine also, do let me know. I am sure folks will be bored of my voice by the end of this event. No pressure, happy to carry on, but if anyone would like to do something, please shout. Equally if someone would like to record other material for us to share or prepare written devotionals study material, jokes, poems you'd like me to share do email me.

 SOME SAD NEWS

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 SIMON’s REFLECTIONS

I hope you are continuing to receive from Simon his devotionals and are enjoying them as much as I am, thank you Simon !!

A POEM

I have been sent by Carol a lovely poem we thought we'd share with you. To avoid any possible copyright issues I have provided a link below to an on-line version which you can read at your leisure.

https://www.karens-korner.com/printable.php?issue=4185

 JAM & IMPACT

We continue to meet each Sunday at 10:30 am where we share in some remote craft for the younger JAM members and some study and questions for the older IMPACT folks. If you have children in the family that would like to join in please get in touch we meet via Zoom.

 OUR RAINBOW

Have you been passed the Church on your daily exercise? If you have you may have seen our digital sign is now displaying a giant rainbow amongst it’s other encouraging slides. Take a look if you exercise that way J

 

That's all for today, I hope you have a great day celebrating the risen Lord !

Jon

Hi all,

 We will be having a virtual Hot Cross bun morning this Maundy Thursday at 10:30 am. If you would like to join in this Zoom event please drop us an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks

Denise