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Hello there, In this week`s service we will be looking at some of those truly inspirational passages that can be found in Romans 8. There are probably 1000 sermons in that one chapter. Some of the verses here challenge, some really make you think, but they all point to God. They point to a God with whom we can journey all our lives. We can do that in his Kingdom and we can do that with Joy happiness and fun!

I have always maintained God calls us to obedience but he wants us to have fun along the way. We are called to serve, love and laugh in his name! So this week we are looking at some of the many good things about being in God`s kingdom.

For me it is the assurance of God`s promises, eternal life, forgiveness for sins, his presence always with us, peace on tap, a sense of happiness and most of all the `all engulfing` love of God.

I am sure like me you can think of times and experiences where you have felt God close at hand, where you have heard his voice, where you have known the peace and happiness of being a part of his Kingdom. Wouldn`t it be great if we could share some of those stories on our website for others to hear of the blessings and the positives of being a Christian. If you have something to share do let me know.

Now what have we been up to this week, well we have today tidied Josh`s bedroom, you have never seen so much dust!! The Micra has gone to the good people of Elburton garage for an MOT and service. My timber delivery has been delayed which means a delay on the new bath panel project. I know the excitement is endless! I hope you`ve had a more exciting week but a happy one! Have a great week.
With our love in his name, always!
Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth
xxxx

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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....

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 zoom details.

 

QUIZ

We are planning over the summer to host an on-line quiz via Zoom. It would be a short event 30-40 minutes. If you'd like to take part would you let Helen know please? If there is enough interest we will plan a date for it.
Many Thanks

ARCHIVE

Last week we talked about some local railway history. The story below is very loosely connected, in that it has a vague railway reference. It is a story told by Mr Hart. You can find the full account on the BBC `A people`s war` archive here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/00/a8411500.shtml

`With the fall of France and the evacuation of the troops some soldiers were billeted in the then wooden hut used by sports people as a changing room, in the King Geore V playing fields, Elburton. When the invasion threat by the Germans to Britain was at its height, the soldiers dug a slit tranch at the bottom of our garden. The object was to guard a bridge over the railway line to Yealmpton. The bridge was situated in Haye Road near the King George V playing fields. The playing fields were also utilised for the storage of older type military vehicles. Presumably most of the modern vehicles were left behind in France when it was over run by the Germany army.`

It is amazing to think how little evidence remains of these activities in King George V fields. The only real relic is the swath of land on the west side of Haye road where the bridge used to stand.

The Frog Story

Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition.

The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. And so a big crowd gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on all the contestants.

The race began

But quite honestly no one in the crowd really believed that such tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. They were saying `It`s way too difficult!! They will never make it to the top` and `Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!`
The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one except for those who were a bit stronger and kept climbing higher and higher..
The crowd continued to yell, `It is too difficult!! No one will make it!` More tiny frogs got tired and gave up.
But one continued higher and higher and higher long after all of the others had given up and dropped back down to the bottom and he, after a big effort, actually made it to the top!
All of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it.
One contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach his goal! But he didn`t hear him, and he shouted the question again but he still didn`t hear, so he shouted at the top of his voice, which was really loud for such a tiny frog, but he still couldn`t hear him - the frog was deaf!
How much more could we do if we, like the frog turned a deaf ear to all those who say we can't.
Author Unknown

Something funny from `GodUpdates.com` bloopers from Church magazines.

The Rector will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing `Break Forth into Joy`
Next Thursday, there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
The sermon this morning: `Jesus Walks on the Water`. The sermon tonight: `Searching for Jesus`

Hello there, how has your week been? I hope you have been able to enjoy some fresh air. It's Saturday morning and the children have had their first trip in the car today since the start of Lockdown. Despite the drizzle we ventured to Mount Batten for a walk around and a game of tag. It was great to see the sea. One of the great blessings to come from lockdown is we use the car far less, and that means we are doing less damage to creation. I think that's a great blessing! Josh and Beth have finished school for the summer. They have done really well working from home. Helen has done very well balancing the teaching and her day job (I spend most of the day on virtual meetings, so it has been Helen's task to teach). It's Helen's birthday today so I do want to wish her, and anyone else with a birthday a very happy day (had to say that, brownie points).
We are really blessed to have Tristan leading our worship this week, I'm looking forward to watching tomorow and I will pop his service on our Video web page as soon as it is ready; so do check back there soon.
I read this last night in a book by Maldwyn Hughes (he was the first head of Wesley House Cambridge and last president of the Weslyan conference before unification). He said this in description of God "That is to say, God is love, not merely in relation to His creatures, but in His inmost essence. He is eternally and essentially love". He puts it far better than I could, but I read this as God is Love, actually pure love, he doesn't need anything external of him to make him exhibit love, he just is love. That's a pretty good basis for thinking about God.

We hope you will have a great and blessed week! Remember the God of creation is in command, and all is well!

With our love !

Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth xx

 

SERVICES

You can find all our services on our Church website here

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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

Contact Details

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Land line: 01752 480319
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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 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....

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 zoom details.

 

QUIZ

We are planning over the summer to host an on-line quiz via Zoom. It would be a short event 30-40 minutes. If you'd like to take part would you let Helen know please? If there is enough interest we will plan a date for it.
Many Thanks

ARCHIVE

There wasn't much news to share with you this week, so being a bit of a history geek I thought I'd include this photo for you. It's a view of numbr 4549 heading to yealmpton. The date is given as February 27th 1960. The folks are from Plymouth Railway circle and they are bidding farewell to the line that closed that day. I have two different sources that dispute the closure date of the 27th. However, it's very close to it. I will have to dig out my book on the branch line for an authorisative answer.
Click here to see it PHOTO
Anyway enjoy the photo, do you know where this is today? The answer is below ....
You can read more about the line here line here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_to_Yealmpton_Branch#:~:text=The%20Plymouth%20to%20Yealmpton%20Branch%20was%20a%20Great,and%20the%20passenger%20service%20was%20withdrawn%20in%201930.
You can read even more and find lots more photos of Elburton station on this link: CLICK HERE
Helen and I have drawn on the rough location of the line and station. We have used some of the old photos in the links above to identify some points of reference. Of course the current owner of "Station House" has decorated their home in the 'station style' and they have a mock station building in pretty much the correct location.

Told you I was a geek

Hi all,

Hope you are keeping well. During the past week Josh has started a new fitness challenge with school that has seen Helen running the streets of Elburton with him. We have been busy with school work and the normalities of daily life at home. As an example Helen cut the grass, and without cutting the cable which is a rare treat, that cable has been getting shorter for many years. I also took my longest journey since March, venturing all the way to Crownhill, for work, ooooh. 

I'm also pleased to see the bear statue that lives with one of our near neighbours has started to wear a face mask! 

I do need to share with you some truly sad news this week, as we learnt of the passing of our dear friend Margaret Peacock. Margaret has been such an active and joyful part of our fellowship for many years. I am sure she will be deeply missed by us all. I have enjoyed receiving her encouraging emails. Her final days where spent at home with Rachel and were a peaceful time. During our service today I have taken a moment to pray for Margaret and her family, I hope you will add to those prayers. The funeral will take place on the 20th of July at 1:15. It will be family only at the venue but you can join on-line from home. If you would like to do so please drop me an email and I will share with you the joining details.

Below is a photo of some Agapanthas, if you are wondering why, join us at 1030 tomorrow for our worship.

 

We hope you will have a great and blessed week!

Much love !

 Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth xx

 

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

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-blog so 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 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 the 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 zoom details.

 

 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

 

SERVICES

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

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

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-blog so 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 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, 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,

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