Lent is a very special time in the Christian calendar. We don't just give up chocolate! It is the time when we remember the 40 days the Jesus fasted in the desert It's a time for prayer and deepening our relationship with God. We are encouraged to look again at the bible in fresh ways and to spend time in studying the Word od God, going on a spiritual journey.
This year at Timperley Methodist church we have a number of options available to us. The main one is following a lent retreat from the Ignatian Sprituality Centre, Glasgow, Journey into Freedom. For 40 days through Lent starting on Wednesday 26th February there will be daily readings, prayers and meditations to follow. We will be publishing these each day on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/methodist1908 or you can join us as part of a FaceBook Group, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2554419124826413/ please feel free to join in with us online each day. If you want to see the original website where you can sign upi to recieve this by daily email, please go to https://www.iscglasgow.co.uk/lent2020.html
As well as this there are weekly sessions on Wednesday mornings (9:0-10:30) at Timperley Methodist Church, Wedensday evenings (7:30-9:00) at THe Vine, Hale, and Saturday mornings (10:30-12noon) at Altrincham Methodist Church. These group sessions are to support and encourage us and share what God is doing for us through this period of reflection. Of course these are not compulsory but it would be good to see as many as possible to share what God is doiing.
Other lent groups include the Timperley Churches Together group where we will be basing a study on the York Course written by David Wilbourne entitles 'Superstar'. Theses run for 5 fridays at Timperley Methodist Church from 12:20 - 1:30 with a simple Lent Lunch.
Then we have a Sunday evening (from 6:30) study based on the film The Greatest Showman, From Now On. Again part of Timperley Churches Together these will be held at Holy Cross Church oon Park Road starting on 1st March.
We hope you find a group and a form of 'study' that suits you. We'd love to hear from any who are taking partin this time as we move towards remembering the events of Holy Week and Easter.
Wow, it seems a long time since I wrote a newsletter - and it is. The last one was in the long forgotten June would you believe? I hope you all had a good summer and are now back in the swing of things, especially as a whole half term has now passed. Now we are hurtling towards Christmas!
A busy few months in the life of Timperley Methodist Church:
Our annual Holiday Club this year was fantastic yet again. We had a Beach Party, and spent time together learning stories about Jesus. We heard the story of His baptism, how He called His first disciples, the parable of the wise and foolish builders, the miracle of how Jesus fed 5000 people and finally how He walked on water. We had one beach rule each day to help us remember the story. They were 'bring joy', 'listen when you're called', 'be careful where you build your sandcastle', 'share your picnic' and 'be brave'. We also had lots of fun worshipping together, playing games, making crafts and we even had a Godly Play session. Again, we were blessed with a fantastic team of adults and an amazing group of young people. We all look forward to next year, Emergency Rescue, where we will be learning stories of how God has rescued His people.
Emergency Rescue will run from
Monday 27th July 2020 - Friday 31st July 2020
A massive WELL DONE to Catherine and the Team of helpers/volunteers that as always make this a roaring success and without whom the Holiday Club would not happen. You're the best.
We supported, as usual, the Timperley Country Fair by having the kids activity in the middle of the field where craft activities were available to children. Again thanks to those who helped Jackie, our Children's and Family Worker, in running this.
We had a great Messy Church session last week. Thanks to all parents who came with their little ones to hear about pets and what God promises us in his kingdom. 64 children came along. Thanks to all who led the crafts and prepared food, and once again to Jackie.
We had a church family BBQ. It was lovely to get together as a church family and share in food and be entertained by a variety of folk from the church.
Our Tuesday Luncheon Club is back in the full swing providing a cooked lunch, and our uniformed organisations are back with their weekly schedule. The Girls' Brigade meet on Wednesdays and we have Rainbows, Brownies and Guides meeting on Mondays and Thursdays. Don't forget the Girl's Brigade are still collecting and recycling Crisp Packets. Drop them off when we're open. There's a collection box in the foyer of the Cornerstone at the front of church.
Our Dementia Drop-in Musical Memories meet Thursday afternoon, sharing and enjoying friendship through the sharing of music and our Knit&natter Club meet on a Wednesday afternoon to , well, Knit and natter. Recently one of the charities that this group supports won an international award. The Liverpool Seafarers Centre was crowned the world’s best seafarers centre. The charity, based in Crosby and Eastham on the Wirral, was singled out by the International Seafarer Welfare Awards due to the exceptional care it offers visiting seafarers and their families. LSC finished top ahead of seafarer centres in America in Houston and Philadelphia as well as Sydney Australia and Tauranga, New Zealand. Well done John and team.
Our support of Trafford South Foodbank continues and as ever we collect food and health products for distribution by the foodbank to those in desperate need within our society. Please leave your donations in the supermarket trolley in the entrance to Cornerstone
Coffee corner continues to run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 10 and 12. Why not pop in for a cuppa and a chat.
Keep your eye open for the PCSO and Councillor drop in sessions which we have in the Cornerstone, usually on a Saturday morning. These are opportunities for you to bring issues and discuss your concerns about our local area to the attention of the police and Local Authority. The next one will be on Saturday 4th January from 10:30 till 12.
On Thursday 14th November we have out very popular Taize style worship. This is held in the Chapel and is from 7:30. Come along to a more peaceful and reflective style of worship and prayer.
We have a Big Quiz Night at Altrincham Methodist Church on Saturday 16th November in aid of Tearfund. Teams of up to 6 people, but I'm sure you'll be welcome on a team if you haven't got 5 others to bring along. Entry is £5 per person and includes Pizza and Cake.
Our November Tiny Praise is on Monday 18th from 11:30 till 1pm. This time the theme is The Light of the World. All welcome to come and share in the fun and lunch is provided.
Altrincham Methodist Church will be having it's annual Advent Craft Day on Saturday 30th November between 10 and 2. Why not come along and buy some early Christmas items and let the children make some Christmas decorations. Lots to do.
Finally, Christmas is approaching (fast). We have a number of special services and events throughout December to suit you all in the run up to, and including Christmas day. These start with an Advent Live Lounge on Sunday 1st at 6:30, a Toy Service on Sunday 8th at 10:30, our Nativity Service at 10:30 on the 15th, Carol Service at 10:30 on 22nd, Messy Church at 11am on 23rd, the ever popular Christingle Service at 4pm on the 24th followed by Christmas Eve Communion at 11:30pm. Then the big day itself, a short celebration at 10:30 on Christmas Day. (See below for all our December services- we'd love to see you.)
We would love to see you at any of these events and activities. Don't miss anything, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/timperleymethodistchurch/ and on our website at https://www.timperleymethodist.org.uk/