Welcome to Northstead Methodist Church. During the current coronavirus crisis we will try to put links to services and other resources here.
Each week we will make available on the On-line resources page a list of resources for worshipping at home on Sunday and during the week.
Revd. Emma has created a PowerPoint presentation with some activity sheets. It is called “Journey to the Cross” and is available from the On-line resources page.
ITo view our latest newsletter (a shortened version this time) please click here.
The Methodist Church have produced a service of reflection which can be used when you can’t attend a funeral, but would like to pray at home. A link is on the On-line resources page.
A message from our minister :-
Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,
I am currently reading a book written by Mitch Albom with the title ‘ the five people you meet in Heaven’. It was first published in 2003 and part of the opening paragraph reads
‘all endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.’ I am enjoying reading this, creating the physical look of the characters in my mind as I enter a fictional world which could readily resonate with many of us in one way or another.
An end is also a beginning. Sunday May 31st is Pentecost Sunday , our month ends as we remember a new beginning in the life of the Christian Church, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the advocate, the helper, which Jesus said would come, has come and the early church believers were transformed. The Holy Spirit came with what looked like tongues of fire! A strong wind!
The spirit is unseen as the wind yet the power, the warmth, the soothing presence, the warming of the heart felt by John Wesley, are all signs that the Holy Spirit is real and at work in the world and in those who are willing to let the Spirit in.
With that first Pentecost came a worldwide change as the spirit was set free to move wherever it chose to, wherever it was summoned, prayed for, by men, women and children who sought a deeper experience, craved a deeper faith, a closer experience of the Lord in their life and the lives of others.
Jesus ascended back into heaven, he was no longer on earth, his time on earth had ended bringing forth a new beginning, that new beginning brought life in the spirit.
We continue with an end to life as it was believing that there will be an end to the covid 19 pandemic but that end time is unknown. While we wait what do you pray for, back to how things were or a new beginning? No matter how similar life might be it can and will never be the same. We are all being changed by life now. What are those changes which you notice are for the better? The book gives characters and how their lives may have intertwined in life, how events & people affect and shape each other. The book is a work of fiction, but it is certainly making me think. How much more then will the Holy Spirit shape me, shape you? I believe in the Holy Spirit as truth, real and at work in us making our hearts strangely warm as John Wesley experienced on May 24th ,1738. As a new month begins what hopes do you have? What new thing might you discover that will bring joy, warmth, a deeper faith, a transformation? How can an end also be a beginning?
Acts 13:52 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for your faithfulness.
With love in Christ
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