Melton Mowbray Methodist Circuit

Faith, Hope and Love

Sage Cross Rainbow

Image, with kind permission, by Cara Lilley 

Welcome to the Melton Methodist Circuit Website.

Deacon

Do browse around it, using the menu tabs above.

If you would like to know anything more about any of our activities or churches, please use the appropriate

link to contact us. 

With best wishes.

Deacon Alison McCauley

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The online service Sunday, 28th November - led by Deacon Alison McCauley


Future on-Line services

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Rev. Pat's 'Thought for the week' on 103 Sunday, 21st November


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There will now be a Circuit Newsletter published each week


Newsletter


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From Barbara:         Thought for the Week

 

To wear a mask or not to wear a mask (or face covering / visor) in Church?

 

Wearing a face covering in Church except when singing is now a personal choice.

But what about personal responsibility?

Current government Covid-19 guidelines advise wearing a face covering when meeting people inside.

Most of the Covid-19 infections at present are in younger age groups but despite the success of the vaccination programme, older people are catching Covid-19, (approx. 5-10 a day in Melton), and it is overwhelmingly older people and those with underlying medical problems who are ending up seriously ill and in hospital and the average age of those dying is 84 for the fully jabbed and 82 for those who are not (per the BMJ).

Major surgery, like heart surgery, often requires patients to spend 24-48 hours in ICU following surgery to ensure they are stable before moving to an ordinary ward. Last week 20% of intensive care, (ICU), beds were occupied by covid-19 patients. Covid-19 patients as a norm spend a lot longer in ICU than other patients and as a consequence, major surgery is having to be postponed because there are insufficient ICU beds available.

If wearing a face covering helps protect others from the Covid-19 virus (and flu) and helps reduce its spread, is it not the responsible thing to do, to wear a face covering in Church, notwithstanding personal choice?

 

Barbara

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We too are told by Jesus to love our neighbours. It’s not always obvious but loving our neighbours starts at home in our churches - our extended Christian family.   During these last 18 months, we too have been very protective and loving towards our loved ones and families.  Some of you may have felt the care (and sometimes the anxiety) of those who love us trying their best to care for us.  Actions speak louder than words.  Our love is demonstrated by the way we care for one another.

Over the last few weeks, I have heard from several people who are increasingly worried about how we move forward during the ‘new normal’ as winter approaches and the virus is still with us. How do we demonstrate our love to all who come through the doors of our churches?  The circuit safeguarding officers have done a magnificent job of producing guidelines that hopefully we can live with and protect not just ourselves, but our Christian family. But would it be possible to go the extra mile and make tiny little adjustments out of love for others beyond the basic guidelines? Maybe we could have a couple of rows of seats which are still quite spaced out for those like myself who struggle to sit amongst a crowd?  Please don’t be offended if your friend wants to sit apart.  There are still folk who are not vaccinated.  Please be careful if you want to hug someone or take their hand – it can catch someone unawares and cause distress and they may not want to offend you by refusing.  Many of our sisters and brothers have vulnerable family at home and are torn between coming back into church and keeping them safe.  In love, we do what we can to protect the weakest part of the body of Christ, without making them feel different.

So please keep wearing your mask if you can, especially when singing *. Sanitise your hands and complete the track and trace. As winter approaches, we want to keep you as warm as we can allowing for ventilation and safe in the process. I have faith that we will, hope that everyone does what they can for each other, but of course the most important thing is love. Love is patient and kind. So, let’s be patient, do what we can to demonstrate our love for one another and continue to protect one another.  Thank you for the love you share and all you have done so far.

(*Circuit guidelines are available from your safeguarding officer or Janet Norburn or Carol Scarborough. Methodist guidelines are available on the Methodist website.

Views expressed are mine.)

God Bless Alison.

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Melton Mowbray Methodist Circuit

Advent studies

 

Led by Rev. Pat

 

WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

 

 

Published by ECONI, 2004

Image from original photo by Tim Gulick (www.sxc.hu)

 

At Sandy Lane Methodist Church. Time 2-3pm

 

Week One:         Wednesday 17th November

                             Read: Malachi 2:10–3:5

 

Week Two:         Wednesday 24th November

Read: Luke 1:39–55

 

Week Three:      Wednesday 1st December

Read: Matthew 2:1–18

                            

Week Four:        Wednesday 8th December

Read: Luke 2:25–35

 

  

About this resource.

The season of Advent is a time of hope, waiting, preparation and promise.

In this resource we explore these themes through the stories of four biblical figures, each rooted in the prophetic tradition.

As we wait in anticipation of the celebration of Christ’s birth, we offer these reflections as a way of sharing in the promises of God and to consider how Advent hope might inspire us in simple but significant redemptive actions.

 

We invite you to take this opportunity, as an individual or in group study, to allow these themes to irritate and trouble, as well as excite and encourage you in the coming weeks. You may find that some of the questions posed don’t have easy answers. We invite you to sit with the discomfort this might bring and to allow time to chew them over. For the radical message which the gospel proclaims sits uncomfortably alongside contemporary Christmas celebrations more in tune with the world’s priorities and values than those revealed by the prophets. The reality of the incarnation brings a reversal of the world’s ideas and represents an interruption to life as we know it. In the light of this understanding, Christmas for Christians cannot simply be business as usual.

 

I encourage you to set time aside to reflect on the question What child is this?” and on what his advent means. This is the long-awaited Christ whose coming is the ultimate expression of God’s love for the world. A world which he would turn upside-down.

 

I look forward to sharing with you.


Rev Pat

 

All We Can Emergency Coronavirus Appeal, India.

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Latest revision: 27th November 2021