Friday, 30 October 2015

Walton Parish Nursing Celebration Service

Sunday 18th October saw SRMC packed to bursting, with not a spare chair, as the three Walton churches gathered together for their annual service to celebrate this ecumenical ministry. The congregation of 120 included Mayor, Doreen Savage, District Chair, Circuit Superintendent, councillors, reps from organisations, clients, Methodist, Baptist & Anglican Ministers & members from the three Walton churches.
Ros Moore, the new CEO of PNMUK had travelled from Yorkshire (with a nerve-racking train journey that meant she nearly missed the service!), who gave an inspiring talk. Being a Methodist & using a visual aid of a rope with 4 knots, she linked Our Calling of Service, Learning & Caring, Worship & Evangelism to what we do in Parish Nursing. This was a way for churches to show God’s love by being a good neighbour to people in need, supporting community development & in turn growing as Christians.
Wendy Hubbard introduced herself as the new OT & said what a privilege it was to combine her training as an OT with her Christian faith.Music was provided by the JAM group at St Mary’s.
Each group was called to the front & showed what a big team we had become, bringing different skills & expertise to the ministry – the Trustees (including Ministers), Management Team, Volunteers (16), Lorna PN, Wendy OT plus Ros & Helen Wordsworth from PNMUK.
There followed refreshments organised by MRBC with a splendid array of cakes where conversations were had & connections made.
This was an uplifting service for all those involved in WPN which affirmed the work we do, reminding us that it’s not what we do for ourselves IN church that matters but what we do OUTSIDE our church walls for others. It’s what Jesus would do.

Sue Hockenhull
This article was written for SRMC's magazine, Brightstar.

You can view video highlights of the service here.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Backstabbers

This is the video shown in the service on 1st November 2015 at MRBC to introduce the stormy relationship between these two characters.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Evening Services in October and November

We've got a few "specials" on on October and early November, so here is the programme.  Please note that with the end of British Summer Time, our regular Evening Services revert to 5-30pm until the end of March.

18/10/2015 Parish Nursing Celebration @ Seaton Road 3pm Nothing @ MRBC
25/10/2015 Taize Service @ St Marys from 6pm Nothing @ MRBC
01/11/2015 Bible Society Service @ SA 5-30pm Nothing @ MRBC
08/11/2015 Bible Study Mark Reid Service reverts to 5-30pm
15/11/2015 Communion Mark Reid
22/11/2015 Something's on But what? Find someone who may know.....

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Vanishing Grace Bible Studies

During the autumn, some of out Small Groups will be looking at Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey. 
The Vanishing Grace Bible Study series was published in America only and the study guides seem to be out of print and hard to get, so they are reproduced below. They can also be viewed on computers, phones or tablets but you will need to use the rotate facility as they have been formatted for printing.

The DVD is in US format rather than European and Mark has produced a copy that works on British DVD players as well as putting it on YouTube.

The sessions are available online below.

1. We've got problems Video 1
2. What can we do about it? Video 2
3. Who are the grace dispensers? Video 3
4. Is it really good news? Video 4
5. Holy subversives Video 5

Note for Leaders:   All the session files are in pdf format and you should be able to download and print them. The studies are long, so please feel free to adapt them as appropriate to your group - or just guide free discussion of the material after watching the video.   Please see Mark for a copy of the DVD.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Churches Together in Suffolk

Our Regional Minister, Simon Goddard is the Moderator for CTiS and he has let us know about this forthcoming meeting.