I can hardly believe we have just completed another year in Methodism. I’m amazed how many things have taken place during this past year and would like to highlight some by way of encouragement for the coming year.
Looking back, the arrival of Debbie marked an important change within the life of Sutton and the Circuit. Building on the previous years ‘Vision Day’ Debbie led the circuit to reflect on the Methodist ‘Our Calling’:
WORSHIP – The Church exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love;
LEARNING AND CARING – The Church exists to help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care;
SERVICE – The Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice;
EVANGELISM – The Church exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ.
and to look at how the individual churches can support each other through the various activities in the life of the Circuit.
When the Editor of ‘In His Spirit’ died the consensus was that the magazine needed to continue because it brought the churches closer together and enabled ideas to flow throughout the circuit when all the churches were given the opportunity of using the same material for their Lent groups it was to help them to feel closer to each other.
And bringing the Safe-Guarding up to date was led by the Circuit too. From September there is a circuit prayer diary to encourage prayers for the Circuit, local churches and their activities, and for the communities.
In the summer the circuit came together for worship in the park drawing passers-by to stop and listen, and the ‘circuit services’ (on the plan) are now very much part of the life of the circuit with some offering teaching, welcoming guest speakers and Worship and Praise with Testimonies, services with a difference.
AT SUTTON – the harvest festival, Christmas tree festival and knitted angels, shoe box appeal all in the 1st quarter of the year brought a sense of busyness and working together.
Then there was live music provided by a number of our young people now living in various parts of the country: coming together with our own Sutton Singers to perform ‘The Gift’ and bring a spiritual dimension leading us towards Christmas.
The joy of opening our doors to the wider community at our annual fayres, street festival, panto, schools, uniformed organisations and those in need of ‘Rites of Passage’; all essential to being ‘Church in the Community’.
We have said good-bye to Bill as a steward and welcomed Fiona. A small group have worked really hard bringing our ‘Risk Assessments’ up to date and another the Safe-Guarding requirements for this church.
Yet another group are working alongside the playgroup who were awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted this year.
We had a fantastic time with Keith who led our Anniversary and the comments from our Local Arrangements have been welcomed and very encouraging.
Then there has been the sadness of losing a number of wonderful and valued members of this church but as always, we have felt the loss together, grieved together and loved together.
I’m sure there are things that I’ve forgotten that you will remember, treasure it all.
As we begin our New Year by sharing communion let us remember all that Christ has done for us and that it is God’s work we’re doing whether it be locally or circuit wide.
So, whatever his year brings let us do it with thanksgiving in our hearts to bring God the glory which he alone deserves.
Every blessing to you all and a Happy New Year!
We pray for those who are unable to come to worship due to ill health or mobility problems, especially.
ALSO PRAY FOR
Debbie, our Minister, as she returns from her sabbatical.
The needs of the Circuit, the Circuit Staff, Circuit Stewards and individual churches in the Circuit. Special prayers for Rev Thomas Parker and family who will be joining the South Holderness Methodist Circuit in September.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS
Heritage Open Days
Sutton Methodist Church will be open from 10.00am – 4.00pm on Friday 7th September and also Saturday 8th September 2018.
Heritage Open Days is organised and run by Hull Civic Society in conjunction with many volunteers, owners of properties and companies.
It is a non-commercial venture and relies very much on people contributing their time and resources for its success.
Consequently, we at Sutton are looking for a team of people who can give a couple of hours on either or both days so that the church has ‘stewards’ on duty. We need to have two people at a time.
The individual properties that are open, across the duration of Heritage Open Days, are listed in a Heritage Open Days brochure/magazine.
It makes very interesting reading if you are still able to acquire one. (Available in libraries and the Information Centre at the Hull Interchange.
However, they are usually in demand and often ‘run out’ before the event starts.)
Harvest Festival Weekend Barn Dance, Supper and Sunday Service
We will be holding our annual Harvest Barn Dance on Saturday 6th October from 7- 10pm.
The ticket price of £5 per adult and £2.50 per child includes the usual 2-course supper.
The evening’s entertainment will be provided by the fantastic Hayriders Ceilidh Band playing live on stage in the Church Hall.
The following day we shall be holding our traditional Harvest Festival Sunday Morning Service at 10.45am in the Church.
The service will be led by our minister, Rev. Debbie Lucas. Do come and join us for this celebration of God’s bounteous harvest.
WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED
Please put the date of Saturday 1st December in your diaries. On that evening we are planning a production of While Shepherds Watched, a Christmas musical by Roger Jones.
It will be dedicated to the memory of Barrie who worked very closely with Roger Jones and Team over many years.
In the coming months our singers will be practising the songs and, hopefully, we can once again gather together a group of instrumentalists to give us a live band for this performance.
WATCH OUT FOR FURTHER DETAILS!
SINGING PRACTICES FOR WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED
Anyone is welcome to join our singers who are going to practise for WSW. Rehearsals will take place on Thursdays in September (20th & 27th), Thursdays in October (NOT ALL – just 4th & 25th) and the Thursdays in November (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th) at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall.
FESTIVAL OF ANGELS
This year, instead of a Christmas Tree Festival, we are planning a Festival of Angels. Displays will illustrate Christmas carols that feature angels.
The Festival is being planned to coincide with The Sutton Village Street Festival and so it will take place across the weekend of Saturday 8th December and Sunday 9th December.
It may seem a long way off at the moment, but we are hoping that our knitters will be able to help with the preparations by once again knitting angels.
Those who don’t knit may like to make a money donation to the knitters to help with the purchase of wool. Angels knitted in white wool or pastel shades will suit the sort of displays that we are planning.
The pattern used for angels last year, or a modified version to create a slightly bigger angel, will be available from Sue or Joyce.
WIVES AND FRIENDS
This group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays each month, at 7.45pm in the Potterill Hall. There is a programme of invited speakers, entertainment and members activity evenings. Any ladies who would like to come and meet this group will be very welcome, and very welcome to join the group.
Over this past year we’ve seen the name Paul Field advertised on a number of occasions as giving a concert in various places.
The last one was in July at Princes Avenue Methodist Church when he came to enable funds to be raised for the Open Door Project for Asylum Seekers and Refugees.
The article below gives information on who the man is. I hope you enjoy reading it.
So who is Paul Field?
Paul Field is an Ivor Novello and Dove award winning composer, producer and songwriter of over 30 years standing.
He has written and produced songs on many Gold and Platinum records for artists around the world including Cliff Richard, Elkie Brookes, Tammy Wynette, Natalie Grant and Michael English. He has also written several musicals including Hopes and Dreams, and Cargo, a musical about Slavery for the Wilberforce Celebrations.
Paul’s other credits include music for film and television and one of his children’s songs accompanied a recent Queen’s Christmas Message.
A recent addition has been the “Stolen Lives Project” with the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull, a set of 17 stand alone multi-media resources for informing young people about modern slavery (www.stolenlives.co.uk), and “Making Invisible People Visible”, working on a multidisciplinary arts project with Exeter University, giving a voice to the homeless.
Paul still loves to perform in his own right. www.paulfield.com
Donations for Open Door and Fund-Raising Events
Members of the congregation are always very generous in making donations for charities such as Open Doors, or our own fundraising events.
If you want to make a donation, please label the bag or container with the charity or event for which you intend it to be used.
Sometimes an unlabelled bag has appeared in the vestry and the stewards have had to guess where the donor wants the goods to be sent.
As you will be aware by now, the group of churches in Sutton and Bransholme no longer meet as a group.
Sutton Methodist and St James have agreed to join with the East Hull churches, Anglican Methodist and Catholic.
Sue and I will be happy to keep you informed of any activities arranged by this group. It is vital that we hold a Christian presence and work together within our communities.
Please keep us in your prayers.
Methodist women in Britain
Opening service for the year 14th September 2018 10.00am – coffee – 10.30am.
“Called to Proclaim – Dare to Act. Revd Leslie Newton
13.30pm “Journeying with Gill Newton” The Wesley Centre, Saville Street, Malton Y017 7LL
Bring food to share for lunch. Drinks available
I was fortunate to attend a Retreat at St Oswalds Pastoral House run by the Sisters of the Holy Paracleat.
For three days we spend in “silence” for meditation and prayer joining the Sisters in their daily prayer. One of these Sisters leads sessions throughout the day of which we can join in with discussion.
Eating our delicious food in silence is fun, sign language is amazing. Then, after the Sunday morning sacrament service we enjoy a full Sunday lunch and chat before leaving for home.
These days of quiet contemplation appreciating Gods hand in the gardens and countryside around are really good.
The subject this year was “Communion” what this means and what the act of Holy Communion means to each one of us, a subject worth discussing.
“The table laid, white cloth like fallen snow. The wine as read as blood.
The breads sweet smell Come join us in our feast as Jesus told us. Eat, drink in my memory but come, not to be afraid but to open our hearts, that he may bless you and you may ask forgiveness for sins. Never forgetting the reason for being his hungry children”.
Shortly after this, we spent a week in Northumbria looking at Castles and Gardens, and the wonderful coastline. Again, I find just standing in God’s garden is so rewarding.
Now that our days of making sandcastles and delving into rock pools are over, we do still enjoy the sea-side. Old age has its rewards.
Thank you Deacon Sue for your letter, and I hope you will all feel a bit of peace wherever you spend the summer.
Time to Pay a Visit
An English lady, wishing to rent a furnished house in a small German village in the mountains, not knowing who to ask, sought help from the village schoolmaster.
When she returned home she realised that she had not asked if there was a W.C. attached to the house, so she wrote to the schoolmaster for details about the W.C. He did not understand the abbreviation and asked the local Lutheran pastor who had some knowledge of the English.
The clergyman concluded that the lady was a devout church-goer and wanted to know where the Wesleyan Chapel was and hence, sent the following reply:
The W.C. is situated about seven miles from the house in the centre of a pine forest with lovely surroundings. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which may be unfortunate for you as I understand that you are in the habit of going regularly: but no doubt you will be glad to know that quite a number of people take their lunch with them and make a day of it. As there are a number of visitors in the summer, I would advise you to get there early. The accommodation is good and there are about thirty seats. If you should arrive late there is plenty of standing room.
I would especially advise your ladyship to pay a visit on Tuesdays, as on that day, there is an organ accompaniment. The acoustics on the premises are excellent and even the most delicate sounds are audible all over the building.
I shall be delighted to reserve the best seat for your ladyship.
I have the honour to be, etc, etc.
P.S. My wife and I have been unable to go for eight months and it pains us very much, but it is such a long way for us.From the late Neville Cryer
Meets once a month at Ings Library, and at Central Library from 10 am to 12 noon..
Also at Bransholme Methodist Church every Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30 am.
Details from Linda in church.
Donations of knitting for the Baby Unit, and the Twiddlemuffs for patients with Dementia continue to be wanted.
Every time I take bags of knitting in, the hospital, staff I hand them over to are so grateful and full of admiration of the items, and of the people who make them.
I am happy to take them in to the hospital, despite the waiting time to get in!, so please do keep them coming.
Details of what to knit, and patterns can be supplied to anyone who wants to join our band of knitters.
Contact Linda in church.
The Church Library
will be open every Sunday I am in church. You are welcome to look at the varied selection of books. When you want to borrow a book, please write the date, your name and the title of the book you wish to borrow in the notebook.
Then please add the date of the day you return the book.
SMILE by Spike Milligan
Smiling is infectious
You catch it like the flu
When someone smiled at me today
I started smiling too
I walked around the corner
And someone saw me grin
When he smiled I realised
I had passed it on to him
I thought about the smile
And realised its worth
A single smile like mine
Could travel round the Earth
So If you feel a smile begin
Don’t leave it undetected
Start an epidemic
And get the world infected.
The Church Newsletter 40 Years Ago September 1978
July 8th Ann to Andrew Aug 18th Kathleen Wilson to Peter Wise Aug 26th Josephine to John.
Warmest congratulations and best wishes, especially to Ann and Andy, and to Jo and John, members of our church family.
Comment on this extract
Ann and Andy live in Hedon. They have two sons, Robert and David, and four young grandsons. Jo and John live on the Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland.
They also have two sons, Robert and Andrew, and four grandchildren. Congratulations to Ann and Andy and Jo and John on the occasion of their Ruby Wedding Anniversaries!
October 1978 YOUTH REPORT
This year’s MAYC District Summer Event was held in Scarborough where we all had an enjoyable time.
During Saturday there was a sandcastle competition followed by a girls’ five-a-side football contest in which our team performed creditably. After tea on the beach, we went inland for a barn dance and barbeque.
The usual ‘hard’ night’s sleep on a church hall floor and church hall breakfast brought us to Sunday morning worship at Westborough, after which dinner concluded the weekend.
Later in July, Fiona, Helen and myself joined with four members from Kingston Wesley Youth Fellowship for a weekend at the Millington Youth Centre near Pocklington.
We went to focus our attention on Jesus and we had sessions of prayer and praise, on healing and thinking of others, on the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit, and our own service when we thought about the Glory of God.
Jim led our time of fellowship and, having praised God for our time together, we now wait for God’s guidance on-going on from here.
May I conclude by stating what a great help a weekend like this can be and urge you not to miss the opportunity of joining with other Christians ‘away from it all’ whenever you have the chance.
Comment on this extract
Barrie referred to Fiona. This will be Fiona who went on to become a Methodist Minister. She retired recently and she lives in West Yorkshire. He also mentioned Helen. This will be Helen Cross. Has anyone any news about Helen?