In April, we were very privileged to formally welcome six people into formal membership. This brings our current membership level to the highest it has been for many years.
We are also pleased that we have a number of younger adults attending as in many churches this is seen as the missing generation.
These take place in the school holidays. If you have missed the one on Wednesday 30th May with its Noah and his Ark theme, not to worry, the summer one is on Monday 30th July 10:00 – 11:30am.
We now usually have two of these a month on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays. We are following a theme of looking at the life and ministry of Jesus and the one on June 10th will be looking at the story of Jesus’ baptism. The Café Church on the 17th is a one off special where we will be hosting a visit by SIFT, a Christian charity that works in Nicaragua. For all ages with quizzes and/or craft activities, usually a video with drinks at the start and more drinks and cakes at the end, what is there not to like? Everyone welcome. There is no charge; a voluntary offering is taken.
Just a reminder that Youth Club runs on Friday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00pm and children going up to secondary school this summer (i.e Year 6 now) can start to come along now and would be very welcome
A THANK YOU FROM BECK!
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU.
Many of you will know that I was diagnosed with cancer, (follicular lymphoma) towards the end of last year, and that since then have been undergoing a course of 6 chemo therapy treatments (one every 21 days).
Thank you to all of you who have sent cards, flowers and spoken kind words when we’ve met. It has been a great encouragement.
Thank you, especially, to those who have prayed for me. Throughout this time God has heard and answered those prayers. Even in the early stages of trying to diagnose what type of cancer I had, when the doctors thought it was stage 3 or 4 lung cancer (which would have meant I could have been dead by now) I have known God’s peace. That peace that “passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7). That peace that is based on the firm foundation and certain fact that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me (Jeremiah 31:3), who cares for me (1Peter5:7), and whose plans are for my good (Jeremiah 29:11).
We live in a world where bad stuff happens – there is sickness, problems and death. And there can be that tendency to think “Why me?”, “How can God allow that?”. There is a verse in the Bible that speaks about this.
“Does it mean God no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?” Romans 8:35
And the answer the writer comes up with is this: “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
If we have asked Jesus to forgive us and be our rescuer, then there is no longer a barrier between us and God. He is no longer far away, or fierce. Instead, as we put our trust in Jesus, and give our lives to Him, we are adopted by God as His children, and He becomes our loving Heavenly Father. He will never, ever leave us now (in this life), nor when this life ends.
If you’d like to know more, why not get in touch, or come along to Eastington Methodist Church and find out for yourself.
God bless, Beck (Burgin) Tel: 075 11 19 72 65
Ken Burgin – Senior Steward
Ken, Beck & Liz Burgin 01453 827414