Leaving the Methodist Church
As a church, we voted unanimously in July to leave the Methodist Church of Great Britain denomination. This is a big step but is made necessary because we feel that the Methodist Church has, for many years, been moving away from its original foundation based on Scriptural Holiness preferring instead to conform to the ways of the world.
It is not an easy step and before the church is able to become independent, matters such as the future of the building need to be resolved. The building is not owned by the local church here in Eastington even though it was almost certainly built using local money and has been sustained and maintained by its local members and supporters.
It is the people who make the church and not the building but the building is a vital facility if things like the Youth Club and the Baby and Toddler Group are to continue (bearing in mind that both have a lot of kit to store in between their sessions).
We are tired of seeing the Christian Faith compromised and would welcome the involvement of others who feel the same way as we move into a new future seeking to follow God’s will and looking to see His power at work in our church and community. We have yet to decide what the new name of the church will be.
Back in the summer…….
The mini-series of summer fun events were successful and the last one, involving a bouncy castle, was blessed with fine sunny weather and a particularly good turnout. It was good to meet new people as well as meet others for the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic.
Also from August, some of our services have returned to the Café Church format which is suitable for all ages.
Our next Café Church is on 10th October with Beck Burgin leading it.
Both it and the one on the 14th November are following the story of Joseph (of multi-colour dream coat fame). His brothers have already sold him to slave traders who are heading for Egypt.
At Café Church, we all sit around tables and there is usually a craft activity and colouring to keep the children amused although we try and involve them with what is going on. Drinks are provided at the start and again at the end when cakes are also provided. Please do come and join us, you will be very welcome.
On the other Sundays in the month the services are more conventional and are a great way to learn more about Jesus and what He can do in your life and for those you love.
Ours is a friendly church and quite informal – no need to dress up posh and no need to book and no need to bring piles of cash with you – just come.
October sees the return of our Messy events after a gap of nearly two years. This one is in the autumn half term week and on the Monday morning instead of the Toddlers Group whose normal attendees we hope will come and join in.
There will be a variety of activities suitable for all ages and a session part way through involving everyone.
As with all our events, hand sanitisers will be available for frequent use and mask wearing is advised (but is not mandatory) especially if things start to get busy. We would ask people to stay a respectable distance from others particularly if they look like they are feeling uncomfortable or vulnerable.
Into The Book
We have recently resumed acting out Bible stories at Whitminster School at assemblies. This takes place on Thursday mornings roughly fortnightly in term time starting with a rehearsal at 8:15am at our church and finishing at the school at about 9:45am. Our band of would be thespians has become a little depleted and we would love to hear from anyone who might like to join us. It is not necessary to be able to remember long and complex scripts (few of us are that good).
Youth club is running every Friday at 7pm and new members are welcome. We would also be interested in hearing from anyone who would like to help us run the youth club.
If you’d like to know more; or you’d just like someone to talk to; or if we can help in any way; give us a call.
Ken & Beck Burgin 01453 827414 or 07511197265 or email: info@EastingtonMethodists.org.uk