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About Revd Stephen Froggatt

Methodist Minister, Sutton Park Circuit.

What’s On – Week Beginning 29th March 2020

WORSHIP AT HOME

Bible readings, Hymns and Psalms from the Methodist Prayer Handbook:
Sunday 29th March: John 11:1-45, StF 303, Psalm 130
Monday 30th March: Song of Solomon 2:1-17, StF 269, Psalm 23
Tuesday 31st March: Song of Solomon 3:1-5, StF 272, Psalm 102:1-11, 16-23
Wednesday 1st April: Song of Solomon 5:2-8, StF 277, Psalm 102:12-28
Thursday 2nd April: Song of Solomon 7:10-13, StF 279, Psalm 105:4-9
Friday 3rd April: Song of Solomon 8:1-4, StF 280, Psalm 126
Saturday 4th April: Song of Solomon 8:5b-7, StF 282, Psalm 121
Sunday 5th April (Palm Sunday): Matthew 27:11-54, StF 277, Psalm 31:9-16
Find Reflections on these passages on the Methodist Church Website

 Lectionary Readings for Today
Ezekiel 37.1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8.6-11; John 11.1-45
Read these Scriptures online
For some thoughts on these passages, have a look at Words On The Word

The Methodist Church Worship At Home Sheet
This week’s sheet for you to download and print off at home is here.

Online Streamed Services
The Birmingham District will seek again to offer Sunday worship at 10:30am
Wesley’s Chapel London on Sunday at 11am
SwanBank Methodist Church on Sunday at 10:30am

Weekday Morning Prayers
09:00 Monday-Friday – from Wesley House Cambridge with Resources for following the prayers and readings.  
10:00 Monday-Friday – from Wesley’s Chapel London

Worship Resources
 These resources have been generously provided by the following:
Roots On The Web 
The Family Friendly Churches Trust 
The Worship Cloud & 12 Baskets – Free Vine Resources
Illustrated Ministry’s Junior Church Activity Sheets

“Words On The Word”

Over the coming weeks I plan to contribute my thoughts on the Lectionary Readings for each Sunday, which some folk around the Circuit may wish to read at home in place of a sermon. Rather than create multiple similar posts each week, I will simply replace old editions with the latest issue. May God bless us all as we open the Scriptures together.

Words On The Word – Sunday 29th March

Hospital Visiting – Good Hope Hospital

Dear friends in the Sutton Park Circuit, 

We are at the moment being urged to keep social distancing in place, in order to help curb the wave of the coronavirus in the UK. 

In a time when we are asked to “keep a distance” and more physically separate from one another it is good to remember Paul’s words to the Romans:

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
(Romans 8. 31ff)

Friends, let us, therefore, daily renew our faith and trust in the Living God, and be praying for one another in hope. 

Please do get in touch, if you are concerned about anyone who is in the hospital at the moment, or in the upcoming weeks, particularly if there are weeks when there is no visiting allowed at the hospital. The UHB Chaplaincy team covers: the QE, Heartlands, Solihull, and Good Hope Hospitals. You can email me:  Kathryn.darby@heartofengland.nhs.uk or phone the Erdington manse (0121 386 5612) or phone the Chaplaincy and leave a message (0121 424 7676). Do keep your own minister and pastoral visitor in touch with the situation. 

God bless, Rev Kathryn Darby UHB Chaplain Good Hope Hospital

Using down time to get GDPR up to date :-)

Local Churches in the Circuit now have many folk confined to working at home. A good use of the time now would be to make progress with the GDPR Data Audit, which is due in from all churches at the September Circuit Meeting.

What Needs to Be Done

Go to the TMCP website https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/data-protection

Scroll down to this section:

Template Notices, Registers and Forms

Read the first and the third, and fill in the first two. What could be more fun?

Questions, as ever, to me. Stephen.Froggatt@methodist.org.uk

All Worship Services Suspended

Coronavirus guidance from the Methodist Church

Updated 17 March 15:00

It is with sadness that we recommend that worship services in Methodist Churches are suspended for the time being in line with Government guidance. We would encourage people who lead services to think about how worship might be offered in different ways, including online and using worship at home sheets.

During this incredibly difficult time when people might want to spend time in prayer in their Methodist Church. Local trustees should consider whether it is possible to open up their churches to enable people to come and pray or sit quietly, perhaps offering prayer stations as a point of reflection with precautions around physical distancing.

Suspending services means that we advise that baptisms will not take place in public worship and if you have a wedding planned in a Methodist Church you should speak to your minister. While funerals may still take place, we would advise that the number of people attending is limited as per the Government’s advice.

In terms of Church business, we recommend that all meetings including church councils and circuit meetings should be cancelled. Districts chairs will be in touch about Synods. The next meeting of the Methodist Council has been suspended and we will advise on how essential business will be carried out. We will be issuing further advice on this.

To read the latest version of this article in full, please follow this link.