With a flick of a match, friction occurs, and a spark leaps from match to tinder. A small flame burns the edges and grows, fuelled by the woods and the air. Heat builds, and soon the kindling is licked by reddish orange tongues. Higher and wider it spreads, consuming the wood. The flame has become a fire. Nearly 2000 years ago, a match was struck and at first, just a few people in that beautiful part of the world were touched and warmed, but the fire spread beyond Jerusalem and Judea out to the world and to all people. Acts 2 provides an eye witness account of the flame and fire which was also the birth and spread of the church. Beginning in Jerusalem with a small group of disciples, the message travelled across the Roman Empire.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, this courageous band preached, taught, healed and demonstrated love in Synagogues, schools, homes, marketplaces, courtrooms, on streets, hills, ships and desert roads. Whenever God sent them, lives and history were changed. This flame is being handed over to you and me and our duty is to keep the fire burning as well as being witnesses of Christ’s love, care and compassion.
I welcome you to LMC, a place of welcome and belonging. We will be hosting a World church Service on the 12th of June at 6pm. You are all invited. 3 generate 2022 registration is now open. Let us make sure that our Youth register and those who may want to volunteer at 3 gen. please see Hazel and she will assist you.
We continue to pray for those affected by war, natural disasters, high cost of living & unemployment rate, those who are not feeling well and those who lost their loved ones. We also pray for the royal family and especially the Queen as she celebrates a Platinum Jubilee and we thank God for allowing her to offer 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.
May the Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us, melt us, mould us, fill us and make us ready for service. Remember – Evangelism for all by all!
EVERY MONDAY: 7.00 pm – Food Cycle community meal in the Foyer.
EVERY THURSDAY: 7.00 pm – Thursday Fellowship on Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join on Zoom, details as follows:
WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE, 7.30 pm – Photographic Group re-joins us
SATURDAY 11 JUNE, 10.00 am – Working Party. Lots of help needed please
SATURDAY 11 JUNE, 2.00 pm – A Garden Party! Please come to Martin and Jenny Burke's back garden on Saturday 11th June around 2pm just to relax and chat among friends. Light refreshments will be available. Please see Martin or Jennie for more details or if you would like a lift. (Or phone Evelyn 0121 453 4640)
SUNDAY 12 JUNE – Methodist Homes Sunday
SUNDAY 12 JUNE, 6.00 pm – Service for all Birmingham Circuit on a global theme here at Longbridge
SUNDAY 12 JUNE, 12.30 – 3.30 pm – Community BBQ at Selly Oak Methodist Church, Langleys Road, B29 6HT. Free Event. All welcome
JUNIOR MISSION FOR ALL – We are hoping to have a JMA sale before long. If anyone has unwanted gifts or items suitable for the sale, please hand them to Janet or Wendy. Thank you.
FOOD BANK – We are now accepting donations again in the food bank collection basket in the foyer. Donations of tins and packets of food will be gratefully received. The donations will be given to the Food Bank at Cotteridge. If you want any further information, please see Hazel. Thank you for your generosity.
METHODIST HOMES – Envelopes will be available for your generous donations to the work of the Methodist Homes. “Growing Together” is the theme this year, focusing on how the beauty, tranquillity and joy of nature can reduce isolation and bring communities together. Your gift will support garden projects and help people to live their later life well.
Offerings – The average for the first three quarters of the year was £657 against our target of £673.