We are number one! The greatest, strongest. prettiest…. Champions! Daily, such proclamations boldly assert claims of supremacy. Everyone wants to be associated with the winner. Losers are those who finish less than first. In direct contrast are the words of Jesus: “And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many”. (Mark 10:44-45). Jesus is the greatest, God incarnate, our Messiah but he entered history as a servant.
Mark reveals Jesus not only by what he says but by what he did. As we come to the end of the Lent season, let us be ready for action, be open for God’s move in our lives and be challenged to move into the world to serve with love and compassion.
Musician Dan Holmes is going to be playing at our church on the 26th of April 2023 starting from 7pm and you are all invited.
If you wish to be a full member of the Methodist Church, please see Becky, Hazel, or any of the stewards.
We continue to pray for those who are not feeling well.
I will end with a prayer from Sarah Crosby, Methodist Preacher (1729–1804)
Let our souls rejoice in your power, O God, and our hearts in your love. As our mouths are filled with your praise, may our lives testify to your grace. Amen!
Gospel Music Star, Dan Holmes will be giving a concert at Longbridge Methodist Church on WEDNESDAY 26TH APRIL @ 7.00 pm as part of his UK tour. A night of inspiring Gospel Music awaits you.
THE MEMORIAL BOOK, which is now kept in the Foyer, has recently been updated. If you wish to view an entry in it, please speak to Elisabeth Osborn.
OFFERINGS MARCH 2023
The average for the first seven months of the year was £653.93 per week, against our target of £672. Envelopes are available from Philip Osborn for use each week.
BENEVOLENT FUND – The amount given in March was £8.00.
We hold these from time to time to carry out minor repairs and keep our premises spick and span. We could do with more help! Can you spare an hour or so? Please see Anthony Atwell for more details.
Saturday 15 April from 10.00 am.
MID-WEEK DEVOTIONS ON THURSDAY EVENINGS
Everybody is invited to join us for the mid-week devotions every Thursday as we explore various aspects of our faith and worship God every Thursday at 7.00 pm for one hour only. The Zoom joining instructions are as follows:
WHATSAPP GROUP – We have a Church WhatsApp Group for sharing news, prayers and matters relating to the church. If you would like to join the group please send a request to Remi on 07970147862.
LADIES’ TUESDAY LUNCHEON GROUP will meet on 11th April but not on 25th April. We meet at 12.30 until around 2.00 in the coffee pot. There are dinners which must be ordered, plus soup, sandwiches or toast. All ladies welcome.