A collection of stories from Easter Offering 2018 dedication services around the Connexion:
Staffordshire Moorlands Methodist Circuit:
We have a committed group of people who always manage to produce a successful and happy presentation and we alternate services each year between our two larger churches. This year it was at Cheadle in our Staffordshire Moorlands Circuit, and the service was well attended and very well received. A Prayer Tree was included which was completed during the service, and the Music Group sang ‘Let there be peace on earth’.
The happy fellowship continued over afternoon tea after the service.
Pictured here are the communion area, and the Prayer Tree completed during the service.
Also, the main picture at the top of the page is the beautiful ‘Peace from War’ centrepiece made for the service.
Bodmin Padstow and Wadebridge Circuit, Cornwall:
We held our Easter Offering Dedication service at Bodmin Methodist Church on 6th May 2018 at 4.00pm. It was coordinated by Revd Sally Long, with representatives from Circuit churches participating throughout the service.
The theme Seek Peace and Pursue It was challenging as we listened to stories from Sri Lanka, the Tent of Nations, and Japan. During moments of reflection we were given the opportunity to write our own peace prayers. Generous donations for the World Mission Fund were gratefully received and blessed. As always the service was thought provoking, as we considered ways in which we can be peacemakers, both in our families and our communities.
The afternoon concluded with a delicious Cream tea, prepared and served by the Bodmin ladies, providing a valuable time for further fellowship.
Toll Gavel Methodist Church, Beverley (Yorkshire North and East District):
Pictured left is the worship and prayer focus made for the Toll Gavel service.
“I was moved to tears during the stories.”
“Very thought provoking.”
“A lot of work went into that.”
“Very worthwhile service.”
Seek Peace and Pursue It was the theme of this year’s Easter Offering Service organised by Methodist Women in Britain, which began in Vidlin before being cascaded to Unst, Yell, Lerwick, Walls and Sandness.
The service at Vidlin was led by Elizabeth Colley with people taking part from Lerwick, Nesting, Walls, Vidlin, Scalloway and Whiteness. The speaker for the evening was Revd David Lees who spoke about his visit to Israel and the Tent of Nations. There was a display from Japan and Sri Lanka, which were the other two countries reflected in this year’s service.
Tea, homebakes and fellowship followed. As usual, it is a very popular service, and £1,705 was raised across Shetland to help the World Church and support those in very difficult situations.
The village of Sandness in the West Mainland has the oldest Methodist church in Shetland still in use and so it was fitting that the service reflecting the oldest of Methodist charitiable giving went to the oldest Methodist Church in Shetland.
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