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Our newsletter, Tidings, is published 10 times a year to be available at the beginning of each month but, to give the editor a break, there are no January or August editions.  It is circulated to members and friends of three churches, namely Longbenton Methodist Church, West Moor Methodist Church and St. Andrew's Church (Methodist and United Reformed) at a cost of 40 p a copy.   Rev. Janet Jackson is the minister for Longbenton and Rev. Gavin Hume is the minister for the other two churches.

Here are some items from the June 2019 issue, beginning with a letter from Gavin.  (Janet is on three months sabbatical leave.)

Dear Friends

Many of you will be aware that, as I write this, we are in the middle of preparing to move house (to our new manse in Kingston Park). This has entailed a serious amount of de-cluttering. I have lost count of the number of trips I’ve made to the recycling centre, and with each car load I think “Surely that must be

everything.” But then we open another cupboard, or pull out another drawer, and wonder how on earth we have accumulated so much stuff that we no longer need or use.

It has led me to wonder if something similar can happen in our “inner life”. Does our thinking become cluttered by so many worries, fears, obsessions and distractions that we don’t have room for more life-giving things. It reminded me of these verses from Philippians 4:6-8.

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

I am aware that if I do not choose to deliberately be thankful for all the good things in my life (to “count my blessings”) and if I do not choose to think about those things mentioned above, then it will be all too easy for my thinking to become cluttered by the fears and worries of life. So alongside our household de-cluttering, there is the challenge of some “spiritual” de-cluttering!

With every blessing,

Gavin

 

A NEW FELLOWSHIP GROUP AT LUNCH TIME

You are invited to make yourself a sandwich for lunch

and bring it with you to a new fellowship group

which I wish to start in July.

Cups of tea and coffee will be provided.

The first meeting will be on Tuesday July 2

from 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

at St. Andrew’s.

Please will you think about it and join me then.

Betty Fellows

 

First Saturday Coffee Mornings – 10 - 11.30 a.m. July 6, August 3

A very big “Thank you” to everyone who helped in any way to raise the amount of £285 at the June coffee morning. Of this, £250 has been sent to the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity and the remainder will boost our “Rainy Day Fund”.  The charity we intend to support in July is the Woodland Trust and the organisers hope to see you all then. In August we shall support MS Research and Relief. Each time there will be the usual stalls – cakes, stationery and bric-a-brac – also a raffle, and of course plenty of coffee and chat.                                                                                  Jean Green

Girls Allowed Group  (G.A.G.)

2 p.m. Thursday July 25th and August 22nd

Our contact: tel. 266 4737 or 266 8403.   

                                            Pauline Oliver, Margaret Wall

 

Your Church needs You!

Do you love and value your church? Are you confident the church will always be there for you? Do you know what goes on at church every day of the week to ensure it survives and is warm and comfortable for all who use our premises and services?

Well, our church is kept going by a number of very dedicated and committed individuals who look after the buildings, heating and lighting, the finances, the hall users, etc. People who turn up to put sand on the ice, soap in the toilets, flowers in the church, set the heating to go on, and then there are the stewards who look after us on a Sunday, and the organists – and I could list hundreds of small jobs that are done throughout the week.

Almost all of these folks are in their very senior years and some are creaking gates. We need many more volunteers to pick up some of these tasks and make true the saying, “Many hands make light work.”

Please don’t wait to be asked if you can help, ask yourself if you are doing your bit to facilitate and support the work of your church in the service of your Lord.

Your church needs you! Please make yourself known.

Love to all,

Moira Simpson