Circuit Newsletter June - August 2018

                                                Faith + Fellowship Newsletter           June - August 2018

April 2018
Dear Friends

As we have recently celebrated the resurrection of Jesus and Pentecost is upon us I am aware of the challenges we are given by Jesus and the Early Church with regard to relationships.  The Resurrection of Jesus changed people’s lives and brought them together for support and fellowship.  Individual lives and ideas were transformed as they grew in understanding of Jesus and of what it meant to live in fellowship with one another. The Early Church came together and held all things in common for the good of all. There is no information that this may have continued as the church grew and spread but being in fellowship together is certainly a requirement of our faith. We are called to watch over one another in love, to care for the less fortunate and the needy and we can see this still alive and well in our churches. We are reminded daily in the news bulletins of the needs of the people for the world and we are asked to respond to them and at times that can be a challenge.

The essential element in any community is Love. Love for one another and for those in the wider community.  Jesus tells us to “love as we are loved”, but somehow we don’t always find this easy. God loves us from when we are being formed in our mother’s womb – Psalm 139. He loves each one of us as we are, as he made us. He doesn’t call us to be different but he asks us to use the gifts he has given us. We don’t all have the same gifts but we are asked to use what we have. We all acquire imperfections and none of us are perfect or identical; God takes us as we are and rejoices in all we do in his name. God loves us more than we can ever imagine but we do not always demonstrate that love in our actions. We are not all blessed with the same gifts fortunately, because each of us brings what we can for the good of all. No one’s gift is of more value than someone else’s. We need to learn to praise God for each person’s gifts and value their use in our communities as an expression of Christ with us.

The love God gives us is there to be shared both within our churches and in the communities we live in. We can become so involved in our church life that the need for love and concern for others can be overridden by plans, wants and wishes. The call by God to “Love as we are love” disappears or is submerged under everything else and we fail ourselves and God.  If love is not to be seen in action within our churches how can we encourage others to seek Jesus? If love is not at the heart of all we do there will be no fruit from the work of Spirit. We are moving on into the summer and Easter and Pentecost can just become a vague memory. As we plan holidays, gardening etc. hopefully in sunshine and warmth, may we hold on to the warmth of God’s love and the gifts of the Spirit. May our churches be havens of love and peace so that others may grow in the light and warmth of the love of God and we can be beacons of hope in a troubled world.

May the Love and Peace of God be with us all.                    Rev Margaret   


Aflame with him

Luke 24:32       

'And they said one to another, Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked to us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?'

A friend of ours was telling of a visit he, his wife and young son made to friends of theirs. In the house was a coal fire which, when they arrived, was almost burned down to embers.

During the time spent with their friends , the hosts put some more coal on the fire, which them began to flare up with flames burning brightly. The boy, who had not noticed the embers before, suddenly saw the flames begin to appear and was captivated by it all. Despite other attractions, he remained captivated by the flames as they danced above the coals. It was obviously so much more interesting than the embers had been!

We hear a lot, if we listen thChristian teaching or preaching, about the Church being likened to coals of fire....or is it dying embers? God intends that His Church – that's you and me, if we are believers- should be aflame with life and vigour, on fire for Him, not barely alive as an ember. He's looking for a mighty conflagration from us all so bright and powerful that we will certainly be noticed....burning with HIS life within us.

So, if your life is just an ember, the one good thing about being an ember is that to know that you are capable of greater things. With the wind of the Holy Spirit upon you and fuelled by His love and His passion to win others, you will burn brightly in the days to come, drawing others to Him.

Set yourself to search for the power of the fire of God to come upon you. Open yourself to HIS energizing. Become aflame for Him.  Remember, both John and Charles Wesley discovered that their hearts were strangely warmed.  (Adapted from Chris Jewel's book 'Where is your Treasure?)


Kim's Ordination.

On July 1st at 4pm Rev Kim will be ordained at St John the Evangelist, Derby. As members of the Nene Valley Circuit we send her our very best wishes for her ordination service and our congratulations upon becoming a fully ordained Methodist Minister. 

We look forward to the continuation of her work amongst us, knowing that we will be richly blessed through her ministry.  You are worthy.



(Taken from Methodist Worship Book page 545)

     Almighty God who on the day of Pentecost

     sent your Holy Spirit on the disciples with the wind of heaven and with tongues of flame,

     filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel:

     send us out in the power of the same Spirit to witness to your truth

     and to draw everyone to the fire of your love;

     through Jesus Christ our Lord.       AMEN.


John Wesley's advice to us 








Eco Thoughts…...

As mentioned in the last circuit newsletter, at the last church council meeting in Raunds we made the decision to become an “Eco Champion” as part of the challenge set out in the manifesto document. For us it was a relatively obvious decision – we have a graveyard that we manage and use to encourage and promote a variety of habitats for local wildlife, we use recycling bins and sort our rubbish in the same way as we are encouraged to do at home.

As part of our Rise up and Build project we are considering how we heat and maintain our building and are interested in exploring options around solar power, insulation options as starting points.

This also gives us the opportunity to explore and consider how we are guardians of our planet and how as a individuals, a local church community and wider circuit / district communities we can make changes to meet the challenge of being a good guardian of resources and habitats.

With the start of Spring and hopefully a lovely Summer ahead thoughts turn to picnics and holidays.  Consider carrying a small bottle of water with you instead of buying drinks for every trip out - more and more areas are introducing water points to refill your own bottles; this appears to have been championed at large scale events, such as concerts, Greenbelt and back as far as the London Olympics but is now becoming more common in shopping areas.

Taking a picnic and using re-usable pots / greaseproof paper to cover and transport food items rather than individual packages, cling film can all reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment.  At Greenbelt last year all food outlets had to sign up to use cutlery and food trays that could be recycled rather than single use items.

If you like your take away coffee of a morning or when shopping or travelling then some coffee shops offer discounts to customers who bring their own cups with anything from 20p -50p off a cup of coffee. A positive for your finances and the environment.

If you have any tips about reducing our carbon footprint / recycling hints we would love to hear them.


News from  Earls Barton

We have now completed our York Lent study course entitled 'On The Third Day'. This was an interesting and thought provoking course and I think we have all gained something from it.

Our 'Prayer and Share' meetings continue every Tuesday from 10:30 am to 12 noon and we extend a warm welcome to you all to join us at any time.

The next 'Good Plate' events are as follows:

Saturday, April 28th 10:30 am to 11.30am – cakes and coffee, 12 noon – 1:30 pm lunches served. Pay as you feel you should. Saturday,

May 26th- details as above.

Our Church Anniversary is on Sunday, May 13th led by Jonathan Thompson. Do join us as we celebrate our 148th year and proclaim 'To God be the glory'.

Saturday, July 7th is our Midsummer Fayre and we would love to see friends from the Circuit. There will be gifts, cakes, nearly new, tombolas, plants and much more. We will again be holding a 'Name that Tune' competition, led by Jon Rees.

Saturday, July 14th Jon and Jonathan will be doing a Sponsored Walk . Proceeds will be divided 50/50 between  Earls Barton Methodist Church and the 'Ups and Downs Charity'. This charity supports Down's Syndrome children. Please support this worthy cause if you can. 

God bless and be with you all.


News from Irchester

Model  Fairground Exhibition at Irchester Methodist Church to be held on Saturday, July 21st from 10 am – 4 pm with refreshments. Admission is Adults £3.00, Children £1.00, Under 5s free,

All proceeds to be divided between Irchester Methodist Church and N.A.Y.C. (Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs).  If any one has a model they would like to exhibit (fairgrounds, model railways etc) please call David Arthur on 07840 829820. and leave a message. David will  call back.


News from Irthlingborough

In the previous Newsletter Christmas was mentioned - it hardly seems possible that following on from The Walk of Witness on Good Friday we have celebrated another joyous Easter Day. Hallelujah!  On Easter Saturday some of our Church members ‘patrolled’ the High Street handing out Easter Eggs together with an invite to our Easter Day worship.  Over 80 eggs were distributed that had been kindly donated by our Church members.

Once a month, following the regular monthly lunch, a new mid-week time of fellowship has been introduced.  It is a WOW (Worship on Wednesday) service.  Primarily, this service was introduced for folk who found it difficult to get to Church on Sunday mornings.  Everyone is welcome to come along for the 45minute service of praise and worship, and indeed folk other than members of IMC are enjoying the mid-week fellowship. 

The Irthlingborough Community Cinema is still being well attended and since the last issue of Faith and Fellowship two more films have been screened, Murder on the Orient Express and Paddington 2.  The next film to be shown is The Greatest Showman, the story of P. T. Barnum. This screening is on Wednesday 13th June at 2pm.  Tickets remain at £5, pay at the door.   There will then be a summer break., recommencing in September.

Irthlingborough Carnival is taking place on Saturday 1st September when once again the Church will be open for snacks and light refreshments from 10am - 4pm. Finally, it is with love and prayers that we look ahead for Rev. Kim’s ordination on 1st July and we wish her every blessing. For more information, or to view the Church Calendar which contains all events, Church or Community based, please visit our website,  Or, find us on our Facebook page.

In your prayers please remember all those who clean and keep tidy the premises that are used daily and especially on Sunday. Remember these people as they make our premises suitable for use by our congregations and by members of the public.


Saturday 16th June 11 am - 5 pm   Sunday 17th June 12.30 pm - 5 pm

Programme/admission map available in advance from 1st June

at the Salvation Army Shop 29 High Street, Irthlingborough NN9 5TE

OR during the weekend itself from Parsons Green (near the Cross) and the gardens themselves.

£5 Adults, £4 Concessions and accompanied children free

Refreshments, plants, prints and crafts available at some gardens Plus silent auction for Haddenstone Urn

All proceeds to Christian Aid


News from Raunds……

By the time you read this we will have had our Open Day to officially launch our “Rise Up and Build” project with the town.  We are beginning to plan fund raising events and are grateful to the circuit for supporting the project with a financial donation that will give us a launch pad to apply for other grants etc. Fund raising events coming up include: our annual church bar b q (we’ve booked the venue and requested good weather!) This will be at Pam and Peter’s on 23rd June with a suggested minimal donation of £7.50 towards Rise Up and Build.

We also have the Raunds Community Choir coming to perform on Saturday July 7th which will include an afternoon tea – further details from Debbie (01933 626616) or Caroline the Brownie Leader.

Looking to the autumn we are working with representatives of the British Legion to host a “pop up” museum in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday with donated items from local families to mark the centenary of World War One – further details will be available in the next Newsletter.

The recent trip to Whitechapel on Easter Sunday was as busy as always and thanks go to the members of Hope who supported this trip alongside regulars from Raunds.  The next trip is on Saturday 30th June – if you are able to help cook breakfasts please speak to Peter Whitney.

Our Tuesday evening bible study group continues to meet and the Wesley Guild on alternate Monday afternoons have enjoyed a varied programme of events.

Coffee mornings are held on the second Wednesday of the month and lunches continue to be popular on the second Sunday. 

We would like to wish our young people good luck for their upcoming exams, whether this be A levels, GCSEs, BTecs, Sats or end of year internal exams. REMEMBER:

You are BRAVER than you believe, Stronger than you seem, SMARTER than you think,

and LOVED more than you know.     (A. A. Milne)


News from Wollaston

Saturday May 19th Church Anniversary Weekend  TBA

Sunday May 20th Church Anniversary  Sunday- A Visit from Rev David Kemble

Saturday May 26th A Coffee Morning for Church Funds Saturday

June 9th A Coffee Morning for Crazy Hats

Saturday June 30th A Strawberry Tea from 3pm

Wednesday July 25th A Summer Fayre from 2pm

Further details from Edna on 01933 664513.


Jokes For the Young At Heart!!            

1. How did the patient get to hospital so fast?            

2. Why would someone in jail want to catch the measles?            

3.What sound do two porcupines make when they kiss?

4.If a buttercup is yellow, what colour is a hiccup?

5.What lives on the beach, flies on a broomstick, and casts spells?

6.What do you get if you cross a flower with an Australian weapon?

7.Why did the snake say he couldn't work out 4-2= ?

(Answers later)


Circuit Outing to Stratford-upon-Avon

This year's outing will be on Saturday, June 30th, and will be to the delightful Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon- Avon, which has countless attractions. The pick up points and times are as follows: Earls Barton Methodist Church at 8 am, Church Street Wellingborough at 8.15am,  Skinners Hill Rushden at 8.30am , Hope Church Higham Ferrers at 8.40am and Raunds Square at 9 am.

Any other details will depend on numbers, and are at the discretion of the coach company. We have booked a 76 seater double decker coach with toilet, and the cost is a very reasonable £10.00. There are plenty of lovely eating places to sample, and we look forward to a great day out. Book through your Church Steward or rep, and moneys to be paid to Jonathan Thompson by Friday, May 25th please.  Russell Green and Jonathan Thompson


Strawberries with Orange Cream

Ingredients:  450g/1lb strawberries washed and hulled, grated rind and juice of 1 orange,

2 tablespoons of caster sugar, 150ml/¼ pint of cream, thickly whipped.

Wash hands and apron on! Mix the orange juice and rind with the sugar and stir well until sugar dissolves - use a large bowl. Place  halved strawberries in to a large serving bowl. Fold cream into orange juice and sugar mixture. Spoon over the strawberries. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes minimum and then serve.
Black Cherry Cream - serves 6

Ingredients: 425ml/ ¾ pint Black Cherry Yoghurt, 150 ml/ ¼ pint double cream, 225g/8 oz frozen black cherries

Whisk double dream until it holds its shape. Use a large bowl. Fold in the black cherry yoghurt. 3 hours before serving fold in the black cherries- keeping back a few for decoration.                                                                                              Spoon into individual dishes if preferred. Serve with macaroons or sponge fingers or just as it is.
Enjoy both or either - and don't forget the washing up!


Circuit Events

May 15th at 7.30 pm Circuit Meeting at Irthlingborough.

May 20th at 3pm Circuit  Pentecost Prayer and Praise Service at Wollaston.

May 24th at Irthlingborough at 7pm Testimony Service Rev Kim

July 1st Ordination Service for Rev Kim  at 4pm at St John the Evangelist, Derby. 

September 15th District SYNOD Venue tbd


Answers to the jokes

1. Flu  2. So he could break out   3. Ouch   4. Burple   5. A Sand Witch 6. A bloomerang   7. Because he's an Adder


Please note:

The next Faith and Fellowship Newsletter will be due to be delivered to Churches mid-July. Please email your contributions as attachments. A5 size please and no borders and simple format.  Not PDF format as editing may be required. To reach Rob Gould: by the end of June. Thank you.




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