A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

God in the pain Two student presbyters at The Queen’s Foundation give testimony to God working for good even through their difficulties We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NRSV) How Rachel Leather came closer to God For many people when they encounter difficulties, rather than questioning both the benevolence and existence of God, crises can bring them into…

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A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

How Dyslexia inspires a deacon’s ministry Working with many rural churches in South Kent Circuit, Deacon Carys Woodley offers a ministry of encouragement. Dyslexia means that I have struggled and felt isolated. However, this inspires my ministry as I come alongside the struggling and vulnerable. Dyslexia is an important part of who I am and what I do. Because I know the difference encouragement has made to me, I want to encourage others. So my…

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A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

Those who know me well know that I don’t do mornings; not early ones anyway! But when I was a volunteer at a Christian Guest House in Israel in 1988, we all got up to see the sunrise on Easter morning and held a short service on the terrace balcony. It was a magical moment and worth getting up for as we enjoyed the view from the village of Usafiyah on Mount Carmel. The spring…

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A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

Those of you of a certain age will remember the Pete Seeger song Turn, Turn, Turn (to everything there is a season). The song has been covered many times and the Byrds version being the most well known is included on the soundtrack of the film Forest Gump. The words of course are taken from the bible and include such phrases as a time to be born and a time to die, a time to…

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A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

When I arrived in the Ely and Newmarket Methodist Circuit four years ago, I knew little about the origins of St John’s Church on the High Street. Thanks to the loan of a booklet produced for the Centenary Anniversary in 1990, I was able to find out some interesting details about the history of the building and the Methodist Society in Littleport. I hope you find the following extracts from the aforementioned booklet of interest…

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News from the Methodist Church

News from the Methodist Church

Last month we had the school room decorated at St John’s and I am pleased to say that the new colour scheme has made such a difference to the space. If you have not visited us for a while you will notice the change from the previous dingy mustard –gold. The room seems so much lighter and welcoming now. Our coffee mornings on the first Saturday of each month continue, so why not drop in…

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A View from the Methodist Manse

A View from the Methodist Manse

You might have guessed from my previous contributions that I like animals, nature and wildlife. When my sister and I were children, our parents bought a Ladybird book of Wild Birds to keep us occupied on long holiday walks in North Wales. Spotting birds and looking them up distracted us from aching legs and feet. I have kept my interest in wild birds as an adult although it is difficult finding time to get out…

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A Christmas Message from St John’s Methodist Church

A Christmas Message from St John’s Methodist Church

My late Mum was a genius at cryptic crosswords and had an extraordinary gift for numbers. I too love word puzzles but alas did not inherit a head for maths, my sister Alison got rather more of those genes I think. Acrostic poems and puzzles are an ancient literary device in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or phrase. Acrostics were used in the Bible’s Old Testament particularly in the…

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A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

A Message from St John’s Methodist Church

My daughter Sarah was a Christmas baby born on 21st December. She will celebrate her 23rd birthday this year and will no doubt have Doctor Who merchandise top of her wish list. I am not just ‘Mummy’ as Sarah still insists on calling me, I am her primary carer as my lovely girl has a learning disability and is dependent on my assistance. Being a carer is at times challenging especially when there is no-one…

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A message from the Methodist Minister for Littleport

A message from the Methodist Minister for Littleport

Just recently our dog Rosie had to have her front left leg amputated due to bone cancer. It is amazing how well she is adapting to getting around on three legs. We are hoping that the cancer won’t spread to other parts of her body but for the present she is well and has got her bounce back albeit on three legs and not four. I have had pets for most of my life including…

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