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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St. John’s Methodist Church, Littleport – Baptism

St. John’s Methodist Church, Littleport – Baptism

Many churches in our communities baptise adults and children, by total immersion or the sprinkling of water on the forehead. Christians carry out this ritual today, to follow Jesus’ example, and to show that they believe and obey him. It is a symbol that someone belongs to Christ. Some Christians believe that people should only be baptised when they are old enough to understand what they are doing and able to make the choice to…

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St. John’s Methodist Church, Littleport – A History

St. John’s Methodist Church, Littleport – A History

Were it not for the ongoing efforts of man, the fens would consist of water and marsh, not habitable land. It’s easy to feel dwarfed by the sheer vastness of the fens and be in need of human contact, human contact that shares our values and our beliefs. Was it that coming together with shared beliefs that prompted the Littleport Society (the title of the early Methodist congregations) to build their chapel in the early…

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