Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

 

 

Visit our 'News' pages to see what we have been doing

or our 'Diary Dates' to see what we have planned for the coming months.

 

 

Welcome to Worship

Sunday Services:

Family Worship & Sunday Club - 10:45am
Evening Worship - 6:30pm 

Holy Communion:

As announced, usually once a month in the morning and once a month in the evening.

 

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

by arrangement with the Minister



Welcome to Moston Methodist Church

 

Coronavirus guidance

In accordance with Government and Methodist Church national policy concerning the coronavirus we regret that this church building is closed for public worship until further notice.

 

The Methodist Church is producing Service Sheets

These short acts of worship have been produced for you if you are unable to attend church.  If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you?

 

The Manchester Methodist Circuit

Visit their website for 'Prayers for Comfort and Strength'
and where resources for worship on Sunday will be posted.

 

A Message from our Minister

Friday 27th March 2020

Dear Friends,

What a long 10 days it has been – we have been in self-isolation and I know that some of you have been doing the same as well as taking those decisions to social distance. It’s hard going, but in all this we have found new ways of communicating with each other which I hope continue once this is all over. I hope you have found space to sit, pray, feast on God’s word and reflect on all that’s going on. I hear you have found comfort in watching services on TV, listening on the radio and finding people to follow and pray along with on social media. I have found Liz’s prayers every day via social media and the website to have spoken words I have sometimes struggled to find myself. One thing I know for sure – in the ups and downs of each day – God is our constant and is our rock, our refuge and a source of help.

We have Good News that the world needs now more than ever. In the midst of worldwide panic and fear, our hope is in Jesus who is with us, a light in the darkness. We want The Light of the World to shine brighter than all of that, so that people hear the Truth of the Gospel and experience the presence of Jesus who brings hope, love and peace. Every day at 9am my family and I gather to pray together and I invite you to do the same with us. Light a candle, listen to a favourite hymn or song – we are loving instrumental music while we pray and Lucy & I love to listen to My lighthouse rather loudly. Here’s a link to youtube: https://youtu.be/lFBZJGSgyVQ

‘I will trust the promise that you will carry me to safe to shore’……let’s continue to pray for one another, check in with each other (don’t sit and wonder about someone – give them a call or drop them a text. Need a contact number please contact your Pastoral Secretary and we can co-ordinate that) and keep our eyes on Jesus.

A Prayer by the President of the Conference:

Loving God
If we are ill, strengthen us
If we are tired, fortify our spirits
If we are anxious, help us to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.
Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders!
Don't let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves
Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace
Help us always to hold fast to the good and see the good in others.
And remember there is just one world, one hope,
One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.
In Jesus we make our prayer,
The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,
In whom we trust, these days and all days. Amen

I was reading a past colleagues blog today which really spoke to me and I offer it to you to read:http://clairenfish.blogspot.com/2020/03/in-storm.html?m=1

Can I point you again to our circuit websitewww.manchestermethodists.org.ukand across our circuit social media on Facebook and twitter. If you use social media then please follow and share/retweet as much as possible. There are worship resources and prayers to help us through this time of uncertainty. Updates from The Methodist Church connexionally is available here: www.methodist.org.uk

Advise at the moment is that we stop taking risks and stay home and stay safe – this letter will continue to go out to those on email, but please can you continue to check in on those who do not have internet access.

However you are feeling and the choices you are making today – you are not alone. We have an amazing God who loves each and everyone of us and is our rock and refuge during these days.

With love and prayers

Sharon

 

Thursday 19th March 2020

Dear Friends,

You may have heard that The Methodist Church (along with other denominations) are closing our church buildings to all events, activities and services (apart from funerals and weddings which have clear restrictions) and so church will look rather differently without our buildings as a base.

We are thinking through this as a circuit and news will be updated regularly from our website www.manchestermethodists.org.uk and across our circuit social media on Facebook and twitter. If you use social media then please follow and share / retweet as much as possible. There are worship resources and prayers to help us through this time of uncertainty. Updates from The Methodist Church connexionally is available here: www.methodist.org.uk

Church as we know it – looks differently at the moment. We must all begin to check in with one another regularly and support every way we can. Pastoral visitors are making contact via phone or text. Today the circuit staff team had our first virtual staff meeting which was a very good way of talking and praying. Please can I encourage you to phone and video call if you are able each other via WhatsApp (the video icon next to a persons name) or Skype or Facebook messenger. Please continue to pray for the work of the church. Please pray for those who are fighting the coronavirus, those who have lost loved ones already, those self-isolating and social distancing and those who are having with no contact with anyone. Please continue to put your offering to one side so our work can continue once our building is reopened. Please consider making contact with someone new in your church – it’s a great opportunity to speak to the person you always wondered about.

As we process all this and pray, new things will become available.

If you have received this in paper form and have email access – please let me have your full name and the church you belong to along with your email address so we can include you in my next communication. If you don’t have email then don’t worry, I will find a way to get a paper copy to you.

However you are feeling and the choices you are making today – you are not alone. We have an amazing God who loves each and everyone of us and is our rock and refuge during these days.

I have taken this from the Methodist Connexional website:

Head of Mission, Jude Levermore said: “Our Calling is to respond in love and service to the needs of our communities. The aim of this advice is to help us do this even while the extent of the issue is still unclear. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers around the world who hold us in prayer as we hold them. We should not be afraid “

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7.

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.`

Amen

With love and prayers

Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preachers who had been appointed to lead Worship for the coming weeks:

(Preachers - please refer to our 'Resources for Worship' page)

Normal services will be resumed as soon as possible.

Sunday 22nd March 2020 - Mothering Sunday
10:45 am - Family Worship & Holy Communion - Rev Sharon Read
6:30 pm - Evening Worship - Rev Krystyna Kwarciak

Sunday 29th March 2020 - Passion Sunday
10:45 am - Family Worship - Rev Adedotun Kila
6:30 pm - Evening Worship - Rev Dr Caroline Wickens

Sunday 5th April 2020 - Palm Sunday
10:45 am - Family Worship - Mr Bernard Treves-Brown
6:30 pm - Evening Worship & Holy Communion - Rev Kenneth Stokes

Tuesday 7th April 2020 
7:30 pm Tenebrae Service at Long Street Methodist Church, Middleton - Rev Sharon Read

Thursday 9th April 2020 - Maundy Thursday
7:30 pm Maundy Thursday Service at Moston - Rev Sharon Read

Friday 10th April 2020 - Good Friday
10:30 am - Good Friday Service at Hope Methodist Church, Failsworth - Mr Brian Sharples
1:00 pm - Good Friday Service at Crumpsall Methodist Church - Rev Sharon Read

Sunday 12th April 2020 - Easter Sunday
10:45 am - All Age Worship & Holy Communion - Rev Sharon Read
6:30 pm - Evening Worship - Rev Sharon Read

Sunday 19th April 2020
10:45 am - Family Worship - Rev John Forster
6:30 pm - Evening Worship (3rd Sunday) - Rev Joy Rulton

Sunday 26th April 2020
10:45 am - Family Worship - Mr John Elston
6:30 pm - Evening Worship - Rev Dr Caroline Wickens

Sunday 3rd May 2020
10:45 am - Family Worship & Holy Communion - Rev Sharon Read
6:30 pm - Evening Worship - Circuit Service, at Moston, led by the Choir - Rev Dr Caroline Wickens

Sunday 10th May 2020 - Christian Aid Sunday
10:45 am - All Age Worship - Local Arrangement
6:30 pm - Evening Worship - Rev Ken Stokes

Sunday 17th May 2020
10:45 am - Family Worship - Mrs Anne Wilde
6:30 pm - Evening Worship (3rd Sunday) - Rev Joy Rulton

Sunday 24th May 2020
10:45 am - Family Worship - Mr Ken Whittaker
6:30 pm - Evening Worship & Holy Communion - Rev Dr Caroline Wickens

Sunday 31st May 2020
10:45 am - Family Worship - Mr Nick Palfreyman
6:30 pm - Evening Worship - Rev Ken Stokes