Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 6 January 2021

Letter from our minister 06/01/2021

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Dear Friends,

It’s not quite the start to the year of 2021 that we expected. Lockdown 3 and a return to home schooling, working from home and staying home. It’s more important than ever to stay safe and stay connected to one another. If you are a regular visitor to our circuit website that you will have seen this post: https://manchestermethodists.org.uk/staying-connected-and-taking-care-of-yourself-during-lockdown/ a reminder of all the things that are happening that you can be part of. You can join online via zoom or you can telephone in. All zoom hosts will try hard to ensure that those telephoning in can understand what’s going on.

How are those plans for New Year going? The resolutions you may or may not have made. I want to look at how I spend my time (amongst other things) following on the excellent New Year retreat led by Deacon Pru. I am taking a break from all my social media and using that time to spend more time in prayer especially singing my favourite worship songs and hymns. As we headed into lockdown, Michael (my husband) and I talked through how we might continue to be able to pray with others. The previous lockdowns have been the creation of many social media posts which I know helped many people and gave them hope. Reading stories from people following my posts were humbling as I received a number of letters in Christmas cards. This lockdown we wanted to offer something different. We want to invite you all and anyone who you know to join us as we say morning prayer every Thursday at 10am on zoom. Please use my zoom code that you use on Sunday mornings. We will be using the Celtic Daily Prayer from the Northumbria Community. This will all be on a screen share. You can pray out loud with us or simply enjoy hearing the prayers, music and moments of silence. This is just one way in which we can pray together. Of course, afterwards we can always chat if you would like once I have unmuted everyone.

If you receive this letter and you have no way of joining in on zoom then please let Paula Collins or myself know because the circuit are looking at ways to be able to help you do this.

Joyful January 2021

What does joy mean for you? How have you sensed joy in your Christian journey? Do you have a story to share? We would love to hear your story in our Sunday morning services. Please get in touch with me and I will include you. We may not feel like celebrating throughout this Coronavirus pandemic so let us support each other up through January. 1 Thessalonians 5 says, ‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.’

This week is our covenant service. During this service, we will share in a love feast. A first for us, but familiar to those of you who have attended Circuit services. Please bring along something to eat and drink. Stay safe. Stay well. Hold each other in prayer. I look forward to seeing you on our zoom service and events.

Love and prayers, Sharon

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