Newsletter 21st November 2021


We finish our series on ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’.  Julie Fowler will be preaching, showing us how God brought good out of the Bathsheba incident with the birth of Solomon and how this was part of God’s strategy in fulfilling His ongoing promise of David’s kingdom not coming to an end – pointing to Jesus.

Next Week   

Martin will be preaching on this first Sunday of Advent. He will be encouraging us to think about Jesus coming to earth as a baby, the fact that He is alive today, will come again in glory and how each of these affects us now.


MOVING FORWARD is the title of the latest Methodist Evangelicals Together Connexion magazine (edited by Marian Izzard). It explores some different responses to the decisions taken at the conference about same sex marriage and cohabitation. Some give reasons for staying in the Methodist Church despite disagreeing with the decisions taken while others explain why they feel, sadly, that they must leave. Overall a balanced point of views is provided and encouragement to seek the Lord in order to ‘do whatever He tells you’ 
Andy has a copy of the magazine that he can lend out to anybody who would like to read it.

Vote for SWAY (Rev John has asked us if we can support this initiative – tokens can be given to Ellie or Naomi).       

SWAY has been selected by the Gannett Foundation as one of the eight charities to benefit from a share of £20,000.  The more tokens SWAY charity collects by our supporters, the bigger our share!! 

During November, starting on Friday 5th November, please look out for special vouchers in the County Press newspaper and vote for SWAY.

These tokens can be inserted into one of the special Cash For Charities collection boxes that can be found in local supermarkets, newsagents including at Brighstone and Niton Post Office, Shorwell Village Shop.

Tokens can also be posted or dropped into Niton Methodist Church, Newport Road

 and The Exchange, New Road, Brighstone, PO30 4BB or given in at SWAY Youth Group events.

Also tokens can be sent directly to: Readers’ Choice Cash For Charity Votes, Fleet House, Hampshire Road, Weymouth, DT4 9XD

All funds raised will go towards SWAY activities helping to support families & transport within the rural communities.     So SWAY would really appreciate your vote by saving these tokens and asking your friends and families to help collect them. 

Blessings, Catherine – SWAY Administrator. –  Office: 07880951243

 What Comes Fourth?

Remember one of these from 1st August?  On each line, spot the sequence and say what comes fourth.  If you can do some without looking up the Bible references, well done!  Otherwise, the ‘Bible help’ column should provide an answer.  They are in the order they occur in the Bible.

A Dream 

One night last week I had a dream.  Nothing unusual there: I have many dreams, usually nightmarish, often connected with the work from which I retired early.  But this one was different: it seemed to have a message, to mean something positive.  I can’t remember all the details – though it was very real – just the gist.

I was in a church getting ready for a service with others (the church was a mixture of several I have known, as were the people).  It seemed a bit frantic, and yet it didn’t seem to matter much, as hardly anyone was expected to be there.  Anyway, we were rushing around to find songs, etc.

Then a voice came, saying, “Look, I’m the one in charge here.  You’re not going to achieve anything with all this rushing about.  The plan for today is ready: if you would just stop and listen, you’ll find out what it is.  The battle is not yours, nor is the power: I am the one who acts, the work is mine.  You strive too hard for what you cannot do.  Your job is to pray, and then step out in faith, in expectation of what I can do.”

I woke up at this point, quite excited: I felt this was something I ought to take notice of, and pass on.  So that is what I am doing. – And I am reminded of what Linda recently told us about Jehoshaphat: read it in 2 Chronicles 20: 12, 15-17, 21-22. 

More Jokes from Simon!

I used to work in a shoe shop. It was sole destroying. 

I just saw a car being driven by a sheep in a swimsuit. It was a lamb-bikini.

I got a job polishing mirrors, I can see myself doing it for a while

I’m in the bad books with the girlfriend again! Got her some lorry oil for her birthday…. Apparently it was meant to be L’Orèal

Please send any contributions that might be published by next Tuesday morning to:   andy