Message from our Minister
It seems unbelievable that we are in the run up to Christmas already. Where has the autumn gone? Advent is now here and we are beginning to put together all the arrangements for meeting family and friends over the festive period – if we are able to do so. Careful thought and planning is therefore needed to get the right focus and balance, and to ensure that Advent is one of preparation and not of consternation.
We live in a world that is so desperately in need. There are people without homes or enough food to eat, many abandoned, marginalised and often forgotten, living in war torn lands of deprivation and devastation. For many, the uncertainty of life is a very real and present concern. We must pray especially for the migrants, who, having lost everything, are prepared to put their lives at risk to find a brighter hope for tomorrow.
It is for these and for all that our Saviour Jesus came, to give hope to a fallen world. He came among us as Immanuel, God with us, so that the stark bleakness of everyday life might be given a glimmer of heavenly light. He came to live amongst his people and share their agony and pain. He came to give the Father’s love, free and for everyone.
Sadly, even for us who know the truth, the wonder of Jesus coming among us can be obscured. So let us take time this Advent season to prepare our hearts and embrace the truth of the wonderful Christmas message:
Immanuel – God is with us! He is with us now and for all time.
God’s richest blessings to you all this Advent season,
Rev John Izzard
Martin is 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.
Paul will be leading us in a time of praise, worship, sharing and prayer
This 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.
Christmas Card and Action for Children
There is a big Christmas Card at the back of the Church which we can sign rather than sending cards individually to church members. At the same time, you are invited to make a donation to Action for Children.
Thank you Carol
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 .https://www.southwightyouth.org/
O COME, O COME, IMMANUEL – AMAZING NEW WORSHIP SONG!
Are You a Servant?
I recently read “Faith in the Fog” by Jeff Lucas (*). This went into my book:
“The only way to discover you are a servant is to see how you act when people treat you as one.”
Think about that: it may show you something.
(* Thank you, Ruth C. Perhaps we could all share our books more.) Lesley
Our next prayer breakfast will be on 4th December. It will be at Ruth & Brian Colling’s house, in their lovely large front room at 88, Carisbrooke High Street. Prayer will start at 8.30 prompt, so arrive in good time! We can park in the Waverley car park opposite, and here’s the reason why: Ruth & Brian invite us to breakfast at the Waverley afterwards!! Don’t miss it!
More Jokes from Simon!
I’ve taught my dog to bring me a glass of wine. He’s a Bordeaux collie.
Who’s the coolest person in the hospital? The ultra sound guy.
I got a part time job drawing margins on paper. It’s an interesting side line.
Adam Ant opened an Ice Cream shop but he only sold one flavour. Standard vanilla.
I met the man who invented the windowsill. He’s a ledge.
You are invited to a Christmas Concert by ABBEY BRASS
at the Methodist Church, Chapel Road, Binstead on Wednesday, 8th December at 7.30 p.m.
(Retiring Collection for Band and Church Funds)
Please send any contributions that might be published by next Tuesday morning to: andy