Newsletter 7th November 2021

Message from our Minister:

People often say that actions speak louder than words. There are many memorable speeches that have captured the moment and stirred the hearers. However, words and great oratory is not enough, they must stir people to action; to want to do something as a result. Leaders from around the world have been gathering in Glasgow for the COP26 summit looking at the effects of climate change and our individual and collective responsibility for today’s generation and the generations to come. We hope and pray that real and substantial agreements will be made; that individuals and governments will act on implementing the necessary changes. We cannot just talk the talk, but must walk the walk. It will mean that we must be prepared to change our lifestyle. The created world is truly a wonder to behold. It is magnificent! 

God’s handiwork can be seen in all creation. We have been entrusted to be good stewards of it. Let us pray that we do not miss this opportunity to act as such and honour Almighty God who is our Creator, Provider and Sustainer. Psalm 8:1 declares: O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You may like to reflect on this well-known hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth. https://youtu.be/xlBkpAm3fhw?t=3

God’s richest blessings to you all,
Rev John Izzard

Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

We will be receiving inspiration from and praying for Christians who are being persecuted because of their faith in Jesus,

COP26.  TODAY  (Sunday 7th November) at 6.30pm.

Newport Methodist Church extend an invitation for you to join them for a special service The service will focus on COP26, led by Rev John Izzard. World leaders will be gathered in Glasgow at this time for the UN climate talks.

Next Week 

Next Sunday we have a look at some of the ‘Bad and Ugly’ of our series on King David as we review the sordid affair between David and Bathsheba. Rev John will be preaching and leading Communion. It’s also Remembrance Sunday

Extraordinary church council of November 16th at 7.30pm

Following on from the church council earlier this month we have arranged a date for an extraordinary church council on Tuesday November 16th at 7.30pm. At this meeting we will have the opportunity to decide on the question of whether or not to apply to be registered for same-sex marriages to take place at Gunville Methodist Church. At the church council it was felt that, as there were quite a number who were unable to attend that evening, we should have a further meeting in order to make this decision in a way which would best maintain the unity of the church at Gunville.     Rev John

A Prayer from CARE

Creator God, You sustain the earth and direct the nations. In this time of climate crisis grant us clarity to hear the groaning of creation and the cries of the poor. Challenge us to change our lifestyles. Guide our leaders to take courageous action. Enable Your Church to be a beacon of hope. Foster within us a vision of Your renewed purposes in Your world. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Join us for a special online prayer event TONIGHT (Sunday 7 November 7.30-8.30pm) to mark this year’s International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for the persecuted church

This year, Open Doors is joining with our friends at CSW, Release International and Evangelical Alliance for an evening of prayer and worship, featuring updates and prayer requests from Nigeria, Eritrea and India, as well as a time of prayer for Afghanistan.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to unite in prayer for our persecuted family. You can register on the Open Doors website 

Moving Forward 

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.

Thursday 11th November:  

Short Remembrance Day observance at the Simeon Monument at the bottom of Castle Road, arranged by Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council. Starts 10.45 am.  Everyone welcome.

Wight Church Network – Online Prayer Meeting

The Wight Church Network are holding another Online Prayer Meeting on Friday 12 November at 7.30pm. This will be an open Zoom meeting and you can find the ink below.
 
We have had a couple of really encouraging virtual prayer gatherings this year, bringing people together from across the Island and from many church traditions, and we’d really like you to join us this month. Our focus this time will mainly be on chaplaincy work of various types on the Island – hospital, hospice, prison, schools etc – and through ministries like Carisbrooke Priory and Aspire.
 
Do please join us for this united time of prayer – all together and in break-out groups – as we bring this important Christian work before the Lord and seek his blessing, guidance and empowerment.
 
Please pass the word around your congregation and networks. All are most welcome.
 Contact Anne, Andy or Paul for the Zoom link.           

    

MORE BIBLICAL NUMBERS: CHAPTERS & VERSES

The original books of the Bible (in Hebrew and Greek) had no sub-divisions.  Chapters were introduced in the 13thCentury, and verses in the 16th Century, to help us find our way around.  

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dan Walker opted for silly over spooky on Saturday’s Halloween special, saying he doesn’t celebrate the occasion.

While most of the show’s stars embraced a scary theme in their performances, the Christian broadcaster danced a fishy jive with partner Nadiya Bychkova to the B-52’s ‘Rock Lobster’ in matching lobster costumes.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Walker explained that the Strictly team had made an exception for him and allowed him to avoid the Halloween theme due to his beliefs. 

“So we don’t celebrate Halloween in our house and I’ve got to say a huge thank you to Strictly because they enabled me to be a part of that programme without sort of doing Halloween.”

Walker went on to explain that he wanted to set a good example for his children by living by the standards he teaches them.

“And our kids, they would normally go to a light party on Halloween weekend or whenever that might be and I couldn’t go on that programme and be a disingenuous dad.

“Anybody who’s got children and they talk to their children about what they can do and what they can’t do and why they do things a certain way…

“And I can’t say, ‘Do as I say but not as I do’, so that’s where the lobsters came from.”

This is not the first time the BBC Breakfast host has made public stands for his faith. Early in his career he made a choice not to work on Sundays, something he has maintained to this day. He has also spoken out about his belief that God created the world, a view that has received some negative responses in the press.

Speaking to Premier, Walker explained that his ‘strong faith’ informs who he is and is integral to his existence.

Responding to media backlash he added: “I never mind what people write about me, or say about me, because, as a Christian, I don’t take my value from what people think about me. I know that I’m valued.”Dan and Nadiya’s jive earned them a score of 27 from the judges on Saturday, putting them low on the leaderboard at number eight.

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