This week we are looking at the parable of the talents, it's one of those passages where we are spoilt for choice as to the message. It will have meant one thing to it's original listeners and it can be a range of things to you and I. It all depends on where we are today and where we are in our Christian journey. There are messages of encouragement, a message to take chances for the sake of others, a reminder as to who owns the fruits of our labours and more besides. Well we will explore all of that during the video. As an extra encouragement to watch we have a brilliant Sketch from Denise and her family and I must say a big thank you to them. it's not easy to get the puppets in action at home but they have done a fab job. Also a massive thank you to Helen for leading our musical worship. My offer to sing while you play still stands :-) (Lyrics are at the bottom of this email if you want to sing along!).
I am sure many of us have also had plans change in the last few weeks, lockdown has brought an abrupt end to many ideas of social gathering. We had been planning to attend a 65th birthday party this weekend (I won't embarrass my mum by mentioning her by name). You will, I am sure have had your own plans that have now changed. The Church had planned to regather in person on November 29th, sadly that cannot be, but more details below on what we are planning next. Although we can not meet in person we can meet here on-line and in that we are blessed. There are some who do not have that blessing.
The Carhart household has been a hive of activity this weekend, we have been busy recording and editing on Saturday while the children have built new structures in minecraft. Beth has been delivering presents around the house from a cardboard box, and Josh has been doing lots of homework. Next week there is some fun lined up for Josh as the school have their bikeabiltiy week, so bike's to school!
Please do read on for details of the re-opening.
With our love!
Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth
Please do remember there are two services this week, you can watch our online service via the link on this page. You can also watch recordings of all our previous services.
In addition, on Sunday night at 6:30 there will be a Zoom service led by Andy. Details on how to join can be found further down this notice sheet.
Hope to see you there :-)
The Church Council agreed to hold Evening Services via Zoom at 6.30p.m.
ID for all services; REDACTED
15th November - Andy.
22nd - to be agreed.
CONTACTING OUR MINISTER
Rev Andy Chislett-Mcdonald
Something else to celebrate this week is that over 300 people are now following and engaging with us on Facebook. Facebook has proven over the past three years to be an invaluable tool in reaching out to people of many generations and sharing our message. If you aren't following us you can do so at https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist
If you are not already aware Andy is sharing a message everyday during lockdown and you can read this on our facebook page. You don't need a Facebook account to do that, if you come as a guest Facebook behaves like any other website. You can read all his past posts here: https://www.facebook.com/ElburtonMethodist
OPENING THE BUILDING
We are now planning to re-open the premises for worship on Sunday 6th December 2020 at 1030 am. This is clearly dependent on the national lockdown being released. Preparations are well under way and the leaflet attached to this email gives you more details on the church's plans.
You can find all our services on our Church website here
Tristan and I would love to receive your formal feedback please. We need one formal review for each service we submit as a part of our portfolios so if you are able to compete a form now and then that would be great! You can find them here :-)Feedback
Thank you !
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For those who would like to we are continuing our Wednesday prayers, starting at 7pm we are each praying at home. We end at 7:15 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.
JAM & IMPACT
JAM & IMPACT are yet to return to their on-line or in-person sessions, we hope to provide details about the plans soon.
Please remember Denise hosts a coffee morning at 1030 each Saturday on Zoom, please get in touch for zoom details.
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