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Rev Keith Beckingham


Minister: Rev Keith Beckingham. Tel:01922 475083

February 2018

From. Rev. Keith...

Dear Friends,

Perhaps, like me, you are enjoying the gradual lengthening of daylight hours, the slow receding of flu symptoms, and the promise of Spring and warmer days ahead.   The prayers of the Church go out to all members who have found this winter a very hard one and whose health has been tested.

The saddest day in the year is supposed to be a Thursday in January.   Fortunately my January birthday fell on a Wednesday this year!   But in all seriousness, financial anxieties can hit home in January for many people.   The work of organisations like Christians Against Poverty, Food Banks and Make Lunch are invaluable.   This is a good time of year to join a Credit Union, in order to save up for future expenses.

The beginning of the year is a good time to review our achievements and set new goals, personally and for the church and church groups.   It would be so good if prior to the Annual Church Meeting this year a report is submitted to the Church Council Secretary by each church group, outlining the key events of the last year.   You may by now have been informed of the outcome of stationing by the Circuit Stewards.   The information from group reports would prove invaluable to the new minister taking up his post in September.   I do hope that each group will respond, without the need for further requests.

May God bless you,

Keith

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Christmas giving raised the sum of £64 for each of the following Charities: ’All we can’, Methodist Homes for the Aged, and Action for Children.

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We have great pleasure in announcing that in September our new Superintendent Minister will be Rev. Jeremy Hawkins (prefers to be called Jem).    He joins us from the Dudley and Netherton Circuit and was previously in the Cannock circuit.    Jem has a wife, Wendy, a daughter, Ellie (who lives in London), and a son, Sam.


                

Jesus, the first and last

First light, first thought - Jesus, be with me;          I do not go into this day alone.

Words, tasks, challenges - Jesus guide me             I look to you for direction, wisdom, compassion.

Doubts, tears, stumbles - Jesus uphold me;           I am weak but you are strong.

Joys, laughter, opportunities - Jesus bless m;         I am thankful for your grace.

Family, friends, neighbours - Jesus touch them;    I name each one before you.

Last light, last thought - Jesus be with me;             I hold onto you in the long reaches of the night. Amen.


Jilt Baker, Vice President of the British Methodist Conference                                  2017/2018

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