Cheddington

Cheddington Methodist Church

Cheddington Methodist Church

Minister Rev Noreen Daley-Lee   tel no:  01525 240083

A MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Have a little faith!

Messy Church (MC) as a new initiative is experimental for one never knows who would attend. When we had MC in February and only one family turned up, we considered whether to have it at the Parish Church instead of the Methodist Church.  During our deliberations John said, “Have a little Faith!” Not too long after families began to flood the Church.  The famous maxim “Have a little faith” became the song of the evening.

While the object of faith by its very nature cannot be seen, the writer of Hebrews will go on to remind us that its presence has a vital impact on our life and character. Real faith produces startling results. Therefore, I salute the MC team for their resilience and faith to go ahead with all the planning and preparation not knowing who would turn up.  It is through their rather exemplary faith that we have had some encouraging results.

Faith is key to the Christian faith.  John the prolific writer shared that several followers went to Jesus’ grave and discovered the empty tomb on the first day of the new week.  Mary Magdalene is the first to see Jesus alive again.  Jesus appears inside a locked room to speak to all His disciples but Thomas.  Later Jesus returns when Thomas is present and the disciple who earlier earned the nickname “Doubting” immediately fell to his knees in adoration and worship.

Like Thomas in the resurrection narrative, we only come to believe when there is sufficient evidence. He struggled with unbelief and doubt and insisted on the most unmistakable proofs.  His phrase “I will not believe it” rightly shifts the issue of belief and unbelief from the intellect to the will.  Yet when confronted by Jesus, he recognized Him, fell on his knees, and believed.

It's not wrong for non-Christians to demand evidence for faith.  But don’t expect proofs alone – whether from prophecy, miracles, testimony, or arguments showing that the Bible to be the supernatural Word of God – to convince others.

Believing is a matter of the will.  All we can do is present Jesus to others as clearly as possible.  When we recognize Him, we will either choose to believe, or not. And it is a peculiar thing that everyone holds his or her view by “faith,” for no one can give proof. Stripped down to its basics, faith is confidence that God exists, and the conviction that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

On that busy Sunday afternoon MC was a success because we chose to have a little faith even though the evidence was not forthcoming.

Noreen


SERVICES FOR  2023

 We welcome everyone to come along to our church to share in our worship and other activities. Services begin on Sundays at 10.30 am unless otherwise stated.

Sunday 4th Feb 3pm  Rev Noreen Daley-Lee
Sunday 11th Feb Mr David Neville
Sunday 18th Feb Rev Noreen Daley-Lee – Communion Service
3.30 pm Messy Church
Sunday 25th Feb Mrs Lynda Hart
Sunday 3rd Mar 3pm Rev Richard Atkinson
Sunday 10th Mar Rev Noreen Daley-Lee  – Communion Service
3.30 pm Messy Church
Sunday 17th Mar Miss Jane Knight
3.30 pm Messy Church
Sunday 24th Mar Local Arrangement
Sunday 31st Mar Easter Sunday – Joint Service at St Giles

GOOD FRIDAY – 9.15 am  ‘Raising the Cross’ – a short service of reflection, will take place on the forecourt of our Church.  This will be followed by a Service at St Giles.

"THE TOAST” – FOR PARENTS, CARERS and LITTLE ONES

For all parents/carers of pre-school children and babies, join us in the Chapel schoolroom on Monday mornings 9.30 – 11.00 during term time for a gentle start to the week. There are toys, activities and refreshments (including toast!) and a warm welcome. Contact Cathy Craft email:   

OPEN DOORS – Friday morning 10.30 a.m – noon at the Methodist Chapel.
This is an opportunity for all to meet/socialise each Friday morning and have a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit/cake.  Contact Stuart Minall email: for more information.

MEN’S GROUP:  This usually meets on the first Friday of each month at 10.45 am to noon.  Contact: Chris Shepheard on 661849.

The Singalong Café, will be held on Tuesday 12 March 2.30–4.30 pm at the Methodist Chapel led by Karen, Cathy and Trevor who are all accomplished musicians.  At the December meeting we shall be singing Carols and Christmas Songs.  Come along and bring a friend or two – all are welcome. Refreshments will be included thanks to two willing volunteers.

BOOKS and JIGSAWS:  We now have a small collection of Books and Jigsaws for buying or borrowing;  if you are able to make a small donation that would be appreciated.  Do come and have a look to see if there is anything of interest to you.  The schoolroom is usually open 9.30 – 11 am on Monday mornings during term time or Friday mornings 10.30 – 12 noon.  If you have books, in good condition, or jigsaws that you would like to pass on do bring them along.

WARM SPACES:  This will continue on Fridays for all those who would like to meet together from 12 noon to 2.30 pm for a soup lunch.  Donations of  tins of soup or bread, tea/coffee or biscuits can be dropped off  at the Chapel on Fridays from 10.30 am.  This is a Churches Together initiative in conjunction with the Parish Council to whom we are most grateful for their financial support.  All enquiries to Cathy Craft email: 

LOOP SYSTEM
For those people with hearing aids, we have an induction loop system installed and working in the chapel.

Schoolroom Bookings: A projector and screen are available.   For all enquiries, please contact Janet Banham,  Tel. 660205 or email .

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