Cheddington

Cheddington Methodist Church

Cheddington Methodist Church

Minister: Rev. Donna Broadbent-Kelly - Tel: 01525 240589

We welcome everyone to come along to our church to share in our worship and other activities. Services begin on Sundays at 10.30 unless otherwise stated. The church is also open for prayer before each morning service.

Our church is one of 18 in the Vale of Aylesbury Methodist Circuit, whose website can be accessed via the link on the right.

We welcome Donna Broadbent Kelly as our new Minister from 1 September 2017. We wish her
and her family well as they begin their life in the Aylesbury Vale Methodist Circuit

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Hello friends,

The Great War represents for many a crisis in family history, by that I mean the point at which they took part in marked History for the first time. Up to that point for most families the only mark on public space lay in the pages of registers as they were “hatched, matched and despatched” when the call up list came, a new future lay ahead.

The opportunity of fighting for your country came with a sense of excitement and pride; the horrors and reality of what they would find in the death trenches of Flanders fields however soon brought home the reality of war. It was supposed to be the war that ended all wars, the suffering, the generation of boys slaughtered and the physical and mental scars that remained sent a shiver that said we must never do it again. And yet, war continues. Remembrance services are held in gratitude every year not only for those lost in war long gone but those that still rage today.

Remembrance is an opportunity to not only remember those who have died, but also to remember the harsh realities of war so that we work hard to not allow this to happen again! Sending men and women to war is not a memory that we should remember through rose tinted glasses. The words from an often quoted poem say– Dulce et decorum Est pro patria mori – it is sweet and right to die for one’s country – NO IT’S NOT – as Christians we are called to love our neighbours as ourselves, if we remember the love God has for us, then we know that raging pain and war against another is not a sweet thing. On this, the 100year anniversary of the end of WW1 perhaps it reminds us that our blessings and gratitude have less to do with the list of all the things we have and more to do with the very gift of life, the gift of love, and the gift of God’s loving presence with us.

In the words of Henri Nouwen…
“Gratitude goes beyond the ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realise that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy, as it is a gift from God.”

With prayers for peace this November,
Donna


SERVICES FOR  NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2018 * JANUARY 2019

Sunday 4th November Rev Wallace Edwards
Sunday 11th November 10.00 am United Service of Remembrance at St Giles and then at the War Memorial. Afterwards Tea and Coffee will be served in the
Schoolroom at the Methodist Church
Sunday 18th November Rev Helen Kirk – Service of Holy Communion
Sunday 25th November No Morning Service
3.30 pm Messy Church
Sunday 2nd December Rev Donna Broadbent Kelly - Christingle
Sunday 9th December Mr Ken Harris
Sunday 16th December Rev Donna Broadbent Kelly – Communion
Sunday 23rd December Local Arrangement – Carol Service
Sunday 30th December Mr Arthur Sara – United Covenant Service
Sunday 6th January Rev Wallace Edwards
Sunday 13th January Mr Paul Thomas
Sunday 20th January Rev Donna Broadbent Kelly - Communion
Sunday 27th January 3.30 pm Messy Church – Rev Donna Broadbent

"THE TOAST” – FOR PARENTS, CARERS and LITTLE ONES
For all parents/carers of per-school children and babies, join us in the Chapel schoolroom on Monday mornings 9.15 – 11.00 during term time for a gentle start to the week. There are toys, activities and refreshments (including toast!) and a warm welcome.   Tel Nicola 662010 or Janet 660205 for more information.

OPEN DOORS – Friday morning 10.30 a.m – noon at the Methodist Chapel.
This is an opportunity for village people to meet/socialise each Friday morning and have a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit/cake. Contact Jeanne 662876 for more information.

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

Schoolroom Bookings: For all enquiries, please contact Janet Banham,  Tel. 660205 or email .

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