June 2022

Central Church Newsletter June 2022

Almost half way through the year already! Doesn’t time fly when one is having fun!! As we look forward to celebrating our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee we need to give thanks to God for her life of service and dedication in the good times and the bad. She has been the one ‘constant’ in so many people’s lives and has given our country stability, especially in the last two years. So, whether you are celebrating with your neighbours, family or friends let us all wish Her Majesty a great Platinum Jubilee celebration.  GOD SAVE OUR QUEEN.

Linda and Malcolm Johnson

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A CELEBRATION OF FAITHFULNESS

Dear Friends,

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are offering our country a wonderfully colourful and happy focus after all the bad news of the last couple of years. Whatever your understanding of monarchy and its appropriateness in the modern age, I believe that the Jubilee gives us many reasons to be enormously grateful. We should be deeply grateful that the Queen has been so firm in her Christian faith. Her Christmas Day broadcasts have revealed a deep sensitivity to people of all faiths, but also her unshakeable commitment to following Jesus.

I believe that her greatest gift to us has been her faithfulness. The speech that she made on her 21st birthday in 1947 has been frequently repeated recently. It is a most remarkable statement from a young woman and all the more so when you think that her father was only 52 at the time and she must have imagined that it would be many years before she would ascend to the throne. She said, “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong… God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it.”

The past seventy years have been turbulent ones both for the world at large and for the Queen’s own family. However, her faithfulness has been clear for all to see. She has been consistent in her faith, her commitment to her family and her devotion to the nation and we ought to rejoice. We live in a society where faithfulness is not prized in the way that it once was. The breakup of marriages and family life has been one of the key and terrible characteristics of the past seven decades, and the Queen’s own family has fared worse than many.

However, in her own life and marriage we have been given a standard of faithfulness which ought to inspire and encourage us.

I am often bewildered by the fact that our society often seems to go out of its way to punish faithfulness. Call me old fashioned but when I choose a bank, insurance company, energy supplier or tradesman I like to stick with them. However, we are constantly told that the modern way is to shop around and get the best deal. This may well be the height of wisdom but there is something deeply ingrained in me that it is right be to be faithful, even if it is costly at times. I’m not wanting to encourage any of you to follow my example in this! By all means shop around and get the best deals and may the Lord bless you. But I still rankle at the idea of faithfulness being deliberately penalised. And, for your interest, I haven’t changed my bank which I signed up to when I was eight years old!

Wonderful as the example of Queen Elizabeth has been, she has not been perfect. She is human and frail like the rest of us. But her example of faithfulness points us to the one who is always faithful. In Lamentations we read: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” As we look to the future we can be confident because God will always be by our side. 

I do hope that you are able to enjoy the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and I wish you a very happy June.

With warmest greetings.

Yours in Christ,

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Revd Jonathan Edwards
Transitional Minister

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Sunday Services at 10.30 a.m.

5th June Pentecost: Revd Jonathan Edwards (Holy Communion)

12th June: Mr Martin Cook

19th June: Revd Jonathan Edwards (Holy Communion)

26th June: Mrs Alisa Palmer

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Dates for the Diary

Sunday 5th June at 12 noon: Church Meeting

Thursday 9th June at 2:00 p.m.: Bible Study

Sunday 12th June at 6:00 p.m: Leaving do for the Revd Mark Barrett at Bath Road Methodist Church

Thursday 23rd June at 2:00 p.m.: Bible Study

Tuesday 28th June at 3:00 p.m.: Pastoral Leaders

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St. Andrews Methodist Church, Moredon Road, are celebrating their 60th anniversary this June and extend a warm welcome to all their friends in the Circuit to come along to their 10.30am services during this month. Their invited preachers are:

 5th June – Revd David Gray          

12th June – Revd Jonathan Pye

19th June – Revd Debbie Hodgson       

26th June – Revd Mark Barrett

The Revd Mark Barrett will be retiring this summer and there will be a farewell to him at Bath Road on Sunday 12th June at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Mark will be succeeded as Methodist Superintendent by the Revd David Gray.

Chris Durant

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Message from Tilak

Thank you for sending Rs. 65,525.00. A friend in need is a friend indeed!

Please give our regards and thanks to all those who gave the donation.

The situation in our country is going from bad to worse. For nearly five months we have been waiting for gas. We are using firewood for cooking. There is a shortage of food items. Protests are going on throughout the country. Please pray for us and for our country. Greetings to you.

Love to you all. 

Tilak and the family

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The 23rd Psalm for Busy People

The Lord is my Pace-Setter, I shall not rush.
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness, which restores my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind, and His guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret for His presence is here.
His timelessness, His all-importance will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity
by anointing my mind with His oils of tranquillity.
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours,
And I shall walk in the pace of my Lord, and dwell in His house for ever.

(Toki Miyashina, a Japanese woman)

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Happiness Quote: 

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

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Deadline for July Newsletter – Wednesday 29th June 2022.