Crownhill Methodist Church welcomes everyone into our Fellowship. We aim, through our worship, Bible study, and prayer to grow closer to God and to bring others into a true relationship with Him. We seek to offer God's love made known in Jesus Christ. We are determined to show this love in action in our daily lives and fellowship, by reaching out into the community and recognising and responding to the needs of the wider world.
Coronavirus (Covid 19)
The coronavirus continues to spread in the UK and we must be wise and responsible in our response to this situation. The Methodist Church will follow the Government’s advice on how to respond and likewise, adhere to the requirements laid down by the Department of Health. As a Church we will pray for all those affected by this virus in this country and abroad, remembering especially those who are mourning as a result. We will pray for the scientists and medical staff who are seeking to find a vaccine to prevent this virus and for all those In the NHS who have to care for those affected.
Revd Simon H Leigh.
Plymouth and Devonport circuit.
PENTECOST SUNDAY MESSAGE .
My husband and I were talking this morning , before the difficult decision to be made , which incidentally we have a chat about every morning ---what shall we have for breakfast ?
For some peculiar reason , breakfast has become really important in our household , it has to be a good start or a boring one .
Boring is Weetabix or Cornflakes , good is anything with an egg involved , and that means a good start to another strange day . When we experienced difficulties obtaining eggs , it was a national tragedy , as that also meant no baking any time soon !
For those of you who have come to know me over the last 5 years , baking is my way of relaxing and being creative . The sight of ingredients and cooking utensils fills me with joy , alongside the smells and the delights of eating wonderful cake .
Imagine my stress and pain , at not being able to obtain flour / sugar and the aforementioned eggs . My challenge was to locate flour , and then icing sugar . Please imagine my despair at the lack of these ingredients , and accompanying stress levels rising !
My lovely hubby happened upon a shop which could be used for the BBC tv series “ Open all hours “. He thought to himself , “ I wonder “ ? Went in to hopefully ask if they had cake ingredients , and the shopkeeper led him into an Aladdins cave at the back of the shop filled with –yes flour and sugar ---praise the lord !
Our days are filled with joyous moments , such as the example I have just described . We all took for granted the basic ingredients of our lives and im not just talking cakes here .
I took for granted all the people in our church communities , the laughter , the tears , the hugs ( I really miss the hugs by the way )the sounds of singing , communal prayer and
above all joy at being the people of God, being together .
I expect you will all be able to relate to some of my outpouring , and after all this is over and we come together as community again , imagine the stories we will be sharing with each other ,what we have learnt and how the fruits of the spirit will take on more meaning in our lives .
I firmly believe that Galations chapter 5, verse 22 conveys such beauty within a time of sorrow and hardship , and will continue to do so for many months to come .
I hope you will forgive my tongue in cheek account of my meltdown regarding lack of SR flour , when we have witnessed the loss of family members , seen the awesome work of NHS workers and the love shown the elderly and housebound in the voluntary work of so many .
The fruits of the spirit are love , so much love seen throughout for so many .
Joy , yes joy . The simple pleasure of having a chat with your neighbour , and getting together on Thursday evenings and clapping for the NHS heroes .
Peace . In the midst of so much trauma and turmoil , for peace is internal that we can all have in the middle of suffering all around us .
Patience . My goodness have we learnt to be patient , such an important virtue and not easy to practise . To wait , trust and to endure , these are practises which arguably have been lacking in our communities in recent decades . We have lived in an age which has demanded instant results . The constant rushing , and suddenly it stopped .
Kindness . So much kindness in so many different ways . The list is endless , and let us hope it continues long after the Pandemic is over .
Faithfulness . This has been one of the most essential ingredients to keep our spirits up and keep going each day .
Gentleness . So much gentleness as seen on the Covid wards , on our tv sets , displayed by the nurse holding the phone to a patient who longs to see family members .
The gentle holding of a hand .
The gentle words expressing sorrow and love to a grieving person .
Self control .Maybe the hardest gift , to control the urge to visit family and friends .
The urge to say “ open the church doors “ and let us all come together at a time when we need it the most .
All of us , this Pentecost Sunday , have walked and are walking in the spirit of Jesus Christ and this has brought us all together in one spirit and as one church .
Lord Jesus Christ , on Pentecost Day , you sent the Holy Spirit to the apostles , and empowered by the spirit , they went forth to preach the gospel to the world .
Grant that we , in this time of uncertainty and turmoil , experience that same power in our lives , so that we may wherever we are , enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
For ever and ever ,
Currently, all services and activities are suspended.
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