Your weekly newsletter from Yeadon Methodist Church
When I led the Covenant service in Bramhope last Sunday, I expected to be doing the same in Guiseley and Yeadon on these coming Sundays but – as happened so often last year – things have changed very fast. The country has entered a new lockdown and, although churches are permitted to continue to worship in church, a consensus has been reached within our Circuit that it’s not wise to do so. Tim Perkins, our Superintendent minister, explains the decision to cancel church services in January in his pastoral letter (click here).
Those of us who have enjoyed meeting together for worship during September, October and December will be disappointed about this but I hope you can also see it as a positive move. With the new variant Covid-19 there has been an alarming rise in infections and, sadly, deaths. We have been asked to keep our social contacts to a minimum. Continuing with services would create a real dilemma for many preachers, stewards, organists and members of the congregation. The Circuit decision, which will be reviewed for February, is a small contribution to reducing the spread of infection. We’re giving up something we value for a short time in order to benefit our community.
With no services in church, we’re going to try having a Zoom service every Sunday morning at 10.30am with the chance to chat afterwards. I know this won’t suit everyone but, if you’ve not tried a Zoom service yet, I warmly invite you to give it a go.
The services will be recorded and made available to watch later. A small picture of you may feature briefly but only the speakers will be heard. The recordings will be available via a circulated link; they will not be accessible to the general public.
I’ll be leading the service this Sunday10th January at 10.30am and we’ll say the Covenant Prayer printed below. Whether or not you can join the service, say the prayer at home. It reminds us that the Christian journey is not always easy but also that we’re not alone and that this is the best possible path to follow.
If you need help with anything, do contact Jenny, me or anyone from church.
I am no longer my own but yours.
Your will, not mine, be done in all things, wherever you may place me, in all that I do and in all that I may endure; when there is work for me and when there is none; when I am troubled and when I am at peace.
Your will be done when I am valued and when I am disregarded; when I find fulfilment and when it is lacking; when I have all things, and when I have nothing.
I willingly offer all I have and am to serve you, as and where you choose.
Glorious and blessèd God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. May it be so forever. Let this covenant now made on earth be fulfilled in heaven. Amen.
Birthday Greetings to Max Armitage for Thursday the 14th & Terry Blackburn for Saturday the 16th January. Early notice that Emma Headley will be 21 on the 22nd. It may be that Emma is back in York by then so we send her early Congratulations.
The Robsons would like to let you know they're changed their phone numbers. Andrew is now on 07547 351621, and Anne-Marie is on 07864 313169. Email addresses remain the same.
Dr Marshall Quiz
I now have copies, later than usual, of Dr Marshall's Quiz, which this year is titled "Letter from America". If you would like a copy to help keep your brain active in 2021, I can supply you with one for a minimum donation of £1. All proceeds go to the charity "Open Arms Malawi". Closing date for entries is 10th April 2021 so you have plenty of time to puzzle out the answers.
Words for our time
When you walk through a storm, hold your head up hig
And don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of the storm, there's a golden sky
and the sweet silver song of the lark.
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain,
Though your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on,
with hope in your heart
and you'll never walk alone.
Kindly contributed by Pauline Tate
Very Belated Thanks to Roger for leading our Carol Service, to the Headley family & Viv Bednall for excellent readings & Neil & the Bell Ringers; Judith, Marjorie, Jean, Liz, Kath & Linda for super music. It was great to go outside & sing one carol together. Sorry you missed out Neil but we needed you to play us in!
Carole Clegg has sent a message to inform the church family that she is in St. James' hospital with a bowel condition. Please hold her in your thoughts & prayers.
Please save your used postage stamps (from Christmas if you haven't thrown them away) and over the next few months, as these can be given to the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) to be used to help blind and partially sighted people.
There will be a box in the vestibule to receive your stamps.
Need cheering up ?
Christmas decorations have all been packed away but traditionally there are 40 days of Christmas ending on 2nd February (Candlemas).
So I’ve kept a set of coloured lights in our kitchen. Why not do the same? People may think you’re mad but it’ll brighten these dark days!
Do you need help with your shopping ?
If anyone is in need of someone to do their shopping over the coming weeks please get in touch with Kath and John on either 0113 2505346 or 07939261806.
And finally ...
I know we can't go away right now, but if we could I've found the perfect destination ....
Keeping in touch
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We're aware that not everyone has internet access and so John, Kath, Chris & Norman are very kindly hand-delivering copies where that's the case. If that's you - or you know someone who would appreciate a paper copy - please let Joan Wilkinson know.