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Sunday 20th August 2017


 

We enjoyed our annual Songs of Praise Service this morning. 

Members of the congregation shared their favourite hymn choices starting with  'Colours of Day' as the introit and closing with 'How Great Thou Art'. This uplifting hymn was chosen by several people, including Marie who had kindly arranged the beautiful flowers for the service this week. 

Phillip shared a hymn he wrote for St. Andrew's Church a few years ago. This is set to the well known tune FULDA and it is a lovely personal way to bring everyone together for worship. 

Mavis chose 'There's a Friend for Little Children', sung to John Stainer's In Memoriam tune. This hymn, a favourite from her Sunday School days, is one she found particularly poignant in the aftermath of the Manchester bombing in May, and she asked us to sing verse three with fervour. 

Karen introduced a favourite hymn called 'I Lift my Eyes' and we read this through together. This beautiful hymn, which is infamiliar to many of us at St. Andrew's, can be heard by clicking here.

We enjoyed singing 'Seek Ye First' as a round (the practice last Sunday was very useful!) and 'O Jesus I have Promised ' to the lively Hatherop Castle tune.

After a fantastic birthday party yesterday, Gladys was a little too tired to join us for worship this morning. We sang her hymn choice, 'Sweet is the Work', and collectively sent our love and good wishes home with Dorothy. 

The prayers of intercession were led by Debbie as 'Be Still', which had a number of requests, was played softly on the organ in the background.

In total fourteen hymns were sung - very well done everyone! Many thanks to Debbie for her preparation and for leading our worship today. 

 

Saturday 24th June 2017

Vision Choir

at St. Mark's Methodist Church, Swinnow

 

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon listening to the Vision Choir at St. Mark's. There was a varied programme where old favourites such as 'Party Queen' from Grease and 'Street Where you Live' from My Fair Lady, were interspersed with songs from more recent musicals, such as 'For Good' from Wicked,  beautifully sung by Lynne and Emma. The solos by Emma ('Wind Beneath my Wings', Anne ('Some Enchanted Evening')  and Rob ('This is the Moment') were extremely moving and very much appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who helped prepare the lovely refreshments, which rounded the afternoon off beautifully.

We are hoping to welcome Vision Choir to St. Andrew's in spring - so watch this space!

 

 

Saturday 10th June 2017

Afternoon Concert: Music and Mirth

We had a really uplifitng afternoon with The Wesley Singers as they treated us to their concert 'Music and Mirth'.

The beautiful singing, conducted by Barry Jordan and accompanied on the piano by his wife Pat, was interspersed with comic interludes. After a retiring collection, the afternoon concluded with refreshments in the hall. 

The rich programme, very much enjoyed by everyone, was as follows:

And we Sing Gloria - Jay Althouse

Non Nobis Domine - Roger Quilter

Benedictus - Brian Lewis

Bouree II from English Suite No 2 - Johann Sebastian Bach

God be in My Head - Walford Davies

Brother James's Air - arr Gordon Jacob

Love Divine - Howard Goodall

Let Your Light Shine - Mary McDonald

Love Changes Everything - Andrew Lloyd Webber

Steal Away to Jesus - arr. Hugh S Roberton

My Lord, What a Morning - arr. James Wild

Selection from West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein

A Gaelic Blessing - John Rutter

 

 

 

Friday 9th June 2017

Afternoon Tea

Today many people gathered together to enjoy afternoon tea in our freshly decorated hall. There were plenty of treats to choose from and we also had a range of stalls. In total, £428 was raised for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and St Andrew's Church activities. As you can see from the photos, our Circuit Wesley Bear, who is called Charlie, was in attendance.  Many thanks to everyone who supported us. 

 

 

 

14th May 2017 6:00pm

Easter Offering Service at The Grove Methodist Church, Horsforth.

The Easter Offering Service is prepared each year by Methodist Women in Britain on behalf of the World Mission Fund.

The circuit gathered together this evening to dedicate our Easter Offerings and to hear how the World Mission Fund supports God's mission in other countries.Candles were lit during the service to remind us of the power of Christ's light to break the barriers of darkness in our world.

Through the readings: Philippians 2:1-15 and Matthew 5:13-16 and hymns: God Whose Almighty Word; Longing for Light; We Wait in the Darkness; Lord the Light of Your Love is Shining; The Spirit Lives to Set us Free and May the God of Hope go with Us Every Day,  we were encouraged to shine like stars in our daily lives.

We wrote our personal prayers or pledges on individual stars which were brought to the front and placed on the tree as the choir sang.

Thank you to The Grove Methodist Church for hosting this very special service and to the Methodist Women in Britain for their organisation.

 

 

16th April 2017

Many people came together to enjoy Easter breakfast on this joyous morning. We then moved into the Church for worship and Communion, which was led by Mrs Moira Hunt. 

As the children circled the Church carrying individual letters of the word Hosanna, we sang the song  Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest and then proceeded to decorate the Lenten cross with our posies of flowers. 

We listened to the following Bible readings:

Matthew 28 vs 1-19

Colossians 3 Vs 1 -4

We enjoyed singing a new song together : The Angel Rolled the Stone Away as Moira accompanied on her guitar. 

As well as enjoying participating in modern songs, we sang some 'old favourites' from Hymns and Psalms: Christ the Lord is Risen Today! Christ is Alive! This Joyful Eastertide and Low in the Grave He Lay.

At the end of the service, the Easter cross was transferred to the garden at the front of the Church so that the great news of our Risen Lord can be shared. 

 

 

14th April 2017

The Good Friday Service at St. Andrew's was led by Rev. Keith Hunt. 

Through different readings, we considered the beauty of the wood from which the cross was made, the pain and damage caused by the nails, the crown made of seemingly useless thorns and the inscription that was nailed to the cross: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. 

After the service, many members of the congregation took part in the Walk of Witness which first met at the Baptist Church for some very welcome refreshments. After a prayer, given by Pastor Ann Hayward, people gathered behind the cross to begin the silent Walk of Witness to the Parish Church. 

At the The Parish Church a stunning visual display awaited us and we shared a short service together before enjoying one of the many soups which had been lovingly prepared for our lunch.

We really appreciated being able to share this special day together in such a moving and memorable way. Thank you to the many Christians in Pudsey who helped to make this happen.

 

 

13th April 2017

On Thursday at St. Andrew's we shared readings and meditations in our special evening service which was led by Debbie. It was a very moving service and the powerful meditations were enhanced with the backing track of Elgar's Nimord.

We also sang 'Come, let us sing of a wonderful love', 'Jesus the Lord said I am the bread' and 'All for Jesus, All of Jesus'. The service closed with a reflective prayer.

The Bible readings for this evening were as follows:

John 17 vs 1, 6 -17

Matthew 26 Vs 14 -16, 27 vs 3 - 5

Matthew 26 Vs 36 - 46

 

 9th April 2017

Before the service, there was great rejoicing outside the main Church as everyone sang to remember Christ's arrival in Jerusalem on a donkey. Coats were laid on the steps, just as in the Bible, cloaks had been laid on the ground to welcome Jesus.

After the fifth Lenten reading, Matthew 21: 6-9, read by one of our younger Church members, we then enjoyed a very interactive service led by Mrs Sharon Brocksom. 

We were encouraged to draw sketches of ourselves which we then attached to the large picture of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and we imagined what it would have been like to have been in the crowd on that day.

As well as receiving traditional palm crosses, we were invited to engage in some origami, the finished result being a very welcome surprise. When we unfolded our main section of origami, we discovered that we had in fact made a cross, which we held as we were led into prayers. The remaining pieces from the origami exercise (we had torn the paper twice) were later configured to create the word LIFE and this reminded us that the cross leads to everlasting life. 

Our closing hymn, 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross' leads us into Holy Week:

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

 

Church Family Weekend  at  Blackpool

31st March - 2nd April 2017

 

Our Church Family Weekend began on Friday 31st March, which was a little later than last year and we appreciated the longer days and warmer temperatures.

On Friday evening after dinner, we gave everybody an introduction to our theme for the weekend which was 'Changes'. First we asked some questions as to what year various events had taken place. Questions included:

  • When did the Queen Mother die?
  • When was Concorde's last flight?
  • When did man first walk on the moon?

We then asked everyone to consider what had changed in their lifetime. The answers were wide and varied including  transport, TV, phones, money, medicine and many more. After this we had evening prayers and then had free time for chatting.


Saturday morning saw us take the theme a step further. We had chosen two Hymns - Guide me o thou great Jehovah and Come, thou fount of every blessing - but had rewritten them using more modern day language and everyone had the challenge of working out which Hymns they actually were. After this we then changed the tunes, singing 'Guide me o though great Jehovah' to 'Praise my soul the king of heaven' and 'Come, thou fount of every blessing'  to 'Abba Father', which everyone really enjoyed.  We also sang 'Immortal, Invisible' to the tune of 'Away in a manger'. We realised that changing things can work and we all enjoyed the challenge.


We then went on to rewrite the Lord's Prayer in today's language. Do have a look at the display board in the main hall to see our finished versions, plus lots of photos from the weekend.  We also learnt a new version of the Lord's Prayer to sing.


After this we had a craft session making a Lord's Prayer cross, an edible sheep and a sheep made from recycled card.


The young people also talked about change, having to work out who was who on some old photos (which were photos of their grandparents as children) and also what and how had they changed as they were growing up. They then went on to make music using plastic cups, all keeping the timing together. Then they joined the adults to do the craft.


Saturday afternoon was free time and everyone enjoyed the lovely weather.


Saturday evening saw our usual night of entertainment with people doing all sorts of different things and everyone having a lot of fun.

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On Sunday morning we went to North Shore Methodist Church where our own minister Keith Hunt led the service, and we received a very warm welcome from the regular congregation.


After Sunday lunch we all joined together to think about what we had done and after a short reading and song, we all the shared the grace together before having our final photo shoot. A great time was had by all and we would love more people to join with us next year.

Do think about coming along -  you will be very welcome!