COULSDON METHODIST CHURCH
No.328 May 2021
From our minister
We reach the month of May – and the slow return to something like normal life continues in the country. The timetable set by the Government for reopening is so far being met – and the vaccination of the population continues at a good pace. Let us hope that both the reopening and the vaccinations continue as planned, though it is still not clear exactly what the “new normal” will be like.
In Church life we are still in the season of Easter – and will be for a few more weeks yet. In the middle of the month (13th May) we will reach Ascension Day – and Coulsdon Churches will be meeting together on Zoom at 6.00pm to mark this important Christian festival. (Further details will be in the Notices.)
Ascension Day also marks the start of “The Kingdom come” – an ecumenical time of concentrated prayer – particularly for new converts to the faith. We are all encouraged to pray for a group of people whom we know that they might come to share the Christian faith. That period runs up to the day of Pentecost (23rd May). That will be celebrated for the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church; and that will bring to an end the 50 days of the Easter period.
Church life is beginning to feel more normal – and the coming month will also see some of the groups who use our premises resuming their activities. It will be good to see a wider range of people and activities around the premises. One new happening – which some of you will know from your Poll Card – is that the Church is to be used as a Polling Station on 6th May.
What does not yet feel completely normal is the size of our congregation. I know that we cannot offer you exactly the same experience as we did before the Coronavirus. We still have to maintain distance and wear masks; singing is not permitted, and we cannot yet stay to socialise. We are however beginning to find a wider range of hymns that we can share on the screen.
Please think about whether the time has come for you to come back to worship in church – if you haven’t made it yet. We are sure that the experience is safe – and it is only once all are back in church that we can begin to plan for the future.
If you can’t come, worship will continue to be streamed on Facebook live. The link for this is:-
Figures in the month of April have shown up to 180 people viewing the services – though varying greatly from week to week. What we are offering may not be perfect – but it is clearly reaching people.
With love and prayers,
It may be because time is passing, on my part, but we do not have dates and names of people who embroidered the kneelers.
I have a few names, but can others share their memories of making them? Your help is much appreciated.
Our church has now reopened for services with the necessary Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure that we remain within the Government guidelines for safe worshipping, that is to say:
· please wear a facemask and sanitise hands on entry
· please maintain social distancing
· do not socialise inside the church
· hymns will be recorded, rather than sung live
However, we continue to also offer online services on Facebook live. The website for this is www.facebook.com/coulsdonmethodist
After the service a direct link to the service will be sent to those whose email addresses we have.
This is correct at the time of writing – please check our church website for up-to-date details, or contact one of the stewards.
Sun 2 May 10am Holy Communion (Rev. Stephen Mares)
Thu 6 May 11.45am Thursday prayers
Sun 9 May 10.30am Morning worship (Curtis Juman)
Thu 13 May 11.45am Thursday prayers
6pm Ascension Day: ecumenical worship with
other Coulsdon churches on Zoom (further details available later)
Sun 16 May 10am Morning worship (Rev. Sang Wook Han)
Thu 20 May 11.45am Thursday prayers
Sun 23 May 10am Pentecost: Morning worship (Rev. Stephen Mares)
Thu 27 May 11.45am Thursday prayers
Sun 30 May 10am Morning worship (own arrangements)
Thu 3 June 11.45am Thursday prayers
Sun 6 June 10am Holy Communion (t.b.a.)