THE GOOD NEWS LETTER
COULSDON METHODIST CHURCH
No.298 October 2018
From our minister
So I made it to Paris on my bike in spite of Storm Ali, a French town mayor being grumpy and removing our signage, aching legs and enormous hills. I met some amazing ladies with incredible stories all taking part in the challenge for different reasons, some very sad stories and yet together we challenged ourselves beyond what we thought possible and became firm friends in the process. I am not sure I would do something like this again but everyone kept saying to me ‘never say never’, perhaps a story for another time.
Sometimes life throws challenges our way that we might not choose, some of us are mad enough to choose them, but on the whole it is often beyond our decision making. At these times we have two choices; we can either lie down in a dark room and give up, or we can push on with the help of those around us and rise to the challenge.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1: 2-4
There were certainly times during my cycle to Paris when I felt anything other than joy, one particular hill riding against the wind brought something other than joy out in me, however there were many more times when joy was the emotion I experienced, not least the first sighting of the Eiffel Tower on the third day, just when I felt I couldn’t go any further.
James, writing to the first century Jewish Christians, doesn’t say if you face trials, but whenever you face them. He assumes that we will all have trials and that it is possible to experience profit from them. The point is not to pretend to be happy when we face pain, but to have a positive outlook because of what trials can produce in our lives. James tells us to turn our hardships into times of learning, tough times can teach us perseverance. I know that each and every woman I met on the ride to Paris was struggling in some way or another and yet to the last they said that they had learnt more about themselves during the ride than at any other time in their life.
We cannot really know the depth of our character until we see how we react under pressure. It is easy to be kind to others when everything is going well, but can we still be kind when others are treating us unfairly? God wants to make us mature and complete, not to keep us from struggles, and so when they come God wants us to see them as opportunities for growth. James tells us, his readers, to thank God for promising to be with us in rough times, that we should ask God to help us and give us strength to endure, and then be patient. God will not leave us alone with our problems but will stay close and help us grow.
I do thank God for the strength I received to get through this enormous challenge and for the women I got to know and will continue to keep in touch with as we share our lives together.
I pray that God will continue to walk with us as we face the challenges of being church in the times in which we are living and give us the grace to respond to the needs of those around us as we continue to follow God’s will.
With grace and peace until next time.
Rev. Faith Nyota
Revd. Faith Nyota’s current invitation to serve in the Purley Circuit as Superintendent runs until September 2019. Faith indicated that she would wish to be re-invited for a further 1 year, namely to summer 2020. Following the Connexional guidelines that are used across British Methodism and after consultations in circuit churches and with the District Chair, the Circuit Invitation Committee met and agreed a recommendation to the Circuit Meeting to extend Faith's invitation for a further 2 years. Faith has been consulted by both the Chair and the CIC on this and has indicated her agreement. At the last Circuit Meeting this recommendation was agreed. Therefore the stewards are very pleased to announce that Faith will continue as Superintendent minister of Purley Circuit until August 2021. We welcome prayers for Faith’s continuing ministry in the circuit. From the Circuit Invitations Committee
Thank you to everyone who supported our fund-raising concert, especially our performers: Surrey Harmony, Becky and Lawrence, Peter Cook, Soul Symphony and Phoenix – Musical Friends. The audience enjoyed a varied programme, a wonderful selection of cakes and a great selection of hand-made items to buy provided by the Craft Club. Final totals are not yet in but we hope to have raised more than £700 – a terrific result.
Purley Circuit Prayer Day
… will take place on Saturday, 3 November 2018, 10.30am to 3.00pm, at Sanderstead Methodist Church, Limpsfield Rd, Sanderstead CR2 9EF (403 bus from Swan & Sugarloaf).
Morning: Worship, prayer focuses with creative space, reflection
Afternoon: Prayer focuses, then Holy Communion
Do join us for the morning or afternoon programme or both! Refreshments including tea, coffee, cold drinks and biscuits will be available. If you are staying for the full programme, please bring a packed lunch. For further information, please contact Trevane Wallbank via the Circuit office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Methodist Women in Britain annual lunch
This will take place on Wednesday 24 October at Sanderstead Methodist Church, Limpsfield Rd, Sanderstead CR2 9EF (403 bus from Swan & Sugarloaf). The speaker will be Rev. Sue Shortman, with a talk entitled “Ride to Paris”. Tickets are £5, available from Dorothy Pearson.
Sun 7 Oct. 8.45am Bible study and breakfast
10am Holy Communion (Rev. Sue Shortman)
Mon 8 Oct 12.30 Forum members’ lunch (Fleeting Brook, Caterham-on-the-Hill)
8pm Open to question (at Sanderstead M.C.)
Thu 11 Oct. 10.30am Open church
Sun 14 Oct. 10am Morning worship (Jill Gradon)
Mon 15 Oct. 10am Coulsdon craft club
Thu 18 Oct. 10.30am Open church
Sat 20 Oct. 4-6pm Messy church
Sun 21 Oct. 10am Morning worship (local arrangements)
6.30pm Holy Communion (at Whitethorn Avenue)
Wed 24 Oct. 12noon Methodist Women in Britain: annual lunch
Thu 25 Oct. 10.30am Open church
Sun 28 Oct. 10am Morning worship (Rev. Sue Shortman)
Wed 31 Oct. 2.30pm Time for Tea
Thu 1 Nov. 10.30am Open church
Sun 4 Nov. 8.45am Bible study and breakfast
10am Holy Communion (Rev. Tom Osborne) (Church anniversary service)