The Methodist Conference unanimously agreed to ask churches to read out the statement on this web page on Sunday, or as soon as possible thereafter; asked all Methodists to call on their MP to challenge racism and discrimination (you can also use this web page to do so); and to encourage all to wear a safety pin to show solidarity against racismhttp://www.methodist.org.uk/nationallife
(from the Methodist Church website)
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and Quakers in Britain have said that the proposals to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system are “unwarranted” and “unethical.”
This announcement comes in advance of the Parliamentary debate on Trident is to take place, where the UK Government will seek approval to spend £41 billion on building new submarines to carry nuclear weapons.
The Churches have previously expressed dismay that the UK Government is resisting discussions sponsored by the United Nations on multilateral disarmament. UK Churches have been represented at Non-Proliferation Treaty conferences in New York and have sought for many years to influence Government policy on nuclear weapons. In 2015, 26 faith leaders called on the UK Government to join with others in developing a robust plan of action to lead to a world free of nuclear weapons.
With a combined membership of over one million people in the UK alone, the leaders of the five Churches are encouraging all to pray and write to their MPs.
25th June, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Last one until September!
Games, Crafts, Activities, All-age celebration, meal!
GENERAL CHURCH MEETING ON JUNE 19TH
Our General Church Meeting onJune 19th will start promptly at 10.30am and will conclude with Holy Communion. Our 9.30am service will finish at 10.15am and there will be a brief opportunity for coffee before the Meeting.
Our 11am service will follow on after the Meeting is completed.
All are welcome to attend the meeting and we encourage you all to come.
A series of 3 evenings for those interested in knowing a little bit more about METHODISM
Wednesdays in June beginning at 7.30pm @ church
Each study is complete in itself – Attend as many as you are able. Come to one – Come to all
JUNE 15th The story begins
‘In the providence of God Methodism was raised up to spread Scriptural Holiness throughout the land by the proclamation of the evangelical faith.’
The Methodist Church Deed of union
JUNE 22nd The story continues
‘The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.’
The Methodist church Web Site
JUNE 29th Exploring Membership
An evening for those wishing to explore membership of the Methodist Church
Come and listen – Come and learn – Come and share
The Joint Public Issues Team (Churches working together to live out the gospel of Christ in society) have published a resource to help people consider how to vote. You can download it here
Below is an open letter from Rt Rev Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury (signed by many other religious leaders – more info here) -
Faith is about integration and building bridges, not about isolation and erecting barriers. As leaders and senior figures of faith communities, we urge our co-religionists and others to think about the implications of a Leave vote for the things about which we are most passionate.
The past 70 years have been the longest period of peace in Europe’s history. Institutions that enable us to work together and understand both our differences and what we share in common contribute to our increased security and sense of collective endeavour.
What’s more, so many of the challenges we face today can only be addressed in a European, and indeed a global, context: combating poverty in the developing world, confronting climate change and providing the stability that is essential to tackling the migration crisis.
We hope that when voting on 23 June, people will reflect on whether undermining the international institutions charged with delivering these goals could conceivably contribute to a fairer, cleaner and safer world.
Rt Rev Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury
Christian Aid Week is here!
May 15th -21st
With Jesus’ command to “love our neighbours” ringing in our ears, Christian Aid week is a good time to show that love to our neighbours across the world and down our street. Here are some ways for you to get involved and make your contribution.
The Boyes Big Cake Sale
There will be a Cake Sale in Boyes Stores from Tuesday 17th May until Saturday 21st May from 10.00am until 4.00pm. All proceeds to Christian Aid.
Burniston Big Brekkie event!
Everyone welcome and bring the family for Saturday breakfast here!
The Coffee Stop Team are organising a Special Church Breakfast event for Christian Aid Week on Saturday 21st May so come along from 9am and even stay on for coffee and cake! There will be a Traidcraft Stall and a Bring and Buy Stall. Items for the stall and offers of help gratefully received. Contact Sally or Suzan.
(All the Thursday Coffee Stop donations received in May also will go to Christian Aid)
Christian Aid Envelopes.
On May 15th or 22nd please take and fill the Christian Aid Envelopes from the foyer for your donation and fill in the gift aid section where possible. Return the sealed envelopes to church the following week and place in the basket in the foyer.
This is the week we love every neighbour, so please join in.
The Good Samaritan
Saturday 28 May, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Burniston Methodist Church
Games, craft, all-age celebration & meal – Everybody welcome!
Following on from our recent discussions on Mission it has been agreed that on Sunday 17th April we shall be ‘Focussing on Mission’ and the programme below will apply that morning.
10.00am Joint Service including Holy Communion
11.00am Mission is already happening. Hear from members of our church family as they share how they are involved in Mission inside and beyond the church walls
11.30am Discussion Groups (Don’t forget to collect some refreshments on the way)
1.00pm Church Family Lunch – Jacket Potatoes with various fillings
Whilst it would be wonderful if everyone could share in the whole morning, please stay for and participate in as much as you are able,
Rev Graham Morgan