News and Coming Up

Next Saturday (23rd) the Coffee Morning is due to be hosted by the 26th Brownies. However, they are double booked and cannot be present at Church. Is there anyone willing to stand in for them and/ or swop their turn on the roster? If so, would you please telephone Alison on 07504 301695.

As previously mentioned, we intend to hold a Summer Fayre on Saturday 22nd June. Sam Skuse is leading but her request for support has been met with a rather poor response. If anyone is thinking that because, we have received a generous legacy from Ocky Roberts, we do not need to fund raise anymore, then you are very wrong. There still remains a great and urgent need to increase income so that we can cut our operating deficit. If you can help or if you would to more information, please contact Sam.

Some of the cast of the panto would like to spend more time on drama, both improving their skills and putting on other productions. Consequently, a Drama Group is going to meet every other Wednesday, at the church, at 7:30pm with the first dates being 27th March and 10th April. The Group is not restricted to Panto members, anyone and everyone will be welcome.

The funeral of Dorothy Gill will be at 11;30am on Wednesday 27th March. It will be in the Woodland Chapel at Westerleigh. No flowers please but donations to Cancer Research instead. A small reception will be held afterwards at the Avonlea Care Home in Avondale Rd.

After many years in the role, Christine Beard is standing down as our National Children’s Homes Secretary. Is there anyone willing to take on this role or is this something else the church is going to add the ever-growing list of things we no longer do? If you want to know what it involves, please have a word with Christine.

P. J. has written a Newsletter reflecting on Lent. Please, please make sure you get a copy and then please, please do take the time to read it and think and pray about what is said.

A Lent Study has commenced at the church. It is being held every Thursday, in the Meditation Room, from 1:45 to 2:45pm. P. J. is leading it.

The Hiding Place: The Corrie ten Boom Story is being performed by Oddments Theatre Company on Thursday 28th March at Fishponds Baptist Church. Doors open at 6.30pm, performance starts at 7pm. Tickets are £10 in advance, £12 on the door, and are available from www.oddments-theatre.co.uk or by contacting Fishponds Baptist Church directly.

The 10th, and last, Holy Habit “Giving” started last week. As with the other 9, a special Newsletter has been produced for it. Please ask the door steward for a copy and then take a few mins to read it, dwell upon it and pray about what is said.

The Leadership Team met on Monday (4th). Subjects discussed were the financial legacy left to us by Ocky Roberts, the need for spiritual growth, holding prayer walks around Kingswood, having a pianist/ organist, the need for a new NCH Secretary, purchase of new tables, memorial stones in the grounds, new prayer book, maintenance of gravestones. the last Quinquennial Report and ‘The Noise’.

A number of people worked hard last Saturday in an attempt to rid the church of the vast amount of rubbish that has been cluttering the premises up. Particular attention was paid to the cupboard under the stairs (by the lift). With immediate effect, no new items are to be placed in this cupboard without approval from a member of the Church Leadership Team.

The New Room is one of the best small visitor attractions in the South West! In the South West Tourism Awards they won the bronze award for Best Small Attraction of the In the South West Tourism Awards they won the bronze award for Best Small Attraction of the Year (2018).

The church needs some building work done. In accordance with Methodist Church rules (which are the same as many, many organisations), we need to get 3 quotes of costs for each item of significant work. Do any members of our congregation know of building firms that might like to give us quotes? If so, please let Val Jeanes know.

There will be a Saturday Lunch with the BB on 16th March.

We live in a time of uncertainty. The call to climate action has got louder, with research showing that our window of time to change predictions of the future is getting smaller and smaller. During Lent 2019 we are all invited to become part of a community who will respond to this call to climate action by making significant, personal commitments to changing our lifestyles for the climate. Could you: Give up single use plastics? Go meat free, or get rid of animal products all together? Take up alternative forms of transport? Commit to an hour ‘electricity free’ every day? Commit to locally sourced food? Commit to buying nothing new?

The number of people willing to serve refreshments after Sunday worship is diminishing and some people seem to be doing it week after week. This is not right and we urgently need more volunteers. Or are we going to reach the very sad stage that we no longer have this social occasion?

Are you likely to be in the centre of Bristol any time soon? Then why not visit the New Room to see the just installed 3 panelled stain glass window which depicts the life of John Wesley. Listen to Radio 4 on Sunday (13th) between 7:10am and 7:55 to hear about it.

The 2019 KMC Bible Holiday Club will run from Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August. This is a different week to which we normally hold the club.

KMC is now a designated Trussell Trust Foodbank Referral Agency. This means that if, someone comes onto the premises looking for food, they can be given a voucher to exchange at the Foodbank located in the Bourne Christian Church, just down the road. Or it can be exchanged at any other Trussell Trust Foodbank. There are strict rules on the issue of these vouchers and the only people who can do it are Liz Marks, Lynda Stone and Peter Shears.

 

The purpose of Kingswood Methodist Church is to respond to God's Love in Christ and to live out that love in God's world.