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Next week’s Newsletter will be prepared by Lynda Stone who can be contacted on (0117) 967 9966 and lyndastone@pobroadband.co.uk

The microwave oven in the kitchen has been damaged. It looks like it was moved too close to a flame from the hob as it has burn marks on one side. As a result it has been classified as dangerous and therefore removed. As no demand for the use of a microwave oven has been identified, it is not being replaced. Does anyone use the toaster or can we get rid of that as well?

On Sunday 20th, under the banner of the Holy Habit of ‘Prayer’, a Circuit Pentecost Celebration at Badminton Road Methodist Church, Downend. This will be an afternoon of exploring different ways to pray. It will run from 2:30 to 6pm and is suitable for all ages. A cream tea will be available.

In the Methodist Church calendar, Aldersgate Sunday is the Sunday nearest to 24th May (traditionally known as 'Wesley Day') or the Sunday before it. The day is a great opportunity to celebrate the work of God in our lives, and to reflect on how we should respond to everything that God has given us. “Faith is a work of God in us, which … makes us completely different people in heart, mind, senses, and all our powers…” (Extract from Martin Luther’s Preface to the Letter of St Paul to the Romans).

There is also a Wesley Day Service at The New Room on the 24th at 1pm.

Grains of Truth, an exhibition of sculpture from 4th to 29th June is being held at Victoria Methodist Church (1a Whiteladies Road, Clifton, BS8 1NU). It is open Monday to Friday from midday to 2pm and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. Work by Richard Smith & David Moore, Santiago Bell and Arun Ways is being shown.

It is not too late to support the work of Christian Aid, there are still plenty of envelopes around the church.

In June we have Praise and Play on Wednesday 6th, Messy Church on Saturday 9th and a Lunch on Saturday 16th. It is also Gift Day on Sunday 10th.

Have you visited the New Room since it was refurbished? It really is worth a visit.  A Summer Special offer is now available for local groups. If you pre-book a visit for 10 or more people to the new museum between 1st June and 30th September, admission costs just £2.50 per person (usual price for adults is £6, seniors £5). Make a day of it and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the award-winning cafe. If you are interested in knowing more, please ring them on (0117) 926 4740 or email info@newroombristol.org.uk, quoting the code BRISTOLSUMMERSPECIAL

A reminder. Do you have regular contact with children or vulnerable adults in or connected with the Church? If so, have you ever undergone Circuit Safeguarding training? If so, when was it? Was it 4 years ago or more? If so, then it needs to be renewed. The training changed significantly in 2016 so, even if it was less than 4 years ago but before then, it is recommended you undergo refresher training. See the advert at the back of the Church.

When asked recently how he's preparing himself for the Royal Wedding, the Archbishop of Canterbury said a line from grime artist Stormzy's song, Blinded By Your Grace, was helping him in the run up to the nuptials. Mr Welby explained: "There's a line in that - 'I stay prayed up and get the job done' - I think that sort of sums it up”. This is the song we listened to during last Sundays service.

A reminder: As we begin to shake off Winter and see temperatures rise a little, the grave yard grass is beginning to grow.  This means that we have to start cutting it again. If you feel you can commit to cutting the grass once between April and November inclusive, please could you let Lynda Stone know as she is drawing up a rota for a monthly cut.  Many thanks.

Another reminder. In accordance with new data protection regulations, we have had to seek permission from everyone on the Newsletter email distribution that they wish to continue to receive such emails. If you are currently on that distribution but not had such an email then please contact Peter Shears. If you have had the e-mail please reply in the affirmative by 3rd May if you wish to stay on the list.

It is with disappointment that it has to be reported that The Wesley Guild has taken the decision to close, due to falling numbers. They will, however, still be holding their Summer Coffee Evenings. The dates for these are: Mondays 4th & 18th June, 2nd, 16th & 30th July, 18th August and 30th September. The first one – on 14th May – will be at the home of Joyce and Alan Tarbard.

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.

On the subject Foodbanks, statistics have been published in the last few days that show that, between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, the Trussell Trust’s foodbank network (of which Kingswood is part) distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, a 13% increase on the previous year. 484,026 of these went to children. It is also worth noting that an analysis of 38 Foodbanks that have been in full Universal Credit rollout areas for a year or more shows that these projects experienced an increase of 52% in the twelve months following the full rollout date in their area. Universal Credit is due to be rolled out at the Kingswood Job Centre in October of this year.

Previous Newsletters have asked for ideas on what to do with the £200 donated to the Church in memory of Joan Wilson. A suggestion has been made by more than one person that we should use it to start a Heating Fund. So that is what will happen.

Our annual Holiday Club will run from Monday 13th to Friday 17th August, 9am to 12:45 each day. We have a problem, though, in that our likely staffing number will be at its lowest ever, at least 2 people less than last year (and maybe more than that). Can you help for even 1 day? It is with direct contact with the children that we need the help, we have enough people to look after the refreshments.

There are two leaving services for our Minister Barry. One is a Circuit Service for all Ministers stepping down, the other is a Cluster Service just for Barry. Both are at Hanham, on 15th July and then 22nd July.

If you attended the Messy Church Coffee Morning and / or Lunch, thank you very much. £85 was raised for church funds.

In accordance with new data protection regulations, we have had to seek permission from everyone on the Newsletter email distribution that they wish to continue to receive such emails. If you are currently on that distribution but not had such an email then please contact Peter Shears. If you have had the e-mail please reply in the affirmative by 3rd May if you wish to stay on the list.

Weekly giving envelopes scheme. There is an envelope for each Sunday simply so that, if it helps, you can put money aside each week even if you do not attend. But you don’t have to do this. Those counting the money after worship do not have to have envelopes, or parts of envelopes, which you have not put money in.

Wesley Cottage – home of Roz and Anthony Hick – Quiet Days will be held 14th June, 12th July and 9th August. For more details please see the downstairs noticeboard.

The New Room Community Choir meets each Wednesday during school term time, from 12:15 to 1pm. No auditions, no need to be able to read music, everyone welcome.

Available at the back of the church are a few copies of a booklet called “Holiness and Justice”. The booklet is an invitation through words and art to consider how you might make a difference both in yourself and in the world..

 

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.