News and Coming Up

Saturday Lunch. We have volunteers to host only the March, June and December Lunches – is anyone else prepared to take one of the other months (bearing in mind we don’t have one in either August or September). If you can host, please see Mollie Burnham.

The 2019 Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk will be performed at the church at 7pm on Friday 1st February and at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday 2nd February. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for under 14s at all performances. They can be purchased at the door on the day or reserved by seeing Steve Yates. As in past years all profits will go to the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Unit.

A Church Leadership Team meeting is scheduled for Monday 21st January. Please have a word with a member of the team – P. J., Helen, Yvonne, Lynda, Emma, Michael and Peter – if there is anything you would like discussed.

Bible Study. Every Tuesday, from 8th to 29th January (inc), between 2 and 3pm, at Fishponds Methodist Church (another of P. J.’s churches), a study of the letters of James. Then, from 5th to 26th (inc) February, a study of the book of Jonah: same place, same time. Everyone welcome.

Do you have something that could be used as a raffle prize during the performances of the panto? If so, Steve Yates would be happy to take it off your hands.

The cooker and oven in the kitchen has recently undergone a professional clean so is looking better than it has for some time. Can we please make every effort to keep that way by all users cleaning up properly after their use.

Judith and Steve Strellet have named their son Oscar William. Oscar weighed in at 7lb 4oz on Tuesday 7th January. Eloisa loves her little brother.

The Safeguarding training at the church next Saturday (26th) starts at 10am but attendees have been asked to arrive at 9:30am.

Next Sunday (27 Jan) is Holocaust Memorial Day. This is a day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

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 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. During this week we are encouraged to reflect upon how divisions in our society contribute to divisions in the Church. How does injustice in our country create challenges in pursuit of our shared life together? And to pray about these issues.

The Junior Church Christmas Card for Crisis has raised £121. Thank you very much everyone who contributed.

The retiring collection after the services on Christmas day and 30th December raised £72.57 for the Methodist Relief and Development (MRDF)Fund. This will be used to support the people of Indonesia following the tsunami that hit the island recently.

The CRISIS and MRDF collections are the true meaning of Christmas: helping those less well off than ourselves.

The next Holy Habit is ‘Biblical Teaching’ which commenced on 1st January and runs until 28th February. A newsletter about it is now available: please take one. It includes a mention of some Bible studies that are about to 

Coming up in the New Year:  Saturday 1st and 2nd February – The pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ (see Panto page for more details)

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.

Wesley Cottage Creative Days are happening on these Thursdays: 17th Jan and 21st Feb. For more information see the downstairs noticeboard or pick up one the leaflets at the back of the church.

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.