News and Coming Up

Two Lent Study Groups are running this year. One is a Church version in the afternoons, the other a Cluster version in the evenings. The church version – to be held from 2pm until 2:55 in the Prayer and Meditation room - will be on Thursdays 22nd Feb, 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd March. The Cluster version will be on Tuesday evenings, at different locations, on Tuesdays, starting on 20th February and running until 20th March. The first is at the Manse starting at 7:30pm.

The next Holy Habit is “Breaking of Bread” and it starts today (18th), continuing to the end of April. A separate newsletter about it has been prepared – please ask for a copy.

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.

Wesley Cottage – home of Roz and Anthony Hick – Quiet Days will be held on 8th March, 12th April, 10th May, 14th June, 12th July and 9th August. For more details please see the downstairs noticeboard.

The Holy Habits Film Club meets at the New Room on the first Friday of every month with a screening at 2pm and a repeat at 7pm.

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.

Once again we are due to have students from UWE here performing maintenance work. This will be from Monday 19th to Thursday February 22nd (inclusive). Each day there needs to be a member of the church present – can you be one of those people? If so please let Lynda Stone know. Currently we do not have enough people: if we do not get enough we will have cancel and much needed maintenance work will not be done. It will also mean we will not get the students another year.

A new Flower Plan has been placed on the noticeboard at the bottom of the stairs: please add your name to it if you can.

A concert is to be given at the church by the Cantanti Choir at 7pm on Saturday 10th March: this is the choir of which Andrew Watson was, until recently, a member. The music will range from the Beatles to Cole Porter & Henry Mancini to Spirituals to old classics and classical numbers. Tickets cost £7.50, £6 concessions and £4 for children and are available from Helen and Peter Shears. All profits will go to much needed church funds A number of flyers are available – please take some and distribute to friends.

Thank you very much to everyone supported this year’s KMC panto. A cheque for approximately £1,550 will be sent to the Bristol Oncology Unit. This is less than the amount previously announced - £1800 – as we have just discovered that the rules concerning gift aid have changed to our detriment. Some photographs are on the church web site.

The closure of Soundwell Rd for water pipe repairs is due to commence on 19th February.

Changes to Data Protection rules are being introduced by the Government in May. Exactly how these changes will impact upon us as a church remains to be seen as details have yet to be published. However, it is believed there will be some impact including e-mail newsletter distribution.

A Circuit leaving service for those Ministers moving on at the end of this Methodist year (including Barry) will be held on 15th July. Details of a farewell Cluster service have yet to be published.

On both 20th February and 20th March a Cluster Group will meet at the manse to chat about Holy Habits topics – all are welcome.


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.