Litcham Methodist Chapel

Front Street, Litcham

 

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METHODIST  NEWS

If Kirsty Young were to land me on a desert island I hope she would let me have a good quality dictionary in addition to the Bible.  In my daily 'education' hour (to keep an octogenarian brain active), I have a go at the EDP crosswords and I find a thesaurus a great help but a dictionary gives a more fascinating insight into words.  Recently I wanted a description of the word 'service' as in 'church service' and looking up the word in my Chambers Dictionary I found there were 27 definitions listed, plus 16 special usages of the word.  Definition number fourteen gave me "public worship carried out according to certain prescribed forms: divine worship".  And fifteen gave “the prescribed form according to which a specific kind of religious ceremony is to be carried out: the burial service".  The 'prescribed forms' are more generally known as 'liturgy'.

Methodist services were often referred to as Hymn Sandwiches, prayers, Bible readings and sermon interspersed with hymns which, to a certain extent, is what they are.  However, we do have liturgical services as well, in fact The Methodist Worship Book contains some thirty plus Orders of Service for all occasions but the ones used most often are Holy Communion and the Annual Covenant Service which John Wesley drew up in the 1780s using old Puritan sources.

Most Methodist services are led by local preachers who are not ordained but have been through an intensive period of study and examination before qualifying as 'Accredited'.  From time to time it is not possible for a preacher to be appointed for every service so the local Chapel has what is known as 'Local Arrangement' and has to do just that.

At Tittleshall on these occasions we have 5Ps services.  Those attending the service contribute Praise (they choose a hymn or worship song), Prayer, Poetry, Prose, if they wish but they do not have to because they make the greatest contribution with their Presence, the fifth P.  There is no sermon, sometimes a bit of a discussion develops around a theme, it’s all very relaxed and informal.  During May we have 5Ps on two Sundays, 6th and 20th and we extend a welcoming hand to all who will join us.

At all times, whether liturgical or hymn sandwich, we must remember that worship it not a matter of words alone, it involves not only what we say but also what we do and who we are.  As Charles Wesley wrote "Whilst in the heavenly work we join, God's glory be our whole design, His glory, not our own."

Robin Roberson

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THE QUARTERLY QUERYISTS


This is a new inter-denominational group which will meet once a quarter exploring various aspects of our faith, and sometimes looking at other faiths.

We will be asking lots of questions, hence the Queriest bit, and hopefully getting a few answers along the way.

We will be meeting in Litcham Methodist church on Thursday 22nd March  when our evening will be led by the Chaplain to the Bishop of Norwich, the Revd Susanna Gunner, with her topic being 'Stoneyheartedness and Surrender'

Everyone is very welcome, and we'll even find you a cup of tea or coffee.  Do come and join us.

Liz Lodge


As a result of our Christmas service collections at Litcham, we were able to send £200 to Action For Children.


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‘SECOND FRIDAY’ STUDY GROUP

On the 2nd Friday of each month meeting at the Methodist Chapel in Litcham at 10am


Please note that the joint Anglican/Methodist 'Second Friday' group will not meet on February 9th, as we will be starting our 2018 Lenten meetings the following week on February 16th., and will meet each Friday during Lent.back room at the Methodist church, and begin with coffee 

 

Our subject will be 'The Five marks Of Mission', also known as the 'Five T's'. Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform and Treasure.

Briefly,  the will follow this path;

    TELL; To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.

    TEACH; To teach, baptise and nurture new believers.

    TEND; To respond to human need by loving service.

    TRANSFORM; To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violenceof every kind and to pusrue peace and reconciliation.

TREASURE: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

If you haven't been along previously do come and join us for an informal time of reflection and discussion about the place of the church in 21st. century Britain.

Stephen Lynn


Interesting discussions and much laughter plus coffee.

ALL welcome to come.

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S E R V I C E S    

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Tittleshall 9:30am

6th May        Local Arrangement

13th May      Aileen Fox

20th May      Local Arrangement

27th May      Revd Andrew King (Holy Communion)


Litcham 10:30am

6th May        Philip Butcher (Café Style Worship)

13th May      Revd Andrew King (Holy Communion)

20th May      Stephen Lynn

27th May      Local Arrangement

M A Y

Tittleshall 9:30am

1st April        Revd Andrew King (Holy Communion)

8th April       David Yarham

15th April     Jacky Woor

22nd April    Local Arrangement

29th April     Steven Sowerby


Litcham 10:30am

1st April        Stephen Lynn (Cafe Style Worship)

8th April       Rev’d Andrew King (Holy Communion)

15th April     Lorna Folkes

22nd April    Alan Warby

29th April    Glyn & Angela Constantine

A P R I L