Breakfast Praise

At breakfast praise last Sunday we heard the story of the tiny mustard seed which grew into a huge tree that was big enough to provide so much for so many creatures.

Jesus tells us the Kingdom of God is a bit like this. The tiniest little bit that we offer can grow into so much more than we can imagine.

We went on to explore how the little bit that we can each do to help our planet, in our homes and our gardens is really important and even if it doesn’t seem very much to us our efforts grow and joined together with the effort that everyone makes can make a huge impact.

Above is a picture of some trees the we made.

Breakfast as usual was yummy and it was great to see so many of all ages enjoy this very special time together with God.

Next one is on 1st September 9.15. All are welcome.

Jayne

Silver Award

I am really very proud of TMC for achieving the Silver Eco Church Award. We have become increasingly aware of our responsibility to the planet and to each other and have worked hard to reduce waste, recycle, improve our energy efficiency and to raise awareness of the environmental challenges we face in our conversations and our services – particularly so in Breakfast Praise.

We are also starting a new group which will continue the work of raising awareness and encourage our working on Eco projects together both in the church and beyond, for more information on this, click here Viriditas .

The Universal Soul

As many of you are aware I lead a contemplative group called ‘Desert Soul’ where we explore the mystic impulse that is a compelling call for each of our members. We have recently been thinking about how contemplative practice can deepen our creative gifts or indeed open us up to new ones which can sometimes surprise us.

At our last meeting one of our members shared with us his first ever attempt at creative writing. He has given permission for me to share this stunning hymn here.

The Universal Soul

Ere the Fall, before the Serpent
Ere the Apple and its Tree,
Dwelt the Soul in perfect Oneness
Knowing only Unity.

Knowing neither MInd nor Reason
There the Soul in Thus-ness dwelt
Happy Soul, in perfect Union
Then no separation felt

Now alas! She is fragmented;
Now Her perfect Union gone.
Blood of Jesus! Re-unite Her
Lead her back whence She has come.

Where there is no sound of discord.
Where there is no ‘Your’s nor Mine’.
But the Soul, restored to Oneness
Rests in Unity sublime. © Tom Foxon 2019

Desert Soul

Desert Soul meets on Wednesday 5th June at 3.00pm in the Prayer Circle. Its been a while since I was last with you and I am very thankful to those who took on the leadership whilst I was away.

This week we will be taking a look at the stages of the mystic journey. These are variously described depending on different mystics but the stepping stones follow pretty much the same route.

At some point we will discuss ideas for our mini retreat which we could do in August…Please bring thoughts an ideas for this with you.

New comers always welcome. We meet on first and third Wednesdays at 3.00 but advisable to make contact with me first via Church contact page. Jayne

Breakfast Praise

Don’t forget breakfast praise this Sunday 2nd June 9.15 at Tewkesbury MC.

I am hoping that the weather will stay fine as we were planning to go on a nature trail down by the brook to see what God has been up to in nature over the Spring, as well as walking off our breakfast.

If it does rain we have a back up plan which involves finding the lost sheep…which come to think of it may be as messy as a nature trail by the brook.

Viriditas

If you are local to the Tewkesbury area please watch out for a new group starting on the 1st Saturday of every month from 7th September at Tewkesbury Methodist Church

The inspiration for the name Viriditas comes from St Hildegard of Bingen, one of the great medieval Christian mystics who was a Benedictine abbess. She was a polymath with many gifts … a writer, composer, poet, philosopher, visionary, and is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. For Hildegard the term Viriditas perfectly captures the divine force of nature which she saw as the greening power bringing life, energy and healing. She was renowned for her work with herbal medicine but underpinning all of this was her profound love for creation and her understanding of the importance of caring for our planet.

In our monthly meetings will explore all aspects of Viriditas from engaging in Eco projects, within and beyond our church, that will ensure we play our part in caring for the planet – to discussions on creation spirituality, science and theology and Celtic and mystic perspectives on Creation. It is intended that we invite speakers, engage in activities and generally promote a healthy approach to our role as stewards of the created world.

All are welcome, just turn up bringing with you any ideas or thoughts on specific areas of interest or projects you are already involved with. At our first meeting we will share all of these and plan a programme together.

Look forward to seeing you, Jayne

Welcome

Thank you for visiting. This is the first post on this shiny new blog in which I will be writing about my ministry in Tewkesbury and Apperley.

Tewkesbury is a thriving town with a medieval feel. There is much happening here throughout the year and Tewkesbury Methodist Church is in an ideal place to welcome the many visitors that come to Tewkesbury and to offer warm hospitality. We have many activities throughout the week and our Sunday services range from a breakfast style praise which is particularly enjoyed by young families to our more reflective evening services. Our Main service is a 10.30 and all are welcome.

Apperley Methodist Church is situated in a rural village approximately 7 miles from Tewkesbury. It’s main service is on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each moth. We enjoy a very good working (and social) relationship with the Anglican Church with whom we share in a number of services. All are welcome to join us.