Findern Methodist Church, Lower Green, Findern, Derbyshire, DE65 6AD
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SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES:
10.00 am Morning Worship
Afternoon Tea: tea, coffee and cake served every Wednesday afternoon between 2 and 4 pm, except the first Wednesday of the month when it is the Lunch Club.
Mondays during term time 1.30 – 2.45pm Musical Ark, music and storytime for under 5s accompanied by an adult
Tuesdays 9.30am Slow Flow Devotional Fitness
Thursdays during term time 10.30 – 11.45am Baby Group, activities for the under 2s accompanied by and adult
This newsletter is an opportunity to take a look at what we have done and are doing because it is easy to think we just continue with routine activities.
- In September our minister, Gareth, challenged the congregation to read the bible in a year. Members of the local Anglican church have joined in and there are 2 groups meeting weekly with Gareth to discuss and question the passages from the well defined reading programme. It has tested our commitment during these dismal winter months to keep up with the old testament passages but the support of the group has kept us focused.
- Also in September a new children’s group started for the under 5s called Tots Praise. It is a mixture of songs, crafts, snacks always including a simple Bible story, prayer and praise song. Attendance has been variable but after lots of prayer the numbers have been more encouraging lately.
- Another new initiative was the men’s breakfast attended by about 16, held monthly – and cooked by ladies!
- At Christmas alongside the usual services and activities we joined churches from Willington to sing carols at Mercia Marina at one of their special events.
For a second year we asked older village residents especially the housebound if they would like one or two from chapel to go to their homes and share some of the Christmas story through carols, a reading and blessing. It was a wonderful experience for all.
- We invited members of the parish church to the covenant service in January and as we committed ourselves to discipleship we prayed for more opportunities to work together.
- The chapel is a wonderful resource for outreach. Many different groups use it for meetings as it is such a flexible area. One day it has the gentle exercise group, another the craft group, the ever popular lunch club or tea afternoons, maybe a church group wanting an away day or the local schoolchildren doing environmental work. We praise the Lord for enabling us to change the traditional village chapel into a lively place of worship able to offer a welcome to many different people.