Tolpuddle Martyrs. As the sun rose on 24th February 1834, Dorset farm labourer George Loveless set off to work, saying goodbye to his wife Betsy and their three children. They were not to meet alone again for three years, for as he left his cottage in the rural village of Tolpuddle, he was served with a warrant for his arrest. Loveless and five fellow workers were charged with having taken an illegal oath. But their real crime in the eyes of the establishment was to have formed a trade union to protest about their meagre pay of six shillings a week – the equivalent of 30p (or roughly £50 when adjusted for inflation to today’s money) and the third wage cut in as many years. Some of these were Methodists.
With the email version of this Newsletter, there should be attached notes for the Lent Homegroup that Anthony Hick is leading and which starts next week, If anyone is unable to join the homegroup on Mondays at Wesley Cottage (2.30-4pm) but would like the notes (for them to follow on their own or with one or two others at a different time), they are welcome to contact him at or 07726 342744.
Work is currently being performed on the roof the part of the building that juts out into the car park which has involved the erection of scaffolding.
The theme of this years Lent Liturgy is “Unbounded Love”. Had we been in church today (Sunday 11th) this is what we would have shared. A piece of worn fabric would have been placed at the foot of the cross then Mark 1: 9-11 would have been read. Next someone would have said “Unbounded God, we thank you that you love us as we are, with all of our flaws and imperfections. Nowhere is off-limits for you. Lord Jesus, we place this torn fabric by the cross to remind us that at your baptism the heavens were torn apart, and divine love burst into this world in a new way.”
Lent Traditions. Many children who have birthday parties beat pinata’s, a papier-mâché creation filled with sweets. The idea comes from Mexico. However, it originated in Italy as a lent tradition and was a brightly decorated item with seven cones, representing the Seven Deadly Sins. If you could ‘defeat’ the Seven Deadly Sins, then you would get a heavenly reward.
Lectionary 25th February to 2nd March. Genesis 17.1-7,15-16; Psalm 22.23-31; Romans 4.13-25; Mark 8.31-38. Trusting God when we don’t understand. God makes a covenant with Abram, in which Abram and his wife Sarai (both in their nineties), will become the ancestors of many nations and peoples, including their leaders, and an example of great faith. They are renamed Abraham and Sarah and promised the birth of a son – this is a great blessing because they had not previously been able to have children. Think about the different ways to change our automatic or instinctive way of seeing things. Think about we need other people to help us see things differently, to help us appreciate that our way of seeing things may not be God’s way. Think about how to trust God, even when we are worried that God is wrecking our plans.
Wesley Cottage Quiet Days restart on Monday (19th) and will continue every 3rd Monday of the month. An opportunity to relax and unwind in the meeting room and Quiet Garden at Wesley Cottage, 5 Talbot Avenue, Bristol BS15 1HE. Join in with any part of the ‘day’ between 10.30am and 2.30pm. Anthony is also leading a homegroup on Mondays during Lent starting the same day from 2.30-4pm. Those who would like the notes can email him on anthony.hick@methodist..org.uk
On 31st March, at 3pm, Made for Ever will hold its last service before closing.
Bethesda Methodist Church will shortly close. Their final service will be on Sunday 3rd March, at 3pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
The Spring programme for the New Room has just been published. Amongst the events are a touring exhibition of John Newton and Amazing Grace, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the hymn. This will run from Monday 5th February to Friday 15th March. It is free with normal admission prices.
Did you know that a Film Club operates at the Park Centre every Tuesday, from midday? There is a different film every week and the cost is £4.50 which includes a light lunch.
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.