JUL
24

ittle Fishes and TOTS toddler groups for 0-4 years old.

There are thriving groups for toddlers and their parents & carers at Alcombe, Minehead, Watchet and Williton.  Please click on the toddler group links in the appropriate church's column to the left for details. - See more at: http://westsomerset.2day.uk/?localBoard=2948&globalBoard=0#sthash.HRstq8iQ

Little Fishes and TOTS toddler groups for 0-4 years old.

There are thriving groups for toddlers and their parents & carers at Alcombe, Minehead, Watchet and Williton.  Please click on the toddler group links in the appropriate church's column to the left for details. - See more at: http://westsomerset.2day.uk/?localBoard=2948&globalBoard=0#sthash.HRstq8iQ.dpuf
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Latest Information:    

On Sunday morning at 10.30 am we have live worship at Alcombe, Minehead, Porlock and Watchet.
Please join us at one of these services if you are able to, Advance Booking is required, please click here for details
 

The morning service at Alcombe will being
live streamed.
To watch; go to the
West Somerset
Methodist Circuit
page on Facebook
at 10:30am.

The Friday Zoom coffee morning will continue at 10:30 am each week

In the Autumn we are holding our Circuit Weekend Away at home. Please look out for further details coming soon.

If you have not used one of our Zoom services before but would like to join in please email the Circuit Administrator.  
 
Please look in the
July/August edition of
The Messenger

for details of these and other events coming up soon. 


We plan to gradually open our Circuit Churches for live services during the following weeks.  For a provisional draft plan please click here
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Click here for this week's
Sunday Service Sheet for Home Worship  from 
the Methodist Church
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A FREE phone service to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church has been launched:
Listen to a prayer: 
0808 281 2514
Listen to news: 
0808 281 2478
Content is updated weekly on Thursday evening

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There are many opportunities to engage with Christian worship
on line, a few of which 
are listed below;

Just click on any in italics to be directed to that site:

9am Monday to Friday
Morning Prayers from Wesley House Cambridge

Prayers and Worship Services from Wesley's Chapel, London

Songs of Praise on Sunday afternoons on BBC 1

Premier Christian Radio via their website or on Freeview channel 725

Information about worshipping at home and live streaming of worship from the Singing the Faith plus website here…https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Regular updates from the Methodist Church are available here…https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/

 Should you need to make urgent contact, please contact the Superintendent Minister by email to:    wsmc2425@gmail.com

We will continue to support the life and work of the West Somerset Circuit in other ways – please check this website for updates and 
Click here to read The Messenger which we will continue to publish during this closure period

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Feeling Isolated or worried?
 

Citizens Advice
West Somerset can be contacted anytime 24/7—Phone 0800 801 1808
leave a message if the phone is not answered. 
For further information,
visit the website: www.westsomersetadvice.org.uk

To contact us at this website with any comments or questions please use the  Contact Us button at the bottom of this page
Click for West Somerset Advice

[You can hear Nick read this by clicking the link below]

Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

The 100th Psalm was written to remind us of our need to be thankful, and to maintain an ‘attitude of gratitude’ – to coin a phrase. This psalm was written for the people of Israel. In effect, God was saying to them, ‘When you come into the Promised Land and settle down in your warm homes, and you have plenty to eat, don’t forget me. I led you out of the wilderness and I brought you into a land flowing with milk and honey.’

But it doesn’t take very long to realise that the people of Israel needed further reminders, and perhaps, on occasions, we need to be reminded, too. This is probably one of the main reasons this psalm was included in the bible.

Did you notice to whom it’s written? The first verse says that it’s addressed to ‘all the earth,’ and the last verse says that it includes ‘all generations.’ This encouragement to be thankful is so deep and wide that it applies to every person, in every era, at every stage of life. There’s something about giving thanks together to God that breaks down barriers between people and brings about unity and solidarity.

Of course, for some of us, there’s a temptation to determine how thankful we are according to how much we’ve received, especially if we start to compare ourselves to other people. This is always un unhelpful thing to do. It is so easy to let our own comparison with others determine whether we’re thankful or not. This then effects our whole attitude to life. God has promised us ‘Life in all its fulness’ and so we have to be grateful to God for this. What other response is appropriate?

The Psalmist says that our thanksgiving is not dependant on anything apart from how much we appreciate what God has done for us, both as individuals and as a part of the church. In this life, the only thing we have for certain is our relationship with God. And that’s what Psalm 100 affirms for us. Every single verse in this psalm is focussed upon God. So, the psalmist is confirming for us that the basis for our thanksgiving is God.

The author Alex Haley had an unusual picture hanging on his office wall. It was a picture of a turtle on top of a fence post. When he was asked, "Why is that there?" He answered, "Every time I write something significant, every time I read my words and think that they’re wonderful, or begin to feel proud of myself, I look at the turtle on top of the fence post and I remember that he didn’t get there on his own. He needed help."

That’s the basis of our thankfulness. We remember that we got to where we are today because of God - and with other people’s help, of course. The truth is that God is the source of every blessing we receive. And God showers us with abundant blessings. So, as the pandemic restrictions are lifted, let us remember that every single good thing in our lives comes to us from God – and let us be truly thankful, as the psalmist encourages.

In an attitude of prayer, please read the words of the psalm once again… and then offer your own prayers of gratitude to God for the blessings you have been given in your life. ‘Count your blessings, count them one by one…’ – and give thanks to God for them all.

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