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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:    

Thursday evening we have our weekly call to pray at 7 pm. You can either join friends from around the circuit to pray on Zoom or pray wherever you are and who you are with.

On Friday morning, we have our Monthly Zoom coffee morning.

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

On Sunday, 20 June will be our final zoom worship at 6.30 pm. From Sunday 27 June, all our circuit churches will be open for live worship and we will be live-streaming one of our morning services each week for those who are not able to join us in person for live worship. Look out for further details about this coming soon.

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

Please join us for as many of these events as you are able.

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
June 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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Here are some
Circuit Devotions,
songs and dramas for us to read, to think about and to use as a basis for our prayers. Just 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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And this is a link to the Exmoor Youth Project 
Harvest Experience
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Listen to a prayer: 
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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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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

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Circuit Devotions for 9th June 2021 - Jean Armin

After over a year of being confined to Somerset, we attended a wedding last week which meant breaking out of our lovely county, crossing Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and ending up in Hertfordshire.  With all the unfamiliar roads and the complicated junctions we felt as if we had travelled to foreign lands (without breaking any Covid 19 laws!).  While contemplating one particularly complicated road sign we recalled a trip in America where roundabouts have not yet been invented, so any turning taken in error results in huge distances being driven in the wrong direction.  At least on UK motorways we get a second chance!

 Our journey on unfamiliar routes reminded me of several conversations I have had recently, which keep taking me back to Psalm 137. 

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept, when we remembered Zion.

There on the poplars we hung our harps,

for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?

Psalm 137: 1 - 4

The people of Israel had been taken into exile in Babylonia and they lamented the loss of their homes and the city of Jerusalem.  It was a difficult time for their people, although about 50 years later they were allowed to return, by decree of Emperor Cyrus.

The rivers of Babylon by which they sat and wept are the Tigris and the Euphrates, and their tributaries.  Rivers have some important characteristics.  They are always moving – the twig which you drop into a river gives evidence that the water which was at your feet is now travelling away from you.  And the direction of travel is always toward something bigger, more powerful and important.  

Although many will have felt that the last year has been spent treading water, going nowhere, achieving nothing, time has still moved on and our perspective on life has shifted because we are further down the river.  Now, as with using a roundabout to choose another direction, or being released from exile, we are being allowed to return to our families, friends, holidays, places of worship and leisure activities. 

Oddly, we are not yet permitted to ‘sing our songs’!  The way we worship is still restricted.  But when restrictions are lifted, will we be singing the same songs?  Will we have learned to value the present more than the past and might we learn new songs, both actual and metaphorical?   

Everyone has had this opportunity to pause, to think, to wonder about their place in a world that suddenly seems a bit less safe than we had previously imagined.  Might they want to catch sight of a faith that speaks to them of today’s issues, in today’s language?  We are blessed to not have ‘captors and tormentors’ asking us for a song.  But perhaps our friends and neighbours are longing to hear our songs, bringing them some Good News about the love of God.

A prayer:

Lord of time, Lord of the universe, we pray for your Spirit to guide us out of our limited view, our well-worn path.  May we keep our eyes fixed on you, trusting in your love for us as we go into the unknown future.  Give us the faith and assurance to allow our lives to be a song of rejoicing, that others will hear and join in.  Show us, Lord, what to hold onto and what to put aside as we rebuild our times of worship together.  Amen

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