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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 at 1 pm, please join Margaret for Listen with M. Then at 7 pm, we ask everyone to pray, either at home alone or on zoom with friends from around the circuit.
This will be followed at 7.30 pm by our weekly reflective service on zoom, this week led by Penny and Becca. Do join them if you are able to.

On Friday at 10.30 am, we have our weekly zoom coffee morning.

On Sunday at 10.30 am, we have live worship at both Minehead and Watchet. At 6.30 pm, our weekly zoom Sunday worship will gather friends from around the circuit to share in singing God's praises, praying and reflecting upon the bible together. 

Advanced notice is given that Robert Green will be hosting another entertaining quiz at 7 pm on Friday 7 May

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
May edition of
The Messenger

for details of these and other events coming up soon. 

Live worship at both Minehead and Watchet has restarted.
You must book to attend one of these services - 
please click for details

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Our YouTube service for December is here!  Just click.. 

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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: 
0808 281 2514
Listen to news: 
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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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leave a message if the phone is not answered. 
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Devotions for April 28th 2021 – from Tim Woods

The Good Shepherd

Opening Prayer:

Lord Jesus, our Good Shepherd, you have sought us out, and found us;

You know us by name and we are yours.

Help us to follow you more firmly, more hopefully,

And to rejoice in the abundance of life you offer us.

We pray this for your love’s sake

And to your glory. Amen

 

Reading

Read through John chapter 10, verses 7 to 18. I suggest you read the passage quietly but aloud, and slowly.

 

The Good Shepherd – Reflections on John 10.7- 18

   Just the other day I was trundling along the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway near Woody Bay station   when a friend of mine pointed out a hill overlooking the sea. Holdstone Down, he said, had been a key location where one George King had had an encounter with an extraterrestrial being from Venus by the name of Aetherius, a member of the Interplanetary Confederation. As I understood it, this had happened in the late 1950s.

   Apparently King was given the role of Ambassador for Interplanetary Peace, and my friend was saying how well he had done in that role until his death in the 1990s. Let’s be honest, there have been no interplanetary wars to speak of since he took the role on, and that could be interpreted as success. Certainly King now has quite a number of dedicated followers, and I imagine that many of them are human.

   What is it, I wonder, that persuades someone to accept such an extraordinary claim, and devote their time and energy to such a system of belief? Why would you believe him?

As I pondered this, I found myself considering Jesus’ claim that he is the Good Shepherd, and asking myself if there is any comparison at all to be made.  Why, indeed, would you believe him?

   The description of sheep and shepherds will have been very familiar to Jesus’ audience, not least because of references in the Old Testament in relation to the leaders of Israel. Ezekiel 34 provides a damning indictment of the shepherds or rulers who have plundered the flock and allowed the sheep to become lost, and this seems to have been the background for Jesus’ portrayal of his role as the Good Shepherd, in contrast to the Pharisees who are presented as thieves who rob the sheep, and hirelings who allow them to be scattered.

   There are two ways in which Jesus is presented as the Good Shepherd in this passage from John 10. First in v.11 Jesus declares that the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The extent of Jesus’ commitment to his followers is absolute; he will go even to the point of death to care for them and protect them. Second, in v.14, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because he knows his own and his own know him. There is a relationship between Jesus and his followers which is fuller, deeper and more personal than simply an interest or an acquaintance.

   Interestingly, the Greek word translated as “Good” in John 10.11 and 14 might better be interpreted as “noble” or “model”. Although Jesus is the one who lays down his life for his sheep, he implies that his followers, for whom he is “modelling” shepherding, should be doing likewise. We are also to devote ourselves to those who follow us in our own devotion to the Lord. (That sentence might be worth reading again!)

   It is in our personal experience of getting to know Jesus and following him that we discover the truth in his teachings. In verse 10 Jesus declares that he has come to give life to his sheep, his followers, and to give it in all its abundance. His is the authentic voice of hope, and it is in his life and teaching, his death and resurrection that we find profound meaning and depth in our own lives.

   Whatever the origin of George King’s claims, they are unconvincing at a number of levels, not least the scientific, and for most people he would be a hard man to follow, if you see what I mean.

   In the case of Jesus, an historical figure who brought healing and hope in the midst of oppression and confusion, we are faced with a different set of questions. Above all, what is it about the Christian faith that is so enduring two thousand years after his time that people continue to turn to him in prayer?

   The accounts of Jesus’ resurrection tell us something vital about God’s love for us; love cannot be destroyed on a cross, cannot be overcome by violence and oppression, and cannot be extinguished for ever. Ours is an earthly faith grounded in love, in life and in hope. We know the Shepherd and he calls us by name.

 

Tailpiece

Read Psalm 23 and think through how it touches you.

Close by saying the Lord’s Prayer

 

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