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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: 

Circuit Administrator Wanted
Currently based at
Alcombe Methodist Church
20 hours per week, £9.94 per hour (subject to review)
3 year fixed term appointment subject to DBS check
Application form and full details from:
Application closing date: Sunday 25th April 2025
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a video interview 
to take place on
Thursday 6th May 2021
 

On Thursday we have Listen with M at 1pm,  Followed by prayers for everyone at 7 pm. 
Our Zoom reflective service at 7.30 pm will be led by Margaret Lintern.

On Friday at 10.30 am, we hold our weekly Zoom coffee morning. 

Live worship at 10.30 am on Sunday morning at both Minehead and Watchet - pre-booking essential (see below),
will be followed by our weekly Zoom worship
at 6.30 pm. 

On Monday, Listen with M returns at 1 pm for another installment from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

On Tuesday, Becca is leading another
Craft for All at 11.30 am. Singing for Fun with Daphne returns after a two-week break at
7.30 pm on Tuesday.

Please join us for as many of these events as you are able to. We look forward to seeing you. 

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
April 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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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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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

Sunday 18th April 2021

This short act of worship has been prepared for you to use whilst we are unable to use Methodist Church premises. We invite you to spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you.

Opening Prayer

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Come Lord Jesus;
bring assurance of your presence right where I am, here and now.   

Hymn Jesus is King and I will extol him.
StF 327. Sing/ Read /pray /proclaim the words

or listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6WnLnaQUes

Jesus is King
and I will extol him,
give him the glory,
and honour his name;
he reigns on high,
enthroned in the heavens --
Word of the Father,
exalted for us.
 
We have a hope
that is steadfast and certain,
gone through the curtain
and touching the throne;
we have a priest
who is there interceding,
pouring his grace
on our lives day by day.
 
We come to him,
our Priest and Apostle,
clothed in his glory
and bearing his name,
laying our lives
with gladness before him --
filled with his Spirit
we worship the King:
 
'O Holy One,
our hearts do adore you;
thrilled with your goodness
we give you our praise!'
Angels in light
with worship surround him,
Jesus, our Saviour,
for ever the same.

Wendy Churchill

Let us pray together

Lord God, as we continue to celebrate the season of Easter with all the joy and hope it brings, we give you our thanks and praise.

As we are experiencing springtime and the resurrection of nature after the dark chill of winter, we give you our thanks and praise.

As we reflect on the faithfulness of your immeasurable, eternal love for all, we give you our thanks and praise.

Forgive us, Lord;

   if we have lost the wonder and delight of the Easter good news.

   when we do not have real regard for your creation, and live selfishly.

   for those times when we neglect to respond to your care for us,
   by our inaction. 

(We bring to God, those things which we are sorry for

Jesus’ words assure us of this love. “My child, your sins are forgiven.” Amen.

Today’s Gospel Reading:  Luke 24:36b-48

Time to Reflect

I’m sure we all remember “I don’t believe it!”  the catchphrase of Victor Meldrew, in the 1990’s sitcom “One Foot in the Grave.” It’s a phrase we can almost hear going round Jesus’ followers in our Gospel reading today. They were frightened and incredulous, which are normal reactions when the boundaries of our experience and knowledge are challenged. We don’t always accept and believe what we see and are told. (I think there are still those who believe the moon landing in 1969 was a hoax!!)

After Jesus had given them physical proof that he was indeed alive, he went on to link their knowledge of scripture with their current experiences, explaining this was part of God’s greater plan and they were part of it. His teaching expanded their thinking, preparing them for the start of their journey from the familiar into a new future, which involved risk, anxiety and uncertainty.

Generations of Christians have wrestled with the question of the best way to live following the teaching of Jesus in their own time and situations. Over the last year our daily life has not been normal, and many have been trying to hold on to what they know and find what God may be saying to us in our time. As we are emerging from the coronavirus restrictions, we are aware that much has changed within people’s hearts and minds, and we are trying to process how to move forward as the people of God.                         There are parallels here with this event in Luke’s gospel; both situations are extraordinary and isolating, with an uncertain future on many fronts, and in both instances, Christ’s followers are called to witness to what he reveals of God’s love.

So, now in these uncertain and unsettling times as we claim “I do believe it!” we face the question of how we share the gospel in our new and different circumstances.          May God send us His vision and wisdom.                 

Take a time to sit quietly  

A time of prayer

We pray for our world, for the environment and people. That all who have any power or influence will work with integrity and wisdom, and seek to bring healing to our planet, and peace and justice to all people.

We pray for the church; for those who are persecuted and suffer for their faith; for those who have experienced hurt instead of healing; for those who are wondering and doubtful. Lord bring your revelation and transformation.

We pray for family, friends and neighbours who are living through difficult times.  Particularly, who are struggling with bereavement, isolation and loneliness, exacerbated by lockdowns.

(We call them to mind and bring them to God)

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father ……

Hymn: In Christ Alone StF 351                              
Sing/ Read /pray /proclaim the words.
Listen to it here or sing a verse of a hymn that comes to mind
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCeSOY5tisI  

In Christ alone my hope is found,
he is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
 
In Christ alone! -- who took on flesh,
fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
scorned by the ones he came to save:
till on that cross as Jesus died,
the wrath of God was satisfied
for every sin on him was laid;
here in the death of Christ I live.
 
There in the ground his body lay,
light of the world by darkness slain:
then bursting forth in glorious Day
up from the grave he rose again!
And as he stands in victory,
sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
for I am his and he is mine --
bought with the precious blood of Christ.
 
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
this is the power of Christ in me;
from life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
can ever pluck me from his hand;
till he returns or calls me home,
here in the power of Christ I'll stand!

Keith Getty (b. 1974) and Stuart Townend (b. 1963) 

A prayer of blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you.
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Amen                      

   (Original Materials by Revd. Maree Farrimond)
   All Hymns reproduced under CCLi 1144191. 
   Local Churches please insert CCCLi No here

We are grateful to all the Ministers and Local Preachers from around the Connexion who have contributed to Worship at Home. This resource is administrated by Ministries: Vocations and Worship in the Connexional Team. We aim to continue to provide these resources until the end of August 2021.

Luke 24:36b-48

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

 

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