Brixton Hill Methodist Church

Brixton Hill Methodist Church                                       
Corner Elm Park & Brixton Hill
London SW2 2TX    

Pastoral Oversight:  Rev. David Musgrave

Sunday Worship:  11:00 a.m.
Sunday School:     11:15 a.m. (2nd & 4th Sunday)

Bus Route:  57, 201, 333
Near Bus Routes:  109, 118, 133, 250, 319    

Direction:  See map below...

 

BRIXTON HILL & KINGS ACRE DAILY ACTIVITIES

DAY  TIME ACTIVITY  WHERE CONTACT
Sunday  6:00 p.m. Time to talk to God Bible Study  Brixton Hill Foyer       Rev. Musgrave
Tuesday 1:00 p.m.  Lunchtime Prayer Meeting     
Wednesday 2:00-4:00 p.m. Pop-In Club for Older People Kings Acre Hall Roberta Burke
Thursday 5:30-7:00 p.m. Girl's Brigade Explorer Kings Acre Hall  Kathy Rennalls 
Friday  11:00-1:00 p.m. Creative Card Making (1st & 3rd mnth) Kings Acre June Stillman 
  7:00 p.m. Worship Team - Prep for Sun Worship Brixton Hill Church  Janet Oppong
Saturday  10:00-11:30 a.m Cleaning Team Brixton Hill Church Abigail Crabbe

 

MY HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE MARCH 2017

This once in a life time experience for any believer, is truly humbling.  Nothing in the world can prepare you for what you see, feel and touch.  Reading Scriptures is enlightening but witnessing and actually touching the places our Lord touched, sit where he sat and walk where he walked thousands of years ago; moves you to bow in reverence.

Before we set off on our Pilgrimage; Rev Lena Ali briefed us about Israel, its security and their do's and dont's.  We led worship in pairs,  morning and evening.  This was a new and challenging experience for many.  Meals were Kosher and we were spoilt  for choice.

Our  experienced guide Jan, is an English lady who lives in Israel.   Our driver Halil, a Palestinian was a very patient driver.  We definitely appreciated their hospitality.  Jan's knowledge is exemplary and  thanks to  her;  our pilgrimage was memorable , enjoyable and spiritually uplifting. I also thank Rev Ali for organising the pilgrimage, she did a brilliant job. Jan and Rev Ali  make a good team; they have a good sense of humour and  helped us to relax because we felt safe in their hands.

In Bethlehem we visited  the Church of the Nativity and the stable where Jesus was born.  The stone entrance dates back to  time of Christ. I was excited; I had to touch it; as a connection to Christ.  We were moved to see the actual birth place, of our Lord and Saviour (the real spot no kidding!). This was a site to behold! I cannot believe I was looking and standing at the same spot where Jesus Christ my Lord was born in that manger.  All I could say was “Glory be to God, Holy is His name.” I placed my hand on the spot, closed my eyes and pictured him in my mind as a baby, so vulnerable yet so divine. 

Israel is a beautiful and peaceful country; full of hills, mountains and valleys.  In Jerusalem, the houses, hotels etc. are built with quarried brick called ‘Jerusalem Stone’. It made the whole city look like it was glistening. Despite the problems with Palestinians we noticed that all faiths lived together side by side in peace.

As a pilgrim (unlike a tourist) you reflect and feel Jesus' presence when you travel around all the places He went. We travelled by coach and still felt tired at the end of the day, He did it on foot, from Jerusalem to Jericho to Galilee to Jordan. Our Lord went on foot to nearly  all of the cities in Israel.  He preached good tidings, healed and performed miracles and truly deserves our  honour, glory and praise. We acknowledge  that He is  Divine. On the  Mount Olives where he ascended into heaven you can only imagine and fall on your knees to worship and meditate.  Another place that struck a chord with me was in Jericho where we saw a sycamore tree which is believed to be the one which Zacchaeus climbed. I  know that I would have done the same and  given anything to see Jesus and touch him personally.

I am richly blessed  to literally walk, see, touch, pray and even breathe the air that Jesus did. I am proud, happy and thankful that he has forgiven all of us for what we did to him. All in all it was a wonderful experience; spiritual, historical, momentous and unforgettable.  Praise the Lord.

We visited all the places on our Itinerary; each one creating a lasting impression and reminding us of all that Jesus endured for us from his Birth to his Crucifixion; his Resurrection and Ascension.  I was deeply moved by The Via Dolorosa (The Stations of the Cross); the Garden Tomb where we had a Holy Communion Service - this private garden belonged to Joseph of Arimathea.  We saw the tomb with two burial chambers.

 
The Tombs

On our boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, I was made the Captain for the day.  The sea was tranquil. We rejoiced and had fun singing and dancing.  At the  River Jordan where John baptised Jesus, some pilgrims reaffirmed their baptismal vows.  It was very personal but momentous.  On the Mount of the Transfiguration/Mount Tabor, where Peter saw Jesus, Moses and Elijah; it was sacred  and the Holy Spirit was moving in the air.

At the end of our Pilgrimage, we were all awarded Certificates; so officially, we are all JP's: Jerusalem Pilgrims.
       The Sea of Galilee

               

  

Image1: Golgotha: Place of the Skill    
Image2: Place where Peter saw a vision of Moses, Elijah & Jesus

 


Femi at the Wailing Wall
sticking prayers into the crevice   

Submitted by: Femi Popoola

 

 

In the last Church year, the children and Church congregation said a fond farewell to June, after more years than we care to count, as Sunday School Superintendent.

As the current post holder alongside Lorna, Morlyn, Elizabeth, and Suzan, we are continuing her work with an injection of a few new ideas.

A couple of the new ideas are consulting with Janet and making hopefully a seamless link between Sunday School and the YUW, also introducing Junior Mission for All and using some of their resources.

My observation is that the Sunday school numbers remain steady and to quote many of the children, they find Sunday school “fun” and they are learning much about “JESUS” (see Children & Youth page).

Submitted by: Sandra Taylor

As I write this, we are now on the second week of our Lent Course.  On our first week, we ‘rewinded’ history into the past.  Our ‘Journey into the Wilderness’ took us to a fascinating, challenging and I would say daring exploration.  We delve deeper in exploring other ‘faith’ views that differ from our Christian beliefs and in the process explored our own Christian belief – the thing that give us hope and clarity of our own Spiritual journey. 

Jesus endured temptation at the start of His Ministry and He sacrificed His life for us.  As we journey through Lent what sacrifices can we offer?

On our second week, we learned that different faith groups give their devotion to their prophets or saints to remember them as the ‘bearer of the word’.  The Jewish community remember God’s saving presence in the ‘Exodus’ experience.  

As Christians, how do we remember Christ’s self-giving sacrifice?  As we learned in  our Lent course, we remember Christ when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper – as He said to His disciples ‘Do this in remembrance of Me’ and we are included in this.  We continue to remember and enjoy the richness of God’s grace in Christ Jesus and we go on living securely in His divine love.

As we continue our Lenten journey, let us focus on Christ’s sacrifice – and may this be our time for reflection and spiritual renewal.

Submitted by: Kathy Rennalls

                                                 

 

 

A TOKEN OF GRATITUDE & APPRECIATION FOR A LOVELY COUPLE

In gratitude to a wonderful couple who dedicated their lives and ministry to both Kings Acre & Brixton Hill, their presence is missed but we wish them a happy ever after... in Sussex.  

Henry and Pam Snelling were wed at Brixton Hill Methodist Church on 4 March 1961 by Rev. Thomas Drew.  They were members at Brixton Hill Methodist Church but formerly of King’s Acre Church before the merger.  Below is a short write-up of their life as related by Henry.

Pam & I grew up in South London and met through a group of Christian Youth Clubs which provided interesting and challenging activities for Young People.   The Clubs organised holidays each year which took us to different parts of the UK including Guernsey and abroad.  As well as having a wonderful time we both heard the good news about Jesus and became Christians. 

Pam was a member of the Crossroads Girls’ Club and I am a member of the South London Boys’ Club which met in Telferscot School.   We got engaged and married quite young.    We, in turn, became young leaders within the Youth Clubs.  John Lacey & I started a Boys’ Club in Lyham Road Methodist Mission (King’s Acre Church) and Pam with the others started a Girls’ Youth Club.    Permission was given by the Methodist Church to build a purpose-built Youth Centre on the vacant site next to the Church and the Clapham Youth Centre opened its doors to young people in 1965.  The Youth Centre celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and over 200 people attended, past and present and we were very grateful to the members of Brixton Hill Methodist Church for the food and music which they kindly donated.

We have been happily married for 55 years and have two daughters and between them they gave us four grandchildren (one girl and three boys).  We are hoping shortly to spend our latter years within a short distance of our daughter and family in East Sussex.   We will be close to the railway station and within easy reach of Brixton and hope to stay very much in touch with the Youth Club (we are Trustees) and Brixton Hill Methodist Church.   God has been very gracious to us over the years and the scripture verse we have treasured is Proverbs 3: 5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths”.