Tulse Hill Methodist Church

Tulse Hill Methodist Church                                        
138 Christchurch Road
London SW2 3DQ

Pastoral Oversight:  Rev. Andrew Dart
Sunday Worship:  
10:30 a.m.
Junior Church:  10:30 a.m.

Thursday:  7:00 p.m.  Choir Practice

On Bus Routes:  2, 201, 415, 432, 689, 690, P13

Direction:  See map below...


 

 

Quiz Night:   Tulse Hill Methodist Church hosted a quiz night which entertained a number of participants arriving from the different Churches within the Circuit. The night had been enjoyed thoroughly by everybody in attendance in whom would agree a very memorable part of the night was devouring the delicious food cooked by Tulse Hill members.  Featuring questions assessing knowledge of current affairs and the faces of famous idols, the quiz was quite challenging creating a very competitive environment.  The competition added to a healthy and excitable night which will surely be remembered as a highlight for Tusle Hill Methodist and all those in attendance.

Jason’s remembrance:  The month of June held service to the remembrance of Jason Kwapong who had gone through an unfortunate mishap leading to an untimely passing away. With help of THMC members, Jason’s family and friends (his community) were able to revisit the joy which he inspired into each of their lives through the service lead by Rev. Andrew Dart.  May the Lord keep Jason’s soul.

Church Invitations:  Also in June, THMC congregation had an Invitation Service in which each member of the Church aimed to invite others native to our Church to join in our Sunday morning session.  Preparations had occurred over a two-week period in which the first week saw our members brainstorm those who could attend, the second saw our members write these names on paper and attach them to a cross placed at the front of the Church, the third week was the ‘Welcoming’ of those who were invited to the Church.  Those who came were treated to refreshments after the Service.

Tolpuddle & Swanage:  Members of THMC took adventure joining the Circuit trip to the town of Tolpuddle & Swanage where time was spent wondering about the area, passing by the sea and taking into view the beautiful landscape. We visited the Church and we were served tea as well as other sweet refreshments.  We were guided around the area learning about the birth of Trade Unions.

Farewell:  The Circuit gathered on July 15th at Brixton Hill Methodist to celebrate the time serviced by Rev. David Musgrave.  An abundance of members from the various Churches in the Circuit were present for his Farewell Service and also took enjoyment in the refreshments afterwards.  A part of the entertainment during the Service was provided by members of THMC which composed of the choir who had melodically sung hymns reminiscing the beauty of Rev. David Musgraves’ testimonies and Ministry.  A big thank you Rev. Musgrave, Happy Retirement.

It is with sad regret to announce the loss of one of our Iconic Church member, Sis. Carmen’s mum, a couple of weeks ago, who was  blessed to reach 89 years of age.  May she rest in perfect peace and be received in Our Lord’s bosom.  Sis Carmen, may the Lord give you and your family strength and May He comfort you at this time of sadness.   

                                           Submitted by:  Christine Annor

 

This quarter has been a busy one for us at Tulse Hill.

First of all, a couple of Tulse Hill Church members supported in various ways the Robes project offering shelter to homeless people this winter, including overnight stay. This experience made us realise how lucky some of us are to have a roof over our heads.

Secondly, despite months of planning, a little snow didn’t stop the Women’s World Day of Prayer celebration taking place.  Tulse Hill MC was bursting at the seams as we followed an order of service created by the ladies of Surinam.  We were given some food for thought about how we are using the resources we have been blessed with. In true Tulse Hill style, the guests were treated to some refreshments afterwards, people didn’t want to leave.  All had a great time.

Then Churches Together in Britain and Ireland provided us with a book entitled “40 Stories of Hope”, a small group, met weekly throughout Lent examining how people found faith in some dire circumstances and asking some searching questions about how we view ourselves and others, a real thought provoking course.  Holy Week activities included a Maundy Thursday Service where we focussed on the emotion of the Story of the Crucifixion; the drops of blood shed, the tears of sadness that fell, the sweat.  As we stripped the Church bare in readiness for Good Friday we contemplated the feelings felt by all.

At 10:00 a.m. on Good Friday, we joined other Churches in West Norwood as we completed the half a mile   Starting at Tulse Hill MC and winding its way up to St Luke’s Church at the top of West Norwood, we sang hymns and prayed along the way before gathering in the Garden of St Luke’s for some worship.

Our Easter celebrations culminated with a beautiful Easter Sunday Service led by our Superintendent Minister Rev. Andy Dart.  The Church was packed to the rafters celebrating the Miracle of our Faith.

We are looking forward to welcoming friends from across the Circuit as we host a Quiz Night on Saturday 5th May, doors open at 16:00 hrs.  Tickets are £5 and there will be refreshments.  Looking forward to seeing you all so please come and support our fund raising towards our Organ, and let’s have a night of fun and fellowship.

 

Submitted by:  Bella Hyde & Christine Annor

 

HYMNATHON: the well-publicised fundraising event for our Church Organ, Spires - our Church Charity & St Martin’s Youth Club in memory of Jason, Florence’s son, was held last Sat - 23 Sept.  It started at roughly 9:00 a.m. as planned.  Prior to the Saturday, the planning went on in full swing  with Vidal ensuring  the publication of flyers, the arranging of organist, singers  from the Circuit, guest singers and also a very distinguished guest, the Mayor of Lambeth and her aide.  Vidal made sure there were singers and organist  to cover all the 12 hour slots.  The initial planning group were Vidal, Sam, Darrell and Reginald, which extended to  Bella, Julie, Agnes, Florence and Christine to name a few, but as a small Church, almost everyone was involved physically or financially.  The physical arrangement of the venue was taken care of by Kwadwo, James, Trevor, Carlton, Kofi and Rev. Dart including the setting up of the Marquee in front of the Church.

The event started with a prayer by Rev. Dart with the Tulse Hill congregation taking the first hour slot of hymn singing accompanied by Nana Boadu.   We had quite a number of Churches participating, which included Stockwell Methodist, Brixton Hill, Clapham Music group, Ann Friel, an opera singer and SMYP Steel Pan band all playing and singing at various times.   Some Church members from the Circuit, together with Rev. Ali, Rev. Dr. Lyons and Rev. King from Stockwell and a number of Senior Church members from the Circuit and Clapham Methodist were also there to join in the singing. 

We had a food hall downstairs, exquisitely ran by Julie and a barbeque stand in front of the Church manned by Bella, Florences’ E & K, not forgetting face painting for the children.

The Mayor of Lambeth, Marcia Cameron, and her aide were there in the afternoon and remarked ‘how nothing like the Hymnathon had ever happened in Lambeth and that when she heard about it, she could not imagine what the format would be, whether it would be people singing around the streets of Lambeth or what’.  She was very excited with the event and especially with the young singers from Stockwell  and the other Churches who had sacrificed their Saturday afternoon  to join in this event.   She was so impressed she joined in the singing and dancing.  We were very lucky to have her grace the occasion.

All in all the event was a great success and we would like to thank all who participated in the singing, the generous donations, the purchases and the spirit of fellowship that you brought to Tulse Hill that day.   May God Bless you all.

Submitted by Agnes Baiden

 

Good news from us here at Tulse Hill, finally, we recently had new signs put up, displaying Tulse Hill Methodist Church boldly outside the front and side of the Church which can be noticed coming from all directions connecting to the South Circular Road, as part of the improvement project for the premises.  Praise God for His blessings and provision!

Despite the constant issues suffered here at Tulse Hill due to vandalism by the public, the Church is vibrant with its congregation creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere to anyone who walks through the entrance.  Come and visit us and experience an amazing worship with us, a feeling you will never forget.

In the absence of Rev. Dart we have a fantastic support from Rev. Lena Ali who has always been at the other end of the phone when we needed her, we say a big ‘thank you’ to her.

As you are all aware our dear sister Florence lost her beloved son Jason Kwapong in a car accident on 10 June 2017. There was a vigil at Tulse Hill in his honour which was very well attended.

The Funeral Service was held at Brixton Hill Methodist Church last Friday 21 July.  The Church was full pack and it was a very sad & emotional day not only for the family but everyone who love him -  Jason you’re sadly missed by family & friends.  Please let us continue to support our sister and  family in prayers, may God give them the strength to get pass through this sad times.

Date for your Diaries

Tulse Hill will be holding a Hymnathon on Saturday - 23 September in the Church.  All are invited to participateor attend.  Refreshment will be served and there will be Children's entertainment throughout the day.  All proceeds will go towards our new Church Organ and Spires Homeless Charity.

Please come and support this event by contacting  Samzu on 07771864174 or
Vidal on 07483850544.

Submitted by:  Carmen Garnett

 

TULSE HILL PIPE ORGAN DEDICATION

On Saturday 24th September Tulse Hill was packed for a very special celebration. After much hard work, prayer and careful planning we were able to hold a Service of Dedication for our new pipe organ.  It was a wonderful occasion and we were so pleased to welcome friends from around the Circuit, past members, Ecumenical neighbours and special guests.

The Service was led by our own minister, the Rev. Andrew Dart, and our guest preacher was the Rev. Emmanuel Aggrey-Ogoe who was a former Minister of the old Streatham and Dulwich Circuit.  In his powerful Sermon he reminded us that we are called to sing praise to God.  We were delighted to welcome our guest organist for the occasion, Marilyn Harper MA, FRCO, GRSM, ARMCM, Cert Ed., who not only played the hymns but also treated us to a recital which included J. S. Bach’s Toccata and fugue in d minor BWV 565.  This powerful piece helped us appreciate the quality of sound that our new pipe organ is able to produce and we were happily reassured that our decision to commission a purpose built pipe organ, as opposed to an off the peg electronic one, was the right one.  The Tulse Hill Church choir has practiced some special songs for the occasion and the whole Service was joyful and uplifting.

Afterwards everyone went downstairs where refreshments had been lovingly prepared by members of the congregation and so we were able to conclude our Celebration with a time of fellowship and food. To mark the special occasion every guest was given a special bookmark (picture attached) to remind them of the happy event.