LATEST NEWS FROM THE CIRCUIT
SERVICE @ HOME
As the 'lockdown' has been relaxed/eassed out we continue our Service @ Home until further notice...
Our Sunday Service @ Home Resource Materials can now be accessed through our Homepage under the heading 'Blog'...
Our Ministers take turns in producing our ‘Worship @ Home’ Service Sheets every Sunday and sent via normal mail for those who do not have online facilities . For some of you please follow our blogs which is now accessible on our Homepage through our website: www.lambethmethodistcircuit.org.uk
Members are asking how they can send their tithes, pledges and offering and we are grateful to all our members who cares about Church giving. We all know that Churches who are financially sustainable will sooner or later find themselve in financial need after weeks of missed offerings/givings. So in response to those asking about supporting their own Churches within our Circuit, Rev. Andy Dart sent an email to our local Churches addressing the issue on 'how to send your tithes/plredge/offering'...
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand… 1 Chronicles 29:14
Thank you for your commitment an dgenerosity in supporting our Church, especially at this hard and trying times. May God continuously pour His abundant blessings to all.
Although our Churches are closed at the moment, our Ministers and Pastoral Visitors are still called to serve you. Please do not hesitate to ring any of the Circuit Ministers if you need help, Pastoral support, or simply a listening ear:
Rev’d Andrew Dart 020 8769 6223
Rev’d Kristin Markay 020 7274 1972
Rev’d Dr Andy Lyons 020 7735 5814
Rev’d Graham Thomas 020 8677 4721
Rev’d Gordon Ashworth 020 8769 4870
Please note that the Circuit Office is closed until further notice and our Circuit Administrator is working from home and can be contacted via email @ lambethmethodistcircuitadmin@btconnect,com
The new Circuit office at Railton Road is here for a year now. We had a lot of challenges but we managed through with peace and thanksgiving to God. We hope that it continues to be a workplace of peace and contentment and also a place of welcome to visitors. If you have not seen it yet, please pop in – it is open from Monday to Thursday.
Shirley is finding herself busier than ever and is happy to still respond to requests from Churches for administrative tasks to be done – but please make sure you give Shirley plenty of time as she has to prioritise Circuit work and occasionally has had to disappoint people who have wanted something done too quickly.
Rev. Andy Dart
CIRCUIT ANNUAL TRIP 2019
On July 20th a full coachload of Pilgrims from the Circuit set off for our day trip to Bath. As we drove westwards in the capable hands of our lovely driver the weather brightened and our spirits lifted. We had a little emergency when one of our number got stuck in his seat when the seatbelt jammed but after the driver freed him we continued on our way feeling very much like “our chains fell off” and looking forward to a wonderful day together.
Many of our number had not been to Bath before and were soon gazing at the beautiful honey coloured Georgian architecture as we drove into the City Centre and our drop off point close to the Abbey. We were there in time for lunch and we soon set-off in different directions to find some lunch and visit the City’s many lovely shops and attractions. In the afternoon we gathered at Bath Abbey for our guided tour and in three separate groups we went inside. We had to don hard hats and hi-viz jackets, because this was a tour with a difference! The abbey was part way through a £20 million-pound project to rebuild the ancient floor which over the centuries had dropped and become uneven. We went behind closed doors to see part of the Abbey where the floor had been lifted (along with the remains of 7,000 people buried underneath!). We saw how the foundations were being dug out and replaced with state-of-the-art underfloor heating powered by the natural hot springs under the City. We then went outside to the stonemason’s yard where the thousands of flagstones, many containing inscriptions and memorials to the dead, were being painstakingly restored. The tour was really fascinating, and we learned a lot about the Abbey’s history as well as its present role as a Parish Church and a place of witness and spirituality.
We finished the day in Bath with a visit to the Rev. David and Sarah Musgrave. We wondered what their neighbours must have thought as a giant Coach parked outside their house and 54 people turned up for tea! Their house is on a hill with beautiful views over Bath (see photo above) and their garden was absolutely enormous so there was plenty of room for us to enjoy our tea and cakes and hear all about their life in retirement. It was lovely to see them again looking so relaxed and happy.
Sadly, it was soon time to set out on our journey home but the drive back to London was full of laughter, thanks to the raffle, quiz and bingo games that Shirley had prepared for us. Everyone had a wonderful day out and even before we arrived back at Brixton Hill, we are already asking ourselves – where shall we go next year?! Watch this space!!!