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Here we go again.  It doesn’t seem twenty years since the last Guild but this will be my fourth!  It makes me sound ancient but there we are.

Went to a meeting in Preston last Thursday to hear about the latest plans.  There are some very exciting events planned which include live BBC tv broadcasts,  mass choirs surrounding the docks, Aled Jones, a human cross over half a mile long, and other amazing things.  It all has to be paid for and one of the first things is to start fund raising to pay for our float.  I am going to make some small money boxes for people to take home to put a small amount away each week from now until next September.  If twenty people put 50p per week away that would make £500.  I don’t think that would quite cover it but it would go a long way. If there are any wealthy sponsors out there please let us know.  In the mean time we need to keep up the real work of the Church which also needs funding.

At a time when religious broadcasting seems to be being dumbed down it is very encouraging to find that the BBC are so keen to be involved in broadcasting live from Preston during Holy Week.

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Things have changed at New Longton Methodist Church over the last month or so. We have a new minister, we have changed our circuit and we also have a new name for the district.

So firstly our new Minister – she is called Rev’d Katharine Bland and she is a probationer minister in her 1st appointment with us here at New Longton. In the past we have always shared our minister with Longton Methodist Church but now we are sharing with Kingsfold Methodist Church instead.

And so to the circuit – we are now in the Preston Ribble Circuit which incorporates the city centre. This is in preparation for outreach into the centre of Preston.

And finally we now belong to the Lancashire District. Although we have always been in Lancashire the District is renamed and now incorporates Chorley.

We await to see what will happen as we begin this new time together and wonder what God has in mind for His church in this area.

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Church Banners

I have recently been thinking a lot about making a banner for the front of the church. The purpose being to encourage people to worship, to think about the reason they are coming to church, to promote thoughts and quiet reflection.

I have to say that if you knew me you already know that me and needles don’t go well together so think I am being a bit barmy thinking about even doing this.

Our banners are fabric and hang quite high up on the front wall of the church. I was just wondering if anyone knows of any places on the web to search for ideas that are very simple. I have tried but I am obviously not using the best words to search with as I’m not having much joy.

If you know of any where please will you reply with the info?

Thank You

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The other day I heard a song on the radio which I noticed kept mentioning Jesus.  Not being someone who tends to follow the charts and which particular song is “in” I didn’t know what or who it was.  I did try emailing the radio station in question thinking they would be able to tell me what it was but I heard nothing so I forgot about it.

Then today I caught the repeat of X Factor, not something I tend to watch these days but there was Robbie Williams singing his new song – the same song I heard on the radio.  I then thought I would look up the lyrics on the internet and found many different comments from people who were trying to work out what Robbie was trying to say to people through his music.  The lyrics are as follows:

God gave me the sunshine,
Then showed me my lifeline
I was told it was all mine,
Then I got laid on a ley line
What a day, what a day,
And your Jesus really died for me
Then Jesus really tried for me

UK and entropy,
I feel like its ****in’ (beeped out) me
Wanna feed off the energy,
Love living like a deity
What a day, one day,
And your Jesus really died for me
I guess Jesus really tried for me

Bodies in the Bodhi tree,
Bodies making chemistry
Bodies on my family,
Bodies in the way of me
Bodies in the cemetery,
And that’s the way it’s gonna be

All we’ve ever wanted
Is to look good naked
Hope that someone can take it
God save me rejection
From my reflection,
I want perfection

Praying for the rapture,
‘Cause it’s stranger getting stranger
And everything’s contagious
It’s the modern middle ages
All day every day
And if Jesus really died for me
Then Jesus really tried for me

Bodies in the Bodhi tree,
Bodies making chemistry
Bodies on my family,
Bodies in the way of me
Bodies in the cemetery,
And that’s the way it’s gonna be

All we’ve ever wanted
Is to look good naked
Hope that someone can take it
God save me rejection
From my reflection,
I want perfection

Bodies in the Bodhi tree,
Bodies making chemistry
Bodies on my family,
Bodies in the way of me
Bodies in the cemetery,
Bodies in the bodhi tree,
Bodies making chemistry
Bodies on my family,
Bodies in the way of me
Bodies in the cemetery,
And that’s the way it’s gonna be

All we’ve ever wanted
Is to look good naked
Hope that someone can take it
So God save me rejection
From my reflection,
I want perfection

Jesus didn’t die for you, what do you want?
(I want perfection)
Jesus didn’t die for you, what are you on?
Oh Lord
(Jesus really died for you) Ohh
(Jesus really died for you)
(Jesus really died for you) Ohh

You can also listen to the song

I’m really not sure whether Robbie is for or against Christianity, or if it means anything to him but one thing I do know is that this song has certainly  got people talking and thinking about whether Jesus did die for them.

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Well holiday bible club has been and gone!  The week before we were to begin we had only 17 children filling 50 spaces.  By the end of the week we had 34 children in total.  They all seemed to have a great time.  Some even put their name down for next year – so I guess we better get our act together and start the early preparations.

 Each day we had a theme and a daily bible passage.  The theme of the day was taught through the daily skits (mini plays), games, stories, crafts, singing and fun learning.  We also had a bible passage for each day.  The idea being that we learnt them off by heart.  I have to say that I am not very good at this, even though we used the simple versions.  The theme and passages were:
DAY 1 – Jesus Accepts Us – “God loves us and calls us His children” (1 John 3:1)
DAY 2 – Jesus Protects Us – “God Says “Do not fear; I will help you”” (Isaiah 41:13) 
DAY 3 – Jesus Saves Us  – “Believe in Jesus and that He is alive” (Romans 10:9)
DAY 4 – Jesus Forgives Us – “You are forgiving and good, O Lord. You always love me” (Psalm 86:5)
DAY 5 – Living For Jesus – “God made us do good things” (Ephesians 2:10)

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Healing

Hello and here we are again!  I think that must be a phrase I’m into at the moment.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, this week is holiday bible club – Son Rock Kids Camp.  Monday was day 1.  I was absolutely exhausted before the week began.  It’s called doing too much, something which should be banned.  As those who know me well already know, I DON’T DO MORNINGS! and when is holiday bible club – that’s right – in the morning. Aaaaahhhh!

Anyway, on Sunday my eye had started hurting but it was OK, bearable but on Monday when the alarm went off at 7.45am (usually still middle of the night for me) I was in agony.  I really didn’t know how I was going to cope with the pain and add that to the tiredness as well – well it was a lost cause before it had begun.

At the holiday bible club, before the children arrive, all the adults get together for what we call devotions.  A time when the adults can focus themselves and come before God to offer themselves to Him to fully do His work.  I decided that the only way I was going to get through the morning was with some help, so I asked the leader to pray that the pain would go away.  I know….turning to God shouldn’t be a last resort but I had to do something….and it was better then than not at all.  So they did pray for me.  Those who were able placed their hands on me and everyone else looked in my direction and John prayed.

Within half an hour the pain had gone.  Thank You God!  I mean it – no more pain all morning, all afternoon, all evening until bedtime and even then it was only a little niggle.

I went to bed looking lovely after using steroid drops, artificial tear drops and some lovely vaseline style ointment especially for the eyes.  It is so lovely because it runs down your cheek and is greasy…delightful it is not!  Then I put my eye mask on which helps to keep my eyes closed at night – something my right eye can no longer do.

When I woke this morning my eyes, especially my right one looked terrible – bruised, red and swollen – it reminded me of early days before treatment when everyday was just like that.  But and I’m being honest – there was still no pain.

If you are anything like me you think well maybe the pain would have gone anyway (not usually the case) or maybe I had the pain because God wanted me to turn back to Him for strength (again that’s not God’s style) and loads of other questions which people use to explain things away but all I can say is the pain went and I felt much better so Thank You Lord for taking away the pain and giving me the strength to continue and to have fun!

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Here we are again!

Can you believe that it is almost 12 months since we were apologising for not writing much because it would be soon be our Holiday Bible Club? Well here we are again – Monday sees the start of  “Son Rock Kids Camp”.  Although there aren’t as many children registered as last year I’m sure those that come will have a great time and we pray that the children and families who are involved will learn, see and get to know more about Jesus and the love He has for us all.

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