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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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In response to that question – We have a vision for a Spirituality Centre in Preston City Centre where shoppers and passers-by can call in for a chat, a cup of tea, have access to advice on a range of issues and most of all, to share thoughts on things spiritual – whatever views they might have.  Just as Jesus spent his time amongst the people and John Wesley preached on street corners we believe that the Church should be where the people are – not waiting for the people to come to us.  

Recent changes in the grouping of Methodist Churches in the Preston and South Ribble areas will  lay the groundwork for this to become a reality.  There is a growing sense of expectancy within Methodism and other denominations that we are on the brink of a spiritual awakening in this country and we need to prepare ourselves to be ready for this when it happens.

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Church Banners 4

Today we have had another banner workshop – actually my mum’s church had a day making 2 banners and me and the church mouse gate crashed but to make our banner.

We didn’t do so bad – although it seemed a very slow process!

Peter Park recently asked what exactly were we doing – that should be what were we attempting to do so I will try and explain – we are starting with a background, then leaving a small border we are mounting a patterned piece of fabric in the centre of the background.  Then on the top of that we are mounting another piece of fabric which is the same material as the background in the centre of the patterned piece …. I hope you can follow this …. then on that final piece of fabric we are putting text.  Then there will be the tabs to hang the banner with, sewing some cording on around one of the pieces of fabric, edging another of the pieces of fabric and the letters and then of course there is the folding and putting on the liner and sewing it all together.  Sounds easy eh!

Today we have tacked the shape onto all the pieces of fabric, ironed the bondaweb onto all the pieces of fabric, made cut out the letters, redrawn them on to the fabric after adding the bondaweb and then started cutting them out.  At this stage I think we are quite positive but for now we’ll just hope and pray that all will be well.

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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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Christmas!

It is hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner.  I am definitely one of those people who think that having Christmas cards in shops in September is far too early.  Having said that though I am currently working on the Christmas card which is delivered to all the houses in our village.  The aim is that they are all posted by the first weekend in December which gives me just about 2 months to get everything ready. 

We usually send a Christmas card which contains information about all the Christmas activities and services, a letter from the Minister, and then last year we included an invitation to the lunch club.  This year we are also hoping to advertise the holiday bible club for 2010 and possibly our new parent and toddler group, our youth club and adult youth club.  This means there is still a  lot to do and prepare hence the early start.  Then of course there are posters to do.

This year we also hoping to do an advent calendar outside church which will begin by looking like the Christmas card.  We haven’t quite decided whether to go with the usual 24 doors/25 doors or whether to have 1 every couple of days.  Then we also need to think about what could go in the windows.

Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome!

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Well on Maundy Thursday (doesn’t sound so close if I say it like that) some of our church and some other people are off to sunny Skegness (actually I think it was windy and raining last year) to partake in Spring Harvest.  For those of you who have never heard of it this is what the Spring Harvest Website says

Spring Harvest is a Christian event which takes place over Easter.

It’s for people of all ages and church backgrounds and features inspirational Bible teaching, seminars, and spirit-filled worship. It’s about one thing: deepening your walk with God, so you return home inspired to impact your community and your friends, for Jesus.

In some ways I am really excited and in others I am not sure I am going to be able to cope.  Ever since I was little I have always had a problem in saying goodbye when I’m leaving to go away or leaving some one that I care about, even if  just for a short time.

As regular readers will know I have fallen in love since last years spring harvest and where as usually I get upset the night before I go away, this time I have started 2 weeks in advance.  I have already shed some tears and got myself in a bit of a state about it.  And yes I know, my man will still be there when I get back, and no he’s not going to go off with anyone else and he’s told me he won’t change his mind about the way he feels about me but these are the negative thoughts whizzing round.  Just thinking about it now is making me fill up.

If you are one of the people who is coming on this holiday, just be aware that I may have mood swings because I will be trying to keep my emotions hidden away and under control.

If there are any other Christians reading this, then please pray that I won’t dissolve into too much of a wreck before a week on Thursday and that I will still be able to enjoy myself and open myself up to God’s spirit.

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