On Sunday 9th June (Pentecost) our Early Church, meeting 10.00am-10.30am, and Evening Service, 6.00-7.00pm, will be cancelled as we make our way to the Circuit Pentecost Praise service to be held at Halifax Piece Hall.
From the utter desolation of Friday when all seemed lost we have arrived at the joy of the Easter morning when the miracle of miracles happened and the realisation dawns that, despite everything, JESUS IS ALIVE! Lent has been a long journey of reflection, challenge and attempts at self-discipline. Now is a time of celebration.
Of course, our worship this morning was tempered by the terrible news coming from Sri Lanka. Worship began with a few moments silence whilst we remembered our Christian brothers and sisters suffering so much as the result of the attacks on their Easter celebrations earlier this morning.Death in the midst of life and death not having the final say, is the central message of this season. This is a message that challenges the vested interests of our world. Those who deal in death and fear have sought to bring their message, their culture, to bear on Christians celebrating the most sacred day of the year. Easter teaches us that fear and death is not the end. We stand in solidarity and prayer with our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka.
The Easter morning service culminated in the usual decorating of the cross with flowers, demonstrating the Easter transformation of the cross from an instrument of torture and death to an object of beauty and new life.
On Saturday 10th November Church was open during the day for people to come and pay their respects to those from the various Methodist churches in Elland who fought in the 1914-18 War. As well as the book of Remembrance and a poppy display, there was a multimedia tribute and the Remembrance monuments from the various Methodist churches that have combined to form modern – day Southgate. There was a steady stream of visitors and the tribute was brought to a conclusion with ‘Last Post’ at 3pm. Our Remembrance Weekend continues with a special morning service of Remembrance at 10.30am led by Andrew Jacobs.
On Saturday 8th September, Southgate will be holding a day of prayer. Church will be open for prayer from 9am to 5pm. There will be prayer ‘zones’ around the Church with prayer suggestions and prayers will be led each hour by various members of the Church. Please feel welcome to pop in for as much or little of it as you are able.
This Friday from 6-8pm is the next Soup and Sandwich event at Church. Despite a few spots of rain today it looks like the weather is going to be very warm again over the next few days. The plan currently is to run as a barbecue in the Church Car Park. However, it is possible that rain and storms may disrupt things so ‘flexibility’ is the word. All welcome!
In the words of the familiar song, ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ at Southgate Methodist Church. On Saturday 2nd December members of the congregation, both young and old, gathered for the now annual morning spent decorating the Church.
Revd Colin once explained in a sermon his ambition for an ever larger Christmas tree at Southgate and, sure enough, this years offering has edged us that bit nearer the roof! Whilst a select few ‘senior’ helpers dealt with the ladders to decorate the main tree an army of others set up the other trees around Church, including those in the entrance foyer, the car park entrance and the other downstairs rooms in the premises.
The children busied themselves making decorative lanterns for church and home whilst Beryl was on hand with tea, coffee, fruit juice and mince pies to keep the army fed.
As usual we had a fun time decorating the church and look forward to worshipping in it over the coming weeks as we approach the celebration of our Saviour’s birth.