On this second Sunday in Lent we place a red ribbon round the Lent Cross, a symbol of sacrifice. We remember that the call upon Jesus and upon us is not an easy one – it is costly and often contrary to our natural inclinations.
Mark 8 v34 & 35
Jesus said: If anyone wants to follow me he must first forget about himself, take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it but whoever is willing to lose his life for my sake and the Gospel will be saved.
Hymn: We sing:
From heaven you came, helpless babe,
entered our world, Your glory veiled,
not to be served but to serve,
and give your life that we might live.
This is our God, the Servant King,
He calls us now to follow him,
to bring our lives as a daily offering
of worship to the Servant King
Prayer: Let us pray together:
Heavenly Father, we thank you for calling us to follow you. Help us to respond to your call gladly, that we may serve you faithfully and show forth your love to the world. Amen.
On this first Sunday in Lent we remember how Jesus endured the temptations and decided to put his trust in God alone. In our turn, as a symbol that we will not take the easy or even the sensible way, we place stones at the foot of our Lent Cross.
Matthew 4. 2-4
After spending 40 days and nights without food, Jesus was hungry. Then the Devil came to him and said: “If you are God’s Son, order these stones to turn into bread.” But Jesus answered, “The Scripture says, ‘Human beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God speaks’”
Hymn: And so we sing:
Man shall not live by bread alone,
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of the Lord:
Prayer: Let us pray together:
God of our Lord Jesus, help us not so much to focus on what we ‘give up’ this Lent as on how much we ‘give in’ to your ways. Amen
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.
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The OCWE Christmas Party for families took place on Thursday 29th December. This event has now taken place for the last 3 years and numbers have continued to increase. Last year there were 35 people in attendance, with 22 of those being children. This time we had 30 children and an overall attendance of 60. The meal was provided as a buffet and we also had party games, films and a visit from Father Christmas, who had delayed his annual post-Christmas holiday to be with us.
Operation Christian Welcome – Soup and Sandwiches
We are pleased to announce that OCWE has received a grant of £470 from the Elland Staying Well Project, for which we are very grateful, as it takes a lot of pressure off the finances. This will now keep the project running until at least December 2017. We could still do with more help on Friday evenings from 5pm onwards if anyone is willing and available. The next Soup and Sandwich event is on Friday 27th January 2017.
The Soup & Sandwich evening on 23rd October was a great success with numbers attending building steadily. The steering group met after the evening and have confirmed a further 3 dates for the Spring. These are detailed in the Calendar section on the right of this page.
The Autumn Soup & Sandwich events have been made possible by the very generous support of the Elland Co-op. We would like to thank them for their support, both in donating the food for the event and for the help of Janet, seconded to us for the evening and a very important part of the team!
Everything is set up for the next OCWE Soup and Sandwiches event at Southgate Methodists. Food will be available from 6-8pm served in the Sykes Hall (accessed from the side of the Church on Langdale Street).
On Friday 25th September, OCWE held its first of a series of ‘Soup and Sandwich’ evenings. It was felt the evening was a great success, the more informal approach leading to a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Some ‘new’ people turned up who had not been at the previous events and they all seemed really keen to spread the word to their friends. Perhaps the most important factor about the new people was that they all had connections with Elland. The Elland Co-op were very generous in supporting the event both with a large donation of food and with support for the staffing of the event. They have also generously offered support with the October event – for this we would like to offer our thanks.
Following on from the event, a meeting was held to both review the evening and plan for an event to be held over the Christmas period. It was felt that the ‘Soup and sandwich’ event should be repeated in the same format on the 2 further occasions already pencilled in, 23rd October and 20th November. Plans were also made for the Christmas event. This time it was felt we should aim the event at families, providing a buffet-style meal and entertainment, along with an appearance by a certain gentleman wearing red (as long as he is not too tired out by his work on the 25th December!) The event will be held at Southgate on Tuesday 29th December at 1pm. We are hoping the launch of the Elland Food Bank in October will provide links to families who may benefit from this event.
OCWE was always intended to be a Christian response to the needs of those around us in Elland and not just the response of one church or denomination. It is a source of great encouragement to us that there are now people involved from 4 of the Elland churches and that, whilst Southgate does provide an ideal base for the events, it provides a chance for Christians to bear witness to the love of our God in really practical ways, alongside one another, regardless of tradition.
The planned events are:
Friday 23rd October 6-8pm – Soup and Sandwiches
Friday 20th November 6-8pm – Soup and Sandwiches
Tuesday 29th December 1pm – Community Family Christmas Meal
All the events are at Southgate and, as always, we would ask for your prayerful support.