Barlaston Methodist Church has served the village community of Barlaston for over 75 years. Our mission is to serve the community and to ensure that the Church is an integral part of village life. Our aim is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through interaction and service.
As well as providing for Sunday morning family worship and junior church, the 2nd North Staffs Boys Brigade meet on Monday and Thursday evenings, (Contact Mrs. C Donohoe for details on 01782 372175).
Our Bridge Club meet on Monday afternoons. We also have a Ladies Guild that meets on the second Tuesday of each month and a coffee morning on the last Friday of each month to which anyone is welcome. We are always happy to welcome people into our community and we aim to help people find their “latent” gifts and talents.
Enjoying strong links with the Parish Church of St John the Baptist in the village, we share worship with them on the fourth Sunday of each month.
Our recently extended and refurbished premises are conducive to an informal, relaxed and inclusive style of worship and well-suited to all our other activities. We are pleased to make our hall, kitchen and meeting rooms available for general community use when possible and they are often used for children’s birthday parties and similar events
Services at 10.30 am each Sunday
(unless otherwise stated)
Sunday Services at 10.30 a.m. as follows:-
2nd February Jill Ashmore (All Age worship)
9th February Alice Dair
16th February Rev.Richard Ashmore (Holy Communion)
23rd February Mark Timothy (United Service at Parish Church)
All are welcome to our services and please stay for coffee afterwards.
Tuesday 11th February at 2.30 p.m.
Miss Pritchett-Pratchitt - Woman's role on the Home Front -
talk by Hen. Johnson.
Bring and buy stall.
Phone Jean Jeffs (372426) for further details
Company Section (age 11-19) years MONDAY 7.30 p.m. - 9.15 p.m.
Anchor Section (age 5 - 8 years) THURSDAY 6.30 p.m - 7.30 p.m.
Junior Section (age 8-11 years) . THURSDAY 6.30 p.m - 8.00 p.m.
Volunteers needed to help with the Company Section .
If you can help please contact Mrs. Chris. Donohoe on 372176 who will be pleased to hear from you
Enquiries re bookings for the Church Hall through Mrs. Beryl Whalley on 372762.
A message from the Methodist Minister
There is an old joke about a man asking a guy by the side of the road how to get to a certain place, the reply that comes back is ‘Oh I wouldn’t start here!’
That’s kind of how people felt about Jesus, people knew God would fulfil his promises, but he can’t start here, he can’t start like this:
surely he wouldn’t be born to a young mother conceived outside wedlock;
he can’t start out life born in a stable and laid to rest in a feeding trough;
he shouldn’t be an illegal immigrant, his parents fleeing a murderous tyrant at home; surely the good and great would recognise God’s anointed one and be blessed first?
It can’t start like this, can it?
Yet God’s way is to confront the kingdoms and assumptions of this world with the Kingdom of Heaven. This Jesus would go on in his life and death to challenge the established way of doing and seeing things, the prejudices that society is built upon; he would continue to make the wise clever people scratch their heads and say ‘but you can’t do that, you can’t say that, you can’t really mean that.’
The people the conservative religious and political folk thought were unacceptable - prostitutes, sinners, tax collectors, foreigners, women - were the people Jesus spent most of his time with. In our generation I guess he would be with the immigrants, those rejected because they are not like us, the unemployed, the people struggling to make ends meet on zero hours contracts, the kind of people the wealthy in our day still view with suspicion and on occasion a little disgust.
He went on to retell those old stories of how God wanted the poor prioritised at the expense of the rich, he went on to throw out a welcome mat for all people; God is here and God is good, full of grace and love.
This went down as well then as it does in the corridors of power and wealth today.
This Christmas time don’t get sidetracked and look only for Jesus in the places you expect to see him - you know, traditional Carol Services, nice cuddly warm places where children grow excited, and families gather around warm fires.
As this year ends and 2014 dawns let us be people who like our Saviour tell the story of God’s ridiculous outrageous counter cultural love for all, let us live and love as Jesus has loved us.
I hope you have a ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’
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