Alton Webteam: March 2017
WORSHIP — Come and Sing at Whitchurch Methodist Church, Cardiff
Around one hundred singers gathered for a 'Come and Sing' event held in Wales this month.
Comprising of vocalists from all over South Wales and the South West of England, the choir partook in renditions of a number of classic pieces including the Faure Requiem in a mammoth five hour performance.
Admirably led by Mr Ben Pinnow and accompanied by Mr Elfyn Jones on the organ, the event raised a substantial profit, which went toward repairs for the church roof.
Email: the Revd Catherine Reynolds firstname.lastname@example.org
LEARNING AND CARING — Social Action Award for Huncote Methodist Church, Leicester
Members from the 1st Huncote Girls' Brigade were presented with an award by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, at Buckingham Palace, in recognition for their dedication and commitment to social action.
The group, aged between four and eight years old, have been involved in a range of social action projects over the past year, including games nights, fundraising events and supporting local food banks.
The 'Youth United Dedication Award', presented to the group from Huncote Methodist Church, was awarded for the most significant commitment to social action across the Youth United network, a network of uniformed youth organisations.
The Girls' Brigade Director, Ruth Gilson, said: "1st Huncote are proof that age isn't a barrier when it comes to making a difference. They're an inspiration and a great example of how Girls' Brigade groups across the country help and give to others in their local communities."
Email: Catherine Burt email@example.com
EVANGELISM Happy New Year! — Medway Chinese Methodist Church, Gillingham
On 29 January, Medway Chinese Methodist Church, based at Gillingham Methodist Church, welcomed in the Chinese New Year in true Roostery fashion.
More than 150 people, including friends from near and far, guests and the Mayor and Mayoress of Medway, came together to celebrate the new year in a truly cross-cultural service.
Beginning in song, the congregation sang in both English and Chinese, accompanied by enthusiastic and lively actions. The South East District Chair, the Revd John Hellyer, then gave a message reflecting on the true meaning of happiness, being found in Christ.
Following the joyous service, the congregation ate together a scrumptious array of Chinese delicacies — sharing food, stories and friendship. The Mayor, Councillor Stuart Tanter, then closed the event with a moving speech promoting integrated communities — something clearly reflected in this happy occasion.
Email: the Revd Kan Yukan.firstname.lastname@example.org
SERVICE — Celebrating Ministries at Littleover Methodist Church, Derby
A Methodist church in Derbyshire hosted a celebration of ministries during a special service this month.
During the morning, the congregation were encouraged to learn more about the many different activities that members were involved in and a series of boards showcasing the variety of ministries were put on display.
The church's minister, the Revd Gareth Higgs, said of the celebration: "It was a wonderful time, as we abandoned our traditional pattern of morning worship to focus on the different ways people serve the church.
"We have over 50 different ministries being run by the church or in which people from the church serve — including Messy Church, children and youth groups, over 50's groups, our minibus-to-church service and plenty more.
"It really encouraged us as a church and helped people to see where they could get involved."
Email: the Revd Gareth Higgs email@example.com
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