Just a few short weeks ago Adrian and I splashed about in the sea at The Wittering’s alongside what seemed to a be a million other people crowded onto the beach for the last of the predicted long hot days of the summer of 2018. It wasn’t the last hot day but it was the last of a long hot spell.
And now we are entering into the cooler evenings of Autumn, dewy mornings and shorter days.
Inevitably with the changing season comes the changing pattern of the day and tasks that lay ahead. We take a gear shift into a different pattern of life. We are not planting seeds, we are gathering the fruit of them, we are not cutting the grass so often, we are tidying everything up ready for winter. And as the season changes in the outside world our Christian season takes a new path, Harvest Festivals, Autumn Messy Church, Charity Suppers and preparation for festive fayres.
With each new season comes a chance to take a look at our own selves and our relationship with God. The years seem to rattle by and often we think nothing changes and everything is the same. But on reflection we can see that we have changed, our families have grown, our children grow up and our grandchildren seem more independent every time we see them. The house repairs are incessant, and Christmas comes round quicker every year!!!
Amongst all the busyness of life and the chores and jolly’s it is easy to lose sight of the significant things of life. Particularly the spiritual food that we all need to sustain us and help us to grow. As a community of faith and as God’s children it is essential that we ensure that our faith is fed. Faith has often been compared to a muscle, if we use it and strengthen it, it will grow stronger and serve to benefit the closeness that God wishes to have with us. If we neglect to pray, read scripture or fellowship with others then we a re robbing ourselves of a deeper and fuller faith in God and our faith grows weak.
So as we enter into a new and exciting season, let us grow, together and as individuals in Christ. There is much to be gained in having a strong faith muscle, lets flex it together!
Faith is like the radar that sees through the fog. - Corrie Ten Boom, Tramp for the Lord.
Faith is what makes life bearable, with all it's tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys. - Madeleine L'Engle.
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith. - Author Unknown.
Fith is like a muscle - if it's not used, it will atrophy.
1 Corinthians 16:13 "Be on your guard; stand firm in faith; be courageous; be strong.
29th November 2018 Frimley Green Methodist Church Buffet Supper at 6.30pm and Show at 7.30pm (£10.00 per ticket and a suggested donation of £5.00 for the Buffet
Brilliance is a 90-minute theatrical event that celebrates progress and change in a bright new world.
Brilliance is, at heart, a love story combined with eclectic live music made especially for villages. A show that is bound to light a spark from the inside out.
From the company that brought you It’s A Wonderful Life, The Iranian Feast and Yørgjin Oxo, we now bring you Brilliance made especially for village halls.
Quotes including previous shows:
“A show with a big heart”
Lyn Gardner (The Guardian) on The Iranian Feast
“Once again Farnham Maltings held us entranced.”
Gwaenysgor village hall promoter on Miracle on 34th Street
“Well scripted, well-acted and brilliantly executed live music.
A story about betrayal over love and affection … totally enthralling!”
Audience member, Rudry Parish Hall on Brilliance 2017
What are the most wonderful thinngs in the world?
A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:
1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2 .Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World are:
1. To See...
2. To Hear...
3. To Touch...
4. To Taste...
5. To Feel...
6. To Laugh...
7. To Love...
The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous! A gentle reminder - that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.
The Methodist Art Collection
From the early church to the present day images have played a crucial role in the exploration of the Christian faith. Since the catacombs of Rome the gospel has been articulated as much in image as it has in word.
The Methodist Modern Art Collection takes its place in this long tradition, providing an opportunity for new encounters, vibrant expressions of God's love, and a whole range of conversations that are both missional and pastoral. We are enriched by the Collection.
Art Collection FAQs
Why does the Methodist Church have a Modern Art Collection?
Becausetwo Methodist people in the 1960s collected works of art in order to open up faith conversations, and then gave their collection to the British Methodist Church. The works have been bought or commissioned with money given specifically for the purpose: their acquisition has not been a charge on general Methodist Church funds. It is now looked after by a Management Committee (appointed by the Methodist Conference) who pursue the original aim of enabling people inside the church to connect their faith to art but also seek to encourage people outside the church to consider the Christian message presented through the medium of art.
What is in the Collection?
There are over 50 works, including some by well-known artists such as Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, William Roberts, Patrick Heron. Most of the pictures depict scenes from the life and teaching of Christ: some artists were or are believing Christians, others not. Works are still being acquired to ensure that the ideas and concerns of today's artists are represented in the Collection. You could refer to A Guide to the Methodist Art Collection (£5.00) or the more detailed Catalogue of The Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art (£15.00), both available from Methodist Publishing.
Where and when can I see the Collection?
At several different places in and around Britain each year, though not all the pictures are shown every time.
Details of venues can be found at www.methodist.org.uk