December dates for your diary – Advent, Christmas and New Year

Sunday 3 December is the First Sunday in Advent and we will light the first Advent candle during the Sunday Service. It’s a busy time of year, so here are all the key Christmas services and events that are coming up at Wesley Hall:

  • Christmas TreeSaturday 2 December: A Christmas Afternoon, 2-5pm
    Join us for carols, cakes and company – contact us for more info & tickets.
  • Sunday 3 December: Gift and Toy Service, 11am
    Bring gifts for Voluntary Services Lewisham to use making hampers for the elderly and children in need in the local community. What to bring.
  • Sunday 17 December: Nativity Service, 11am
    Join us for a traditional Nativity service.
  • Sunday 24 December: Carol Service, 11am
    Nine lessons and carols
  • Sunday 24 December: Midnight Communion Service, 11.15pm
    Join us at Forest Hill Methodist Church.
  • Sunday 25 December: Christmas Day Service, 10.30am
    A slightly earlier than usual service. Children are asked to bring a present that they’ve received, to show & tell.
  • Saturday 31 December: Watchnight Service, 11.15pm
    Join us at Forest Hill Methodist Church.

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events and services!

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Dates for your diary

The Wesley Hall Sunday Service details for December 2017 to February 2018 have now been added to the online calendar.

calendarIncluded on the calendar are many Christmas dates and celebrations – as always, everyone is welcome to come and join us at this very special time of year.

Advent begins on Sunday, 3 December and we will be lighting the first Advent candle to mark the beginning of the season.

The calendar also includes other events, such as the regular Theatre Club, Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade meetings.

Take a look at the calendar and if there’s something you expect to see but don’t, or if there’s anything you’d like to find out more about, do leave a reply and we’ll get back to you.

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Come to Wesley Towers for a dining experience to remember!

Wesley Towers poster

Friday 17 November 2017, 7.30pm
Saturday 18 November 2017, 2.30pm

Tickets £10 for adults, £6 for children,
please book in advance.

All are invited to the ‘Wesley Towers’ dining experience! This year’s Theatre Club Show is a cheeky and fun celebration of bygone comedy favourites, accompanied by a three course meal (what could possibly go wrong…?).

All proceeds to charity.

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November 2017: Remember! Remember!

Remember15 The Lord answers, “Can a woman forget the baby she nurses?
Can she feel no kindness for the child to which she gave birth?
Even if she could forget her children,
I will not forget you.
16 See, I have written your name on my hand.

Isaiah 49:15-16

November is the month of remembering.

We started with All Saints Day and remembering those who have gone before us, great and small. Traditionally we have thought about those who have been martyred for their faith, but it is about recognising and remembering all who are doing good and living out the faith in our world, past and present.

Then we had Bonfire Night and remembering Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot. Though the fireworks have been going off for weeks so no chance of forgetting that! But do we remember the plots to overthrow governments in our world today and that politics and protests are part of life, something some give their lives for still?

Remembrance Sunday follows, when we honour those who have given and continue to give their lives for others. We join the chorus of “We will remember them”, but for how long? One day? Once a year? And does our remembering reach as far as the ex-soldier in prison because they cannot cope with all that war has made them remember, so struggled to live.

And I must not forget Women against Violence Sunday at the end of the month. Not as well known as the others but equally as important as one of our Special Sundays in Methodism.

Memory of course is something we should not take for granted, especially as we hear of the increase in those suffering from dementia. We never know how long our memories will last. One aid that is suggested may help us to remember is that of tying a piece of string around our finger.  A constant reminder of what we must not forget. Isaiah encourages us by assuring us that God does not have us tied around his finger, but does have our names engraved on his hand. Even if the intimate bond of a parent and child can be forgotten, God will never forget each of us.

The question is, how good are we at remembering each other?

A modern parable tells of a mouse who feared for his life after the farmer bought a mousetrap. The mouse called a meeting and proclaimed “There is a mousetrap in the house!” but the hen just clucked and said, “it has no consequences for me.” The pig sympathised with the mouse saying there was nothing they could do but would pray for the mouse. The cow said “It is nothing I can be bothered with, I have more important things to do.”

But that night the mouse trap struck and caught a snake. The snake then bit the farmer’s wife and the known treatment for snake bites was chicken soup and so the farmer sacrificed the chicken. In her illness friends and neighbours came to visit and the farmer needed to feed them. The bacon and ham from the pig was delicious. Finally, the wife died and so for the funeral the fatted cow was slaughtered to feed them all.

And the mouse remembered what they had said.

May we remember those who have issues in life and remember those issues can have consequences for us all. May we be those who continue to remember and give our lives to bring goodness in this world.

May we remember God will never forget us, or the many others whose names are written on his hands. May that bring us comfort and challenge.

Blessings,

Rev Dee

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October 2017

Hope anchors the soulHello

I am Rev Dee, your new minister at Wesley Hall.

I am glad to be joining you at this time, especially as we move through October with a trinity of celebrations: Our Church Anniversary, Gift Day and Boys’ Brigade Centenary, plus the Theatre Club production coming soon.

But I also know I join you at a time when there are many of you struggling with illnesses and bereavements, and Wesley Hall is going through lots of changes because of that. This is not an easy time for many of you.

I will seek to laugh with those who laugh and weep with those who weep, as appropriate, in the coming weeks and years.

Life is that unending mixture of joy and pain.

We see it in;

Creation – finding beauty in the chaos
The Cross – finding life in death
The Church – finding love in our faith and failings

One of what are called ‘Fresh Expressions of Church’ is called Messy Church. But I think Church was always meant to be messy, we just have a tendency to try to make it too tidy and comfortable. As we work through our present messiness and pain may we discover new ways of being there for each other, new ways of seeing faith, new ways of celebrating life and death, new ways of reaching out to others with God’s love.

The Boys Brigade have the motto ‘Sure and Steadfast’ and have as their hymn ‘Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?’ As we celebrate 100 years of the 19th London Company of Boys Brigade, as we celebrate our 111th Church Anniversary, and move forward into this new chapter of our lives at Wesley Hall, may we all know we have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure, whatever life brings.

May God bless and keep you in his love

Rev Dee

Who can separate us from the love of God.
Death cannot! Life cannot!
Angels cannot! Leaders cannot!
Hard things now or in the future cannot!
For I know that nothing can keep us from the love of God,
that is seen in Christ Jesus!

Romans 8: 38-39

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Quiz Night!

Question markThe next Wesley Hall Quiz Evening is on Saturday 14 October – come along to exercise your brain, or just to have a laugh!

  • Time: 7.00 for a 7.30pm start
  • Teams: Maximum 6 people
  • Tickets: £7 per person
  • Supper, tea and coffee provided during the evening
  • Please bring your own nibbles
  • There will be a raffle
  • All proceeds towards church funds

Contact us for more info and to book your team’s place. See you there!

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Harvest Thanksgiving Service – 24 September

harvest applesAll are welcome to the Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 24 September at 11am, where we shall be following tradition and accepting non-perishable food and gifts which will then be distributed to those in need in the area.

Please bring your gifts with you to the service, or if you would prefer to give a donation to All We Can, envelopes will be available.

Any contributions of flowers or other suitable items for decorating the church for the Harvest service will be gratefully received on Friday 22 September (6.30 – 9.30pm) or Saturday 23 September (11.00am).

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