NEWSLETTER
 

Tonbridge Methodist Church Notices 22nd May 2022

 

It would be lovely to welcome you to Church whether you come every week or haven’t been for a while in person.

Sunday 22nd May: ‘Warm our hearts that your kingdom may come’ 10.30 a.m. – a shorter service introducing Thy Kingdom Come, led by Rev Sharon, followed by coffee and our General Church Meeting as part of the worship time. It is when we elect members of the Church Leadership Team and representatives to Church Council from the General Church Meeting, plus hear about the call of TMC today. Please do come and share at this service. All welcome.

The first part of the service will be livestreamed. To watch and worship with the livestreaming of the 10.30 a.m. services please join via the Tonbridge Methodist Church Facebook page if you are on Facebook or if not, you can click the link: https://www.facebook.com/TonbridgeMethodistChurch/live/ You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch it (although Facebook may try and encourage you to do so, you don’t have to have an account to be able to watch it).

Information for families: Our Junior Church will be with us for some of the service and meeting in their group for the rest of the service. There are some children’s activities for you to use with your children during the General Church Meeting if you’d like to stay. We hope you will be able to stay if possible.  If you are unable to attend in person, the GCM will be available to join in via Zoom from 11.20 a.m. approx. Meeting may start 11.30-ish). Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99460466008?pwd=ZGFTUHRqYnJDU2tZQytPV0Z5bWZUQT09 Meeting ID: 994 6046 6008 Passcode: 870083 It is hoped volume will be OK for this. However, it may be that the sound quality will be unpredictable. Please bear this in mind, many thanks. General

 

Church Meeting representatives to Church Council We do have some vacancies for this. If any church members would like to be on the Church Council please do get in touch with Sharon as soon as possible. We usually meet three times per year and make decisions on behalf of the church community at TMC. It would involve becoming a trustee and attending the meetings. Thank you for your prayers and consideration of this.

 

Aldersgate day! Aldersgate Sunday is a day when Methodists celebrate the occasion in May 1738 when John Wesley, founder of Methodism, attended worship in Aldersgate Street, London, and felt his "heart strangely warmed", experiencing God's love in a most personal and life-giving way. You can find out more about it in this podcast: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/podcasts/themethodist-podcast-episode-84-aldersgate-sunday/

 

Circuit Easter Offering Dedication Service: 'Tell Her Story - Tell Our Story' 6.30 p.m. at The Drive Methodist Church, Sevenoaks. After a two-year gap we are able to meet together again! We do hope all our circuit churches will participate in the service which has been prepared by Methodist Women in Britain for the dedication of the Easter Offerings made for World Mission.

 

Sunday 29th May The 10.30 a.m. service is one of Holy Communion led by Rev Sharon. Junior Church will be taking place.

 

Ray Steer Please do keep Pat and all the family in your prayers at this time as Ray sadly died on 16th May. Ray had recently celebrated a birthday and Pat (and I, in the afternoon for prayer) had been able to see him which is a blessing. Funeral details will be available shortly.

 

Spring Fair for Uganda Projects – Thank You We wanted to thank everyone who helped to make the Spring Fair such a success last Saturday and started a list… but when we reached 25 it was just too silly! It shows how much support we received and the amount raised, £827 towards the Uganda projects, was a great achievement. We met many new people and it was kind of Megan and Shane to come back and operate their BBQ. The smell of that brought in passers-by and it was well worth their travelling from Paddock Wood. Special thanks to the van man who conveyed the BBQ – Mr Jim Whiting! The summer weather that day made it all a pleasure, and special thanks to everybody who helped clear up and put away tables etc so quickly – Daphne and Roi.

 

Thy Kingdom Come Join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension Day and Pentecost, May 26th – 5th June 2022, for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ.. If you have not done so already, please do pick up a free Prayer Journal to enable and stimulate your personal prayers over the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come. The journal focusses each day’s prayer on one of the images of the Holy Spirit from the Bible. There is also space to write the names of 5 friends who you can commit to pray for during this time. I recommend the journals to you, please do take one.

 

Covid restrictions lifting Please sanitise your hands on the way into church. The Church will continue to be ventilated. If you prefer to wear a mask please sit on the organ side of the Church. If you have any Covid symptoms please do watch the livestream instead.

 

Platinum Jubilee Sunday 5th June 2022 Thank you to those who have offered to help or to bring some food items already. These have been noted. If anyone else would like to bring some sandwiches, cakes or scones please do let Lee know: lee.athwal1@virginmedia.com ASAP. Many thanks.

 

Ukraine prayer Prayer evening for Ukraine on Thursday 26th May at St Saviour's church, Tonbridge, open to Christians in churches across the town. It will be from 7.30 – 11.30 p.m. and is a come and go drop-in. To include Bible readings, some sung worship and prayer stations.

 

Donations for Ukraine Sue and Graham from Hope Church are planning further trips to Poland and are keen to find out if there are any other folk willing to drive the van. Donations of food supplies: rice, granola, tinned food (soup, stewed meat, tuna, vegetables etc), pasta, dried fruit, flour, baby food, can be donated and dropped off at Hope Church on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon. These are the items that they are asking for at present as they are taking them directly into Ukraine. Many thanks for all your support – Tim and Lesley Bower

 

TMC Community Wednesdays

FEAST Fresh Larder: Guests pre-book a slot between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. via www.feast.org.uk Café during the larder time: open to all, offering drinks and cakes / biscuits.

Baby / Toddler zone 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. all welcome.

Community Lunch from 12 p.m. – soup and bread lunch together.

Please do join us, open to all.

 

Proposed Forget-me-not Cafe Dear Friends, As some of you may be aware, at Tonbridge Baptist Church (TBC) we have for nearly 20 years been running a Day Centre for Seniors called Derwent Day Centre. This is run on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with our other arts and cultural activities, including our Lunch Club, running on Tuesdays. We currently have around 30 attending either one or both days. We offer a range of activities, from crafts, music, quizzes to visiting speakers, links with local schools and we include a fresh cooked 2 course lunch. We have been aware that many who are attending have a diagnosis of dementia which has set us thinking about linking with the services that support both those with a diagnosis and those who are the carers. This has led us to linking with Christine Parker and Elaine Murray who run the Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community. Working in partnership with the Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community, TBC is keen to establish a dedicated dementia cafe group. Initially this will be once a month on the First Tuesday of each month from 2 – 3.30 p.m. In order for this to happen they need to identify both 2 leaders and approximately 8 volunteers, working on a bi-monthly basis of 1 leader and 4 volunteers. Cafe users will have either a diagnosis of dementia or memory problems and will be accompanied by a carer. The role of the leader will be to organise the activities and refreshments in addition to ensuring there are sufficient volunteers each time. Volunteers will engage with the cafe users and their carers, joining in activities and helping to set up, clear away and serve and make refreshments. All volunteers should be dementia aware and awareness sessions will be held prior to the cafe starting. Volunteers may not provide any personal care. If this is something that you would like to be involved with, please come along to an information meeting on Tuesday 19th July at 2 p.m. at Tonbridge Baptist Church. For further information or discussion, please contact Chris Parker at: chrisparker002@icloud.com We look forward to linking with you for this exciting venture. Kind regards, Sally Potter Deputy Manager Derwent Day Centre Tonbridge Baptist Church Monday afternoons at 4 p.m. – a time of prayer in the Church. All are welcome. Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m. – livestream prayer via the website Facebook page.

 

Bouncing Forwards Tour from the charity Kintsugi Hope A world where mental and emotional health is understood and accepted, with safe and supportive communities for everyone to grow and flourish. St John’s Church, Hildenborough, are delighted to announce that they will be welcoming Patrick Regan OBE for a community event of the Bouncing Forwards Tour. Saturday 11th June 2022. Arrive 7.30 p.m. Please do let Rev Sharon know if you’d like to register to come to this event. Thanks. 'Kintsugi' (金継ぎ) is a Japanese technique for repairing pottery with seams of gold. The word means 'golden joinery' in Japanese. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object more beautiful, and even more unique than it was prior to being broken. Instead of hiding the scars it makes a feature of them. Kintsugi Hope was founded by Diane and Patrick Regan OBE after a series of operations and events that took them to the brink; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They faced illness and loss in their family and community. They wrote a book and produced a DVD about their experiences. Through opening up about their struggles they realised how many people have felt alone in theirs, and the great need for each of us to be vulnerable, open and honest when life is hard. Only when this happens, healing can start to truly take place. The Bouncing Forwards Tour is an evening of live music and talks that seek to create a relaxed, honest evening where Patrick Regan OBE will be exploring themes from his new book 'Bouncing Forwards' including resilience, mental wellbeing and thriving through life's challenges.

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