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For details of this week's services please see the Worship page.
Thursday June 14th 7pm
Each meeting begins with a brief opportunity for people to mention those things that they would like to be included in the prayers.
Thy Kingdom come is an international prayer movement started by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016. It has now extended to other churches, including the Methodist Church, and to 85 countries around the world. All Christians can take part in the programme that runs from Ascension Day to Pentecost, May 10th to May 20th this year. Booklets 'Waiting in Wonder' are available and further details can be found on the website www.thykingdomcome.global/ The prayer meeting on May 10th was be based on Thy Kingdom Come.
Tuesday June 5th 1.45pm for 2pm - Your favourite poetry and prose.
Come along and enjoy our coffee mornings, every Friday 9.45am-2pm. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits or homemade soup and roll. Part of the Places of Welcome network. More details from Mary Elms.
The latest edition of the Methodist Church E-News can be viewed here.
A regular event in the church calendar is Daffodil Day at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. There was only a small attendance at the 2018 event but it was as enjoyable as always. This year's theme was 'Bright Hope for Tomorrow', the subject of Revd Dr Martyn Atkins sermon and reflected on by other speakers. Solos from bass-baritone Jonathan Veira, Shan Smile and Celebrity Master Chef Angellica Bell together with some wonderful singing by the congregation made a wonderful afternoon. Next year's event will be on March 4th 2019.
2016 marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of our church in 1956. To celebrate a number of special events were held during June and July and these photos show a flavour of the occasion.
The occasion kicked off on June 18th with an evening from the Camberley Band who played a selection of popular items and was very much enjoyed by those attending. We raised £266 for our building fund after sharing the ticket sales 50/50 with the band.
Saturday June 25th saw an All Nations Meal at our church where members brought various selections of food for us to enjoy. As well as excellent food it was an opportunity to meet some of our friends who had moved away in the past. The evening raised £200 for our funds.
The following day we held our Church Anniversary service which was led by Revd Richard Barley, a former member of our church who went into the ministry after moving away. It was good to have quite a few of our former members at this service. The morning finished with a lunch for our visitors.
Finally, on Saturday July 16th we held a garden party at the home of Tom, one of our organists. The weather was very nice and we enjoyed viewing Tom's beautiful gardens. Just over £400 was raised for our building fund.
September 28th and 29th 2014 was our Harvest Festival. On the Saturday we held our harvest supper with our friends from St. Andrew's church and sat down to an excellent meal with various quizes to keep us busy. On Sunday morning Kim Tame led our morning worship. During the Saturday the church had been decorated for the occasion. Our congregation brought along items of food for Bracknell Food Bank and there was also a retiring collection for the Gideons which was well supported.
On Saturday August 2nd 2014 Tom Barker, who plays our organ, and his wife Chris kindly opened up his large garden for us all to see. A wonderful afternoon was enjoyed by all and the rain held off after earlier showers. As well as exploring their marvellous garden cakes and flowers were available for sale and over £400 was raised toward our building fund.
On Sunday July 13th 2014 after our morning service some of our members enjoyed a lunch of roast lamb or vegetarian lasagne, followed by a mixture of desserts. These lunches are greatly enjoyed by our members and it is an excellent way of getting to know each other.
On Sunday June 29th 2014 our Junior Church had their anniversary. A service based on Daniel 1-2 was led by the Junior Church members and staff, followed by an address by Jackie our minister. Afterwards over tea and coffee we all enjoyed sharing their birthday cake which tasted as good as it looked.
On April 14th and 15th 2014 we held a holiday club at the church with the theme Easter and New Life. There were various Easter related activities culminating with a very special Easter themed cake. It was all enjoyed very much by the children who took part. More photographs can be found in our photoalbum.
On Saturday September 7th 2013 we celebrated the opening of our expanded premises with an afternoon of fun for the local community, church members and our user groups. Councillor Tricia Brown for Priestwood and Garth Ward did the honours, then the choir led us in singing For the Beauty of the Earth and dedication prayers. Then we enjoyed refreshments and explored the new building. A bouncy castle kept our youngsters happy and a little later we enjoyed a barbecue manned by some of our members. All were impressed with the new premises.
Displays were put on by many of our user groups, including the Scouts, Brownies and Cheerleaders, Craft Group, Tuesday Fellowship and U3A. We were also entertained by the U3A Singing Group and the Seventh Day Adventist Choir from Slough who gave a magnificant performance of spiritual music.
Although the weather forecast was not good, it stayed dry and sunny for most of the afternoon. Then we were treated to a wonderful double rainbow during a shower while we were clearing up, the Lord truly thanking us for our Vision project.
On the Sunday we had a rededication service for the new building which was led by our minister Jackie Case and Revd. John Hellyer, Chair of the South East District. Many of our former members and friends were invited to and attended the service. As well as rededicating the building we also dedicated the pulpit drop, pictured, that had been made to record the contribution of each of our members to the vision project. Each square of cloth represents one of our members and the contribution he or she had made. The choir sang the choral version of Let's Build a House by Marty Haugen which we had sung at various times during the development and very well reflected our thoughts that day.
As we gathered before the service it soon became apparent what a difference the larger well-lit foyer had made to our premises, something that could not have been appreciated until now. This foyer will be the focus of many of our activities including our new Friday coffee mornings.
More photos of the weekend can be found in our photo album.More information about our redevelopment can be found on our VISION page.