The message this week is from Kathryn…
Greetings to you all. When I was a child, I had quite a bad fall in the snow and so tend not to look on it with the excitement that many people do! As an adult I don't like the disruption it brings. However I have enjoyed the snow figures that people have been building and I love the wonderful shapes of the large snowflakes that are falling as I write (Monday morning )
I find it fascinating how previous experience can shape our attitude to things. Sometimes we see the negative in things before appreciating the positive – and sometimes it's the other way round. Few things are all bad or all good. Take a moment this week to call mind situations that irritate you and see if you can find something good in them. Then give thanks to God for that goodness.
This can also be the way we respond to people. It can be difficult to see the good in someone who is intensely irritating or who has hurt us. Perhaps take another moment to hold in your mind someone you struggle with and try to see the good in them. Each of us is made in the image of God and I guess the question is – can we learn to see the image of God in everyone and everything we come across? It's quite challenging but with the help of God we may be able to.
Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth
And made us in your own image:
Teach us to discern your hand in all your works
And your likeness in all your children ;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
In the meantime, stay safe and warm whatever the weather😊
Love and prayers, Kathryn
Oakwood Church Sunday worship for 14th February...
10.15 for 10.30 – Oakwood Church Zoom Worship – This week George Bailey will be leading our service for the Sunday before Lent. On this Sunday the church thinks about the ‘transfiguration’ of Jesus (Mark 9: 2-9) – and as this year it also happens to be Valentine’s Day, we’ll give some time to pray about love – in all its various guises!
Oakwood Church building is closed – the Church Council has decided that worship in the building will stop for now, so there will be no 4pm Communion Services on Sundays until further notice.
16.00 – Methodist Circuit YouTube Service – live on YouTube at 16.00 on Sunday, or watch whenever after that is convenient for you. This week the service will be led by Rev’d Mark Stennett and Deacon Liesl Warren. You can also watch previous services and other videos on the same Leeds North and East Methodists YouTube channel.
Thursday Morning Prayer – every Thursday on Zoom from 09.00 for a 09.15 start.
Church giving – Thank you for your ongoing giving. There is more information here if you would like to support the work of the church. Please note that due to changes with banking security and the name of our accounts, there is a change to how cheques for Oakwood Church are written out. At present they now need to be written to ‘Roundhay Methodist Church’ and also write ‘Oakwood Church’ on the back. Our accounts have to be held by one of the two of our legal trust bodies, and in this case it is the Methodist one. Cheques marked Oakwood on the back will still be shared between the Methodist and Church of England finances as usual.
Worship at Home Sheet – this is the sheet for 14th February which has been posted to people who do not have internet access. A sheet has also gone out this week for Ash Wednesday for any who can't join us on zoom (see below).
The Zoom numbers for all Oakwood Church meetings are ID: 724 766 6207 and password: 316316. Or click here for a direct link to our Zoom room. See here for instructions for dialling in by phone.
Our other news this week…
Lent begins on Wednesday! Here’s the programme of dates –
Ash Wednesday Zoom Worship – 17 Feb at 19.30
As a lent book, we are using the new book, Broken Bits and Weirdness: (But God Still Loves Us) by Fay Rowland (2021). You may like to get a copy – it is an all age book about very human Bible characters, with thoughts, prayers, activities and recipes! As usual we’ll have three focused sessions which we will share some pages of the book for, link to it on Sundays a bit, and encourage people to join in whether or not they can come to any of that. The dates here also include Book Club and the other Tuesday evenings in Lent...
All Tuesdays at 19.30 on the usual church zoom room –
16 Feb – Book Club – Judas in Jerusalem, by Joseph Lewis Heil (2018) – with Debbie Nouwen
23 Feb – Broken Bits and Weirdness 1 – Naaman – with Kathryn Fitzsimons
2 Mar – Caring and Learning Team Meeting
9 Mar – Broken Bits and Weirdness 2 – Martha – with Catherine Frieze
16 Mar – Book Club – A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God, by Samuel Wells (2015) – with George Bailey
23 Mar – Leadership Team Meeting
30 Mar – Broken Bits and Weirdness 3 – Cyrus – with Debbie Nouwen
Monday Compline – short time of prayer – Throughout Lent, every Monday at 21.15 on Zoom (22 Feb – 29 Mar)
Lent Booklet – The Methodist circuit has produced a booklet similar to the one for Advent with contributions from people across all the churches. It will be made available online and sent out this week to those on our postal mailing list, but if anyone else would like a copy please contact George (by replying to this email) as soon as possible. I think there will be about 10 copies spare so far, so do please let me know if you want one – first come, first served 😊
Oakwood Church All Age Zoom Quiz – Sunday 21st February 18.00 – usual church zoom room. All welcome – no need to book. Donations welcome to church funds via this Oakwood Church GoFundMe page.
If you have other ideas for Church social events and fundraising, or if you want to help set something up, please contact Kim Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org) and David Donaldson (email@example.com).
New Recycling Project – we are beginning to gather items for recycling that cannot go into the green bins, and to pass them onto Terracycle, an international organisation aiming to increase recycling however possible. Please drop any of these items to church into the dustbin which is kept outside by the building at the end of the car park. No need to sort – just put them all in, but please do clean things out first.
- Foil crisp packets
- Type 2 & 4 plastic (not milk bottles – tops ok)
- Dental care plastic e.g. plastic packaging, toothbrushes, empty floss containers
- Biscuit and cracker packaging
- Bread loaf plastic bags (not waxed paper)
- Chocolate wrappers and outside packaging from multi-packs
- Pringle cans
- Writing implements e.g. pens, markers
- Pet food pouches and larger bags with plastic packaging
- Medicine/tablet empty blister packs
More publicity will follow to invite local people to give their items. Please contact Pete Oldfield if you would be interested in helping – firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity Giving – During February, we are supporting Leprosy Mission. We gather money each year for this cause around Leprosy Sunday, which this year we will mark on 7th February. There is more information here on this sheet, including the great news that all gifts will be doubled by the UK government. We are not using the church bank account as previously. If you would like to give, please do so directly via the Leprosy Mission website, or you can send a cheque payable to Leprosy Mission to Peggy Horne, who will arrange gift aid directly with the charity. Send to…Mrs. Peggy Horne, 16 Bedford Court, Leeds. LS8 2PL
Collecting Stamps for Leprosy Mission – Jeanette Shipley is continuing to collect used stamps, and used or unused postcards, which will from now on be sent to Leprosy Mission. Please keep yours and either save them to drop off when we can return to meeting at the building, or you can take them to Jeanette directly – 83 North Lane, LS8 QW (tel. 0113 2650883)
Question of the fortnight – To help us all keep our faith alive whilst our life together is scattered we are asking each other a different question each fortnight – can you talk to someone on the phone about this question –
What issues of injustice are you currently concerned about? What are you doing in response?
Methodist Circuit Weekly Notice Sheet – click here to view.
Praying for our Community – in February we are praying for Foxglove Avenue, Oakwood Green, Oakwood Grove, Oakwood Rise, Oakwood Grange.
We hope you are able to join in with us in some way for Lent - it's good to have a time when we do things a bit differently together as a church and with God. We can still do it together even if separated by the lockdown - we are still the people who make up the church, the body of Christ. If nothing else please have a pancake or some other special treat on Tuesday, and take a moment to say an extra prayer on Wednesday :)
Yours in Christ, George, Kathryn and Debbie
12 February 2021
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