The message this week is from George…
School’s back! This has been a big week for many families with children, and for all the teachers. Please support and pray for anyone you know who is involved. It’s a huge task to deal with these changes for schools of coming in and out of class teaching, along with all the coronavirus procedures – not least in high schools this week the testing of all students. Well done to everyone!
It is a strange thought when you add up the last school year – some children have been in school for some of the time whilst their parents worked at critical roles, but many have been at home for seven months which would normally have been days in school. For me, it has led me to reflect on my own school days, and on the process of education in a general sense. For most people, not everything about school was great… but there is so much about the education we have each received that we take for granted. This year of disruption for schools has reminded us just how precious education is – for gaining key skills and achieving progress, but also for helping children to learn how to live together as a community.
It’s a well-worn thought in churches to think of children as the church of the future, but the equally well-worn rejoinder is, no, they are the church of today. The children of our communities are the heart of our hopes as we recover from COVID-19. Their resilience has been inspiring in the face of great challenges, and some who are vulnerable really need help to catch up. Let’s all get behind them and the schools in coming months.
Oakwood Church Sunday worship for 14th March...
10.15 for 10.30 – Oakwood Church Zoom Worship – This week Catherine Frieze will be leading our service.
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 Mothering Sunday service will be led by Rev’d George Bailey with preachers and worship leaders from Oakwood Church. 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.
Worship at Home Sheet – this is the sheet for 14th March which has been posted to people who do not have internet access.
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…
Lots of news this week! We’ll begin with two things you could take part in on Monday evening which have only been announced this week…
REAP Transport Meeting – Roundhay Environmental Action Project invite us all to a virtual roundtable discussion on the Leeds City Council (LCC) draft Transport Strategy on Monday, March 15th 7.00 - 8.30 pm. Join via this Zoom Link (ID. 924 0751 0271 / passcode: 974204)
In Leeds, road transport is responsible for 40% of our carbon emissions. The Council is consulting on a Transport Strategy to tackle this and they want to hear from us. The changes required are profound - such as a 30% reduction in car journeys – and they will impact on each of us. Finn Campbell from LCC who helped develop the new strategy will join us to explain the key points and answer questions.
Methodist District Testimony Service – On Monday March 15th we invite you to join us in worship online at 7:30 pm broadcast from Lidgett Park Methodist Church, to celebrate the developing ministries of Revd. Tim Broughton and our own minister Revd. Becki Stennett, and to hear their testimonies of how God continues to affirm their call. The service will be available on these links to the District Facebook page or via YouTube.
Lent programme – 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 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)
Leeds Lent Prayer Diary – this is published by the Leeds Church Institute on their website – follow it on this link.
Afternoon Tea – Saturday 27th March – Have an afternoon tea delivered to your home – just add a cup of tea! A selection of sandwiches and cake, with a scone.
Tickets £5 – from Peter Oldfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07719310207. Payment on delivery. Final day for orders is Sunday 21st March.
Please advise any dietary requirements when ordering
We will be sharing fellowship on zoom between 4 & 5pm using the usual church account (details on request)
Fellowship will include sharing time, some short readings etc and a short game
If anyone wishes to help out with catering or readings, please let Peter know
Traidcraft at Oakwood – Easter is coming! Supermarkets are not selling the Real Easter Egg with the Easter story this year but you can buy them from Christine Brett email@example.com or ring 0113 2179636 and give your order to Richard Brett.
Find out here how you can fight poverty through trade by ordering from Traidcraft through Christine Brett. Please help Christine with her personal challenge to get 21 people from Oakwood Church to sign up to buy 21 Traidcraft products during 2021… Also, there’s a 10% discount until 31st March!
Recycling Project – we are gathering items for recycling that cannot go into the green bins. 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, and leave items in a bag when you put them in the bin.
- Foil crisp packets
- 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
[NB we are no longer taking Type 2 and 4 plastic – this can go into the green bins]
Please contact Pete Oldfield if you would be interested in helping with the recycling – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – Is there anyone you might invite to consider Christian faith?
Methodist Circuit Weekly Notice Sheet – click here to view.
Methodist District Spring Newsletter – read the e-publication here. Includes news of our circuit’s Meeting Point Café delivering Christmas parcels. Moving on from that project, the café is currently operating as a foodbank.
Thought for Today – See the latest video thoughts on Facebook or YouTube. This week Paul (and Titus) talk about listening to young people, and George about ‘An Episode from the King David Soap Opera'. This is a project running jointly with the Church of the Epiphany in Gipton (C of E) and Gipton Methodist Church.
Beware scam emails and texts - This week our website was hit by an attempted con trick. This is similar to what happened in the Autumn with email addresses, but this time the target was mobile phones. We think that a programme trawled our website to find the mobile phone numbers, and texts were sent to them pretending to be George Bailey. If the recipient answers then an operative is waiting to get them into conversation by text. The scam is to ask you to buy an online gift card (eg Amazon or Googleplay) to be sent to a fictitious member of the congregation in hospital so they can access internet services there. The aim is to get victims to hand over the security codes on the gift cards allowing the money to be stolen remotely. Please do not reply to any similar texts or emails, but let us know about it. This has been happening to many churches, as impersonating the minister just might work for the scammers. We are sorry if this has affected you - we have notified the police and will monitor the situation.
Praying for our Community – in March we are praying for Belle Vue Avenue, Asket Greet, North Grove Rise, North Grove Drive, North Close, Hollin Park Place. Here is the full prayer calendar – maybe you can print it off to pray in your own time and way?
Praying for the Environment – we follow these prayer points month by month – please join us!
We hope you are feeling uplifted by the first step on the roadmap to lifting the lockdown, but also are able to keep safe and connected whilst we continue to wait for future easing.
Yours in Christ, George, Kathryn and Debbie
13 March 2021
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