Church News

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Thanks to everyone who attended the joint service/coffee morning at Church House yesterday, which was a very enjoyable and worthwhile event. The next joint event will be two weeks today (February 4th) when we have been invited to join in a church lunch to be held at Church House. More details next week, but please note the date.

Christmas Services

Community Carol Singing round the tree in the village
Candlelit Carols in the Church
Christingle Service for everyone but especially great for the children
Christmas Day service of celebration

Experience Christmas

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A joint venture with All Saints’ Church under the leadership of Deacon Lisa, Experience Christmas was put on over two days in Church House and then the Methodist Church and visited by 150 children and their teachers from All Saints’ School and the Rofft.

Hi Everyone,
Thank you all so much for all your hard work with ‘Experience Christmas’. I really enjoyed myself and hope you all did too. I’m sure the classes and schools appreciated it.
Christmas blessings to you all, Lisa 

It was a really enjoyable experience – thank you too 
Merry Christmas to all

What a joy and blessing to take part. Happy Christmas everyone. X

It was amazing very well received by all staff and children, made us all feel ready for the big day ….enjoy your families and friends over the break,  happy healthy New Year to all

Just to add my agreement – I thought it was excellent, I enjoyed doing it and it was brilliant that we had the chance to engage with 150 children, and the staff.

Pretty unanimous approval, I think – I thought it went very well, and as a ‘church profile’ event for the local schools I thought it was well worth it.
Well done everyone!

 

Toy / Gift Service

Sunday, 3rd December will be our annual Gift Service. The gifts received will be passed on to the Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal. Please note the gifts should be NEW, and NOT WRAPPED. They will be wrapped before they are distributed, but at this stage it’s more important to be able to see what they are.
Download guidance notes as pdf Salvation Army 2017

Thank you to everyone who brought gifts. The Salvation Army were extremely grateful to receive them to help cope with over           referrals that they have received.

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Church Fair Yesterday’s fair was a good social event, and there were lots of positive comments about the atmosphere. The ‘on the day’ total was a very respectable £936.23, which particularly considering a rather disappointing number of people coming through the door was very impressive. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make it an enjoyable success.

Summary of news for the December 2017 issue of the Circuit Newsletter

In true Methodist tradition I have three headings:

Welcome
Most significantly we welcomed Rev Richard Parkes to our Church and Circuit. A lovely service was held in our Church, led by Phil Poole with contributions from others including our musicians. It was both thoughtful and relaxed, and we look forward to getting to know Richard as he works within the Circuit.

Several people from our Church attended the welcome into the priesthood of Father Peter Nissen. His ordination took place at All Saints’ with the Bishop and many clergy present. Father Peter has supported Trish with Faith Shout. It was a special occasion – possibly the first ordination held in Gresford since the Church was built in the 15th century.

I (Suzie) have taken over from Ivor as Hall Bookings person – so in my role as contributor to the Circuit Plan I welcome myself to the Hall Bookings role! Ivor (with support from Chris) has worked extremely hard at the job over the last 3 years and the Church is very grateful. I hope I can do half as good a job.

We welcomed a friend of Pearl’s  to take our Harvest Festival. He preached a thought provoking sermon. Thanks to Malcolm and all those who decorated the Church to make it a very special service. We shared a meal afterwards, and donations were sent to Christian Aid.

Farewell
We lost Nancy in August. Nancy had been a long standing member of the church, although ill health had prevented her attending for some years. Her husband, Tom, died last year and was our evening organist for some years.

Rhonwen died at the beginning of October, she too had been unable to attend for some time. Rhonwen was a church ‘taxi driver’ well into her late 80s, picking up people so they could attend the Sunday morning service. Just remember ‘count your blessings’.

Outreach
‘Open the Book’ is going well – a good joint effort with All Saints’ and getting out into the schools regularly, however ..

Our Messy church was in doubt – we had lost one of our helpers (Rachel, thank you for all the time and effort over the years) and numbers had been low (just 2 in July). We appealed for help and got a volunteer! (Colin – thank you very much). We had 10 children and attendant adults last week, is God telling us ‘keep going’ ?

Certificate Visit Baptism3Baptism

School Visit

we were visited today by children from The Rofft School who came to find out about baptism.

Walk of Light

The Walk of Light at All Saints’ was a good evening with a steady stream of youngsters and their parents visiting the Church. 

Harvest

Messy Church

Our activities for Messy Church today (24th Sept. 2017) were based around the story of Naomi and Ruth.
Ruth gathered grain that was left in the fields after harvest – so we had a go at grinding some grain with a “quern stone” – which was very slow and also with an electric coffee grinder which was much faster and gave us enough flour to make a few bread rolls, making different types of wheat pictures, making a harvest loaf and we coloured in a verse from the bible.
We had a very good turnout of children today and were also joined by Colin who has volunteered to help run Messy Church.

see our Messy Church page for pictures

Welcome to Rev. Richard Parkes

A circuit welcome service was held at Gresford on 4th of September for Rev. Richard Parkes who has joined us from Stockport. Richard will have pastoral charge for Brymbo, Caergwrle, Ffrwd, Gresford, Rhosddu and also shares Wrexham with Rev. Phillip Poole who is now Superintendent.

Summary of news for the September 2017 issue of the Circuit Newsletter

Over the last 3 months we have held our Spring Fair – a fundraiser but more importantly a chance for the Church to work together and invite others into our Church. We have had a wedding! Alex and Vicky were married on 3rd June.  It is wonderful that our refurbished church was used for the marriage of two of our members, I can’t remember the last wedding in our Church family. The church looked – and smelt – beautiful. We wish them both every blessing in their life together. Pearl has got us singing again – the Singing Group is meeting alternate Thursdays. Last Sunday they contributed to a special service – Richard’s last service at Gresford.  In addition to 3 hymns from the singing group, Robert started and ended the service with solos on his trumpet, his sister, Bethan and Rebekah both sang solo.  To quote from our notices: ‘We wish Richard and Biddy a hassle-free move and God’s blessings as they move on to take up their ministry in Bristol.’

 

 

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