THE BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE AT 4PM TODAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED

This is due to the severe and unusual weather. Our apologies for the short notice.
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Blue Christmas
A service of Remembrance and Hope.

Sunday 10th December at 6pm 
The Christmas season does not always bring with it the joy and happiness splashed so brightly across greetings cards, window fronts and our television sets. Some people may be facing the holiday after the death of a loved one, or after a divorce. Some may be unable to have a child, or have lost their job, or have suffered emotional trauma. Others may simply feel overwhelmed and pressured by Christmas preparations and expectations. For those who are grieving and in pain there can be a forced joyfulness at Christmas time.

 The Blue Christmas service is a quieter, more sombre service that provides an opportunity to grieve, but also be reminded of the message of hope the season brings, and to focus on the comfort God offers during dark times. The services includes Bible readings, carols, the lighting of candles and tying blue ribbons of remembrance to the Christmas tree.

All are welcome.

                  


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The CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING

AND LUNCHES raised £600.

Thank you to everyone who helped out and attended.


Proceeds will be divided between “Crisis at Christmas” and Tearfund “Toilet Twinning”



TUESDAY FELLOWSHIP

(Formerly Women’s Fellowship)

LITTLE CHALFONT METHODIST CHURCH 

PROGRAMME: April – December 2017

(All Meetings start at 2.30 pm)

5th December        AGM & Christmas Party

19th December      Christmas Communion


Leaders:   Gill McAllister and Joy Rolls 

Prayer Life

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18English Standard Version (ESV)


Prayer is central to Christianity, common to all denominations. (Other faiths too, use prayer in many forms.)
Prayer is where we develop our relationship with God, where we turn in pain and despair, where we go for peace and thanksgiving.
Prayer can be liturgical, written from the heart, designed to be spoken or read by many people, or extempore, speaking from the heart, and as the spirit guides us.

Prayer is so central to Christian life, that the Methodist Church website (methodist.org.uk) has 19 pages devoted to creative prayer - and many others for our liturgy. Two pages are linked below, followed by one each from the blog 'Rejesus' and the 'Northumbrian Community' which is in the Celtic tradition.



'Rejesus.co.uk - a site that is editorially independent form any particular denomination, but representative of UK traditions. 
Northumbriacommunity.org are a diverse group of Christians who describe themselves as exploring a 'new monasticism' They say "We are united by a Rule of Life, which we call our Way for Living and which can be summed up in two words: Availability and Vulnerability"

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Christmas Services and Events


Friday, 8th December
12.45 am for 1.00pm CHRISTMAS LUNCH CLUB                            

Booking essential call the office or speak to Anne or Gill.

Saturday, 9th December
11.00 am CHURCHES TOGETHER CAROL SINGING ON LITTLE CHALFONT VILLAGE GREEN        
accompanied by the Amersham Brass Band

10th December: 2nd Sunday in Advent
9.30 am HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE:   Revd Anne Ellis                         


6.00 pm BLUE CHRISTMAS:   Revd Anne Ellis

17th December:  3rd Sunday in Advent
9.30 am CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP:   Revd Anne Ellis                                                  
4.00 pm  CAROL SERVICE:  Revd Anne Ellis                                

Tuesday, 19th December
2.30 pm  TUESDAY FELLOWSHIP CHRISTMAS COMMUNION:       Revd Anne Ellis

Sunday, 24th December: 4th Sunday in Advent
NO MORNING SERVICE AT LITTLE CHALFONT
11.00 am MORNING WORSHIP at  St. John’s Methodist Church, Amersham
4.00 pm CHRISTMAS EVE CRIB SERVICE:   Revd Anne Ellis

Monday, 25th December: CHRISTMAS DAY
10.30 am FAMILY SERVICE:   Revd Anne Ellis

Sunday, 31st December
9.30 am NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICE led by members of our congregation                                                  


SERVICES

Little Chalfont Methodist offers a variety of worship services to our community. Everyone is made welcome whether you are a regular in Church (any denomination)  or just wondering what is it all about.


Methodist services are lead by either our ministers (Who's Who?) or any one of a group of local preachers. Local preachers are fully trained by the Methodist Church to run services and preach. (Methodist.org.uk)


There are different services to suit different needs -

All Age Worship

1st Sunday in the month at 11am is ‘All Age Worship’  the whole church family, old and young meets together to worship and learn.  Toys and crafts are available to young ones and there is always a mixture of traditional and contemporary music.  It doesn't matter if your little one runs around or has a cry - you will be welcome! This is also a good service if the thought of a long sermon puts you off as the style is more bite sized and the atmosphere informal.

Sunday Service with TOAST

09.30, every Sunday in the month, except the 1st.

This service has a variety of styles, depending on who is leading, and any children or young people  present are invited to go out to “Time On A Sunday Together” (TOAST) for part of the service. (But can stay put if  they want or their parent/carer is welcome to go with them)

Methodists love to sing as well as pray and learn what God has to say about how to live faithfully, so this service in particular often follows a prayer/hymn/reading/sermon etc format. Very easy to  follow and no one is going to spring surprises on you as a new person. (as if we would!)

Communion

Communion is usually on the 3rd Sunday in the month at the 9.30 service. Everyone, and we mean EVERYONE  is welcome to the table. It doesn't matter if you are from another denomination, if you have or have not been baptised (christened). God’s love is freely given to all. You can choose to partake of the bread and (non alcoholic) wine or be blessed or sit quietly in your seat. It is up to you.

Compline

4th Sunday at 6pm.

This is our new contemplative service,

A new service on the fourth Sunday of the month.

 

The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning 'completion' (completorium). It is a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.

 

It is an opportunity to place oneself consciously in the presence of God; a time for listening to God.

 

The service will draw on the traditional framework of Compline and will follow a set pattern of gathering prayers, confession, a reflective reading of Scripture (lectio divina), intercessory prayer as well as a short act of Holy Communion.

 

Need some help?
Please speak to a steward (we have name tags) on the day or email the office on lcmc@gmail.com
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Our Christmas Coffee morning is raising funds for charities that make a difference at the most fundamental level.

To find out more click on the links below -

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www.crisis.org.uk
www.toilettwinning.org/