Hall Lane Methodist Church
Whitwick, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 5PF


We look forward to welcoming you to Hall Lane Methodist Church during 2020

As of 17/03/20 all services are currently suspended due to Covid 19 until further notice


Our theme for 2020 is "Peace"

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

Matthew 5:9

Welcome to Hall Lane Methodist Church            

Hall Lane is an active church with thirty-five members with a wide age range attending morning worship.  Our ladies group and lunch club are particularly well attended and we have an active social calendar and support a different charity each year. Every year we celebrate a theme, this years being "Peace" following on from Love, Faith and Hope. 

We’re located in Whitwick (pronounced Witik) and are part of the National Forest East circuit of the Methodist Church. Our circuit consists of nineteen churches serving an area within the National Forest.  Although we are situated in Leicestershire we are part of the Nottingham and Derby District.

'We believe we are called to share our knowledge and faith in Jesus with others so that our families, friends, neighbours and those we meet in everyday life may be encouraged to follow Jesus for themselves.’.



YOUR SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT

April 12th 2020 no.4 EASTER SUNDAY


A weekly dose of good things

especially for church family and friends

in and around Coalville & Kegworth, in the National Forest East Methodist Circuit

 

Let’s begin Easter Day with the acclamation used from the early days of the church:

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!


WELCOME from Janet and John to YOUR SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT #4

We appreciate the positive comments we continue to receive regarding this weekly News Supplement. We are especially pleased to hear about the numerous networks of contacting that have arisen in this time of lockdown and many stories of good neighbourliness. May these continue beyond our current crisis!

 

We want this to be ‘your’ Sunday Supplement, so please do share stories, reflections, jokes and encouragement, also prayers.

Please do not share people’s stories more widely unless you have asked them.

If there are prayer requests, do make sure you have people’s permission.

Rev Janet Tanner   07979 505 236       revjantan@aol.com

Rev John Hudson   07597 359 409       hudsonjohn316@gmail.com


A BIT OF SEASONING  

Easter Sunday (12th April)

“It is very inspiring to meet people wounded in their love and their life, whom we expect to be disgruntled and discouraged, yet who keep believing in love and the goodness of God and of the people around them. Today we meet him who keeps our faith and hope alive in God’s goodness and loving concern: it is Jesus, our Lord risen from the dead. He went through suffering and death for us, and when all looked lost, all seemed in vain, he kept trusting in the Father and he rose from the dead. By the power of Jesus we too can rise to new life, to a feast of joy within us. We believe in the risen Lord and in the resurrection he has brought us”



Lectionary Bible Readings (Year A)

plenty of alternatives today, or read them all!

Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6

Psalm 118:1-2,14-24

Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43

John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10

A Short Reflection for Easter

 

When hearing the grim statistics of those who have died as a result of coronavirus I always try to remember that each one is a real person with grieving family and friends. But this week I heard of the death of the first person known to me personally and it brought me up with a shock. It increased the fear that I was already beginning to feel about this whole terrible situation we all face. Am I next???

Fear always increases when we face the unknown and it is interesting that fear features in the Christmas story, just as it does at Easter.

“Fear not” said the angels to the shepherds outside Bethlehem on the night of the Saviour’s birth. At the tomb where the dead Jesus had been laid the women were “terrified” on the first Easter morning as were the disciples when Jesus appeared to them in the Upper Room later that same day.

Fear and confusion continued to be the dominant emotions for the followers of Jesus right through to Pentecost when an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit came upon them, as Jesus had promised it would.

So let us hear the reassuring and comforting words afresh this Easter…”Do not be afraid”…

“I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

John Hudson

 

NEWS             Maundy Thursday Agape and Good Friday Reflection…see below!

 

·       VIRTUAL CHURCH! Do use the service attached or enclosed at your usual service time if that will help you feel close to God and your friends.

And for other ways of worshipping, see:

·       RADIO: Sundays after the 8am news there is a weekly service for the nation transmitted on BBC Radio 4 and Local Radio Stations

·       TV: Sunday 10.45, join in a service with Christians across the country, and Songs of Praise at 1.15. Do check the programmes. They can change!

·       INTERNET: there are many “virtual services” eg Melbourne Methodist Church, with our superintendent minister Rev John Hartley and others from the circuit via this link:

press control and left click with the mouse/pad

 https://www.melbournemethodistchurch.com/nfe-circuit           

and Wesley’s Chapel, London https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA

 

Methodist Conference 2020

Due to meet in June in Telford this has been cancelled and significant business, including decisions on “God In Love Unites Us”, has been deferred for a year.

 

Circuit Plan

Locally we have been asked to prepare a provisional Preaching Plan for July/August but we await a decision from the Methodist Church based on government advice as to when our churches can re-open for worship and regular activities.

 

Coalville Churches Together

Monthly Prayers (2nd Saturday of the month from 9am-10am) continue to take place but with thanks to modern technology in a virtual form. “The voice of prayer is never silent”!

 

YOUR STORIES

 

Christian Response to Coronavirus

Derek Horsman keeps himself occupied on the Internet and this week commends an item by Clive Marsh (Vice-President of the Conference) entitled “May God help us and be with us in our struggles”, accessible via the Methodist Church website: www.methodist.org.uk and search “Leadership Blogs”

This is how he concludes: “The coronavirus is here to stay, as part of life, and will take its place alongside others which are already known and tamed. There will be other viruses yet to come. God’s world remains wonderful and fragile, and God has entrusted so much to us, as human beings, to be involved in its care (Gen 1.26-27), not because of any particular merit, but just because this is how humans are to be understood (Ps 8.4-8). May God help us and be with us in our struggles.”

 

PRAYERS TO SHARE

Please include in your prayers:        

Eddie & Sue, Dawn and her daughter

medical & care staff, shop workers, community support groups…one another: the people of Hall Lane, Ibstock, Marlborough Square, Thringstone, Whitwick and Kegworth Methodist Churches and Hugglescote Community Church,

 

A prayer much treasured and sent to us by Jean Horsman

 

“When dreams are broken things and joy has fled, there is Jesus.

  When hope is a struggle and faith a fragile thread, there is Jesus.

  When grief is a shadow and peace unknown, there is Jesus.

  When we need the assurance that we are not alone, there is Jesus.

  Lord Jesus, meet with me today:

  in my darkness, meet with me as Light;

  in my uncertainty, meet with me as Vision;

  in my loneliness, meet with me as Friend;

  in my anxiety, meet with me as Peace. Amen”

 

A prayer to take us beyond Easter Sunday into Easter Life:

 

“Let me live today in Christ’s resurrection light;

  Let me live by God’s law of love, extending mercy, compassion and joy;

  Let me share the gifts God has given, practising generosity, hospitality and love;

  Let me live as Christ would have me live, bringing freedom, justice and hope. Amen”

 

A Song to lift our hearts and minds [Singing the Faith 306]

Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,

Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;

Love lives again, that with the dead has been:

Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

In the grave they laid him, love whom men had slain,

Thinking that he never would wake again,

Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:

Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.


Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,

He that for three days in the grave had lain,

Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:

Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

 

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,

Then your touch can call us back to life again,

Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:

Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

[J.M.C. Crum [1872-1958] alt.]

Lockdown by Capuchin Franciscan Brother Richard Hendrick 

 

Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But, they say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise you can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet the sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi People are singing to each other across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood

So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary.

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way.

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality;

To how big we really are. To how little control we really have. To what really matters. To Love.

So we pray and we remember that:

Yes there is fear. But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation. But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying. But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness. But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death. But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again; The sky is clearing, Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul. And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square,

Sing





JESUS New Life New Hope

MAUNDY THURSDAY MEDITATION, from Rev Jacky Goaten

 

In preparation for this time of worship you may like to collect a few objects or simply use your imagination.

Prepare a bowl with water, a towel, a piece of bread, your Bible, and a candle.

I suggest you read this at 7p.m. in the knowledge that we are gathered together albeit in our own spaces. However if it works better for you, to do at another time, that is perfectly fine too.

 

We open with prayer. Light the candle and say:

 

Jesus light of the world, we call on you to be present with us now. Illuminate our minds and souls. Amen

 

Imagine a long, dirty, dusty journey in open toe sandals. It has some easy parts where an even, smooth path stretches out before you, and you marched on confidently. Along the way the path starts to twist and turn. You press on although unsure of the way. In parts it becomes a tough journey, rocky and uneven paths, sharp stones that you tread on, that send you reeling, and sudden dips in the path that you did not see coming, pits that you tumble into. Sore knees and raw hands, as you push yourself upright again, shakily, tentatively continuing. As you travel you encounter the easy and the difficult. Sometimes you meet an obstacle and you want to sit down and give up. It’s too big, too hard to overcome, and the gentle whisper of God says ‘press on, I am with you’. The journey is long, the journey is exhausting, the journey is exciting, the journey is joyful, the journey is life.

Your journey is to continue but for now you are to have refreshment and rest.

 

On this night Jesus and his friends had halted their journey. Jesus knowing his own journey of life was soon to end, and his hour to depart from this world and to go to the Father was nearing.

In an upstairs room with the friends that he had travelled with, he demonstrates to them pure love.

 

Read John 13.3-15

 

Taking the bowl of water before you, run your fingers tips through it, noticing the crystal, clear, clean water. Then place on the floor and put your feet slowly within. If you prefer, place hands completely in or use your imagination. Imagine your feet to be dusty, dirty and sore from the long journey. As they are cleansed, soothed and refreshed, think of Jesus kneeing before you with a towel tied around his middle.

He is washing your feet, as he washed all of his disciples’ feet long ago.

 

Bring to mind the journey of life you have travelled -

Smile at the smooth parts, happy memories.

Think of the twists and turns you experienced.

Remember the tough sections, the uneven bit, the pits, the obstacles and thank God for his guidance and deliverance.

Think of the times you deviated from the path, confess and hear God's word of forgiveness.

 

As you dry off your feet / hands, and set aside the bowl hear Jesus’ question

‘Do you know what I have done to you?’ Spend some time with this question.

 

He continues by saying to us, to do as he has done. So who is God challenging you to serve?

 

Let us pray - Loving Jesus as you knelt before your friends long ago, so you too serve us now. May we always note you close by, and respond as you urged us, to go and do likewise. Amen

 

Now place the bread before yourself or imagine

Read Luke 22.14-20

Take the bread and eat, just as you accept all Jesus offers to you, to nourish and sustain your life.       Fuel for the journey, contemplate with a thankful heart. Pray your own words of gratitude and praise.

Jesus asks us to remember him.

Let us pray - Lord Jesus,                                                                                                                                                                                 We remember you thanked the Father for provisions.                                                                                          We remember that you broke the bread. 
We remember that you poured out the wine.
We remember you did it all because you love the world.
Help us to remember you in all we do.                                                                                                                      Help us to remember you. Amen.

Now we go to the garden at Measham where the fellowship meets.

Where they and all visitors meet with Jesus

These pictures were taken on a bright spring morning. As you blow out your candle, imagine a garden in the Mount of Olives, a place named Gethsemane and it is dusk, the day is ending. You may like to walk out into your own garden and using your entire senses note the environment around you.

Read Luke 22.39-46

 

If you were one of the disciples there with Jesus and you had fallen asleep after Jesus asked you to pray, how would that feel? Do you find it easy to pray? What kind of things do you pray about? Have you ever fallen asleep when you were meant to be praying? Would you have fallen asleep if your friend was as troubled as Jesus was?

Let us pray -

Holy God, open our hearts and minds to prayer.
Enable us to stay attentive to your call. Compassionate to others. 
Keep us awake and alert to your presence always even when we are tired or distressed. Amen

Read Luke 22. 47- 65.

 

Finish by contemplating that evening long ago and yet here tonight, end praying the Lord’s Prayer.


YOUR SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT 3               EXTRA EXTRA…

 Dear friends,

There has been so much to share with you this week that we have added something extra for our email contacts…

GIGGLE OR GROAN?

Rev Jacky Goaten shared this with us…



Rev Sarah Fegredo is sharing this with Hugglescote Community Church. We thought you might like the opportunity to create you own Easter Garden to

Do enjoy this HOPE magazine and share the link with a friend who may enjoy it too. 

The Hope for All magazine is available to share online – visit hopeinfo.org.uk


Sunday 12th April 2020 – Charity Hamilton 

This short act of Easter worship has been produced for you if you are unable to attend church. If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you.



Call to Worship: Christ is risen, he is risen indeed alleluia!  

Hymn: Christ the Lord is Risen today (Singing the Faith 298 or 193HP)

Christ the Lord is risen today,

                  Alleluia!

Sons of men and angels say:

Raise your joys and triumphs high:

Sing ye heavens; thou earth, reply:

 

Love's redeeming work is done,

Fought the fight, the battle won;

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal:

Christ hath burst the gates of hell:

 

Lives again our glorious King:

Where, O death, is now thy sting?

Once he died our souls to save;

Where's thy victory, boasting grave?

 

Soar we now where Christ hath led,

Following our exalted Head;

Made like him, like hi we rise;

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

 

King of Glory! Soul of bliss!

Everlasting life is this,

Thee to know, thy power to prove,

Thus to sing, and thus to love:

 

Let us pray together

Resurrection God, you offer life overcoming death, love overcoming emptiness, light overcoming darkness.

I give you thanks for the hundred small and powerful ways I experience resurrection every day.

 

Thank you for Jesus, who shows us how to live as a resurrection people, living defiant and in resistance to death.

 

For those times when I have failed to challenge the things of death, the political systems, relationships, selfish desires, I’m sorry.

 

For those times when I have failed to resist death and ignored your call to live the life I am gifted, I’m sorry.

 

I trust that you forgive me, I hear your forgiveness intertwined with your call to me to live the life I am gifted, and I trust that you are merciful in all ways. Amen.

 

Read Today’s Gospel Reading: John 20:1-18

Time to Reflect

Take a moment to think about:

The Easter story is one that is familiar to us, we know it so well but how do we live it? How do we live as resurrection, Easter Day people, the whole year round?

We are surrounded by death, and we are called to live as resurrection, Easter day people in the midst of death, how is that possible? How do we do that?

Easter isn’t just “happy”. Easter is much more powerful than happiness. Easter isn’t safe. Saying ‘Alleluia’ isn’t a passing pleasantry. Easter is the big shout of protest to all that is death. Easter is a defiant act against all that has tried to suppress life.

Easter is black Americans chanting “I can’t breathe” whilst those with white privilege often become deaf. Still they chant attempting to dispel death. That is Easter, it’s angry.

Easter is a young journalist from Northern Ireland, shot dead by terrorists but whose message of inclusion for the LGBTQI+ community continues to echo after her death. That is Easter, it is passionate.

Easter is the force of climate change protestors, trying to alert us all to the climate catastrophe about to happen, being arrested in their pursuit of the truth. That is Easter, it recognises truth. Truth is life.

Easter is the welcome we offer refugees who leave behind their home, fleeing violence and conflict for the increasing hatred and far right politic of the west. That is Easter, it is the love of welcome.

Easter is throwing off the grave clothes of death, not in a pretty delicate fashion but with power, with force, with strength. Easter is life beyond the things of death amidst the things of death.

It’s Easter, it is triumphant, it is victorious, it is persistent, it is angry, passionate, truth, life and love.

While I was ill, I claimed a phrase as my own and it was ‘live the life you are gifted’. By that I mean, whatever life you have - really live it,

So at Easter we talk about life winning over death, light over darkness, hope over despair. I invite you to really think about that life that you have been gifted, with whatever limitations you might have, and really embrace it, really live it. Resurrection is living the life you are gifted in the face of death.

We experience resurrection in a hundred small and powerful ways every day. And it all begins when we commit ourselves to live the life we are gifted as a form of strong resistance to death.

To live the life we are gifted as resurrection people, as an act of radical resistance to death.

Take a time to sit quietly and think.

A time of prayer

Resurrection God I bring before you now my hopes, desires, needs and concerns and I trust that you hear me and help me.

For your church, a people of resurrection; frightened, weary, hopeful – may we all know your love empowering us to live the life we are gifted.

 

For your world, a people and creation; frightened, weary, determined – may we all know your love empowering us to live the life we are gifted.

 

For your vulnerable ones, the sick, the grieving, the isolated; frightened, weary, loved – may we all know your love empowering us to live the life we are gifted.

I especially want to pray for …..

 

Resurrection God,

These are my prayers, our hopes, concerns, desires and needs and I trust that you hear me and will help me, help me to be your hands, your feet, your voice in all those situations and with all those people who need to know your gift of life. Amen.

 

Our Father ……

 

Hymn: Thine be the Glory Singing the Faith 313 or 212HP

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,

Endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won,

Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

Kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay:

 

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,

Endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won.

 

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;

Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;

Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,

For her Lord now liveth, death hast lost its sting;

 

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,

Endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won.

 

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;

Life is nought without thee, aid us in our strife;

Make us more than conquerors through thy deathless love;

Bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above;

 

A prayer of blessing

May you know life rising from the death,

May you know hope rising from the pain,

May you know light rising from the darkness,

May you know and live love,

May you know and live the life you are gifted.  Amen

John 20: 1 – 18: The Resurrection of Jesus

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look[a] into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew,[b] “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her



 
 
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