KMC Weekly Newsletter — Friday 12th June

Services on Sunday 14 June 2020:
KIDZONE service available from 9.45 am, followed by Sunday Morning Worship 10 am on our website www.kmc.org.uk

Following the Morning Worship please join us at 10.30am in ‘The KMC Coffee Lounge’ from the comfort of your own front room for a Zoom meeting.

This Sunday’s Service is Week 2 of Bible month, with Richard Cussons as our preacher, Ann Dodgson reading, Paula Lambe giving a testimony and our worship team.

The Sunday Coffee Lounge this week will be hosted by Phil and Judy Bland, so you can enjoy one of Judy’s VIRTUAL cakes with your coffee! (I hope its coffee cake!)

KMC is now on You Tube! Search for KMC and you will find past services and songs from our worship group.

v Virtual Bible Study with Rob will continue on Tuesday 23th June 7pm using Zoom ID as above.

v Re opening of Churches for private prayer:
At the present time KMC will remain closed to all.
If you are a key holder PLEASE DO NOT ENTER without the permission of either Rob or Amanda.

We are working to prepare all the necessary risk assessments, signage and cleaning prior to re-opening and it is likely to be September at the earliest before we can do so safely.

In the meantime the link shows an amusing video of what the ‘Post Lockdown’ look of the Church might be! https://youtu.be/fIfItkvCVfA

Stay safe and keep well everyone. Rob

v Congratulations:

We give thanks for the safe arrival of Esther Joy Stanton 9lb 4oz on 10th June to Sarah and Neal Stanton, as we congratulate them and the boys.

And to Nana Jean and Grandpa Colin Bowman on the birth of their first grandchild Spencer George Ernest Bowman to, as we congratulate Harvey and Alexandra Bowman.

v Bible Month 2020 invites churches and individuals to engage with the Book of Ruth over a four week period. This event is now hosted by LWPT, with the Methodist Church continuing as a key partner. For information on Bible Month, visit

http://www.preachweb.org/biblemonth

v Circuit Youth: Rev Scott Manning is hosting a Bible Study group on Mondays at 6.30pm. All teens are welcome to join (Meeting ID 845 745 494 Password 017307).

v HOPE CENTRAL: If you would like to donate money to The Welcome/ Hope Central Food Bank, which can then be spent on the foodstuffs that they are short of in any particular week, please do so via the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1017786&utm_source=extbtn&utm_campaign=donatebtn.

Prayer themes for June

As we continue in isolation, fearing illness even bereavement, unsure about finances and employment and sometimes unable to pray, we thank you Jesus that in our despair, you delight to creep on us. May your presence flood every corner of our lives, and of all who seek You now, bathing us with light and love and joy, despite our present circumstances. Amen.

Prayers for this week

Please pray for all those who are unwell, for those preparing for surgery or receiving treatment and for those going through other significant life events.

We pray for Hannah Webb, Brendan, Liz McGrath, Betty Howes, Kate Walker, Kate Wilkinson, Pete Thompson, Sarah McKechnie, Margaret Rimmer, Alison Maynard, John Preston.
We pray especially this week for Pete Thompson and John Preston, their families and particularly their wives Sal and Jan.
We pray for the family of Maureen Ryder as we prepare for her funeral on Saturday 20th June, especially her children Stephen and Caroline.
We ask for comfort for all who are bereaved at this difficult time and for all who are socially isolated.

We pray for those on our long term prayer list:
John Fitzgibbons, Esther, Johnathan

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Manchester and Stockport District News:

June 14th MHA Sunday:
Message from Kate Le Sueur Head of Chaplaincy MHA: The coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult time in the care of people in later life, especially those living in care homes. Sadly, MHA has not been immune to some of the tragic events that have taken place and we are mourning the deaths of residents, members and colleagues. You may have seen BBC Newsnight on June 3rd, focussing on the work of MHA during the pandemic and highlighting some of the challenges we have faced as we have continued to care for our residents.
We have made a short video to introduce our plans for MHA Sunday on June 14th which you can see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC10l4I1nQc

We hope that as many people as possible will want to join us at 3pm on June 14th, to worship together, to reflect on the impact of coronavirus on our MHA communities and remember all those who have died within MHA and beyond. The service will be streamed at 3pm on Sunday June 14th on YouTube and link will be available at www.mha.org.uk/mhasunday. It will remain on YouTube for viewing afterwards.

We look forward to the time when church buildings are able to reopen for gathered worship and we have offered your Superintendent Ministers, where we have services, the opportunity to have one of our Chaplains lead an MHA Circuit Service later in the year.

Virtual Quiet Days from Chapel in the Fields

27th Jun, 22nd Jul & 11th Aug 10:00-15:15 via Zoom, on “Pondering the Psalms” http://chapelinthefields.org.uk/spirituality-creativity.html Please book by email to: tcitf15@gmail.com

Action for Children Sunday
Every year, Methodists and some other church denominations celebrate Action for Children Sunday on the second Sunday in July. Our staff always look forward to this celebration because it gives us an opportunity to meet and thank our longstanding, faithful supporters.

This year, we expect things to be different due to the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown. Churches have had to replace physical meetings with online worship. Some may not even have the ability to host online services. We understand that and would like to assure you that it is ok if you can’t mark Action for Children Sunday on 12 July. You can pray for us on that day and mark it on a later date.

Our worship resources were ready before the lockdown and I’d like to share them with you: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/resources-and-publications/promotional-materials/resources-for-methodist-fundraisers/ There is a booklet with a service outline, a prayer bookmark and a link to a video about Lyle, one of the children your generosity has helped us to support.

Free online advice for parents https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

Online resources to support children and families. Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) – advice and support brings together a wide range of topics categorised by subject matter and by children’s ages (i.e. 0 to 5 years, 5 to 12 years and 13 years and above). We also offer free and confidential live chat with our parenting coaches.

Action for Children has launched a Coronavirus Emergency Appeal to help provide essentials to the most vulnerable families we support across the UK and those potentially affected in the future.  Thank you.

Black Lives Matter

On Saturday 6th June, a small and safely socially-distanced gathering was held in the centre of Stockport in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gained recent momentum in the USA and across the world since the death of George Floyd at the hands of US police officers.

Organised by the Methodist Church in Stockport, the group, which consisted of Methodists, Lutherans, Anglicans and member of the United Reformed Church stood on the Lancashire Bridge crossing and engaged with passers- by about the reasons for the protest.

Revd Cathy Bird, leader of the Methodist Church in Stockport said, “It has been wonderful to be able to stand in solidarity today with the Black Lives Matters movement. We have been met with a lot of support – people waving from buses and clapping as they walked by and stopping to find out more. Some people who stopped wanted to say, ‘all lives matter’ and of course that is true, but we were able to explain that for centuries, the lives of black people have mattered less in many walks of society. We know that black people are more like to be randomly stopped by police, more likely to suffer physical and verbal abuse as a result of the colour of their skin, paid less for doing the same jobs as white people, more likely to receive unfavourable treatment when applying for jobs or using public services, and little attention has been given to the reasons behind the disproportionate numbers of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people who have died from Covid-19. It’s sad to say that in 2020, in the UK as well as in the USA, racism is still present We are here to say that for too long, in many people’s thoughts, consciously and subconsciously, white lives have mattered most and that must change. The message that black lives matter is one which the UK needs to hear and we are proud to be part of spreading that message in Stockport as we seek to create a genuinely fair and inclusive society.”

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