Rev Alan Bradley’s Letter (Sept 2021)

Isaiah 43:1 : ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; have called you by name, you are mine.’ (NRSV)

Dear friends,
I hope you have all had a good summer and, like myself, are looking forward to the new church and academic year.
At KMC we are able to take the next steps in opening up, with more opportunities for worship, fellowship and
discipleship in the months to come; and I am particularly excited to see the church opening its doors for Jolly Tots each Wednesday,
the return of our Friendship Café on a Friday and KidZone on a Sunday morning.

The church building at KMC has felt empty over the last year as we have adapted to church being online and in our homes,
or meeting on the Town Moor. ……..all things that I hope we will not lose sight of as we begin to come back into the building.

However, we have a wonderful suite of premises at KMC, at the heart of our town, and we long for them to be used by the church
and the wider community, to bless people and to be a focal point for God’s love in Knutsford.

A Place for All.
The Methodist Prayer handbook this year comes with the apt title for our church ‘A Place for All.’ There is something within our
Methodist identity that recognises that the love of God is for all people, younger and older, all genders, all races, all identities…
God’s love is universal……..a theme often reflected in the hymn writing of Charles Wesley.
As in StF 358 ‘Let heaven and earth agree’, where Wesley brings the hymn to an end with the wonderful proclamation:
‘For all my Lord was crucified, for all, for all my Saviour died.’ We hope that KMC will equally proclaim, through our
sharing of God’s love, through our pastoral care and welcome, that this place is a place where all can discover the grace and call of
God on their life and all can grow in the experience of God’s love for them in Jesus.

A Place for Worship.
During this month we have some wonderful opportunities to welcome one another back to church. We will still be worshipping together
on a Sunday at 10am and on the 5th September we will be dedicating our Sunday club leaders and helpers, as KidZone launches.
Also, on that Sunday, we will be having a Circuit Service at Alderley Edge Methodist Church to begin the new church year and
commit ourselves to growing together.
On Sunday 12th September we will sadly be saying farewell to Brad and Rosie, whose year with us, leading our youthwork, is coming to an end.
We will be praying for them as they move on to the next phase of their ministry.
In addition to our morning worship, we also have a new monthly service entitled ‘Oasis’; a time of worship and Holy Communion where we can simply
be with God and in our deepest point of need receive, from Jesus, healing and wholeness.
And on the last Sunday of the month we will be hosting our first after lockdown CAMEO, 3.30pm on 26th September; with tea, coffee, scones and an
opportunity to worship together with our favourite hymns.
If that was not enough to be going on with, we will also be opening our doors on a Thursday lunchtime for a short communion service.
We hope that you will feel welcome at all these services and may even feel encouraged to invite others to come and find that KMC is a place for
them as well.
With every blessing,
Rev. Alan Bradley