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'People united on a pilgrimage'

Welcome to Guiseley Methodist Church.  On this website you will discover a range of activities and reflections connected with the church and our faith. 

Guiseley Methodist Church is a group of people from different backgrounds and cultures with differing ideas and perspectives.  We are joined together through our love of God revealed in Jesus Christ and a desire to serve and share God’s love in the world today.  We believe all are welcome. 

If you wish to join us as we continue to explore God’s way and how we live out our lives in the world today you are very welcome. All are welcome to share in worship.  Likewise if you wish to find out more or simply want to ask a question you are very welcome.  Come along or you can use the contact page to get in touch.


Guiseley Methodist Church • October 2020

Dear friends:
There is online worship on the 25th October  at 10.30am - contact Ian Williams for details  iandrwilliams@hotmail.co.uk

With current restrictions on public gatherings, arrangements for Remembrance Sunday (8th Nov) will be different from usual.   Our 10.30am service will be led by Rev Cayte Norman and will include observing the two minute silence in church.

If you’ve not joined a Zoom service yet, why not give it a try? After the service you have the option of staying on to chat with others in your church group. With Zoom you can join or leave at any time without causing any disruption to others.

SERVICES IN NOVEMBER
Sunday 1st November led by Lindsey Hurst
Sunday 8th November (Remembrance Sunday) led by Rev Cayte Norman
Sunday 15th November led by Pauline Tate
Sunday 22nd November (Communion) led by Rev Roger Smith
Sunday 29th November (Advent Sunday) online via Zoom
All services at 10.30am, face coverings to be worn in church. To enable social distancing, numbers are restricted in church so it is essential to book your place on 01943 874735 or roger.smith@methodist.org.uk

. Places are available at all November services as single seats or for two people from the same household or 'bubble' sitting together.

Roger


What do you see?
Leaves that have done their job or beautiful colours of autumn?
What do you feel?
A spiky shell or a silky smooth conker?
What do you hear?
Crackling under foot or the fun and laughter of children playing games?
What do you see?
The detritus of autumn to be swept away or food for squirrels and the soil?
What do you sense?
Peace and tranquillity or the changing season?
What’s in your heart?
The hope contained in a seed or dismay at the harm we’re doing to God’s creation?
What do you see?
An ending or a beginning?
Jesus said, ‘Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.’
[Photo & words by Roger Smith with Guiseley Methodist congregation – October 2019]


Psalm 23 for our times
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not panic buy.
He makes me self-isolate in quietness.
He leads me to see that supplies are flowing all the time.
He calms me down.
He helps me to do the right thing and think of others.
Even though Covid 19 is all around
I shan’t be scared,
For you are with me.
You lead and guide me, you’ve got this.
That comforts me.
Your presence and generous love are like a banquet
In a time of hardship.
You pour out over me assurance
That I am your beloved child
And that is more than enough.
For the rest of my life I know
I can trust that your goodness and mercy will never fail.
It’s who you are.
And I’m discovering
That even though church might be closed,
I will always be in “your house”,
Because you never leave me
And I can worship you – everywhere.
(Vivien Pitts)


GUISELEY METHODIST CHURCH MAILING
Rev Roger Smith (Minister) roger.smith@methodist.org.uk 01943 874735
Mrs Rosemary Williams (Pastoral Secretary) rawilliams1942@outlook.com 01943 871048

If you’d like to keep using online worship material, go to the Circuit website or search YouTube for ‘Guiseley Methodist Church’ and you’ll find all the videos recorded over the past months.  You might like to re-watch one or see one you missed.  I know some people are doing this and finding it helpful.

This new hymn has been written for ‘the first service at which hymns are sung aloud following the Covid lockdown of 2020’ – none of us knows when that will be!  But you can use the words at home – as a hymn or as a prayer.  The hymnwriter suggests the tune Abbot’s Leigh (the set tune for ‘Lord thy church on earth is seeking’) or it could be sung prayerfully to ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’

Loving God, we come before you

glad to offer praise in song,

thankful for the many mercies

you have shown us all along.

Months of social isolation

have not parted us from you,

and in every situation

grace and love have led us through.

 

Yet so many struggle daily,

so we ask you, Lord, to bless

all the sick, the sad, the lonely,

all who suffer pain and stress,

all who mourn the loss of loved ones,

all whose loads are hard to bear,

and all those whose calm compassion

comforts those for whom they care.

 

Father, send the world your healing;

guide and strengthen us, we pray,

so that we may keep revealing

something of your love each day.

Whether facing sin or virus,

and despite what time may bring,

we shall ask you to inspire us,

trusting you for everything.

Words: Ben Batten, Chesham Methodist Church, 2020

 

 

WHAT'S NEW


NEWS

 

CHURCH RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (as at Monday 23rd March 2020,  4.00pm)

 

Church Treasurer's letter


Please remember to continue to support the food banks - they are especially in need of goods for distribution during this difficult time


Worship at home

 

Light a candle and say a prayer at 7.00pm on Sunday

 

Click here for more 'Worship at home' options suggested by the Circuit

and https://www.burleymethodist.org/sermons

 


GMC Contacts

Minister: 

01943 874735

Deacon:

0113 250 9805

General enquiries to:

info@guiseleymethodistchurch.co.uk


Minutes of Guiseley Meetings

Guiseley Church Council Minutes- 27th February 2020

Guiseley Church AGM Minutes: 5th May 2019

  


Wharfedale & Aireborough Circuit  

For more information, and a copy of the latest news-sheet 'Viewpoint'.

visit the Circuit website:

http://www.wandamethodists.org.uk


World Mission Fund - 5th October 2020

On behalf fo the World Mission Fund, I would like to thank all those who have given generously this year (Sept 2019 to August 2020).  A total of over £3,000 was collected which was an increase from the previous year. Despite the difficulty of collecting this year, we managed it one way or another and I got round to see most of you.  Thank you for the support both in money giving and your prayers for the ongoing work of World Mission.

Catherine Mouncey


A prayer for our times

We thought we knew how the world was meant to be.

Day followed night, every week had a Sunday

and that was the day for church.

How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

 

We thought we knew how the world was meant to be.

We made our plans, held our meetings,

kept the roof on the church and the show on the road.

How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

 

 We thought we knew how the world was meant to be.

We would see colleagues, friends and loved ones again,
and we would embrace, laugh and share stories as we always have.

How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

 

And now, we know something new.

We know that the world is not ours to control,

and that our plans are confounded by the smallest microbe.

God is teaching us a new song, for a new land.

 

And now, we know something new.

We know that church is not committees, agendas and buildings,

it is us, in homes, streets, hospitals throughout the world.

God is teaching us a new song, for a new land.

 

And now, we know something new.

We only have today with those we love, today is the day

to say, ‘I love you’, to mend an argument, to hold on tight.

God is teaching us a new song, for a new land.

 

All good gifts around us

are sent from heaven above;

then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,

for all his love.

(StF 130)

Flo Porter-Brown has drawn a lovely harvest picture for us.  Her first idea was to have God at the top showering us with his good gifts.  That seemed a bit hard so she settled on the rainbow, a symbol which took on extra meaning during lockdown.

Flo’s mum, Lorette, comments that the picture shows nature but also reminds us of the people who bring God’s harvest gifts to us in the shops, which lockdown has shown us are also a gift from God which we also need to be thankful for.

Pause for a moment and thank God for all the ways in which you receive God’s harvest and all the people who bring it to you.

And when we’ve given thanks for God’s good gifts to us then we have to shift our focus onto those in urgent need of those gifts.  Over the summer Marcus Rashford drew our attention to children in this country in need of food vouchers.  When we look around the world we see the poorest people hit hardest by impact of Covid-19.

At harvest time, we rededicate ourselves to sharing God’s good gifts.

Roger.

 

     

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