Circuit Communication Page

17/10/2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers

The uncertainties of Covid continue to cause difficulties within our local churches in terms of what is the best course of action irrespective of what the world or other churches are doing.  Once again I ask us all to be both graceful and careful in acknowledging that we are not only protecting ourselves but also those around us.   And I also thank all those who steward and guide folk entering our buildings and services.

 

We move forward seeking to put all that we do before God in prayer and trusting that the Holy Spirit goes before us.

 

Circuit Notices

Family Star Gazing with Martyn Filsak 
All are welcome to this special opportunity to explore the amazing nature of the Universe.  Saturday 16th October at 7.30pm at Kingswinford Methodist Church.  Please book via:  mailto:cafvos@outlook.com
 
Providence Methodist Church Monday Fellowship is restarting 
Please see the attached flyer for details

 

United Lye welcome all to a special service on Nov 7th where they will be supporting the shoe box appeal (Samaritan’s Purse).   Lye is a collection hub for boxes and other churches are welcome to contribute.

 

Circuit Ramblers - good for body mind and spirit...

You are invited to join us once a month for a walk of approx. 1 hour

SATURDAYS 
13th November 10am Himley Hall
11th December 10am Kinver Community Centre
8th January 10am Collis Street Car Park, Stourbridge
Suggested donation of £1 per person for the Paul Ackrill Fund = Helping young people fighting cancer.

Walk / Charity details from Jacqueline Hill 01384 375126 Or Margaret Stevens 01384 622080 mobile 07986 566134 

Please note if a walk is cancelled or a start point changed, every endeavour will be made to let people know, but someone will go to the original venue in case anyone turns up.

 

 

I imagine there may be other groups like this restarting - please let Elaine know and we can advertise those groups here...
 
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Online services
Our weekly online service (see links below) will available on Sunday mornings and will be either be a pre-recorded service based on the full text for that week or a live-streamed service from one of the churches around the circuit.  This service will stay on VOSWorship for the rest of the following week as normal.
 
Online ‘Coffee’
Coffeeroom1 will be open from 7pm each Sunday evening – you can click on the link above the service on VOSWorship or use this link: https://church.valeofstour.org.uk/coffeeroom1  
Remember that if you are on a phone or tablet you will need the Jitsi App to make this work – if you have problems please get in touch with any of the Staff team who will be able to point you in the direction of someone who can help you.

For anyone unable to attend church or access online services 
we attach a full text version of a service for you to use at home.  


Every blessing
Rev Alan Combes

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ONLINE Service for Sunday 17th October 

Live-streamed from Kinver led by Rev Peter Clarke

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The most recent Live stream service can always be found here:
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/live/vosworship
 
All previous live-streamed and recorded services can be found on the Circuit Website Virtual Player: 
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/player

 

Elaine Panchal

Circuit Administrator

 

##From Wednesday 1st September##

 

Working from the Circuit Office - Monday/Tuesday/Thursday -01384 442718

Working from home - Wednesday/Friday - 07712 332075

 

 

Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit Office

New Road Methodist Church

New Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1PA

 

 

Tel: 01384 442718               www.valeofstour.org.uk

 

10/10/2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers

As Christians we should always be drawn to a global view because we are all interconnected.  And even when some of the challenges we read about seem overwhelming we are still called to pray.  So today we remember in particular the tensions between China and Taiwan where we pray for peace.  We pray especially for climate change - that governments and corporations will put aside self interest and greed in order to tackle this issue properly and protect the world's children and grandchildren.   And we pray for all those who have been subject to abuse, neglect, violence or marginalisation.  May we together build a better global society.

 

CLT Away

This week from Thursday to Saturday the circuit leadership team will be away on retreat together.  Please pray for us.  Should there be an emergency you can call the circuit mobile phone which we will check: 07712 332075.

 

A Small Correction to the Preaching Plan

You may have already seen that Remembrance is shown as Nov 7th when it should be marked as the 14th.  Preachers please note - thank you.


Hosting a Youth for Christ Volunteer - Can you help?
Joy Clarke - a friend of mine from Youth for Christ - is seeking some local folk who have a heart for hospitality and a spare room and so might be willing to host one or two 18 year-old Christian youth work volunteers for 6months or a year.  YFC contribute £60/month towards their food costs.  Please pray about this and be bold.  For more details contact Joy direct at:
joy.clark@yfc.co.uk
 
Family Star Gazing with Martyn Filsak 
All are welcome to this special opportunity to explore the amazing nature of the Universe.  Saturday 16th October at 7.30pm at Kingswinford Methodist Church.  Please book via:  
mailto:cafvos@outlook.com


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Online services
Our weekly online service (see links below) will available on Sunday mornings and will be either be a pre-recorded service based on the full text for that week or a live-streamed service from one of the churches around the circuit.  This service will stay on VOSWorship for the rest of the following week as normal.
 
Online ‘Coffee’
Coffeeroom1 will be open from 7pm each Sunday evening – you can click on the link above the service on VOSWorship or use this link: https://church.valeofstour.org.uk/coffeeroom1  
Remember that if you are on a phone or tablet you will need the Jitsi App to make this work – if you have problems please get in touch with any of the Staff team who will be able to point you in the direction of someone who can help you.

For anyone unable to attend church or access online services we attach a full text version of a service for you to use at home.  


Every blessing
Rev Alan Combes

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ONLINE Service for Sunday 10th October 
Led by Jill Martin

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The most recent Live stream service can always be found here:
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/live/vosworship
 
All previous live-streamed and recorded services can be found on the Circuit Website Virtual Player: 
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/player

 

Elaine Panchal

Circuit Administrator

 

##From Wednesday 1st September##

 

Working from the Circuit Office - Monday/Tuesday/Thursday -01384 442718

Working from home - Wednesday/Friday - 07712 332075

 

 

Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit Office

New Road Methodist Church

New Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1PA

 

 

Tel: 01384 442718               www.valeofstour.org.uk



03/10/2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers


Hosting a Youth for Christ Volunteer - Can you help?
Joy Clarke - a friend of mine from Youth for Christ - is seeking some local folk who have a heart for hospitality and a spare room and so might be willing to host one or two 18 year-old Christian youth work volunteers for 6months or a year.  YFC contribute £60/month towards their food costs.  Please pray about this and be bold.  For more details contact Joy direct at:

joy.clark@yfc.co.uk

 

Sue Worthington
A reminder that Sue Worthington’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 6th October at 1.30pm at Kingswinford Methodist Church followed by the committal at Stourbridge Crem at 2.50 and refreshments at Hagley Golf Club from 4pm.  
NOTE that safe spaced overflow seating will be provided in the main hall - so all who wish to come can attend this service safely.  Please remember Rod and Sue’s family in your prayers at this sad time.

Other Dates for your Diary

 

Family Star Gazing with Martyn Filsak 
All are welcome to this special opportunity to explore the amazing nature of the Universe.  Saturday 16th October at 7.30pm at Kingswinford Methodist Church.  Please book via:  
mailto:cafvos@outlook.com
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Online services
Our weekly online service (see links below) will available on Sunday mornings and will be either be a pre-recorded service based on the full text for that week or a live-streamed service from one of the churches around the circuit.  This service will stay on VOSWorship for the rest of the following week as normal.
 
Online ‘Coffee’
Coffeeroom1 will be open from 7pm each Sunday evening – you can click on the link above the service on VOSWorship or use this link: https://church.valeofstour.org.uk/coffeeroom1  
Remember that if you are on a phone or tablet you will need the Jitsi App to make this work – if you have problems please get in touch with any of the Staff team who will be able to point you in the direction of someone who can help you.

For anyone unable to attend church or access online services we attach a full text version of a service for you to use at home.  


Every blessing
Rev Alan Combes

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ONLINE Service for Sunday 3rd October 
Led by Martyn Filsak

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The most recent Live stream service can always be found here:
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/live/vosworship
 
All previous live-streamed and recorded services can be found on the Circuit Website Virtual Player: 
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/player

 

Elaine Panchal

Circuit Administrator

 

##From Wednesday 1st September##

 

Working from the Circuit Office - Monday/Tuesday/Thursday -01384 442718

Working from home - Wednesday/Friday - 07712 332075

 

 

Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit Office

New Road Methodist Church

New Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1PA

 

 

Tel: 01384 442718               www.valeofstour.org.uk

 

The Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit is committed to ensuring the security and protection of any personal information that we may receive from you and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection. If you have any questions related to our GDPR compliance, please contact our Circuit Office on 01384 442718

26/09/2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers

The beginning of the new year brings news of circuit life…

Rev Michael’s Re-Invitation
I am delighted to report that following the circuit meeting Rev Michael has been re-invited for a further five years from Summer 2022 onwards.  We give thanks for his and Anita’s continued ministry amongst us. 

Action For Children
Following many years we have been grateful to Olwyn Dimmock for leading the circuit in this area and we are very grateful to Claire Biggs who has offered to take the lead moving forwards.

Family Star Gazing with Martyn Filsak 
All are welcome to this special opportunity to explore the amazing nature of the Universe.  Saturday 16th October at 7.30pm at Kingswinford Methodist Church.  Please book via:  
mailto:cafvos@outlook.com

Sue Worthington
Following my sad message of last week I now confirm that the funeral of Sue Worthington will be held on Wednesday 6th October at 1.30pm at Kingswinford Methodist Church followed by the committal at Stourbridge Crem at 2.50 and refreshments at Hagley Golf Club from 4pm.  

NOTE that safe spaced overflow seating will be provided in the main hall - so all who wish to come can attend this service safely.

 

Please remember Rod and Sue’s family in your prayers at this sad time.

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Online services
Our weekly online service (see links below) will available on Sunday mornings and will be either be a pre-recorded service based on the full text for that week or a live-streamed service from one of the churches around the circuit.  This service will stay on VOSWorship for the rest of the following week as normal.

For anyone unable to attend church or access online services we attach a full text version of a service for you to use at home.  


Every blessing
Rev Alan Combes

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ONLINE Service for Sunday 26th September 
Led by Rev Alan Combes

——————————————————————————— 
  
The most recent Live stream service can always be found here:
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/live/vosworship
 
All previous live-streamed and recorded services can be found on the Circuit Website Virtual Player: 
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/player

 

Elaine Panchal

Circuit Administrator

 


##From Wednesday 1st September##

 

Working from the Circuit Office - Monday/Tuesday/Thursday -01384 442718

Working from home - Wednesday/Friday - 07712 332075

 

 

Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit Office

New Road Methodist Church

New Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1PA

 

 

Tel: 01384 442718               www.valeofstour.org.uk



19/09/2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers
It is with great sadness that I bring the news to you of the sudden and unexpected passing of Sue Worthington - a faithful and longstanding member of Kingswinford but also a servant of church and circuit, most recently as part of the circuit safeguarding training team.  In particular we hold Rod and Sue’s two brothers in our prayers and all those who knew, loved and worked with Sue.

Her passing is a tough reminder of the fragility of life and how important it is that we seek to love one another fully and make the most of each day we have.  I know that many others across the circuit have lost loved ones in difficult circumstances and so as we pray for her and her family, so we remember all those who mourn.  

Together may we hold onto the Good News of our faith that death is not the end and that God in Christ travels with us in this life and has won the victory that assures our journey to the next.  This is a mystery to us now but still we give thanks in faith.

May God bless you all and may you know the peace of God’s presence this night.
Rev Alan

For all the saints who from their labours rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be for ever blest:
Alleluia, alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou in the darkness still their one true light:
Alleluia, alleluia!


William Walsham How (1823-97)
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Please also note:

Our Ongoing Support of Online Services
Now we have moved to online morning services there is no official online ‘coffee after service’.  So we are trialling a circuit online ‘coffee room’ in CoffeeRoom1 on Sundays at 7pm for those who would like to continue to meet for fellowship in this way.  You will still be able to use the buttons at the top of the window where you watch the livestreamed service each week to access this online ‘room’.
 

From Rev Josephine...
Good News Paper - Read-Inspire-Pass On
It includes some amazing and recent testimonies, information and jokes. The goal is to bring people to Jesus through you. Why not get a copy (free gift from God)? Read and be inspired and then pass it on to another person to read and be inspired and pass-on. Please arrange pick up from Josephine Soon. 
 
New Church Year - start a new more missional journey with us?
Do you want to experience the joy of making disciples? Join us to embark on this new journey this new Connexion year.
You could offer your experience with Alpha Course, join us to make more disciples. 
Why not join our first refreshing and training session to become Alpha Helpers? 
Date: 8th September 2021 at 7pm. Please contact Josephine Soon for more details.
 
Make disciples of Jesus
You could write to us of your own experience of God, church life, faith or even your thought after you have read the Good News Paper. With the intention to attract others to come closer to Jesus. Please email or post to Josephine Soon.
 
Discussion Church
You are welcome to bring friends and family who do not yet have the personal relationship with Jesus to join our Friday Discussion Church at Wesley from 1st October 2021 from 1.30pm. No Preaching - No Singing - We offer non-stop drinks & snacks, sometimes lunch on offer too!
 
Revd. Josephine Soon 孙秀文牧师
Serving in the Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit (28/5)
Contact 联系: 01384 821854
Day Off 休息日: Saturday 周六
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Covid Continues
We continue to wrestle with how our worship and church life should be as Covid continues.  I have been reminded that many folk are still vulnerable and feel nervous so please be sensitive especially in asking permission before hugging or touching anyone.  
  
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Online services
Our weekly online service (see links below) will available on Sunday mornings and will be either be a pre-recorded service based on the full text for that week or a live-streamed service from one of the churches around the circuit.  This service will stay on VOSWorship for the rest of the following week as normal.
For anyone unable to attend church or access online services we attach a full text version of a service for you to use at home.  


Every blessing
Rev Alan Combes

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ONLINE Service for Sunday 19th September 
Led by Rev Peter Clarke live from Kinver

——————————————————————————— 
  
The most recent Live stream service can always be found here:
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/live/vosworship
 
All previous live-streamed and recorded services can be found on the Circuit Website Virtual Player: 
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/player


Elaine Panchal

Circuit Administrator

 

##From Wednesday 1st September##


Working from the Circuit Office - Monday/Tuesday/Thursday -01384 442718

Working from home - Wednesday/Friday - 07712 332075


 

Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit Office

New Road Methodist Church

New Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1PA

 

 

Tel: 01384 442718               www.valeofstour.org.uk

 

12/09/2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers
 
We continue to pray this week for Afghanistan - especially for the rights and freedoms of women who live and work there.   We also hold in prayer the effectiveness of the Covid Vaccines as we enter the Autumn.  We pray that community life will continue to be safe and stable…

Have a safe and blessed week.

From Rev Josephine...
Good News Paper - Read-Inspire-Pass On
It includes some amazing and recent testimonies, information and jokes. The goal is to bring people to Jesus through you. Why not get a copy (free gift from God)? Read and be inspired and then pass it on to another person to read and be inspired and pass-on. Please arrange pick up from Josephine Soon. 
 
New Church Year - start a new more missional journey with us?
Do you want to experience the joy of making disciples? Join us to embark on this new journey this new Connexion year.
You could offer your experience with Alpha Course, join us to make more disciples. 
Why not join our first refreshing and training session to become Alpha Helpers? 
Date: 8th September 2021 at 7pm. Please contact Josephine Soon for more details.
 
Make disciples of Jesus
You could write to us of your own experience of God, church life, faith or even your thought after you have read the Good News Paper. With the intention to attract others to come closer to Jesus. Please email or post to Josephine Soon.
 
Discussion Church
You are welcome to bring friends and family who do not yet have the personal relationship with Jesus to join our Friday Discussion Church at Wesley from 1st October 2021 from 1.30pm. No Preaching - No Singing - We offer non-stop drinks & snacks, sometimes lunch on offer too!
 
Revd. Josephine Soon 孙秀文牧师
Serving in the Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit (28/5)
Contact 联系: 01384 821854
Day Off 休息日: Saturday 周六
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Covid Continues
We continue to wrestle with how our worship and church life should be as Covid continues.  I have been reminded that many folk are still vulnerable and feel nervous so please be sensitive especially in asking permission before hugging or touching anyone.  
  
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Online services
Our weekly online service (see links below) will available on Sunday mornings and will be either be a pre-recorded service based on the full text for that week or a live-streamed service from one of the churches around the circuit.  This service will stay on VOSWorship for the rest of the following week as normal.
For anyone unable to attend church or access online services we attach a full text version of a service for you to use at home.  


Every blessing
Rev Alan Combes

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ONLINE Service for Sunday 12th September 
Led by Rev Helen Croft

——————————————————————————— 
  
The most recent Live stream service can always be found here:
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/live/vosworship
 
All previous live-streamed and recorded services can be found on the Circuit Website Virtual Player: 
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/player


Elaine Panchal

Circuit Administrator

 

##From Wednesday 1st September##


Working from the Circuit Office - Monday/Tuesday/Thursday -01384 442718

Working from home - Wednesday/Friday - 07712 332075


 

Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit Office

New Road Methodist Church

New Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1PA

 

 

Tel: 01384 442718               www.valeofstour.org.uk

 

04/09/2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers

We look forward to seeing some of you at Brierley Hill on Sunday from 4pm for our circuit tea and service.  The first circuit physical gathering since Covid began.

Our message this morning comes from Rev Josephine
 
Good News Paper - Read-Inspire-Pass On
It includes some amazing and recent testimonies, information and jokes. The goal is to bring people to Jesus through you. Why not get a copy (free gift from God)? Read and be inspired and then pass it on to another person to read and be inspired and pass-on. Please arrange pick up from Josephine Soon. 
 
New Church Year - start a new more missional journey with us?
Do you want to experience the joy of making disciples? Join us to embark on this new journey this new Connexion year.
You could offer your experience with Alpha Course, join us to make more disciples. 
Why not join our first refreshing and training session to become Alpha Helpers? 
Date: 8th September 2021 at 7pm. Please contact Josephine Soon for more details.
 
Make disciples of Jesus
You could write to us of your own experience of God, church life, faith or even your thought after you have read the Good News Paper. With the intention to attract others to come closer to Jesus. Please email or post to Josephine Soon.
 
Discussion Church
You are welcome to bring friends and family who do not yet have the personal relationship with Jesus to join our Friday Discussion Church at Wesley from 1st October 2021 from 1.30pm. No Preaching - No Singing - We offer non-stop drinks & snacks, sometimes lunch on offer too!

Revd. Josephine Soon 孙秀文牧师
Serving in the Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit (28/5)
Contact 联系: 01384 821854
Day Off 休息日: Saturday 周六

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Covid Continues
We continue to wrestle with how our worship and church life should be as Covid continues.  I have been reminded that many folk are still vulnerable and feel nervous so please be sensitive especially in asking permission before hugging or touching anyone.  
  
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Circuit Thanksgiving Gathering and Service - Brierley Hill 
An opportunity for us to gather for the first time in over 18 months.
Sunday 5th September at 4pm at Brierley Hill Methodist Church.  Starting with tea and cake followed by a circuit service at 5.15pm.  The front rows of the church will allow normal seating but some at the back will be set up for safe spaced seating.  
 
Online services
From this coming weekend, our weekly online service (see links below) will available on Sunday mornings and will be either be a pre-recorded service based on the full text for that week or a live-streamed service from one of the churches around the circuit.  This service will stay on VOSWorship for the rest of the following week as normal.
For anyone unable to attend church or access online services we attach a full text version of a service for you to use at home.  


Every blessing
Rev Alan Combes

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ONLINE Service for Sunday 5th September 
Led by Megan Ashmore

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The most recent Live stream service can always be found here:
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/live/vosworship
 
All previous live-streamed and recorded services can be found on the Circuit Website Virtual Player: 
https://www.valeofstour.org.uk/virtual-church/player


Elaine Panchal

Circuit Administrator

 

##From Wednesday 1st September##


Working from the Circuit Office - Monday/Tuesday/Thursday -01384 442718

Working from home - Wednesday/Friday - 07712 332075


 

Vale of Stour Methodist Circuit Office

New Road Methodist Church

New Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1PA

 

 

Tel: 01384 442718               www.valeofstour.org.uk