The CTiW 2017 Pentecost Service of “Creative Evening Worship” will be held on 4 June at Hinde Street Methodist Church. Refreshments at back of church from 5.30pm, and service starts at 6.30pm. Service will be led by Revd Val Reid and Revd Sue Keegan von Allmen. You are invited to join us. Everyone welcome!
The Kreuzkirche (Church of the Cross) is the main Methodist church in Leipzig. Hinde Street Methodist Church is a church in the West London Mission Circuit. We began a twinning relationship with each other in 1986, when a group from Hinde Street, led by Rev. Stuart Jordan, visited Leipzig and stayed with members of the Kreuzkirche. Leipzig was still in the DDR and being a Christian was difficult. For instance access to further and higher education was limited.
The Kreuzkirche (Church of the Cross) is the main Methodist Church in Leipzig. This exchange visit is one of a series of visits between the two churches, initiated by our visit to Leipzig, led by Stuart Jordan in 1986 when Leipzig was still in the DDR and was therefore both innovative and pioneering. We went again in 1990 after the wall had come down in 1989. In 1991 we had the pleasure of entertaining a group from the Kreutzkirche. Since that time there have been a number of exchanges culminating in their visit to us in 2011 and our visit to them in 2013.
We're excited that - very soon now - we will welcome our 'twin' church in Leipzig for another visit to London, continuing a friendship which goes back to a previous time of division in Europe. Now, as then, it's wonderful to share so much we have in common.
We hope everyone at Hinde Street will be involved in some way. Enough people have already kindly offered to host our 30 guests, but we'd greatly appreciate offers of help with other things. And of course the aim is for as many people as possible to meet, explore our wonderful city, worship and celebrate together.
UPDATE: Jonathan Freedland, writer for The Guardian, has confirmed as chair for this event.
In March 2002, Robi Damelin’s son, David, was shot by a Palestinian sniper, he was 28 years old. In January 2007, Bassam Aramin's 10-year-old daughter, Abir, was shot by an Israeli soldier. As a result of their experiences, Robi and Bassam joined The Parents Circle – Families Forum, which is renowned for its work to promote peace and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
Now, on a rare visit to London, Robi and Bassam will address church and synagogue audiences. Join us at Hinde Street Methodist Church to hear Robi and Bassam speak to an interfaith audience.
Food will be served, so please join us in your lunchbreak. Event organised in association with the West London Synagogue.
Date: Wednesday, 10 May
Time: 12:15pm: Kosher sandwich buffet, 12:30pm: Event begins
Venue: Hinde Street Methodist Church
Nearest tube: Bond Street (Central and Jubilee Lines)
Tickets: FREE but must be booked in advance
For the past two years, we’ve had an art exhibition during Holy Week and Easter, and we’d like to do it again!
This year we will use the Stations of the Cross as the focus. The stations of the cross are a traditional exercise, which follow the events of Jesus' last day on earth, usually as a form of pilgrimage, with prayers and meditations at each.
Our version will have fifteen stations. You are invited to illustrate one or more of the stations in any form - sculpture, paintings, photographs, collage, etc.
Reflections of a volunteer at the Haven, a house in North London which provides long-term care for men with alcohol dependency
It was Helen, of course, who introduced me to the Haven. Our dear friend Helen Martyn, in her normal persuasive way, without any hint of compulsion, suggested I had something to offer as a visitor there. The residents were short of things to entertain and interest them. And look, Malcolm, you’ve travelled, you’ve worked in radio… There are tons of things you could talk to them about. You could give talks on current affairs, on Russia, on all those places you’ve visited… Well, it didn’t work out quite like that, but I was grateful to her, and still am, for her encouragement.
I began working with children when I was 14, at Queens Rd. Methodist Church, in Beeston, Notts. It was a large junior church consisting of separate Departments, meeting in different rooms, for Beginners 3-5 years old, primary 5-7, Juniors 7-11, Seniors 11-13 and YPF 14+.
I was with the Primary Department which was divided into groups of about 6 children, each group sitting round a separate table. My task was to take the story at one of the tables and then supervise their drawing, writing and other creative “expression work” on the day’s topic.
One day David Cruise came to me to discuss the fact that rules had changed and there would be two people required for creche, and for each junior church class, and that everyone would need to have a CRB check "even you Marion. I hope it won't discourage you from taking classes". He need not have worried.
In fact, I was quite glad to have a second pair of hands, and eyes, because of an incident that had happened. During a class in the parlour, a man looked through the window of one of the doors. I was slightly surprised and asked him what he wanted. Meanwhile a second man had come through the other door. They left very quickly and then Simon said, "Why has that man taken your purse?" At least neither any of the children, nor I, had been harmed.