Manningtree Methodist Church Update

An update from Minister Rev Tom Osborne, 01206 396654:

All Sunday services and church activities are cancelled until it is safe to resume.

Meeting On Our Premises (when it’s safe to do so)

Please check with the group organiser or 01206 395263 for starting dates and times.

Monday: Workers Education Association, nine lectures in autumn and spring, 2pm • Stour Choral Society (Sept to June), 7.30pm

Tuesday: Women’s Guild, 7pm

Wednesday: Gentle Fitness Class, 9.30am, Art Painting Group, 10am-noon, Manningtree & District Chess Club, 7.30pm, Museum & History Group (bi-monthly), 7.30pm

Thursday: Manningtree Town Council meets at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of every month unless otherwise stated.

Friday: Zumba, 10-11am

Church Bookings: David Shearmur, 01206 395263

I read recently about a frog that allows itself to be frozen during the long Alaskan winter and then thaws and hops away as though nothing had happened when spring arrives. Many of us have probably experienced the last 12 months as something akin to a very long Arctic winter and we may wish that we could simply unthaw and hop away as though nothing has happened, but we can’t. For each and every one of us, the past 12 months will have brought a myriad of experiences – some no doubt painful, some joyful too I hope – and these experiences will have changed us in obvious or subtle ways.

One of the reasons I think the resurrection stories in the Gospels are important is that in them, what has gone before, the pain and difficulty of the passion and the crucifixion, is not ignored. In some ways Christ is very different – neither Mary nor the disciples on the road to Emmaus immediately recognise him – yet at the same time he still bears the wounds that killed him and he requires a very challenging conversation with Peter over his denials in the courtyard.

As a church, we’re committed not to going back to how things were but moving forward recognising that both us and the world have changed and been changed by all that has happened in the past 12 months. We are committed to not living in the past but looking to the future. We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to be a part of that future with us.

Shalom, Tom

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