The first stage of the refurbishment work is complete and services resume at Audlem on Sunday at 11.30am and will be led by Robin. (Please note that the service time this Sunday is 11.30 am as Robin will also be leading the zoom service at 10.30am).
From Sunday 22nd August services will revert to their usual time of 10.30am.
There is no requirement to book a place
Please wear a mask
The first and last hymns will be sung
The service next Sunday 22nd August will be led by Ivan Perry
The service on Sunday 29th August will be led by Robin
The service this Sunday will be led by Paul Jackson
Next Sunday 22nd August the service will be led by Pat Maidment
The service on Sunday 29th August will be led by Yvonne Alcock
- Numbers are limited to 20 so booking a place is essential
- To book, contact either Val Morrey on 01270 811930 or Roger Millns on 07807 402348
- Covid restrictions will apply
The zoom service continues today at 10.30 am. The next zoom service will be Sunday 29th August.
In recent weeks, the Gospel readings for the Sunday have been working their way through John chapter 6. It's quite a long chapter, and the theme that runs through it is bread. It starts with the feeding of the 5000, the there's quite a bit of teaching about bread, especially Jesus being the bread of life.
This caused me to think how I reach for some bread nearly every lunchtime. My lockdown lunches have tended to be something pretty simple, maybe a sandwich, or soup with bread, or cheese / egg / beans on toast. I'll have something more substantial later, but it has tended to be bread in one form or another which has kept me going through the day. Probably many of us can relate to that. After all, it's been one of our most basic foodstuffs for just about as long as the human race has existed.
I heard a story some years ago of a person looking back over something like a 50 year period, comparing the meals he'd eaten with the sermons he had heard during that time. On both occasions he said that yes, some were more memorable than others, but there were also many that he simply could not remember. However, he went on to say that through all the years, both physically and spiritually, they had fed and nurtured him, they had caused him to maintain his strength and without then, he would have starved to death long ago.
It's certainly food for thought – in several senses of the word.
I'm very grateful for the great company of the preachers across the circuit who prepare sermons week in, week out, and for those who, over the past 18 months or so, have made their message available either electronically or in a written format.
As we take the next step of opening up our buildings again and moving forward to whatever normal will look like, may we continue to feed on Christ, the living bread.
With love in Jesus
Best wishes to Sarah Parton and Robert Horton for their wedding on Friday.
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An amusing story from an earlier Nantwich newsletter
Don't mess with a Grandma!
Lawyers should never ask a Grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.
The prosecuting lawyer called his first witness, an elderly woman, to the stand and asked her, "Mrs Jones, do you know me?"
"Why yes, I do know you, Mr Williams, I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realise you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you."
The lawyer was stunned, Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs Jones, do you know the defence lawyer?"
She again replied, "Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst around. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him."
The defence lawyer nearly died!
The judge asked both counsellors to approach the bench and, very quietly, said, "If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair."