Advent is now in full swing, as Christmas approaches. The Winter edition of our magazine, Triangle, is available for download from the Resources page.
Christmas Services at Springdale
All are welcome to any of our services. The Christmas week services are:
- Sunday 23 December 10.30am Nativity Service
- Sunday 23 December 6.30pm Sanctuary Service—a reflective Christmas service
- Monday 24 December 7.00pm Candlelight Carol Service
- Tuesday 25 December 10.30am Christmas Day Service
The concert by a cappella choir Stream of Sound, from Stourbridge, has unfortunately had to be cancelled.
The toys donated by the children at this year's Toy Service on 2 December were given to The Haven, a women's refuge in Wolverhampton, providing safe, emergency accommodation for homeless women and their dependent children.
The evening service of 25 November was a special service celebrating the Bible. Members chose Bible passages which were of special significance for them. The seven passages read in the service were:
(links open the passage in the New Revised Standard Version using the Oremus Bible Browser)
The Christmas Fair held on 24 November (see below) raised £1850 for church funds. Thank you to all who came and those whose hard work made it such a success.
As part of our mission to reach out beyond the church into the community, Springdale has a team who will respond to requests for prayers. If there is a situation for which you would like to request prayer, please contact the Community Prayer Outreach Team ( ).
Two of our church members, Lucy and Emma, will be joining the District Project (Komera) visit to Rwanda next year, in the capacity of leader and participant respectively. This trip will help to raise awareness of the issues facing the Rwandan people following the genocide of 1994. They have done very well to be chosen to go on the visit, and will need our support in their preparations.
Advent and Christmas are now approaching. The Church's Christmas Fair will be held on 24 November from 12pm to 2pm. The Fair is an important way in which we can welcome the local community and raise vital church funds. Many and varied stalls and games will be there, as well as Santa in his grotto. Further details are available in the notices.
At the end of September we celebrated Harvest, holding a barn dance on the Saturday night, followed by a family and parade service the next morning, led by Revd. Robert Ely. Harvest produce was sent to the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd, a Catholic order who have worked out of Darlington Street Methodist Church since 2003. They offer free of charge to the homeless and needy: takeaway sandwich meals six days per week; emergency food parcels six days per week; a store of clothing and blankets and showering facilities five days per week.
We are approaching our Church Anniversary—Springdale will celebrate its 54th anniversary on the weekend including Sunday 14 October. After the morning service there will be a bring and share lunch.
Phil, Jo and Ele Summers are settling into Poplar, in London. They send their love to all at Springdale.
We welcome our new minister Revd. Robert Ely, his wife, Teresa, and their family to Springdale. Robert previously preached in Devon, on the Exeter Circuit. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they settle into the Springdale Church family.
Our last minister, Revd. Phil Summers, has begun his new ministry at Poplar Methodist Church in Tower Hamlets, London. Our prayers go with Phil, Jo and Ele as they continue their work for the church.
This month also marks another new feature of life at Springdale: this website! It is hoped this new medium will be another way for us to reach out beyond the church into the community. The website will be expanded over the coming weeks—if you have any comments or suggestions please contact Julian Cooper ( ), the webmaster.