Christian Aid Week 10th-16th May 2021 - Now more than ever Christian Aid needs your help. As people around the world live with the devastating impact of climate change their access to food and water is becoming more compromised. Can you help in the face of this climate injustice? You can donate in a number of ways.


It is easy to donate on the Christian Aid website by following this link: .


Alternatively, we have the traditional Christian Aid envelopes available to deliver and collect. If you would like one please contact Dave Aggett (01763 243376) or Sarah & Peter Charlton (01763 449126) and they will drop these off to you. 


Watch this space: We will be organising a Christian Aid fundraising quiz when we are able to meet together again. Dave has agreed to be Quizmaster and we hope it will be something to put in the diary to look forward to as well as be an opportunity to raise funds for Christian Aid. If you would like to take part in any of the activities being organised for Christian Aid week online including online Church services, quizzes and films please have a look on the Christian Aid website for more information (



Face-to-face Messy Church is back! Sunday 16th May 3.30-4.30pm at the Church. We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our first face-to-face Messy Church in over a year! This will take place outdoors on the patio at Church and we have ensured it will be as Covid-secure as possible. It may look a bit different to our usual Messy Church and sadly there will be no food but we hope it will still be a fun and meaningful opportunity for worship and fellowship together! John Hardwick will be speaking to us about making choices and the choices the fishermen had to make when they chose to follow Jesus. There will also be competitions, songs and an appearance from Charlie the Monkey! Each family group will have their own rug complete with a box of relevant fun activities for the session. Spaces will be limited to 15 people in line with current social distancing guidance. You will have to book ahead to confirm your place, please see the Messy Church facebook page for more details or email




Worship at Church Sunday 23rd May - 4.00pm. We are also pleased to say that we will be holding face-to-face worship on Sunday 23rd May at 4.00pm. This will take place in Church and we have ensured it will be as Covid-secure as possible. The relevant Church Council approved risk assessment has been followed. Cleaning and sanitising will take place before and after the service.


This quiet and reflective service will be led by Joyce Goodall and will last approximately 40 minutes.


Spaces are limited to 20 people in line with the current guidance. Social distancing and the wearing of masks indoors will be required. You will need to book ahead to reserve your place by visiting


If you do not have or have difficulty with access to the internet, please telephone one of the stewards who will be able to book a place for you.


The 10.30am Zoom Sunday Worship will be continuing.



Exploring Philippians: Monday Evening Fellowship and read-along at home: This Monday (17th May) at 7.30pm we will be discussing the 4th and final chapter of Philippians. We will be using the usual Church Zoom login details. Please see the attached study guide for this chapter to use during the session or in your own time. We hope you may find it helpful. All are always welcome. Contact Sarah or Pete Charlton for more information.


Monday evening fellowship will be taking a two-week break (24th and 31st of May). We will resume again on the 7th of June where we will be exploring another Epistle.



Thy Kingdom Come 13th-23rd May: Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. Christians from more than 170 countries and 65 denominations have taken part. Thy Kingdom Come runs between Ascension and Pentecost. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:

  • Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
  • Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness

As a Church we hope you may be encouraged to join with Christians around the world in committing to praying each day for more people to know God.

The Methodist Church and TKC have produced a number of resources including "5 ways to pray" (see attached or enclosed leaflet), a prayer journal with reflections, scripture and prayers (see attached), and lots of resources for children and families. To watch videos and to find out more visit the TKC website at or the Methodist website at


Thy Kingdom Come Prayer:

Almighty God, your ascended son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your kingdom: inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love, that all who hear your word may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.


If you would like paper copies of any of the resources mentioned please do contact Sarah or Pete Charlton (449126) and we will happily get these printed and delivered to you.



Volunteer update: thank you to everyone who has been in touch with offers to help with running face-to-face and online services. We are in the process of planning a number of face-to-face activities in Church over the next few months so your help will be much appreciated.



Join us for our Live service this Sunday!

Our Morning service will be led by Revd Charity Nzegwu. If you would like some help or advice to join in this week please do get in touch with Pete (see contact details above).
Those who cannot or decide not to join us are invited to participate in the same Act of Worship at 10.30am by reading, praying and singing the words as you have been doing in previous weeks.
Charity and the Stewards.


An Act of Worship for this Sunday


Details of how to join the Live services.

Date and Time

The Sunday service will start at 10.30 am. The format will be:

10.20 - 10.30 am: congregation joins service, with time for conversation.

10.30 am: service starts

11.15 am: coffee morning starts


If you are struggling to join, or are late arriving for whatever reason, you can join at any time. It will not disrupt proceedings.


Joining the service

By telephone;

By computer, tablet, or smart phone:

Please call Peter Charlton for joining details: 07890 239 557


If, for any reason, your efforts to join fail, do not give up. Use our helpline; call Peter Charlton for assistance: 07890 239 557.



You are reminded that the church premises will remain closed, for all but essential reasons. If you consider that you need access for an essential reason please contact Paul Harris (01763 230021 or 07789 121913).



India’s Coronavirus crisis: urgent support needed


It is impossible to have missed the devastating news coming out of India over the past week. The country, home to 1.3 billion people, is currently in the grips of a deadly second wave of Covid-19 – and with hospitals unable to cope with the ever-increasing number of cases, and oxygen supplies scarce, the situation threatens to overwhelm the country’s health systems.


All We Can (which used to be called the Methodist Relief and Development Fund) and the Methodist Church in Britain have a joint Emergency Coronavirus Appeal which will provide essential support to vulnerable communities in Odisha State. Details are on their website; the link is below and contains information on how you can contribute with prayer and giving.



Dear Friends, We are sure all of you have seen the recent devastating scenes of the terrible situation in India with the second wave of the pandemic; the distress of patients unable to find hospital beds, relatives struggling to gain access to medication, oxygen or to hospitalisation for family members and the sight of the mass funeral pyres.  Friends of Vellore UK would like to help CMC Vellore and smaller mission hospitals that work alongside CMC to care for their communities at this time. After six years, we have just come to the end of our terms as trustees of FoV but remain closely involved as Council members.  It is absolutely trustworthy and, if you are considering making a donation to help people in India, this would be a good route.


We had a meeting on Thursday night and the current situation is that CMC expects the present surge to reach Vellore in about two weeks. CMC is trying to rapidly scale down its non-Covid work in order to create capacity to treat more Covid patients. They currently have over 350 beds available for Covid patients, and 38 ICU beds (all of which are full). However, the Government is keen that CMC should have around 1500 beds for Covid and 96 ICU places which will be a very challenging task. They need to purchase more ventilators, monitors and pumps, medication and oxygen. A major issue for CMC is staffing, they will be stretched very thin.


Dr J V Peter, Director of CMC, believes the greater need at present, however, is in the smaller mission hospitals. Oxygen is needed in these institutions. This can be provided by either oxygen generators, which produce a large independent supply of oxygen for the whole hospital, or oxygen concentrators, which are portable machines that produce a smaller supply of oxygen for individual patients. The oxygen generators are the better option but are much more expensive (around £20,000 vs £700 each for a portable machine).


The mission hospitals also need BiPAP machines, portable machines used for non-invasive, ventilatory support which is very effective and useful in the management of ill Covid patients. We, as a charity, are raising funds to help CMC and smaller mission hospitals to deal with this second wave of the pandemic. We have currently raised over £25,000. We will initially help Kotagiri Medical Fellowship Hospital, a mission hospital high in the hills that CMC have been partnering closely with, to purchase an oxygen generator and we are also considering the needs at other mission hospitals.


We would be grateful if you would consider making a donation towards this cause. The website has up to date information.

The link below takes you straight to the donation page 


The whole of any donation goes to CMC.  If gift aid can be claimed, 20% of the government's gift aid contribution is used to run the charity, ie if a £1 donation is made up to £1.25 by gift aid, £1.20 goes to CMC, 5p to FoV to cover running costs. If gift aid cannot be claimed, the £1 goes to CMC. Please uphold CMC and the other mission hospitals in your prayers.  Peace be with you,           Geoff and Joy Levine



Council Papers: The Methodist Council undertakes work throughout the year on behalf of the Methodist Conference - the governing body of the Methodist Church. There are several interesting papers arising from the Council's latest meeting including: (i) Strategy for Justice, Dignity and Solidarity; (ii) Ministries Committee Report; and (iii) Oversight and Trusteeship update report.



The latest edition of grapevine magazine is now available on the District website both as a page turner and a PDF.  It is available through the link on the Events and News tab at the top of the Home page: .  I have also attached a PDF version to this email.  The page turner on the website was created using Flipsnack and it can be viewed without the Flipsnack information by clicking on the ‘View in full screen’ button on the bottom right corner of the screen.



During this week the Royston & District Churches Together are carrying in their prayers St John’s Church, Royston & Melbourn Baptist Church.



Hymns – Charity would like everyone to consider the hymns that they most enjoy singing and please let her know your favourites by emailing her on



Please do remember to keep any postage stamps you receive for Traidcraft Exchange. They can be put through our door (20A Mill Road) or keep them until we are back at Church. Jennie Harris



The life of the church in the lockdown and the long-term

We (Revd Charity and the Stewards) have been grateful for all the feedback on how church life can best be conducted during this time. We would always be pleased to hear any thoughts you may have on how to conduct church life, whether within the current situation, or when we look to re-open the church building for prayer and worship. Do always feel free to drop us an email, or call Sarah and Pete - 01763 449126



Notices for next week: to be with Tracy Aggett by Monday, call 01763 243376



Sunday 16th May 2021


An Act of Worship for this Sunday – click here


Lectionary Readings:


16 May:       Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26, Psalm 1, 1 John 5: 9-13, John 17: 6-19


23 May:       Isaiah 6: 1-8, Psalm 29, Romans 8: 12-17, John 3: 1-17



Facebook – we have a facebook page for the Church, search for Royston Methodist church.  If you are a facebook user, please go to the page and click on the “Like” button on the main picture at the top of the page.


Church Stewards:  Richard Elcock, Sarah & Peter Charlton,
James Hindley, Gill & Geoff Grainger

 Safeguarding Officer: Richard Elcock

Minister – Revd Charity Nzegwu, Tel: 01763 241803

(Day off: Friday)



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