ROYSTON METHODIST CHURCH, Queens Road

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SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

 

    

                       

 

 

During this week the Royston & District Churches Together are carrying in their prayers Trinity Life Church and Barley & Barkway Churches

 

 

Sunday 28th February 2021 at 10.45am: Cambridge Circuit service hosted by Castle Street and led by Rev Colin Smith.

 

Click here for the Act of Worship

 

There will be no separate service for Royston and Orwell, please note the different Zoom log in details below.

 

The service starts at 10.45am. All are invited to join.

At 11am there is a separate Zoom service for children with activities led by Rev Ian Murray – if you do not have the details for this please contact Sarah Kendall directly or the stewards.

 

After the service we will have time for coffee and chat in breakout rooms.

 

Joining the Circuit Service on Zoom (please note different meeting ID and passcode)

By telephone:

 

1.    Call 0203 051 2874 (this will be charged at your standard rate)

 

2.    You will hear “Welcome to Zoom, enter your meeting ID, followed by hash”. Enter 961 0310 5406, then press #.

 

3.    You will hear “Enter your participant ID, followed by hash”. There is no need to do anything.

 

4. It may give a prompt to “Enter your passcode, followed by hash.” If you are prompted to, enter 303554, then press #.  You will automatically join the service shortly.

 

By computer, tablet, or smart phone:

 

1.    Click this link: https://zoom.us/j/96103105406?pwd=YzRqTjlUanRDSWxmU284VVZ4cTdDZz09

 

2.    You will be prompted to download “Zoom”. Follow the instructions to download it.

 

3.    Alternatively, visit www.zoom.usclick “Join a Meeting” (top right), and when asked, enter the Meeting ID: 961 0310 5406 and passcode: 303554.


We look forward to seeing you there together with our Church friends from across the circuit. If you need any help accessing the service, please do contact Pete Charlton (01763 449126).

 

 

The next Church Council – will be held on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 (Church Family Matters) at 7.30pm on Zoom

 

 

Join us for Lent Lunchtime PrayersThursdays at 12:45-1.00pm – 4th March, 11th March, 18th March and 25th March. Praying for our churches, people and world. The Methodist Church Year of Prayer. Zoom code 985 9151 1494 - Password: Prayers.

 

 

Lent Courses

 

All are welcome to attend the following Lent Courses via Zoom:

 

1) Royston and Orwell Lent Study (Mondays, 7.30-8.30pm): We will be following the 'Reflect and Respond' course, which reflects on the calling of the Methodist Church and is written from the perspectives of a number of survivors of abuse. The course will run for four Mondays at 7.30pm: 22nd Feb, 1st Mar, 15th Mar, 22nd, and 29th Mar.  Note the two--week break. You can join in exactly the same way as for Sunday services, either by internet or telephone. The course booklet is available online here, and additional context is provided here. If you would like a printed copy of the course booklet then please contact the Stewards (449126, stewards@royston-methodist.org.uk).

 

2) Cambridge Lent Course (Wednesdays, 10.30am): A course organised by Revd. Colin Smith (Wesley Methodist Church, Cambridge) on the theme of "Caring for Creation". Each session will consist of three parts: a recording of a discussion between three leaders on the topic; opportunity to discuss the topic in small groups; and a summary to conclude. The course will run for five Wednesdays from Wed 24th Feb to Wed 24th March inclusive at 10.30am. If you would like to attend then please contact Revd. Colin Smith (CASMITH1898@aol.com or 01223 361360), who will send you a course booklet and details of how to join the meetings.

 

3) Exploring 'A Methodist Way of Life' (Thursdays, 7.30pm): A course organised by Revd. Alison Walker (Haslingfield Methodist Church) exploring 'A Methodist Way of Life', which describes how we try to live our lives in response to God’s love, made known to us in Jesus. The group will offer the opportunity to consider more deeply the commitments and encourage each other to keep going with putting them into practice. The course will run for four Thursdays at 7.30pm: 18th Feb, 25th Feb, 11th Mar, 18th Mar. There will be further optional meetings after Easter. You can join on Zoom using this link (Meeting ID: 998 0788 1905, Passcode: Journey). If you would like to attend then if possible please contact Revd. Alison Walker (alison.walker@methodist.org.uk), or just turn up.

 

 

 

World day of Prayer - Friday 5th March at 2.15pm on Zoom - This year Royston Methodist Church is leading the online service for the World day of Prayer for our local community. The focus this year is on Vanuatu, an island country in the South Pacific. All are most welcome to join in the same way as for our Sunday services. If you plan to attend then please contact the stewards, who will be happy to deliver an Order of Service to you: stewards@royston-methodist.org.uk, or call Sarah and Pete - 01763 449126. As part of the service we'll be using a pebble as a visual prayer aid, so please do have one to hand if possible.

 

 

Day of Prayer and Reflection in the East Anglia Methodist District Saturday 6th March 2021

This Lent, as we approach the anniversary of the first lockdown, and as our country reaches a crucial stage in dealing with the pandemic, we are coming together in a virtual Day of Prayer and Reflection. We now have the full programme:

All events via Zoom (see links below)

 

9.30 am                      Opening gathering with Rev Julian Pursehouse (Chair of District)

followed by breakout rooms for prayer for those who would like this

 

Optional prayer opportunities

 

11.00 am                    Prayer with symbolic action with Rev Jacqui Horton (Central Norfolk)

 

12 noon                     Praying with poetry with Rev Catherine Dixon (Ely & Newmarket)

 

1.00 pm                      Meditation with Rev James Bamber (St Neot’s & Huntingdon)

 

2.00 pm                      An opportunity to join the Deaf Church for their monthly service

                                    (separate zoom link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88546714686

 

4.00 pm                      breakout rooms for prayer for those who would like this (20 minutes)

 

4.30 pm                      Closing gathering with Julian and others

 

Evening Extras

 

7.00 pm                      An opportunity to join Rev Cliff and Christine Shanganya (Central

Norfolk) for half an hour of Prayer and Praise

 

9.00 pm                      Compline with Rev Adam Stevenson (Fens Circuit)

 

Joining the District Day of Prayer on Zoom (please note different meeting ID and passcode)

By telephone:

 

1.    Call 0203 051 2874 (this will be charged at your standard rate)

 

2.    You will hear “Welcome to Zoom, enter your meeting ID, followed by hash”. Enter 849 4373 1948 then press #.

 

3.    You will hear “Enter your participant ID, followed by hash”. There is no need to do anything.

 

4. It may give a prompt to “Enter your passcode, followed by hash.” If you are prompted to, enter 280700, then press #.  You will automatically join the service shortly.

 

By computer, tablet, or smart phone:

 

1.    Click this link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84943731948?pwd=WWpHRlpUQ2xLOTgrN2RVeGN2U3dWZz09

 

2.    You will be prompted to download “Zoom”. Follow the instructions to download it.

 

3.    Alternatively, visit www.zoom.usclick “Join a Meeting” (top right), and when asked, enter the Meeting ID: 848 4373 1948 and passcode: 280700.


We look forward to seeing you there together with our Church friends from across the District. If you need any help accessing the service, please do contact Pete Charlton (01763 449126).

 

 

 

 

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).

 

 

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 Charity.Nzegwu@methodist.org.uk

 

 

Liam, Rosie and Jack Austin - would like to say a special thank you to everyone for their kind prayers, gifts and support since the birth of their new addition, Edith Ivy Elinor Austin on 18th January. We really appreciate your love and support at this special time and can't wait for a happier time when we can introduce Edith to you all. We all, especially Jack, adore her so much.  With thanks and best wishes, Rosie Austin

 

 

The next Circuit Meeting - will be held on Tuesday 16th March at 7.30pm on zoom.

 

 

Evening Book Club - Monday 22nd March at 7.30pm on Zoom - Rev Charity and friends are holding a second evening book club to discuss a book that may be of interest and spark challenging and helpful discussion. The book is Natives: Race and Class in the ruins of Empire by Akala. This is a book that documents the life of a mixed race young man growing up in London in the 1980s. It explores issues of racism, discrimination and class in British society at that time but also within the context of Britain's empire legacy. It also delves into the history of racism, the slave trade, colonialism and offers glimmers of hope for the future. We would encourage you to get hold of a copy and begin reading it if possible (particularly chapters 5-9 which will be the focus of our next meeting). It is available at book stores online, or as an ebook, you can also borrow it from online libraries (BorrowBox and Overdrive), or listen to readings of the book on Youtube. Even if you are unable to get hold of the book we encourage you to come along to find out more about the issues raised and how they apply to us. If you need any help in obtaining a copy of the book please contact Sarah Charlton on 01763 449126. If you intend to come then if possible please register here (or just join us on the day).

 

 

Revd Peter Jennings, former minister from 1998-2003, sadly died on 18th January 2021. Please remember his wife Cynthia and all the family in your prayers.

 

 

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 stewards@royston-methodist.org.uk, or call Sarah and Pete - 01763 449126

 

 

Notices for next week: to be with Tracy Aggett by Monday, call 01763 243376 or by email to tracy.aggett@btinternet.com

 

 

Sunday 28th February 2021

 

An Act of Worship for this Sunday – click here

 

Lectionary Readings:

 

28 Feb: Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22: 23-31, Romans 4: 13-25, Mark 8: 31-38

 

 

 

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.

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Church Stewards:  Paul & Jennie Harris, Richard Elcock, Mel Cooper,
Sarah & Peter Charlton, James Hindley

 Safeguarding Officer: Richard Elcock

Minister – Revd Charity Nzegwu, Tel: 01763 241803

(Day off: Friday)

email: Charity.Nzegwu@methodist.org.uk

 

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