Pastoral care is shared between our minister and a number of pastoral visitors. Each pastoral visitor cares for and prays for a small number of people. This way they can help the Ministers to respond quickly to anyone needing support. The Ministers have their own programme of pastoral priorities and their own methods of giving support. The Ministers and Pastoral Visitors meet twice a year to update and share particular concerns.
Each week with our Notices we publish ‘Prayer Points’ that draw attention to individuals, and local, national and international concerns that need specific prayer. There is also a ‘Prayer Chain’ of church people who will pray for specific emergency situations when the need arises. We also commend the prayer space on the Methodist website www.methodist.org.uk
We also try to keep in touch with one another through the pages of ‘The Clanger’, the church’s magazine.
I hope that you enjoyed the beautiful May weather, as I write I wonder if this spell of warm weather will continue into June. I am looking forward to sharing Bible Week with you. The book of Jonah might only be a few chapters but it has much to speak to us about the Gospel Message of God’s unconditional love for the world.
There are several themes that we will be looking at together:
- Being called by God; resisting God’s call and discovering the persistence of God.
- How quick we are to judge others and the wideness of God’s mercy.
- The simplicity of repentance and trusting in Jesus’ death and resurrection for salvation
- Being angry with God and God’s patience.
There is so much to discuss and that is before we try to find mention of a big Whale!
You are welcome to join the House Group that meets at 7 Ridge Way on Wednesdays 20th June and 4th July to ‘dig deeper’ into the story with others. We will meet at 7:30pm and finish at 9pm. Do let me know if you would like a lift firstname.lastname@example.org 01747 854631 we would love for you to join us.
We are advertising for a Children and Families worker for Shaftesbury and Motcombe again; please pray for the right person to be appointed for this important role.
There is a lot happening in June so take a deep breath!
- 8th June we have a concert in memory of Marjory Kellet at 7:30pm
- 9th June is the Vision Day at Tisbury from 10:30am to 4:30pm with a bring and share lunch – this is an opportunity to worship and pray together and discern the future vision for our church.
- 10th June we join Ashmore in a service led by Revd Duncan Goldie and picnic/play cricket after.
- 16th June we have a Church Anniversary Accordion recital with Ben de Souza at 7pm
- We continue the Church Anniversary celebrations on 17th June as we welcome Revd David Hull and his family to a service followed by lunch.
Finally, I would like to introduce Jack to you; Jack is an 11 year old Jack a Poo which we have adopted from Dogs Trust in Salisbury. The Binks’ family all think he is very cute and are looking forward to getting to know him better. I hope that he soon settles into his new home and I am looking forward to having a walking companion. Don’t let his age and the fact that he only has three legs fool you, he is very spritely and had me running to keep up with him the second time I took him for a walk!
|Your friend and minister Denise|