Keyingham

Keyingham Methodist Chapel

Minister: Sister Denise Creed

Visit of Rev. Leslie Newton July 2018

When planning our 2018 Chapel Anniversary service the previous September, we light-heartedly suggested that we could invite the Chairman of the District to take the service. Those who had encountered him at Rev. Debbie Lucas’ welcome service had been very impressed with his style. We were very pleased and surprised at his positive answer to our somewhat tentative email.

We looked forward to the visit with anticipation, and were not disappointed. Rev. Leslie Newton arrived to find a full church, as all churches in the Circuit had been invited, so lots of people had turned out despite the unusually hot summer afternoon.

Rev. Newton led a traditional service of worship, including some stirring Methodist hymns. He chose to preach on The Feeding of the Five Thousand, a subject we had all heard many times before, but gave an interpretation which was relevant to the position many churches find themselves in at present. It was very positive and uplifting, and gave us the impetus to look forward to the future. His three points – The bread was for Everyone, Everybody was fed and Nothing was wasted are an inspiration for us all.

After the service tea and cake was served, and the Chairman circulated so everyone had the chance to talk to him.

Harvest Celebration

Our Harvest service this year took the form of a Local Arrangement at our request. We sang all the traditional hymns out of previous hymnbooks, as at a hymn sandwich service there is not usually chance to sing all the old favourites. The theme was Harvest old and new, and we compared old farming methods using horses and machinery from the past, and what can be achieved today using modern methods. This was then applied to the Harvest of the Church, commenting that we cannot live in the past, but need to face the future and find new ways of worshipping and keeping the Church alive. The service was followed by a ploughman’s lunch which we all enjoyed together. The picture shows the harvest banner which was displayed in the church made by Janice and Anne at Denise’s banner-making workshop.

Food for Thought

The Food for Thought meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month. A simple meal of soup and cake is followed by sharing our thoughts on various topics The discussion is usually lively, sometimes amusing and sometimes serious but always stimulating.

The Church can be found in the centre of the village behind the War Memorial garden.

An up-to-date list of weekly activities is displayed in the window beside the front door.

Sunday: You are very welcome to join our services at 10.30 a.m. each Sunday

Monday: Brownies, Guides and Rainbows

Tuesday: Film Club on second Tuesday, Coffee at 9.30 a.m. followed by a film at 9.45 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to come and watch old and new favourites

Food for thought 1pm every third Tuesday of the month. Simple soup lunch followed by discussion/ sharing time at 2pm

Thursday: Scouts meeting in the Hall 6.45 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Please contact Sister Denise (01964 614701) for details.