Prayer for the Circuit:
We thank you, Lord Jesus, for one another; for the pastoral support and belonging and friendship and fellowship we experience in our local church and in the wider Circuit, as well as with many other people in a variety of contexts.
Deepen our commitment to working with others as an expression of your prayer that your will might be done and your kingdom come on earth as in heaven.
See page 29 of the District Prayer Diary for Vale of Aylesbury Circuit
Prayers for the Churches.
This idea arose from a Circuit Consultation where members said that they would like to see better communications around the Circuit.
It was felt that there was a lot of good work going on within the Circuit but few outside of their particular church ever got to hear about it. In these days when the only news we seem to hear concerning churches is when they are threatened with closure, it is vital that we get to hear the other side as well. One small example of how useful this 'Good News' has been so far is on the subject of our work with young people — Methodism has a wonderful history of work amongst young people. Some of the 'Good News' tell us that there is still good work going on amongst children and young people in many parts of our Circuit — the problem is that we never get to hear about it. It is so encouraging to hear the success stories of Toddler Groups, Youth Groups, Cafe and Messy Church, Drop-in Church — the list is endless and it is growing!
It was recently suggested that these prayers should be expanded to cover other aspects and groups that serve the Circuit or are given Circuit support. Four such topics have been suggested; The leadership Team, our Locals Preachers and regular Visiting Preachers, Fair Trade and the Karibuni Trust; other suggestions would be welcome.
This Sunday 30th. April it will be the turn of Weedon to be the focus for our Circuit Prayers.
Below are the thoughts of Ralph Followell and it is clear that he spends a lot of time and love on the chapel at Weedon. We give thanks for all those who put time into ensuring that our buildings are kept in good order — a vital ministry!
Please remember this lovely chapel and the people there in your prayers this Sunday.
Several repairs have been completed to the gutters and loose tiles reattached. The Lamp at the entrance has been repaired and reinstalled. A switch has been added at the gate to allow switching before entry. The lamps in chapel have been repaired and a new bulb installed. A certificate of compliance has been obtained. Two Pews and Pew fronts have been sold as they are surplus to needs and create more space at the front of the church. Overgrown greenery has been cut back and the site cleared of branches of overhanging trees.
Functional problems with the Organ, identified by Derrick Matthews who plays for weddings and funerals, have been successfully rectified. An agreement has been established with Peter Spencer Ltd to service annually. Two weddings and three christening are planned.
An Appeal has been launched to raise funds from villagers for the maintenance of the Chapel to balance income and expenditure. Any annual surplus will be invested to maintain the building in future years. The response is encouraging and a follow up planned.
A new approach to the Bishop of Oxford has not affected the inability of the Diocese Solicitor to consider the agreed sharing agreement which was sent to him some 6 months ago. The LEP continues to work successfully as it has been doing for some 6 years now.
The Evening Services during the winter months were held in the conservatory of Chapel House, were well supported but have now reverted to the Chapel during the summer months. The Family Services continue to attract a supportive attendance including numerous children.
Aylesbury Methodist Community Centre
Aylesbury Methodist Community Centre