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PostSubject: Church Number 3   15/10/17, 02:41 pm

As I mentioned in another post I haven't felt quite at home in either of the other two churches that I have been to services in these last few weeks and have been trying to find one that I do really feel at home in.

Yesterday (Saturday) I was wandering to the end of the high street to go and pick up my prescription and I passed by the local Methodist Church which had it's doors wide open and a stall of bric-a-brac outside.  So I thought I'd have a wander in and take a look around.

I was greeted by a lovely young woman (Debbie) who was volunteering along with others for this new venture (it turned out) of opening the church on a Saturday for this bric-a-brac stall.  We went inside for a sit down and a chat in the quiet area they have with comfortable arm chairs.

Not knowing much about Methodists I had a few questions and she like me has been born again and explained how probably about 50% of the congregation have received the Holy Spirit and the others are Biblical followers but don't really understand the born again concept.

Depending on the Minister of the day the services can be both traditional or more modern regarding both the sermons and hymns.

The building itself is a purpose built modern style church that has a couple of halls attached as well as the main church service area, for things like Brownies, Guides, Healing, Womens Group, Mens Group and so on, along with a large kichen area and lounge room for tea and coffee mornings.

Ministers, Deacons and such are referred to by their Christian names and not titles.  I also met one of the Ministers while chatting to Debbie.

I came away with a leaflet covering today's service with who the minister will be, the numbers of the hymns and the Bible readings of today, plus a booklet of all that goes on in the church throughout the week/month.

When I got home I read the pamphlets she had given me but then also went on the Methodists website as well as the personal website of this particular Methodist Church.

I wanted to find out exactly what Methodists believed in, such as did they have man made traditions, how do they view homosexuality, same sex marriages being performed in church, abortion, and if any of their beliefs could knock heads with my own.  In other words I was looking out for any form of church dogma along with if they have have compromised the church by giving in to political correctness, as so many churches have done recently, and also if they did genuinely follow the teachings of Christ.

I was so very pleased to discover that on no point do their beliefs clash with my own.  In fact they are an inforcement of my own beliefs.  I got quite excited at the thought of finding a church that I could possibly feel really comfortable being part of.  A church that wasn't a meeting house in a rented hall tucked away down a small street somewhere, but was a real church that wasn't insular within their own beliefs but was also part of the larger community of the town, yet was one that believes all that I believe, not only in Christ but also in the life of todays society.

So today I went along for my first service there.

I met the Minister at the door and a couple of other ladies who all welcomed me, handed me a hymn book and took me to a row and introduced me to two ladies sitting there and handed me into their care.

We had a little time for introductions and a quick chat before the service started, and I found out later that one of them was a Deacon and the other was the wife of the Minister of today.

It was a lovely service.  Hymns altered between old and new, 3 short Bible readings of which I had already read up on last night, a lovely sermon from the Minister and today also happened to be the one service a month that they also give communion.

Communion in a protestant church isn't like communion in a Catholic church.  Catholics believe in transubstantiation of the bread and wine.  Meaning they believe that the Priest actually transforms the bread and the wine into the flesh and blood of Christ.  For protestants the bread and the wine are purely symbolic as they were with Jesus' words at the last supper.  It's a way of remembering and thanking Christ for him dying on the cross for us.

I have never before taken communion because as far as I was concerned it was simply church dogma, until very recently on reading.......

Luke:22 Verse 19-20 19  - And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you".

As you can see, Jesus asked for this to be done in remembrance of him and his sacrifice.  Therefore I now feel comfortable in this ritual.

Transubstantiation that the Catholics practice is not only ridiculous but I consider it practicing magic or witchcraft so to speak.  It is clear that it is meant to be purely symbolic.

Anyway.  After the service, Debbie, that I had met yesterday, came up from the back of the church.  I hadn't seen her arrive but seemingly she had arrived late and just sat herself down at the back.  Her and I went for a cup of tea and after a few minutes many others joined us at the table, including the Minister, his wife and the Deacon I had already met.

Also at the table was a lady (can't remember her name) that has a Bible group at her home every other Thursday.  She asked me if I would like to join them for the next one.  I quickly agreed and she was thrilled.  She said she had asked God to bring in new people to her group and couldn't believe that she had suddenly met me so soon after asking.  Her and I walked home together afterwards as she only lives in the next road to me.

I really think this church is for me.  I felt so comfortable and at home there.  These people are so down to earth and living in the real world.  Living with Christ in their lives but not fanatical and over board.  My prayer of being pointed in the direction of a perfect church for me I think has been answered.
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PostSubject: Re: Church Number 3   17/10/17, 07:01 pm

That's awesome Sandy! I hope this church continues to make you happy and fulfill your needs ♥️
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PostSubject: Re: Church Number 3   18/10/17, 11:44 am

That's fantastic and it sure sounds promising Sandy Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Church Number 3   18/10/17, 11:51 am


Yeah, I'm very much looking forward to going again next Sunday.

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PostSubject: Re: Church Number 3   18/10/17, 12:07 pm

When you go, perhaps you can ask someone there if they know of anyone/volunteers that drive people to and from the hospital. No harm done is there.

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PostSubject: Re: Church Number 3   18/10/17, 05:10 pm

That's very true. It wouldn't hurt to mention it.

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