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Here is a little information about Holy Week & Easter, which for Christians is one of the key periods in the year. The period which remembers when Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead.

What and why do we celebrate in Holy Week and Easter ?

Maundy Thursday is the day Christians remember the last time Jesus shared supper with his closest followers and friends, washing their feet and instructing them to love one another. The word Maundy probably comes from the Latin word mandatum used in the translation of Jesus' words in John's Gospel: 'a new commandment I give to you.' So a new mandatum remembered in Maundy Thursday. From this Thursday 'Last Supper' event we get the institution of sharing bread and wine in the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion.

Good Friday is the day when Jesus was killed on the Cross at Calvary. One explanation is that its known as Good Friday because Jesus gave up his life for the good of everyone. Jesus' death was the last ever sacrifice needed to atone for our sins. He died so that we might be more comfortably forgiven by God. Jesus died, was taken down from the cross and was buried in a tomb that first Good Friday.

Saturday was then the Sabbath day - a day of rest.

Easter Sunday is the day of resurrection! Easter Sunday is the day that Jesus' tomb was found empty and he was seen alive, really alive! Jesus' resurrection shows that death is no longer the end of our personalities or our existence. The risen Jesus promised that when we trust in him our earthly death doesn't mean we die eternally. The resurrection of Jesus is one of the fundamental principles and beliefs of Christians, and a well documented, historical fact.

'For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life' [John 3:16]

Happy Easter - Jesus is Risen!

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Finding God in a crisis

Whatever situation has brought you to this page, we believe that God is already there, supporting you, loving you and you can rely on God to have found you when you need it most of all. 


Link to You Tube video - Do not be afraid

The parable of the Lost Sheep tells us that God will go and look for each individual who is lost.  God is looking for you. Matthew 18:vv12-14; Luke 15:vv3-7.  The parable of the prodigal son also tells us that God will forgive and celebrate when those who are lost to God, return to God. God will be happy when you return.  Luke 15:vv11-32.

Link to You Tube video - A letter from God

This page seeks to provide you with ways to find God's love and support, when you need it most.  There are also links to resources and organisations that are available and set up specifically to help you in your situation.
 
Help to find Christian faith

https://www.methodist.org.uk/

https://christianity.org.uk/

https://www.lookingforgod.com/

If you want to contact us, then please do.  Use the Contact Us link to the left of this page and we will respond to you as soon as we can.  This website is not continuously
staffed so it may take a little while for us to reply. If you need your questions answered more urgently, please use these links below to find 24 hour support and services.

If you want us to pray for your situation, then please use the Contact Us link to the left of
page and we will pray for you as soon as we can.

We've tried to provide as many of these as we can that will help you find support at anytime and if we've missed your situation, we pray that you can forgive us and that you will tell us afterwards where you found help.

Help for children
https://www.childline.org.uk/

Help for families
https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/
Help for women
https://www.womensaid.org.uk/
Help for men
https://www.mensaid.co.uk/
Help for the bereaved
https://www.cruse.org.uk/
Help for the suicidal
https://www.samaritans.org/
Help for ex-offenders
https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/ex-offender-support

Other sources of support & helpful information
NHS online
BBC Actionline
UK Government

When you are at your lowest, when you feel unable to cope, lean on God.  Talk to God in prayer.  Ask God to be with you. God will not let you down. God loves you.  God blesses you.  God gave us Jesus to show us the way.  Follow the teachings of Jesus.  God's Holy Spirit will fill your heart.  The Holy Spirit will live in you.

Seekers & Sceptics

If you have arrived at this page then you may be someone who is seeking the love of the Lord Jesus and wanting to know how you can get into a relationship with Him and with God and the Holy Spirit. If this describes you then please go to the seekers section.

Alternatively, you may be someone who is either partly or wholly sceptical about Christianity and whether there is a God or not or whether Jesus is the Son of God and you might just be interested enough to spend a little time in finding out, so why not look at the sceptics section to see whether your questions can be answered too?

Of course you may be someone who is just not sure about what being a Christian is, but you want to try to find out. If this describes you even partially then please see the seekers section too.

Whichever describes you, seeker or sceptic, then please know that the people of this Church will welcome you and will pray for God to give them the right words to say to you.

Flowers, Candle & Cross


Seekers

Peace table

If you are reading this section of our website then it can be assumed that you are looking for some answers to your questions.

These questions could be on any aspect of Christianity or faith and it may be crucial to you to find some answers.

We would recommend that you visit Alpha Course website to explore whether going on an Alpha Course would give you the right opportunity to explore the Christian faith. You will be following millions of others who have taken this path of exploration, sceptics included.

Alpha courses operate for all ages and for all circumstances across much of the developed world.

If that doesn't suit you and rather than our trying to second guess about your questions, why not just ask us? You can use our Contact Us link to send an e-mail to us to put your point of view, to challenge the aspects of Christian faith that you don't understand and to expect that as Christians we can provide you with our point of view and seek to answer your challenges.

We would ask that you try not to be rude or abusive in your e-mails and we will undertake to reply to you as soon as we can. If you do not receive a reply within a reasonable length of time, please let us know because e-mail is not always a guaranteed form of communication.

We are not permanently manning the web site so it may take a little while for us to reply. If you need your questions answered more urgently, please use these links to go to either the Methodist Church or United Reformed Church websites to ask your questions.

Alternatively, why not visit our Church or your local Church and contact the Minister or Preacher there?

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Sceptics

If you are reading this section of our website then it can be assumed that you are sceptical about the Christian faith and probably about the existence of God, the Holy Spirit and about Jesus Christ too.

It is likely that perhaps you might have questions that you would want answered? You might consider visiting the Alpha Course website to explore whether going on an Alpha Course would give you the right opportunity to explore the Christian faith? You will be following millions of others who have taken this path of exploration, sceptics included.

Alpha courses operate for all ages and for all circumstances across much of the developed world and in many different situations.

If that doesn't appeal to you and you just want to ask questions, then rather than our trying to limit you with our idea about your questions, why not just ask us? You can use our Contact Us link to send an e-mail to us to put your point of view, to challenge the aspects of Christian faith that you don't understand or agree with.

We would ask that you try not to be rude or abusive in your e-mails and we will undertake to reply to you as soon as we can. If you do not receive a reply within a reasonable length of time, please let us know because e-mail is not always a guaranteed form of communication.

We are not permanently manning the web site so it may take a few days. If you need your questions answered more urgently, please use these links to go to either the Methodist Church or United Reformed Church websites to ask your questions. Alternatively, why not visit our Church or your local Church and contact the Minister or Preacher there?

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