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Pastoral Note - Church at 845am and 11am this Sunday

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July and August Services at 845am and 11am Only Hi Table View Methodist Family, We continue to read Paul’s letter to the Colossians this Sunday; every sentence means so much. This Sunday the reading is from Colossians 2:6-19; I encourage you to read the letter to the Colossians before you come to church this Sunday.  Here are a few verses to meditate on: Colossians 2:9-10: 9 For the full content of divine nature lives in Christ, in his humanity, 10 and you have been given full life in union with him. He is supreme over every spiritual ruler and authority. The Colossian church seems to have been dealing with teachers who had made faith complicated - insisting on extra beliefs; different to the faith that Paul had taught - simple faith in the basic gospel; Christ died for our sins and in him we have redemption. We are inclined to let ourselves in for so many forms of spiritual abuse and manipulation; in this passage Paul reminds us to hold on to Christ and only to Chri

Services at 845am and 11am this Sunday

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Dear Table View Methodist Family, For the Sundays in August our services will be at 8:45am and 11am only.  The 8:45am timeslot is exactly halfway between 8 & 930; so I hope that those who lose 45 minutes of sleep and those who lose 45 minutes of sleep will see it as gaining 45 minutes of daylight in which to enjoy your Sunday and gaining 45 minutes of rest and relaxation to begin your Sunday :) In surveying the congregation online we received 62 responses and the results are as follows: A compromise was suggested in that in July and August we will continue with the current format and from September revert to having and early and a later service.  Those in favour of an 845 service were about 60% and those who wanted to keep two English services in the morning about 40%.  We've made sure there will be enough chairs this Sunday; and look forward to enjoying a packed church. For those who are nervous about the busy children at the 845 service; don't worry - i

Minister's Blog for 2019-07-07

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Minister’s Blog Hi Table View Methodist Family, During the winter holidays we’ve experimented with a new time for the 8am and 930am services; having them combined at 845am.  We’ve received a lot of positive feedback with many asking that we would keep it this way. The greatest benefit of this arrangement has been the gift of time after the 845 service to have fellowship and also for folks from the early and later services to meet to co-ordinate our mission.  I’ve sent out an internet survey to get feedback on what we should do going forward; Of the 20 people surveyed so far 5 say stick with 8, 930 and 11.  12 say stick with 845 and 11 and 3 suggest we change to a 745, 9 and 11am service.   The 745 service would be a 45 minute service with two hymns and probably no ‘worship team’.  My vision for the 745 is that it would cater for the more traditional ‘hymn singers’ and finish by 830am. The question for all of us is not ‘What is most convenient?”  But