Central Methodist Church Hope & Fellowship Magazine.  

Dear Friends, May I encourage you today to be bold, be courageous and trust the Lord who is same yesterday, today and forever. The life we have is God’s gift and it will disappear very soon without our knowledge whether we like it or not, therefore, let us live our lives not just faithfully but safely knowing that the Lord has a purpose for us to fulfil.

Whatever challenges we face on our journey let us take hold of the strong and faithful hand of God knowing that “Because Jesus lives, we can face tomorrow and the life we have from the Lord is worth living”. How true it is “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God” – Corrie Ten Boom.

May I commend to you all the comforting and encouraging words of our Lord Jesus Christ, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1). May God bless you all with grace and a courageous faith for the coming days!  Revd. Dr. Joseph Suray

“Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not 'yours,' not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you, Eckhart Tolle.”

A thought for the week in this time of worry

God always has a plan for us, Gods plan is never clear. I believe God is asking and giving us a chance to bring hope and love back to the world, in this time of fear and uncertainty. Be a light that shines and a mouth that inspires. Author Adam Hadley

Reading and Reflection (Isaiah 40:31)


What does this positive message from God mean to you?

In what ways can we share this message with others in our current situation?

Isaiah 41:10 and Titus 3: 4-7 go read it again! We are all worth saving.

A modern Parable

A Billionaire, a Minister and a young boy are on a small plane that is about to crash. There are only two parachutes, quickly, the Billionaire grabs a pack. I’m an important man he says I’m very clever and create much wealth, keep people in jobs I deserve to live. He opens the escape hatch and jumps out of the plane. The Minister turns to the young boy and tells him, Son, I’m old I’ve had a full life you deserve yours, take the other parachute. The young boy looks at the minister and says, don’t worry he was not that clever he grabbed my rucksack full of sandwiches on his way out! In this modern world we are fixated on people’s worth based on what they can do.  An old boss of mine had a favourite saying, “what have you done for me lately” it always brought a chill to my spine and sadness to my heart. God does not put us in categories, young, old, male, female, black or white. He loves us all; we hear this every week from the pulpit and to be honest most of the time that statement washes right over me but just think about it, God loves all, all 7.8 Billion of us all facing the same worries and anxiety today.

Self-isolating tips

aloneIsolation is a very scary word, being isolated is even scarier. We’re just not built to be alone.

But we are never alone, God is always there waiting for a conversation.

1 Corinthians 2:5-9, " that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of is not wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God. The wisdom of God is more vast than us mere humans could ever imagine.  And He is a really great guy because he wrote down much of his wisdom for us in scripture. The Bible is packed with love, hope, faith, and The Ultimate Reassurance. There is a message in all your mess. You can and will find it.

Services available online

Wesley’s Chapel in London will continue to live-stream worship, adapted for no physical congregation.

Service times

Wednesday 12:45
Thursday 12:45
Sunday 9:45 and 11:00.

All these services will be available at:

Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem will also live-stream worship

Service Time

Sunday 10:30

The service will be available at and

prayerVirtual fellowship

The Coronavirus is preventing us from gathering together on Sundays at Central Methodist Church, but our fellowship is more than a building it is a family brought together in body and spirit to support one another in our journey with Christ.

So, at 9.30am on Sunday set aside 30 minutes to come together as a fellowship in prayer from our own homes, pray for our church leaders and the difficult decisions they are having to make, pray for our church family that it may weather this storm and come back together physically, stronger and closer to God and pray for the millions of others also sharing in Isolation.


Further information

This is the first of our Hope and fellowship newsletters that will be published fortnightly; in this time of constant bad news we want this letter to be uplifting to reflect the good news of Jesus. If you would like to contribute to this publication to offer spiritual support to our Church family please drop me an email at the address below or if you don’t have internet contact your Pastoral carer by telephone to pass the message on to me.     

May the Lord bless you and keep you in his eternal light