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Welcome to the Blackheath and Halesowen Methodist Circuit Website. We are here to help you find out what is going on at your local Methodist church, act as a central contact point, and help facilitate the churches within our area. If you have a question, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our email address and phone number can be found at the bottom of this page. 

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Reopening of our Churches within the Circuit

 

Below is the dates for the reopening of some of our Churches. For further information can you please contact the Stewards at the Church on any initial Covid 19 Rules. Thank you.

 

Crossway – Sunday 4th October

Hasbury – Sunday 4th October

Hurst Green – Provisionally open for prayer and a short devotion on Sunday 4th October

However, the target date to resume will be aimed towards Sunday 18th October

Short Cross - Provisional Sunday 18th October

Central – Sunday 25th October

 

You can still join in our Weekly Services on our Website at this link: https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/reflections.htm

We are also on Facebook at the Blackheath and Halesowen Methodist Circuit  https://www.facebook.com/BHMC.U.K 

Or the B&H Family Hub https://www.facebook.com/BH-Family-Hub-112438643791937/

We also have a prepared Messy Church Service for our little ones that you can find on this page https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/familyworkerpage.htm

Our YouTube Channel can be accessed here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMRs4QPYS_lfZg18Y14Lhug

 

If you would like to read the June letter to the Circuit in relation to coming out of lockdown. You can access it at this link LTTC


Hope


November Pastoral Letter

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, (Romans 15:3).”

Today in my pastoral letter I would like to ask you one question: “Do you have hope?” Now your immediate response might be “yes of course.” But what if my next line was this: “In the future serious tragedy is going to happen in your life, that will change everything. Will you still have hope then?”

Now to be honest that is not so easy to answer is it? It is not easy because real hope does not come from a place where everything is going well for you. Real hope is when you have stood on the edge of uncertainty, faced death, and still trust in God. Real hope is similar to what Susanna Wesley faced when the family: “suffered illness, disease, poverty, and the death of children. Fire twice destroyed their home. But through it all [she still] accepted the will of God and placed herself and her family in His hands.”[1]  ... Real hope believes in the absolute security of Christ, and real peace flows through those who are born of the Spirit, (Romans 15:3).

Now I know this from real experience when me and Mareike stood on the edge of uncertainty every day for four months, until our little one was stillborn and went to be with the Lord. We stood face to face with death every day, uncertain that our little boy would live. When he finally went to be with Christ, we felt relieved that He was safe in the Saviours arms. We came face to face with real hope, and today we are “filled with all joy and peace as we trust in him.”

Now what I find interesting today, is when I hear and see people fearing the future, and not really having hope in Christ. I want to give them some of the hope that is in my heart. This is because of what Paul says in Romans 8:24-25: “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

And this is the absolute question to you reading my Pastoral Letter: “Are you patient enough to wait on God, and trust that He might have a better plan for your life?” Yes, we might want to get back to Church, yes people might want some sense of normality. However, real hope can only be discovered when you are standing on the edge of yourself, and you lose holding unto the self.

One of my favourite all time authors A.W Tozer said this: “In every Christian’s heart there is a cross and a throne, and the Christian is on the throne till he puts himself on the cross. If he refuses the cross he remains on the throne. Perhaps this is at the bottom of the backsliding and worldliness among gospel believers today. We want to be saved but we insist that Christ do all the dying. No cross for us, no dethronement, no dying. We remain king within the little kingdom of Mansoul and wear our tinsel crown with all the pride of a Caesar, but we doom ourselves to shadows and weakness and spiritual sterility.”[2] 

Let me finish this Letter to you with the question that I started with: “Do you have hope, real hope in Jesus Christ?

Troy, Joseph, and Peter.


Praise is an act of obedience from us to our creator. This can come through reading our Bibles and spending time with God. It can come through prayer, and it can come through Music. But most of all it comes through us as the Church of Christ no matter where we are... We are the Church without walls. 


Remember to give Him thanks and praise and remember that as Christians we believe in the Creator God, in Jesus Christ as our living Saviour and in the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us in our lives today. As Methodists we believe we need to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission. In Ephesians 1:22-23 we are told that "He [Jesus] put all things under His feet and gave Him as head over all things top the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all."