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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.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all of our Churches across the Circuit are closed until further notice.
Latest Update 9 September
The Archbishop of Canterbury has posted the text below on social media following yesterday’s Government
announcement regarding social interactions:
"After contact with the Government we hear that there is no change to guidance on places of worship.
Worship is the work of God – not a social gathering – and gives the strength to love and serve.
The increase in COVID cases is very concerning. We must follow the guidance and take all the necessary
measures to keep people safe.
And let’s keep praying for everyone who is affected – those who are ill, or whose families are ill,
those who are anxious, or struggling with cancelled plans and isolation.
We give grateful thanks to God for the NHS and all those who work tirelessly to keep us safe."
The Archbishop of Canterbury
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
A Call to Press on for a New beginning ….!
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me Heavenward in Christ Jesus," (Philippians 3:14).
I write this letter as we enter a new Methodist year: a moment when we look back and reflect on how we began last year. It becomes clear that we have only managed to come through so well because of God’s grace. We are called to press on with a vision of heaven which calls us to leave our past behind in order to have a fresh and new beginning. How true it is: “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion's never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23). God has spared us for another new year.
Paul too had his past; he was a leader, a scholar with a great position in his community but was also the persecutor of those who followed Jesus. He agreed to and witnessed Stephen’s death, but from the moment he encountered the risen Lord (Acts 9) his life was changed with a new purpose. He wrote: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”(2 Corinthians 5:17). He could have returned to the past and continued with his old life, but he affirms that in Christ his past is forgiven and he is now empowered for a new beginning. After many years of serving Christ, he had the humility to write to the Philippians, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12). It is clear that ‘pressing forward’ only becomes meaningful when we leave behind our unhelpful past and embrace the new, not fully known to us now. Although Paul considered the Philippians his “joy”, “crown” and “pride”, he also recognised the deep divisions and quarrels within that early church. Paul was aware of various personality clashes in the church, and therefore he wrote; “I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord….” (Philippians 4:2). To agree, meant to let go what had happened in the past. It also meant embracing something new that would enhance their fellowship and bring them the joy of being under the Lordship of Christ. By his own example, Paul was encouraging the Philippians not to dwell in their past, but to grow to know Christ more deeply so that the fellowship might grow deeper.
I am inspired by Paul’s determination to focus on the “prize” to which he aspires. For him, the new life was to live for Christ alone and to die meant only “gain” (Philippians 1:12). The “heavenward in Christ” vision compelled him to keep going without turning back to the old life. He was a true disciple of Jesus, doing exactly what was expected of him (Luke 9:23, 62). To achieve his goal, he was willing to pay the price, leave behind everything that was precious to him: his Jewish tradition, education, name, fame, position and possessions. Not only did he renounce all these, but considered them all as “rubbish” in order to press on to something unexpected, new, fresh and unknown, by trusting the Lord Jesus, his only vision in this world. (1 Timothy 4:8)
We all have our past: we all carry something within us, which has hurt others or broken relationships. This can prevent us from moving forward for His glory. So, let us take time to be still in the presence of the Lord and honestly ask the Holy Spirit to show us where things have gone wrong in our lives and how to put things right. God is only able to help us if we are open to listen and learn from him and have the humility to say “sorry”. I am sure, there is no better ambition in our lives than for God to be glorified, even if it costs us our pride, self-righteousness and self-made positions and possessions that have prevented us from being Christ-like. We need to rejoice and know that despite our weaknesses, we are called to re-enter the new covenant that gives us the joy of belonging to his eternal love and teaches us to love one another as Christ loved us. Let us commit our lives into God’s hands where we are strengthened to leave our past behind and Press On to start afresh so that the Kingdom of God may grow!
Shalom my friends, shalom.
God bless you all,
Joseph, Peter, Troy.
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."