Sunday, 1st August — 18th in Ordinary Time

The Circuit Video Service from 10:30am onwards is led by Margaret Preece and the readings set for the day are Ephesians 4:1-16 and John 6:24-35. If you prefer to read a transcript of the sermon, please click here.

Live Zoom Service takes place every Sunday at 6pm prompt. This Sunday, Andrew Barraclough will speak about his favourite parable 'Camels and Needles'.
Next Sunday, 8th August, Margaret Collinson will lead us through 'The Workers in the Vineyard'.
The codes to our Zoom service are written below.

Meeting ID: 861 0815 4849
Passcode: 712967

Thoughts from Sledmere Manse — Driffield

Dear Friends,

As one of the songs by the sixties group called the Carpenter's says — 'The times they are a-changing'.
Change, change, change.

By the time this letter reaches you number of local changes will have taken place.

Diane and myself with 'all' our belongings (well those things that we brought with us — which seem to have grown) will have moved out of the manse on Kings Mill Road and, hopefully, back in to our house in Knaresborough (that is if our grandson hasn't taken up residence!).

You would think that the church would give us a rest, but we have already been approached to take the lead role in the Yorkshire West Districts independent Safeguarding team.

Richard and Sue Teal will have picked up the reigns in the Circuit after his year out as the President of the Methodist Conference. On his return he will have pastoral charge Hutton Cranswick, The Wolds, and Wetwang, as well as Driffield and Nafferton.

In all this change we have to say goodbye to friends we have made and associations that we have forged whilst at the same time looking forward to the new. All this change, all this moving can though be as stressful as a bereavement. What then can be the benefit from all this?

This change, this moving though has a scriptural precedence. Think of the Easter story. When Jesus died on the cross the disciples thought it was the end. Then on Easter Sunday when he rose again they thought that everything was going to get back to something like normal. Instead they were in for a bigger shock. Instead of Jesus being with them in body he had to leave them and allow the Holy Spirit to be their new friend and companion. With this change came many benefits and opportunities for the disciples to take.

So it is for us, let these changes that are taking place be a Good Friday experience, for we all need to grieve for what is lost, for what has passed. But more importantly let us make it a Pentecostal experience? Let us allow the spirit of change blow through our lives and the life of the church and the life of the community. Look what happened at and after Pentecost!

Are you prepared for the same or similar dramatic events to happen in the life of your Church and community here in the Driffield and Hornsea Circuit?

Your Friend and Minister
Ron

(Rev. Ron Hicks)

Daily Bible Study

Philippians 1: 1-11

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. (v. 6)

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