The Methodist Church The Square

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A few images from our church during Harvest Festival, 26 September, 2021:

Harvest front of church

Harvest Thanks Tree

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Harvest flowers

Harvest food collection

Harvest Craft Decorations

Church pulpit, showing the flowers made at our craft event on Saturday

Thanks tree, with leaves containing thanks from members of the congregation

Front-right of church, showing the crafted flowers again, and part of the banner decorations made by S club on the balcony

Harvest flowers

The food collected for Harvest Festival, destined for Dunstable's foodbank

A close-up of our crafted flowers


Welcome

The Square is a place of worship and prayer where a warm welcome awaits you.

For details of our Sunday services and other aspects of the church's life click on the tabs above.

The community rooms of the church are open on Saturday mornings for refreshments, and are used by a variety of community groups during the week.

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Offerings

If you have recently been using PayPal Pools to make donations to the church, you should be aware that our account will be closed as from the end of August. We will be finding an alterative way to do this, and will make it known once we know what we're doing. Many thanks to those who have contributed.



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 Mission Statement

 We are a town centre church aiming to radiate God’s love,
as revealed in
Jesus Christ,
for the local community and the wider world.

We seek to help people in their search for God
through our worship, prayer and action.


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HEADLINES

Note that the date on the headline is the date the information was received, not the date of any event reported.

24 Sept: Fresh from the Word

Sharan's daughter Jessica was asked to contribute some thoughts for this 2022 book of daily Bible readings, which is now available.
If anyone would like to buy a copy, please contact Sharan on 07974358013 (pref text or WhatsApp). Jessica can get discounts which Sharan will organise for you. The basic price is £10.99

24 Sept: Pilgrimage to Iona

St Augustine's Church is planning a pilgrimage to Iona in summer 2022. If you would like to join in, or just find out more, see this document.

24 Sept: Dunstable Rotary - East Anglian Air Ambulance

Dunstable Rotary President David Footitt had the great pleasure of presenting his chosen Charity of the Year with a cheque for £1,500 to Andy Lewis from East Anglian Air Ambulance. For a fuller story, see our News page.

23 Sept: Church Project Fundraiser

The fundraising event for October will be a 1-mile sponsored swim, valiantly undertaken by Bridget Calvert. To sponsor her for this, please email bridget.calvert@sky.com, or telephone 01582 527459.

23 Sept: Rev Patrick Kandeh at The Square

Thanks to Stewart Mitchelmore, we were able to make a recording of Patrick's debut service at The Square on Sunday 19th, and this has now been made available here on YouTube for anyone who missed it.

10 Sept: Harvest Activities

We now have plans for our Harvest celebrations over the weekend of 25/26 September. See our What's On page or this document (updated 21 Sep) for details.

7 Sept:
Welcome service for Patrick Kandeh

The recording of the Welcome Service for Rev Patrick Kandeh, Superintendent Minister can now be found on the Circuit You Tube Channel, or at this direct link.

7 Sept: Job Opportunity

We are re-advertising the post of District Property Officer, and attach:
Job Advert
Job Description/Person Specification
Application Form
Applications close at noon on 23 September.

2 Sept: Circuit Racial Justice Strategy

There will be a special service on 26th September to launch the Circuit's racial justice strategy. This will be held at St John's church in Luton at 6 pm. The keynote speaker will be Rev Inderjit Bhogal, former President of the Methodist Conference and founder of the UK City of Sanctuary movement.

It would be great if young people in the circuit could contribute to the event through their creative talents. This could be through art work, poetry, prose, music, testimony, drama, video, or more. The theme for contributions is 'race and belonging' – within that, it is up to you!

We would hope to have an exhibition of contributions that can be viewed at the service and it may also be possible for some items to be presented within the service, depending on the number of items and the time available.

We hope that you would encourage young people in your churches to engage with this; it would also be helpful to know (by 20 Sept) if there will be contributions from your churches.

2 Sept: Methodist Women in Britain

Methodist Women in Britain are starting a new year supporting the Seamans Mission and a District meeting has been arranged for 2nd October at the Methodist Church in Harlow. If you are interested in attending could you please see Lilian Appleby or telephone 01582/606234. You will need a packed lunch and drinks are provided. The meeting will start at 11 a.m. until approx. 3.00 p.m

27 August: Harvest Celebration

Our Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday 26th September at 10.30am followed by a Harvest lunch.

We would like to celebrate the life of our church family here at The Square and provide an opportunity to come together for fellowship.
We plan to present a PowerPoint during the service similar to the one we put together at Christmas. So if you have experienced any significant events in your family during the past 18 months and would like this to be included for sharing with the rest of our church family, please send a photo with a short caption to Rev. Nina Johnson (
minister@squaremethodist.org). These could include special birthdays or anniversaries,
weddings, graduations, the loss of loved ones or any other achievements small or large!
If you are able to help with the Harvest lunch in any way please let the stewards know
(
stewards@squaremethodist.org or ring Lisa 01582 757983)

26 August: PayPal Pools

If you have recently been using PayPal Pools to make donations to the church, you should be aware that our account will be closed as from the end of August. We will be finding an alterative way to do this, and will make it known once we know what we're doing. Many thanks to those who have contributed.

20 August: Luton City of Sanctuary

It is proposed to make Luton a City of Sanctuary, with the aim of coordinating all of the efforts directed at helping refugees and asylum seekers. For more details, see this PDF and this website.

30 July: Cleaning volunteers

As I write this, we have very few volunteers coming forward to help clean the church, which is perfectly understandable in the current circumstances.

However please be aware that without offers of help, we will be unable to open up the church any more than we are currently doing.

Please take time to read through this list of cleaning duties and consider whether you are able to offer any help, however small the offer may seem.
Maybe, you could do one of the weekly jobs once a month? - the more people that offer the less onerous the task will be!
If you feel you can help, please email the
stewards (stewards@squaremethodist.org) or ring Lisa on 01582 757983.

16 July: Stop the Scammers

"Sling Your Hook" Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch To Tackle Scams. See full details in this PDF.

18 June: Project Team needed

Our church project for the coming year is to raise
funds for the work needed on the west wall. If you
are interested in being part of a team to facilitate
our fund-raising for this essential work, please
contact Stephen Parkinson,
stephen.c.parkinson@googlemail.com

18 June: Rotary Club Wombles

Dunstable Rotary Club has set up a Community Corps for people wanting to participate without becoming full members. They have been clearing litter. More details on our News page.

10 June: Donations and Gift Aid

Ivor Mitchelmore has just taken on the role of Gift Aid secretary, and has provided this document with some useful pointers on how to make your donations go further.




More news items are available on our News page.


 




Café Worship

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Meet other people, have a coffee and a cake. Read the Sunday papers. If you have not been to The Square before this is a gentle way to try us out. See the Worship page.



House Groups

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A number of house groups meet regularly in  an informal setting to explore what it means to be a Christian

Youth Groups

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Activities for younger people at The Square.
Read about Sunday Club, Inters Youth Club, Brownies, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts here.



 Drama Circle Next Production

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See our page.


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The Methodist Church The Square is part of The Methodist Church in Britain