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The Weekly Notice Sheet is handed out on Sundays, with news of what is happening at The Square. 
If you would like to receive it by email or send news to be included, please email us.

You can read the latest notice sheet here, and previous sheets can be found in our archive.



Worship at The Square

Following our long period of closure due to Covid, we have now re-opened the church buildings for worship, and most of our services are now conducted live in church. Most of these are now also live streamed on YouTube, so you can join in online if you can't make it in person. See our Worship This Week page for up to date information. On that page, you can also find resources to help you in your worship at home, if that is your choice.

Now that the government has removed the 'Plan B' Covid restrictions, we ask only that you wear face masks while singing. You are welcome to wear face masks at other times if you wish. Thank you. 

Worship Elsewhere

Other Opportunities for online worship in South Bedfordshire Circuit are listed on our Worship This Week page.


Trinity Methodist Church are holding evening services at 6pm via zoom on the first and third Sundays of each month. All are invited to join us.
Contact Catherine Roots at
catherine.roots1@ntlworld.com

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Square Groups

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Parking Charges

From 1st April

Please note that parking charges in Ashton Square changed on April 1st. Tuesday afternoons are no longer free, but Wednesday and Saturday afternoons are (from 1pm). And the charges per length of stay are also changing. Please take care not to get caught out!

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Meeting Point 

Tuesday, 24th May
10:30

Church Parlour

Meeting Point is a study and fellowship group who meet  in the Church Parlour on alternate Tuesdays. Contact Lisa Foster, stewards@squaremethodist.org or call 01582 757983

Normally alternates with Fill The Gap, which is currently taking a break.

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Armchair Exercise Group

Tuesday, 24th May
2pm

Church Parlour

All are welcome to join us.

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Priory Housegroup 

Tuesday, 24th May
7:30 - 9pm

chez Sharan

ISS  - I’m Still Standing – A Lent course based on the Elton John movie ‘Rocketman’ by Rachel Mann

Session One: ‘In Want of Love’ - using clips from Elton’s ‘present’ and ‘childhood’, this session looks at how we become who we are and who we feel called to be. (Jesus’ childhood; Temptations in the Desert; David facing down Goliath.)

Manse Tea Poster +

Manse Garden Tea

Saturday 28th May
3pm - 5pm

The Manse

Manse Garden Afternoon Tea in aid of Project WW

Get your tickets (£5 each) from Bridget Calvert, 01582 527459

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Priory Housegroup 

Tuesday 31st May

No meeting - half term week

Prayer Hands

Monthly Prayer at the Square

Monday, 6th June
7:30pm

Zoom

This month's prayer meeting is cancelled in favour of God In Love Unites Us (below)

Same-sex marriage

God In Love Unites Us

Monday, 6th June
7:30pm

Church Parlour and Zoom

At the last Methodist Conference in 2021 it was agreed that individual Methodist churches could make the decision to be churches where same-sex marriages could be registered.

This is the first of two Zoom meetings to discuss the Square's response to this opportunity (full details here), and is open to the entire church community. Zoom joining details to follow, but in the meantime, you can read The 2019 Marriage and Relationships report on the national Methodist website.

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Priory Housegroup 

Tuesday 7th June
7.30 - 9pm

Chez Rogers

ISS  - I’m Still Standing – A Lent course based on the Elton John movie ‘Rocketman’ by Rachel Mann

Session Two: ‘Border Songs’ - concentrating on Elton’s friendships with Bernie Taupin, soul performers, as well as his manager John Reid, this session looks at how ‘relationship’ can build us up and break us down; how does friendship and betrayal shape our identities? (Jesus’ closest relationships; Jesus and Judas; Saul and David; Jonathan and David.)

Session Three: ‘Into Orbit’ - examining what success and failure can mean, looking at Elton’s burgeoning success and the shadows emerging underneath. (Jesus’ greatest successes - feeding of the five thousand, triumphant entry into Jerusalem - and the problems this success generates for those jealous of him or fearful about what his ’success’ means.)

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Ladies' Thursday Club 

Thursday 9th June
2pm

Church Parlour

Methodist Women in Britain

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Gather Round

Tuesday, 14th June
2pm

Church Parlour

 

Same-sex marriage

God In Love Unites Us

Monday, 20th June
7:30pm

Church Parlour and Zoom

At the last Methodist Conference in 2021 it was agreed that individual Methodist churches could make the decision to be churches where same-sex marriages could be registered.

This is the second of two Zoom meetings to discuss the Square's response to this opportunity (full details here), and is open to the entire church community. Zoom joining details to follow, but in the meantime, you can read The 2019 Marriage and Relationships report on the national Methodist website.

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Ladies' Thursday Club 

Thursday 23rd June
2pm

Church Parlour

David Dellor – Lambeth Palace

 

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Other Square Events

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External Events

Trinity Methodist Church, Leighton Buzzard

Sunday Evening service via Zoom

First and third Sunday of each month

Trinity Methodist Church are holding evening services twice a month at 6pm via Zoom. The initial trial period has now been extended until at least September 2021.
All are invited to join us.
Contact Catherine Roots at
catherine.roots1@ntlworld.com

Methodist Learning Network - Eastern Region

Eco Church Survey

Wednesday 25th May
7.30pm

Zoom

On Wednesday 25th May at 7.30pm Angela Brydon, District Discipleship Enabler will be hosting on Zoom an opportunity to explore the Eco Church Survey and to better understand how it works. This is ideal for churches who are just thinking about Eco Church and wondering what they may need to do. It would also be helpful to have some folk who understand how it works to also join on that evening. 

The link to register for that: 
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtce-urDotH9LDlgOnY5F9A02G4q_J1nsV

Thy Kingdom Come +

Thy Kingdom Come
Join Us In Prayer
Launch Service

Thursday 26th May
7.30pm

Bunyan Meeting
Bedford
MK40 3EU

with worship led by Rev. Dr David Chapman, Chair of the Methodist District and contributions from:
Ruth Robb of Azalea, Luton
Christian Cole, Youth Missoner, Diocese of St Albans
Dr Lynn Bassett, Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster

Stay for refreshments, prayer and an opportunity to meet with organisations serving our churches and communities from around Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Full details in this leaflet.

Belonging Together Ministers Group Conference +

Belonging Together Ministers Group Conference

Saturday 28th May

The theme for this conference is "Celebrating Diversity: growing in hope", and will be held on Saturday 28th May at Selly Oak Methodist Church. Click the poster to enlarge.

Methodist Learning Network - Eastern Region

District Probationer Testimony Services

Sunday 29th May
6.00pm

High Town Methodist Church

DISTRICT PROBATIONER TESTIMONY SERVICES AHEAD OF RECEPTION INTO FULL CONEXION AND ORDINATION AT METHODIST CONFERENCE 2022

The Rev’d Margaret Newman

Preacher: The Rev’d Dr. David Chapman
Chair of District

Please give your support through your attendance and your prayers

 

Free Church Service

Wednesday 1st June
11am

Lady Chapel,
St Albans Cathedral

You are invited to attend a Free Church Service in the Lady Chapel
The Reverend Simon Carver
Senior Minister, Dagnall Street Baptist Church,
Free Church Chaplain, St Albans Cathedral.

Strathmore Jubilee Party +

Jubilee Party

Sunday 5th June
1 pm

43 Strathmore Ave
Luton LU1 3NZ

Luton Airport also known as Luton Rising has awarded Strathmore church £3000 to support our ongoing monthly Breakfast Club which we run every first Sunday of the month.

The fund will also contribute to the celebration of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Jubilee celebration will be an all-day event, starting with breakfast and continuing with lunch/afternoon tea and BBQ. We will be inviting charities, local children’s entertainers, music, and much more to join in the festivity.

We would like to work with churches in our circuit to reconnect and show love to families and individuals in our communities. This will be a chance for us to see you all again, after a very difficult 2 years. We are currently seeking volunteers to help make the event a huge success.  If you would like to get involved or have young people in the church, please send an email to Deborah at Strathmorebreakfastclub@gmail.com

Methodist Learning Network - Eastern Region

District Course - ACORN

Tuesday 7th June
for 3 weeks
7.30pm

Zoom


This involves a small group meeting initially for 3 weeks for an hour each time. 

The first week the ACORN method is explained and explored:

A is for Ask. We start by asking God who he would have us connect with outside of the church.

C is for Call. We listen for Gods call, who is God calling us to speak to. 

O is for Obey. We obey God - and contact whoever he has called us to contact and start a conversation by simply asking "How are you?"

R is for Report - what we might call testimony. We talk about what happened as a result of asking God who to contact. This happens back in the group the 2nd week. As one individual speaks the rest listen and:

N is for Notice. The rest of the group whilst listening notice where God was as often others notice when we ourselves cannot see. 

 

That is the basics and to experience these times of sharing are amazing. There are a few folk who have shared in ACORN in the District so it could be possible that those individuals may be able to organise some face to face sessions locally to where they are. In the meantime I am setting aside some time to run some ACORN sessions on Zoom  Tuesday evenings from 7th June at 7.30 for an hour. Then 14th and 21st June. Also Thursday Mornings at 10am for an hour. Thursdays 9th 16th and 23rd June. 

Register here for the Tuesday Evening ACORN sessions

Methodist Learning Network - Eastern Region

BEH Bible Course

Wednesday 8th June
for 8 weeks
7.30pm

Zoom

BEH Bible Course, over 8 sessions, combines video teaching, group discussion, personal reflection and daily readings.  Each weekly session will last an hour to an hour and a half.  The sessions will be on Wednesdays at 7.30pm starting on 8th June for 8 weeks.  These will obviously need to be on Zoom which limits access for some. But moving forward if more folk across the District feel better equipped they can then share with others.

Register here for the BEH Bible Course on Zoom

Methodist Learning Network - Eastern Region

Annual Circuit Service

Sunday, 12th June
11am

Dunstable Downs

On the 12th of June at 11.00am we will be holding our service of worship at The Downs, and you are invited to bring a picnic for the end of the service. We envisage that the event will be similar to those that we have held previously and there will be some activities organised for all ages.

We need volunteers for the following roles:

Welcoming team
to welcome those attending;
to distribute worship resources;
to assist with car park duties;
to engage with members of the general public passing by

General Team
To assist where needed;
To litter pick at the end of the event.

Worship Team
Musicians
Those wanting to be involved in planning worship
Additional children resources within worship.
Art/drama/ creative resources

We will be holding a preliminary meeting for those able to attend and who are interested in any of the above on Weds 11th of May, 7.30pm at The Square. If you are interested but not able to attend that meeting, please respond to Nina Johnson (revbiker_nj59@btinternet.com Tel 07896668616) or to the circuit administrator, Mia (office@southbedsmethodist.org.uk).

With my thanks,
Nina Johnson

Methodist Learning Network - Eastern Region

Unconscious Bias online training

14 June 7-8.30pm
16 June 10-11.30am
21 June 10-11.30 am
23 June 7-8.30pm

Free, online

An Unconscious Bias training session, run six times, for members and leaders of the Methodist Church.

This Unconscious Bias Training session is aimed particularly at those engaged in the stationing invitation process, but is also applicable for those on circuit meetings and church councils, etc.

We will be using the video resources for introducing unconscious bias which is now available on the Methodist Church Website.

The resources can be found at: Introduction to Unconscious Bias – for church councils, circuit meetings and other groups (methodist.org.uk)

The online session will include watching the videos and joining in small group conversation/reflection following each of the 3 video clips.

The Reading/study material which is required before and after the session will be sent to participants once they have booked a place.

When booking your place, please select which session you will be attending.

To Book:

Unconscious Bias Training Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

 

Christ, Democracy, and the Struggle for a Common Life

Wednesday 15th June
7.30pm

June

During the session Luke will use key Christian ideas, including love, lament and listening, to unpack how through doing politics in a democratic way we can help sustain a generous and just common life in days when societies can be divided and polarised.  These are important matters in the world today. Please come along and engage with them and with Luke, in this session.

 

Luke Bretherton is Robert E. Cushman Distinguished Professor of Moral and Political Theology and Senior Fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, USA. Before joining Duke in 2012, he taught at King's College London. His latest book is Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy (2019). His other books include Resurrecting Democracy (2015), which was based on a study of community organizing; Christianity & Contemporary Politics (2010); and Hospitality as Holiness (2006), about pluralism. He is actively involved in grassroots democratic politics.

£10 per person 


Booking via Eventbrite using this link:   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/272123918967

Methodist Learning Network - Eastern Region

Working Out Worship:
Intergenerational Worship

Thursday 16th June
7 - 9 pm

Zoom

What does it mean to be truly 'intergenerational' in worship? How do we integrate different styles, approaches, and levels to ensure that we are engaging and meeting the needs of all ages?

In this session, we will explore what it looks like to be an intergenerational church, what it looks like to worship intergenerationally, signpost to some resources and look at how we can be inclusive and engaging in all that we do.


For more details and to book in, visit: https://bit.ly/workingoutworship

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Forward Planning
(more than a month away)

 

Certificate in Pastoral Care

20th - 24th June

Cliff College offers an in-depth five-day Certificate in Pastoral Care (20-24 June) that is suitable for church ministers, employees and volunteers who want to grow their skills in this important area. Click here and find out more.

Methodist Learning Network - Eastern Region

Working Out Worship:
Hybrid Worship

Thursday 30th June
7 - 9 pm

Zoom

Is your church engaging in a form of digital hybrid worship or hoping to do more digitally? So much change has happened in the way we worship over the past two years, and many of us are still continuing to adapt to a "new way" of doing worship.

In this session we will look at how hybrid worship is: inclusive, accessible, engaging, and most importantly - Church! We will look at ways in which we can best facilitate hybrid worship in a way where everyone feels included, loved and enabled to worship God.

For more details and to book in, visit: https://bit.ly/workingoutworship

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Drama Circle production:

a review called Tale As Old As Time

7th, 8th, 9th July


Sunday nite live


Sunday Nite Live

Sunday, 10th July
6pm

Farley Hill

The Circuit Worship Team are planning to relaunch Sunday Nite Live on Sunday 10th July at Farley Hill at 6pm. Further details will be made available in due course, but the proposed theme is Healing & Reconciliation - What has Covid meant for us. More details here.

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Shambles Big Band Show

Saturday, 24th September

Action for Children

Come and see (and hear) the wonderful Shambles Big Band in their September show at The Square. Proceeds in aid of 'Action for Children' (formerly NCH)

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