FLEET METHODIST CHURCH

 

 

  "I felt my heart strangely warmed"  John Wesley 24 May 1738


                           

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Reverend Nick Oborski

Church Office: 72 Reading Rd South, Fleet. GU52 7TF

Tele: 01252 812275

 

email:
 

office@fleetmethodist.org.uk 
 
                                      

 

Our Vision:

We live to serve God and seek to bring His
love through Jesus Christ to
all.
Our fundamental values are:

1. Growth & nurture of people in their Christian faith. 
2.
Worship to inspire and challenge. 
3.
Learning & talent development. 
4. Seeking
salvation for all.
5. To recognise and celebrate our unity in Jesus Christ.

  Growth & nurture of people in their Christian faith. 
Growth through prayer and Bible study.
Growth through evangelism, learning and witness. 
Effective pastoral support.
Outreach to all in the church & world community. 
Practical support for all in need.

Appreciate that all are at a different stage on the spiritual journey.

Worship to inspire and challenge.
Balance traditional and modern approaches.
Develop a mixture of meaningful worship styles.
 
Worship opportunities responsive to changing lifestyles.

Learning & talent development.

Develop our prayer life.

Learn to express our love of Jesus Christ more effectively.

Share skills and talents.

Use different gifts in sharing our faith. Development for all to promote God's purpose.

Seeking salvation for all.

     Through witness and evangelism bring God's love through Jesus Christ to all.

     Support_ and encourage world mission initiatives. Be active in promoting justice for all.

To recognise and celebrate our unity in Jesus Christ.

     Through whole Fleet Methodist Church activities.

     Through activities with external Christian groups.

     By welcoming all, irrespective of age, race, gender or background.

 

My purpose is to give life in all its fullness"

                 

            "This is My commandment that you shall love one another as I have loved you"              John 

 

A PRAYER for those who work with computers

Dear God, please make my computer behave.
 
Let the battery charge and the orange light always be green.

Please make "cut and paste" work when I am doing my dissertation
,
And always make sure the floppy disk saves everything!

But most of all, dear lord, I ask that I will not let the computer rule me.
 

You have provided alternatives (that are usually more reliable) for everything.

You created us to communicate with each other,

Not to sit endlessly at screens with aching eyes.
 

Please restrain me from spending loads of money

On things that look useful but which I do not need
.
Let me look at the real needs of the world,

Not at making profits for computer magnates.
 

My computer is useful but not essential,
 

So, if all fails on the computer front, let me praise your name

(it will be a good thing in the long run).

Rachel Ullmer
USPG Mission Partner, Pakistan
(Submitted by Alyson Buckle)

Heaven's Grocery Store

I was walking down life's highway a long time ago.
One day, I saw a sign for "Heaven's Grocery Store",
As I got a little closer, the door came open wide,
And when I came to myself, I was standing inside.
I saw a host of ANGELS. They were standing everywhere.
One handed me a basket and said, "My child, shop with care",
Everything a Christian needed was in the Grocery Store,
And all you couldn't
carry, you could come back the next day for more, 
First, I got some PATIENCE, LOVE was in the same row,
Further down was UNDERSTANDING, you need that everywhere you go.
I got a box or two of WISDOM, a bag or two of FAITH.
I couldn't miss the HOLY GHOST for it was all over the place.
I stopped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE to help me run this race. 
By then my basket
was getting full, but I remembered some GRACE.
I didn't forget SALVATION for SALVATION is free,
So I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.
Then I started up to the counter to pay my grocery bill,
For I though I had everything to do my MASTER'S will.
As I went up the aisle I
saw PRAYER and I just had to put that in,
For I know when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.
PEACE and JOY were plentiful, they were on the last shelf.
SONG and PRAISES were hanging near so I just helped myself.
Then I said to the Angel, "Now, how much
do I owe?"
He just smiled and said "Just take them everywhere you go".
Again, I said, "How much do I really owe?"
He smiled again and said: "My child, Jesus paid your bill a long, long
time ago!"

Submitted by Alyson Buckle

  Robert Smith sends this poem for others to share

A Beautiful Prayer

I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

 

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.

God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

 

I asked God to grant me patience.

God said, No.

Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned.

 

I asked God to give me happiness.

God said, No.

I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

 

I asked God to spare me pain.

God said, No.

Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

 

I asked God to make my spirit grow.

God said, No.

You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

 

I asked God for all things so that I may enjoy life.

God said, No.

I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

 

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.

God said... Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

 

THIS DAY IS YOURS, DON'T THROW IT AWAY

 

Mat God Bless You, "To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world".

 


Sunrise

It's dark in the mornings when I leave for work, Lord
Headlights and street lights pinprick my way
But as I drive along the motorway
Your pale sunrise spreads across the sky
Like ink on wet blotting paper

Lighting the whole world

 

Spread Your light over the whole world, Lord
That we might see it accurately
In all its beauty and shadow
And make our way safely through

 

Spread Your light over our lives, Lord
Dispel the darkness around and within

That we, in turn, like still lakes

Might reflect back Your glory

 

Liz Manning (B.B. Parent)                 



My Bible

 

My bible is my passbook,
I draw from it each day,
Every time I open it,
It tells me what to say.

 

It's written in two parts, you see,
The old and then the new.
The old is full of prophesy,
The new says it came true.

 

O.T. says "Christ will come",
And all will then be well,
N.T. says "Christ has come", 
So we are saved from hell.

 

Together all of us must live,
In peace and harmony,
True living unto all we give,
Let's raise our psalmody.

 

Lord, forgive us all our sin,
We know not what we do,

We want to live our lives like Him,

And Follow only you

 

                                                                                    Alyson Buckle

 

The following is a copy of a poem that appeared on the back of the P&J service sheet:

 

I wonder if Christ had a little brown dog,
All curly and woolly like mine,
With two long silky ears and a nose round and wet
And two eyes dark and tender that shine


I fear that He didn't because I have read
How He prayed in the garden alone,

For all of His friends and disciples had fled
Even Peter - the one called a stone


And I am quite sure that the little brown dog
With heart so tender and warm
Would never have left Him to suffer alone
But, creeping right under His arm

Would have licked the dear fingers in agony clasped
And, counting all favours but loss,

When they took Him away would have trotted behind
And followed Him right to the cross

Anon

 

 

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time

 

T.S.Elliot "Little Gidding"

 

 

A WAY INTO PRAYER

Sometimes I need a "kick start" into prayer time. I sometimes feel restless and perhaps a little reluctant to get going, so I adopt this exercise which I would like to share with you.

Use your hands as a guide to prayers. Touching each of the fingers of your left hand in turn, name five people for whom you would like to pray for. Then on your right hand, think of five needs of the world you want to bring to God in prayer. Then with your hands together say the Lords Prayer.

When I use this method of praying, I touch the finger tip representing the person's head, finger tip to finger tip - and imagine as I pray for that person that God's healing power is flowing from Him through my finger tips onto that persons head.

Try this as an extra dimension to prayer, as your imagination can greatly enhance the strength of that prayer.

ALYSON BUCKLE

A THOUGHT OF LIFE

We live and laugh and love and cry,
And memories produce a sigh.
To God who dwells in Heaven on high,
Our hopes, our thoughts should ever fly.
O give us grace His ways to try,
Till in His arms we gently lie.

W.W. Gibson