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Dear One and All,

This is one of my favourite texts and as it's about recognition, in part at any rate, it seems to fit into the unusual and almost unrecognisable times we now occupy.  The reading speaks to me of at least three things:

1: Be prepared to be surprised, things are not always as they seem.
2: Whoever said things were going to be easy!
3: Keep our focus on Christ.

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Anne Middleton has created a video of her Easter book, Piggy and Woof Follow the Clues, to shed a little light in the darkness and remind people of the hope we have in Jesus! Please use this link to view the video on Facebook.

Dear One and All,

We are living in extraordinary times. In many respects we are in lockdown and I suspect many of you are anxious about how things will turn out. Faced with an invisible menace it plays on our deepest fears. We are concerned for family and friends, for our way of life and how those magnificent folk in the NHS will cope with what is to come.

This morning I shall be reading Isa:7:10-14, Heb.10:4-10. Lk 1:26-38. It is the celebration of the Annuniciation of our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary. A hymn to read or sing: Tell out my soul 186StF.

The words which struck home to me were 'Do not be afraid' (Lk.1:30) I wonder over the years how often countless numbers of men, women, boys and girls, young and old have contemplated those words. At times of difficulty, calamity, tragedy and despair how those words have spoken into the hearts of those who were fearful, exhausted or despairing. The words of comfort are set in the context of the 'The Lord is with you' (Lk.1:28) So too for us now, 'the Lord is with you' is a reality and as a consequence, our fears  and anxiety are embraced by that overwhelming truth.

Our faith may be sorely tested in the weeks and months to come. I pray in those times of our deepest need that the comfort of the Holy Spirit, the presence of Christ and the love of God will grant us peace, grace and the strength to endure.

Every blessing,

Revd Simon H Leigh.
Superintendent minister.

Friends,

The Methodist Church, in common with the Church of England, has announced that all public worship shall be suspended as of now and this situation will continue for as long as necessary. Full advice is available on the Methodist Church in Britain website.

It will be for each church in the Plymouth and Devonport Circuit to consider its pastoral response but in the first instance pastoral contact should be over the telephone. All church councils and circuit meetings across the Connexion have been cancelled until further notice.

May I ask you to pray about this current state of emergency and its impact on all of us in the UK and beyond. When this has passed, as it will eventually, I wonder what we shall have learned and what unexpected good will come from it.

Every blessing,
Simon.

Revd Simon H Leigh.
Superintendent minister: Plymouth and Devonport Circuit

Friends,

The coronavirus continues to spread in the UK and we must be wise and responsible in our response to this situation. The Methodist Church will follow the Government’s advice on how to respond and likewise, adhere to the requirements laid down by the Department of Health. If you become ill with flu-like symptoms or a cough, cold or fever please DO NOT attend church services or related activities at your church. Please take advice from your GP or NHS111 and it may be necessary to self-isolate.

Where a case of coronavirus is established in a church it will be necessary for that church to close for at least 14 days and all activities at that church will cease. Advice should be taken as to whether or not the premises should be deep-cleaned. (Advice may be obtained from your local council – environmental health or via the NHS).

As a Church we will pray for all those affected by this virus in this country and abroad, remembering especially those who are mourning as a result. We will pray for the scientists and medical staff who are seeking to find a vaccine to prevent this virus and for all those In the NHS who have to care for those affected.

Revd Simon H Leigh.
Superintendent minister: Plymouth and Devonport Circuit.
March 2020.

The circuit plan for January to April 2020 are now available on the website.

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Plymouth & Devonport Methodist Circuit is seeking to appoint a
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES MISSION ENABLER


At Pennycross Methodist Church, Pridham Lane, Plymouth
16 hours per week Salary £7,509 per annum

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Friends,

First that Mrs Anne Middleton will start work on the 2nd January 2020 as the Circuit's first Performing Arts Mission Enabler. Anne is experienced in theatre, drama and performing arts and has previously  worked at the Lantern Arts Centre in Raynes Park near Wimbledon. She has experience in using performing arts for therapeutical purposes. Anne is married to the Revd Darren Middleton, minister at Ridgeway and Woodford church's in the circuit. They have a young daughter who is of school age. This will be an expimg time for Anne and the circuit and we look forward to supporting and sharing in her work. May I ask you to remember Anne in your prayers.

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All Change, All Change!

It's that time of year again when familiar faces disappear and new ones arrive. There are also some changes in the ministerial charge within the Circuit.

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This takes place on Thursday 10th October, 7pm at Compton Methodist Church, Revel Rd, Plymouth PL3 5LF.

The circuit plan and lectionary for September to December 2019 are now available on the website.

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Circuit Plan
Lectionary