On behalf of Bathampton Methodist Church, Happy New Year!
Towards the end of 2020, we were able to gather on Sunday afternoons to worship and as we approached Christmas, our carols filled the car park, the church and our Christmas Eve service.
We had a wonderful Christmas themed Coffee Morning and although the church has not had its regular pattern of activities this year, it has still been able to offer a place of sanctuary and rest to those in greatest need. We have been able to join in with the village’s scarecrow trail and add our own mark to the nativity story told in windows throughout the village.
As we begin 2021, we have many hopes and dreams for the coming year, some of which will wait until the national lockdown is lifted. This includes our services at 2:30pm on Sundays, our Wednesday Coffee Mornings and our physical meeting of toddlers at Smile and Sing, (the Zoom version will still be available at 10:30am on Friday mornings).
This year we were hoping to begin a course for those who would like to explore Methodism and learn more about being a Christian; we hope that this will now begin on 25th February, in a masked face to face way, as part of our Lent Course. All will be welcome and we will send out more details nearer the time. Our plans for Easter are still being finalised and we will keep you updated as time goes on.
Also, this year we hope that the plans we have for the building can take another step forward. We were granted planning permission and through some generous givings and using our easy fundraising page, we are creeping towards that goal. Please do pray as we go out to tender that things will continue to fall into place.
We still await news of our family worker application, but in the meantime, we are grateful for those who have come onboard and helped in different ways.
So, until we meet again, we hope and pray that God will be in your dreaming and in all that you do in 2021, we pray that you will stay safe and take care of yourselves and look forward to seeing you soon.
Rev Elizabeth on behalf of Bathampton Methodist Church.