Stokesley Bear: December 2017
Great Ayton Methodist Church was shining out like a candle in the dark on Sunday 17 December. In the church, the electric lights had been dimmed so that the church was filled with the warm glow of candles. Set on each window ledge were candles and a small Christmas tree. At the front of the church was a large Christmas tree next to a stand with five candles. These were the Advent candles lit as a countdown to Christmas Day. As it was the third Sunday in Advent, only three candles were lit. So no 'four candles' joke as Rev Lisa Quarmby, who was leading the service, explained.
The candles didn't only light the service; they played a part in the prayers and reflections. We heard the story of the Christmas candle, which was a story all about forgiveness. We were then invited to light a candle to remember someone we need to forgive or ask forgiveness from. The candles we lit were set out in the shape of a star. While the candles were being lit, the music group played 'Born in the night'.
The service contained a variety of music with traditional carols played on the organ alongside songs played by the worship group. There was also time for individuals to let their talents shine; Kate played a violin solo of 'O come, o come Immanuel' and Hannah sung 'It was on a starry night'.
We were encouraged to take this healing light out into the community and join in with the 'Carols on the Green' on Monday 18 December. We were also reminded of other Christmas services going on in the next week. See the calendar page for more details.
You may also be interested in
'Come for everything is ready' was the theme of the World Day of Prayer Service on Friday 1 March 2019. I went to Great Ayton Methodist Church where everything appeared to be ready. There was a table laid for a feast at the front of the church. In front of the table were two vases full of flowers. The service was prepared by Christian women from Slovenia. During the service we heard...
Great Ayton CP GroupQuiet MorningFriends Meeting House, High GreenMonday 4th March, 10am to 1pm'Where only love can go'led by Mel King (N.Yorks Contemplative Outreach leader)All are welcome. Mid morning Coffee Break. No charge — donations to cover expensesLocal contacts: C.Avison, M.Lewis P.Nel, E.Sedgwick &...
Cleveland and Danby Methodist Circuit present...Circuit Missions Weekendled by Margaret & (Revd) Colin Gardner Mission Partners who worked for the Methodist Church in The GambiaFriday 15th March, 7-15 pm at Glaisdale Head ChapelSaturday 16th March, 2 — 4 pm Zetland Park Methodist ChurchSunday 17th March 10.30am Guisborough Methodist ChurchEveryone welcome to each...
Great Ayton Methodist Church
Stokesley Methodist Church