Totley Rise Methodist Church
CORONOVIRUS - MESSAGE FROM REV GAIL HUNT
We are living in challenging and worrying times, travelling a path that has not been taken before. The Government's announcement yesterday has taken us all into the next phase. In response to this, the Methodist Church nationally and the Sheffield Circuit have given us further guidance as to the appropriate response and measures we should now take and we here at TRM will be following these. They are as follows:
It is recommended that worship services are suspended for the time being along with all Church activities. (Starting now) The Sheffield Circuit have identified this period of time to be 12 weeks, which means we will need to think creatively about how we celebrate Easter. Although we will not be able to worship together in our building we will still celebrate the risen Christ!
The next few weeks and months will be a testing time for us all, and especially for those over 70 or who have underlying medical conditions. Social isolation will be a real problem. Pastoral support is very important, please consider how best we can do this using telephone, email or even an old fashioned letter! Only make a personal visit if the person you are seeing is happy for you to go and if you feel comfortable responding in this way .
There is also a S17-Covid-19 community support group being set up on Facebook and other local initiatives and I will keep in contact with these.
As a fellowship this is a time when we can think carefully about what it means to be Church, and how we can be Church differently. After sorting out initial arrangements I will strive to keep in contact with you all as best as I can by sending, via email, prayers and a thought for the week. If we have any information to share with one another we can also produce a weekly “news sheet”. The details of all this are not in place yet but watch this space! As we start to communicate more in this way please print off a paper copy for those whom you may know that are not on the internet and pop it through their door. If you could start with this letter also please.
As Christians we have a social responsibility to model best practice and we hold faith and society side by side. Do you remember my sermon of a few weeks ago? “Prayer and action” Nehemiah told the people “Pray to God and post a guard” (Nehemiah 4: 1-9). Now is the time to pray to God and follow the guidelines we have been given, taking social distancing seriously.
One day we will look back on this time and consider many things, but for now we hold one another in love. 1 John 4:18 says: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” Our hope is built on the perfect love of Jesus and we have been called to share that love with the world, and that is what we shall be doing in the coming weeks and months as more and more people in our community are in need.
I want to finish, for now, with a prayer which J John a Church of England Pastor has posted written by Cameron Bellm, it says it all:
May we who are inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who are able to work from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or working for rent.
May we who have flexibility to care for our children when schools close, remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips, remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market, remember those who have no margin
May we who settle in for our quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose to love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbour
I continue to hold you all in my prayers and will support and guide you through these unchartered waters.
Welcome! Totley Rise Methodist Church is a lively and welcoming place of Christian worship on the South West outskirts of Sheffield, England. Every Sunday we have a contemporary worship service at 10:30am. On the first and third Sundays of the month, we have a more traditional style of worship at 9am. On the first Sunday of the month at 4pm we have a quieter and less structured service called "Time Aside". On the second Sunday at 3pm "Focus Church" takes place. This is a time of worship specially structured for those who have learning disabilities and cognitive difficulties. Finally, on the fourth Sunday at 9am is "Toddler Praise" specifically for parents and pre-school children. The first 10 minutes of the morning service is planned for all ages worshipping together before the children leave the main body of the church to attend Sunday Club. On the second Sunday of the month, we have All Age Worship when the children remain in the church for the whole service. (Please see our calendar). You can listen to recordings of sermons from recent services.
For room hire, please find details of rooms, prices and how to book by selecting "Premises" from the menu above and "Room Hire".
We are a busy Church with group activities taking place throughout the week from Pushchair Club to Senior Teas and there is a particular emphasis on welcoming and making provision for young families. Check our weekly notices, special announcements and calendar for information about our upcoming activities. Our Magazine (Alive!) reports on completed events and looks forward to approaching ones.
In our Youth and Children's activities the leaders engage with younger people from pre-school to teenage on Sunday mornings and the team lays on activities such as Messy Church and Toddler Praise - a lively mix of singing and storytelling - in addition to fun days and performances in Church itself. A crèche is available during Sunday morning services.
Totley Rise is active in the local community too, hosting a walk-in Citizens Advice Bureau.
The Church premises include the TRM Centre - a community hub with rooms to hire and kitchen and toilet facilities. Outside is our Quiet Garden - a crafted space of tranquillity in a setting of carefully managed flowerbeds and biblical references. This popular feature is now on the itinerary of the Totley Open Gardens - an annual event raising funds for local charities.
Contact us to find out more.
TRM AND SAFEGUARDING
The Methodist Church is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of its life and ministry. Safeguarding is about the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will:
- promote the welfare of children, young people and adults
- work to prevent abuse from occurring
- seek to protect and respond well to those that have been abused
Getting married at Totley Rise
The day of a wedding is a fabulous occasion and a marriage service, wherever held, is a public declaration of your love and commitment for each other.
We love having couples celebrate their happy day in our church and, of course, if you do choose to get married in church, there is an added dimension to your wedding.
Including God in your marriage is no guarantee that you will avoid all the usual ups and downs associated with a lifetime relationship ! However, the great news is that you will know that you can look to God for help and guidance and His love will sustain you. You will, of course, also have the support of this local Christian church and the community of people who worship here.
If you would like to speak with the minister further about arranging your wedding, please contact the Rev Gail Hunt.
Baptisms and Dedications
We usually have baptism or dedication services as part of our Sunday morning worship and we especially try to include them in our All Age Worship. These are always lovely events and the whole congregation, including our children, will really enjoy celebrating with you. Early Christians brought their whole families to be baptised and that is one of the reasons why we baptise infants. However some parents feel that the act of baptism is only to be taken at the time of personal response and prefer to have a service of thanksgiving and dedication. This Church is happy to provide for both these understandings.
If you have come to faith as an adult and have not been baptised previously we are also able to offer adult baptism.
In the Methodist Church we recognise that God’s love and grace extend to all of us before we could know anything of it. There is a passage in the Bible that says 'For you created me in my inmost being. You knitted me together in my mother’s womb' (Psalm 139) and this is important to our thinking, both in the service of infant and adult baptism and in the dedication of a young child.
If you wish to have your child baptised or dedicated, or are seeking a believer’s baptism for yourself, please speak to the Rev Gail Hunt who will talk with you further about what is involved.
Christians believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives them hope and cause for thanksgiving in the face of death. A Methodist funeral service acknowledges this hope and offers the bereaved the opportunity to remember their loved one's life and offer them into God's care.
Taking funerals is an important part of our minister's work and the Rev Gail Hunt is available to lead a personalised service which can either take place here at the Church, or at the crematorium or cemetery. She will also offer comfort and support both before and after the funeral itself. If you would like the assistance of a minister, please contact Gail direct or ask the funeral director. it is important the minister is consulted before booking the date and time of a funeral.