The congregations of Trinity Methodist and Pannal Methodist came together to wish Rev Mark and Jenny Godfrey a fond farewell and to highlight what they've meant to our congregations. Trinity Methodist, who jointly hosted the affair at their church, was filled with laughter, fellowship, food, and fun the whole evening long. Rev Mark and Jenny have given of themselves in so many ways and touched many lives during their time here in Yorkshire. While they will be missed, the well wishes and gifts will be reminders of how they have ministered to all of us. We wish them well in their next adventure.
We celebrated Easter today! He is Risen......He is Risen Indeed! We brought our flowers and covered the cross with beautiful colors. Rev Mark Godfrey shared the message of Good News in his final sermon to the Pannal congregation. He will be tremendously missed.
Our Palm Sunday Service was held jointly with St Roberts. This year we began in the village of Pannal at St. Roberts, followed by a walk up the hill as Nigel the donkey led the way. The service included us raising our crosses to celebrate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
This Sunday Service was lead by the Thursday House Group. The service focused on the Bible itself, how it came to be assembled, what the books of the Bible are, and a selection of verses showing the diversity across all the books. A re-enactment of the Council of Hippo gave the background of how the books of the Bible were included. Small groups proceeded to match up verses to their books, and helped line-up all the books of the Bible. The congregation enjoyed a coffee and tea break as well as the singing, fellowship, and the message that the House Group team brought to the service.
Our Café Style Services continue to be an excellent service and we appreciate all the preparations and effort of the Thursday House Group. We were ably reminded of how God's Word has been passed down to us and the lessons it has for us.
Following the morning worship service, the church enjoyed a superb Advent lunch in support of All We Can. A supportive congregation was able to choose from 2 piping hot soups served with bread, and a number of delicious puddings for dessert. The mission of All We Can was presented for awareness. A number of volunteers helped setup the room, organize and serve the food, in addition to clearing the tables and manning the kitchen; we thank them for their willing spirit. Thank you to all who attended and enjoyed the food and fellowship along with supporting All We Can. This has become an anticipated event with a chance for the church to come together.
Over 20 church members enjoyed a filling breakfast of cereals, fruit and yoghurt, followed by bacon butties, pastries and hot drinks before joining together to help prepare readings, prayers and drama for our informal 'October Special' service in the schoolroom. Just over £80 was donated to church funds.
The Church was beautifully decorated for our annual Harvest Service. In
accordance with our usual practice, the congregation was invited to bring
non perishable food and toiletries to donate to Harrogate Homeless
Project.The theme of the service was Water and highlighted the Harvest
Appeal being made by the Methodist charity All We Can to bring clean water
supplies to vulnerable communities in parts of Uganda.
We held our most recent Community Tea in the schoolroom behind our church on Tuesday, September 27th. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the plentiful supply of scones and cakes which were served with their tea. It was a great opportunity to sit, relax, and enjoy each other's company. Thank you to all who donated baked goods, as well as to the volunteers who gave their time to setup and clean away. The money raised is being donated to Dementia Forward. We hope to see everyone at our next Community Tea which will run from 2.30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday October 25th.