Central Methodist Church Launceston

reaching out with Christ at the Centre

All Church Services and Social Meetings are currently cancelled due to the Corona Virus Pandemic

Service sheets have been produced by the Methodist Church and will be provided each week on this site.
We are encouraging chapels to use this at the same time as their chapel service would have been on Sunday
so that we feel that we are still worshipping together, although not physically being together.

 
During the pandemic, Services adapted for no physical congregation will be live streamed from Wesley’s Chapel in London
Service times: Wednesday 12:45; Thursday 12:45 ; Sunday 9:45 and 11:00.
 


Marriage & Relationships in the Methodist Church

 
The Methodist Marriage and Relationships Task Group's new report 'God in Love Unites Us', will be presented in the upcoming Methodist conference to be held in Birmingham between 27th June and 4th July. If the 67-page report is passed, the wider Church will consider it with a final decision being made at the 2020 conference.
 
As part of the discussion process a meeting was recently held at the Central Methodist Church in Launceston. The evening was chaired by Rev Malcolm Jones with the main speaker being Rev Paul Smith.
 
 
Rev Ken Howcroft, who chairs the group says why it's important for the Church to talk about relationships, sex and marriage. "We have not been good at doing it for a very long time and there is a dissonance between what we have sometimes formally said and the way we actually behave and that is not good," he explained.
 
While Rev Howcroft acknowledged some members of the Church may be disappointed if the changes are implemented, he insisted that it would be impossible to please everyone in the Church. "Whatever we say, there will be people who profoundly disagree with that and that's the journey we've been on for all these years - in particular for the last 25 years or so," he said. "What we're trying to do is to find a way in which we can deeply honour each other's convictions."
 
A clause has been included in the proposals that states no-one would be forced to officiate at a same-sex marriage if they felt prevented by "their personal beliefs and integrity". Rev Howcroft said he hoped that ministers would not feel pressured to conduct same-sex weddings.
 
He added: "We have similar things about ministers who are not required to officiate at the remarriage of divorcees but they are meant to enable divorcees who want to get married to talk to someone who would be able to do that. "I would hope that the same sort of spirit of openness would apply in this situation."
 
The group's report also proposes providing resources to celebrate civil partnerships and prayers for when marriages end in divorce.


 

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Foodbank Appeal

Can you help?

In the current epidemic crisis there is a very big need for food contributions for the Launceston Foodbank.

If you can help, please leave your contributions in the collection points at Tescos or the Cooperative food stores who support the scheme.

More information here


 

Spring Harvest

for all the family online … and its free!
Sadly, this year’s Spring Harvest event has been cancelled due to the pandemic. However even though this has left them with a £1.5m hole in their accounts which threatens their very future they are planning to launch the event online via Spring Harvest Home on YouTube from 13th – 17th April.

We can’t go to Spring Harvest this year so they're bringing Spring Harvest to us! - and it will be free and accessible for all. This is an amazing annual event for absolutely all of the family and will include adapted versions of the Big Start, Bible teaching, worship, seminars and perhaps some more light-hearted viewing, right through the day.

The team are currently working non-stop (in self isolation of course) to ensure this reaches us.

Spring Harvest Home will be on YouTube at the following link: SH2020 ...and please subscribe to the Spring Harvest channel and put the dates in your diary.

Moving forward, Spring Harvest believes that they will be able to deliver Spring Harvest again in 2021. Nobody knows what the long-term consequences Covid-19 will have for the event and our nation, but with us standing with them, they firmly believe they will be back next year.