'The Bridge' is a kind of church within a church. It's still very much a part of Ponteland Methodist Church, but our services are a little different from what you might expect of a traditional service. We meet most Sundays in the hall at Ponteland Methodist Church Hall at 10am.
It’s been a great start to the 5th year of the Bridge. We’ve had some great services with inspiring teaching, heartfelt worship and a real sense of God’s presence. We have been encouraged by having new people join us, old friends return and to hear about what God has been doing through people taking part in initiatives such as “The Turning” and” Jesus at the door”. Do come along and join us in October, and please keep praying that God will work through and in the people of The Bridge.
There are 4 Bridge services this month, all at 10am Sunday, in the church hall. We are continuing our preaching theme looking at what the bible says about how we use our money:
8th October: Tim Woolley will be speaking on Amos 6 v 1-7: “Comfortably Numb?”
15th October: Steve Small will be speaking on Micah 6 v 6-8 and Mark 12 v 37-44: “Building for the future”
22nd October: Tim Woolley returns to talk about “When generosity gets extravagant”, based on 1 Kings 17 v 7-16
29th October: “Risk averse or God’s entrepreneurs?”: Jona Sewell will be joining us to speak on Matthew 25 v 14-30. We hope to have a shared meal after this service (see below)
Please do consider joining us for our monthly prayer walk around Ponteland, we meet at 7:45pm outside the main church door. This month’s prayer walk is on Wednesday 4th October. The aim is to pray for God to be at work in our community, its people and organisations. It usually takes about an hour, all are welcome, and no one has to pray out loud – unless they want to. I did one all by myself in August – but I would prefer not to now it’s dark, so please come and join me!!
Sue and Abraham Matthew host a meeting for prayer and worship in their home, 35 Longmeadows, Darras Hall, at 7:30pm on the second Friday of each month (Friday 13th October). This meetings have been inspiring and encouraging - do come along!
We are hoping to have a shared lunch after the Bridge service on Sunday 29th October, at approximately 12 noon. Please do come along and bring a contribution to lunch – savoury, sweet or drinks. If you have family or friends who would like to come to lunch but not the service, please feel free to bring them along. We will confirm details nearer the time.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
ECG: Day Conference, including youth and children’s work, on Saturday 4th November 10-4pm at Chester-Le-Street Methodist Church, speak to Steve Small for more details.
Bridge Christmas Celebration: This year’s Christmas Service will be rather later than usual on Sunday 17th December. However, this fits with school hols which are also rather later (kids don’t break up until 22nd). Please put this in your diary and, no, it’s not too soon to start praying about people you would like to invite…These services are fun and interactive with a message – I always wish I had invited more folk along!
BigChurchLive: The Rend Collective (writers of “My Lighthouse”) are coming to Newcastle City Hall on Friday 9th February. Some of us have already bought our tickets, do come and join us if you can. https://bigchurchlive.com/events/rend-collective/newcastle-february-9-2018
Gather Festival: I know it’s very early warning but the Gather Festival will be happening again next year, and will be running for 3 days instead of two (3rd to 5th August). This is an ecumenical Christian Festival in Northumberland which started this year, and hopefully will keep going for many years to come. Check out this website for pictures from this year’s festival and details re next year: http://www.gatherfestival.co.uk/
VERSE(s) FOR THE MONTH:
“When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9 v 36-38
God Bless you
(on behalf of the Bridge Team)