Sunday 4th September - 10.45am – Anthony Dale
Sunday 11th September –10.45am – Deacon Jennifer Heath
Sunday 18th September - 10.45am – Mark Creighton
Sunday 25th September – 10.45am – Lynne Stretton
Dukinfield Methodist Church is a friendly, active church. We encourage all to join our church family to worship God and share in the fellowship and love of fellow Christians.
We would love to meet you and welcome you into our church community, you can contact us by phone or email, or why not come along and meet use for Sunday worship at 10.45 am or join our coffee morning on Wednesday 9.45 am to 11.15am.
Our church family encourages everyone:
to come to worship God
to share together in fellowship and love
to grow as Christians
to share the good news and care for others
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A Message from our Minister
The summer’s almost over and the time has come for us to wish each other, in that peculiar Methodist way, ‘A Happy New Year’. My colleague, Graham, has difficulty getting his URC head round this, but in some ways it’s very appropriate. We’ve all had a bit of a break over the summer and now the time’s come to get back to some of the activities that we’ve had a break from. So we look on this as a new start, a new year in our church life, a time for bringing a new energy and spirit into what we do in God’s name and for Jesus’ sake.
This is timely and significant for us at Dukinfield. The day before this new year started we had an Extraordinary Church Council to consider what to do with regard to the structural engineer’s report on the cracks which have appeared on the eastern side of the building. The well-attended meeting had a wide-ranging discussion on the state and use of the building, the life and mission of the church and the prospects for the future. In the end an almost unanimous decision was taken to go ahead with tests on the drains and ground at that side of the building which should inform us on the cause of the cracks and possible remedial work necessary to solve the problem.
During the course of the discussion there was, inevitably, an element of looking back to some of the exciting things that had happened in the past, and would now no longer be possible. Such memories are precious and can still be inspiring even though they may hark back to what wouldn’t be possible now. However, we also looked at implications and prospects for the future, and someone made the rather telling comment that what was done in the past as in the past and ‘we’re not that sort of church now’.
That, for me, was quite a turning point in proceedings, for we went on to talk about how the nature of the church could currently be seen in a vibrant worshipping congregation embracing different forms of service, a supportive and compassionate pastoral fellowship, and an organisation willing to support fellow Christians and wider issues of peace and social justice. This gives us many possible implications for the future, especially when we see God, our very powerful God, being with us in everything we do, as we represent the body of Christ in this place.
There is, in fact, a firm Biblical theology behind this. In his Second Letter to the Corinthians (chapter 5, verse 17) Paul says that ‘anyone united with Christ is a new creation, the old self has passed away completely; everything is made new’.
That could be the message for us to take into the new church year. Much of what has happened in the past is good to look back on, but we must look forward now. The Gospel, at its heart, is about new beginnings, a fresh start not of our own making, but made possible by the grace of God. The life-changing power of God in Christ is always striving to bring newness to his creation. May we be open to that power and grace in making our church a new creation in his name.