The Church Council approved our new Mission Statement which is intended
to be more memorable, embracing all that Paddox exists for expressed in
words that mean something to everyone.
Loving God and making God's Love known.
Loving God embraces our worship and expressing love through pastoral care
of all people.
Making God's love known includes a planned distribution of all Paddox
activities in our neighbourhood and making our website more informative
Paddox website is www.paddoxmethodist.org.uk
Please give to Stan Bird anything you would like to see on the website,
or any ideas for content.
FROM THE PRAYER GROUP
Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on.
T'was not given for thee alone
Pass it on.
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another's tears,
Till in Heaven the deed appears,
Pass it on.
Rev'd Henry Burton
Even a small kindness can make someone's day
Even STILL EVEN more TIME TO THROW OFF YOUR OLD BRAS
Many thanks for all those who have already thrown off your bras.
The Plea still continues for you to recycle your old bras in any condition!!
Those in useable condition will be sent to women in the developing countries
overseas. The rest are sold by weight for REFUGE the National Charity
campaigning against domestic violence.
An easy way to make money 70 p per kilo, paid by Bravissimo, the bra manufacturers.
Please place your unwanted bras in the Bra Box by the Church Back Door.
FROM OUR SENIOR STEWARD
This is my first report as Senior Steward and my thanks go to Jeff for
all the work he has done over the past 6 years and for agreeing to continue
working on 'Our Vision'. I would also like to welcome John Kay, who is
our new steward.
Thanks go to everyone who helped or came to the Spring Fair, £580
(so far) was raised to be shared between the Air Ambulance and Christian
Aid, plus £100 each from the church.
If you feel there is anything you would like the stewards to consider,
please talk to me or one of the stewards.
With regard to the next item about GDPR
'If you hold any sort of list or rota with personal information on it,
could you please let Jeff Wells know?'
General Data Protection Regulations
You will undoubtedly have been bombarded with reminders that the GDPR
comes into force on 25 May. The Church Council has appointed me to review
the personal data we hold.
The first step is to build the mapping Form of who holds what data and
for what purpose.
The first draft is being circulated to Church Council members for comment
or addition, but if you hold a list of people related to any church activity
that includes names, address, phone number, email, for example that I
may not be aware of, please let me know.
It is important that anyone who holds personal data ensures it is accurate,
up to date, and only kept for as long as necessary and where practical
kept where general public access is not possible.
has issued a model form.
P.S. Spring Harvest 2018
Sorry, we thought of some more!
We decided to brave the Skyline for the final service and are so glad
we did! Yes, there was still the loud music and some repetitive worship
songs but the atmosphere of over 3000 people worshipping together was
fantastic. As was the Communion served to all of us at the same time -
the stewards handing out bread and wine to each row. (They were then served
at the front immediately afterwards.) The Chair of the Spring Harvest
planning group, Gavin Calver, gave the hard-hitting address. He used meaningful
personal experiences, where relevant, to illustrate the theme of 'Being
Brave' and this one has remained with us and still gives goose bumps:
as a family with young children they prayed together regularly, and Gavin's
wife had suggested they introduce time when they listened to God and however
silly the 'thought' that came into their head they were to share it. Now
for some time Gavin had been aware God was telling him to be brave in
his evangelism and he was resisting - most of us find it difficult, don't
we? During one such quiet time in a prayer session their young daughter
said, "I don't know why but Jesus is telling me to tell Daddy to
Towards the end of the service Gavin asked anyone ready to commit themselves
to Jesus to stand up. Roger, who was sitting next to Phil, said Phil was
on his feet before Gavin had finished speaking! Sharon followed seconds
later and they both went forward for prayer. They had said a prayer of
commitment at a CAP event but, as Phil said, "this was more!"
And so Spring Harvest can both reap and refresh, well worth a visit!
Lynne and Roger Baker
BILTON HOUSE GARDEN PARTY
Bilton House Garden Party this year will be held on Saturday 7th July
from 2pm until 4.30pm and will be opened by Deacon Georgina. There will
be music by the U3A Buskers and Bilton Junior school choir and a variety
of stalls as well as tea/coffee and cakes. We will be looking after the
jewellery, scarves and toiletries stall. If you have any donations to
our stall we would be very pleased to receive them either being left at
church for our attention or we are willing to collect if necessary. Also
if anyone is willing to make a few cakes or scones for the tea tent those
would be gratefully received. Jigsaws are always popular.
I am intending to make some marmalade but I am in need of 1lb/454g jam
jars if anyone has any, please leave them at church or I can collect.
We hope to again be lucky with the weather, but please come and support
the Garden Party, the proceeds of which are used for the residents at
With many thanks
Carol Williams and Christine Whitehouse
Family Fun Morning - Wednesday 30th May 10 - 11.30am. All welcome.
Saturday 30th June - I have booked a stall at the community fun day at
The GEC Recreation Ground, 11am - 3pm We will be doing children's crafts
and giving out leaflets about the Family Fun Mornings at Paddox during
the summer holidays and any other relevant information. It would be lovely
to have some company during the day, even if just for an hour.
Family Fun mornings will be taking place at Paddox on Wednesdays 1st,
8th, 15th & 22nd August. 10 - 11.30am. Offers of help would be appreciated.
www.the place 2b@Paddox.Church
Our next warm weekday welcome will be on Tuesday 12th June at 6.30 pm.
Everybody is welcome to join our regulars and experience new and old songs.
There are refreshments halfway through. There will be new songs from Spring
Harvest to try.
Carol and Stewart Williams
During www we have "a Time to Listen" slot given by a different
person each month. In May it was Sue Beevers and as Editor of Contact
I wish to share the following extract she read to us.
Prayer can be a difficult subject to tackle. Do we pray to God to change
our situation when we believe Him to be in control of our situation? Do
we pray for things or further blessings whilst believing that "the
Lord will provide?"
There's a story of a father who hears his little daughter repeating the
alphabet the best she can. But he notices she has her eyes closed. He
asks her what she was doing and she opens one eye to look at him. "I'm
praying daddy" she whispers.
" It sounded an awful lot like your letters", he said.
"Mummy says letters make up all the words", his daughter explained,
"and sometimes when I pray to God I don't know what I want to say,
so I give Him all the letters and let Him turn them into the right words."
There is a great truth in this. Even as adults it can be difficult to
find the right words, so perhaps we ought to borrow that little girl's
faith and hand it over to God. Maybe the only prayer we need is trust.
Over the past few weeks, Rugby Foodbank has had fewer clients than previously,
meaning that we could build up our reserves of food. However, the past
fortnight has seen a steep increase in the number of people coming to
our distribution centres, together with a seasonal decline in donations,
so your support continues to be necessary if we are to help all those
who need us.
Thank you to everyone who has responded to our request
for good quality used carrier bags. Although our clients are asked to
bring bags to take home their food, we often give out three or four per
client. Because of the levy on plastic bags, new ones cost us 9p each,
so you can imagine how quickly this mounts up and uses money that we would
prefer to spend on food.
Our current shortages, besides good quality carrier bags are men's toiletries,
custard and rice pudding.
Thoughts on Sessions FROM SPRING HARVEST
FROM HOWARD WARRENER
"Live It" theme session with Rachel Gardner & Steve Uppal
Reflection on the Beatitudes (or "Be-attitudes") in Matthew
chapter 5 - how are we meant to "be"?
8 characteristics to grow in our heart -
1. recognise that we are poor in Spirit = see that we need God
2. mourning for breakthrough = feel that we need God
3. walking in meekness = keep what power we have under control
4. hungry/thirsty for righteousness = cultivate our
opposition to apathy
5. give mercy to others = receive mercy
6. be pure in heart = integrity of thinking/ morality/
motives; no faking
7. becoming a peacemaker
8. endure persecution for righteousness sake, rather than
leading a life of bad choices.
"The Consumption Assumption" by Mark Madovan
We talk of consumers/hoarders and spenders/savers; both extremes mask
A suggested process to follow is Give, Save, Live, for example in the
proportions 10%, 10%, 80%
"Why does YOUR work matter?" by Mark Greene
God's work (as seen in the Genesis creation narrative) brings order, provision,
joy, beauty, release of potential; it is self-glorifying
Our work can bring order, provision, joy, beauty, release of potential;
we should try to make it God-glorifying, for example by working at it
with all our heart
Charity workers are heroes, but so are those who work to prevent poverty
"Taming the Tongue" theme session by Mark Madovan
BBM = brain before mouth; does something need to be said? am I the one
to say it? is it the right time?
OFM = one fact more... might explain why x did/said y, so imagine what
that could be before speaking
BFG = be full of grace; give the benefit of the doubt
"Punctuating your day with prayer" by Matt Long
Namaste (Hindi) = I see the light in you
Ma (Japanese) = space that holds potential; all space/time holds the potential
"Finish it" theme session interview with Simon Gillebaud,
missioner in Burundi -
1. Fight the good fight
Fighting is visible in Burundi; in the West, we can choose
to fight apathy, materialism...
2. Finish the race
Pace yourself for a marathon, not a sprint
3. A study found common characteristics of good finishers to be
1. Perspective - focus
2. Regular intimacy with Christ
3. Discipline in key areas
4. A continued, positive learning attitude throughout their life
5. A network of meaningful relationships
6. Several mentors throughout their life
4. Jesus didn't die on the cross for us to sit in a recliner having played
5. In the poem "The Race" the one who fell three times got the
biggest cheer despite finishing last because they'd shown so much spirit
and kept going.