Monday 15th February 2021
I hope this pastoral letter finds you well and not at all disheartened by the ongoing Covid restrictions. I write primarily to make you aware of a new resource from the Methodist Church which I think you may find helpful as we enter the season of Lent.
The resource is ‘The Methodist Way of Life’ (MWoL) and is really a guide to how we can live as Methodist people in God’s world. Some have described it as a ‘rule of life’ and others as a ‘compass’ to steer our lives by. The Methodist website explains it thus:
It is how we try to live our lives in response to God’s love, made known to us in Jesus. Like the early Christians (Acts 2.42-47), we seek to express what it means to follow Jesus in the regular, practical actions of worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism. In this sense, A Methodist Way of Life is both new and old. It is new, in that Methodists first discussed such a way at the 2018 Conference, although it is based on Our Calling, agreed in 2000. That, in turn, was built on what Methodists have always done, since the days of John Wesley, in trying to follow Jesus and live out the Christian faith – just as those first followers in Acts did.
An introductory booklet and commitment card for ‘MWoL’ accompanies this letter. I would encourage you to read them and ask yourselves if this is something that might help you in your personal journey of faith. There are questions on the commitment card which could be used in your quiet / prayer times during Lent. MWoL could also be used in groups, and become a focus for worship together as well. Extra resources are online to help with this.
Having discussed MWoL with the other ministers in the circuit, we feel that this is one Methodist initiative that is here to stay and will form an important marker for our discipleship and mission in years ahead. With this in mind I would like to offer a couple of introductory / taster sessions for MWoL on Zoom during Lent. Both sessions are identical so hopefully some of you will be able to make one of them. They are on Monday 8th March at 7:30pm and Wednesday 17th March at 7:30pm.
For those who cannot use Zoom, there will be opportunities to engage with MWoL in small groups when restrictions ease.
Finally, I’m sure you will join with me in wishing Revd. Charity Hamilton a good sabbatical as she pursues some study during the months of March - May. We pray it will be a time of renewal and refreshment for her.
Yours in Christ,
An introductory booklet
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