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Hello:


          The Higherland Church has been on this site and has been an essential part of our community for over 190 years.

Our Worship: SUNDAY SERVICES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

due to the corona virus situation: please go to our Services Details page for alternative worship arrangements.

            As part of the North Staffordshire Circuit, we have varied worship from very traditional through to contemporary media. We’re noted for our enthusiastic singing; you’ll find a warm welcome ~ it’s impossible to get in without several greetings ~ and we hope you’ll enjoy worshipping with us. 

What else:

           All the usual stuff, as you’ll see on our web pages, but plenty for all ages ~ Bible Studies; Prayer meetings held at different churches in the Circuit; Fellowship meetings; Lunches [and other catering]

Contact us for details at higherlandchurch@gmail.com

 

Sunday Worship:

            10:00a.m. is our main service, including a crèche facility for young children where they can play in a safe, child-friendly environment.

            For children and young people up to 11 years there is 'Kids Fun Church' which gives them the opportunity to take part in games and art & craft activities and to learn about the Christian faith. Check-out our 'Kids Fun Church' page.

            Our 6:00p.m. services have been temporarily put on-hold whilst the circuit is short of ministers: however we continue to hold different styles of worship on the last Sunday of the month as 'Local Arrangements' : check the Event Calendar or Circuit Website  at www.northstaffordshiremethodists.org.uk  for who/what/where/when.

 

Please note that all our leaders, for Kids Fun Church, Crèche, Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association, and the Parent & Toddler group [PATCH]have a current CRB check [now DBS], and are committed to providing a safe environment in which children can have fun while they learn and mature.
 
Many of our folk are covered for the care of other vulnerable people - part of the Circuit / Methodist Church Safeguarding Strategy - not just children - and this is kept under review.

For more information about the Methodist Church in this area, contact the Chester and Stoke District at chester.stoke@btconnect.com or view their site at www.chestokemethodists.com
 
For information about the Methodist Church in general visit www.methodist.org.uk


        SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS        
A message from our Minister, Christine


Dear Friends,                                                            Easter 2020

Easter is a time of death and resurrection so, perhaps, it is timely that our current experience with Covid-19 which has brought ‘normal life’ to a place of stasis has occurred at this period in the Christian calendar.  A time of simply ‘being’ is somewhat forced upon us (some more than others) and our usual busy-ness, for many, has been brought to an abrupt halt. 

For Jesus, the welcome of Palm Sunday brought with it the knowledge that people are fickle, and the call of ‘Hosanna’ would soon turn to the shouts of ‘Crucify Him’.   

In our current position there are many positive stories of neighbourliness, of individuals and organisations springing up to help those who are self-isolating or needing to be shielded.  There are ‘Candles being lit’ and ‘Clapping at our front doors’  to support those on the Front-line (in many different areas), seeking to unite us in this period of extreme separation and anxiety.

As Jesus took the route of being obedient to God’s will, so we must continue to keep to the rules of social distancing, of ‘waiting for all this to be over’, of seeking to understand where God is in all of this – this is our Holy Saturday time.  A time of waiting….

And when the restrictions are lifted, when businesses are able to re-open, when we can reconnect, physically, with family and friends who we’ve only been able to see on Skype or FaceTime or in our gardens, or hear on the telephone, what will the world look like?

 

On Easter Morning, a whole new world had been born.  Death was defeated, God’s Son had been raised from Death to Life and death would no longer have a hold on those who call Him Saviour. 

The New ‘normal’ which will be birthed will bring us opportunities to allow the experiences we are currently travelling through to form and mould our lives.  How we will live life in the fullness of God, which Jesus’ resurrection promises.  How we will enable our world to be a better place because of the Pandemic and what we have learnt.  We have a chance to start afresh and to enable God’s world to be re-created as we seek to allow our humanity (as we are formed in God’s image) to shine through.

Will we simply go back to our old ways – how we were pre CV or will we grasp new, exciting opportunities to treat each and our world more gently, with more care and more love.

For now we remain in ‘Holy Saturday’ waiting, not knowing what lies ahead, but holding firmly to the truth that ‘God is Faithful’ and, in the words of Jesus:

Peace, I leave with you,

my Peace I give to you,

I do not give as the world gives,

do not let your hearts be troubled

and do not be afraid.’

 

May God Bless you and all who you love. 

Rev. Christine Legge