Christmas is coming!
Now that the clocks have changed, there is no way of denying that Advent and Christmas will soon be upon us! We are busy getting ready for our services in Advent and Christmas, and looking forward to welcoming folks from far and near. For a full list of our services, please see here.
We are particularly encouraging people to get involved with our 'Tins and Treats' Advent Gift Service on Sunday, 1 December, when we shall be collecting items for our local Foodbank, and specifically asking people to bring along a 'treat' for a family in need this Christmas. This might be a box of chocolates, some biscuits, nuts, dried fruit, or similar. Anything that has a long shelf life will be welcome. Please join us, if you are able. This will be a family service, led by our own worship band and will include holy communion.
Waiting in Advent
During Advent this year, we shall be exploring the theme of 'waiting' in our morning services. The theme will be covered over four weeks:
- 1 December – Waiting for Jesus (Rev’d Geoffrey Farrar)
- 8 December – Waiting for justice (Bill Topping)
- 15 December – Waiting in hope (Deacon Kathy Johnson)
- 22 December – Waiting for an answer (Rev’d Geoffrey Farrar)
All services start at 10:30 am and anyone is welcome to attend.
The General Election on 12 December will soon be here. Please come along to a special election hustings organised by Churches Together in Putney and Roehampton (CTPR) at St Mary's Church, Putney on Monday, 2 December at 7:30 pm. This will be an opportunity for anyone to ask questions of the candidates standing for election and to hear them being quizzed by others. Please send your questions in advance, to the address given on the poster (right).
The Church of England has also released this special prayer for the General Election:
God of grace and truth,
send your Spirit to guide us
as we discover your will for our country.
Help us to discuss the issues before us
with courtesy, truth and mutual respect,
and grant that all who stand for parliament
will seek to serve the common good,
through him who came not to be served but to serve,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christmas Carol Singalong
Our very own choir, the PMC Singers, are working hard preparing for the great Christmas Carol Singalong on Saturday, 7 December at 4:00 pm. This is always a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit and is a very popular event.
There'll be old and new festive treats and plenty of opportunities for audience participation. Please join us on the day and bring all your friends and family. There's no charge and we love having children of all ages with us. Make sure you put it in your diary now.
Happy birthday to us!
2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the building of Putney Methodist Church in 1870. Initially, the congregation met in the school halls, in what is now Hurlingham Nursery. For more details of our history, see here.
We are going to be marking the year in a number of ways, with special services, concerts and events. Please keep an eye out for more details. (And yes, there will definitely be lots of cake!)
A flood is coming!
After Christmas, we are very excited about the first event to mark our 150th birthday. It's a wonderful community production of Benjamin Britten's opera, Noye's Fludde on Saturday, 8 February. This opera was specifically created by Britten to be performed in churches by both trained and amateur musicians. Our very own Jessica Dalton is directing and organising the production, and we are overjoyed that so many local groups are joining in: our own PMC Singers, members of Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band, singers from St Simon Stock Catholic Church and St Margaret's, Putney, as well as children from Hotham School, and many others.
There's still plenty of time to get involved: as a singer, a musician or as a member of the crew. We are especially looking for children to be the animals. It will be great fun: more details here.