Methodist Chapel

Minister ~ Reverend Andrew King
Steward ~ Ailsa Warburton

There will be a special service to say goodbye to
Rev. Andrew King and his wife Sarah at
Swaffham Methodist Church on August 4th at 3pm


SERVICES IN AUGUST

4th      Rev. Andrew King (Holy Communion)
11th     Local Arrangement
18th     Alan Warby
25th    11am Section Service at Sculthorpe


SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER

1st     Maldwyn Morgan
8th     Pippa Cook
15th   United Service at Litcham
22nd  Local Arrangement (Harvest)
29th   Peter Wright

Services are held every Sunday morning at 9.30am unless otherwise stated above.
Services are also held in Litcham at 10.30am (please visit Litcham Website)


METHODIST NOTES ~ AUGUST

Dear friends
It is with some sadness I write this final article for Church & Village.  It has been a great privilege for the past nine years being the minister of Litcham & Tittleshall Methodist Churches and getting to know both communities.  Firstly, I wish to pay tribute to members of each church that have continued to keep the chapel as a place of worship for well over 100 years, worshipping regularly on a Sunday morning most weeks.  Also, for the well-supported village coffee mornings in Tittleshall on a Wednesday and Litcham on a Thursday.
It has also been my privilege to share with people in times of joy and as well as sadness, with both weddings and baptismal services at the chapel; or by officiating at funerals held at the church or crematorium and then through conversations held with people afterwards at the reception.  I have been grateful for the colleagueship of the Rev Heather Butcher and her predecessors, for the occasions to share together, such as Palm Sunday and the school Christingle.  Equally Litcham School where Kate Atkins and her staff have always made me welcome and I have enjoyed taking many assemblies over the years.
From 1st September the Rev Jacqui Horton will be the minister of both Litcham & Tittleshall Methodist Churches.  Jacqui lives in Swaffham and she will also be the new Superintendent Minister, having moved to the Circuit from her current appointment at Wymondham in the Norwich Circuit.  For the time being there will not be a Methodist minister living in Fakenham.
I reflect on the words of St Paul at the quayside of Miletus as he was about to set sail for Ephesus, knowing that he was probably seeing the people of the church for the final time, as he commends them to God and encourages them in the faith to continue the work.  Paul said “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24) As a Christian minister my task is to testify to the good news of God’s underserved gift of love to all of us, as my predecessors have done, and my successors will do.
Therefore, we cannot be sad when we know God’s love will always surround us, and with much love & affection I say goodbye, but will always hold in my prayers the people of Litcham and Tittleshall.
Rev Andrew King, Minister of Litcham and Tittleshall Methodist Churches


Macmillan Cancer Care

The Methodist Chapels at both Tittleshall and Litcham will be supporting Macmillan Cancer Care again this September, bit this year will be joining together to bring two very different events.
Tittleshall will be hosting a traditional coffee morning on Saturday 7th September  between 10am and noon, while at Litcham there will be an afternoon buffet tea from 5pm on Saturday 28thSeptember  followed by live music entertainment.
The Litcham event will be ticket only due to the constriction of space.  Tickets will be free, but you will be asked to give a donation of whatever you feel is appropriate.
Tickets will be available from Ailsa Warburton (01328 700981) or Stephen Lynn (01328 700978).
We will also welcome any offers to donate food for either of the events to help this wonderful cause.


OTHER NEWS & EVENTS


‘SECOND FRIDAY’ STUDY GROUP
On the 2nd Friday of each month meeting
at the Methodist Chapel in Litcham at 10am
Interesting discussions and much laughter plus coffee.

ALL welcome to come


Purchase a Pane Appeal
As you are probably aware, we are replacing the windows in Litcham chapel over the next few weeks. We are working towards raising the finance required, and have already raised the bulk of the money.  We would like to offer you the chance to become involved, and are  launching our ‘Purchase a pane’ appeal.
We are asking for a donation of £20 for each pane in the new windows. The donation might be a personal or family donation, or perhaps your family has a past association with the chapel which you like to commemorate.
The plan is to erect a plaque in the chapel listing all those making a donation in alphabetical order. Should you wish to make your donation anonymous. this will be quite acceptable.
If you would like more details, please contact Stephen Lynn on (01328)700978..


About our Chapel
Tittleshall was a ‘hotbed’ of non-conformity in the first quarter of the 19th century with chapels for Baptists, Wesleyan Methodists and Independents (Ranters).  Primitive Methodists met in a cottage. In 1865 the Prims were able to buy the land in the High Street on which the present Chapel stands together with two cottages and a workshop.
In 1878 the Chapel was extended to accommodate the increasing membership.  When the Methodist Church Union Act was passed in 1929 only the Prims remained to form the new Church.
The interior of the Chapel was ‘modernised’ in 1990 when the pews were replaced with comfortable chairs and a kitchen and toilet facilities provided.  The present Church is in the Mid Norfolk Circuit which covers an area bounded by Dereham, Hingham, Watton and Swaffham.


Coffee Mornings – every Wednesday 10.30 am – 12 noon
The Wednesday coffee mornings started in 1990 to provide a focal point in the village for people to get together, a need highlighted by an elderly resident when the shop closed and there was nowhere to meet and pass the time of day.
It is run in the comfort of the renovated Methodist Chapel, although it is absolutely non-denominational.  A place to relax and enjoy good company.  There is no charge but a dish is available if people want to donate towards the cost.  Over recent years the reputation has extended and there are regular visits from passing cyclists.  It is an opportunity to spread goodwill and have a bit of good fun.