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Team TMC 2012 Roundup

It’s been a busy year for Team TMC - here’s a quick round-up of some of the events in 2012 ...
Table Top Sales 2012 saw the start of our monthly Table Top Sales.  Our stallholders have commented on the calm and peaceful environment our church provides and they’ve come back again and again!  Lots of people from the local community have supported us and it’s been great that passersby have seen the doors open and popped in to take a look at the church where they married or grew up!  We’ve also made a steady income to support the upkeep of our buildings and the aroma of bacon butties is never far away.
Charitable donations We’re always conscious of the need to support others and these are just some of our fund-raising efforts during 2012: £279.88 during FairTrade fortnight.£88.91 collection for Methodist Homes Sunday.£363.15 for Breast Cancer Care.£361.51 for Help the Heroes from our contributions to Thackley’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration.Community relationsWe’ve been working hard to develo…

Vision TMC

At a recent meeting a discussion was held about what happens at TMC and how it is and should be organised. The concept of Single Point of Contact (SPoC) was mentioned, designed to ensure that for any activity or duty, one person would be available to field enquiries or requests and to then assemble and direct a group of people to undertake whatever actions needed to be done.
Agreed next steps were to include a supplement in Shine, explaining what tasks are required to allow TMC to operate, inviting readers to consider prayerfully what we have missed, what else we need to do, and what activities each reader might be able to assist with. We should invite responses to any of the stewards. Our aim is for Church Council to ratify what we finally agree as a vision that is fit for purpose.
Identified activities included (in no particular order) the following: Church Council – to receive and approve strategy, proposals and initiativesStewards – to enable worship on a Sunday morning, inc. rota…

Christmas Services

Christmas Services
3.00 pm Sunday 16 December Family Nativity
The cash offering from this service will go to Action for Children

10.30 am Sunday 23 December Carol Service

7.30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelit Carol Service
Rev Sarah Jemison
The cash offering from this service will go to Bradford Soup Run

10.00 am Christmas Day Family Worship
Rev Phil Drake
The cash offering from this service will go to McMillan Cancer Support

You are warmly invited to join us.

Christmas Fair - 24 November 2012

Christmas Fair Saturday 24 November 2012 10.00 am to 12.00 noon Entrance £1.50 including prize draw
Refreshments available (inc bacon butties!)

Table Top Sale - 17 November 2012

Table top sale
Saturday 17 November 2012
10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Refreshments available including bacon butties.
Our table top sales are one way of us supporting the local community.  Tables are offered free of charge to those in the local area and so far we've had a wide variety of talents on display with jewellery, crafts, crystals, bric-a-brac, baking etc.
We hold the sales in church as the community hall is often being used by our groups.  Many have commented about the calm and friendly environment that this provides; it also provides a first look inside for those who have passed by on the outside many times.  We have been particularly delighted that our open doors have drawn in couples who were married or worshipped here many years ago.

Sad news

We were saddened to hear of the death of Mike Terry on 1 November 2012.  We have been praying for Mike and his wife, Chris, since the beginning of the year when Mike was diagnosed with terminal illness.  We give thanks that God has released him from his suffering.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and the rest of the family.
Mike's funeral is at 12.45 pm on Wednesday 14 November followed by creation at Nab Wood.
Full details.

CAP UK - A cracker of a service!

In the words of one of our members "It was a cracker of a service today!".

It was another of our "Own Arrangement" services where members of the church family took responsibility for leading worship.  As it was our Table Top sale yesterday, we decided to leave the tables in church and to have cafe style church where we started the service with coffee and biscuits.

The service provided another opportunity for us to look at some of the hymns in the new hymn book, Singing the Faith and it was great that three of our young folk and one not so young brought their guitars to accompany two of the new songs - Light of the World and In Christ alone.  More awesome was that our very young picked up the tambourines and did a great job at keeping time.   Johnny and Katherine led our prayers of adoration and confession and Chloe led our prayers for others.

Margaret read Matthew 25 31:46 and John read Luke 16 v 10-11 and 13

Rachel, one of our members, works for Christians Against…

Table Top Sale - 27 October 2012

Table top sale
Saturday 27 October 2012
10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Refreshments available including bacon butties.
Our table top sales are one way of us supporting the local community.  Tables are offered free of charge to those in the local area and so far we've had a wide variety of talents on display with jewellery, crafts, crystals, bric-a-brac, baking etc.
We hold the sales in church as the community hall is often being used by our groups.  Many have commented about the calm and friendly environment that this provides; it also provides a first look inside for those who have passed by on the outside many times.  We have been particularly delighted that our open doors have drawn in couples who were married or worshipped here many years ago.

Scarecrow Festival

When we first mooted the idea of having a Scarecrow Festival it seemed months away – it was!  But the months passed so swiftly it was upon us before we realised.  Thank goodness for the Internet as September saw a flurry of emails from which materialised volunteer signup sheets, posters, flyers, leaflets and a most amazing weekend!
A few of us went to church on Friday afternoon not sure who would turn up, whether there’d be any scarecrows and with no specific plans; they did, there were and gradually it all started to come together.  Having seen the work that our groups had put into making their scarecrows, we left praying that people would turn up on the Saturday to see them.
We needn’t have worried as there was a steady stream of people both morning and afternoon and we were thrilled by the length of time our visitors stayed with us.  They offered prayers on sheaves of wheat, and the children’s table was a constant hive of activity as young and not so young made paper plate scarecr…

Another busy week for Team TMC!

This photo was taken a few years ago when our church family went to Abbot Hall, Grange Over Sands, and last weekend many headed back there for our latest Family Weekend away.  As always, we've heard only positive remarks about what a super time they had, and, of course, the hat game was just one of the highlights.
On the afternoon they left, we welcomed a new group, Bump to Babies, run by Baildon Children's Centre.
Inevitably, we were low in numbers but in high spirit for last week's service when we welcomed Sarah Jemison; it was the first time Sarah had preached at Thackley since we joined the Bradford North Circuit.  Continuing the theme of Team TMC we explored what it is to be an inclusive church through Mark 7 vv 24-35 and a modern version of James 2:1-17 and thinking of times when we went into an unfamiliar setting and felt welcome and included or felt unwelcome and left out.
We saw Sarah again on Tuesday as she chaired our Church Council. Our church is run by volunt…

Bump to Babies

Bump to Babies
1.30 pm to 3.00 pm - Fridays
Support, help and practical advice
Informal and relaxed
Share experience.
Run by Baildon Children's Centre
For more information phone 01274 431691

Scarecrow Festival 6/7 October 2012

Scarecrow Festival Saturday 6 October Church open for viewing community group scarecrows:  10 am to 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Donations welcomed for church funds and WaterAid.
Refreshments available at nominal cost. Sunday 7 October 10.30 am Harvest Festival service led by Rev Sarah Jemison - everyone welcome 2.00 pm Concert by the Glen Singers, an 80 strong mixed voice choir.  Tickets £4 adults, children free with a paying adult, otherwise £2.00 (includes refreshments).
We are grateful to Martin S Lonsdale estate agents and Northern Lights hair studio for contributing prizes for the raffle - look out for a scarecrow in the village!  If anyone else wants to create and display a scarecrow during the weekend let us know.

Team TMC!

The Methodist Church year runs from September to October, so Happy New Year!

Our New Year sees new changes in the Bradford North Circuit as we move to a team ministry.  It will take us a little time to get used to not having our own minister; however, we look forward to working with the ministry team and exploring the new opportunities that their different perspectives will offer.
Many of our usual weekly activities have recommenced after the summer vacation; however, this week provided additional blessings:
On Sunday 9 September 2012, Rev Keith Knight, led our Covenant Service.  This is a special service where we accept God's love for us and make promises to serve Him through the words of the Covenant Prayer.  This is not an easy promise to make as it involves our whole way of living.  Keith talked of God having a "memory like a sieve" for if we recognise the imperfect things we say and do, God will readily forgive us and, more importantly, forget those imperfections. …

Table top sale - 29 September 2012

Table top sale Saturday29September2012 10.00 am to 12.00 noon Refreshments available including bacon butties.
Our table top sales are one way of us supporting the local community.  Tables are offered free of charge to those in the local area and so far we've had a wide variety of talents on display with jewellery, crafts, crystals, bric-a-brac, baking etc.
We hold the sales in church as the community hall is often being used by one of our groups.  Many have commented about the calm and friendly environment that this provides; it also provides a first look inside for those who have passed by on the outside many times.  We have been particularly delighted that our open doors have drawn in couples who were married or worshipped here many years ago.
The sales are usually on the 4th Saturday in the month; however, you'll have noticed that this is not the case this month.  This is because our church family weekend away at Abbot Hall, Grange-over-Sands, falls on the 4th Saturday.

In our prayers

We were shocked and very saddened to hear of the sudden and untimely death of one of our church family, Nick Dowling, on 22 August.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mandy, beautiful daughters Ella and Molly, and Nick's parents who belong to the church family at Bolton Methodist Church.

A service to celebrate Nick's life will take place at Thackley Methodist Church, on Tuesday 11 September  at 11.15 am followed by cremation at Nab Wood Crematorium at 12.40 pm (Casual wear please).  Full details.

50 years celebration

Thackley Wives Group have just celebrated 50 years! It’s quite amazing to see some of the ladies who are still active members and actually started the group back in 1962. Founder members included Pat Farrar, Mary Souter, Mary Metcalfe, Jeanne Peckover, Jean Heggs and Margaret Austin. Over the past years the Wives have raised considerable amounts of money for the church, and helped at the Christmas and Summer Fairs. Well done Ladies! A celebration took place at Oakwood Hall.

"Words" from the Guides

When we arrived at church this morning, there was already a buzz around the place as the Guides had had a sleepover in the church hall and were busy putting the finishing touches to their plans for morning worship.  Well, we say sleepover, some got more sleep than others; we suspect those who were still awake at 4.30 am may be taking an afternoon nap.

The theme of their service was "Words" and their wonderful words took us on an inspiring and thought provoking journey:

Introduction & Opening Prayer
Hymn: MP 307 I will enter his gates
The Power of Words
Hymn MP 225 He’s got the whole wide world
Words & Their Meanings
The Use of Words
Hymn: MP435 Lord Jesus Christ
New Testament Reading 1: Mark 4: 35 – 41
Hymn: MP 456 Make me a channel of your peace
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones
New Testament Reading 2: Titus 3: 2
Purple Feather Film:

Hymn & Offering:  MP 179 Go tell it on the mountain
Prayers, Prayers of Intercession & Lord’s Prayer
Prayer Plaits

Sponsored Jubilee Swim

Jackie Marshall, with help from Greens Health and Fitness, has organised a sponsored Jubilee Swim in aid of Bradford and Airedale Cancer Support, who provide assistance for cancer patients and their families in our area. During this Jubilee month, 60 gym members will be swimming 1 km each to reach the Diamond distance. If you are able to sponsor Jackie, she would be very grateful - she'll have her sponsor form with her this Sunday, or give her a ring.

Open Garden - results

Many thanks to all who supported the Dev's Open Garden on Saturday 16 June. They raised a total of £127, and a further £50 was given in donations. If you missed this and would like to see the garden again at a better time for you or would just like to see the garden again (and in better weather!) please let John or Jackie know. They will be very pleased to share it with you and can arrange transport if necessary. Tea/coffee and scones will be served as usual!

Sad news - Nina Holloway

We were very saddened to hear of the death of Nina Holloway on Monday 18 June 2012.  Nina has been at Thackley for many years and is remembered fondly for her work as a Sunday School Teacher and many other contributions to the life of the church. 

Her funeral will be at 2 pm on Friday 6th July, with refreshments in the New Hall at 3:20 pm.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her daughter Mary and family.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations - Success

What a wonderful day we had on 4th June! It’s a good job that the weather played its part!

Many thanks to all who helped in any way – our efforts have been appreciated by Mike Smith, the celebrations’ organiser. He has announced that over the whole day a total of £1243.64 was raised for the chosen charity, “Help for Heroes”, in addition to £152.70 raised through a tombola stall run by and for the Sue Ryder Foundation.

And what was TMC’s contribution to this worthy effort?
The refreshments bucket when emptied held £69.61: the sale of the souvenir brochures raised £75.00 and the bookstall £216.90. So, in all we contributed £361.51 to “Help for Heroes”. Well done!

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Thackley

We are delighted to be involved in the village's celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and look forward to seeing you.

Monday 4 June 2012 Thackley & District Specsavers Gala
10.30 am - Fancy Dress Parade for children under 14 years, leaves care park of Shoulder of Mutton to march via Leeds Road, Crag hill Road to Thackley Cricket Club. 10.30 am - Book sale and refreshments at Thackley Methodist Church. 10.30 am - Bouncy Castle opens at Thackley Football Club 10.30 am - Bungee Pull open Thackley Football Club. 11.00 am - Burger Bar opens at Thackley Football Club selling ot food and drinks. 11.00 am - Fancy dress judged by Mr 7 Mrs J Ludgate of Nabwood, Shipley.  Best dressed Girl and Boy receive trophy and medallion. 11.15 am - Karate demonstration  - Thackley Methodist Church 11.30 am - Ladies tug of war competition takes place at Thackley Cricket Club. 11.30 am - First domino challenge at Thackley Commercial Pub. 11.30 am - First pool matches start at Great Northern…

Gift Day

10.00 am - 12.00 noon Saturday 21 April 2012
The last time I wrote to you about Gift Day I reported that the circuit was facing severe financial difficulties and had appointed a strategy group to explore ways of making the most of our limited resources. After some very difficult discussions, the Circuit Meeting subsequently made the decision to reduce staffing from 6.5 ministers to 3,5. Alistair Newton (Superintendent), Freddie Takavarasha and I will leave the circuit in August. From September the Circuit will be served by Nick Blundell (Superintendent), Ian Griffiths, Sarah Jemison, and Phil Drake. The strategy group was again deployed to build on their previous work and consider ways of moving forward; their second report will be considered at the March Circuit Meeting.

At the recent Treasurers’ Meeting, it was agreed that Thackley and most other churches in the Circuit would increase their assessment for 2012/13 by 5%. The assessment is a substantial financial contribution to t…

Table top sale - March results

Thank you to all those who attended our 2nd Table top sale.  Regrettably, we didn't have as many visitors as at our first event; however, it's early days and we hope numbers will increase as the sales become more established.
The church raised: Books £4.70Catering £40.95Stall £26.80 Our next sale is on Saturday 28 April 2012 - 10.00 am to 12.00 noon

Lent Communion

Lent Communion 10.00 am to 11.00 am
Six tuesdays in Lent commencing 28 February 2012
Good Friday 10.00 am to 11.00 am
Drop in for 5 minutes or 1 hour for quiet reflection and self-served communion
Everyone welcome

Table Top Sale - 24 March

Table Top Sale 10.00 am to 12.00 noon Saturday 24 March 2012 Refreshments £1

Good News Logos

We had an "arty" morning when Moira led our service a week or so ago.  We looked at the Fairtrade logo and then picked out the Good News from a selection from bible readings and turned them into our own Good News Logos.  Here's the results - nice job everyone!

I have plans for you!

Acts Ch 2 vv 43 - 47
John Ch 14 vv 12 – 31a
We had a wonderfully inspiring service this morning led by Martin Bashforth.  Martin likened the situation that our churches face in moving from a named minister to a team ministry to that of Jesus and His disciples.  They, too, had been dependent upon Jesus to lead, to preach, to heal ... they, too, faced an uncertain future, not knowing how they would cope without Jesus being around.  Jesus promised he would never leave them, and sent the Holy Spirit to work within them.  He does the same for each one of us "whoever believes in me will do the works that I do".

Jackie Marshall also shared her encounter with God yesterday:

Jeremiah 29:11-13
New International Version (NIV) 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek m…


We were sorry to hear of the death of Joan Rawlinson on Wednesday 22nd February.
Also this week we’ve heard of the death of Joyce Holdsworth, who was a member of this church for many years before moving to Buckinghamshire to be near her family a few years ago.
Our prayers are with the families of both these ladies.

Fairtrade fortnight - 27 Feb to 11 March 2012

There will be a Fairtrade stall in church after family worship on 4th March, it will be open for the other users of our building between Tuesday and Thursday, and then on to St Andrew’s for the Big Brew coffee morning on Saturday 10th March. Please support us in raising funds and awareness this Fairtrade Fortnight.

Table Top Sale - Results

Thank you to everyone who supported our Table Top Sale.  This was a great success.

Here's the church's results:
£10.35 on the books£48.60 on the church stall£68.20 in the cafe£56.00 on the Junior Church stall - this will go towards paying for our children to go away with us for our Family Weekend to Abbot Hall in September.Please join us for our next one - 24 March 2012.

Seeking the way ahead

It was only last August when we first met to discuss the way ahead for Thackley.  We’ve just been looking at some of the things we said we would do and we’ve made a brilliant start:

1)     Singing in the homes for the elderly–Tick, that’s ongoing– if you want to join in contact Jackie D.

2)     Singing at the switch on of the Christmas lights–Tick, we did that, even though it was so dark we couldn’t find each other, there was a good group from Thackley to boost the singing.

3)     Community table top sales/coffee mornings– Tick, our firstis on 25 February 10.00 am to 12.00 noon– good news is all the tables are booked for February and March!!! – we now need folk to turn up so please drop in for a cuppa.

4)     Prayer links– Tick, Chris Thas distributed our first prayer card this morning– if you want one, contact Chris T.

5)     Scarecrow festival–Looks as though it will go ahead  on 6/7 October– at least 6 folk have volunteered to help and Sarah J has agreed to lead our Harvest Service.


Prayer Circle

Please pray for:

Our children, that we can offer them a loving place in which to learn of God's love and show them the excitement and joy of a life lived with God.Those members holding office within our church, that their stress levels do not rise and that more members of our congregation will come forward to offer to share in the work.Our older members, that they feel the fullness of God's love in our fellowship, the importance of their wise and loving contribution to our church life and the need we have of their prayers.
But when you pray, go into your room,
close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.
Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans,
for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

Matthew Chapter 6 v 6 & 7

Celebration of new members

What a joyful morning!.  It was an absolute delight to confirm Wendy as a member of the Methodist Church and to welcome her, Jaine and Gerald as members of the church family at Thackley.  They each gave very moving testimonies of how God has led them to this point, and there were hugs and tears all round as we celebrated.

Keith announed refreshments plus after the service - and what a plus!  Cream scones - with a choice of jams! - biscuits, cakes, chocolate rolls and more - yummy! Thanks to Wendy, Jaine and Gerald for a lovely spread.

Table Top Sale - 25 February

Need to de-clutter?  Want to pick up a bargain? Here's your chance!
Table top sale
Saturday 25 February 2012 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Refreshments £1
Tel:  416044 to book a free table 

Jigsaw and Bambinis host our Community Coffee Morning

10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Saturday 28 January 2012

We are delighted that Jigsaw out of school and Bambinis are hosting the first community coffee morning of the year.  This is a great opportunity for you to come and chat with the leaders and find out more about these two great childcare schemes that operate from our premises.

Please give them your support by popping in for a cuppa.