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Rev Kevin Jones; Tel: 01902 664773

Rev Jemima Strain; Tel: 01384 233882
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Bill Caldwell; Tel: 01902 834704
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by the harrowing events which took place at the Manchester Arena this week. Maybe, also like me, you just felt you had to switch off the radio or TV and be silent for a time. For me, there were no words which could express the sense of pain I felt on behalf of those people, unknown to me, who were caught up in the appalling suicide bombing atrocity.

As in previous terrorist outrages, we have seen and heard the calls for reaction and revenge. But we also saw the immediate reaction of those in and near to the venue who, with little thought for their own safety, rushed to help, seeking to provide comfort and physical support to those injured and dying.

The world in which we live is often seen as a violent one; but there is also a spirit of love and compassion at work too.
As the police and other authorities continue to investigate and seek to bring to justice those who may have been involved in planning and carrying out this awful destruction of life, I believe that we should focus our prayers and our energies on what is good and honourable and true - doing what we can to build relationships and create harmony across cultures and communities and, as the Bible puts it, "raise up a standard of righteousness and justice for all".

History, and experience, show us that revenge never works! It only increases the spiral of violence so that more people are hurt both physically and emotionally.
The Lord Jesus Christ gives us direction and an example to follow - to offer peace and forgiveness and discover hope. The events of Easter remind us of "the worst that humans can do" and the "best that God can do"!

May the Resurrection power of Jesus be at work in your life and mine in these painful times.

If you wish to discuss, or respond to what I've written, please email me - or come to one of our church services this weekend.

The Speakers expected at our Methodist Church services on Sunday 28th May are -

At Upper Gornal:
10.45am- Gina Hunt;
 6.00pm - Rev Gordon Morton;

At Lake Street:
10.45am - Rev Gordon Morton;
 6.00pm - Jon Rowe;

At Fiveways:
10.45am - Ann-Marie Jones;
 6.00pm - Joint Service @ Zoar;

At Himley Road:
10.45am - Rev Kevin Jones;
 6.00pm - Joint Service at Zoar

At Zoar:
10.45am - Pastor C Dalton;
6.00pm - Rev Kevin Jones - Joint Service.

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The Malvern rave that ended all raves

Twenty five years ago the UK saw its biggest illegal rave as 20,000 people descended on Castlemorton Common.

Come for a Cuppa

For a cuppa and some friendly conversation why not pop into one of the many coffee morning/afternoon gatherings around the Gornal and Sedgley area. A few are listed below. If you know of others let us know (contact Bill Caldwell via or 07703731760) and we will add them to the list.

Also, if you would like anything publicised send us the information and we will do our best to put it on the front page and in the community diary.

Mondays, 10am - 12noon: Coffee morning at Five Ways Methodist Church (Ruiton Street, Lower Gornal)

Tuesdays, 9.15am - 11.15am: Coffee Morning at Queen Victoria Children's Centre (School Street, Sedgley)

Tuesdays 10am - 11am: Coffee morning at Gornal Library, Gornal Village.

Thursdays 10.00am - 12noon: Coffee morning at Zoar Methodist Church, Gornal Village

Thursdays, 2pm- 3.30pm: Friends and Neighbours at Upper Gornal Methodist Church (Spills Meadow, Kent Street, Upper Gornal)

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