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Rev Kevin Jones; Tel: 01902 664773

Bill Caldwell; Tel: 01902 834704
mobile: 07703 731760; email: billcee365@aol.com

Rev Gordon Morton (for Lake Street enquiries); Tel: 01952 640079

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....or as we call it in Scotland - Hogmanay! Back in the mists of time, in my younger years, I recall how excited we became as the midnight hour approached and we anticipated "The Bells". That special moment when the old gave way to the new and "Ne'erday" (New Year's Day) arrived and we could make a fresh start into the New Year.

In our house, the approach to midnight was always signalled by my mother raking out the ashes of the coal fire, just before twelve o'clock, and removing them down to the bottom of the garden - as far away from the house as she could go. A sign, if you like, of getting rid of the old and looking forward to something new and fresh.

The detail of the future, is unknown to us - and maybe that's a good thing - otherwise we might be overwhelmed by the fears which the unknown can bring. But, personally speaking, I believe that each of us can go forward in faith, trusting in a merciful, caring God who only wants the best for us. I believe that, as an old hymn-writer puts it, 'God holds the key of all unknown, and I am glad'. So we can step out bravely into the tomorrows which are yet to be, secure in the knowledge that, as the psalm-writer expresses it, 'God's way is perfect - and He makes my way perfect.'.

Life for each of us may not appear to be 'perfect' in every respect, but God certainly plans for His Way to be the best for us. So as we move into the New Year of 2018 - I pray that you, along with me, may place our trust in the Goodness and Love of God who promises to be with us always - in the good times and the challenging times.. to give us a future and a hope for this New Year. May yours be a Happy and Blessed Year.

If you'd like to know more about the future which God promises for you, why not come and join us at one of our services - we'd love to have you with us.

The Speakers expected at our Methodist Church services on Sunday 7th January are -

At Upper Gornal:
10.45am- Bill Caldwell;
 6.00pm - Rev Gordon Morton;

At Lake Street:
10.45am - Rev Gordon Morton;
6.00pm - Joy Forrest;

At Fiveways:
10.45am - Gemma Smith;
 6.00pm - Joint Service @ Himley Road;

At Himley Road:
10.45am - Josh Raybould;
6.00pm - Jon Rowe - Joint Service;

At Zoar:
10.45am - Rev Andrew Roberts;
6.00pm - Joint Service at Himley Road.

Local News Today

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Thousands sign petition to rehome Hereford SAS veteran

Ex-SAS soldier and novelist Andy McNab has called for help for a homeless former soldier.

Worcestershire man suing Jet2holidays over pool injury

Graham Hyde says the boy jumped on to him as he emerged from a slide during a trip to Barcelona.

High winds cause disruption across the West Midlands

Winds were so severe overnight they blew the roof off a house and caused trees to fall on roads and the railway.

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 billcee365@aol.com 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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