Senior Steward Report

This is a report of activities that have taken place at Wanstead Methodist Church between October 2017 and March 2019.

Thanksgiving

Every Church community seeks to be faithful with the resources it has, both in terms of its buildings, available funds and most importantly people. Generous giving is vital for churches and for church members. It provides resources to facilitate the mission and ministry of the Church and fosters distinctive Christian lifestyles that enable others to be touched by the overflowing generosity of God. Every Christian is called to ‘give’ to further God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Photograph of a table spread out at our annual Harvest Service

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
We thank you, God, for all your gifts:
For life in your wonderful world;
For space and time to enjoy your gift of life;
For talents that bring us a sense of fulfillment. Amen

Knitting project and Shoe boxes

Knitting project has started with a £50 budget and gradually increased to £150 by donations from Iranian Christian Community and the Followers of Christ. On the first Saturday of each month, since November 2017, a group of Iranian women knitted small size scarves whilst the members from Wanstead Methodist Church knitted baby blankets, gloves, socks and scarves. The budget was spent on purchasing socks, towels, tooth brushes, tooth paste, colouring pens and drawing books. The knitted and bought items were then used to fill the shoe boxes. Below is a photograph of the boxes prepared for dispatch in November 2018. Prayers were said in church and the boxes blessed, prior to delivery at Samaritan’s Purse UK. Samaritan’s Purse UK is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in need across the world (in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia). Aid and assistance are freely given without regard to race, creed, gender, religion, or ethnicity of the beneficiaries.

Above is a lovely thank you card received from Samaritan’s Purse.

Fundraising towards the repairs of the roof

The Wanstead Methodist Church members have organised three fundraising events by providing Tea on the Lawn, Xmas Bazaar and Xmas coffee morning.

The Bazaar was primarily intended to be a fund raiser, our church members offered much more!

The Apostle Paul has a great formula on how to be the church: “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowances for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” (Colossians. 3:12-15)

Photograph display of Black history month and the trip to The Gambia

In addition to photos of a Church member’s recent trip to The Gambia, a mini   display of photos was mounted which depicted John Wesley’s life from “Methodists” to Methodism.

John Wesley believed that Christian living depended on acts as well as faith.
(1703 – 1791)

The moral and spiritual fervour of the meetings is expressed in one of Wesley’s most famous aphorisms: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Xmas Dinner

In December last year, members organised an Xmas Dinner. We were served a hot meal including turkey as mains and pudding and custard as dessert.  With crackers provided by well-wishers and a few friends from neighboring churches we had a jolly, good evening. Below are a few of our members and our Minister saying a few words before the meal.

We continue to be inspired by young people who helped us in making the event a success.

For them and the rest of the world we pray:

Lord of Light and Love
Help us to understand your call to love one another as you loved us.  We pray to close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world.  May we reach out to each child with the message of your love and show them what the true meaning of Christmas is to us all.
May we take time to extend our gifts to the poor, the lonely and the homeless and bring your love to them. 
We pray for all those who were not able to be with their families this Christmas.  May we reach those we can and extend the Love and Peace of Lord Jesus.   
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Below is a church member who organises the Wednesday coffee mornings

These activities remind us the Church is not just a Sunday affair. We can

  • Worship every day of the week
  • Convert knowledge of faith into personal application
  • Joyfully share resources – time, money, skills, information
  • Commit deeply to building a life-changing community
  • Demonstrate spontaneous & selfless compassion towards those in need
  • Share our faith in natural and unforced ways based on relationships
  • Live differently from the norm because of our faith
  • Project an image of love, care and compassion

God Bless

Shahla Zare-Azirani
Senior Steward
aziranishahla@gmail.com