A young Methodist has been selected to sing the official 2013 Poppy Appeal single, which she will perform in front of the Queen – and six million TV viewers – on Saturday evening.
Charlotte Mellor, 17, is one of The Poppy Girls: the first all-girl group formed from Armed Forces families. She is also the daughter of the Revd Paul Mellor, a Methodist chaplain in the Forces serving at RAF Cosford in Shropshire.
Charlotte, who attends The Leys – a Methodist school – in Cambridge, appeared on the BBC One Show and BBC Breakfast television programmes this week. On Thursday she sang for the Prime Minister and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Number 10 Downing Street. The Poppy Girls single is called “The Call (No Need to say Goodbye)”.
“My faith is utterly important to me,” Charlotte said. “Something my dad taught me a long time ago was that God doesn’t love war, but he loves us and that’s extremely important to me, especially during the time of Remembrance.”
The Poppy Girls group was formed following a worldwide search within the Armed Forces community. More than 1,000 hopefuls entered a competition to win a spot in the group, which will perform in front of HM The Queen at the Legion’s prestigious Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 9 November.
Charlotte’s dad, the Revd Paul Mellor, said: “Remembrance Day for me is very personal. During my time within the military, I have had to deal with a number of families who have lost sons and daughters. I think of those families who are still suffering. It is a very poignant moment where we all stop as a nation to reflect. Sometimes, even in the midst of conflict, there is hope. We also think about those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice within that service.”
The Revd Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference, will be attending the Cenotaph Remembrance Day Service this Sunday. She said: “It will be my privilege to represent the Methodist Church at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday where I will be standing with others to remember those in the forces who have lost their lives in war and in service to this nation. We also remember those currently serving in the forces, including those appointed as chaplains. The Methodist people remember and pray for all who suffer because of war and violence and we long for peace.”
Would everyone using the internet please be aware that if they get a phonecall from Microsoft purporting to have found an error on their machine and offering to fix it if we hand over control of the computer to them by fixing something called Windows Event Viewer, this is a scam.
They will play around with Events Viewer once they have gained access then ask for hundreds of pounds to safeguard the machine and if you don’t pay will activate viruses they themselves have installed, which means having to have the computer completely rebooted.
This is a nasty scam because it sounds so plausible. .
Please circulate this to as many computer users as you can, especially churches as these are being targeted at the moment.
Study day for Local Preachers and Worship Leaders
Saturday November 16th 10 30 am – 12.45pm at Wem Methodist Church
Led by Rev Dr Neil Richardson
Topic – the Gospel lessons for Advent 2013
Coffee will be served from 10am onwards, and again at the end of the meeting for anyone wishing
to stay and share in informal conversation. Please bring your own food.
The Revd John Howard will give his presentation on his experiences in the West Bank earlier this year, at Church Stretton on Thursday 24th October, 7pm for 7.30. He went as a human rights observer with EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel). This event has been organised by Shropshire United Nations Association and is open to everyone interested in people and events in the Holy Land. If you missed the meetings at Ludlow or Wem, this is your chance to hear the story first hand. Letters and pictures from the West bank are on wsmeth.org.uk.
Cafe Church, an ecumencial venture in Shrewsbury town centre, will be meeting on the following dates: 9th October, 13th November and 11th December We meet at 7.30pm – 8.30 pm in the Shrewsbury Coffee House, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury (near the Station).
Cafe Church aims to provide for those seeking a more spiritual element in their lives an informal opportunity to explore Christianity.
If this could be you, why not come along for coffee and a chat in a friendly relaxed setting?
Inspired by the arrival of a canine companion at the manse, on Saturday 20th July Cleobury Methodists held a fun dog show in this small market town. Borrowing the Anglican’s Vicarage Field near to the chapel and the farmers’ market happening around the parish church, and with classes judged by a local dog trainer it was an enjoyable morning for all involved. With a dozen dogs competing in a range of classes from waggiest tail to obedience and agility there was plenty to entertain.
The next day, Sunday 21st, dogs and other animals were invited to a special service at church. 4 dogs (including the minister’s), 2 gerbils and 6 human visitors were welcomed by the congregation, (the llamas were unable to make it). It was a simple, half hour service followed by refreshments for both humans and animals.
On 13th July Tenbury Methodist Church celebrated their 150th birthday. They welcomed back past ministers, members and friends who had moved away as well as current supporters and friends in the community. A display of photos and memories were the centre of conversation during the afternoon followed by a grand high tea before the celebration service. Rev Helen Roberts led a full church through the years with hymns from the different eras of the church’s life, then Rev Deanne Evans spoke on living out our faith through the fruit of the spirit. Local preacher Mr Adrian Williams continued the celebrations during the service the following day.
There have been a wide range of anniversary events over the year with more to come.