Newsletter June 2021

Circuit Bible Studies

The Circuit Bible Studies have been paused while Rachel is at Methodist Conference.

I the Thursday Bible studies we have been looking at passages in the bible which are not read in church. In looking at the stories of some of the women in the bible we have sometimes been tempted to think of these as looking at the ‘X-rated bible’! I past weeks we’ve thought about women who were prostitutes, prophets, married to their brothers and so much more besides. Our conversations have been lively, energetic and full of reality and laughter. Come along and join in the conversations.

Our next sessions will be on Thursday 8th July at 2.00pm and 8.00pm. We will be looking at 1 Kings 3:16-28 where two women argue over a baby.

Please contact Rev Rachel Bending or the Circuit Office for the Zoom link to join the Bible Studies


Deacon Theresa Simons-Sam will be starting monthly ‘Examen’ sessions on Monday 28th June at 7.30pm. The Prayer of Examen is a form of prayer developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556) as part of his work on “spiritual exercises.” It is often a prayer at the end of the day but is also used at other times. It is a way of reviewing the day with God with the intention of examining our need for forgiveness and healing, reconciliation and recommitment.

Deacon Theresa will lead our Examen once a month on the last Monday of each month from 7.30pm. During our sessions we will thank God for the gifts of life and the past month and ask Him to allow us to see the month as we have lived it and in light of God’s will.

The dates for Examen over the coming months are as follows- all sessions start at 7.30pm and should finish by about 8.45pm.

Monday 28th June                                        Monday 26th July
August - to be advised                                  Monday 27th September

If you would like to join the Examen sessions, click here to contact Deacon Theresa.

‘Tea & Talk’ at Greenford Methodist Church

Greenford will have a ‘Tea & Talk’ session in the church garden and in the church every Saturday in July and August from 1.00 – 3.00pm. Everyone is invited to drop in! Also, if you’d like to offer to help, please contact Marcia Pinnock-Roye on 07483 309041 or e-mail her on

You can download a Tea and Talk poster by going to

End of Year Service

There will be a Circuit Service to mark the end of the Connexional Year on 18th July at 6.30pm. The service will be at Hanwell and will also be online on Zoom.

In preparation for the service Rachel asks that we and our churches think about things to give thanks for over the past year. Rachel will be gathering our thanksgivings together – we’ll be sending out details of how to do this shortly.

Family News

King’s Hall (Urdu/Hindi-speaking)
Last Sunday, 20th June, Shamair, Sheemal, Nathaniel and Nibia were all confirmed. In addition, two weeks ago on 6th June, baby Mahima was baptised. It’s wonderful to welcome them all into the church – please join with the King’s Hall congregation in giving thanks.

More Baptisms
On Sunday 4th July, three children will be baptised at Greenford and another at Acton Hill during August.

Honours List
Congratulations to Paul and Barbara Williams at Hanwell whose son Jonathan has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to British foreign policy.

Two former local preachers in our Circuit, Daniel Bennett – Rev Kip and Jane Bennett’s son and Jarel Robinson-Brown will be ordained priest in the Church of England on 4th July. Please pray for them as they begin their new ministries.