Happy New Year 2020

Happy New Year! What are you most looking forward to this year?
Perhaps a family celebration, milestone event, a holiday, or the start of something new.

The new year marks the beginning of your next chapter, and you get to write it! Everyday we have decisions to make on how we feel, how we react, what we want to do, wear, eat, think and say. How will you be spending your time? Is there a task you’re avoiding? What is most important to you? What things in your life or habits do you want to change? How do you want to feel?

At Christmas we created a Tree of Hope as part of the Christmas Tree Festival down at West Moors URC. It was humbling to read the different hopes people had written, most of them feelings, something that can’t be bought but instead grown and nurtured over time through love, hope, faith and perseverance; belonging, acceptance, happiness, family, friends, love, joy, equality, end to climate change, restoration, direction, good physical and mental health,
wellbeing, peace, understanding…

How wonderful the world will be when these hopes burst into full bloom! Perhaps a glimpse and foretaste of heaven in our time.

“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21: 3b-4

You’re warmly invited

You’re warmly invited to come and join us celebrate this Christmas at Horton Heath. There’s something for everyone throughout advent as well as Christmas Day itself. Bring along family and neighbours – the more the merrier!

Our bird feeders are a regular pit stop for many wildlife visitors. Wrap up warm and see what wildlife you can spot. Will there be any unusual footprints to be found?

On Thursday 19th December join in with singing favourite carols on a wintery evening with the chapel beautifully candlelit. We welcome back the West Moors Gospel Choir to help us fill the rafters with Christmas song.

On 22nd December warm up with some family fun, creative worship and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate at our special afternoon Crib Service.

Join us early Christmas morning at 9.30am for a short, informal family service to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a wonderful new year!

With thankful hearts

We’d love you to join us for our Harvest Festival on Sunday 6th October 3pm for an afternoon service of thanksgiving followed by refreshments in the hall. The celebrations wrap up with the Harvest Sale on Mon 7th October 7pm following a short service. It’s a wonderful time of year, celebrating all that we’ve been given, hard endeavours reaped, nourishment and sustainment both physically and spiritually.

World mental health day is on the 10th October which is a great opportunity to reflect on our own mental health and those around us. If you’re finding things hard going at the moment, finding fears and worries are having an impact on your life or have any concerns that things aren’t right for you please talk to someone about it. Your GP can be a great first point of contact and charities such as Mind can also be a valuable source of help. We should also look out for mental health issues in those around us – any changes in patterns of behaviour, loss of interest in activities that they previously enjoyed or an unwillingness to engage with others, especially following a life-changing event (positive or negative) can be a clue that someone we know is struggling and sometimes all it takes is a friendly “Hi, how are you feeling today?” to start a conversation that will make all the difference in someone’s life. 

1 in 4 of us will experience some form of mental health issue this year but help and support is available and does make a difference. Mind can be contacted on 0300 123 3393 weekdays from 9am-6pm.

Be determined & confident

Sometimes things in life can be a bit of a challenge! I recently started a project in our garden to clear some of the ground ready to add a pathway and some new plants. Once the ground was prepared and slabs laid, I started early the next morning to do the planting. The following morning one of the little plants had been pulled up. So I dutifully put it back in. The same thing happened again and again. Then something started pulling up a couple of the others. The poor plants with their roots continually exposed to the full heat of the summer sun are looking tired and drained. I feel their frustration! Having given them plenty of water and added some rocks to help hold them down whilst they reattempt to establish themselves, I’m hopeful it may deter whatever it is that has taken a liking to uprooting them.

This incident is only a minor thing, however it’s a good example of how in everyday life things can sometimes seem to be against us no matter what we do. Perhaps a test of our endurance or training for patience or other fruits of the Spirit. Whatever we find ourselves up against, large or small we are encouraged to remember these words Moses said to Israel before they entered the promised land:

“Be determined and confident. Do not be afraid of them. Your God, the Lord himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you” Deuteronomy chapter 31, verse 6

Wildlife spot

At Horton Heath we’ve started an ‘eco church’ project where we’re encouraging wildlife with patches of wild flowers, bird feeders and nesting boxes along with plans to create a bug hotel and more!

To help create a wildlife pit stop at our church. We already have our residential bees, a variety of little birds visiting, scatty squirrels and evidence of badgers. One of which we suspect, with a little help from the squirrels took a particular liking to one of the feeders which is currently missing. We expect it will turn up sometime in the hedgerow or surrounding field.

It’s a lovely project and one that the whole church is actively behind, making the most of our beautiful setting nestled in the countryside. Many thanks to our Joan for instigating the initiative.

In a similar way the church is a pit stop for us each week, providing a place of rest and reflection, spiritual refuelling, as well as a community hub. All are welcome. We have our outdoor benches crafted from one of the tree trunks so you can sit and enjoy the wildlife and surroundings – let us know what wildlife you spot!


At the time of writing it is Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s such an important issue and something we need to be mindful of throughout the year, for ourselves and for those around us. It seems that ‘we’, nationally and as a society, have lost our way, especially when it comes to our individual needs. Our society is very much driven by financial success, and all about immediate results/delivery.

The demands, stress and strains this puts on our time, energy and wellbeing, as well as the knock on effects it has on our own family life are at tipping point. As a society our health, both physically and mentally, is out of balance – we’ve forgotten what’s important and what real success actually is. The very root as to what defines success is happiness & fulfilment. But how do you find this? Where do you draw your strength from in times of adversity and challenge? How do you stay true to what makes you happy?

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27

The house is a symbol of protection and safety. Our refuge. It also represents the foundations we put in place, our hope and faith. Jesus’ words and commandments are about love; compassion and understanding in action. How we live our daily lives in the community where we are. Here, using our own unique gifts, skills and talents given to us to serve others we’ll find happiness and fulfilment in abundance.

Songs of Praise

Join us on Sunday 2nd June for an evening of Songs of Praise, 6pm at Horton Heath Methodist Chapel.

What’s your favourite hymn? Let us know by Friday 31st May, email or leave a comment and we’ll see what we can do.

The Songs of Praise will be followed by coffee & cake.

Feeling alive

“May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive” Fennel Hudson. A beautiful description aptly following on from the joys of Easter last month. Remembering the promise of a new and eternal life and the knowledge that Jesus is alive!

Easter Cross
Our Easter Cross adorned with fresh flowers during our Easter morning service. At the foot of the cross are some of the delicious Easter garden biscuits made by our Sunday School. Christ is risen!

What brings you most alive? Is it someone you always look forward to spending time with, family holiday, being out and about in the great outdoors, get together with friends, a hobby or activity, your work?

If you could spend more time on the things you loved to do, which made you feel alive, how different would your day be? Sometimes the tasks we fill our days with are the things that don’t actually bring us fulfilment. We can all to easily busy ourselves chasing opportunities, looking for the next best thing. However this distracts. Pulling you away from what’s important to you. Draining your energy and preventing you from spending the time with those who matter the most to you. The things that make you feel happy. How many times have you said “I don’t have the time to…” We each have the option to make the best of every situation each day brings. To decide where and how our time is spent. Take action today to plan into your diary more of what makes you feel alive, schedule activities around your commitments. See what you can change about your current commitments and duties to make them work better and feel better for you. Watch the effect it brings.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-26

You’re invited

You’re invited to join us for some community Easter fun:
Hot Cross Buns Coffee Afternoon & Easter Egg Hunt!
Saturday 20th April between 3pm and 5pm.

The Easter Egg Hunt starts at 3.30pm (don’t be late for this very important date!) Easter bonnets, bunny ears or fancy dress completely optional!

Build up your energy for the hunt and restore it again afterwards with this lovely seasonal treat. Or simply sit back and relax whilst you enjoy watching the fun with freshly toasted hot cross buns and a knob of butter beautifully melting on top along with a nice warming cuppa.

Plus more Easter activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your chair.
Bring along family and friends for some fun time out during the holidays, yummy food and good company. All donations in aid of Church Building Funds.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Happy Easter

What’s on:

Sunday 7th April Chapel Anniversary
Afternoon Service at 3pm followed by tea

Monday 15th April, Wordshop, 7.30pm. ‘Jesus the Game Changer’:
Subject this month is ‘Women & Children’. Meets in the church hall.
All welcome.

Saturday 20th April, Hot Cross Buns Coffee Afternoon & Egg Hunt
3pm – 5pm (Easter Egg hunt starts at 3.30pm) – all invited.
Donations in aid of Church Building Funds

Sunday 21st April, Easter Day Service 10.45am

Annual Dinner, The Link, 7.30pm – Thursday 2nd May
please contact Joan Hayes for menu options

All warmly welcome