I was contacted by Ping Bradford, in the summer of 2017, to be part of the national launch for Table Tennis. They would provide us with free table tennis tables and all the equipment we needed.
This has been a good opportunity to draw people into the church building to strengthen and encourage people in the life of the community. There are people in the community who feel isolated and lonely and providing the space to help people to know that the church cares would be a good thing.

We have been really blessed in having about twenty people who belong to the table tennis group, which started in September 2017. The group is going so well, that we have had to request another table, which Sport England readily provided. We now have three tables, which are in use all the time from 10.00 am to 12.00 Noon.

Because of the success of this venture, we are now in a position to extend the times when we meet, so that we can accommodate more people and extend the hand of pastoral care to people who seem to appreciate, not just the exercise in playing table tennis, but the fellowship and the networking which it stimulates. We have people from different churches and none, who attend the group.

We have recently started to meet from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm, and will be providing a light lunch on the last Monday in each month. Please tell your friends to come and meet new and interesting people.

For further information, please get in touch with me.

Rev Albert GTable-tennis 2_1

Film and Faith

Join us at The Peacock Bar (25 North Parade) as we watch and discuss the war film ‘Amen’

Nazi officer Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukur), a chemist by training, is assigned to develop a disinfectant to purify water for the German army, but soon discovers that his invention, Zyklon B, is being used to exterminate imprisoned Jews. Horrified, he approaches a number of diplomatic figures with his story, but only Riccardo Fontana (Mathieu Kassovitz), a priest, takes him seriously. Fontana returns to the Vatican but is informed by his superiors that they have more pressing concerns

The screening of this film has been arranged by Bradford based film company, Camera Shy, and is sponsored by Northern Monk Brewery.

Graeme will be leading a discussion on the films major themes following the screening.

Newsletter Lead Letter Autumn 17

‘Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr


My children and I have recently been enjoying a new addition to our TV watching routine. On Friday night we record a particular show to watch together on a Saturday morning. The TV show, is the new series of The Crystal Maze and the routine of recording it and watching together is exactly the same routine I enjoyed with my parents and my sister in the early 90’s when the first series of The Crystal Maze aired.


We’ve also enjoyed watching a number of the new ‘live action’ Disney films over the last couple of years. Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast have all been taken from their animated Disney roots and been reborn on the big screen as live action features with very successful results. Sometime’s I have been known to complain about the lack of creativity in Hollywood as we endure sequel after sequel in various franchises but this is something quite different, this is incredible and moving stories being retold in a bold new way. Becky and I grew up watching the original animated films but they have been treated so lovingly in their reforming that we have never once felt any jarring emotion when seeing them in their new form. Actually we’ve had quite the opposite experience, the new films have helped us to remember the first times we lived those stories and the magic they created in our young minds.


We have a story of far greater worth to share. A story that is universal and timeless in its appeal and reach. The Gospel is a constant gift in an ever changing world. As God’s church we must find ways to continually share that truth in new ways from generation to generation.


The people of God have always been moving, always been travelling with him and The Methodist church was born as a revival movement. We cannot now stand still. We must continue to find ways to communicate the truth of The Gospel which are relevant and challenging in this time and culture.

‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’

Clayton Tea Party Worship

On October 24th 2014, Clayton Methodist Church hosted our first Tea Party Worship.  We welcomed 27 people including some from each of our village churches, some from Rowanberries Care Home, 2 who can’t make it to Sunday morning service and the rest from our congregation.
Favourite hymns were sung.  Rev Graeme gave a short talk. Psalm 84 was read.  Rev Sarah Jemison took time to introduce herself, explaining her background.
We blessed each other by singing “May God’s blessing surround you each day” before tucking into scones, cakes and cups of tea, whilst enjoying great fellowship.
‘When is the next one?’ we were asked.  We intend to host one each month. For future dates, see the circuit calendar.

tea party

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