I suspect some of you are wondering (if you can see the picture of the swan) why that particular picture? Well I suppose like many of you I am reminded of the phrase “Swan song”. The swan song is a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement. The phrase refers to an ancient belief that swans sing a beautiful song just before their death since they have been silent for most of their lifetime (Wikipedia). There are several stories about how this story made its way into our language, my favourite is an ancient one.
A certain rich man bought in the market a Goose and a Swan. He fed the one for his table and kept the other for the sake of its song. When the time came for killing the Goose, the cook went to get him at night, when it was dark, and he was not able to distinguish one bird from the other. By mistake he caught the Swan instead of the Goose. The Swan, threatened with death, burst forth into song and thus made himself known by his voice, and preserved his life by his melody.
It is said there is no truth in the idea that a swan will sing just before its death but the phrase still is used for that final act. My hope and prayer is that the Gospel message you have heard will be shared by everyone of you, not just as a final act but as a daily offering to the Lord. As to what will be my final act of sharing in the Loughborough Circuit will be at our open-air shared worship at Quorn on July 11th, 10-30 am. Chance to sing!
John Pugh (Rev) Wymeswold Methodist
If you’ve recently spent any time in uniform the photo will either fill you with lots of memories or just send a shiver down your spine! Most non-military individuals will refer to it as camouflage, but to those who’ve served it’s DPM or Disruptive Patterned Material. Yes there are several designs dependant on where in the world you served or even when. This one worked well amongst personnel serving in Northern Europe, wearing it in a desert terrain didn’t work so well. Obviously there a more sandy colour would work far better.
Whatever force you served with it was all about hiding in plain sight, in fact wearing the correct material it is even possible to stand in plain sight, say in front of a forest and, providing you don’t move you will not be seen. If you use a computer on a regular basis and you’re bored look up the use of camouflage on the internet. Wildlife uses it all the time, try looking at moths, octopuses and chameleons sometime. Soldiers are trained to use natural foliage to break up their outline to blend in with their natural surroundings.
The problem today is that people want to hide in plain sight, they are often encouraged not to stand out in the crowd. The idea that if they don’t stand out they won’t get picked on, they won’t be given extra work to do. In fact if anything they will slip underneath the radar and will end up having a nice easy life. There used to be a well known saying especially amongst National Service personnel – “Don’t volunteer for anything!” This would be echoed by the Regular troops who’d learned the hard way, if anything get someone else to do the hard work whilst you make out you’re doing them a favour.
Some Christians hide themselves in plain sight amongst the wider population. They don’t stand out in any way, no-one can tell they are different. Yet it used to be said that Christians stood out because of what they said, how they said it and how they acted. The big question for today is are you a camouflaged Christian? Or do you truly stand out and up for Jesus Christ? Are there Christians around you that you don’t know about? If there are some why not challenge them to stand out and up for Jesus with you
John Pugh (Rev) Wymeswold Methodist
Groups and Organisations and when they meet:-
An ecumenical group which meets every Monday evening at 7.45pm in the Methodist Church.
Contact: Sue Fossey 01509 881469
Meets fortnightly at the Methodist Church on Thursdays 1.30pm-3pm during term, and is an informal worship time with Bible stories and play for pre-school children and their carers.
Contact: Sue Fossey 01509 881469
Meets monthly as indicated on the service pattern information.
Junior Church provides Christian teaching suitable to their ages for children aged from three upwards, whatever church (if any) their parents attend.
The meetings take place in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church on the corner of Brook Street and The Stockwell from 11am to Noon one Sunday every month. The exact week can vary, so is shown on the service notices outside the Churches. The Junior Church Members attend the beginning of the Methodist service together before they upstairs for their time of learning together.
Children are often given take-home material so families know what is being discussed and can share in their children’s learning.
Any questions, please contact Sandi Cowell 01509 881365 or visit www.wymeswold.com/churches for the service pattern showing which week the group will meet during the month.
For more information about any of these groups speak to Senior Steward Margaret Folwell 01509 880770 or visit https://loughboroughmethodistcircuit.org/churches/
St. Mary’s, Wymeswold, has a ring of six bells which dates back to 1795, when they were cast by Thomas Osborn of Downham Market, Norfolk. These replaced an earlier ring of four bells which were damaged when the church spire was struck by lightning and subsequently demolished.
The current bells were tuned and rehung by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough in 1937.
The present band of bellringers was formed in the late 1980s and has been slowly growing in numbers and repertoire ever since.
According to an agreement dated 4th August 1742 (now in Leicestershire Record Office) between Thomas Hedderley of Nottingham, bellfounder, and the churchwardens, Hedderley undertook to recast the third bell and ‘uphold the same sound and tunable’ for a year and a day for the cost of 20 shillings per hundredweight. The ring was increased to six bells in 1795.
According to The Church Bells of Leicestershire of 1876 the daily bell was rung at 5 a.m. during the summer months and at 6 a.m. in the winter, also at 6 p.m.. Tradition says that the parish clerk formerly received the proceeds of a close of land for performing this duty. He now receives, according to this book, £1/10/- per annum in lieu.
The current band meet every Tuesday from 7.30pm-9:00 pm for practice and ring for Sunday Service from 10.30am to 11.15am. We are a friendly band who welcome new ringers and provide tuition. Typical standard is plain minor and doubles methods (this will mean something if you are already a ringer).
Please feel free to drop in on a practice night and see how we perform the 350 year old historic art of church bell ringing. Have a go! You may even find yourself wanting to learn more..
Contact: Richard Thomas (Tower Captain) on 01509 881750 for further details.
“In country churches, old and pale,
I hear the changes smoothly rung
and watch the coloured sallies fly
from rugged hands to rafters high
as round and round the bells are swung”
Wymeswold United Sunday School provides Christian teaching suitable to their ages for children aged from three upwards, whatever church (if any) their parents attend.
The meetings take place in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church on the corner of Brook Street and the Stockwell from 10:45am to 11:30am most term-time Sundays. The exception to this is the third Sunday of each month when an All-Age Worship service is held at 11am alternately at the parish church (St. Mary’s) and the Methodist church.
The meeting time means that Methodist families can attend the beginning of the Methodist service together before the children move to Sunday School and Church of England families can attend the end of the Anglican service together as children can be escorted from Sunday School up to St. Mary’s.
All children are given take-home material so families know what is being discussed and can share in their children’s learning.
Any questions, please contact Sandi Cowell 01509 881365 or Marilyn Rowley 01509 880843 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.