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December 2010

The Junior Church Nativity on 19 December looked at the Christmas story through several carols and even included a video interview with Good King Wenceslas. We were also told about the work of the BibleLands charity, which works to support health, education and community development in the lands of the Bible.

Picture showing a scene from the Nativity 2010 with the Narrator, Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus
A scene from the Nativity

Video frame of King Wenceslas' interview
King Wenceslas being interviewed for the Bohemia News

Christmas Services and Events at Springdale
All are welcome to any of our services. The following special services and events will take place, as well as the usual services:

  • Sunday 19 December 10.30am Junior Church Nativity
  • Sunday 19 December 6.30pm Reflective Christmas service
  • Friday 24 December 7.00pm Candlelight Carol Service
  • Saturday 25 December 10.30am Christmas Day Service: All Age Worship
  • Sunday 26 December 10.30am All Age Worship

image of jolly Santa ClausThe Christmas Fair on 4 December raised over £1500. The usual mix of stalls: books, Santa's Grotto, hot pork sandwiches, samosas, white elephant and much more were there.


November 2010

The Winter 2010 edition of our magazine Triangle is available from the Resources page.

October 2010

From 23 to 25 October the Junior Church went away to Gelliwig, a residential centre in Porthmadog, North Wales. We were blessed with superb weather, and on the Sunday held an uplifting service, organised by the young people, on the beach at Black Rock Sands. Many thanks to those who kindly donated cakes! Some pictures from the weekend are below.

Picture of parents, children and leaders before leaving for Wales
Getting ready to leave from Springdale

Picture of 3 cars taken from a fourth car on the way to Wales

Picture of a double rainbow with slightly darker sky between (Alexander's Dark Band)
It did rain a bit on Saturday. Double rainbow with
Alexander's Dark Band

Picture of four lads on the doorstep of Gelliwig
On the doorstep

Picture of beach cricket at Black Rock Sands Picture of kite-flying on Black Rock Sands
Cricket and kite-flying on the beach

Picture of cars and people on the beach before Sunday Service
Getting ready for the service 1

Picture of cars and people on the beach before Sunday Service. One person is writing in the sand.
Getting ready for the service 2

Picture of young people unning round a rock near Llyn Celyn on the way home
Round the rugged rock...

Picture of the whole group of children and leaders near Llyn Celyn on the way home
The whole group at Llyn Celyn on the way home

There was a lovely atmosphere in the hall on 16 October for the Anniversary Concert. There were displays of the many and varied talents in the Springdale family including cooking, painting, poetry, photography, dress-making, needlework, gardening, sports and more. The concert itself had performances of singing, instrumental pieces, dance and poetry. Over £110 in donations was received.

Picture of people relaxing with refreshments after the Church Anniversary Concert
Relaxing with refreshments after the Anniversary Concert

Picture link to Autumn 2010 TriangleThe Autumn edition of our magazine Triangle is available from the resources page. The latest Penn Churches newsletter is also available from the same page.

The Church Anniversary weekend is fast approaching. On Saturday 16 October at 7.30pm, in the hall, there will be an anniversary concert with the theme "Favourite Things", and there will be anniversary services on Sunday morning (All Age Worship) and evening (Holy Communion).

Please note that Cafe@Church on a Wednesday evening now runs from around 7pm to 9pm.

September 2010

Picture of the harvest loafWe celebrated Harvest on the weekend of 18/19th September. On the Saturday evening a Harvest Supper was held with a three-course meal provided for about 70 people for no more than £5.00 each. All the items on the menu were from the book "food for thought", published in 2003 to celebrate Springdale's 50th anniversary. The recipes in the book were collected from members and friends of the church. Those attending could choose from varied dishes including Carrot and Coriander Soup, Basque Chicken and Cowpats Chocolate Chip Cookies.

In the church on Sunday, the harvest loaf (shown to the left) was the centrepiece along with donated produce.


June 2010

The Springdale Summer Fair will be held at the church next Saturday, 19 June, from 12 noon until 2pm. There will be lots to do with all the usual stalls.

The Summer edition of our magazine Triangle is available from the resources page.

May 2010

The MS Society is holding a "Cake Break" event at Springdale on Saturday 1 May, from 11am to 3pm. Enjoy a cup of tea and some cake and helpd support their work. Springdale Wives are also holding an event in aid of Multiple Sclerosis on Saturday 15 May at 7.30pm when the Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir will be performing. Please contact the Church Office if you are interested.

Christian Aid Sunday 2010 is on 9 May 2010 and starts Christian Aid Week. There will be a special service at Springdale at 3pm including Penn Puppets and the commissioning of collectors. Further details in this downloadable flyer.

April 2010

With the forthcoming General Election looming the local candidates will be at the Penn Churches' election forum, starting at 7.30pm on Friday 23 April 2010 at Penn United Reformed Church. A flyer with more detals can be downloaded here (Adobe .pdf format).

The April Family Hotpot was on the theme of "The Good Shepherd". The poster below was produced at Hotpot.

Picture of a poster produced at April's Family Hotpot - theme the Good Shepherd

Picture of the Easter Garden: before (barren at the start of Lent) and after (flowering at Easter)A Happy Easter to all! The Lent Garden was transformed into an Easter Garden on Easter Sunday morning. Throughout Lent, each Sunday, seeds and other items have been added culminating in the blooming of the garden on Easter Day when members of the congregation placed small flowers in it. "Before" and "after" pictures can be seen on the right.

After leading the Easter Sunday evening worship and communion, Robert, our minister, has gone on sabbatical from 5 April to 13 July. He will be visiting Rwanda and then working as a volunteer at the Iona Community. There is information on the Methodist Church website about sabbaticals and their purpose. Please note that during this time any emails sent to the minister's email address will be redirected to the church office address.

March 2010

Map of Central America with Belize highlighted. Original data: US Geological Survey. Links to larger version of map.Caroline Ely, Revd Robert Ely's daughter, has arrived in Belize for her 6 month attachment on the Experience Exchange Programme, a joint overseas mission project of USPG and the Methodist Church. You can follow Caroline's experiences on her blog.


Family Hotpot, was held on Tuesday 9 March, with the theme "Easter". More details on the Meetings page and in the notices. All welcome to future Hotpots for crafts, refreshment and worship.

February 2010

The Spring 2010 edition of Triangle, our magazine, is now available for download from the Resources page. The deadline for the summer edition will be Sunday 23 May 2010.

Picture of a collage of Noah's Ark and the animals, produced at the last Family Hotpot (Messy Church)

This month's Family Hotpot had the theme of Noah. Family Hotpot is Springdale's Messy Church. There are crafts, a snack and worship from 3.30pm to 5.45pm on the second Tuesday of the month. The next Family Hotpot will be held on Tuesday 9 March with the theme "Easter". More details in the notices.

January 2010

Happy New Year to all!

On 17 January the morning service was a special service where the hymns and songs were chosen by the church members. The hymns and songs were:

Lord make me a mountain
Gods people (aren't super brave heroes)
Colours of day
Lord Jesus Christ (Hymns and Psalms (H&P) 617)
Come let us anew (H&P 354)
Hills of the North rejoice (H&P 237)
O, Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder (How great thou art)
The Church of Christ in every age (H&P 804)
And did those feet in ancient time (Jerusalem)
My song is love unknown (H&P 173)
Guide me O thou Great Jehovah (H&P 437)

Picture link to Love Life Live Lent websiteLooking forward to Lent and the Lent House Groups, then look out for Love Life Live Lent! Lent is interactive this year! Please use the flyers and other information in church to find out more about what is happening this Lent. Make sure you order your booklets and sign up for a housegroup by Sunday, 31st January 2010.

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December 2009

Christmas Services and Events at Springdale
All are welcome to any of our services. The following special services and events took place, as well as the usual services:

  • Saturday 19 December 7.00pm Punch and Carols†
  • Sunday 20 December 10.30am Junior Church Nativity
  • Sunday 20 December 6.30pm Reflective Christmas service
  • Thursday 24 December 7.00pm Candlelight Carol Service
  • Friday 25 December 10.30am Christmas Day Service*

*Unfortunately, for reasons that are unclear, the time reproduced in the Penn ecumenical card for the Christmas Day Service is incorrect. Apologies for any inconvenience.

†Come and join us for Punch and Carols, an evening of Christmas music, songs, carols, poems and refreshment. Admission is by donation to the development fund (on the door).

image of jolly Santa ClausThe Springdale Christmas Fair was held on 5 December from 12pm until 2pm. There were many stalls including Santa's Grotto, hot pork sandwiches, samosas, books, white elephant and much more. Over £1600 was raised for church funds.


The Posada (Travelling Nativity) continued on through Advent until returning to church on 19 December.

The Junior Church are in full swing for rehearsals for the Nativity musical We're Gonna Tell You a Story (written by our own Helen Cooper). You can see a sneak preview of the wise men (minus camels) below:

Photograph of rehearsing wise men

November 2009

This year during Advent (starting 29 November) we will be having a Posada, or travelling Nativity, based on the Latin American tradition of Las Posadas. Figures representing Mary, Joseph and the Donkey will move from house to house in the area around Springdale spending a night at each stop. The Posada starts at church on 29 November and will return to church on 19 December for the junior church Nativity play. You can follow the progress on the map above or on the homepage

October 2009

Montage of pictures from Mark Harrington's escapology version of the Easter story
Mark Harrington tells the Easter story by escaping from a strait jacket at Trick and Treat!

On 31 October, Trick and Treat, a family fun evening with Puppets, Games, Snacks, Magic and Escapology was held at Springdale. The evening was well enjoyed—thanks to all involved.

September 2009

On 26 September members of Springdale Art Group held an exhibition of their work during a coffee morning at the church. Some pictures taken at the exhibition can be seen below:

Pictures shown by the Springdale Art Group

Pictures shown by the Springdale Art Group

Pictures shown by the Springdale Art Group
The art exhibition on 26 September 2009

Autumn Concert:

Picture of Bishop Sam from Rwanda with Helen and ELeanor Cooper after the autumn concert
Bishop Sam with Helen(L) and Eleanor Cooper

The Autumn concert held on 19 September at 7.30pm was a very successful evening. Eleanor (flute and singing) and Helen Cooper (piano and classical guitar) performed a wide variety of music including pices by Rutter, Handel, Gossec, Mendelssohn, show songs and more. The spectacular finale was Concertino (Op.107) by Chaminade. We were blessed to have Bishop Samuel Kayinamura, the head of the Free Methodist Church in Rwanda in attendance. Just over £400 was raised in aid of the Development Fund.

Cafe@church 16.9.09
Cafe@Church 16.9.09

Cafe at church logoThe Autumn edition of Triangle is now available from the Resources page along with previous editions (back to Summer 2007). The same page has a link to download the Penn Churches' newsletter.

If you fancy a cup of coffee or tea and a chat on a Wednesday evening why not come to Cafe@Church? It will be open, except school holidays, from about 6pm to 9pm with hot drinks from 6.30 on. Open to all; no charges but donations welcomed.

A concert, also in aid of the development fund, is being held at Springdale on Saturday 3 October 2009 at 7.30pm. Penn Singers and guests will perform an "Evening of Autumn Music". Tickets are priced at £5 (to include refreshments).

Looking forward to October, Messy Church is coming to Springdale in the form of "Family Hotpot". This will be held on the second Tuesday of the month the first being 13 October 2009. More details on the Meetings page. On 31 October between 5 -7 pm there will be a "Trick and Treat" FREE family fun evening with Puppets, Games, Snacks, Magic and Escapology at Springdale. Come dressed as your favourite hero to win a prize! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

August 2009

Picture of activity at Starship Discovery Holiday Club
Activity at the Starship Discovery

Holiday club logo

As with the holiday club in previous years The Starship Discovery Holiday Club was a great success. The children (Reception to Year 6) took part in many activities including songs, stories, puppets, parachute games, craft and even kaleidoscope-making!


July 2009

Eleanor and Helen Cooper's concert originally planned for 4 July has now been rescheduled to 19 September at 7.30pm.

Image of the The Old Rectory, Epworth, built in 1709 for John Wesley's father to replace the one destroyed by fire - Photographer DH Wright. Link goes to the Rectory MuseumAn exhibition, "A Brand Plucked from the Burning", is being held at Bantock House Museum until Sunday 2 August (11am to 5pm, closed Mondays). The name refers to the event, early in life, when John Wesley was saved from a fire which revaged the rectory (see left) in which the family lived. He believed that God had saved him for a purpose. Later, Wesley went on to help found the Methodist Movement (see the Belief page). The exhibition explores the origins of Methodism. The Old Rectory at Epworth is now a Methodist Church-owned museum.

Photograph of work on the bushesThe Methodist Church Conference was held in Wolverhampton from 2-9 July. On the evening of 5 July Conference Praise was held at St Peter's Church, in the city centre. There was therefore no service at Springdale that evening.

On 27 June, a working party was held to give the church and grounds a good tidy up.

June 2009

Picture link to Surefish websiteUnfortunately, this website was not shortlisted for the Surefish Church Website of the Year 2009. Please have a look at the shortlist and vote for the website you like the best. The shortlisted sites are all high quality and the best features will no doubt be an inspiration for us to do better here at Springdale. If you have any suggestions or comments to share about this site please contact Julian, the webmaster ( ).

Picture of Eleanor and Helen CooperThe Summer Fair was held at the church from 12-2pm on 20 June. There were crafts, games, books, toys, cakes, white elephant, refreshments, raffle and much more!

Eleanor and Helen Cooper's concert planned for 4 July has had to be postponed. Apologies for any inconvenience as a result. It will now take place in the autumn on a date to be confirmed. Tickets will be priced at £4 (£2 for students 18 and under), proceeds in aid of the Development Fund. A wide variety of music will be on offer including pices by Rutter, Mozart, Chaminade, Mendelssohn, Ravel and plenty of “lighter options”.

The Triangle magazine deadline has now passed. The Summer edition of the magazine is now available from the Resources page.

Jackie Neilson is holding a coffee morning and photo gallery on Saturday 27 June, in the church hall at Springdale from 10am to 12 noon. A selection of her favourite photographs from 40 years of photography will be presented—the theme is leisure. Admission is free and refreshments are available. Any donations to the Development Fund.

May 2009

Holiday club logoLooking ahead to the summer, there are several events to look forward to. Firstly, the Starship Discovery holiday club will be held every morning, at Springdale, from 17 August to 21 August this year. This is aimed at 5-11 year olds (Reception to Year 6) and will be lots of fun with games, singing, Bible stories, crafts and puppets. The cost will be £1 per day, to include refreshments. Further details are available by contacting Lesley Cook ( ) or Liz Dooley.

Secondly, on 4 July this year Eleanor (flute) and Helen Cooper (piano) will give a concert at the Springdale in aid of the Development Fund. This promises to be a highly enjoyable evening with a variety of flute and piano music. More details to follow (Update: now postponed to the autumn).

The annual Methodist Church Conference is being held here in Wolverhampton, at the Civic Hall, from 2-9 July this year. The conference is the forum where Methodist Church policy is agreed. It takes place in a different district each year.

On 17 May the Junior Church Anniversary was celebrated with a performance by the Junior Church centred on the story of Noah using drama, puppetry and music.

Picture of the puppets as the animals in the ark.
The puppets help to relate the story of Noah

Picture of a flute At 7.30pm on 16 May a "Last Night of the Proms" was held, with the West Midlands Concert Band providing the music. Over £600 was raised in aid of the Development Fund. In early June the new Wolverhampton Circuit Choir will be performing the latest Roger Jones' musical Rock, about the life of St Peter. The performance at Springdale will be on Friday 5 June at 7.30pm. Entry is free, but donations, for the Komera project will be welcome. If you can't make the Springdale performance there is another opportunity at Codsall Methodist Church on 6 June.

This website has been nominated for the Church Website of the Year 2009 (Local category). This competition is run by Surefish, a community website of Christian Aid, in association with the Church Times an independent Anglican newspaper. After a shortlisting process, the ten best websites, as judged by a panel of experts will be put forward to a public vote via the competition website. Please have a look at the nominated websites and vote for your favourite after the shortlist is published.

April 2009

Picture of the Lent Cross and the Easter CrossA Happy Easter to all. The Lent Cross was transformed with flowers into the Easter Cross during the Easter Day services.

Easter Services were held at Springdale:

Good Friday (10 April) service:
8.00am Meditation on the Cross

Easter Day (12 April) services:
8.00am Holy Communion followed by breakfast
10.30am Holy Communion (All age service)
6.30pm Evening Worship


March 2009

The New Development fundraising continues. The following events are scheduled for the next three months:

April 9
Fashion Show
April 25
Coffee Morning; Plants; Bring and Buy
May 16
West Midlands Concert Band
May 23
Coffee Morning; Bric-a-brac; Jewellery
June 27
Coffee Morning; Jackie Neilson's Photo Gallery
Postponed to autumn TBA Summer Concert: Eleanor and Helen Cooper

The Fairtrade stall now has a mobile cabinet which allows stock to be moved easily and be displayed when on sale. Many thanks to Dennis Baldwin who so expertly made it. This will make the monthly Fairtrade sale easier to run, and also make it possible for the stall to be open during other events.

photograph of the new Fairtrade cabinet

The Christian Aid Climate Change Day of Action in Coventry was attended by people from Springdale. The day was part of the build-up towards the United Nations Climate Change Conference due to be held in Copenhagen this December, and aimed to highlight the need for justice in tackling climate change, so that the world's poorest people are not disadvantaged.

three pictures montaged of people from Springdale at the Climate Change Day of Action
The Climate Change Day of Action in Coventry

February 2009

The spring edition of Triangle is now available from the Resources page. This website now has a Groups page with information about groups that use the church and its premises. At the moment there is information about the Mother and Toddler group, Poetry Group, Shell Group and Youth club. More will follow as contributions come in.

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