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Open the book

Each week during term time a group of volunteers from the local churches (including Himley Road) visit three local schools to lead a weekly school assembly.  Open the book is a national programme to help local churches to help schools to fulfil their legal requirements in proving a daily act of worship.

As one person reads the story from the Lion Storyteller Book, a group normally act it out and include the children along the way. Anything can happen!  The assemblies are enjoyed by children and teachers alike.  New volunteers are always welcome though a D & B safeguarding check is a requirement for all.  For more information do contact us
 

Healing on the Street

Every two weeks (1st and 3rd Saturday of the month) a team of people are available outside Zoar from 10am to 12pm to pray with others. Whilst prayer remains something of a mystery to us all, we do believe that prayer makes a difference.  We are not there to impose our views on others (though are happy to share them if asked!) We simply want to offer the love of Jesus in a real and sensitive way.  We would be happy to pray with people at the time or we will make a commitment to pray later.  

Feel free to come along or stop and say hello if you are passing - we'd love to see you!

Care Home Worship

We deliver a praise and worship service once per month at a Care home in sedgley for those residents who cannot attend a Church.

Hope in Action

Offering practical help, (gardening, diy, etc.) to those less fortunate within our community in conjunction with Dudley Social Services, contact David Gill for more information.

School Chaplaincy

Himley Road is pleased to be part of an ecumenical chaplaincy which meets every lunchtime during term time at Ellowes Hall Sports College.  The chaplains have a designated room where the young people can come to chat about anything that may be concerning them.

The chaplaincy has been in place for many years now and is well established. Mr. Griffiths, the headteacher spoke only recently about the value of the chaplaincy to the school and the pupils in particular.  Some of the young people have recently found additional support from a group called 'Cherish' where they have been encouraged to understand their true value and self worth.

The Chaplains are local church leaders who are in school on a rota basis each weekday at lunchtime. We are available to all students and staff (and their families). Our primary purpose is to be "a listener" or a sounding board for them. So we get to share the joys and sorrows which they bring to us. We give advice, where appropriate, based on our own life experience and walk of faith together with our Biblical knowledge. We often pray with those who come to talk with us.

We get to lead School Assemblies - often to coincide with and highlighting the major Christian festivals. We are also invited to bring a christian perspective into some of the general curriculum subjects including History, English and RE. Some of the team are regularly welcomed into discussion sessions with the 6th Form Students.

One exciting development is that the School Chaplains are currently producing "Good Morning Ellowes" a video two minute 'Thought for the Day' for every day of the school term. This is 'broadcast' into each tutor group at the start of every school day via the school intranet.

Christmas Journey & Easter Journey

At these times of Celebration we invite school parties to the church for a visual and dramatic presentation of the events surrounding Christmas and Easter.  Further details are available from Carole Donnison

 

Counselling

Sometimes life throws unexpected and horrible things our way. It can take a lot of courage to begin to talk to someone about life’s difficulties, but deciding to engage in counselling can often be a step which offers renewed hope.  Hope Counselling service is based at Himley Road Church.

 

Methodist Mission in Britain

We collect throughout the year to support Methodist Mission Charities in the UK. 

Village Praise

We gather together to praise and worship God in the open air in Lower Gornal village and at the local crematorium at Easter and Christmas offering token gifts, cakes, mince pies, hot cross buns to local businesses and individuals and praying for those who request it.  Over 450 Bags of Hope were delivered to local homes on Halloween together with a small treat to make a positive contribution to this largely negative day.

Food bank

We collect non-pershable food throughout the year to support the Black Country food bank via our distribution point at Upper Gornal Methodist Church.  Also the proceeds of our Harvest festival are donated to this cause.  The Black Country Foodbank helps vulnerable individuals and families in crisis through the provision of 3 days emergency food supplies while a longer-term solution is developed.  The services it provides have an enormous impact on the people who use them, giving them an important breathing space at a time of great need. 

Tithes

We tithe 10% of the Sunday offerings of the church to other good local, National and International causes.  In the past year we have provided support for:

  • Richard Welch Albania mission
  • TSM ministries Stourbridge
  • Methodist Homes for the aged
  • Vision of Hope drug rehabilitation centre
  • Evangellical Alliance
  • Acorns Childrens Hospice
  • Womens Network
  • Krasif Aid Bulgaria
  • Methodist World Missions
  • Methodist Mission in Britain
  • Barnabus Fund