Hello, and welcome to the “Minister’s page” My name is Martin Slocombe, and I am the Minister for Chew Stoke Methodist Church and the  surrounding area. I live in Paulton, and also have pastoral charge of the Methodist churches in Paulton,Timsbury and Farrington Gurney (and all places in-between!). We are currently a small community of Methodists who continue worshiping together in our beautiful chapel, as generations before us have done for more than 200 years. Our aim is not only to be a physical reminder of the presence of God in this village, but to reach out to the community in practical ways as a living example of the love of God in action. Jesus reminds us of the central message of the gospel, to love God and our neighbours as ourselves. In witnessing to that gospel, both in Chew Stoke and the wider Chew Valley, through our work supporting our neighbours and engaging with the local Primary School, we endevour to share this message with a wider audience, helping to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to this area. Our Regular Sunday service is at 10.30am and is supplemented by a mid-week fellowship group and other activities throughout the year. Please keep an eye on the website for more details. I hope you find what you are looking for on our website, and look forward to welcoming you to visit us. The Revd Martin Slocombe Telephone 01761 411858 Email: martin.slocombe@methodist.org. On Easter Sunday morning, around 50 Christians from the Valley gathered on the edge of Chew Valley Lake to share in a communion service as the sun rose over the water.  It was a beautiful sight, and as we share bread and wine, the sun peeped over the hills and illuminated our faces.  What a wonderful way to greet another new day. We came together as a community of Christians from many different places, just as we do in the chapel.  It is a blessing that we come from different places, but it also hinders us as we struggle to identify with the people and the needs of the village of Chew Stoke itself. A commitment to serving the local community is something which many of us applaud, and strive to do ourselves, as we seek to be the apostles of today, sent out by Jesus to share the Good News.  But sadly, as I look around many of our local villages, the concept of community spirit seems to be a thing of the past.  When I was growing up we knew everyone in the street, and called most of them Auntie or Uncle.  Nowadays we are lucky if we know what our neighbours look like. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could re-ignite that sense of community spirit, with the chapel at it’s centre, and a recognition that all our lives can be improved by living in community with each other. As Paul writes, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ……If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.” 1 Corinthians 12: 12, 26 Revd Martin