In the name of Christ we offer a warm welcome and encouragement in your Christian journey.
Welcome to a friendly, active church with a membership of 200, from various backgrounds and countries, and of all ages.
Come and join us!
Great musical opportunity
at Chapel Field Road Methodist Church!
Are you a dynamic person with a strong Christian faith who could lead and develop our music?
We have a strong musical tradition and a well-established adult choir. We need someone to play traditional and contemporary hymns and songs at our morning services.
We have a pipe organ and a grand piano. We want to build up music with children and young people.
You would need to accompany the choir or accompany/direct at rehearsals on Friday evenings. You can even conduct our Christmas orchestra!
We have relief organists and the choir does not sing in August.
Remuneration and leave by agreement.
Please get in touch with our minister
Rev. Catherine Hutton 01603 452086
10.30 am (with activities for all ages);
6.30 pm (Upper Room)
─ Holy Communion as announced.
12.15 – 12.45 pm (Upper Room)
─ Holy Communion as announced.
1.00-1.30 pm Prayers for healing (Upper Room);
6.00 pm Service in Swahili on alternate weeks (Upper Room).
Check here for details of the Sunday Worship Services this month.
Visitors are always welcome amongst us. On arrival, please make yourself known to one of the Stewards or the Minister.
God in the Arts—Samson’s Tragedy by Lucas Cranach the Younger
‘Eyeless in Gaza at the mill with slaves’: that is how John Milton expresses the tragedy of Samson’s life in his poem ‘Samson Agonistes.’ There is an irony in his blindness and powerlessness, for Samson means ‘sunshine.’ As we read the story in Judges 13-17, he was called to be God’s agent in bringing the dawn of a new day to the Israelites and freedom from the Philistines. But
he breaks his vows as a Nazirite, and leads a life of sex and violence: the stu of lm and opera, of art and poetry.
Then he falls in love with Delilah, who uses her feminine wiles and intelligence to nd out the secret of his strength. That moment is depicted in this painting of 1537 by the German artist, Lucas Cranach the Younger. We see Samson clad in armour but barefoot—a sign of vulnerability for Delilah is ready to cut o his hair and so deprive him of his power, symbolised by the jawbone of an earlier victory. The Philistines wait in the background, ready to capture him, while the partridges and fruitful trees are signs of temptation. The artist is telling us how easy it is to turn away from God’s purpose, and the sleeping Samson is once again oblivious to that calling.
The book of Judges tells us how the tragedy unfolds: the Philistines imprison him and set him to grind corn. Called to bring light to Israel, Samson has been blinded. The world is a dark place for him, but then at the Philistines’ festival celebrations he remembers his God. With renewed strength he brings down the temple and the people within it. That is why we find Samson’s name in the list of heroes of faith in Hebrews 11. It is a reminder that we can all only too easily make a mess of life and God’s calling, but God can still use us and work through us to bring new life and hope.