Minister ~ Reverend Jacqui Horton
Steward ~ Stephen Lynn
PUBLIC WORSHIP IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED
DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC
‘SECOND FRIDAY’ STUDY GROUP
On the 2nd Friday of each month at Methodist Chapel in Litcham at 10am
Interesting discussions and much laughter plus coffee.
ALL welcome to come.
METHODIST NOTES ~ FEBRUARY
Music has been an essential feature of Methodism, which began in the middle of the eighteenth century; we love our hymns! Music actually started to emerge about 55,000 years ago and flutes, the earliest instruments found, were fashioned from the bones of birds or woolly mammoth ivory around 12,000 years later.
Tittleshall has many talented musicians, particularly singers and ukulele players. Practices, rehearsals and concerts are great social occasions and the presence of an audience, causing nerves, can really sharpen up and enhance the performance.
It does not matter if you do not sing or play an instrument when you listen to music, though, does it? You can enjoy the melody, beat and emotion and some kinds of music can do you more good than you probably realise.
Before mentioning some of the many benefits, it is worth noting that listening to sad music can increase anxiety and neuroses and exposure to loud music can damage hearing and, according to Canadian research, slow drivers’ reaction times.
A doctor in America, Robin Miller, states that ‘music can reduce chronic pain, improve your mood, decrease blood pressure, help stroke recovery, lower your heart rate, calm you down, boost your immunity and enhance your ability to learn’.
According to him, “studies in England have found that music can reduce chronic pain from diseases such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis by 21% and depression by 25%”. Research in Italy reveals that listening to Celtic, classical, or Indian (raga) music for 30 minutes a day can significantly lower blood pressure. Researchers in Finland found stroke victims who listened to music for two hours a day showed marked improvement in memory and attention span.
Slow music can produce an additional calming, immune- and mood-boosting effect by lowering cortisol levels and increasing hormones that improve the immune response and raise endorphin levels.’
Music is an amazing language transcending words that can unite and speak to everyone. What a gift! Enjoy it and share it!
Liz Lodge, Tittleshall Methodist Chapel
P.S. Thanks to the collections we made at Litcham chapel’s Big Christmas Sing, and the service on Christmas Day, we have been able to send £300 to Action for Children.