Thursday, June 14, 2018

New Church Webpage


If you have come to this page looking for Hilton Methodist Church please go to the new webpage:

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Facebook page to replace this blog


This is just to notify you that Rev. Philippa Cole, the new minister of Hilton Methodist Church will be using a Facebook page instead of this blog to publish updates of the church.

We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful minister in Philippa and we appreciate her ministry with us.

New Facebook Page:  Hilton Methodist

Thursday, June 25, 2015

David's Notes


"God loves us at least as much as the person who loves us the most"  is a quote from a book entitled Good Goats - Healing our Image of God by Dennis, Sheila & Matthew Linn. 
Take some time over it because it has the incredible power of healing our deepest fears of God's judgement and challenges our worst images of God.  



Wednesday, June 24, 2015


The Midlands Quilters Guild meet once a month in our hall. They have kindly given the church a superb quilt to sell in order to install another blind on the verandah.
See the picture:
This quilt  reflects superb skill and creativity in its design and execution. The retail price of such a work is R3000.
We are offering it first to our congregation to put in an offer of R3000 or more. The quilt will go to the highest bidder. Email Bill Houston on with your offer or phone him on 033 3434951.
Everyone will win – someone will get a wonderful quilt in time for the winter cold and the church will get another blind!

Friday, June 19, 2015

David's Notes


Head deep in his study of theology  Robert Marsh had a question that continually plagued him - "how would I do this if I believed God was real?"  He realised God can easily become an abstract concept, a set of values we try to live by or the projection of our wishful imagination.  By 'real' he means a God who is present, interested, involved and wishes to interact with us.  What are you about to do in the next hour? Have you considered that God may be interested in what you are planning to do? 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Public Meeting


Friday, June 12, 2015

David's Notes


In Trevor Hudson's latest book "Friendship with God - how God's offer of intimate relationship can change your life" he quotes William Barry who was wanting to distinguish between real faith and pseudo faith. 
He quotes Barry, '"Fear not, trust in God and He will see that none of the things you fear will happen to you"; that of real religion, on the contrary, is "Fear not; the things you are afraid of are quite likely to happen to you, but they are nothing to be afraid of."' In all the changes of our lives we are tempted to ask God to deliver us from all that we fear instead of asking God to guide us as we confront the Goliaths in front of us.  


Thursday, May 28, 2015

A new way of doing things

Circuit (801) Statement by the Ministers

We desire to embody Christ's love for the world.  However, we confess that we have not always achieved this, failing in our mandate to be "Together a Transforming Discipleship Movement".


We therefore commit ourselves to the following:

1.   To work together as a circuit and not as individual societies.

2.   To explore ways in which to share our rich resources and assets – be they human or financial.

3.   To create effective disciples for mission by encouraging our clergy and laity to use their unique gifting in relevant areas.

And so we call our churches and every one of our members to:

1.   Understand our discipleship identity by embracing the Mission Imperatives of the MCSA, which are:

a.   Spirituality

b.   Evangelism and Church Growth

c.    Justice and Service

d.   Human and Economic Development and Empowerment

e.   Education and Christian Formation

2.   Explore ways in which to overcome our insularity by working together for increased efficiency

3.   To strive together to be agents of change and transformation.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Royal Variety Performance



"The Winter function, "Royal Variety Performance" will be starting at 6pm on Friday the 19th June.

We will have a "bring and share with your table" supper. Tea, coffee and pudding will be provided.

We will even have our own 'Lady Royal' and her guests gracing us with their presence.

The evening is not a competition, but an evening of fun and sharing one's talents .

We are challenging all Home Groups, Society Stewards and other groups of HMC to come up with an item to share.

Auditions on the 31st May after the Sunday service at about 10:30.

Please contact or email me by the 29th May if you would like to share your talent.

Looking forward to a great evening"


Kind regards

Michelle Hoctor

083 772 4940


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

David's Notes


We have had our telephone lines stolen this last week and the church line will not be available for an indefinite amount of time.  
We also had a short power outage the other night and there I sat with no power, no telephone my family up in Thabazimbi and 
I felt a little sorry for myself. Ag Shame!  Then, after getting over myself, I got thinking and praying for those who are constantly been 
undermined by corruption and incompetence.  An ophthalmologist friend shared a story that KZN has run out of the local anaesthetic  
used for her operations.  The implications are that people who spend hours travelling to the hospital are now being turned away and due to 
the waiting lists their operations may be postponed for months. The misfortunes we may suffer have the hardest impact on those who 
have the least.  May the christ-compassion within us continue to reach out to those most affected by the evils of our world. 

Rev. David Barbour
033 3431708