AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Sunday 1st November 2020
Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church
All services at Church suspended until further notice.
Circuit Online Service this week 11am
This Sunday is All Saints Day and the service will focus on remembering. The service has been carefully crafted and prepared for the wider community by the hospital chaplaincy team, led by Rev Martin Abrams and Rev Jan Fraser.
Prayer for All Saints Day
Thankyou God for the sacrifices made by those who have gone before us. May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship and love.
Lord, carry all who have been bereaved through their sadness and loss, covering them with your great wings of love giving their weary hearts rest and their minds sound sleep.
In Jesus name we pray
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 1st November 2020
Micah 3.5-12; Psalm 43; 1 Thessalonians 2.9-13; Matthew 23.1-12
Remembrance Sunday Online Circuit Service – Start Time 10.30
Next Sunday, 8th November, is Remembrance Sunday, and please note the start time is 10.30am. This will include a minutes silence at 11.00am when we will join Churches Together in Ainsdale and the communities in the south of the Circuit for their annual Remembrance Sunday Service at Ainsdale Village Green, although this year is being held virtually.
As part of the service we will have a memory wall where people can share the name, and if they wish a short memory, of someone they remember on Remembrance Sunday. This could include showing a photograph. If you’d like to be a part of this, please come to Ainsdale Methodist Church (lounge entrance), anytime between 11am and 12 noon this Saturday, 31st October.
Ainsdale Lunch & Leisure
As a result of securing funding from The Local Community Recovery Grant and PH Holt foundation we are re-starting the meals delivery service from Monday 2nd November and if anyone requires a meal please contact us to arrange on 01704 574838.
Knit a Christmas Angel
Would you like something to occupy you for the next few weeks at home? If so, please can you knit an angel to cheer the people of Ainsdale this Christmas? These little symbols of hope were successfully distributed around the village last year each one containing a message of love and peace – and we’re hoping to have even more available during these bleak times this Christmas. For those of you with access to the internet, here is a link to the knitting pattern:
If anyone would like a paper copy knitting pattern, please phone Ann Howard on 570993 and she will happily put one through your letter box.
As we all know things are very different this year and yet the Bible Society is working very hard and still needs our support for those people who are desperate to hear God’s word and have a Bible in their own language.
Please could anyone who kindly makes a donation to the Bible Society let me know either by phone 01704 808087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get in touch with you to collect your donation and let you have the “Word in Action” magazine.
Thank you in advance for your continuing support.
The Bereavement Journey
If you have experienced a personal bereavement we are truly sorry for your loss and pray that you may find some help and comfort during this difficult time. Southport Circuit has run several Bereavement Journey courses in the last few years but we have been unable to arrange for groups to meet during Covid restrictions. Yet we are so aware that many people are grieving and in need of pastoral support and so we plan to run The Bereavement Journey course online.
Sally and I are helpers on the next Bereavement Journey Course being run nationally through Holy Trinity, Brompton, London. We hope to then be equipped to run the course locally online after Christmas. We will advertise details early December.
We will be looking to safely recruit helpers for this, so please contact me if you are interested.
The Bereavement Journey course is free and it uses a combination of videoed talks and small group discussion. It is entirely confidential and a very safe and supportive environment. There are 5 weekly sessions and a 6th optional session exploring the question : where is God in suffering?
The course is available to anyone who has suffered bereavement, regardless of faith, age etc.
Working through grief and the loss of a loved one takes a long time. This course is for anyone who is bereaved, whether recently or dating back several years, although attendance is recommended after the first 3 months of a bereavement to benefit most from the experience.
Do you know anyone who has been bereaved who may be blessed through this course? Topics covered include: Attachment, separation and loss; the impact and pain of bereavement; adjusting to change; coping with feelings of anger and guilt and other people’s reactions; finding a way forward healthily, dealing with anniversaries and the optional 6th session on Faith Perspective.
Response from previous groups include:
“‘The Bereavement Journey helped me to understand what I’d been feeling was normal.’”
“It was good to share with others in a safe place.”
If you want more information, for yourself or someone else, or to offer to be involved as a helper in our local course please contact myself, Ann Hall on 07946384199 or Sally Eyes on 07743660155.
If you want to book on the next course run nationally, book direct with Holy Trinity :
Contact: 020 7052 0200 or email: email@example.com . Places are still available.
The Autumn National Course Dates : Tuesday evenings 7.30-9pm . 3 November – 8 December 2020.
A Volunteer Opportunity in Southport
Do you have an hour to spare one day during the week (more days if you want) to do a shop for a client/s on a regular basis?
If so we are currently looking for new volunteers to help support our shopping service which we launched as a result of COVID back in March. We ideally need volunteers who are aged 18 or over, who live in Southport, have a DBS check (we can advise if needed) and can drive. Volunteers are registered with their own shopping card which you will use for shopping so you do not have to use your own funds. If you are interested in volunteering with us and supporting a client/s or would like more information then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Taketime Together – Christian Mindfulness Meditation
Join us on a five week journey to discover the power of Christian mindfulness meditation. Taketime meditations use your imagination to provide a calm, comfortable space in which to meet God through encountering Jesus in the Gospels and find peace. All are welcomed to enjoy these meditations, which are intentionally inclusive, non-directive and experiential. No faith background or knowledge is needed to attend, enjoy and benefit from this Taketime introduction.
Tuesday 3rd November 19.00-19.45
You can join via the internet at at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5336295419?pwd=VWpPdVVKREVYN0dWN20vU1N1RGVuUT09 or by phone on one of the following numbers (0203 051 2874, 0203 481 5237, 0203 481 5240, 0203 901 7895. If phoning in, you will ask for the Meeting ID – key in “5336295419#”, it will then ask for your participant number, key in “196957#” and wait a few moments to be admitted into the meeting.
Wednesday 4th November 14.00-14.45 (repeat of the Tuesday session)
You can join via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/94584836277 or by phone on one of the following numbers (0330 088 5830, 0131 460 1196, 0203 481 5237, 0203 481 5240). If phoning in, you will ask for the Meeting ID – key in “94584836277#”, it will then ask for your participant number and there isn’t one so just press “#” again and wait a few moments to be admitted into the meeting.
Please contact Sally Eyes on 07743660155 if you would like more details or join us on any of the weeks or times that you can make.
Further details are available at https://southportmethodist.org.uk/take-time-together.
The bible study group is on Tuesdays at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome so feel free to drop in any week.
You can join via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/93783730691 or by phone on one of the following numbers (0203 481 5237, 0203 481 5240, 0208 080 6591, 0208 080 6592, 0330 088 5830, 0131 460 1196). If phoning in, you will ask for the Meeting ID – key in “93783730691#”, it will then ask for your participant number and there isn’t one so just press “#” again and wait a few moments to be admitted into the meeting.
Coffee after Church
Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service from 12 noon each Sunday at https://zoom.us/j/99269870450.
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd-Disley know by Tuesday 3rd November on 07484 608675 or email@example.com.
This October has been marked as a “Time to Remember” and has included Baby Loss Awareness week, when more than ever, those affected by pregnancy and baby loss have been given an opportunity to reduce feelings of isolation in a supportive space, to share experiences and feel they are not alone .To remember loved ones this year the local community have been invited to tie a piece of colourful ribbon on the outer fence of Southport hospital and to plant a bulb.
During this global pandemic we continue to face a tragic loss of life often under difficult circumstances. Bereavement is a lonely time and isolation makes this harder to bear. We don’t get over grief, we journey through it. The pandemic will end, but our love for those we have lost will remain. We move into a world that has changed personally and permanently, carrying our loved ones with us, with the knowledge that our bonds cannot be broken
Psalm 34 verse 18 tells us “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit “. May the God of love and mercy embrace all those whose hearts overflow with grief unanswered questions and a sense of loss. Grant them space to express their tears and hold them close throughout their bereavement journey. Lord, walk with us daily we pray as we all continue to journey through these challenging times of uncertainty.
Sally (Outreach Worker)
For Bereavement support visit www.ataloss.org . The bereavement journey course will be offered online early in 2021.
At goodgrieffest.com a virtual festival of love and loss takes place between 30th October and 1st November.
With Sunday approaching I am reminding us of the services available via the Methodist Church online, as well as some others on TV & Radio. Please see below.
Online Circuit Service – Sunday 11.00am
The link to our services is http://southportmethodist.org.uk/sundayservice This Sunday is All Saints Day, when the focus in many churches is to remember those who have died who in love continue to remain precious to us.
Whilst we are not gathering in our buildings, our online Circuit Service will focus on remembering, and has been carefully crafted and prepared for the wider community by the hospital chaplaincy team, led by Rev Martin Abrams and Rev Jan Fraser. This will include contributions from some professional musicians, a local choir, the hospital chaplains, Dr Karen Groves (Consultant in Palliative Medicine) and Dr. Dominic Bray (Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist) who will be reflecting on grief in a pandemic.
You can listen to a recording of our weekly online Circuit Service via your telephone by calling 01704 335755. Calls will be charged as a local rate call via landlines, although costs will vary for mobile users. Services are typically up to 50 minutes long. You can listen to the service from 11am each Sunday, up until the following Sunday.
On a general note you can link to the Circuit website at https://southportmethodist.org.uk/ and the Circuit Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZg2IIrYONyumWsHCbRcFaA.
How can I get involved?…If in future weeks you would be able to record yourself reading the bible, sharing some testimony, singing or playing music etc, or writing a prayer or sharing a photo, or have any other ideas, please let Patrick know on 07813 211501 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other worship resources and on line services from the Methodist Church can be found at https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/.
BBC Local Radio (incl Radio Merseyside)
At 8.00 am this Sunday, all 39 BBC local radio stations will be joining together for worship.
BBC Radio 4
Sunday 8.10am – A Service for All Saints.
In a year of upheaval when the familiar patterns of life have been overturned and so many people have been unexpectedly taken from us, the Rev Dr Alex Wimberly, leader of the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland, reflects on the memory and influence of the love and compassion of those we have lost.
Sunday 1.15pm Songs of Praise – Dundee
Claire McCollum is in Dundee, where the River Tay meets the North Sea. It’s the first time Claire has returned to the city since studying at the university, and she takes in the sights, both old and new, from the top of the hill known as Dundee Law. She discovers why Dundee has historically been famous for textiles, confectionery and publishing – jute, jam and journalism! – and also finds out about its religious history and how Dundee played a crucial role in the Scottish Reformation.
Radzi Chinyanganya also has connections with Dundee. His mother hails from the city, and he makes a very personal visit to the Catholic church where he was baptised. From there he heads north to the Compass Christian Centre, set in the stunning scenery of Glenshee. For over 50 years, the centre has been providing outdoor activities for young people from Dundee and beyond and sharing the story of Jesus. Radzi joins a young volunteer on the high rope course to hear about the impact the centre has had on her life and faith.
Dundee has many famous sons and daughters, but perhaps none more so than the characters of the comic books produced in the city, which include the Beano, the Dandy and The Broons. We meet Christian graphic artist and novelist Siku, who grew up reading those comics and went on to produce an entire Bible in the manga cartoon style.
Back in Dundee, Claire meets local parish nurses who combine their medical skills with their faith to help people on the road to recovery from addiction. She meets one man whose life was turned around through becoming a Christian and receiving help from the parish nurses.
Classical pianist Alexis Ffrench tells YolanDa Brown about his love of music and how he felt as a child being Britain’s youngest black church organist. We also have a special performance of Alexis’s own composition inspired by the faith poem Footprints in the Sand. The daughter of Christian peacemaker Nelson Mandela shares what she feels her father would have thought about the Liverpool garden being built in his honour, and we hear about the vision for the garden from two members of the community, Sonia Bassey and Stephen Nze, who help run the charity behind the project, Mandela8.
Music comes from across the UK, including poignant hymns written during the period of the slave trade, including Wade in the Water and Amazing Grace.