AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES

Sunday 8th November 2020

 

Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church

All services at Church suspended until further notice.

 

Circuit Online Service this week 10.30am

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, and please note the start time is 10.30am

http://southportmethodist.org.uk/sundayservice

 

Prayer

History can inspire or trap.
Walls can protect or divide.
Words can encourage or inflame.
Power can free or destroy.
Touch can comfort or violate.
Peace can be shared or withheld.
Gracious God, at this time, when we remember past and present conflicts,
we pray for the divided peoples of the world,
that leaders, governments and each one of us may use our resources,
our opportunities and our lives
in the service of reconciliation,
for the sake of future generations
and to the glory of your name.
Amen.

 

Lectionary Readings – Sunday 8th November 2020

Amos 5.18-24; Psalm 70; 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18; Matthew 25.1-13

 

GENERAL NOTICES

Remembrance Sunday Online Circuit Service – Earlier Start Time of 10.30am for this week only

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, and please note the earlier start time of 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 being held virtually.

There are two slightly different versions of the service, one for the Southport Methodist Circuit, and the other for Ainsdale Village.  They pretty much mirror each other although with some different images and contributors.  The Southport Methodist Circuit can be accessed via http://southportmethodist.org.uk/sundayservice , and the Ainsdale Village service via http://southportmethodist.org.uk/ainsdale

Covid Lockdown

As you may have seen on the news the furlough scheme has been extended.  Given that churches are now closed for worship again, please note that some employees have been furloughed for part of all of their hours.

John Cass, Circuit Administration Assistant is furloughed so any Circuit Office queries should be directed to Rev Marie-Anne Kent (marie-anne.kent@methodist.org.uk) or 01704 513128. Sally Eyes as Outreach Worker will be working only 12 hours, and Lucy Lloyd-Disley, Section Administrator only 8 hours (Wed & Thu 9.30-1.30).  Roger McDonald, Caretaker, will be working only two hours a day, Mon-Fri.

Ministers’ arrangements remain unchanged.

Thank you from The Foodbank

Many thanks to all who supported our “Jam Aid” at our harvest festival service, a total of £182 was raised for the Foodbank. A big thank you to Cynthia May for all her hard work to produce the lovely jars of jam. During the month of October more than 250kg of food items were donated at the Ainsdale Foodbank which together with the money donations has enable us to fill the Ainsdale store cupboard shelves.

During half-term the Foodbank has supported a number families and supported Joan Green with “Bags of Hope” which provided bags of supplies for 13 families in the local area. Once again thank you for all for your continued support. God Bless. Brian Davey.

Ainsdale Lunch & Leisure

On behalf of The Board of Trustees, Ainsdale Lunch and Leisure wish to thank all our Members, Volunteers and Stakeholders for their patience over the past few months during our temporary closure.

From 2nd November we were able to resume our meals delivery service thanks to the local community for Merseyside support fund and PH Holt Foundation.

Further to the Government’s announcement this week, we will be continuing to deliver meals in the community, however unfortunately we will not be able to open the centre until further notice.

If you wish to arrange for meals to be delivered, please contact us on 01704 574838

Or email:- manager@ainsdalelunchandleisure.org.uk

Many Thanks as always for your continued support

Rebecca Gomersall

 

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:

http://www.christmasangel.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Christmas-Angel.pdf

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.

 

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 10th November 19.00-19.45

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.

 

Wednesday 11th 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.

 

Bible Study

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 11.30am (Please note earlier time this week)

Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service 11.30am this week at https://zoom.us/j/99269870450

Church Notices

If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd-Disley know by Tuesday 10th November on 07484 608675 or lucy@southportmethodist.org.uk.

 

 

PATRICK’S PAGE

 

Dear Friends

I come from a large family with the number of cousins exceeding twenty.  When my parents were alive they were the conduit through which we kept in touch and up to date with what everyone was doing.  When my parents died so did some of those relationships.  To be honest I’ve not met all of my cousins and some of the others only once or twice.  As time has passed by it has become harder to retrace those steps and make connections of my own.  They live in different parts of the country and have their own well established lives.  In hindsight I wish that whilst my parents were alive I’d got to know my cousins personally rather than having a pseudo relationship with them through my parents.  I wasn’t prepared for what would happen when my parents died, and all along I could have had my own relationship with my cousins.

A friend shared with me his testimony and what a big influence others had been in his life, especially one pair of his grandparents.  They were faithful Christians and through them he went to church and became familiar with the rhythm of attending regularly.  In his twenties the second of his grandparents died and his faith then drifted for a number of years.  Upon reflection he realised he did not own his own faith, rather his faith had been lived through his grandparents.  He had never thought of what would happen when his grandparents died.  Like me with my cousins, he had not realised he could have had a relationship with God, even when his grandparents were alive.

Today’s reading is the parable of the ten virgins from Matthew Ch 25 vs 1-13.  At that time in Palestine a wedding would be arranged, although not like in our culture where we have a specific time and an exact location.  Rather the preparations would be made, and once completed the wedding could take place at any moment, maybe today, or tomorrow or in a few days.  The bridegroom surprise his bride and she had to be ready.  While she waited there would be ten virgins who would carry oil lamps which were required if they needed to go outdoors after dark.

In the parable there were five wise virgins who had enough oil for their lamps, and five virgins who did not and fell asleep.  They were unprepared, and when they awoke they tried to sponge oil from the wise virgins.  The wise virgins refused and told them to go and buy their own oil, and whilst they were doing this the bridegroom arrived and they missed their opportunity to join the wedding celebration.  They had not thought about what would happen if they ran out of oil, rather they wanted to be reliant on others.  But this is not how it works in the Kingdom of God.  Our relationship with Jesus, (the bridegroom), is our own responsibility, and not to be lived or relied upon through others.

We can all find ourselves at whatever age in life, living our faith through others, and those others may even have died many many years ago!  May we not have a pseudo relationship with God, rather may we have our own real, living relationship with him. May this and everyday be the time for this.

God bless

Patrick

 

 

WORSHIP

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 10.30am

The link to our services is http://southportmethodist.org.uk/sundayservice This Sunday 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 being held virtually.

 

Next Sunday’s online service will be at the usual time of 11am and will be led by Local Preacher, David “Tabz” Taberner.

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 patrick.evans@methodist.org.uk.

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 – Seek Higher Things.

A service for Remembrance from the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell in its centenary year. Preacher: The Revd (Air Vice Marshall) John Ellis, Chaplain in Chief RAF; Leader: The Revd (Wing Commander) David Norfield, RAF, the College Chaplain. RAF personnel speak of their experience of the place of God in their life of service, as a nurse looking after COVID patients, as the newest officer in the Royal Air Force, and as a junior officer whose fast jet pilot father lost his life on active service. Readings: Isaiah 55 (from verse 6) and Matthew 25. Including recordings from RAF music services.

 

BBC1 TV

Sunday 1.15pm Songs of Praise – Remembrance Sunday

For Remembrance Sunday, Aled Jones visits the Brecon Beacons in Wales, where the British military has trained since the Second World War. Aled meets Jules Hudson, broadcaster and military historian, to find out about Brecon’s military connections, including being the home of the Royal Welsh. We mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act and the impact it has had on the lives of many members of the armed forces as well as civilians in the UK over the last two and a half decades. James Lusted finds out more from an organisation called the Soldier’s Arts Academy that works with servicemen and women who have been injured whilst serving their country. James speaks to Christian Maurillia Simpson, who served in Iraq but retired from the army due to injury. She shares her story of finding peace through the medium of singing and her faith.

We celebrate 150 years of the British Red Cross by meeting one of its longest serving volunteers, who felt called to start helping with the charity during the Second World War, when she was just seven years old. And Aled Jones is reunited with D-Day veteran Harry Billinge, who featured in the Songs of Praise episode to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019. Harry tells Aled about receiving his MBE from the Queen for services to charitable fundraising and reveals his reflections about Remembrance Sunday.

With brand new music performances, including from military veterans, and hymns to mark Remembrance Day.