AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Sunday 13th December 2020
Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church
Sunday 13th December at 10.45am
Circuit Online Service this week 11am
This week’s Online Circuit Service will be led by Rev Marie-Anne Kent and will include a Circuit Nativity.
Nativity Prayer of St. Augustine
Let the just rejoice,
for their Justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
For their Saviour is born.
Let the captives rejoice,
For their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice,
for their Master is born.
Let the free rejoice,
For their Liberator is born.
Let All Christians rejoice,
For Jesus Christ is born.
St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-440)
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 13th December 2020
Isaiah 61.1-4,8-11; Psalm 126; Luke 1.46b-55 (Magnificat); 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24; John 1.6-8,19-28
The services planned are as follows:
20th December – Our Carol Service led by Rev Patrick Evans at 4pm, details to follow. As we are still unable to sing this will be a service of readings, with carols sung by others shown on the screen.
24th December no service in church
25th December 10.30am (note earlier time) led by Rev Patrick Evans
27th December no service in church
3rd January – 10.45 The On-line Circuit Covenant Service will be shown in church
Circuit Services will continue to be available and details of all services, whether in church or on-line, will be in the weekly notices.
Flowers have been provided by Richard Atkins in memory of Evelyn.
The Offertory envelopes for 2021 are now available for collection from the Church porch.
‘Bags of Hope’ Christmas hampers
Many thanks to everyone who donated items or money towards the Bags of Hope appeal. Thanks to your generosity Ainsdale Methodist Church donated four Christmas hampers full of Christmas goodies. We were also able to provide a range of toys, Christmas books and activity packs. (Please see the attached images)
On Thursday 24th December, a restricted number of us will be meeting to sing carols. Instead of our normal venue at the Co-op, we will instead be meeting, socially distanced, in the garden at Ainsdale Village Church at 11am to sing for 30 minutes.
Because the numbers will be restricted, please can you let Revd Peter Lyth know either by email (email@example.com) or phone (01704 211919) by Monday 19th December if you wish to take part.
Blue Christmas Service
Churches Together in Ainsdale invite you to a Blue Christmas service on Saturday 19th December 4pm at St Johns Church, Liverpool Road and thereafter – https://southportmethodist.
Alternatively you can watch our Youtube service which will be available from 4pm on Saturday 19 December
The Bereavement Journey
Some of you have experienced a personal bereavement this year and we are truly sorry for your loss and pray that you may find some help and comfort during this difficult time. Social distancing and lockdown restrictions are making it so much more painful and isolating for those who are mourning and unable to receive much pastoral and family support.
Southport Circuit plan to run The Bereavement Journey course online beginning on Tuesday evenings 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th January and 2nd February, with an optional 6th session on Tuesday 9th February 2021. Each evening will begin at 6.45pm and finish by 9pm. We will use Zoom.
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.
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 benefit from 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.
If you want more information, for yourself or someone else, please contact Sally Eyes on 07743660155 or email Sally on sally.eyes@southportmethodist.
Technical help can be given to anyone who is unfamiliar with zoom and we will try to arrange for social distanced walks or gatherings as we are permitted, in order to help create a support Network.
District Blue Christmas Service
Elm Hall Drive Methodist Church are hosting a District Blue Christmas Service on Zoom On 13 December at 7.00pm.
This will be led by the Revd Karen Jobson (Mental Health Chaplain, Ashworth Hospital) and the Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson, Chair of District
Our Blue Christmas service, a service that has been put together especially for those of us who are not feeling particularly merry and bright right now. This is somewhere to come if you don’t really feel very much like celebrating and to be just as you are with all of your feelings, all or your doubts and all of your pain. We hope that you’ll find this a safe place to be transparent with yourself and with God. To register for this service please go to the following link:
The waiting room for the service will open from 6.40pm. You do not need to put your videos on but the name shown must be that on your registration to provide a safe space for all. For any enquiries please contact paul.wilson@methodist.
This week’s advent theme is Love based on John 3 vs 12-21. This will be on Zoom on Monday afternoon and repeated on Thursday evening.
Please note the Zoom Room will open 15 minutes before the start time. In order not to disrupt the meditation part of the session, anyone arriving after the start time will unfortunately not be admitted until approximately 25 minutes after the start time.
4.00-4.45pm, Monday 14th December (Zoom Room open from 3.45pm)
You can join via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/
7.00-7.45pm, Thursday 17th December (Zoom Room open from 6.45pm)
You can join via the internet at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/
A warm invite to study the theme of developing a listening heart 2 Samuel chapter 7 vs 1-11 Psalm 89 vs 1-4 and 19-26 Luke 1 vs 26-38.Tuesday morning at 10.30am looking at Isaiah 61 vs 1-4 and 8-11. 1 Thessalonians 5 vs 16-24 John1 vs 6-8 and 19-28. Everyone is welcome so feel free to drop in any week.
You can join via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/
Coffee after Church 12 Noon
Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service 12 noon at https://zoom.us/j/
If joining by phone dial one of the following numbers (0203 901 7895, 0208 080 6591, 0208 080 6592 or 0330 088 5830). You will be asked for the Meeting ID – key in “91805800335#”, 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.
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd-Disley know by Tuesday 15th December on 07484 608675 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been fantastic to see the first Covid vaccines being administered this week, with the declaration that Tuesday was V-Day. In the US the President elect has targeted 100 million vaccines to be administered in his first 100 days in office. In 2020 it has been clear to us what the priority of our leaders has been; to get to grips with the pandemic so that we can minimise the loss of life and return to some semblance of normality.
This weeks old testament reading from Isaiah Ch 61 vs 1-4 & 8-11 is used by Jesus when he preachers in the synagogue in Nazareth at the beginning of his Ministry. He reads from the scroll quoting from today’s reading, and in so doing makes it clear to us what his priorities are…
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
Jesus’ priority is the poor, the prisoners, the blind and the oppressed. As his followers, today offers us a timely reminder of the manifesto that as Christians we have signed up for. It sounds a daunting task, almost overwhelming. There is so much need; can we really make a difference.
Jesus was just one man who started a movement of which we are a part. He did not help everyone, he was merely in a time and a place. What he did do is model a way of being for others to follow, and people have done so over the centuries that have passed. We therefore do not need to feel overwhelmed or daunted by the task, rather we do what we can in our time and place. This can be as individuals and as congregations. And let us remember the opening line that Jesus read, as we do not strive alone, for the Spirit of the Lord is with us in fulfilling this calling.
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 11am
The link to our services is http://southportmethodist.org.
Online Christmas Services
Christmas Eve – 11.30pm Reflective Service.
Christmas Day – 11am Celebration Service.
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.
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 email@example.com
Other worship resources and on line services from the Methodist Church can be found at https://www.methodist.org.uk/
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 – Cities of Promise. A place in the heart.
During this era of Covid the city seems to have been devalued as a place of human flourishing. Instead it’s become a place of fear of contamination – a place to get away from, no longer a sought after place to live. But the biblical view is of a redeemed city, a place where human culture is valued alongside restored relationships – a place of beauty and worship of the living God. On the 3rd Sunday Advent, the theme is A Place in the Heart. Father Martin Magill and the Rev David Compton reflect on what this means for the City of Belfast.
Sunday 1.15pm Songs of Praise – Christmas in Norfolk.
The Rev Kate Bottley visits Thursford in Norfolk to experience a Christmas light show – a four-acre lantern extravaganza. She visits the local church to light the Advent wreath and discuss the meaning behind Gaudete Sunday. Following the service in St Paul’s Cathedral earlier this week, remembering those who have lost their lives as a result of Covid-19, Kate meets a family facing a Christmas like no other. Katie Piper visits a church in north London where their Christmas angel hampers are bringing some festive cheer to families in need. Featuring favourite Christmas carols with performances from Collabro, Marisha Wallace and opera star Andrea Bocelli.