AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Sunday 13th September 2020
Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church
10.45, Sunday 13th September, Church Anniversary
Circuit Online Service this week celebrates…
Prayer (this week offered in praise through the hymn To God be the glory)
1 To God be the glory, great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life gate that we may go in:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he has done!
2 O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God!
And every offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives:
3 Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see:
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 13th September 2020
Genesis 50.15-21; Psalm 103.(1-7),8-13; Romans 14.1-12; Matthew 18.21-35
Sunday 20th September 10.45am – Lesley Goddard, Local Preacher
Sunday 27th September 10.45am – Brian Davey, Worship Leader, Harvest Festival
The Bereavement Journey
We are exploring running this valuable course once again from the end of this month. If you or anyone you know of has been recently (or not so recently) bereaved and feel you or they would benefit from this alongside a small group please contact Sally Eyes on 07743660155 or by email to sally.eyes@
‘Jam Aid’ Supporting the Foodbank
Thank you for all the contributions. I have enough fruit so no more needed but smaller jars still welcome. Thank you for your support.
Southport Methodist Circuit
(Registered Charity No 1134383)
is seeking to recruit a
CIRCUIT SAFEGUARDING OFFICER
Part-time: 16 hours per month
Salary: £12.50 per hour
(Hours to be reviewed after 6 months)
The Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable adults is a priority for the Southport Methodist Circuit. The appointed person will administer and lead on the delivery of all aspects of Safeguarding policy, practice, training and record keeping. With a knowledge of Safeguarding and child protection procedures you will work closely with the Circuit Superintendent, District Safeguarding Officer and Church Safeguarding Officers in supporting the mission of the local Churches.
For more information and an application pack please email the Circuit Administrative Assistant: email@example.com.
Closing Date for Applications: 4pm on 4th October 2020
Date for Interviews: w/c 12th October 2020
The bible study group started on the books of 1 Peter and 2 Peter this week. It was great to have some new faces as well as the familiar ones. Everyone is welcome so feel free to drop in any week.
You can join via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/
The next Church Council is on Wednesday 23rd September at 7pm. It is open to everyone to attend although only Church Council members are eligible to vote. Feel free to join us via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/91292069772.
Coffee after Church
Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service from 11.45 each Sunday at https://zoom.us/j/
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd-Disley know by Tuesday 15th September on 07484 608675 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As I write this letter, one of the (Thursday) morning headlines is “There goes Christmas” (ahh, I don’t think so Daily Mail journalists, I think Christmas is going to be staying right where it is). The reference is of course due to the rule of six that was announced on Wednesday and the impact it will have on our plans for the next few months. For some a quiet Christmas may be a blessing! For others is will of course bring challenges.
The Archbishop of Canterbury tweeted ahead of the government announcement that he had been assured churches would be remaining open writing “Worship is the work of God – not a social gathering – and gives the strength to love and serve.” A couple of wise crack responses where “so i can meet more than 6 of my friends if i visit a church?” followed by another saying “Yup, bring a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread and call it communion.”
Well we can have more than six in church, although people cannot sit in single groupings of more than six.
Together the headline and the tweets make interesting reading, as it reminds us to think what church is all about. Certainly I hear the heartfelt words of people missing the fellowship with one another which is difficult to replicate virtually. So what is church, and festivals such as Christmas to us, without the normal social gatherings? Justin Welby states that church is “not a social gathering”. I think I’d say church is “not primarily a social gathering”. We gather, whether virtually or in person, to give our worship to God, to be educated, challenged, forgiven, changed, and in so doing we grow as a group of people forming the Body of Christ, to, as Justin Welby states, be given “the strength to love and serve”. The fellowship, often expressed through the social gatherings that are formed, pours out from our worship.
So perhaps the current restrictions give us an opportunity to sense check once more what church, and festivals such as Christmas, are for us as Christians. That such things are not gone for this year, rather through adversity, we are given the opportunity to reimagine them afresh for ourselves in our personal relationship with God, without all the other distractions that normally crowd in. In so doing may our worship to God, Father Son and Holy Spirit, be renewed and refreshed, all for his glory.
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.
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 me 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 – Sunday Worship – 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower
Four hundred years ago this week a small ship, not much larger than a modern double-decker bus, set sail from Plymouth to the New World. Its passengers were in search of a better life. Some were seeking religious freedom, others a fresh start in a different land. The Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth, reflects on the story of the Mayflower and the significance of this voyage for today’s world.
Sunday 1.15pm Songs of Praise – Mayflower
Aled Jones is in Plymouth where 400 years ago, a group of Christians embarked on an epic journey across the Atlantic that changed American history – the voyage of the Mayflower. He hears stories of the intrepid Christians who braved dangerous seas and the challenges of the New World to fulfil their calling. Aled discovers how this remarkable voyage has left its mark on political and religious life on both sides of the Atlantic.
In search of the pilgrim travellers’ roots, Kate Bottley travels to Nottinghamshire to meet a living relative of William Brewster, one of the elders of the group and finds out all about his motivation.
There are musical performances from Plymouth, featuring local folk musician Seth Lakeman and tenor Russell Watson, as well as congregational singing from across the UK, recorded before the current restrictions were put in place.