AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES

Sunday 14th February 2021

Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church.

All services at Church suspended until further notice. 

Circuit Online Service this week 10.30am (note change of time for this week only)
This week we join the Sunday Morning service from the 2021 FireFest Weekend, (formally the Southport Methodist Holiness Convention).  Given it is Valentines Day the theme of the service will be “real Love”.  Rev Rob Cotton will lead our service and the preacher will be Rev Ashley Cooper, Principle of Cliff College (a Methodist theological education and training college with a particular focus on mission and evangelism).  There will be participation from across the FireFest locations.  The service can be viewed via the following link – http://southportmethodist.org.uk/sundayservice.

As part of the FireFest weekend there is also a contemporary family service at 9.30am on Sunday, and David “Tabz” Taberner, Local Preacher from Southport will be the preacher.  You can view this at the FireFest Youtube Channel via the following link – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaBS44JsrrBvaZ6BYOQkXCw

Prayer

A bishop once said that he considered prayers of adoration our “Valentines to God.” 

 

Your love, O Lord, for ever will I sing;

From age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.

For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever;

You have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.  

(Psalm 103:1-2)

 

Gracious God,

My love for you grows daily.

Whenever I witness an act of kindness or receive an unexpected gift, I am reminded of your expansive love.

Even during times of duress, of sadness, or of loss, I take comfort in knowing that nothing can separate me from your love.

Let this love in me blossom and flower so that I reflect your compassion and mercy in all I say and do.

In gratitude and grace, I pray.

Amen.

Lectionary Readings – Sunday 14th February 2021

2 Kings 2.1-12; Psalm 50.1-6; 2 Corinthians 4.3-6; Mark 9.2-9

 

GENERAL NOTICES

Marjorie Jarrett

Following Marjorie’s return to Cheadle at the end of 2020 following Tim Wood’s death, we sent a bouquet of flowers to her with the love and best wishes of the church.

In return Marjorie has asked that her heartfelt thanks for the flowers, and the love and friendship from all at the Church, be extended to you all. 

NEW – Lent Midweek Circuit Service – 10am, Ash Wednesday, 17th February

During Lent we will be holding a 30 minute midweek service via Zoom which will be held at 10.00am every Wednesday morning starting on Ash Wednesday, 17th February 2021.

You can join service via the internet at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86427936795 or by phone on one of the following numbers (0131 460 1196, 0203 051 2874, 0203 481 5237, 0203 481 5240, 0203 901 7895). If phoning in, you will be asked for the Meeting ID – key in “86427936795#”, 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.

Churches Together in Ainsdale – Lent Safari Bible Study

This years Lent Safari will take place via Zoom, 2.30-3.30pm on Tuesday’s, starting on Tuesday 23rd February for five weeks.  Each session is stand alone so there is no problem if you miss a week.

We will be following the 2021 York Course for Lent, titled Caring for Creation which acknowledges that the human race is facing its greatest challenge: the threat to the environment and climate change. The course considers how faith in our Creator God should enable us to see what is actually happening.

SESSION 1 – Tue 23rd Feb: The Environment

SESSION 2 – Tue 2nd Mar: Global Warming and Climate Change

SESSION 3 – Tue 9th Mar: The Age of Humans – The Anthropocene Era

SESSION 4 – Tue 16th Mar: Coming out of Denial and Facing Crisis

SESSION 5 – Tue 23rd Mar:  Faith, Hope and Love

Although not essential for joining the course, there is a course booklet that can be ordered online at https://www.yorkcourses.co.uk/product/caring-for-creation-course-booklet/ as a download or a hard copy.

The Bereavement Journey

Some of you have experienced a personal bereavement in the past 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. 

The Southport Methodist Circuit are again running “The Bereavement Journey” course online beginning on Wednesday evenings 24th February, 3rd, 10th, 17th , 24th March with an optional 6th session on 31st March 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 at any time, 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.org.uk.

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 for those who would find this helpful.

Take Time Meditations – Lent Series

Taketime meditations use your imagination to provide a calm, comfortable space.  This six part series directs you in time and thought through the events of Holy Week leading up to and including Jesus’ crucifixion.

The Lent series will be held on Monday’s and Thursday 18th February and Monday 22nd February for 6 weeks.

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.

7.00-7.45pm, Thursday 18th February (Zoom Room open from 6.45pm)

You can join via the internet ath

4.00-4.45pm, Monday 22nd February (Zoom Room open from 3.45pm)

If you want any more information at this time please contact Sally Eyes on 07743 660155 or on sally.eyes@southportmethodist.org.uk.

FireFest Weekend – 12th-14th February 2021

Given the current restrictions, this years FireFest event will be held on line next weekend with the theme “Real Love”, hosted from Wakefield.  Attached is a copy of the programme and below are the various links to access the event and to find out more.

Website: https://www.firefestlive.co.uk  

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/firefestlive

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/423642422386707/   

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaBS44JsrrBvaZ6BYOQkXCw  

Workshop Registration Page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/firefest-live-inspirational-workshops-tickets-139408088345

FireFest was formally named the Southport Holiness Convention and Summer Fire.

Bible Study

The Bible Study Group continues to meet every Tuesday at 10.30am via Zoom.  Each study is stand alone, so it does not matter if you miss a week.  This week we will look at the Exodus sections from the the Bible Story book.  You can order the book from the likes of Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bible-Story-that-Makes-Sense/dp/1529327008/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+bible+ollerton&qid=1610016134&sr=8-1). 

You can join the Bible Study via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/94043474537 or by phone on one of the following numbers (0203 481 5240, 0203 901 7895, 0208 080 6591, 0208 080 6592). If phoning in, you will ask for the Meeting ID – key in “94043474537#”, 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 11.45am every Sunday

Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service 11.45am

Church Notices

If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please email Patrick know by Wednesday 17th February on 07813 211501 or patrick.evans@methodist.org.uk.

 

PATRICK’S PAGE

Dear Friends

As Valentines Day falls on a Sunday this year, our worship focus will undoubtedly be turned towards the theme of love, with associated bible passages, rather than the set reading for the day which is the transfiguration.

In the chapter just ahead of this, Jesus has asked his disciples “who do people say I am?”, to which they say one of the prophets.  When asked directly who do you say I am, Peter answers Jesus, “You are the Messiah”.  In the verses that follow, Jesus predicts his death and Peter rebukes him that this cannot be.  Jesus talks to a crowd and the disciples, saying “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” 

Mark’s gospel then picks up the story six days later when Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a mountain.

“There he [Jesus] was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus…Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” (Mark Ch 9 vs 2b-4, 7).

I wonder what the focus of the disciples had been in the six days leading up to the transfiguration.  Perhaps their focus had been on why Jesus would be talking of his death and crosses, as in their minds such things would mark the end of their walk with Jesus.

So God the Son, and God the Father, put on a dazzling display demonstrating Jesus divine nature, a nature that transcends heaven and earth.  Almost as if his human shell is removed unveiling his total divinity.  And God proclaims “This is my Son, whom I love.”  What wonderful words of affirmation from God to Jesus, can there ever be any better affirmation we can give or receive from one another?  The passage could easily have omitted the words “whom I love”, although it does not because it is the absolute point of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son; that God wants us to exude and experience as people created in his image. 

In the New Testament, the word Agape, the word for love used here, is used 137 times as a verb and 116 times as a noun. It is therefore at least as important to be loving as it is to feel love, if not more so.

Jesus’ act of ultimate love was displayed upon the cross.  Love to all humankind, even in the midst of their rejection of him.  The divine however, could not be overcome, and three days later it shines through once more.

Whatever cross we may bear at this time, may we as Jesus’ disciples, not in  our own strength, rather through the divine power of God the Holy Spirit living within us, radiate God’s love.

God bless,

Patrick

 

WORSHIP

With Sunday approaching below is a reminder of the services available via the Methodist Church online, as well as some others on TV & Radio. 

Online Circuit Service – Sunday 10.30am (note change of time for this week only).  The link to our service is http://southportmethodist.org.uk/sundayservice

Listen via the phone – 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.

Watch via DVD or listen via CD – If you would like a DVD or CD of our weekly service please contact Patrick on 07813 211501.  These are free of charge.                        

Get involved – 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 – Attached is a copy of this weeks Worship From Home service sheet.

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/.

Dial-a-Prayer (it’s free!)

FREE phone lines for prayers, reflections and news from the Methodist Church

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514 (updated every Thursday).

Listen to a pastoral message from the President and Vice

President: 0808 281 2695 (updated every Monday).

Listen to the Methodist Podcast: 0808 281 2478 (updated on first and third Thursday of the month)

Spiritual sustenance when in isolation

For those online the following link (https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/spiritual-sustenance-when-in-isolation/) takes you to a page of daily and weekly resources from the Methodist Church that you can access during lockdown.

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 – Facets of Love

‘This is love’. Those are the words of John, the ‘beloved disciple’ – seeing out his latter years with the congregation of his beloved church in Ephesus. In the centuries since, poets and musicians of every hue have been happy to complete the sentence for him. To Han Suyin it was a ‘many splendored thing’, to Freddie Mercury it was a ‘crazy little thing’, and to William Thackeray it was a thing which makes fools of us all. Maybe all are true, but St John himself does not leave it undefined. With Baptist Minister the Revd Richard Littledale. Reading: 1 John 4: 7 – 21. 

BBC1 TV

Sunday 1.15pm – Songs of Praise – Love and Lent

To mark the beginning of Lent, Sean Fletcher visits historic Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire and hears from its dean, the Very Rev John Dobson, on the variety of ways the cathedral building, founded by seventh-century saint Wilfrid, has inspired others through the centuries. Sean also reflects on the themes of love and Lent in the current times with the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Rev Helen-Ann Hartley.

To mark Valentine’s Day, we hear from a young Christian couple, Ben and Kristen, who proved that love is stronger than lockdown, and whose wedding finally went ahead at the fourth attempt in December 2020. Katie Piper visits Leeds to talk to Joe Walsh, the founder of Faith In Operation, an initiative encouraging organ donations for anonymous recipients.

Hymns and songs, old and new, come from across the UK, reflecting the start of the season of Lent.

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