AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Sunday 16th August 2020
STOP PRESS…STOP PRESS…STOP PRESS
We are please to announce the Church will be reopening for services at 10.45am on Sunday 23rd August 2020. For that week and the following week we will be broadcasting the online service to give those who have not been able to watch them at home, a taste of the online services, and to give us all the opportunity to get used to being back together in a socially distanced church. Thereafter we will follow a more familiar pattern of worship as permitted within the guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you back as and when you feel it is appropriate for you to return. (Despite some churches in the Circuit beginning to reopen, the weekly online services will continue for the foreseeable future).
More details on how the socially distance arrangements will operate will be issued in due course.
A big thank you to all of those who have been involved in preparing the Church for reopening, especially to Doreen Goulding, Gill Hemmings and Ted Taylor, who have laboured tirelessly through the regulations, prepared the risk assessment and implemented its actions.
As we continue to see and hear reports of devastation in Beirut we pray for those who are bereaved or injured and for those responding to the catastrophe that has engulfed the city.
We pray for those who live and work in Beirut that
the bereaved may be consoled and
the injured comforted and healed.
We pray for the rescue services and the hospital staff
giving thanks for their commitment and skill.
In the midst of catastrophe we pray for peace, truth and justice.
As the sound of explosion fades and the smoke clears
give wisdom to those who lead,
courage to those who serve,
and hope to all.
(Prayer from the Revd Ruth Gee, Assistant Secretary of the Conference.)
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 16th August 2020
Isaiah 56.1,6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11.1-2a,29-32; Matthew 15.(10-20),21-28
Wedding – Carl Noble & Eleanor Williams
The wedding will take place at 1pm this Saturday, 15th August, of Carl and Eleanor (daughter of Ceri and Cathy Williams). The wedding is limited to invited guests only. Their wedding was cancelled from June and unfortunately they can not have the occasion they had originally planed, although they do hope to hold a larger celebration next summer. Most importantly though, the commitments they are making to each other remain the same, and I am sure you will join with me in praying God’s blessing up them.
Message from Cynthia May
Dear Friends, Some of you will know that I have been unwell during the lockdown. Thankfully feeling better and profoundly grateful to our NHS and the medical team who are managing my care. This involves a cocktail of medication to suppress my immune system – not helpful in the middle of a pandemic! I have to be very careful to avoid catching anything! Alway one for making lists, I am planning projects to keep me going through the autumn as I will be spending a lot of time at home. This includes sewing and knitting and hopefully making jam using blackberries and anything else gathered on walks.
I’m hoping to generate some money to support the Foodbank with this project.
If anyone can supply cooking apples / windfalls, or has a neighbour with an apples tree it will supplement the jam making! All donations gratefully received, anything I can turn into jam! Please ring first, if you can help-to make sure someone is at home!
Love to you all, Cynthia
Now that we are past the end of the tax year I would just like to express my thanks to all those who have boosted their offerings to the Church by Gift Aid over the past year. As Gift Aid Secretary I am legally required to remind all donors to let me know if you are no longer taxpayers or your tax paid is less than that being claimed on your donations. Also please let me know if there has been any change of address. Finally if there is anybody who is interested in signing a Gift Aid declaration form then please get in touch with me either by phone (01704 566839) or email (email@example.com).
Evelyn Lamont, Gift Aid Secretary
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/
We are continuing to meet on line each Tuesday at 10.30. This week we are using the Bible Month resource on the Book of Ruth, and will be focusing on Ruth Ch 4.
You can join via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/
The annual Greenbelt festival will be held on line this year, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August. What is Greenbelt? They are somewhere artistry meets activism, the secular meets the spiritual, politics meets positivity. They are somewhere to come together once a year, to dream up a better world whilst dancing and debating, to pray and to party (ideally all of those things at the same time). You can find more details at https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let me know by Wednesday 19th August on 07813 211501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life”. John Ch 14 vs 6
I am part way through the book called “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” by the late Stephen Hawking’s, the brilliant theoretical physicist. Although only part way through, it has been a wonderful revelation. Many of the ideas and discoveries I am already aware of, although given the simplification of the writing of such matters, it allows me to comprehend our little blue plant within the context of all of creation. The first chapter is titled, “Is there a God?”. At the end of the chapter Hawkins writes, “when people ask me if a God created the universe, I tell them that the question makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the Big Bang so there is no time for God to make the universe in…Do I have a faith? We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God.”
There are three things that have struck me thus far.
Firstly, despite Hawking’s conclusion in the first chapter, he writes an awful lot about a creator God in the chapters that follow.
Secondly, he writes, “One of the great revelations of the space age has been the perspective it has given humanity on ourselves. When we see the Earth from space, we see ourselves as a whole. We see the unity, and not the divisions. It is a simple image with a compelling message; one planet, one human race.”
Thirdly, he writes, “we have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that I am extremely grateful.”
Rather than causing me to reconsider my faith, Hawking’s writing has strengthen and renewed the awe and wonder that I have in the creator God, and the world that is around us. For Hawkings, because he can provide a scientific explanation for many of these wonders, leads him to conclude that it is not possible to have a God that is outside of scientific explanation.
I would love to have seen a meeting between Jesus and Stephen Hawkins; I hope it is taking place in the heavenly realms. May we, within the day to day demands and circumstances we are experiencing, know a sense of privileged in being part of one human race; that we are part of the grand design of the universe, and may we hold strong to an eternal perspective, even if it is beyond our own understanding.
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/
Annual Celebration Service of the Southport & Area Schools Worker Trust Service – 3pm Sunday 16th August
This years service will be broadcast live at 3pm on Youtube, please follow this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?
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 – When our plans change…
A service led by Rev Dr Stephen Wigley, chair of the Wales synod of the Methodist church, reflecting on what happens when our plans change, and reflecting on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Readings are from Psalm 67, Isaiah 56 and Matthew 15. Music used in the service includes ‘New Every Morning Is The Love’, ‘And Can It Be’ and ‘There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy.’
Sunday 10.00am – Sunday Morning Live
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week’s talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.
Sunday 1.15pm Songs of Praise
Claire McCollum visits Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire, discovering the rich religious history of this beautiful estate. She hears about Trentham’s connection with Saint Werburgh, who ran a convent on the site back in the seventh century. Claire finds out about the Two Saints Way, an ancient pilgrimage route through the Gardens, revived in recent years to help people connect with God through nature. We also speak to the couple running the parish church situated at the top of Trentham’s flower gardens, to find out how worship is still a huge part of life there today.
Just south of the estate, Radzi Chinyanganya tries his hand at beekeeping with a vicar who has taken up the hobby as part of his calling to care for creation. And we meet the Christian sisters celebrating the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, when the Japanese surrender ended the Second World War. They talk about their father, who was a prisoner of war in the Far East and reveal how he organised the building of a church at the Chungkai camp, so that prisoners could worship together. The episode includes special performances recorded in Trentham Gardens from AMC Gospel Choir, the Salvation Army’s International Staff Songsters, and soprano singer Olivia Safe.