Sunday 19th July 2020 – Sunday 9th August 2020



Loving God, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to be with us, to live in us and to guide us into the way of peace and truth. We pray you will give us all, your children, the spirit of wisdom and unity, so that we may be one, even as you are one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Enable all those that are part of the body of Christ, to walk worthy of our calling, and to live and work together in love and unity. Use us individually and collectively to reflect the love of God, the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may be fruitful branches, and bear much fruit to the glory of God and to the praise of His holy name

Teach us how to live together in unity, and fellowship with one another. Lead us into the paths of peace and righteousness, so that we may be well pleasing in your sight.

Teach us how to love one another as Christ loved us, and keep us from doing anything out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but rather teach us humility of heart, so that we consider others before ourselves. Help us to be slow to anger and quick to forgive as we abide in you and you in us. This we ask in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Lectionary Readings – Sunday 19th July 2020

Isaiah 44.6-8; Psalm 86.11-17; Romans 8.12-25; Matthew 13.24-30,36-43

Lectionary Readings – Sunday 26th July 2020

1 Kings 3.5-12; Psalm 119.129-136; Romans 8.26-39; Matthew 13.31-33,44-52

Lectionary Readings – Sunday 2nd August 2020

Isaiah 55.1-5; Psalm 145.8-9,14-21; Romans 9.1-5; Matthew 14.13-21

Lectionary Readings – Sunday 9th August 2020

1 Kings 19.9-18; Psalm 85.8-13; Romans 10.5-15; Matthew 14.22-33


Sally Eyes, Outreach Worker

Please note that Sally has returned to work from furlough.  Sally also has a new mobile number which is 07743 660155.

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

Bible Study

We are continuing to meet on line each Tuesday at 10.30, with the following programme:-

Tuesday 21st July – Lyfe material from The Bible Society (see attached).

For the following four weeks we will be following the Bible Month material on the book of Ruth.  This will coincide with the online Circuit Services which will focus on the book of Ruth each of the Sunday’s following the Bible Study.  The Bible Month resource on the Book of Ruth is attached.

Tuesday 28th July – Ruth Ch 1, The Story of Orpah.

Tuesday 4th August – Ruth Ch 2, The Story of Boaz.

Tuesday 11th August – Ruth Ch 3, The Story of Ruth.

Tuesday 18th August – Ruth Ch 4, The Story of Naomi.

You can either join with us on line (details below), or you and a friend or a small group of you (socially distanced etc!), may want to use the material by yourselves.

You can join via the internet at 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.

Keswick Convention

Keswick Ministries organises the annual Keswick Convention which has been taking place since 1875. It offers something for everyone – life-changing Bible teaching, worship and fellowship, with separate Kids and Youth programmes.  This year it is being held virtually from 27th – 31st July, and you can watch it live at where you can find out details of the various speakers and seminars.  A particular highlight will be the 10am Bible Studies led by Christopher Ash, Writer-in-Residence at Tyndale House in Cambridge. He will speak on ‘Hope in Jesus’ from the Psalms, particularly focussing on Psalms 2 to 6.

If you don’t manager to watch live, then the videos will be available afterwards at the Keswick Convention YouTube channel

The Connexion Magazine

“The Connexion” is the Magazine of the Methodist Church and the Summer 2020 edition is attached (for those receiving notices by post, copies have been ordered and are awaited for onward distribution).

Church Notices

I’m on leave for a few weeks from Saturday July 18th, so if you have any items you want including in the notices for the next set of notices on the 16th August please let me know by Wednesday 12th August on 07813 211501 or

Annual Leave

If during my absence you need to contact a Minister, please contact Rev Marie-Anne Kent ( or 01704 513128), to the end of July and myself thereafter. 


Dear Friends

Can you remember passing your driving test and the first time you went in a car by yourself?  You had reached the stage where you were trusted to drive without someone sitting in the passenger seat, perhaps with dual controls, or ready to pull on the handbrake at the first sign of danger.

Trust is an amazing. Through it we grow in stature and confidence as people put their trust in us; being trusted is a sign of respect.  Even as a child we may recall various rites of passage marked by trust such as getting the key to the door, going by ourselves to the local shops, then the local town and finally a city.

Paul in 1 Corinthians was writing about unity and diversity in the body, and in that section he finishes with these words…

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

And yet I will show you the most excellent way. (1 Corinthians Ch 12 vs 27-31).

This then leads to 1 Corinthians Ch 13, sometimes referred to as the “love chapter”, or perhaps we should refer to it as “the most excellent way” (love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud etc).  Paul writes about remembering love immediately after speaking about the various roles we may have in the body of Christ.  I know I have to remember its love first, task second.

Paul reminds us that “now you are the body of Christ”.  Wow, what an honour.  God trusts us to be a part of it.  Paul then lists various roles God has placed into the Church.  How wonderful when we are trusted by God to be appointed as a part of the body of Christ (and we are all appointed in some way or other whether it be an official office holder or someone who uses their gifts for the Kingdom of God)..

May we through our unity, placed within the body of Christ, trust and respect one another in love, so that all may grow in stature and confidence as children of God.

God bless





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  The services for the upcoming Sunday’s are as follows:-

Sunday 19th July – This week’s service will be led by Debs Attwater, Local Preacher from Leyland Road Methodist Church, who will also be our preacher.

Sunday 26th July – This week’s service will be led by Rev Marie-Anne Kent, Superintendent Minister and our preacher will be the Rev Ken Summers who worships at Ainsdale Methodist Church.

Bible Month – The Book of Ruth.  During August our services will be following the four chapters of Ruth (see attached Bible Month booklet which you can follow at home).

Sunday 2nd August – Ruth Ch 1, The Story of Orpah.  The service will be led by Colin Fyles, Local Preacher from Liverpool Road Methodist Church and our preacher will be Clifford Hill, Local Preacher from Cornerstone Methodist Church.

Sunday 9th August – Ruth Ch 2, The Story of Boaz.  The service will be led by Jean McKenna, Local Preacher from Leyland Road Methodist Church and our preacher will be Christine Moyes, Reader, from St Philip and St Paul with Wesley.

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 and the Circuit Youtube channel at

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

Other worship resources and on line services from the Methodist Church can be found at

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 – A Word for All Seasons

2020 is the ‘Year of the Word’ in the Catholic Church in England and Wales – to celebrate, share and live out faith through deeper Scriptural engagement. Dioceses have taken on different projects as part of this initiative, and Sunday Worship this morning comes from the Diocese of Leeds where Priests and Parishioners have been exploring the ‘Word Unlocked’. Fr Michael Hall will lead the service, “A Word for All Seasons”, to reflect on the way that “the God who speaks” meets us in all the changing circumstances of our lives, especially significant at a time when many Christians will have been turning to the Bible for comfort over the last few months. We’ll hear passages that have particular emphasis on the importance of the ‘Word’ of God.
Fr Michael Hall is Parish Priest in the West Yorkshire towns of Brighouse and Elland, and the homily will be given by Fr Henry Longbottom – the Diocese of Leeds’ newest priest who ministers in the East Leeds Parish of St John Henry Newman. Worship includes hymns and motets previously recorded in Leeds Cathedral by the Leeds Diocesan Choirs. The producer is Miriam Williamson.


Sunday 10.30am – Sunday Morning Live (times may vary in following weeks)

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 (times may vary in following weeks)

Rev Kate Bottley finds out about the village vicars of Eyam, Derbyshire, who initiated lockdown 355 years ago to protect the rest of northern England from the bubonic plague.

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