AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Sunday 21st February 2021
Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church.
All services at Church suspended until further notice.
Circuit Online Service this week 11.00am
This week’s service will be led by Colin Fyles, Local Preacher, Liverpool Road Methodist Church, and the preacher will be Rev Ann Hall, Supernumerary Minister in the Southport Circuit.
(see attached document for full size copy of the above image
that links into this weeks online service)
Lord of heaven and earth, times and seasons, and all people in every place,
we thank you for the rhythms that have their origins in you:
the rhythm of our days, weeks, months and year;
the rhythm of our winter, spring, summer and autumn;
the rhythm of birth, growth, decay and death;
and the rhythm of church life, home life, work life and relaxation.
You have commanded us
to be still and know that you are God,
not to become weary of doing good,
and to walk with you in wholehearted devotion and faithfulness.
Help us to nurture and enjoy good rhythms of self care, Lord
and to allow you to redeem us from any shame we may carry,
for in the resurrection of your Son our Saviour,
we are already released from that which would seek to bind us. Amen.
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 21st February 2021
Genesis 9.8-17; Psalm 25.1-10; 1 Peter 3.18-22; Mark 1.9-15
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/
You can join service via the internet at
Lent Midweek Circuit Service – 10am, Wednesday, 24th February
You can join the 30 minute service via the internet
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@
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. 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 22nd February (Zoom Room open from 3.45pm)
You can join via the internet
7.00-7.45pm, Thursday 25th February (Zoom Room open from 6.45pm) note the new link for Thursdays. You can join via the internet
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 Exile sections from the the Bible Story book, starting with the introduction and chapters . You can order the book from the likes of Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/
You can join the Bible Study via the internet
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
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please email Patrick know by Wednesday 24th February on 07813 211501 or patrick.evans@methodist.
A few weeks ago I wrote in the notices about the Church Review that would be taking place. An open meeting was held a few weeks ago on Zoom and it was good that some could attend. It’s a pity that we cannot meet in person as we would much prefer, perhaps making it accessible to more people. Nevertheless, we agreed that we would use this time to at least complete some preparatory work until we can meet in person again.
To this end a number of people offered to commence some research on the four areas of the review process.
Firstly Gill and Rob Hemmings will look at undertaking a survey of the congregation, and Ceri Williams has offered to assist in terms of the worship element of this. Secondly Brian Davey, together with Sue McBride will look at the long history of the church. Thirdly Brian Davey, Rebecca Gommersall and Doreen Goulding will undertake a community consultation. Finally Dot Davy will look at the more recent history of the church and our position today.
We will meet again as a group on the 11th March via Zoom, details to follow, and the invitation is for anyone who wants to be involved in what ever way, even if just attending the meeting, to do so. Together with God it’s your church, and your views and contribution is valued.
Please pray for he people already mentioned, and for the church as we discern our future together as God’s disciples in Ainsdale.
In the meantime I thought you may be interested in the reviews two other churches have undertaken. At Liverpool Road Methodist Church they have produced a booklet summarising their review which can be viewed at https://www.flipsnack.com/
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 11.00am. The link to our service is http://southportmethodist.
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.
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.
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/
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 – Lent 1 – Jesus and the Father: United
Marking the first Sunday in Lent, with Father Dermot Preston of St Aloysius’ RC Church in Glasgow, and spirituality guide, Mary O’Duffin.
During Lent, Radio 4 Worship programmes take inspiration from Jesuit spirituality – an ancient form of prayer and bible contemplation pioneered in the 16th Century by St Ignatius of Loyola and used widely today. A link to an online retreat for Lent provided by the Jesuit order which will complement programmes on Radio 4 https://www.onlineprayer.net/.
Fr Dermot explores the theme of Jesus’ Temptations, reflecting on the challenges to our own instincts and choices, and the ‘discernment of spirits’ in Ignatian spirituality. Readings: John 12 / Matthew 4: 1-11.
Sunday 1.15pm – Songs of Praise – Faith and Hospitality
Katherine Jenkins visits L’Abri fellowship in Hampshire to explore Christian faith and hospitality. She finds out about L’Abri’s history and meets a family from Australia who are volunteering there. Radzi Chinyanganya meets a former stockbroker who found faith and changed career to help house the homeless (the stockbroker is Pete Cunningham from Shoreline Church in Southport, and the national housing charity Green Pastures).
Music comes from congregations across the UK, including O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness and Table of the Lord, and Songs of Praise presenter Laura Wright joins the choir of Royal Holloway to perform Can You Hear Me?