To ensure the safeguarding of participants in Zoom meetings, please note that some of the Zoom login details for recurring events have been changed from this week.  Please do not forward Zoom login details to people who do not receive these notices (only Church members and adherents receive these notices); if other people need such details please ask them to email lucy@southportmethodist.org.uk

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES

Sunday 22nd November 2020

 

Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church

All services at Church are suspended until further notice.

 

Circuit Online Service this week 11am

This week is Christ the King Sunday and the service is being led by Rev Patrick Evans.

http://southportmethodist.org.uk/sundayservice 

 

Prayer

Jesus our Saviour,
we rejoice that you are a king of compassion, not cruelty;
of peace, not power;
of grace, not greed;
of humility, not hatred;
of warmth, not war;
of justice, not jealousy;
of passion, not power;
and that your kingdom is open to all, even to us.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, King of all kings.
Thank you.
Amen. 

Lectionary Readings – Sunday 23rd November 2020

Psalm 95.1-7a; Ezekiel 34.11-16,20-24; Ephesians 1.15-23; Matthew 25.31-46

 

GENERAL NOTICES

Church Family News – Golden Wedding Anniversary

Brenda and Colin Pomfret celebrate 50 years of marriage on Saturday 21st November 2020.  Congratulations and God’s blessing to Brenda and Colin on behalf of the congregation at Ainsdale Methodist Church.

Bible Society
Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to all who have kindly contributed to the Bible Society over the many years. This year you have been exceptionally generous and we have raised £346.00 this being the highest donation to date. The Bible Society have worked tirelessly right through the pandemic. The “Word in Action” magazine gives you an insight of how your support has shared God’s word and touched people’s lives when they have needed it most, in some of the poorest countries and in the toughest of times.  For more information go to biblesociety.org.uk/rescuefund

Secondly, as some of you may know I have decided to step down from being the Bible Society representative after 12 years. If anyone feels that they would like to take on this this very worthwhile role please contact me either by email ted-hill@talktalk.net or telephone on 808087 for details.

Shoe Box Appeal & Church Christmas Card

Given all the restrictions this year we have not been able to send shoe boxes of Christmas gifts via the charity Life for Hope to children in eastern Europe. Also, as people may not be able to get to Church in the lead up to Christmas, we will not be able to have the normal arrangement of people being able to send a single Christmas card for all their church friends and then making a donation in lieu of cards and postage to a charity.

This year therefore, we will have a church Christmas card that will be sent to everyone. We are asking you to let us have any Christmas message for the congregation by sending it to Lucy on 07484 608675 or lucy@southportmethodist.org.uk by no later than 30th November. Your message will be incorporated into the church Christmas card. As a church we will send a donation from the Benevolence Fund to the Shoe Box charity Link for Hope of £50. When you are next back in church, you can then make a donation at the end of a service to the Benevolence Fund via the basket in the porch.

Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Advent Taketime Together – Christian Mindfulness Meditation

There will be four sessions of Taketime Together Meditations online using the Advent Themes of Hope, Waiting (Preparation), Joy and Love.

These will be on zoom on Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings beginning week commencing 23rd November:

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.

4.00-4.45pm, Mondays 23rd & 30th November & 7th & 14th December (Zoom Room open from 3.45pm)

 

7.00-7.45pm, Thursday 26th November; 3rd, 10th & 17th December (Zoom Room opem from 6.45pm)

 

Bible Study

The bible study group is on Tuesdays at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome so feel free to drop in any week.

 

Coffee after Church 12 Noon

Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service 12 noon 

 

Christmas Selfie for Online Circuit Services

We are inviting you to send a Christmas selfie holding up your Christmas message for the circuit to be included as part of our Christmas online circuit services. Please send your photo with your name, church and permission if including a child to admin@southportmethodist.org.uk. Don’t forget that all important Christmas jumper/hat/halo! We need them by Wednesday 9th December. God bless, Marie-Anne Kent

Thank you from Richard Owens, CEO Compassion Acts to Ainsdale Methodist Church

Richard writes…To the leaders and people of Ainsdale Methodist Church.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for the very kind donations recently of £182. This was to support our AINSDALE FOODBANK recently, especially at this ‘harvest time’ and during the school half term holiday.

This was such a kind gesture and enables us to work with even more families in need.

Finally, can I also thank you for the wonderful support you have been as a church since March, enabling us to stay open, safely, and to meet the needs of the clients. You are real examples of ‘faith in action’, something which I reflect on regularly is how blessed we are by our church partners. Yours sincerely in Christ, Richard Owens

Circuit Meeting – 7.00pm, Monday 23rd November 2020

There is a meeting of the Southport Methodist Circuit this Monday, 23rd November at 7.00pm.  Whilst each church has nominated representatives to the meeting, they are open meetings so anyone can attend.  

Church Notices

If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd-Disley know by Tuesday 17th November on 07484 608675 or lucy@southportmethodist.org.uk.

 

PATRICK’S PAGE

Dear Friends

I’ve not heard repeated this year how many shopping days are left until Christmas, because given the closure of most shops no one actually knows!  For some this will be a blessed relief, whilst others will immediately Google Amazon in order to purchase online.  

We are familiar with the expensive gifts the wise men brought to Jesus to mark his birth.  I wonder what happened to those gifts?  Sometimes the greatest gifts we receive are not those expertly gift wrapped that cost a king’s ransom.  I think for Jesus it would have been the gift of the Holy Spirit and the words of affirmation from God his Father on the occasion of his baptism, “this is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  And for ourselves the greatest gift is the assurance of everlasting life…not exactly costing a king’s ransom, in fact something far more costly as it was purchased with the life of the King of kings.  

Given all the upheaval this year, we may want to think of doing things differently.  As and alternative, most charities are offering a gift giving service, where instead of sending a gift to your loved one, you buy a gift for someone elsewhere in the world who is in greater need, in lieu of the gift you would normally buy for a loved one…or you could ask people not to buy you a gift this year and ask them to buy a gift for someone in greater need via a charity.

The Methodist charity, “All We Can” has such a gift service and further details can be found at https://www.allwecan.org.uk/shop/.  There are gifts for different budgets starting at £10 to provide safe clean water for a family in Zimbabwe, all the way through to £222 for a wheelchair for a child in Ethiopia.  If you would like one of their brochures please contact Lucy at lucy@southportmethodist.org.uk or on 07484 608675 and she can send you one.  

Most other charities offer such service including The Leprosy Mission (visit https://www.tlmtrading.com/ or contact Doreen Goulding on 01704 577608).  

Another alternative is to purchase a Christian themed gift for a loved one, and The Bible Socity has gifts for all ages at https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/products/christmas-gifts-2020/.

Happy shopping!

God bless

Patrick

 

WORSHIP

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.

This week is Christ the King Sunday and the service is being led by Rev Patrick Evans.  The link to our services is http://southportmethodist.org.uk/sundayservice.  

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.org.uk/ and the Circuit Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZg2IIrYONyumWsHCbRcFaA.

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 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/.

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 – Student Life in Lockdown Sunday Worship

With our lives impacted by the rules of lockdown, many are struggling with loneliness and the absence of people we love. With tight restrictions prescribed for university students particularly, how are they finding some semblance of normal life?

This live service from Holy Trinity, Platt in Manchester explores these issues through the lens of faith.

The church lies on the doorstep of the student village, usually a bustling hub of activity, but now the students are isolated in their halls of residence. Recently tensions flared up as temporary fences were erected and subsequently pulled down by students protesting the move.

The Rector, the Revd Dr Paul Mathole and the Youth and Children’s Minister, Sarah Bradley, reflect on their ministry to students as they face rules and restrictions. They explore the hopes and fears felt by those who are looking for solace in these testing times. They reflect on what it means to be content throughout good times and bad as students from the congregation describe the sense of gaining freedom through faith.

Music is performed singer Katie Ritson and socially distanced musicians from the church. It is directed and arranged by Olly Hamilton.

BBC1 TV

Sunday 2.15pm Songs of Praise – Young Chorister of the Year – Girls’ Semi-Final

From Gorton Monastery in Manchester, Katherine Jenkins launches the very first joint Songs of Praise and Radio 2 competition to find the BBC Young Chorister of the Year. Chosen from hundreds of entries, five talented girl choristers hope to to impress expert judges John Rutter, Laura Wright and Carl Jackson, and go through to the final.