AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Sunday 23rd August 2020
Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church – 10.45, Sunday 23rd August
Barbara Easton is head of service for the Methodist Academies and Schools Trust and Vice-President designate of the Methodist Conference. At this time she asks us to pray for the following, and offers a prayer of her own.
God of grace,
we hold before you everyone involved in education at this time.
Give peace, righteousness, energy, delight and empathy all in their places.
We offer all our young people into your care,
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 23rd August 2020
Isaiah 51.1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12.1-8; Matthew 16.13-20
Wedding – Carl Noble & Eleanor Williams
Following the wedding of Carl and Eleanor Williams this week, they write
Eleanor, Carl and families would like to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to Patrick, the Stewards and the church family for their warm welcome, presence and support on Saturday at the Williams/Noble wedding. In particular they are very grateful for the hard work done by Gill, Doreen and Ted in risk assessing the church and preparing it for the occasion; also to Patrick for the lovely atmosphere he created with the welcome he extended to the families and the service itself.
It was a celebration we will all remember….and a great foretaste for 26th June 2021!
Many thanks to you all. Eleanor and Carl.
Methodist Prayer Handbook 2020/21
The new Methodist Prayer Handbook, ‘The Earth is the Lord’s’ , is now available. The price is £4.50. If you would like me to order a copy for you please email Jan Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give phone number and also say if you would like a large print copy. Please put Prayer handbook in the subject line. Alternatively you can call Jan on 01704 573263, and leave a message if she is out. Please let Jan know by 30th August.
News from the charity Compassion Acts
URGENT – Ainsdale Foodbank Volunteers – The Foodbank is desperate for volunteers on Thursdays. If there are enough volunteers then we would be able to use each volunteer only one week in four. To find out more contact Brian Davey on 07768 772935. If you cannot help and know someone who may be able to, pass this opportunity on to them. Thank you.
CAP Befrienders – Christians Against Poverty (CAP), are especially looking for a CAP Debt Coach and some CAP Befrienders. We are looking for people with a lively Christian faith who want to make a difference and share that life with others. Anyone wanting to know more about how the roles are vital within CAP in the town can contact our CAP Debt Centre Manager Adrian Wallbridge by email adrianwallbridge@capuk.
Annual Update – We are inviting you and your people to our annual event for supporters, held online, 4th September at 1pm. As we are all busy it will last 50 minutes and be a mixture of brief presentations and videos. We are thrilled to have one of the executives from the Trussell Trust, Matthew van Duyvenbode as our guest speaker. This is especially timely because we have recently been awarded ‘Pathfinder Foodbank’ status by the Trussell Trust. Register for free tickets and the zoom details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/
Worship Consultation – With our Church building having reopened for services, our next Worship Consultation will be at 10.30am on Wednesday 2nd September 2020. This meeting is open to everyone. We will meet at Church and via Zoom. This will be your chance to hear about what options are available for our services during this Covid-19 period and contribute to the planning of our future services. We will be particularly interested to hear what you have enjoyed in the online Circuit Services that you would like replicated in our live services ongoing, and what you have especially missed from our live services (if you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to share these thoughts with us then please email (email@example.com.
If joining by Zoom the link is: https://zoom.us/j/99361695593.
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. Having studied the Book of Ruth, this week we are watching the film online. You can join via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/
Boxes of Hope
We reported a few months ago that through the Make Lunch Scheme (lunches during the school holidays for those on free school dinners), Boxes of Hope have been delivered to 12 families through lockdown, and connections with the families have been made. By way of update Joan Green writes…
A highchair was obtained through a contact at St John’s and we were also given a cot and a sterilising unit. We were quickly able to find a home for these items after contacting the Outreach Worker for the women’s refugee charity that we have been supporting for several years. This is for women who have been abused, raped and ostracised. They often arrive pregnant and with their other children. These ladies are very vulnerable, many in shared accommodation. They are unable to go out, so the outreach workers are taking supplies of food, clothing etc to them. We went to St Brides, with what we had, including clothes we had from before the lockdown. There was a lady who had recently given birth and was in desperate need of a cot. We took her that and several other things, to a house in Bootle that she shared with other families.
Talking to the outreach team, we were told what they are most in need of is cleaning materials; disinfectant, cloths, wipes, gloves etc. I put out an appeal to our church members for either donations or else money towards the cost of purchasing them.
Back to Make Lunch—Lucinda, Paul and I along with Doreen Goulding, our other member of the Core Team have recently completed our training which was done on-line. This was followed up with a Zoom review with our regional leader, and hopefully we will be able to launch the Lunch Club in the October/November half-term. Meanwhile we will continue with the “Bags of Hope” through the summer.
If you would like to volunteer or donate towards this work then please contact Joan on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07984 788710.
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let me know by Wednesday 26th August on 07813 211501 or email@example.com
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.”
Matthew Ch 16 vs 13-17a.
In recent weeks we have witnessed the difficulty of trying to be fair to individuals whilst making decisions about them as a collective. I am of course talking about exam results.
When it was announced in the spring that exams would be cancelled, the government reassured pupils that they would not be disadvantaged. An algorithm was built that meant as a collective the results of the class of 2020 married with those of prior years, so as a cohort they were not disadvantaged, and the algorithm had worked for the collective. As we now know it failed at an individual level as it is impossible to know exactly for which individuals grades would have drifted from that that predicted by their teacher. We all know the experience of attending parents evenings (may be our own!), and the teacher saying words such as, “if you apply yourself you have the potential to achieve “X” grade.” A big “IF”!
In this week’s lectionary reading, I have a strong sense that Jesus knew the importance of separating the individual from the collective. He asks the disciples to consider who people say the Son of Man is. In their response they speak out their perception of what others would say, or perhaps what they had heard people say. Jesus could have suggested building an algorithm on the basis that if X people give Y responses then we can determine from that who the Son of Man is. Of course Jesus did not make such a suggestion. Instead he focused on the response of the individual, “who do you say I am?”, for he is interested in us as individuals. How do you answer his question today? For we are not part of a cohort to whom a theological algorithm can be applied. We are children of God, he knows us by name, and it is our personal response to his question that is most important to him.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Other worship resources and on line services from the Methodist Church can be found at 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 – The inspiration of listening
Exploring the inspiration of listening with Anna Magnusson and Pádraig Ó Tuama.
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 – Celebrating the Salvation Army
The Rev Kate Bottley visits the Salvation Army’s Hadleigh Farm in Essex to meet the staff and find out about the work of the farm in the past and the present. One thing Hadleigh has been doing during the current pandemic is food distribution, and we see that in action at a local corps in Basildon, where Lizette and Paul Williams hand out food to those who need it. Kate also meets Daniel Holland, an officer in the Salvation Army homelessness unit who has been working as a nurse on a Covid-19 ward. He ended up catching coronavirus but has now fully recovered. We find out about the challenges and rewards this experience has had on his faith.
We talk to two members of the International Staff Songsters (ISS), the current conductor, Dorothy Nancekievill, and Lesley Nicholson, who is also a prison chaplain, about the effect music can have on audiences. Kate also joins Zena Österberg and her dance group to take part in Timbreltastic, a joyous combination of dance, music and praise.
Plus music from congregations across the country, with hymns including Strength Will Rise and For the Beauty of the Lord, and the Salvation Army’s International Staff Songsters performing three hymns especially for us.