AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church.
All services at Church suspended until further notice.
Circuit Online Service this week 11am
As we are in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, this will be the theme for our online service that will be led by Rev Patrick Evans and our preacher will be Rev Canon Steve McGanity.
Lord Jesus, who prayed that we might all be one,
we pray to you for the unity of Christians,
according to your will,
according to your means.
May your Spirit enable us
to experience the suffering caused by division,
to see our sin
and to hope beyond all hope.
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 24th January 2021
Jonah 3.1-5,10; Psalm 62.5-12; 1 Corinthians 7.29-31; Mark 1.14-20
Chaplain Vacancy – Connell Court
Heather Draper retires next month as the Chaplain at Connell Court. Applications for her replacement are sought and the deadline is 7th February. The details of the vacancy can be found via the following link – https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/
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 continue to look at the Origins sections from the the Bible Story book. 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 20th January on 07813 211501 or patrick.evans@methodist.
This is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and in many ways, traditional ways of coming together has not been possible, although positively, as I sit and reflect on the three churches I am involved in, I am aware of so much Christian unity.
In Ainsdale on Monday just gone, I joined colleagues from Churches Together in Ainsdale (CTiA) for a time of prayer and we held a meeting with the wider CTiA group on Wednesday reflecting on what we do as individual churches, and what we do collectively such as the Foodbank with Compassion Acts and Impact Xtra with the Schools Worker Trust. We are seeking to discern what God is calling us to do as ‘Church’ in the wider community.
In Scarisbrick, the Methodist Church at Bescar Lane, and St Marks Anglican Church will join together this Sunday on Zoom, as they do every week, and the service will be led by a Methodist Local Preacher, and the sermon delivered by a retired Anglican Minister. Excitedly our two churches are in open dialogue at the moment as to how we may come together, not as a process of ever decreasing circles, rather how we as a collective, using all the resources from both churches, will be able to be more salty and an even brighter light to the people in Scarisbrick.
In Birkdale, people from Liverpool Road Methodist Church this coming Monday morning will join with people from across the churches in Birkdale on Zoom for prayer. Soon we will open a Food Pantry at the Methodist church in partnership with the ecumenical charity Compassion Acts and volunteers from across the local churches and wider community.
And that is just a snap shot from this week, there is so much more. So often we can focus on difference, although when we come together to pray and to act, our focus turns from difference to the single focused act of worshiping God, and serving the needs of people in our neighbourhood.
In Paul’s inspiring writings from 1 Corinthians Ch 12 vs 12-31a he writes:
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (vs 12 & 27)
“You” applies to each and everyone of us as individuals, not only in our local church, but also in everything we do in our families, our neighbourhood, our workplaces, and our friendship groups; wherever we may find ourselves.
The best reflection of Christian unity is demonstrated when it is not necessary for all activity to be undertaken by all churches, rather were a collective of churches in a neighbourhood together ‘owns’ that which each is contributing to the total Christian witness in that place. So often mission work requires more people and skills than individual churches could find on their own, gifts which they discover, collectively, are distributed around the churches. By pooling talents and resources, mission previously thought impossible becomes achievable, and God is glorified. To quote Rowan Willians, ‘Your neighbouring church is God’s gift to you’.
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 11am
The link to our services 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 – Be the light in the darkness!
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Advisor for Reconciliation Programmes, Canon Sarah Snyder, and Reverend Julia Hedley, Chaplain to the Rose Castle Foundation, mark this time of Holocaust Memorial. The global pandemic has reminded this generation of the fragility of human life. But down the ages, and particularly in the last century, millions have been indiscriminately killed, not by disease or natural disaster, but by the targeted barbarism of their fellow beings. Witnesses and speakers from a variety of faith and political perspectives are associated with the Rose Castle Foundation, devoted to reconciliation across all kinds of divides, based at the 800-year old seat of the bishops of Carlisle. Sarah Snyder sees in its thick defensive walls an opportunity to invite strangers in, rather than shut them out, to welcome potential enemies from both sides of a divide – to live and learn together.
BBC2 TV (note the change of channel)
Sunday 1.15pm – Songs of Praise – Celebrating 60 Years
Marking the year Songs of Praise turns 60, Aled Jones celebrates at St George’s Chapel in Windsor with Christian stories that exemplify the spirit of the series. Aled and long-serving presenter Pam Rhodes recall past favourite moments, including the Queen’s celebrated appearance on the programme in 2018, and with the help of archive, the moment Pam and Aled first met on screen in 1995.
Gospel music pioneer Karen Gibson shares how Songs of Praise came calling in 1996 to feature her choir – this became the Kingdom Choir, who shot to fame in 2018 singing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
‘Everyday activist’ Andrew Graystone, who was born within a week of the very first Songs of Praise episode in 1961, describes how a photo of his simple act of Christian kindness in Manchester went viral, and Pam Rhodes meets superfans Trevor and Christine Ransome, whose sixtieth wedding anniversary coincides with the programme’s own birthday, and who have travelled all around the UK to sing at over 40 Songs of Praise recordings.