You may recall a few weeks ago I wrote that the initial position of the Methodist Connexion was not to furlough employees. Given that the furlough scheme has been extended and our church buildings remain closed, our Section Outreach Worker Sally Eyes, Administrator Lucy Lloyd-Disley and Caretaker Roger McDonald have now been furloughed. This will be reviewed on a regular basis and we will continue to ensure they receive 100% of their normal pay.
Any matters that you would normally raised with Sally and Lucy should now be directed to me, and for Roger to a Property Steward. My contact details are, Email: email@example.com
For the foreseeable future we are producing the notices in email format for ease of those trying to follow links etc.
AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday 24th May 2020
This week is Aldersgate Sunday, which It commemorates a life-changing moment in the Christian journey of John Wesley, the most prominent of the founders of Methodism.
John Wesley by Nathaniel Hone
oil on canvas, circa 1766
© National Portrait Gallery, London
A Prayer for Aldersgate Sunday 2020
By the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins
Resourceful Holy Spirit of God,
We thank you for your servants, John and Charles Wesley.
That you fuelled their zeal
and tempered it with divine grace;
brought them through dark times,
enlightened and renewed.
That you warmed their needy hearts,
assured and shaped them by your active holiness.
That through their willingness,
you worked out Your purposes of hope, mercy, and justice.
Somewhat daunted, we stand today in their deep footsteps.
In a world of new challenges and old needs in a time like no other.
But undaunted, we humbly ask you to do in us,
what you did in and through them.
May we know both your infilling and outpouring,
that whatever our situation or condition,
we will serve and honour Christ,
and in these, our days, know and believe
that the best of all is, “God is with us.”
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 24th May 2020
Acts 1.6-14; Psalm 68.1-10,32-35; 1 Peter 4.12-14; 5.6-11; John 17.1-11.
Alternative Readings for Aldersgate Sunday
Isaiah 12: 1-6; Psalm 130; Romans 5: 1-11; Mark 12: 28-37
Thy Kingdom Come – Prayer & Prayer Journal
As a reminder we are in the middle of the global prayer movement, Thy Kingdom Come, during the 11 days from Ascension (Thursday 21st May), to Pentecost (Sunday 31st May), which is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. Since its start in May 2016, just three and a half years ago, God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. In 2019 Christians from 172 countries took part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.
You can be a part of Thy Kingdom Come by praying on each of these days. You may want to use the prayer journal to aid with this which is attached to these notices. More about Thy Kingdom Come can be found at https://www.thykingdomcome.
Thy Kingdom Come – Take Time Daily Meditations
Take Time meditations use your imagination to provide a calm, comfortable space in which to meet God. Anyone can use these meditations, regardless of background or religion, and you can meditate anywhere you like. You can choose the length of meditation to suit you, from 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes.
Take Time have teamed up with Thy Kingdom Come to provide the following mediations between Ascension and Pentecost.
Thursday 21st May 2020 – Luke chapter 7 verses 1-10 Trusting faith
Friday 22nd May 2020 – Luke chapter 7 verses 36-50 Anointed by a forgiven woman
Saturday 23rd May 2020 – Luke chapter 19 verses 1-10 Zacchaeus is changed
Sunday 24th May 2020 – Luke chapter 5 verses 17-26 Forgiving sinners
Monday 25th May 2020 – Luke chapter 15 verses 1-10 Good news for those who are lost
Tuesday 26th May 2020 – Luke chapter 3 verses 15-22 Jesus is baptised
Wednesday 27th May 2020 – Mark chapter 15 verses 22-32 Crucifixion
Thursday 28th May 2020 – Luke chapter 11 verses 1- 13 Teach us to pray
Friday 29th May 2020 – Luke chapter 15 verses 11-32 Love for the lost son
Saturday 30th May 2020 – Matthew chapter 5 1-16 Blessings, salt and light
Sunday 31st May 2020 – Luke chapter 24 verses 32-49 Resurrection encounter in Jerusalem
Note: If you suffer from serious psychological issues or mental health problems you should already have some professional mental health support. If you experience emotional discomfort during these meditations, stop what you’re doing and talk to your doctor or mental health provider.
Cliff College Festival is going online 22nd – 24th May. Theme – ‘Global Vision’.
Cliff College is a theological college of the Methodist Church in Derbyshire. Each year they host the Cliff College Festival which this year will be streamed with live and pre-recorded Bible studies, seminars, workshops, preaching, worship and music straight to your home all weekend. They will also have some all-age worship and activities every day. More information https://
Coffee after Church
Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service from 11.45 on Sunday 24th May at https://zoom.us/j/
Ainsdale Methodist Church
Come and join us for an online Coffee and Chat at 2pm on Friday 29th May by following this link https://zoom.us/j/
The Bible Course from the Bible Society
As a reminder to the information that was included with previous weeks notices, please note the following.
You can catch up on the previous weeks materials at home at https://www.biblesociety.
The material for this week, can be found at https://www.biblesociety.
If you could not join the course in previous weeks, you are more than welcome to join us in week five at 11am, Wednesday 27th May via the following link https://zoom.us/j/
This week I have invited our Outreach Worker, Sally Eyes, to share a reflection with us.
I hope you are keeping well and safe and know that you and your families are in my prayers throughout these different times. Has it all been a bad dream? No, the pandemic is real and ongoing. In our country alone the casualty rate is significant let alone the rest of the world.
Many are grieving for loved ones, missing their families, suffering through loss of income, struggling with home schooling, living daily with the worry and anxiety of uncertain times ahead.
Deuteronomy Ch 31 vs 8 reminds us, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” I have felt uplifted reflecting on some positive aspects to draw from this experience;
- I have spent more time in prayer , sometimes just resting in Gods presence
- I have read my bible more and reflected on the message
- I have benefitted from the weekly online circuit service, concentrating fully on the content, feeling relaxed singing out of tune!
- I have more time with family albeit by phone, WhatsApp and Zoom
- I value walking with my dog appreciating the beauty of nature and hearing the birds singing
- I have spent time in the garden engaging with my neighbours
- I delight in the pastoral system of our churches and how it has stood up to the test of lockdown
Overall, I have reflected on what is important in life, and what perhaps is less important.
I invite you to spend some time reflecting on;
- How you have found being in lockdown?
- What you have / have not missed church / fellowship wise?
- What bible passage / bible encounter speaks into your experience during these time?
- How have you found the adjustment to online services and communication?
- Have you felt closer to God ? How have you been blessed?
Romans Ch 15 vs 13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. I pray that as individuals and as a community, we will emerge from this experience replenished with the fruits of the spirit, feeling closer to God, valuing each other’s gifts and contribution to growing his kingdom. May we be blessed by the knowledge that more people have been seeking God during this time and pray that the number continues to grow .
Online Circuit Service
This week’s service will be led by Jean McKenna, Local Preacher from Leyland Road Methodist Church and our Preacher is Rev Patrick Evans, Circuit Minister.
The link to this service is https://www.youtube.com/
On a general note you can link to the Circuit website at https://southportmethodist.
You can now 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 still listen to the service from Sunday 17th May up until this coming Sunday, when from 11am you can listen to the service for Sunday 24th May, which will be available for a week on this number, 01704 335755.
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 services are available via the Methodist Church online, as well as some others on TV & Radio. Please see below.
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 on Sunday, all 39 BBC local radio stations will be joining together for worship.
BBC Radio 4
8.10 am Sunday – Living well while waiting
Catherine Fox and the Bishop of Sheffield Pete Wilcox reflect on living well during this time of waiting. For people yearning for things to be ‘normal’ again it seems like there’ll be a long time to wait. Many people’s plans for the summer, including weddings and ordinations have been cancelled, so what can we do to stay positive in this period of continued hoping and uncertainty? The Miraculous Catch of Fish (John 21:1-14) leads them to suggest that old plans and hopes can be transformed by Jesus. After Jesus’ resurrection the disciples had gone back to what they knew, fishing, but they didn’t catch anything, until the risen Lord appeared and they caught more fish than they could cope with.
Sunday 11.45 am (note the later start time)
To celebrate the Sunday after Ascension Day, the Very Reverend Kathy Jones leads a service from Bangor Cathedral in North Wales. The preacher is the Right Reverend Andy John, the bishop of Bangor. Interspersed with hymns recorded for Songs of Praise in March 2018, this service was filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced.
Welcome – The Very Rev. Kathy Jones, Dean of Bangor
Hymn – Come Down O Love Divine
First Reading – John, Chapter 17, Verses 1-11, Read by Elma Taylor
Sermon – The Right Rev. Andy John, Bishop of Bangor
Hymn – The Head That Once Was Crowned With Thorns
Second Reading – Ezekiel, Chapter 36, Verses 24-28, Read by Sam Jones
Prayers – Led by Canon Nathan Jarvis
The Lord’s Prayer
The Blessing – The Very Rev. Kathy Jones, Dean of Bangor
Hymn – Jesu, Lover Of My Soul