Lectionary Readings 26th September 2021

Numbers 11.4-6,10-16,24-29; Psalm 19.7-14; James 5.13-20; Mark 9.38-50

Prayer

Gracious God, you give the water of eternal life through Jesus Christ your Son. May we always turn to you, the spring of life and source of goodness; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mid-week Prayers

Wednesday 29th September at 10am. All welcome.

Haiti Earthquake Appeal

Thank you for your donations to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal.  Adding these to the money raised at the Picnic on the Green gives a total of

£331 to forward to All We Can.

Ainsdale and Liverpool Road Bible Study

For the time being this group will continue to meet on Tuesday mornings at 10-30 am in the prayer lounge at Ainsdale . We are studying the gospel of Luke and it’s relevance to our lives today . All are welcome .

Church Flowers

If you can contribute towards weekly flowers in Church please take a letter about it from the church porch. 

There is also a box provided for your reply details and donation. 

For any further information please speak to Doreen Goulding.

Refreshments

We are once again serving refreshments after our morning service.  If you would be willing to help with this please sign the list in the porch.

Thank you.

Dear Friends

The autumn meeting of the Church Council was held this week with the  following highlights…

Pastoral Care – It is wonderful to have new people in worship; we welcome you and hope to get to know you better. If anyone would like to find out more about becoming a church member please speak to me or Ann Howard, Pastoral Visitors Secretary.

Worship – Our annual Memorial Service is on Sunday 31st October, remembering all those who have died, especially those in the last year. We hope to hold an All Saints Day Service on Monday 1st November. Likewise there will be a Remembrance Day Service on Thursday 11th November (in lieu of our Wednesday Service), ahead of the Remembrance Sunday Service which will hopefully be held on the Village Green.

Finance – As at the end of the Methodist financial year our bank balances totalled approximately £43,000. We have recently received correspondence that the late Margaret Holt has bequeathed £30,000 to the Church for which we are most grateful, as we are for all who support the life of the church in many ways, financially, in service and prayer.

God in Love Unites Us Report – In the summer, the Methodist Church received and accepted this report, which allows local churches, if their Church Council agrees, to conduct same sex marriages. We agreed that at our Church we will hold an extraordinary Church Council to consider this matter to which any member of the church can attend and hear the background to this option and to share their views. Only Church Council members will be able to vote on the issue, which will be to either allow, or not, same sex marriages, or to agree that at this stage we are unable to make a decision. Date to follow.

Ainsdale Methodist Church & Ainsdale Village Church – People reflected that the service held with the Village Church as well at the social gathering in the Community Garden were very positive experiences. We agreed to continue to explore our relationship with them and further details will be issued shortly.

God bless

Patrick

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