AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Sunday 27th September 2020
Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church
10.45, Sunday 27th September – Brian Davey, Worship Leader, Harvest Festival.
Circuit Online Service this week 11am
This week Cliff Hill, Local Preacher at Cornerstone will be leading our service, with Revd Steve Wild preaching and celebrating the first Church Anniversary of Cornerstone.
St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 27th September 2020
Ezekiel 18.1-4,25-32; Psalm 25.1-9; Philippians 2.1-13; Matthew 21.23-32
Sunday 4th October 10.45am – Lesley Goddard, Local Preacher
For those who had booked on the Ainsdale/Liverpool Road Weekend away in October, please be assured that we are trying to claim back your deposits after the hotel went out of business. We are in correspondence with the administrators. Once we have an update we will confirm the situation with you.
‘Jam Aid – Supporting the Foodbank’
Linked to our Harvest Celebration, Jam will be available on Sunday.
Donations are invited to help support the Foodbank.
All the jam was made with your donations of produce.
Available flavours: Blackberry and Apple Jam, Seedless Blackberry Jam
Crabapple Jelly, Victoria Plum and Apple Jam, Plum Jam,
Blackberry and Apple Jelly, and Blackberry Jam.
There will be more later in October so please keep the jars coming!
There will be a box for jars in the porch.
So Jam isn’t just for toast! When was the last time you treated yourself to Jam Roly Poly, made jam tarts or a steamed pudding with jam on top……Go on!
We all need an occasional treat!
Thank you to everyone who has helped with this project. It has given me focus to help cope with being so under the weather!
Each year after the annual Conference of the Methodist Church, a Digest paper for local churches is produced summarising the business that was conducted. For the 2020 Conference this is attached to this week’s notices.
Retirements and Appointments
Please note that after many many years of loyal service as a Property Steward Pete Holmes has retired from this role. I am sure you will join with me in thanking Pete for his contribution towards maintaining our premises.
I am pleased to announce that Frank May has volunteered to become a Property Steward, although this means he is stepping down from being a Church Steward. We thank Frank for all contribution as a Church Stewards and I am sure you will join with me in wishing him well as a Property Steward.
All of these arrangements are with immediate effect. Please keep Pete, Frank and all the Church Stewards and Property Stewards in your prayers.
Circuit Meeting feedback
The Circuit Meeting was held this week and I share these following highlights with you.
Victoria Methodist Church – Victoria, based on Sussex Road, sought permission from the Circuit to “cease to worship”. This is a very brave and difficult decision for the church, who feel they no longer have the energy as a congregation for mission, which follows many many years of service to the community and faithfully fulfilling their calling within their neighbourhood. Positively, they have received an approach from the local charity Compassion Acts (Foodbank, Debt and Benefits advice etc) who are interested in leasing the building to be their base within the town. Permission was granted for the leasing of the premisses to be explored. Additionally, Compassion Acts together with the Methodist Church, and the wider Christian community, are wishing to see how a new base for the charity can offer the opportunity for people to explore the Christian faith. The last service at Victoria will be on Sunday 29th November 2020 at 3pm and will be streamed live as the Circuit online service for that day. Please remember the congregation of Victoria in your prayers over the next few months as they bring their worshipping life at that place to an end, and as individuals they seek new places to call their church.
Presbyteral Ministry – By way of update I refer you to a letter provided by our Superintendent Minister, Rev Marie-Anne Kent that is provided with these notices.
Cornerstone Methodist Church – This week marks the first anniversary of Cornerstone Methodist Church, created with the coming together of Crossen’s and Marshine Road Methodist Churches on the Marshside Road site. A year previously the church building facing Marshside Road was closed because faults within the roof and walls appeared (not though the halls or lounge). The Circuit meeting gave permission that the church part of the buildings can be demolished because it is beyond economic repair. It is so sad that the congregation were unable collectively to come together in the snaturay for a farewell service, given the significant memories it will hold for so many; please remember the congregation in your prayers.
Southport CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Debt Centre – The Circuit agreed to continue to underwrite the support from local churches for this project for another two years up to the value of £3500 per year (the end of the two years will coincide with the end of the five year Mission in Britain Grant from the Methodist Church nationally). In the previous three years the actual amount the Circuit has had to underwrite in lieu of local church donations has been £2246 in total. The Debt Centre is operated through Compassion Acts and has about 20 partnering churches in the town, the largest grouping of which is the Methodist Circuit. For this reason the Circuit will, at the request of CAP nationally, be the lead church for the Debt Centre in Southport.
Church Council – Please note change of week
The next Church Council is now on Wednesday 30th September at 7pm (apologies for the change). It is open to everyone to attend although only Church Council members are eligible to vote. Feel free to join us via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/91292069772. You can also join phone on one of the following numbers (0330 088 5830, 0131 460 1196, 0203 481 5237 0r 0203 481 5240). If phoning in, you will ask for the Meeting ID – key in “91292069772#”, it will then ask for your participant number and there isn’t one so just press “#” again and wait a few moments to be admitted into the meeting.
The bible study group is on Tuesdays at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome so feel free to drop in any week
You can join via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/93783730691 or by phone on one of the following numbers (0203 481 5237, 0203 481 5240, 0208 080 6591, 0208 080 6592, 0330 088 5830, 0131 460 1196). If phoning in, you will ask for the Meeting ID – key in “93783730691#”, it will then ask for your participant number and there isn’t one so just press “#” again and wait a few moments to be admitted into the meeting.
Coffee after Church – Note change of time.
Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service from 12pm each Sunday at https://zoom.us/j/99269870450.
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd-Disley know by Tuesday 29th September on 07484 608675 or email@example.com.
We know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans Ch 5 vs 3b-5.
As I write, yesterday was the autumn equinox and so in the morning as I left the house I saw a flock of geese overhead, maybe just arriving as they travel from their summer to winter abodes. What a lovely sight and sound nature plays and paints for us. Certainly no social distancing for the geese as the fly in formation, rotating the lead from time to time, and those towards the back keeping an eye out for any stragglers.
When evening came and the Local Preachers Zoom Meeting finished, it was just in time to listen to the Prime Minister prepare us for the next six months. And so we too transition from our summer to winter habitat. Unlike the geese we have to strictly adhere to the ever changing social distancing rules. This is going to be the strangest autumn and winter seasons we have ever experienced.
The picture of geese are often used as an image of the Holy Spirit. As an example the Christian Iona Community use the image of a goose as their logo. I wonder what we can learn from these majestic birds during these next two seasons. The way they fly in formation, with purpose, taking turns to lead, and when a bird at the back tails off others go with it, until it is ready to fly again. I sense there will be times when each one of us feels like we can fly from the front and take the lead, times when we are in the pack, times when we need to rest, and times when we look out and support those struggling.
The geese are carried by the air flows around them, together with the strength their wings have gained. May we navigate these seasons with the strength of God’s Spirit, drawing on the experience of all we have learnt our whole life long, and supported by each other. Collectively we are amazing, we have come through so much in our lives, and many I know are navigating extremely difficult times at this moment, even before we overlay the impact of Covid.
Blessed is the man who trusts in The Lord, whose confidence is in him. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah Ch 17 vs 7-8.
A Letter from the Superintendent Minister, Revd Marie-Anne Kent on Ministry Resource
Oscar Wilde famously said that to ‘To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.’ When I arrived in the circuit there were 5 full time Methodist ministers and now five years later there are now two of us. I don’t think we have been careless, but for all sorts of reasons it was right for those ministers to move on. The reality is that none of these changes were planned and of course our strange ‘new normal’ have created additional pressures.
Everywhere I go I hear ‘when are we going to get a real minister’! The short answer is that we don’t know. What we do know is that as a circuit we cannot carry on in the way that we have been. The burden of maintaining buildings, our age profile and fewer and fewer people willing to take on responsibility has been our reality for a long time, but this been brought into sharp focus in lock down. We want to tell people about Jesus but there are lots of things holding us back. Our calling is to be a discipleship movement shaped for mission. We know we need to refocus our energies. For these reasons, the circuit meeting agreed to go into the stationing process for a minister to be appointed in September 2022. This means that we need to be in a position to write a profile for the process to begin next September. That is not long – we have a lot to do!
Over the summer the District Chair has put us in touch with several ministers who were looking for part time appointments outside of the usual stationing process. Unfortunately, these have not worked out. However, we are delighted that Rev. Sue Edwards a newly retired supernumerary minister from Cumbria, now living in Litherland, has offered to give us 10 hours a month and a preaching appointment. Watch out for her on a circuit service!
We continue to explore appointing a minister in the circuit. Normally the minister who comes to us is sent by the Methodist Connexion but at the moment we are looking for ministers outside of the usual process, although we are following it as closely as possible. The minister is appointed by the Circuit Invitation Committee (CIC) with delegated powers from the Circuit Meeting. There are representatives from all the circuit churches on this group and they receive the profile of the minister – this show their passions and experience. If the CIC agree, the person then comes for an informal visit – it is stressed that this is not an interview but an opportunity to discern God’s will. They meet with the circuit stewards, local stewards of the churches they will serve and representatives of the CIC. The CIC then confers and may offer an invitation to the minister. This process is open to Methodist ministers and those from other denominations in which case we ask that the Conference for permission that they be Authorised to Serve. So that’s it in a nutshell but if you have any questions please ask!
‘May you live in interesting times’ is allegedly a Chinese curse, but I know that as we grapple with all these issues God is certainly at work. Please continue to hold the Circuit Leadership Team in your prayers.
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.uk/sundayservice This week Cliff Hill, Local Preacher at Cornerstone will be leading our service, with Revd Steve Wild preaching and celebrating the first Church Anniversary of Cornerstone. We welcome Steve back to Southport (virtually). Steve is known to many locally through his involvement in Summer Fire (formerly the Southport Methodist Holiness Convention), as well as a past President of the Methodist Conference; Steve is currently the District Chair in Cornwall.
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 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/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 – Sunday Worship – A new heaven and a new earth. new heaven and a new
Traditionally harvest is a time to celebrate and offer thanksgiving for God’s bounty in nature. Rachel Mann leads today’s service and reflects on what harvest might mean for those of us who, even in a covid-shaped world, live in a busy urbanised environment. After months of tiring but necessary restrictions on our lives, what do we have to be thankful for? What ‘harvest’ do those who live in urban settings have to offer to those who don’t? What might a new ‘holy city’ and ‘new earth’ look like for urban and country dweller alike? We’ll hear from people deep in city life, such as Councillor Azra Ali, a Trustee of Burnage Food Bank who’s seen generosity overflow in the past few months, and those from within the LGBT community who have faced intense pressures on their mental health during lockdown, but who have also found much to be thankful for in the bonds of solidarity and care found in virtual ways of connecting. Rev. Grace Thomas will share how she’s been instrumental in helping congregations in south Manchester think about how they can cherish God’s creation and address the climate emergency. Reading: Revelation 21.1-5. Producer: Miriam Williamson.
Sunday 1.15pm Songs of Praise – Saltaire
Claire McCollum explores the beautiful Victorian village of Saltaire near Bradford in Yorkshire, now a Unesco World Heritage site. The vision of Christian industrialist Sir Titus Salt, and built to house the workers for his enormous textile mill, Saltaire was famous around the world when it was completed. Although the concept of providing accommodation for workers was not new, the scale and high standard of Saltaire was groundbreaking, with 850 high-quality houses alongside shops, schools, recreational facilities and a beautiful church, all built in the shadow of the mill.
In the company of historian John Styles, who was born in Saltaire, Claire explores Salts Mill – one of the largest buildings in the world when completed – and discovers that Titus Salt was strongly motivated by his Christian faith in providing so generously for his workers. She also explores what many call the centrepiece of Saltaire, the Grade-I listed church that Titus Salt built in a beautiful Italianate style. The church was damaged in recent storms, and Claire meets the Christian architect in charge of the restoration and a member of the current congregation who has been kneeling in prayer outside the church each week since it closed for lockdown.
In nearby Wakefield, Claire explores the fascinating diary that is challenging perceptions about Christian attitudes in the 19th century. Written in 1810 by a Yorkshire farmer, the journal offers surprising insights into life at that time, and most striking is a passage that offers a sympathetic view of homosexuality from a Christian perspective.
Back in Saltaire, Radzi Chinyanganya joins a Bradford break-dancing crew, who are throwing moves in the spectacular open spaces inside Salts Mill. As well as learning a few steps, Radzi discovers how the crew see their dancing as a gift from God that can have a huge impact on all who take part.