Sunday 28th June 2020

Methodist Conference Sunday

Eularia Clarke (1914-1970), Oil on canvas, 1962

Methodist Modern Art Collection
Image Copyright © Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes.

Matthew 14:13-21 – Eularia Clarke sets the feeding of the five thousand in modern dress and follows Matthew’s account in which women and children are present. The multitude has sat down in the grass, as Jesus requested, and is eating, not the fish and bread referred to in the Bible but, as in so much of Clarke’s work, a twentieth Century equivalent, fish and chips. The scene is more reminiscent of a church picnic than the biblical miracle. Tea is brewing in the lower right corner, bicycles and footballs are discarded, children and babies are remarkably well behaved, some people doze, others pay attention to the priest – or Jesus (whose head and shoulders are uncomfortably cut off by the edge of the painting). The artist said: ‘I daren’t paint Christ, I put in a pulpit, the priest is reading the notices before the sermon.’


Lord, be with me when I encounter friend or stranger.

Help me extend my welcome as if it is to you.

Lord, give me courage when another opens up to me;

help me to accept graciously the hospitality offered.

We are so suspicious in this age, Lord,

looking for the hidden motive, the self-seeking ploy.

Be with us in our encounters, so that all I see is you.


Lectionary Readings – Sunday 28th June 2020

Jeremiah 28.5-9; Psalm 89.1-4,15-18; Romans 6.12-23; Matthew 10.40-42


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 28th June at

Bible Study

We will be following the Book of Ruth during August as part of this years Bible Month.  More details to follow on this as everyone will have access to material which will be distributed in July.

Until that point we will be following the the Lyfe material from The Bible Society each Tuesday (note the change of date) at 11am on Zoom.  The material for this week is attached to these notices.  You can either join with us on line (details below), or you and a friend or a small group of you (socially distanced etc!), may want to use the material by yourselves.

You can either join via the internet at 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 it 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.

Church Council

The Church Council met virtually on Thursday 18th June.  It was a shortened meeting dealing with essential business only.  The main decision was that the Church Council gave delegated authority to a team made up of Church Stewards and Property Stewards to make the decisions regarding the reopening of the church, subject to the implementation of actions arising from the risk assessment.  Currently Ted Taylor (Property Steward), Gill Hemmings and Doreen Goulding, (Church Stewards), have volunteered to be part of this team with the option to co-opt others.  As they are Ainsdale Lunch & Leisure Trustees, this will allow them to use their experience of adhering to the Methodist Church arrangements with ALL.  Please hold them in your prayers as they make the necessary arrangements for activities to recommence.

Methodist Conference

The Methodist Conference happens annually around this time of year, and is taking place virtually from Thursday 25th to Wednesday 1st July.  You can follow the proceedings online at  The Live Streaming Schedule is as follows:-

Friday 26 June – 11.00 am – 12.00 pm Closing worship of the Presbyteral session including the Calling of the roll (at this service the late Rev Wesley Fairhurst and Rev Brian Wright or died during the year will be remembered).

Saturday 27 June – 2.15 pm – 6.45pm  Conference Business, Presidential addresses and Reception into Full Connexion (this year ordinands will be received into full connexion although ordinations are postponed until later in the year).

Monday 29 June – Wednesday 1 July – 9.30 am  – 12.30 pm  Conference Business

The conference papers and timetable are available at

Church Notices

If you have any items you would like including in the church notices please email or phone Rev Patrick Evans at or 07813 211501.


Dear Friends

This week is Methodist Conference Sunday, usually an occasion when a mass of Methodists descend on a conference centre in a town or city and make decisions based upon consensus having conferred together.  We have been blessed to host the Conference in Southport.  It was interesting to attend the conference when being received into Full Connexion as I was with sixty other ordinands who were visiting.  It made me look at our town through a different lense, as a visitor and a conference attender rather than a resident.  At one point I acted as a host for a walking tour of Methodist history around the town centre and felt proud of where I live wanting others to enjoy the experience.  You may have hosted delegates at previous Methodist Conferences when in Southport.  I am sure they will have remembered your hospitality long after any matters discussed at conference.

The picture on the front of our notices is a modern interpretation on the feeding of the five thousand, with people feasting on fish and chips.  It reminds me of a Sportsman Dinner I attended some years ago, just after the Floral Hall had been refurbished and the cookers went on the blink.  Chip shops and pizza parlours ended up providing the meals; not quite the three course fare we had been promised, although the evening stands out in my memory as a great occasion  We made the most of a difficult situation, through the support of those who served us, and in many ways I remember that evening better than many other events.

In our gospel reading for today Jesus is sending the disciples out and reminds them that

Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”

This reminds us that as we extend hospitality to others, through the presence of God the Holy Spirit, we welcome God the Son and God the Father; and whenever we are welcomed, we bring not only ourselves but our entourage of companions, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  May we welcome and be hospitable to God in our own lives, and help others welcome him in theirs.

God bless




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

This week’s service will be led by Andy Trimble, Worship Leader, Liverpool Road Methodist Church and the Preacher is the Rev Patrick Evans.

The link to this service is

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 still listen to the service from Sunday 21st June up until this coming Sunday, when from 11am you can listen to the service for Sunday 28th June, which will be available for a week.

On a general note you can link to the Circuit website at and the Circuit Youtube channel at

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

Other worship resources and on line services from the Methodist Church can be found at

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

Looking to the future hopefully, with John Bell of the Iona Community.


Sunday 10.45am – 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 11.45am – Sunday Morning Stories – Sharing and Giving

Kate Bottley looks at what happens when we strive to be the best we can be, sharing stories of people who, by playing to their strengths, are making a real difference in their communities, including artists of different faiths who are finding common ground, and the former Buddhist monk who now shares his mindfulness techniques with millions.

Sunday 1.15pm Songs of Praise – Northern Ireland

Claire McCollum shares her love of her home of Northern Ireland by looking back on some of Songs of Praise’s best faith stories from across the region. She revisits the time she spent with a Christian geologist at the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, and when she met a former professional footballer who was called to the priesthood. There is also another chance to see when Katherine Jenkins found out about thriving faith in the historic Titanic Quarter in Belfast, and when JB Gill took to two wheels cycling in Antrim with a group of Christian bikers. With hymns, old and new, recorded across Northern Ireland before the current restrictions.

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