Sunday 29th November 2020

Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church

All services at Church suspended until further notice.

Circuit Online Service this week 11am

This week’s service is the final service for Victoria Methodist Church which will be led by Rev Marie-Anne Kent, Superintendent Minister, and our preacher will be Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson, Chair of the Liverpool Methodist District.  Marie-Anne and Sheryl will be joined by friends past and present of Victoria.



A Prayer for the Congregation of Victoria Methodist Church

Lord God,

may the people of Victoria Methodist Church

be assured that you remain with them, as they let go of their cherished place. For they will sing new songs and worship in new ways, they will serve in different ways and pursue different causes, they will find new friends in new congregations. In the midst of the uncertainty and discomfort of change,

may all your people know that

your love remains with us, your justice will inspire us, your realm will call us to action,

for you are eternally with each and every one of us. Lord God, for your everlasting presence we give you thanks.


Lectionary Readings – Sunday 29th November 2020

Ezekiel 34.11-16,20-24; Psalm 95.1-7a; Ephesians 1.15-23; Matthew 25.31-46


Southport Methodist Circuit Advent Notices

As we enter the season of Advent, attached to these church notices are some Circuit Advent Notices that offer information and resources as we journey towards Christmas.  We especially draw your attention to the Advent Readings, daily readings to be used during this season which are also attached to these notices.

 Shoe Box Appeal & Church Christmas Card

Given all the restrictions this year we have not been able to send shoe boxes of Christmas gifts via the charity Life for Hope to children in eastern Europe. Also, as people may not be able to get to Church in the lead up to Christmas, we will not be able to have the normal arrangement of people being able to send a single Christmas card for all their church friends and then making a donation in lieu of cards and postage to a charity.

This year therefore, we will have a church Christmas card that will be sent to everyone. We are asking you to let us have any Christmas message for the congregation by sending it to Lucy on 07484 608675 or by no later than 30th November. Your message will be incorporated into the church Christmas card. As a church we will send a donation from the Benevolence Fund to the Shoe Box charity Link for Hope of £50. When you are next back in church, you can then make a donation at the end of a service to the Benevolence Fund via the basket in the porch.

Thank you in advance for your contribution.

 Advent Taketime Together – Christian Mindfulness Meditation

Please contact Sally Eyes on 07743660155 if you would like more details or join us on any of the weeks or times that you can make.

Further details are available at

 Bible Study

The bible study group is on Tuesdays at 10.30am. The theme this week is Listening to the Voice of God and the readings are Isaiah 40 vs 1-11 and Mark 1 vs 1-8.

 Everyone is welcome so feel free to drop in any week.

 Coffee after Church 12 Noon

Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service 12 noon at 

 Church Notices

If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd-Disley know by Tuesday 1st December on 07484 608675 or


Dear Friends

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

(Isaiah Ch 43 vs 19 NRSV)

I never cease to be surprised by God, that in times of uncertainty he makes helpless situations into ones that are hopeful.  In the human there often seems no way through, or the negative outweighs the positive, and God’s gift of hope changes the perspective.

Victoria Methodist Church is a case in point, as the difficult situation of making the brave decision to close their premises and cease to be a worshipping community comes to an end on Sunday.  At this weeks Circuit Meeting, we received a presentation for the local Christian based charity, Compassion Acts, who wish to lease the Victoria building for their charitable endeavours, which includes the proclamation of the gospel through acts of social action, such as the Trussell Trust Foodbank, together with other poverty relief programs, and benefit and debt relief advice.  And what makes the charity distinctively Christian is its mission – Bringing Churches and other people together to ACT as good neighbours in Southport, Formby and surrounding areas, revealing the COMPASSION in the heart of Jesus for the marginalised and powerless.  A member of Victoria expressed their delight that hopefully the legacy of the church will continue to serve the community in God’s name, and that they are looking forward to supporting this project.  And so the Circuit Meeting agreed in principle to pursue entering into a lease with Compassion Acts.

The meeting additionally received the important decision of the Circuit Invitations Committee, that the Rev Sonya Marshall be appointed a Minister in the Circuit, with pastoral oversight for Leyland Road, Russell Road and The Living Room.  Sonya is an Anglican Minister who has been a full time Lay Worker at Leyland Road for over twelve months, and has been “Authorised to Serve” within the Circuit with effect from 1st December 2020 though to August 2022.  We welcome Sonya and over the coming months, we hope you will get to know her more.

Finally, the Circuit Meeting gave approval in principle for Liverpool Road Methodist Church to enter into a lease with Compassion Acts, for the opening of a Food Pantry.  A Food Pantry is a members-only food club, which in return for £5 per week, provides over £20 worth of food with extras frequently available. Prioritising choice, value, dignity and accessibility the pantry is suitable for families and individuals. There is also access to benefits and debt advice, and follow on support.  Food Pantry’s already operate successfully at Grace Baptist Church in Southport town centre and Bishop David Shepard School in High Park.

Please remember the matters above in your prayers, that through the decision of our Circuit this week, people of our town will be blessed.

I pray that for you, that the perspective of any helpless situation you maybe currently facing, will become hopeful through God’s Spirit.

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 11am

The link to our services is This week’s service is the final service for Victoria Methodist Church which will be led by Rev Marie-Anne Kent, Superintendent Minister, and our preacher will be Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson, Chair of the Liverpool Methodist District.  Marie-Anne and Sheryl will be joined by friends past and present of Victoria.

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 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 Patrick 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 – Cities of Promise. A place for good news.

During this era of Covid the city seems to have been devalued as a place of human flourishing. Instead it’s become a place of fear of contamination – a place to get away from, no longer a sought-after place to live. But the biblical view is of a redeemed city, a place where human culture is valued alongside restored relationships – a place of beauty and worship of the living God.

Theologian and scholar of Celtic Christianity, Gilbert Markus, marks the eve of St Andrew’s Day with an exploration of how places of pilgrimage became bustling places of human interaction, how spiritual pilgrims medieval and contemporary might share a vision of a heavenly city, and how cities have always represented a mix of the worst and best of humanity – but places where good news can always be found.



Sunday 12.20pm Songs of Praise – Young Chorister of the year – Boys’ semi final

Aled Jones presents the boys’ semi-final of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition from Gorton Monastery in Manchester. Five of the best boy choristers in the UK compete to impress judges John Rutter, Laura Wright and Carl Jackson and win one of three remaining places in the final.