Ainsdale Methodist Church Notices
Sunday 2nd May 2021
Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church
All services at Church suspended until further notice.
Circuit Online Service this week 11am
This week’s online service is led by Colin Fyles and opening God’s word will be Martin Abram.
Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life: grant us to walk in his way, to rejoice in his truth, and to share his risen life; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 2nd May 2021
Acts 8.26-40; Psalm 22.25-31; 1 John 4.7-21; John 15.1-8
Thank you to everyone who has already completed their church survey.
There is still time to submit yours – the closing date is next Friday 7th May. We would encourage everyone to respond to the survey as this will be used to help plan our church life over the next few years.
Liverpool Road Rambling Club
Liverpool Road Rambling club are commencing their programme of walks on Saturday 10th July we leave Liverpool road at 08:30 or we can pick up at Leyland road or the Plough roundabout The cost is £15 per person.
The A walk will undertake a 6/7 mile walk on the opposite side of windermere crossing over on the car ferry at a cost of £1 each way The B walk again will cross over on the ferry and will just do a self guided leisurely walk down the other side of the lake for as long as you feel able. Anybody else can stay in Bowness either looking round the shops or take the steamer to Ambleside.
The coaches are only going to be partly full as requested by our members ie 40 people on a 57 seater, everyone is to be vaccinated and to wear masks on board
please contact Janet Oldham firstname.lastname@example.org or 07743782125
Continues Thursday 6th May and finishes 20th May. Zoom opens 6.45pm and sessions start at 7pm prompt. (No Monday sessions this time) If you would like to join or for more details please contact Sally on 07743 660155.
The Bible Study Group continues to meet every Tuesday at 10.30am via Zoom.
Coffee after Church 11.45am every Sunday
Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service 11.45am For zoom details please contact Sally on email@example.com
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd know by Tuesday 4th May on 01704 536648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Note from Marie-Anne
Patrick has finally gone on sabbatical, but he leaves the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger ringing in our ears ‘I’ll be back’. That is not a threat but a promise. It is hard for a minister to step away from the people they have walked alongside with all those joys and dare I say frustrations. The people they have worried about and held in their prayers. The job, the calling, the want to serve people we love is persistent and never ending, and this never ending-ness can cause ministers and leaders of whatever kind to believe we cannot stop. A sabbatical is both a gift and a discipline of the church. In the good old days, you had to wait 10 years for your first sabbatical (I’m not bitter!) but now it is every seven years (mine is next year!) It is of course based on the Biblical principle of Shabbat, or Sabbath. When God gave the commandments, he commanded that we should work only six days and dedicate the seventh to God. God allowed Israel to harvest the land for six years, but on the seventh they had to let it rest. For Patrick this is a time of rest and renewal.
I am sure Patrick will return to the circuit in four months with stories to tell, lessons to share and the odd sermon illustration. But in the meantime, let us be good to another. Let us listen to one another and care for one another, commit ourselves to worshipping together when we can and building a church where all can belong and thrive. For we are the church, each one of us. This ministry is ours. It always has and it always will be. And sometimes, the gift of a minister stepping outside of the system for a bit, is that we all come to discover that the work of the church has always been ours to do and make real. Sometimes, the gift of a minister stepping out, is the joy in realizing the gifts of the people of God in this place. Not that we won’t miss Patrick (I will), but that in missing him we discover something important about ourselves and our calling.
I look forward to walking alongside you in the next few months. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or Sonya if we can be of any support.
Worship – TV & Radio
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 – 100 years: reflecting on the past – building a future together
A Service led by the members of the Church Leaders’ Group, Ireland, marking of the Centenary of the partition of the island of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland and exploring how to build a future marked by peace, commitment to the common good, in Christ, in whom all things hold together.
Taking part will be the Right Rev David Bruce, Moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly, the Rev Tom McKnight, President of the Irish Methodist Church and the Archbishops of Armagh, the Most Rev Eamon Martin and the Most Rev John McDowell.
With music by the New Irish Choir, directed by Jonathan Rea
Sunday 1.15pm – Songs of Praise – Northern Ireland’s 100th
Claire McCollum marks the Partition of Ireland and formation of Northern Ireland 100 years ago, meeting Christians from across the denominations to discuss the past and their hopes for the future.
She finds out how the Union Theological College in Belfast became the first parliament building, and meets two theology students – one Protestant and one Catholic – to hear their perspectives. We learn how the Belfast Community Gospel Choir was created, and Sean Fletcher meets Danielle Gault, a young Christian whose faith and health have been challenged.
With music from Enniskillen, Down Patrick and Dungannon, and a special performance by Daniel O’Donnell filmed on the Causeway Coast.