Sunday 31st January 2021


Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church.

All services at Church suspended until further notice.

 Circuit Online Service this week 11am

Rev Sonya Marshall leads this weeks service and our preacher is Heather Draper, MHA Chaplain at Connell Court, a member at Leyland Road and a Local Preacher.


Synagogue at Capernaum dated from about 2AD,

on the site where Jesus is thought to have teached.


We thank you, Lord,

that you are the source of all wisdom and ultimate authority.

Thank you that we can always test

what we hear in the world today against your word.

Thank you that in you, life’s foundations are firm.

When we fail to look to you,

we find ourselves on shaky ground and prone to being selfish.

But thank you that when we are selfish,

you can help us to get back on track.

Thank you that when we walk closely with you,

our lives have an integrity and meaning

that can help bring ourselves and others into closer relationship with you.

Thanks be to you, our God.


Lectionary Readings – Sunday 31st January 2021

Deuteronomy 18.15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8.1-13; Mark 1.21-28



The Bereavement Journey

Some of you have experienced a personal bereavement in the past year and we are truly sorry for your loss and pray that you may find some help and comfort during this difficult time. Social distancing and lockdown restrictions are making it so much more painful and isolating for those who are mourning and unable to receive much pastoral and family support. 

The Southport Methodist Circuit are again running “The Bereavement Journey” course online beginning on Wednesday evenings 24th February, 3rd, 10th, 17th , 24th March with an optional 6th session on 31st March 2021.  Each evening will begin at 6.45pm and finish by 9pm.  We will use Zoom.

The Bereavement Journey course is free and it uses a combination of videoed talks and small group discussion. It is entirely confidential and a very safe and supportive environment.  The course is available to anyone who has suffered bereavement at any time, regardless of faith, age etc.

Working through grief and the loss of a loved one takes a long time.  This course is for anyone who is bereaved, whether recently or dating back several years, although attendance is recommended after the first 3 months of a bereavement to benefit most from the experience.

Do you know anyone who has been bereaved who may benefit from this course?

Topics covered include: Attachment, separation and loss; the impact and pain of bereavement; adjusting to change; coping with feelings of anger and guilt and other people’s reactions; finding a way forward healthily, dealing with anniversaries and the optional 6th session on Faith Perspective.

If you want more information, for yourself or someone else, please contact Sally Eyes on 07743660155 or email Sally on

Technical help can be given to anyone who is unfamiliar with zoom and we will try to arrange for social distanced walks or gatherings as we are permitted, in order to help create a support network for those who would find this helpful.

Methodist Ministerial Covenant

At its meeting in July, the Methodist Conference received the Report on the introduction of a Ministerial Covenant and commended it to the Connexion for study and response by Circuit Meetings and District Synods.  Within the Circuit, a Zoom consultation will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd February.   This consultation is open to anyone in the life of the Circuit, and details of how to participate are below.  You can find via this link a copy of the report and covenant (

If you are unable to attend the Zoom consultation and would still like to provide your views, the consultation questions are attached to this email.  Please complete and return to Patrick Evans via email or at 50 Burnley Road, Southport, PR8 3LR by 3rd February and we will incorporate your consultation responses into the Circuit response.

If you receive these notices by post and would like a copy of the information regarding the proposed Ministerial Covenant together with the consultation questions, then please call 07813 211501 to request a copy.

To join the Zoom Consultation Meeting the link 

Chaplain Vacancy – Connell Court

Heather Draper retires next month as the Chaplain at Connell Court.  Applications for her replacement are sought and the deadline is 7th February.  The details of the vacancy can be found via the following link –

Bible Study

The Bible Study Group continues to meet every Tuesday at 10.30am via Zoom.  Each study is stand alone, so it does not matter if you miss a week.  This week we will look at the Exodus sections from the the Bible Story book.  You can order the book from the likes of Amazon (

You can join the Bible Study via the internet

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

If joining by phone dial one of the following numbers (0203 901 7895, 0208 080 6591, 0208 080 6592 or 0330 088 5830). You will be asked for the Meeting ID – key in “91805800335#”, 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 Notices

If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please email Patrick know by Wednesday 3rd February on 07813 211501 or



Dear Friends

Were you ever fortunate as a child to have a teacher whose lessons it was a joy and delight to attend.  Those teachers who were able to engage you in a subject, that meant doing the homework was not a chore, rather it was exciting and something to look forward to.  You wanted to do the homework because the learning was engaging and meaningful, rather than doing the homework because the punishment for not doing so was punitive and painful. 

For those listening to Jesus for the first time, that is how it felt?

They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. (Mark Ch 1 vs 21-22)

So often we can slip into the mistake as Christians, that being a disciple of Jesus is about keeping to a set of do and don’t rules, with punitive measures being taken against us if we ever get the do’s and don’t’s the wrong way round.  These punitive measures to metered out in some judgment day ledger, or by someone around us pointing out the error of our ways, and coercively enforcing their superiority over us.

Jesus, God the Son said:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  (John Ch 10 vs 10)

We know if we are not careful, we can be like a thief that comes and steals and kills and destroy’s, when we turn our faith into a list of do’s and don’t’s with punitive measures for those who fail the test.  And if you have been on the receiving end of such treatment, turn off those voices and listen for the amazing voice of Jesus.

We are the Church, the body of Christ, Jesus’ representative in this time and place, with the privilege and honour of being a people about his mission.  May we as Jesus’ disciples forever look to him and his way of being.  May we see every occasion we have with those around us as an opportunity, may it become our second nature to be like the most amazing teacher of all, and join with Jesus in giving life to all those we encounter, life to the full. 

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

Listen via the phone – 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.

Watch via DVD or listen via CD – If you would like a DVD or CD of our weekly service please contact Patrick on 07813 211501.  These are free of charge.                        

Get involved – 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 – Attached is a copy of this weeks Worship From Home service sheet.

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

Dial-a-Prayer (it’s free!)

FREE phone lines for prayers, reflections and news from the Methodist Church

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514 (updated every Thursday).

Listen to a pastoral message from the President and Vice

President: 0808 281 2695 (updated every Monday).

Listen to the Methodist Podcast: 0808 281 2478 (updated on first and third Thursday of the month)

Spiritual sustenance when in isolation

For those online the following link ( takes you to a page of daily and weekly resources from the Methodist Church that you can access during lockdown.

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 – Belfast, a City Shaped by the Sea

The Very Rev Stephen Forde, Dean of Belfast whose cathedral stands not far from Belfast’s docks reflects on those who go down to the sea in ships, and do business in great waters.  With Canon Mark Niblock and Gillian McCaughey
Jonah 1.3-13 & Mark 4.35.41
All my hope on God is founded (MICHAEL)
Kyrie Eleison (Fauré)
Psalm 107 v 23-32 ( Plainsong)
The Lord is my Shepherd (Schubert)
Jesus lover of my soul (ABERYSTWYTH)
Eternal Father strong to save (MELITA)
Irish Blessing (Bob Chilcott)


Sunday 1.15pm – Songs of Praise – Gospel Singer of the Year – Semi-Final

Mark De-Lisser hosts the semi-final of the brand new competition to find the Gospel Singer of the Year 2021. In the first of two programmes celebrating gospel music, five talented amateur singers take to the stage at Gorton Monastery in Manchester.

Deciding who goes through to next week’s final are three celebrity judges: pop sensation and West End musical star Alexandra Burke, singer and leading gospel vocal coach David Grant and singing legend Heather Small, who closes the show with her hit song Proud.

Our semi-finalists are Monique McKen from Birmingham, Kieron Bygraves from Huddersfield, Lois Kirby from Bedford, James Morrison from Lincoln and Tara Goddard from Halifax. Which singer will be your favourite?