Lectionary Readings 3rd October 2021

Genesis 2.18-24; Psalm 8; Hebrews 1.1-4; 2.5-12; Mark 10.2-16

Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch out your hand to help defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ainsdale and Liverpool Road Bible Study

For the time being this group will continue to meet on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am in the prayer lounge at Ainsdale. We are studying the gospel of Luke and it’s relevance to our lives today. All are welcome. 

Mid-week Prayers

Wednesday 6th October at 10am. All welcome.

Thank you

David Radcliffe is very grateful for prayers, kind thoughts and lovely flowers on the second anniversary of Barbara’s death.

Circuit Celebration

Victoria are having a celebration of the life of their Church on 10th October at 4pm at St Phillips & St Pauls with Wesley.  All welcome

Flowers have been provided this week by Margaret Abrams in memory of her husband Don on the 20th Anniversary of his passing. 

Where do you keep your Bible?

Is it handy for daily reading?  How would you feel about reading it regularly with some other people in a small group?

Questions like these are asked in a short questionnaire to work out what would be the best way to encourage us all to grow in faith by becoming more familiar with our bibles. 

Questionnaires will be in the church porch from Sunday so please take one and let Ann Howard or any of the Stewards have it when completed.

If you’re not able to be in church at present please phone Ann on 570993 who will make sure one is sent to you.

Wall of Remembrance

This year for the week of Remembrance, we would like to create a wall of Remembrance containing the names of any relatives or friends you would wish to be remembered at this time. If possible give the name and any details or a short written piece, about the person you would like to include. Please leave any information on the desk in the Church office.

This would then be mounted on the boards to create a display in church during the week of Remembrance, which will include a short service in church on Thursday 11th November during which we will observe the minutes silence at 11.00 am.

 For further information please contact Brian Davey.

Dear Friends

 In recent times we have frequently asked ourselves what we have missed during the Covid-19 era and what will be different in the future. Well one thing I have greatly missed is the opportunity to engage with children from our local schools, concerned if this will ever recommence. Elsewhere some children groups have taken the brave and right decision that now is the time to formally close, notably the Boys Brigade at Liverpool Road and the Guides at Ainsdale. The Guides decision follows the closure of three of the four Brownie packs in the village meaning there is no feeder route for girls coming through to the Guides. Liverpool Road’s morning service on Sunday 10th at Liverpool Road will be a Celebration Service for the work of the Boys Brigade, for over 60 years the hard work and dedication of their leaders past and present has transformed lives.

We can sometimes be disheartened with such news and that we don’t have many children and young people in church. Changes in society can be difficult for us to fathom, although not to God who has seen this through history, and continues to unshaken. Be encouraged, and don’t think just because we do not see children in our buildings that the mission of the church to children has diminished; it hasn’t, although its shape is continuously changing. 

Through our churches (Ainsdale and Liverpool Road, supported by the Schools Worker Trust), in the eleven day period from 24th September, we will have delivered assemblies to 1,020 primary and infant school children at Kings Meadow and Farnborough Road schools.  Furthermore, Tabz and Hettie Taberner visit Birkdale Boys and Greenbank schools one lunch time each week with their Safe Space tent (see image below) in the playground, offering a place for young people to explore who they are, why they matter and the difference Jesus makes (see – https://saswtrust.com/safe-spaces-in-the-yard). This is such an important message in an era when children are bombarded with so much information, beyond what we ever experienced.

God bless

Patrick

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