Sunday 6th December 2020


Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church

Sunday 6th December at 10.45am


Circuit Online Service this week 11am

This week’s Online Circuit Service will be led by Rev Ann Hall on the theme of Peace.



Jesus, healer, mender of minds, binder of bodies, saver of souls, extend your loving arm to those suffering today: those torn apart by anguish, consumed by worry, numbed by grief, trapped in prisons of loneliness, straightjackets of fear, drowning in deep pools of sadness, strangers in strange lands. May we be your arms enfolding, your shoulder to lean on, your ears to listen, your voice to offer words of comfort, your heart to be wounded and to love. Grant us forbearance. And remember all carers, nurses and doctors and medical researchers, who seek to support and enable fractured lives. Amen.

Lectionary Readings – Sunday 6th December 2020

Isaiah 40.1-11; Psalm 85.1-2,8-13; 2 Peter 3.8-15a; Mark 1.1-8



Margaret Holt

It is with sadness that we have heard Margaret passed away recently.  Margaret was a familiar figure in Ainsdale, and especially historically at Ainsdale Lunch and Leisure where she applied her knowledge and experience to navigating the Church through the process of the creation of an independent charity from what was then the Care Scheme. Margaret attended St John’s Church and occasionally joined with us at Ainsdale Methodist Church.  A few years ago she moved to Churchtown.  Margaret’s funeral will be held at St John’s Church, Ainsdale.  We give thanks to God for Margaret’s life.

Anne Warburton

We recently announced the death of one of our members, Anne Warburton.  Anne’s funeral service will be held at Southport Crematorium at 2pm on Tuesday 8th December.  You can follow the service online at Login/Order ID: 56140, Password: vjqatwju



Dear Friends,

As we come to the end of our second Lockdown we wanted to let you know of our plans for Advent and Christmas. For the last few weeks we have been able to watch or listen to the On-line Circuit Services or other services on TV and Radio.  Now we are able to re-open our church once again for worship from 6th December.

The services planned are as follows:

6th December 10.45am

13th December 10.45am

20th December – Our Carol Service led by Rev Patrick Evans at either 10.45am or candlelit at 4pm, details to follow.  As we are still unable to sing this will be a service of readings, with carols sung by others shown on the screen.

24th December no service in church

25th December 10.30am (note earlier time) led by Rev Patrick Evans

27th December no service in church

3rd January – 10.45 The On-line Circuit Covenant Service will be shown in church

Circuit Services will continue to be available and details of all services, whether in church or on-line, will be in the weekly notices.

Opening the church for worship is once again subject to risk assessments and safety checks following Government and Methodist guidelines to keep you all safe.

We would like to remind you how church will look and what to expect:

  • There will be hand sanitiser in the porch which should be used on entry and exit.
  • It is mandatory for face coverings to be worn in places of worship.
  • There will be a list kept of those who attend with name and contact address or phone number. This is to fulfil government guidelines for Test and Trace and will be destroyed after 21 days.
  • In the porch as you arrive there will be an Offering basket on the table as we cannot take the Offering in the normal way.
  • We are still (unfortunately) not permitted to sing at this time.
  • There will be no service books, hymn books or bibles in the pews. You may bring your own if you wish. If books are given out they will be collected at the end of the service and quarantined before re-use
  • Social Distancing will be in place and seats in use will have been marked with a green tick.
  • In order to help minimise the risk of infection we will fill the church from front to back and empty in reverse order. People who live in the same household or are in the same ‘Bubble’ may sit together otherwise social-distancing of 2 metres is required.
  • Please do not move around once seated.
  • In line with government guidelines we will be keeping the building well ventilated.
  • At the end of the service please leave promptly – there will be no refreshments available.
  • Please keep social distancing even in the car park.
  • The service will be shorter, 30 – 45  minutes at the most.
  • The disabled toilet can be used in an emergency.

All guidelines will be kept under regular review and may alter in the future.

If you feel at all unwell please do not come to church. If you think you may have the Covid-19 virus please follow the government guidelines by contacting NHS 111 online or ringing 111.

We do understand that some of you may not be ready to return to church at present and no-one should feel under any pressure to do so. Government guidelines include advice to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household. We are asked to self-assess the risks of attending worship ourselves.

These are still difficult times but over the last few weeks and months we have seen hope of new treatments/vaccines.  We look forward to the time when we can all meet again freely for worship and fellowship.  In the meantime, we hope you and your families stay safe and well.

Church Stewards

30th November 2020


Advent Reflections
These are being led by friends from the Church of England, United Reformed Church and from across the Circuit. A short evening reflection on Youtube is available to watch each night from Advent Sunday 29th November.  We encourage you to watch it at either 6.30pm or 9.00pm, whatever fits in best with your day, as we come together for prayer as we watch and wait in these days of advent. 

Blue Christmas Ecumenical Service
We are invited to join Churches Together in Ainsdale for an online Blue Christmas Service.  This will be available via the following link from 4pm on Saturday 19th December 2020 and thereafter  A Blue Christmas Service recognises that Christmas can be a difficult time for some, especially those suffering grief or isolation, which is especially poignant this year given all the restriction we are having to endure. 

Knitted Angels

If anyone has any knitted angels to be collected please let Ann Howard know (570993).  You can keep knitting for another week if you wish but I’ll need all the angels by 15th December please so that they can have the Christmas message attached and be distributed down Station Road after the CTiA Blue Christmas Service on Saturday 19th December. 


Flowers have been provided by Sylvia Winterburn in Memory of her parents Ethel and Harry Taylor.

DVD/CD Copies of Online Circuit Services

As a reminder, if anyone would like to receive weekly a DVD or CD copy of the weekly online Circuit Service, please contact Lucy on 07484 608675 or and we will arrange for them to be posted to you.

Advent Taketime Together – Christian Mindfulness Meditation

This week’s advent theme is Joy.  This will be on Zoom on Monday afternoon and repeated on Thursday evening.

Please note the Zoom Room will open 15 minutes before the start time. In order not to disrupt the meditation part of the session, anyone arriving after the start time will unfortunately not be admitted until approximately 25 minutes after the start time.

4.00-4.45pm, Monday 7th December (Zoom Room open from 3.45pm)

7.00-7.45pm, Thursday 10th December (Zoom Room open from 6.45pm)

For Zoom login details please email


Bible Study

A warm invite to study the theme of John the Baptist. Tuesday morning at 10.30am looking at Isaiah 61 vs 1-4 and 8-11. 1 Thessalonians 5 vs 16-24  John1 vs 6-8 and 19-28.  Everyone is welcome so feel free to drop in any week.

For Zoom login details please email


Coffee after Church 12 Noon

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

For Zoom login details please email


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 8th December on 07484 608675 or



Dear Friends

You will have seen in last week’s Church Notices the appointment of Rev Sonya Marshall in the Circuit from 1st December 2020.  Whilst having been ordained in the Anglican Church, Sonya’s Christian roots and experience both past and present have very much been in Methodism.  Personally, I have known Sonya for some years, most significantly since my appointment in the Circuit, when Sonya was Curate at Christ Church.  Sonya has played a very active role in bringing together people of the Christian faith through ecumenical activities across various denominations, most notably the town wide Tuesday morning prayer meetings.  In my experience Sonya has always been supportive and encouraging to me personally, and to the people called Methodists!

By way of introduction Sonya has written a short pen picture for us.  I know you will look forward to welcoming Sonya to preach in the future at our Church.

  Sonya writes…

…It is with great excitement I take up this appointment within the Southport Methodist Circuit. Thank you for all your encouragement and prayers throughout the process.

 I was born in Preston, studied Theology at Hull University, studied Teaching at The London University Institute of Education and trained for the Anglican Ministry in Manchester, Ordained as a Priest in 2006.

I had moved to Southport in 1985 taking up the position of Religious Education teacher at Greenbank High School. During that time I attended Leyland Road Methodist Church where I was actively involved in youth ministry and ate far too much chocolate!

It is great to be back and I look forward to the new things God has in store for us.

Part of my journey included serving as Vicar of All Saints 2013-2016. This was a time of excellent fellowship and blessing. Russell Road reminds me of All Saints, I already sense the love and warmth that exists there. I keenly anticipate spending time with you.

I have a heart for Southport and I would love to see the Churches in our circuit working with each other, having an impact on our town, showing the love of Christ to all. In fact why stop there, wouldn’t it be wonderful for all churches to be united, carrying out a common vision?

My parents live in Southport and I have two lovely children. Rebekah 27 and John 24.

In my ‘spare time’ I love photography, reading, watching films, listening to music and being out in the countryside or by the Sea. I also enjoy eating.

I love God and have experienced His love in my life for which I am forever grateful.

Every Blessing, Sonya. x

I am sure you will remember Sonya in your prayers as she takes up her new role, which is made especially challenging given all the restrictions that are currently in place.

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 Online Circuit Service will be led by Rev Ann Hall on the theme of Peace. 

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 nature.

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. Such an understanding of the potential of the city might have inspired Sir Ebenezer Howard who, in 1920 founded Welwyn Garden City, a planned town that was intended to combine the benefits of city and countryside whilst avoiding the disadvantages of both. With the Rev Dr Rob Marshall, Rector of Digswell, Welwyn Garden City. Reading: Revelation 21: 22 – 22:5. Producer: Andrew Earis.



Sunday 1.15pm Songs of Praise – Young Chorister of the year – Final

The Rev Kate Bottley presents the final of the very first joint Songs of Praise and Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year competition. As it is the second Sunday of Advent, six of the best girl and boy choristers in the UK perform their chosen Christmas carols or songs for judges John Rutter, Laura Wright and Carl Jackson before one is crowned 2020 champion. The programme includes a performance of O Holy Night by Aled Jones, Katherine Jenkins and all the finalists.