Church of England Diocese of Liverpool St. Thomas, Melling

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16 Aug 2020, 5:30 p.m.
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Opening Church - This is a very fast moving situation but in all of this we are working to keep people safe when they come to Church. St Andrews will now have a service every Sunday at 10am, St James at 11.15am and St Peter's will start from 29th August at 11.15am.

Please note that you will need to book a place due to reduced numbers in Church to observe the 2 metre social distancing rule. For all three churches please ring Sue in the Parish Office on 0151 531 8972. She will take your name and telephone number - she will ask you to consent to St Andrew's holding this information for all three churches for NHS Track and Trace for 21 days. A plan will be made to enable us to seat people to maximise numbers. The Parish Office is open from 9.30am to 11.30am Wednesday to Friday though booking will close at 10.30am on Friday. Booking for St Peter's will open on Wednesday 26th August.

The PCC at St Thomas has decided the church will remain closed for now and will review the decision in September.

It might be sometime before we have a service of Holy Communion. Church services will need to be very different so I have prepared a leaflet outlining the changes which we are in the process of getting to you. Services might be so different that it is unhelpful for you and you may wish to continue to use our Church to You service which will continue indefinitely and the link will be emailed as usual on Saturday as well as being  available on A Church Near You. You can also search for Maghul and Melling on YouTube and choose the appropriate date. Please don’t feel any obligation to come to Church when we reopen ….we have prayed and worshipped in our homes for so long it is okay to continue to do so for as long as you want to. The Government guidance is that some people at risk should not come and others at risk should be advised not to come. Government regulations are such that face coverings are compulsory for all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present.

We are still finding that some people haven’t heard about our weekly bulletin or our online service Church to You on YouTube so please do spread the word ….

You can download the Bible readings for July - September from the Church to You section on the Services and Events page. The readings in July and August are from Romans and Matthew and Claire Sherman has kindly edited the Bible Society notes from their Bible Book Club guides to give us some background on these two books of the Bible. Please download them from News and Notices page. Bible Society has made guides available for books of the Bible on their website and is also currently allowing people to watch the videos linked to their very watchable Bible course for free. If you've missed our courses based on this I'm sure there will be others in the future but you could try it while it's still available for free during the pandemic! -

And please remember that we have created a new email address for you to get in touch to send us prayer requests, song requests or just to get in touch…...the email address is [email protected]

Here are some notices from Revd. Dave …

* HELP PLEASE -We are looking for a person from each of our 4 churches to help with a working group-short term till the end of September to review our Third Age Mission/Outreach: please contact Revd Dave if you wish to help out 07972577801

* ALPHA is back -We will be starting a Zoom Alpha on a Thursday evening beginning in mid /late September if you would like to help take a lead, we will be organising a zoom meeting for those who would like to be involved. Please contact Revd Dave 07972577801 to be included in the zoom invite for this preparation.

* IT Mersey have some tablets and internet connection available for Sefton residents. Eligibility criteria is:18 years or over, Digitally excluded household, No access to the internet at home, No device to connect to the internet. Plus one of the following: Low income family, No support network, Over 70, Health condition or disability, Isolating or shielding. There are some basic forms to fill in and some follow up that needs to take place but it is not overly onerous and Include-IT Mersey can support you to do this. Include-IT Mersey also still have Digital Champion volunteers to assist any over 18’s with their own technology or with these devices with phone guidance. If anyone wishes to take this up offer or knows anyone who might be interested either contact Revd Dave 07972577801 or Lauren Jones, Volunteer Coordinator (Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton & Wirral), Include-IT Mersey, [email protected] , tel.: 07860 846 605

* If anyone is interested in volunteering here is information about local volunteer roles

Sefton CVS – Hospital Discharge Volunteer To enquire about this role, contact: Gina Harvey Email: [email protected]

Formby Library – Volunteer Driver lTo enquire, contact: Lesley Davies Email: [email protected]

Sefton Carers’ Centre – Shopping Volunteers To enquire, contact: Mandy Case Email: [email protected] Direct Tel: 0151 288 6067

Brighter Living – Shopping Volunteer Email: [email protected]

Brighter Living – Telephone Befriender To enquire, contact: Matty Smith Email: [email protected]

Emmaus – Volunteer Cook To enquire, contact: Anne Marie Hughes Phone Number: 0151 928 4775 Email: [email protected]

Morning and Night prayer: Claire has taken the Church of England worship at home services and created two booklets for you to use at home - let me know if you find these useful and how you use them

There is a possibility we might be able to do a booklet of Reflections on Lockdown- how has God has helped and blessed you during lockdown…if you want to write a short paragraph then please send it to me (see my email on the Get in touch tab).

Bishop Paul’s Summer Bible Reading Challenge - Remember last year Bishop Paul asked us to read Jonah over the summer …. well this year's challenge is to read the Psalms. There is more information on the Diocesan website under Rule for Life .

Here are our suggestions about how to approach reading the Psalms this summer ….

Option 1- Fruit for the Soul- read 5 Psalms a day

Option 2 - 1 of your 5 a day - read a Psalm a day - your choice (Martin suggested a Psalm a day keeps the Vicar away)

Option 3 - Read a Psalm a week in August

Week 1 Psalm 23

Week 2 Psalm 121

Week 3 Psalm 19

Week 4 Psalm 67

Week 5 Psalm 139

Someone from one of the churches speaks on Maghull radio most Sundays just before or around 9am (Check the website for details and you can click on the ‘Listen Live’ button at the top of the website

It looks as if the Sunday morning services have come to an end on BBC One but Songs of Praise is still on at 1.15pm and the usual service on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am plus don’t forget the Christian radio channels and TV stations.

Please see the separate news items on the Community Craft and Chat (it's so good to read about what's happening), Team Prayers, prayer gates and the prayer trail at St Andrew's, Daily Hope and how to help the foodbank (the Maghull Foodbank needs reusable face masks in particular at the moment) under the notices tab.

We are continuing to monitor our financial situation …there are still bills to pay and our Parish Share contribution to make even though we are not meeting in our Church Buildings - so please consider giving though the Parish Giving Scheme to help our regular income - our treasurer has more information about ways to give - please see the 'get in touch' tab to ask for contact details.