Church of England Diocese of Liverpool St. Thomas, Melling

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9 Jan 2021, 3:30 p.m.
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Lockdown means something different for each one of us but there is one constant - one thing that is that same for all of us and that is the love of God for each one of us. I hope this verse will give you comfort and reassurance in the days ahead: 'We love because he first loved us' (1John 4:19) Please continue to pray …..

Although under the new lockdown regulations we can meet for worship in Church Buildings, in light of the current situation with COVID the PCCs of all four of our churches have decided to keep the churches closed for Sunday services until further notice.

Plans

On the first Sunday of the month, we are planning (Sunday 7th February at 10.30am) a Zoom Service with Agape and Coffee and Chat afterwards (bring your own coffee😁). More information to follow.

In February we will be sending out via email and post a detailed update similar to the December one.

Plus discussions are underway about the Lent courses we can offer.

ONLINE SERVICES

The Church to You online service and the Midweek Telephone Services continue (please see the services page for the link and instructions) and if anyone needs anything or needs to talk to someone please contact a member of our clergy team.

Church4All via Zoom on Sundays at 4pm: click on the usual link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86418554565 Meeting ID: 864 1855 4565 (no password).

There is also the the Daily Hope free phone number (details in the separate news item).

CHURCH TO YOU - Daily ONLINE COMPLINE EVENING / BEDTIME PRAYERSyou might want to try our new YouTube prayers- Here is the link….. https://youtu.be/ToNyAL4mulE Subtitles are available by clicking on CC.

You can download the Bible readings for January for Church to You from the News and Notices page.

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]

Please contact Dave or Simon or Gordon or myself, Janice

If you know anyone who would like to receive this email

If there is anyone who needs prayer

If you know anyone who needs a phone call

THANK YOU…Pat would like to extend a big thank you to Edith and Dot for their creations of the knitted angel tealights. Hopefully they are now at their forever homes, also a big thank you to Helene and Heather for the crocheted stars.

These have now been distributed to members of the congregations at all 4 churches and also to the residents of Damfield Gardens. We look forward to 2021 in the hope of carrying on being creative to  serve others.

Knitting and Crochet Group…Thank you to all the Knitters and Crocheters who despite not meeting have continued to produce lots of items of stars, hearts, blankets, baby clothing and much more for our local and far wider communities and hospitals. I look forward to us all being able to meet again. Wool donations will be gratefully received. Please ring me on 0151 531 0073 so I can arrange collection. Many Thanks. Pat Dunbar.

CHRISTMAS CARDS Don’t forget to save the stamps on Christmas Cards - we can send to the Leprosy Mission - leave a good border round the stamp.

Events for 2021

DAILY PRAYER CYCLE - The diary is complete with local streets and topics to be prayed for each week and can be downloaded at the side.

The Book Club also resumes on 12th January with 'Take this Bread' by Sara Miles: Revd. Gordon who is leading this book club has asked please can you read chapters 1 to 4 inclusive and have a piece of paper, pen and envelope at hand. If you wish to join please email janicetr[email protected]

ECO CHURCHES We are being encouraged to become eco churches and take part in the award scheme. PCCs will be discussing this in the New Year and to help us on our way please see the ECO CHURCH page. For further info click ecochurch.arocha.org.uk

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).

Please see the separate news items on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Community Craft and Chat, Team Prayers, Daily Hope and how to help the foodbank under the notices tab.

Here are some notices from Revd. Dave …

* The BEREAVEMENT group continues to meet on the third Thursday of each month at St Andrews 2-15 to 3-45 pm. Please see the regular events page.

* If anyone is interested in volunteering here is some 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]

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. Like many other charities we are facing significant financial difficulties. Our treasurer has more information about different ways to give - please see the 'get in touch' tab to ask for contact details and St Andrew's and St James have a donations page on this website too.