Church of England Diocese of Liverpool St. Thomas, Melling

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17 Jul 2021, 6 p.m.
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We are still under lockdown regulations this Sunday so we can meet for worship in Church Buildings and all our churches are now open for a morning service. The booking system is operating as before and is the same for all churches (see below). We still need to follow the same rules as before the closure (wearing masks, no singing or time to chat over a cup of tea afterwards, social distancing).


Apologies for any confusion re the midweek services at St Andrew’s. The plan now is for them to start again on Wednesday 4th August at 10.30am with the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month being a service of Morning Prayer and the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays being Holy Communion for now and this will be reviewed regularly as we move forward.

St Thomas’s PCC have also decided to restart a monthly midweek Holy Communion service. The plan is for this to be on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 11.30am starting on Wednesday 1st September.

July is Plastic free month. Can you reduce the amount of plastic you use in July? This will help us to have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful communities.

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Advance Notices

Summer Bible Studies: there will again be 2 Bibles Studies run on a Monday afternoon 2pm on Zoom and a Thursday evening at 7.00pm in St Andrews Church Hall. These will start on Monday 26th July and Thursday 29th July. We shall be looking at the book of Revelation using the course material 'Revelation, faithfulness in testing times' by Ian Paul. Please note: this is not a free course and you can purchase the paperback book for £4.49 or have a Kindle edition for £2.84. Details of how to purchase the material can be addressed through Pat or Revd Dave.All are welcome so please do come along to either Monday or Thursday.

Friday 6th August at St Peter's: join us for a cuppa and a scone (and jam and cream) and a chat 2-30 - 3-30pm. Everyone welcome from the team and why not bring along a friend. Please call Revd Dave to book your table.

Sunday 8th August at St Andrews: MMC3G – Songs of Praise and a Barbecue 2.30pm. If you have a favourite hymn - just let us know. Please book your place with Revd. Dave Hamlett (07972 577801), Margaret Hubbard or David Ward by 1st August and let us know if you are vegetarian. On the day, please bring your own chair and dessert!

Maghull Town council is hosting a garden competition for local residents this summer.
Please see the separate notice for more details.

The MMC3G (Maghull and Melling Christians of the Third Generation) programme for 2021 has been released. It can be downloaded in the separate news item. Please watch out for further details in weekly church notices and the bulletin nearer the dates.


Book by calling 0151 531 8972 on Wednesdays or Thursdays 9.30am -11.30am, or Fridays 9.30am – 10.30am. This is becoming very important for services at St Andrew's especially as we are reaching capacity some Sundays. Service times for each church are on the Services and Events page.


The Church to You online service continues (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.

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….. Subtitles are available by clicking on CC.

You can download the Bible readings for July from the News and Notices page.


Foodbank Update: 

As you know we support our independent Maghull foodbank on a Tuesday at Maghull Methodist church for the surrounding Maghull area. This week 3 families were helped and we received a great donation from Maghull Co-op who are always super supportive. If you would like to help, this week we need washing up liquid and soap. Thank you. (We do still have contact with the Trussell Trust South Sefton foodbank which covers Bootle, Litherland and Netherton. They are always short of stock so if Maghull has a surplus, they will be sent to South Sefton)".

DAILY PRAYER CYCLE - The diary with local streets and topics to be prayed for each week can be downloaded from the 'Praying for our Team and Local Community' page when available.
This week we pray for Maghull Leisure Centre and the staff there.

We also pray for all who seek to provide opportunities for others to enjoy their leisure.

This week we pray for the residents of Sankey Road, Scarisbrick Close, School Lane, Scott Close, Sefton Drive,

Sefton Lane and Shop Lane.

Please remember to use the Team Prayer in your prayer times: you can find it on the Praying for our Team and Community page.

TEAM PRAYERS: the next meeting will be on Saturday 24th July at 10am

Preparing to visit someone in a care home.- If this applies to you or someone you know, the link below offers practical advice.

Community Craft and Chat: from Pat Dunbar

I have had many new letters of thanks from a variety of hospitals namely Nine Wells Dundee, Leeds Paediatric Intensive Care Wing, Calderdale Royal Hospital and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals for all the knitted and crocheted items we send in. We are still in constant need of these items so please keep your needles going. Wool and patterns available if needed; contact me: [email protected] or 07795147109.

Notices re Giving

Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) It is now possible to register online. For more details please look at the 'Giving to support God's work' page.

During these times of no collections or loose cash in Church, could those who have Weekly Envelopes please ensure they include one of their 2021 Weekly Envelopes with their giving for audit purpose. In the meantime, thank you to everyone for your continued support.


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

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

Contact details:

Revd. Simon Elliott 07919 464348 [email protected]

Revd. Dave Hamlett 07972 577801 [email protected]

Revd. Gordon Macleod 07876 352156 [email protected]

Outreach Pastoral Worker Pat Dunbar 07795147109 [email protected]

Please see the separate news items on the 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.

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.