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A collect for harvest time:
Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

Just to highlight that our Harvest services will take place across the team on the first two Sundays of October - Sunday 2nd October at St Peter and St Thomas, Sunday 9th October at St Andrew and St James. As per recent previous years we are encouraging harvest gift donations of non perishable food items for our local foodbanks. Though just to say that toiletries & sanitary products for all ages, & nappies etc for babies & toddlers are always appreciated by the foodbanks also.

SUNDAY SERVICES on 25th September:

St Andrew's: 10.00 am  Holy Communion                       12 midday Baptism                  

St Thomas': 10.00 am Harvest Holy Communion

St James': 11.15 am  Morning Prayer        

St Peter's: 11.15 am Harvest Morning Prayer                     4.00 pm Church for All

WEDNESDAY Team Service 5th September at St Andrew's : 10.30 am Holy Communion

SUNDAY SERVICES on 9th October:

St Andrew's: 10.00 am  Harvest Parade Service       

St Thomas': 10.00 am Morning Prayer with Baptism 

St James': 11.15 am  Harvest Holy Communion

St Peter's: 11.15 am  Morning Prayer    4.00 pm Church for All

You can download the Bible readings for October by clicking on the Notice sheets tab.


Saturday 1st October at 10am at the Ancient Chapel at St Andrew's

Friday 7th October 7:30 pm on Zoom (If you would like to be part of the evening sessions via Zoom, please use the CONTACT FORM on the Get in touch page of St James' A Church Near You pages.)


WINTER WOOLIES!!! Calling all knitters / crocheters: for the last two years as a Team we have supported the New Horizons project at All Saints, Sheil Road with hats, scarves and gloves (plus any other warm garments you might like to make/donate) for women, children and especially men. The project supports asylum seekers, 'sofa surfers' and homeless folk. I will be taking garments to the project at the beginning of November. Please contact me on 07427 616030 or [email protected] to arrange collection/ ask for a pattern / find out more.
THANK YOU!!! Claire Sherman

New Flagpole at St Andrew’s: Doreen Kenyon’s family have been in touch to thank everyone involved with the dedication event and refreshments after it on Wednesday, and to say how touched they were at the number of people that came along, and how appropriate and fitting they found it on what would have been Doreen’s 101st birthday.

Maghull & Melling Team Quiz Night
Time to see who the quiz experts / clever clogs are across the team!! All welcome for a fun evening at St James, Green Lane on Tuesday 11th October at 7pm. Come along and bring a friend!

Maghull Baptist Church 75th Anniversary Celebrations

Throughout October our friends at Maghull Baptist Church have got various events to mark their 75th Anniversary that you might enjoy going along to support.

CONCERT FOR KAMUZINDA home to the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir with the Maghull Wind Orchestra at Christ Church Ministry Centre, Long Lane, Aughton:  Friday 7th October at 7.30pm Tickets £5. Great music raising money for a great cause!


Team Book Club
You are warmly invited to our Zoom Book Club which resumed on 20th September at 7.30, the first of 5 weekly sessions as we read and discuss 'Tuesdays with Morrie' by Mitch Albom: published by Sphere.

Our meetings begin and end with a prayer and a short introduction to the chapters we have read. We then have the opportunity to share views and insights. Each session usually lasts about 40 minutes.

If you would like to join us and receive a Zoom link, please contact Claire Sherman [email protected] by 16th September (even if you are a regular member!)

Craft and Chat: every Thursday 12.30pm until 2pm at St James in the fellowship room. Knitting, crocheting or any craft, you are assured of a very warm welcome so please do come and join us, Pat

Free Tea and Cakes every Thursday afternoon at Melling Tithebarn……12.00pm to 2.00pm. A plate for donations will be available. You are assured of a very warm welcome so please do come and join us. Please note that it is not on this coming Thursday - 18th August. It will be back on 25th August.

Bible Study: there is a Bible Study held at St Andrew's Church Hall on Thursday evenings, 7.00 for 7.30pm.You are assured of a very warm welcome so please do come and join us. "No one can have faith without hearing the message... Faith then comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ" Romans 10 v 17


St Peter's Tea and Scones: everyone is welcome to join us for tea and scones on the first Friday in every month from 2pm-3pm, the next one will be Friday 7th October. Expect lots of friendly chats and live music by our resident Michael with his keyboard.

Mothers Union Holy Communion Service: Revd. Marion offers a Holy Communion service on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 2.00pm at St Thomas Church Melling. Everyone is welcome to join in this Act of Worship whether members or not (and it's not just for mothers!). Please note: the next one will be Tuesday 4th October.

Bereavement Support: at St Andrew’s Church 2.15pm to 3.30pm on the third Thursday of the month: the August session is cancelled and the next session will be Thursday 20th October. Further enquiries via the Parish Office 0151 531 8972.

Other notices

There is the Daily Hope free phone number for all but especially those who can't attend a church service (details in the separate news item).

Foodbank Update: the Foodbank is based at St George's United Reformed Church on Northway opposite Iceland, on Tuesdays 10.00am-12.00 noon.

Tins, packet foods and toiletries are always useful. They will gratefully receive donations from 10-12 on Tuesdays at St George’s URC on Northway (easiest access is via the car park on Larchwood Avenue). Alternatively please do drop any donations off before Tuesday on the vicarage doorstep at 23 Green Link. Thank you.

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