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 Andrew's now has a service every Sunday at 10am, St James at 11.15am and St Peter's at 11.15am. St Thomas will have a service starting 4th October. Church 4 All is continuing on Zoom
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 Test and Trace for the duration of this scheme. 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. Please do book as numbers are increasing and we don't want to have to turn you away if we are full and you haven't booked.
HARVEST- we will have a Harvest service at all four Churches on the 4th October - it will be a low key harvest but we would still welcome your gifts.
It might be some time 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 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
Annual Church meetings- the 2019 Annual Meeting should have taken place in the Spring of 2020 - St James managed to have their meeting but the other meetings were cancelled. We now have to have the meetings before 31st October.
We are conscious that we need to be as safe a possible and reduce paper so all of the reports, nomination forms, electoral roll forms will be on the Church Website or on A Church Near You page for St Peters.
We need to display the Electoral Roll so that will have to be in Church and limited copies of other paperwork will be available for those who don’t have access to the internet.
If you wish to stand for PCC or Deanery Synod or as a Churchwarden it would be helpful if you printed and completed the form at home.
All meetings will be held in Church so we will need to abide by the capacity of the Church with social distancing so we will have to have a booking system and details of how to do that will be available soon.
Due to COVID 19 we will have to keep the meetings brief to limit the time we are together ….
St Andrew's Annual meeting will be on 15th October in Church at 7.00pm
St Peter's Annual meeting will be on 25th October after Church 11.50am
St Thomas' Annual meeting will be on 28th October in Church at 7.00pm
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 on 24th September. You can read more about this in its own news item on the News and Notices page.
* The BEREAVEMENT group starts again on Thursday 17th September at St Andrews 2-15 to 3-45 pm and ongoing on the third Thursday of each month.
* 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]
A new session of the Book Club is planned to start on the 6th October. You can read more about this in its own news item on the News and Notices page.
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).
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 http://maghullradio.co.uk/).
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 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.