NEW THIS WEEK:
The Book Club has restarted on Tuesdays at 7.30pm with The Shadow Doctor by Adrian Plass, published by Hodder and Stoughton. We won't be meeting this coming week so the next session will be on Tuesday 11th May at 7.30pm. Can you please read chapters 6-10 for then. Please email Claire Sherman or Janice for the Zoom link.
Changes to services now that we have returned to services in our Church Buildings:
The Midweek telephone service has now finished. Can we thank all those who have contributed to these services over the past 6 months.
The Zoom Agape on the first Sunday of the month will finish after the last one on the 2nd May.
The online Church to You will continue however
All donations are gratefully received but shortages this week are:-
Tinned potatoes, instant mash; UHT juice, squash; men's deodorants; size 5/6 nappies.
Ascension Day service: this is on Thursday 13th May at St Andrew's and you will need to book as for a Sunday service
Christian Aid week 10th -16th May: this weekend, during our online services and in-church services, we will be playing a video from Christian Aid which explains something about their work. Christian Aid like many other charities has suffered during this pandemic. We would have normally been involved in collecting for Christian Aid during Christian Aid Week but due to COVID this isn’t possible, however you can still give via the website https://www.christianaid.org.uk or phone 020 7523 2493 to donate.
Thy Kingdom Come: Ascension Day 13th May – Pentecost 23rd May
More details next week- It is simple and transformational. Every year it unites us with Christians across the globe in praying for people to know Jesus.
Annual Parochial Church Meetings - These will be held:
After a short morning service at St Andrew's Sunday 16th May (PLEASE remember to book for the service as we are getting to capacity and we don't want to have to turn anyone away)
And at 7pm for St Thomas on Tuesday 18th May (please telephone Barbara on 0151 547 3565 to book)
To join the Electoral Roll fill in form and email [email protected]
Electoral roll form https://d3hgrlq6yacptf.cloudfront.net/603eb0893e402/content/pages/documents/1605020361.pdf
To stand for PCC please fill in the form and email to [email protected]
Parocial Church Council Form https://d3hgrlq6yacptf.cloudfront.net/603eb0893e402/content/pages/documents/1605021426.pdf
We are grateful to the Churchwardens, PCC members and Deanery Synod members for their service to the Church. Please note that there are vacancies for PCC members at all of our Churches.
St Thomas Churchwardens There are two vacancies at St. Thomas' Church in Melling. Being a Churchwarden is a key role in the life of the Parish. If you think you may be interested in taking on this role, please click here, for a job description. If you would like to discuss this role, please contact Revd. Janice Hill at [email protected]
Please pray that the right person is called for this very important post. Plus our Safeguarding officer has resigned so we need someone to take on this very important role - please email Janice if you could do this.
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.
NEW VENTURE: the 3G Hub
St. James Church are planning to host our 3G Hub providing a range of activities and opportunities for older people in the local community to meet together.
Would you like to volunteer to help run these sessions? We hope to start these in late Spring with our Dementia Cafe.
No experience needed and training will be given, but application, references, a full disclosure check, self-declaration and an interview will be required.
For an application form, please contact: Rev. Dave Hamlett (Minister for the Third Age) [email protected] ,
Pat Dunbar (Pastoral Outreach Worker) [email protected] , Rev. Gordon MacLeod (Curate) [email protected]
Preparing to visit someone in a care home.- If this applies to you or someone you know, the link below offers practical advice.
BOOKING SYSTEM FOR SERVICES IN CHURCH
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.
MAGHULL AND MELLING REGULAR ONLINE SERVICES
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.
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 PRAYERS…you 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 May from the News and Notices page.
ONGOING THIS COMING WEEK
Call to Pray for the Nation- Please see information about the Archbishops' invitation in the separate news item.
DAILY PRAYER CYCLE - The diary with local streets and topics to be prayed for each week can be downloaded at the side.
This week we pray for psychiatrists, community psychiatric nurses, support workers, and for the work
We also pray for all people who provide emotional support to others.
This week we pray for the residents of Kelkbeck Close, Kendal Drive, Kennessee Close, Kenyons Lane, Keswick Close, Kildale Close, Kingsfield Road
TEAM PRAYERS: the next meeting will be on Friday 7th May at 7.30pm
A simple idea to bring cheer to those living alone and in need of a hug!
Malvern's Anna Chaplain and her volunteers in that part of Worcestershire have been busy with paper and scissors make Huggy Bears for people lacking visits during lockdown. Click just below for more information:
Date for your diary – Zoom evening learning more about dementia
Alzheimers and other kinds of dementia affecs so many of us. Attitudes are changing, but fear and incomprehension are still common responses. If you want to know more then sign up for free registration:
Thursday 29th April register at: www.event.co.uk/d/online/responding-to-dementia
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.
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
OLDER ITEMS THAT MAY STILL BE OF INTEREST
From Pat Dunbar….
Community Craft and Chat- the group can’t meet but are continuing to make lots of things… We have had a large donation of wool for which we are very grateful. So we have wool available if you want to get involved and require wool or patterns
please contact Pat Dunbar via email or phone [email protected] 07795147109
Tide (Together in Dementia Everyday) Tide is an involvement network for carers & former carers of people living with dementia. We help to build skills, knowledge & confidence so that carers can speak up & influence change in society.Become a member of Tide by signing up here: https://www.tide.uk.net/
Join our private peer support group on Facebook: Facebook Group
Take part in our National Wednesday Coffee Mornings on Zoom, 10.30 - 11.30 am.
Share your experiences
Get involved in projects that influence policy, research, & practice
Grief & Bereavement:
When caring for someone living with dementia, loss is not only felt at the end of life. If you have any questions, please contact: Sarah Butler-Boycott - Carer Involvement Lead (Merseyside & Cheshire) Email: [email protected] Phone: 07704 168867
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. We are currently in need of baby hats and adult blankets.
Please contact Pat Dunbar for wool or patterns and Pat will collect any donations you may have ready. Please ring me on 0151 531 0073 or 07795147109 or email me [email protected] . Many thanks, Pat Dunbar.
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.
* 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.