Lectionary Readings 11th July 2021

Amos 7.7-15; Psalm 85.8-13; Ephesians 1.3-14; Mark 6.14-29

Prayer

Give us, we pray, gentle God, a mind forgetful of past injury, a will to seek the good of others and a heart of love, that we may learn to live in the way of your Son, Jesus Christ, through whom we pray. Amen.

Bible Study

The bible study group will meet at 10.30am in the garden at Ainsdale Methodist Church on Tuesday 13th July – Fellowship. All welcome.

Coffee after Church

This week coffee after church will begin at 12 noon . All are welcome whether you have attended church or chosen to stay at home .

Rambling Club

The rambling club based at Liverpool Road has had to cancel the coach trip to Bowness on the 10th July due to the covid restrictions being extended. The trip will now take place on the 31st July. Anybody who would like to join us for a day out to Bowness whether you want to join the walk or just sightsee, the choice will be yours. Please contact Janet on janet.oldham@btopenworld.com or 07743782125

Margaret Fisher

Margaret’s family have made arrangements for her funeral service to be watched via a live stream link. Click on the link below to view the service at 11am on Wednesday, 14th July 2021.

Please remember Margaret’s family in your prayers.

www.southportmethodist.org.uk/stream/MF

Facets

Facets reunion coffee morning July 20th 10.00-11.30.

subject to changes to covid regs. on July 19th

 Thank you

Thank you to all my Church family for all the lovely cards and prayers on the sad loss of my husband John. They were a great comfort to me and much appreciated.

Pat Alexander.

Future Focus

For the Autumn preaching plan early morning communion services and evening services will be offered at Churches across the circuit. This will be reviewed after a trial period. Lifts will be offered to these services where transport is a problem.

Last Sunday was ‘National Thank You Day’. With that in mind I would like to thank Lucy Lloyd for producing our beautiful notice sheets. They are artistically crafted and the front covers are an inspiration.

The front covers remind us of the joy and delight of this summer season.

The joy of spending time in our local parks and gardens, appreciating the spectrum of colour from the vast variety of plants and having the privilege of seeing such growth around us.

Summer 2021 has provided new windows of opportunity. We are now able to travel in the UK and many tourist attractions have re-opened. We are also able to go out for Coffee’s or meals with family and friends. Things that we once took for granted now seem very special. In fact we seem to have a greater appreciation of life itself.

This summer our Church buildings are open for Worship, the Covid restrictions are still in place, but this has forced us to be more creative. Churches are sharing more testimonies, have been singing outside and have been using various devices to play a variety of music.

Small groups have resumed, but some are meeting in people’s gardens, or at Dobbies or organising walks in the neighbourhood thus appreciating the beauty of our local environment.

Some churches are planning a ‘Litter Pick’ whilst others are running Children’s activities showing they care for our community.

Church members are playing golf, bowls or croquette in local clubs thus mixing with people outside church and forming new friendships.

The Covid restrictions have enabled us to live our Christian faith outside the Church building.

John Wesley said “the world was his parish” really we should be meeting on Sundays to talk about and praise God for what we have seen Him do during the week.

Let’s stop hiding in Church and find new ways to engage with our community, sharing our faith in a beautifully natural way.

Every Blessing.

Sonya x

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