Sunday 17th January 2021

Service time at Liverpool Road Methodist Church.

All services at Church suspended until further notice.

Circuit Online Service this week 11am

This weeks online service will be led by Rev Alex Galbraith.


Come and see,
and join in praying for the people of the world waiting to hear good news.

Loving God, we pray for the states of America to be united in the days and weeks ahead.
We pray for an end to violence, for wisdom and protection for President-elect Joe Biden and all who will take office in a few days’ time. We pray for those threatening to disrupt the inauguration, and for the police force and those entrusted with keeping the law and peace.
Lord, hear our prayer and draw us all closer to you.

We pray for those around the world at the mercy of extreme weather conditions.
We pray for the people of Japan, of Indonesia, especially those rescue workers who died trying to save others, for those bereaved in the plane crash, for those in our own country without power and heat. We pray for those tackling the climate change challenges of our time and for our own response in our day to day lives.
Lord, hear our prayer and draw us all closer to you.

We pray for all who are pushed to their limits at work and at home, for Intensive Care Staff, for all in the emergency services, for GP’s, teachers and school staff, for parents and students, for all whose mental health is at breaking point. We pray for our Government and all whose decisions affect millions of lives. And we pray for one another as we respond to the restrictions locally and nationally.
Lord, hear our prayer and draw us all closer to you.

We pray for those whose businesses are closed, whose shops are locked up, whose rooms have no guests, for those whose money is running out, for those on the brink of despair.
Lord, hear our prayer and draw us all closer to you.

We pray for your church, entrusted with the good news of Jesus, and charged with serving all those in need. We pray for hospital chaplains, for those ministering to the bereaved, and for one another as we seek to share our faith and our hope in Jesus Christ.
Lord, hear our prayer and draw us all closer to you. Amen.

Lectionary Readings – Sunday 17th January 2021

1 Samuel 3.1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139.1-6,13-18;

1 Corinthians 6.12-20; John 1.43-51



Len Stobbs

The Funeral Service for Len takes place at 10am on Monday 18th January at Southport Crematorium, and given the current restrictions is strictly by invitation only.  Attached is the order of service for those who wish to give thanks for Len’s life whilst remembering his son Brian in our prayers.

Church Council

The next Church Council is at 7pm on Tuesday 19th January 2021 via Zoom.  Anyone can attend the meeting although only those who are members of Church Council can vote.  Excitingly a key element of the meeting will focus on “The Way Forward” which will be led by the Church Stewards who will sharing their research on Community Engagement. 

Papers have been sent to Church Council members.  If anyone else wishes to receive a copy of the meeting papers please contact the Church Council Secretary, Andy Trimble, at or on 578324.


Dial-a-Prayer (it’s free!)

FREE phone lines for prayers, reflections and news from the Methodist Church

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514 (updated every Thursday).

Listen to a pastoral message from the President and Vice

President: 0808 281 2695 (updated every Monday).

Listen to the Methodist Podcast: 0808 281 2478 (updated on first and third Thursday of the month) 

Spiritual sustenance when in isolation

For those online the following link ( takes you to a page of daily and weekly resources from the Methodist Church that you can access during lockdown.

Via the link above, or directly from this link (, you can listen to the latest Methodist Podcast which this week focuses on Mental Health & Well Being and includes a contribution from Re Ann Hall.

Bible Study

The Bible Study Group continues to meet every Tuesday at 10.30am via Zoom.  Through until Lent they will be following the book titled “The Bible – A story that makes sense of Life” by Andrew Ollerton (Andrew is the author of The Bible Course from the Bible Society).

For this weeks study session, if possible please bring an object or a picture of an object or a scene displaying natural beauty.

Each study is stand alone, so it does not matter if you miss a week.  This week we will begin to look at the section on Origins.  You can order the book from the likes of Amazon (

You can join the Bible Study via the internet at or by phone on one of the following numbers (0203 481 5240, 0203 901 7895, 0208 080 6591, 0208 080 6592). If phoning in, you will ask for the Meeting ID – key in “94043474537#”, it will then ask for your participant number and there isn’t one so just press “#” again and wait a few moments to be admitted into the meeting.

Methodist Ministerial Covenant

At its meeting in July, the Methodist Conference received the Report on the introduction of a Ministerial Covenant and commended it to the Connexion for study and response by Circuit Meetings and District Synods.  Within the Circuit, a Zoom consultation will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd February.   This consultation is open to anyone in the life of the Circuit, and details of how to participate are below.  You can find via this link a copy of the report and covenant (

If you are unable to attend the Zoom consultation and would still like to provide your views, the consultation questions are attached to this email.  Please complete and return to Patrick Evans via email or at 50 Burnley Road, Southport, PR8 3LR by 3rd February and we will incorporate your consultation responses into the Circuit response.

If you receive these notices by post and would like a copy of the information regarding the proposed Ministerial Covenant together with the consultation questions, then please call 07813 211501 to request a copy.

To join the Zoom Consultation Meeting the link is  If joining by phone dial one of the following numbers (0208 080 6592, 0330 088 5830, 0131 460 1196, 0203 481 5237, 0203 481 5240, 0203 901 7895, 0208 080 6591). You will be asked for the Meeting ID – key in “97475349057#”, it will then ask for your participant number and there isn’t one so just press “#” again and wait a few moments to be admitted into the meeting.

CAP Southport Debt Centre

You will remember that as Methodist Churches and the Circuit we have supported the CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Debt Centre in Southport in recent years via various funds and through your generous sponsorship of Patrick Evans’ bike ride a few years ago, as well as other personal donations.  Your generosity has helped many in our local area struggling with debt, and will have kept roofs over the heads of families.

The Debt Centre is part of the local charity Compassion Acts that runs the Trussell Trust Foodbank and other poverty related services.  CAP nationally have been struggling with the local Debt Centre model and it being run through a local charity rather than a local church, and consequently the Southport Centre has closed from the 31st December 2020.  Via this link ( you can view the letter to Church Leaders from CAP/Compassion Acts detailing this, confirming that all those currently supported by CAP will continue to be supported, although no new clients will be received for the CAP scheme.  Compassion Acts already have a debt service through the national programme Community Money Advice that can support new clients going forward and this link takes you a letter to local Church Leaders detailing this (

Can we take this opportunity to thank you again for your fundraising of CAP these last few years; lives have been positively impacted through your generosity.

Coffee after Church 11.45am every Sunday

Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service 11.45am 

Lockdown – Putting your hand into the hand of God

In response to the latest lockdown, Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Methodist Conference has issued a message that can be viewed at

Church Notices

If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please email Patrick know by Wednesday 20th January on 07813 211501 or



Dear Friends

Liverpool were three nil down to the mighty Barcelona from their first leg tie in the European Champions League.  Only a four nil win at Anfield on the 7th May 2019 could keep get Liverpool to the final, and implausible task.  Even before the first leg game, me and my son had tickets booked for the second leg, although after the first leg my expectation was non-existent, I was a doubter; whilst my son was ever hopeful, a believer. In response to my non existent expectation my son said encouragingly, “come on Dad, let’s just go and see”…ah well, I thought to myself, at least I’ll spend some quality time with my son. 

We took our usual seats in the ground whilst the three seats to our right remained empty throughout the game.  The father and two sons who normally occupy them had decided the investment of flying in from their home in Cork wouldn’t be worth the reward…for Liverpool had no chance of overturning a three nil deficit against Barcelona.

Liverpool won four nil, booking their place in the Champions League Final. It had tuned out to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, nights at Anfield. I imagine our Irish no-showers where guttered.  The following day a good friend of mine who had been at the game called me up to excitedly share his emotions of having been at the game, one of the most amazing experiences of his life, “up there with the birth of my children” he told me, before adding on reflection, “well maybe the birth of my first child”.

I’ve often thought about what my friend said…what for me would be the most amazing experiences of my life?  Well that night would certainly be up there, I was so thankful for the encouragement of my son to “come and see”. It was an amazing experience to share together, and we will remember it for the rest of our lives. 

From John Ch 1 vs 43-46…

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

Philip, through his invitation to come and see, helped Nathanael overcome his doubts and prejudices about anyone from Nazareth.  And so just a few verses later, Nathanael, within his encounter with Jesus “declares” to him “you are the Son of God”. 

What a great example of the power of friendship evangelism.  A doubter becomes a believer.  What greater invitation can one friend offer another than to say “come and see” Jesus. I wonder for how long Philip and Nathanael had known each other?  Was Philip always upbeat and Nathanael a glass half empty type of person?  Philip “found” Nathanael, which to me reads as if he had gone to look for him.  Did Philip sense that Nathanael needed and was ready to encounter Jesus.  The response to Philip’s invitation changed Nathanael’s life for ever…both in this life and the world to come.

And so what invitation am I most thankful for…it is an invitation a friend gave to me many many years ago, to come and see, and so I heard the gospel being preached, and I too could say “Jesus…you are the Son of God”.

Do you need to accept an invitation to come and see?

Can you offer an invitation to come and see?

God bless




With Sunday approaching I am reminding us of the services available via the Methodist Church online, as well as some others on TV & Radio.  Please see below.

Online Circuit Service – Sunday 11am

The link to our services is week’s Online Circuit Service will be led by Rev Alex Galbraith

Listen via the phone  

You can listen to a recording of our weekly online Circuit Service via your telephone by calling 01704 335755.  Calls will be charged as a local rate call via landlines, although costs will vary for mobile users.  Services are typically up to 50 minutes long.  You can listen to the service from 11am each Sunday, up until the following Sunday.

Watch via DVD or listen via CD

If you would like a DVD or CD of our weekly service please contact Patrick on 07813 211501.  These are free of charge.                        

Get involved                                                          

How can I get involved?…If in future weeks you would be able to record yourself reading the bible, sharing some testimony, singing or playing music etc, or writing a prayer or sharing a photo, or have any other ideas, please let Patrick know on 07813 211501 or at

Other Worship Resources

Attached is a copy of this weeks Worship From Home service sheet.

Other worship resources and on line services from the Methodist Church can be found at

BBC Local Radio (incl Radio Merseyside)

At 8.00 am this Sunday, all 39 BBC local radio stations will be joining together for worship. 

BBC Radio 4

Sunday 8.10am – I will sing with the Spirit

From All Saints Leighton Buzzard with Alexander, BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2020. Last July ten young people competed for the coveted title BBC Radio 2 and Songs of Praise Young Chorister of the Year. Today Sunday Worship visits the parish church where Alexander’s family worships. A former cathedral chorister, you can hear Alexander’s magical voice as soloist and with his parish choir – where he first started singing. Preacher: The Revd Cate Irvine.


Sunday 1.15pm Songs of Praise – Faith in Action

Singer Brenda Edwards presents her first Songs of Praise. She is in east London, joining the Bonny Downs Baptists on their Sunday ‘walking church’ around the Flanders Field memorial garden, finishing with Holy Communion in their community garden. She also joins their walking football team to hear about the benefits of fun, faith and footie. Katie Piper meets the Rev Chris Lee, whose 60-second online sermons have gone viral, attracting over 170,000 followers. Katie also meets two award-winning women whose charity, Wave, brings those with and without learning disabilities together in friendship. There’s music from around the country, including a performance from Brenda Edwards.


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