A recording of today’s Sunday 31st Pentacost worship service is now available for download

For anyone without access to Linda’s facebook page a copy of today’s Sunday May 31st Pentacost worship service led by Rev Linda Bishop is now available on our website under “Recordings of our Services“ for viewing or downloading.

Unlike facebook, all songs and hymns will always be present.

Mid-week recordings from Superintendent David Easton, Rev Mark Coles and Rev Linda Bishop are also available for viewing.

The website is updated frequently during the week and it also allows you to download the recordings for later playback on your personal devices. Why not listen again in the car, garden, whilst walking or exercising?

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A recording of today’s Sunday 24th May worship service is now available for download

For anyone without access to Linda’s facebook page a copy of today’s Sunday 24th May worship service led by Rev Linda Bishop is now available on our website under “Recordings of our Services“ for viewing or downloading.

Unlike facebook, all songs and hymns will always be present.

Mid-week recordings from Superintendent David Easton, Rev Mark Coles and Rev Linda Bishop are also available for viewing.

The website is updated frequently during the week and it also allows you to download the recordings for later playback on your personal devices. Why not listen again in the car, garden, whilst walking or exercising?

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A recording of today’s Sunday 17th May worship service is now available

For anyone without access to Linda’s facebook page a copy of today’s Sunday 17th May worship service led by Rev Linda Bishop is now available on our website under “Recordings of our Services“ for viewing or downloading.

Unlike facebook, all songs and hymns will always be present.

Mid-week recordings from Superintendent David Easton, Rev Mark Coles and Rev Linda Bishop are also available for viewing.

The website is updated frequently during the week and it also allows you to download the recordings for later playback on your personal devices. Why not listen again in the car, garden, whilst walking or exercising?

Post expires on Saturday May 23rd, 2020

Thoughts for the day, May 14th, by Rev Mark Coles, – A copy of the recording discussing Amazing Grace is now available

For anyone without access to Linda’s facebook page a copy of Rev Mark Coles thoughts for today, Thursday 14th May, is now available on our church website at Recordings

Mark explains the history of the hymn Amazing Grace and discusses God’s grace.

All the video’s on Linda’s facebook page are available on our church website for online viewing or for downloading for playing on your personal players as you go about your daily activities.

Unlike facebook, who have no control over our website, the songs and hymns in the video’s are shown in full.

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May 3rd by Rev Mark Coles and other video copies of the recording is now available

For anyone without access to Linda’s facebook page a copy of Rev Mark Coles thoughts for today, Sunday 3rd May, is now available on our church website at Recordings

All the video’s on Linda’s facebook page are available on our church website for online viewing or for downloading for playing on your personal players as you go about your daily activities.

Unlike facebook, who have no control over our website, the songs and hymns in the video’s are shown in full.

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CHRISTIAN AID WEEK May 2020

Christian Aid faces a huge dilemma this year.  For decades, it has relied on the generous donations of the general public to fund its overseas aid and development programmes aimed at alleviating poverty and addressing crisis situations.  Last year the total raised was in excess of £8m and engaged around 57,000 volunteers.

This year, due to Covid-19, there are no door-to-door collections, but we are still being encouraged to donate.  This year the focus is on Kenya, which is experiencing its worst drought in living memory, and now has Coronavirus to contend with too.  The prospect is extremely worrying.

What were we all told to do to combat Coronavirus?  “Wash your hands”.

Well, that’s not difficult if you have soap and water.

Christian Aid is helping Kenyan’s to build water traps and dams, without which many will die from a basic lack of water and hygiene.  We remember from Holy Week how when Pontius Pilate could not find any fault in Jesus he ‘washed his hands’ claiming to be “innocent of this man’s blood” (Matt 27:24).

Please let’s not “wash our hands” of the plight of our Kenyan brothers and sisters.

If you can, please donate a little something to Christian Aid this year. There is also an online petition calling for the government to cancel the debt of some of the poorest countries to help them survive.

You can give via the” Lymm Churches Together” Christian Aid Just Giving” page:   

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gillian-chiverton

Or

You can give directly here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/CAWeek2020.

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Copies of Rev Linda Bishop bible study meetings for the last two days are now available

For anyone without access to Linda’s facebook page copies of Rev Linda Bishop bible study meetings for the last two days are now available on our church website at Recordings
There are only two further days of study left. If you can, please try to join in these live studies via Linda’s facebook page. Copies will also be made available here.

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Maundy Thursday Service

For Thursday’s Maundy Service live at 7pm on facebook, or if your watching the recording on our website afterwards, could you please have the following items to hand:

For communion:

  • A small piece of Bread, a biscuit or Cake or anything else readily available.
  • A drink

If you wish to take part in the optional feet washing:

  • A bowl of Water & towel if you wish to take part in the optional feet washing

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Pastoral letter from the Superintendent Minister

SANKEY VALLEY METHODIST CIRCUIT
Superintendent Minister Revd David J Easton

(To all members of the Circuit Meeting, Local Preachers and Worship Leaders and for sharing in the Circuit Churches)

31st March 2020

Pastoral letter from the Superintendent Minister

Dear friends

I wanted to take the opportunity to write to you personally given the difficult circumstances that we find ourselves in at the present time. I am very much aware that many of our members are among those deemed by the government to be ‘vulnerable’ or ‘at risk’ as the coronavirus continues to spread bringing illness and death to people in this country and across the world. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this unsettling time which is drastically affecting our lives and the mission of the church. I will try to support you in any way I can as we work together through this crisis. I thank God for you and ask his blessing on you in these difficult days. With measures introduced by the Government our nation has effectively been placed in lockdown, our personal choices restricted, and our churches closed for the foreseeable future.

The purpose of the church is to engage in God’s mission to the world. Simply put because our church buildings are closed for the foreseeable future that does not end our mission imperative. There are many bewildered and confused people around us who need to know that God loves and cares for them. Expressions of this through conversation, observing social distancing, by phone calls and through social media are ways we can reach out to those around us. There will no doubt be some who blame God for the pandemic. Pandemics do happen as do other natural evils but that does not mean that we need to blame God. They are a natural consequence of the world we live in. Can what is happening be used to deepen rather than reject faith in God?

Throughout the period of the enforced closure of the church we are having to find new ways of being church. Linda Bishop has set up a Facebook page ‘Warrington Methodist Worship’ and I encourage you to take a look at that. I am putting material on the Stockton Heath web site related to the various Sundays and colleagues will be doing the same on other church web sites. Linda Bishop’s worship service can be accessed through the Latchford church website as can all their weekly services. There is also material, including streamed services, on the Methodist church website. It is unfortunate that the Circuit web site is not able to be used at this time for reasons reported at the February Circuit Meeting. For those not on the internet there is on the radio BBC Radio 4 and Premier Radio (DAB 725).  Joan and I have been joining in with the worship broadcast on BBC television on Sunday mornings and watching Songs of Praise and we have enjoyed these. I encourage you to take a look if you can and find out what is out there and to participate as you are able in these different worship styles. These initiatives offer new ways of being church which might for some be seen as offering a different way of being church in the future. Being church is not all about our buildings and we can join in Christian worship without buildings.

I have been reading the book ‘Say it to God’ by Luigi Gioia. It is about the life of prayer and has really stimulated my prayer life. Using the helpful metaphor of a river he says of Jesus that “to be the Son is never something received from the Father once for all, but has to keep happening all the time, just as a river has to keep flowing and a spring gushing”. I need to reflect more on how my life of prayer can be more like a flowing river or gushing spring. Looking at unread books on my shelf I am rediscovering joy of reading and being fed through it so that maybe I can come out of this a better minister.

When this pandemic crisis is over I think things will have changed in the world and the church. I don’t see a swift ‘return to business as normal’ and maybe this is not how it should be. Whilst we don’t blame God for the pandemic I do think we need to ask the question what is God inviting us to learn from this experience? As the Government are saying to the country that there is a need to act in the short term to provide an immediate response, that only throws into sharper focus the more pressing question of our medium/longer term plans. After a period of enforced closure, we need to accept a “lessons learned from the crisis” focus and I think we need to do this in openly, in honesty and positive ways reflecting on being the Methodist people where we are.

There is a great sense of confusion and bewilderment in society, and even in our churches, and we hold in our prayers all those who have lost loved ones. In the book ‘Say it to God’ which I referred to above Luigi Gioia talks about the disciples locked away in fear of the Jewish leaders. He says “Fear was the key that locked their door, the same fear that keeps us hidden away behind our inner walls.” In these days we may be hidden away to prevent risk of infection but I hope we are not consumed by fear. In these last few days even, I have come to see my garden as a pleasure not a chore! I recall that it was in a garden that the risen Jesus revealed himself to Mary Magdalene and reminds me that as we approach Easter that our confidence is in God who offers us new life in the resurrection of Jesus. It will be strange not worshiping in our familiar places on Easter Sunday but I hope you will still experience the joy of Easter.

God bless you all

David Easton

Vote for our own Andy Barber

CHURCH VOLUNTEER AWARDS
Andrew Barber is the regional winner, his story is here, please have a read then vote for him to win the national award. Andy is part of Latchford and New Song churches.

https://www.methodistinsurance.co.uk/volunteerawards/andrew-barber/

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Offertory information

For those who wish to offer money for our work within the church and within our  community, could you please hold onto your donations and we will collect them once services resume within the church.

For those who use envelopes to allow us to claim tax relief on your donations, you may notice that the current batch of envelopes will soon finish. We do have new envelopes but to to reduce the risks of spreading this virus, we will not distribute them until after our services resume within the church. Please just hold onto your donations for now.

Covid-19 Update

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It is with sadness that, with the latest advice from both the government and the Methodist Church of GB, we have decided to suspend all worship events, clubs and activities that occur within our church walls from today, except for Butterflies nursery.

Except for Butterflies nursery, no one will be permitted access to our church buildings.

Our Church isn’t a building made from bricks. Our church is made from our faith and love that we have for our God, Our minister and for each other and so during this time we will continue to worship by audio recording on our website and via a facebook page Linda has setup to today called https://www.facebook.com/groups/505960190351950/

Linda and the circuit will be publishing additional resources to help us “virtually” worship together. Until then we encourage us all to regularly keep in contact with each other using the phone, skype, whats app, facebook the list goes on. The important thing is that we continue to support each other, and stay in contact with those who don’t have a computer. Help share the news of what you read here.

A reminder that our audio recorded services can be accessed here: https://latchfordmc.org.uk/recordings-of-our-services/

Additional information can be found at the Methodist Church of GB website site here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/…

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to phone any of the stewards or post your question below or on our facebook site.

Coronavirus

The Methodist Church of GB has provided this guidance “Older members and those with medical conditions causing weaker health and greater vulnerability should consider not attending church for the time being if they’re worried about infection. This is an act of mutual care and concern and not a desire that people ‘give up’ Church. If you are not an older member and don’t have underlying health conditions but feel ill and/or displaying symptoms of a cold, please consider staying away from the service.” The main thing is that people stay safe.

 

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International Aid Trust Founder

International Aid Trust Founder will be sharing his testimony at the Capesthorne community centre, Orford on 26th March at 7pm. Bishop Bernard Cocker has built churches, schools, children’s homes and sent aid around the globe to demonstrate the love of God in action, he baptized 1000 Muslims in Africa. Bernard will be carrying a powerful message from God which will bless your life. Capesthorne Community Centre, Avery Close, WA2 0BJ.

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Weekly Church Notices for Sunday 15th March

Sunday 15th March


Today’s Service:
Mrs Jane Otterson

This Morning’s Stewards:
Jean B
Iain C

This Morning’s Door Stewards:
Rita T
Barbara G

Today’s Flowers:
Dot H

This Evening:
No Service

Monday:
Going Deeper – 1.30pm – Lent Course
Ladies Group – 7.30pm – Janet – Deaf Blind Signing

Tuesday:
Bright Hour – 2.30pm – Rev. John Good
Sing for Fun – 4pm

Wednesday
Prayer Meeting – 10am
Kidz Club – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday
Coffee Morning – 10.30am

Next Sunday Morning
Deacon Julie Hudson

Next Sunday Evening
No Service

Next Sunday Stewards:
Christine C
Joyce R

Next Sunday Door Stewards
Dot H
Maureen H

Next Sunday Flowers
Jean O

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Fairtrade Stall 2019 update

Message from Christine  –  Thank you for your support of the Fairtrade stall.  We raised £348.85 over the last twelve months to help farmers and other people who would not be able to look after their families.
The Fairtrade stall will be here most Sunday’s on the second of the month.

 

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You are warmly invited to join a Lent course

You are warmly invited to join a Lent course on Monday afternoons, 1.30 – approx 2.45pm in the lounge. This will be on 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March and 6 April. We are using the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland course entitled Setting our Hearts on Fire and each session is self-contained so even if you can only make 1 or 2 sessions, we hope that you will find something to guide you through this Lent season. Look forward to seeing you.

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O What’s The Story

O What’s The Story an Evening conversation with professor Clive Marsh on Friday 27th March at Stockton heath Methodist at 7:00pm.  For more details please see the poster on the notice board.

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Church Prayer – Nutgrove Church & Balmer Street

We pray for all family and friends at Nutgrove and Balmer Street. We especially think of those people who are sick or unwell at this time be it in body, mind or spirit and pray for your guiding hand on them. We pray for all the homeless people and those families who are struggling in the community with poverty and hardship – lay your loving hands on them. God bless our Minister Martin Wood who works tirelessly in the churches he ministers to. Give him the strength to carry on.
Minister: Rev Martin Wood

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Weekly Church Notices for Sunday 8th March

Sunday 8th March


Today’s Service:
Revd Linda Bishop – Holy Communion

This Morning’s Stewards:
Barbara G / Jean O
Jock R

This Morning’s Door Stewards:
Barbara R
Iain & Beckie C

Today’s Flowers:
Anne F

This Evening:
No Service

Monday:
Going Deeper – 1.30pm – Lent Course
Ladies Group – 7.30pm – Open Evening

Tuesday:
Bright Hour – 2.30pm – Own Arrangement
Sing for Fun – 4pm

Wednesday
Prayer Meeting – 10am
Kidz Club – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday
Coffee Morning – 10.30am

Next Sunday Morning
Mrs Jane Otterson

Next Sunday Evening
No Service

Next Sunday Stewards:
Jean B
Iain C

Next Sunday Door Stewards
Rita T
Barbara G

Next Sunday Flowers
Dot H

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Litter Pick on Saturday 7th March at 10:00am

Our Monthly Litter Pick will be held on Saturday 7th March. Please meet at church at 10am, all equipment will be provided, free cuppa and bacon butties available at church afterwards. All are welcome for this act of mission outreach in the local community, doing a good deed and enjoying fresh air and a chat. Hope to see as many as possible for this worthwhile activity.

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Church Prayer – New Song

Please pray for the continued growth of New Song. We ask for spiritual guidance as to which route to go down in order to reach out to our community, however far and wide that may be. We ask for patience and tolerance as we work with others to come to a decision as to how we can sustain ourselves financially in order to reach out and be there for as many people as we can.
Minister: Rev Linda Bishop

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Weekly Church Notices for Sunday 1st March

Sunday 1st March


Today’s Service:
Local arrangement by our Worship Leaders

This Morning’s Stewards:
Geoff D
Joan E

This Morning’s Door Stewards:
George & Christine C

Today’s Flowers:
Latchford Methodist Church

This Evening:
No Service

Monday:
Going Deeper – 1.30pm – Meeting in the Lounge
Ladies Group – 7.30pm – Jean Forster – The Phillipines

Tuesday:
Bright Hour – No Meeting
Sing for Fun – 4pm

Wednesday
Prayer Meeting – 10am
Kidz Club – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday
Coffee Morning – 10.30am

Next Sunday Morning
Revd Linda Bishop – Holy Communion

Next Sunday Evening
No Service

Next Sunday Stewards:
Barbara G / Jean O
Jock R

Next Sunday Door Stewards
Barbara R
Iain & Beckie C

Next Sunday Flowers
Latchford Methodist Church

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Themed Preaching for March 2020

March overall theme is “Journey through Lent”

1st March – “Journey through our desert times”
8th March – “Journey through night-time of our fears”
15th March – “Journey through rejection to acceptance”
22nd March – “Journey through relationships in life with Jesus”
29th March – “Journey through death in the spirit leads to life in the spirit ”
5th April – “Journey through entry into Jerusalem”

 

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Church Prayer – Lymm

As a church we continue to pray for our ongoing project ‘To serve the present age’. That we may discern the will of God and uphold the focus within our vision statement: Worship, Growing in faith, Challenging injustice, and showing God’s love to each other and those within our community that we serve. Also, to pray for the project to redevelop the premises to make them fit for purpose in the 21st century.
Minister: Rev Mark Coles

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Weekly Church Notices for Sunday 23rd Feb 2020

Sunday 23rd February


Today’s Service:
Revd. Paul Stringer

This Morning’s Stewards:
Julian G
Rita T

This Morning’s Door Stewards:
Eric T
Jean O

Today’s Flowers:
Margaret B

This Evening:
New Song Café at Bold Street

Monday:
Going Deeper – 1.30pm – Meeting in the Lounge
Ladies Group – 7.30pm – Rev Linda Bishop

Tuesday:
Bright Hour – No Meeting
Sing for Fun – 4pm

Wednesday
Prayer Meeting – 10am
Kidz Club – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday
Coffee Morning – 10.30am

Next Sunday Morning
Local arrangement by our Worship Leaders

Next Sunday Evening
New Song Café at Bold Street

Next Sunday Stewards:
Geoff D
Joan E

Next Sunday Door Stewards
George & Christine C

Next Sunday Flowers

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Church Council Meeting New date

Church Council Meeting New date, the next meeting is on Thursday 12th March. Copies of the minutes of the last meeting will be available in the next couple of weeks.  If you have anything you would like to raise as “Any Other Business” at the next meeting, please let Carole know before Thursday 5th March.

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Church Prayer – Latchford

We pray for the members and friends of Latchford as it works on its growth plan for the future of Latchford as it reaches out into the local community to spread the good news of the love of the Lord. And as we work on ways to raise funds to further update and improve the church to make it a place for all.
Minister: Revd. Linda Bishop

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Weekly Church Notices for Sunday 16th Feb 2020

Sunday 16th February


Today’s Service:
Mrs Joyce Roe

This Morning’s Stewards:
Christine C
Joyce R

This Morning’s Door Stewards:
Dot H
Maureen H

Today’s Flowers:
Julian & Carole G

This Evening:
No Service

Monday:
Going Deeper – 1.30pm – Meeting in the Lounge
Ladies Group – 7.30pm – Roz Coleman – St. Rocco’s

Tuesday:
Bright Hour – No Meeting
Sing for Fun – 4pm

Wednesday
Prayer Meeting – 10am
Kidz Club – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday
Coffee Morning – 10.30am

Next Sunday Morning
Revd. Paul Stringer

Next Sunday Evening
New Song Café at Bold Street

Next Sunday Stewards:
Julian G
Rita T

Next Sunday Door Stewards
Eric T
Jean O

Next Sunday Flowers
Margaret B

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Growth Plan: Successful micro-grant award

Growth Plan: We have successfully been awarded a micro-grant of £1,162 from the “New Places for new people; Our Calling fund” from the Methodist Church of Great Britain.  The grant is for the procurement of a popup prayer tent and portable sound system and will enable our church to further develop our mission Outreach through a planned programme of initiatives. Planning has started and so watch this space for more information coming soon.

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Going Deeper

Going Deeper will be meeting in the new year on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month in the lounge at 1.30 – 2.45pm. We will be studying Jesus’ parables and we welcome all who would like to get to know Jesus’ words a bit better to join with us. It is very informal with a tea or coffee and biscuit to start us off.

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Weekly Church Notices for Sunday 9th Feb 2020

Sunday 9th February


Today’s Service:
Mrs Diane Bennett & Worship Leaders

This Morning’s Stewards:
Jean B
Iain C

This Morning’s Door Stewards:
Rita T
Barbara G

Today’s Flowers:
Mavis C

This Evening:
No Service

Monday:
Going Deeper – 1.30pm – No Meeting
Ladies Group – 7.30pm – John Timson – Albania

Tuesday:
Bright Hour – No Meeting
Sing for Fun – 4pm

Wednesday
Prayer Meeting – 10am
Kidz Club – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday
Coffee Morning – 10.30am

Next Sunday Morning
Mrs Joyce Roe

Next Sunday Evening
No Service

Next Sunday Stewards:
Christine C
Joyce R

Next Sunday Door Stewards
Dot H
Maureen H

Next Sunday Flowers
Julian & Carole G

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Fred Pendlebury Trust

Fred Pendlebury Trust is a Warrington based charity which provides small grants in the way of goods and services to people over 50 living within Warrington Unitary Authority. The Trust is looking for a Trustee who is interested in the work of the Trust. The job is not onerous and involves attendance at two trustee meetings a year. In addition, although grants are normally approved by the Chair and deputy Chair of trustees, there are a small number that require the approval of all Trustees. Trustees must be a member of one of the Methodist churches within the Warrington Unitary Authority. If you are interested in finding out more about the Fred Pendlebury Trust and the duties of the trustees please contact Sue R (Contact Details available in Church paper notices or from Church Stewards).

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