A warm welcome to
ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH Website: http://www.shmch.org.uk
Minister: Rev Tricia Williams
Address: 15 Holmesdale Road
Tel: 01424 733137
For Sunday 24th May 2020
The short act of worship for “those unable to attend worship” is again included as a separate document, and including on the church website.
Methodist Sunday services available on line, include:
From Methodist Central Hall Westminster – live at 11am (1 hour ish)
Well worth trying, if you haven’t yet www.youtube.com/mchwevents
From Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
– live broadcast at 10.30 for the 10.45 to 11.15am service
Good, clear mission services. www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank
From Sthie (‘At home’) – from the Isle of Man – live at 8am
Also highly recommended www.youtube.com/andyfishburne
Wesley’s Chapel London – at 9.45am and at 11am
The Hastings Bexhill & Rye Circuit is also streaming a local service with various people we know taking part. These services are available at www.hbrmethodistcircuit.online then click on St Helens.
Pen and Grace Wilcock also have a Sunday service at 10am on The Campfire Church Facebook page – the Facebook link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/152609416052506/
Those of you who have been following the various services online will be aware of some very good worship songs that have come up two or three times at different service locations. One of these is really a psalm / prayer called ‘10,000 years’ and was written by Matt Redman.
1 The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes
Chorus Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before, O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
2 You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find
3 And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still, my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then for evermore
The full set of Lectionary readings for the 24th May are :
Acts 1:6-14 Psalm 68:1-10,32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 John 17:1-11
MODERN VERSION OF THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – this week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
Our whole church community at St Helens.
Pray for those connected with St Helens who we know are not in the best of health or have particular need of our prayers at this time: Annette, Daisy, Joyce, June, Kate and her family Sarah, Maisie and Mylo, Lin, Lin’s daughters Kerry and Nicola and grandson Morris, Margaret, as well as everyone self-isolating.
Please pray also Carol Wardroper who has had a touch of the virus but has a residual chest infection, plus her mum who has a brain tumour; Sylvia and her daughter Sarah and husband Terry. Pray also for Lin’s neighbours Angela and Will – Angela is home from hospital but confined to bed.
Pray too for Rev Brian Jackson, his wife Barbara, and Rev Peggy Hiscock.
Pray also for our minister Tricia Williams, the Circuit Leadership Team, and the Revd. Philip Wagstaff who comes in September.
Loving God, if we are ill, strengthen us; if we are tired, fortify our spirits; if we are anxious, help us to consider the lillies of the field and the birds of the air.
Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders.
Don’t let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.
Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace.
Help us always to hold fast to the good; see the good in others, and remember there is just one world, one hope, one everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.
In Jesus we make our prayer, the one who suffered, died and was raised to new life, in whom we trust these days and all days, Amen.
The Revd Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference
KEEPING IN TOUCH
We were expecting to have a new lady at our Mothers’ Day service on 22nd March, which was the first week of the lockdown. Christine is a member of Christchurch in Bexhill but lives just off Parker Road and has not been able to get to church for many months. She has been receiving our notices and service sheets since then and has heard of quite a few St Helens folk and says ‘hello’ and looks forward to when it will be safe to worship together at St Helens again.
Diane has heard that Hilda and Bryan Lamb are in isolation till mid-June but are reasonably well. Granddaughter Jessica is now 16 and hoping to take maths and science at college later this year.
Also Derek and Topsy Brice say they are fine and getting Wiltshire Farm Food delivered. Their daughters are trying to get them on ‘Zoom’ but they are not very good at it. They miss church very much, as we all do!
SAFEGUARDING – Top Tips for Staying Safe Online
During the lock down there has been an increase in cyber-crime, so we have been asked by the District Safeguarding Officer to circulate advice to our congregations who use the internet – 5 tips last week, 5 this.
Tip 7 applies also to potential scams from cold callers, whether in person or by phone.
6. Ignore emails or other communications which create a sense of urgency, urging you to respond immediately to a crisis such as an issue with your bank account or TV licence. This type of message is often a scam. Think before you act.
7. Always question requests for personal information; criminals can impersonate your bank or the police or anyone you trust so that they can steal your information or money. Always take time to check up on the request through a trusted source; do not phone back on the number the caller has given you.
8. Don’t become online ‘friends’ with someone you don’t know.
9. Never arrange to meet up with anyone you have met online.
10. If you see or read anything online which worries you report it online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by phone on 0300 123 2040.
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Please feel free to keep in touch via the notices sheet. Contact information for Mike: email: firstname.lastname@example.org and mobile 07368 801680; Gillian 07773 008607; and Diane 01424 430791.
The next St Helens Prayer Group meeting is on Wednesday 3rd June at 10am.