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 12th July 2020
Jesus said then, and he says it to us too: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
The short act of worship for “those unable to attend worship” is again included as a separate document, and is also on the church website. Online service links are on page 4
The full set of Lectionary readings for the 12th July are :
Isaiah 55:10-13 Psalm 65:(1-8),9-13
Romans 8:1-11 Matthew 13:1-9,18-23
ST HELENS SERVICES TO RESTART AGAIN?
As stated last week, the St Helens Church Council (as Managing Trustees) need to agree the plan of action and decide when to restart Sunday morning worship services, in conjunction with Rev Tricia. The proposed date is 2nd August.
Included with this notices sheet is a 4 page document which aims to set out how we can safely operate our services while the threat of coronavirus persists, so please read it carefully and pray about it before making any decisions.
Most of you are members of the Church Council, so your thoughts, comments and votes will be appreciated, and should be emailed, texted or phoned through to Gillian within the timescale stated. Only the votes of Church Council members will count if there is a split vote.
Also, there may need to be a second round of voting if there are significant amendments proposed; but hopefully not.
If the responses are positive – fine. The first service could possibly happen on that date. If not, then the re-start would need to be delayed.
BUT, please bear in mind that we should only do it if we can do it safely, with minimum risk to everyone who comes. If you have concerns about the proposed arrangements, please let Gillian know and vote accordingly.
Tricia will also need to approve the planned arrangements and risk assessment and these have been sent to her this week. Arrangements with Ore Centre also need to be agreed and completed.
There is a lot to read this week; apologies for that. But I hope you will give it sufficient thought in the next few days and then contact Gillian to cast your votes and give any details for amendments and / or comments.
If you would like to add your names to the list of helpers for Sunday services, please let Diane or Mike know. We have had offers from Kate and Val so far. Thank you.
Quote on “Intelligence”
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
Not St Helens people, I might add!
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, Brenda, Christine, Daisy, Joyce, June (who has been very poorly indeed), Kate and her family Sarah, Maisie and Mylo, Lin, Lin’s daughter Kerry and grandson Morris, and Margaret.
Please pray also for Carol Wardroper and her mum; as well as Joyce’s son-in-law John after a heart attack and now at home awaiting a triple by-pass operation, and little Violet (Joyce’s great grand-daughter).
Pray too for Rev Brian and Barbara Jackson, and Rev Peggy Hiscock.
Pray also for Rev Tricia Williams, the Circuit Leadership Team, and the Revd. Philip Wagstaff, our new Circuit Superintendent Minister who will be saying his goodbyes to his current congregations in Somerset, and moving in to Ian’s old manse in the next few weeks.
Grant, O God, that we may be united to you and to our
neighbour with an undivided love; serve you and your children
with an undivided heart, and reverence you and your creation
with an undivided will; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
John Scotus Erigena (c.810-877)
Lord, you are a covenant God. Let us always remember that when we must make decisions, for ourselves or for our communities, you are central and always faithful. May we never shun you or forget your covenant with us but look for your eternal wisdom and guidance. Amen.
Margaret Fancy, North Lancashire Circuit
(Inspired by Deuteronomy 31:8)
Jesus Explains the Parable of the Sower – Matthew 13:18-23
“Listen, then, and learn what the parable of the sower means. Those who hear the message about the Kingdom but do not understand it are like the seeds that fell along the path. The Evil One comes and snatches away what was sown in them. The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who receive the message gladly as soon as they hear it. But it does not sink deep into them, and they don’t last long. So when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, they give up at once. The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who hear the message; but the worries about this life and the love for riches choke the message, and they don’t bear fruit. And the seeds sown in the good soil stand for those who hear the message and understand it: they bear fruit, some as much as one hundred, others sixty, and others thirty.” Good News version
Methodist Sunday services online:
Hastings Bexhill & Rye Circuit www.hbrmethodistcircuit.online
Methodist Central Hall Westminster www.youtube.com/mchwevents
Swan Bank Methodist Church in Stoke www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank
Sthie (‘At home’) – from the Isle of Man www.youtube.com/andyfishburne
Wesley’s Chapel www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA
Pen Wilcock and The Campfire Church via Facebook
St Lynas has had his week’s holiday and he is back.
The first job he had when he got back was to speak at Founder’s Day at the local school. Suffering from jet-lag he was in an astringent mood and said to the top class:
‘My advice to you is don’t look, you might see; don’t listen, you might hear; don’t think, you might learn. Don’t make a decision, you might be wrong; don’t walk, you might stumble; don’t run, you might fall; above all don’t live, you might die!’
Afterwards he said to the head-teacher, ‘Knowing how contra-suggestible young people are these days, I might even have done some good!’