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
Sunday 20th September 2020
We are delighted to welcome to lead our Harvest Thanksgiving service today:
Mrs Diane Funnell
Jonah 3:10-4:11 Psalm 145:1-8
Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16
The hymns (to follow, but not sing during the service) are:
Singing the Faith: 123 128 729 & 129
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
Our service next week, 27th Sept, will be led by Rev Neville Barnett
The offertory for last Sunday totalled £122.70
If you would like to cover a particular week, please put your name against your chosen week on the list at the back, together with a dedication if you so wish.
Also you may like to consider making a contribution to the ‘Flower Fund’ to cover the ‘blank’ weeks. If so, Val will be very pleased to hear from you. Many thanks
HARVEST APPEAL 2020
After the Harvest service, the harvest gifts will be collected together for distribution to those we know are in need, and the rest can be taken by members of the congregation for a donation to All We Can, the Methodist relief and development charity.
St Helens has supported All We Can at harvest time for many years, principally through the auction of harvest gifts, and personal donations. So please give generously if you can, regardless of whether you get any of the harvest gifts, or not. Thank you.
This year’s All We Can appeal is called ‘Change Begins With A Bike’ raising funds to break the cycle of poverty in Uganda and other impoverished communities around the world. We will keep the St Helens appeal open until next Sunday, 27th September.
SACKVILLE ROAD METHODIST CHURCH
Please note that there will be a final service of thanksgiving at Sackville Road on Sunday 4th October at 4pm. Please let Mike know if you would like to attend as we shall almost certainly need to book our places, given the need to socially distance.
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – this week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
Our whole church community at St Helens, both those who are able to come to services, and those who need to stay at home.
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, John, Joyce, June, Kate and her family Sarah, Maisie and Mylo, and Margaret.
Please pray also for Joyce’s son-in-law John, and little Violet (Joyce’s great grand-daughter), as well as Barbara Jackson and the family following Rev Brian’s passing earlier this month, and Betty Snow and family following her husband Derek’s passing this month.
Pray also for our minister Tricia Williams, Philip Wagstaff, our Circuit Superintendent Minister, and the Circuit Leadership Team.
Eternal God, as you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbour, grant us the gift of your Spirit that we may be devoted to you with all our heart and united to each other with a pure will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Ambrosian Missal (10th century)
Loving God, thank you that in your love, forgiveness and compassion you did not abandon all that you have made but came amongst us in your Son, Jesus Christ, to heal, guide and transform. May your life and love truly inform and shape all our hearts and minds for the challenges and the opportunities that lie before us. For those who struggle, may there be comfort and release; for those who would bring relief, may there be wisdom and strength; and for those who lead, and for us all, may eyes and minds, hearts and hands be open to see, love and respond, as you see, love and respond, for the sake and love of all. Amen.
James Tebbutt, Cumbria District Chair
CIRCUIT PLAN September to November – St Helens
There are, as yet, no changes to the plan affecting St Helens.
The short act of worship for “those unable to attend worship” is on the church website.
Methodist Sunday services available online include:
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
A reminder about our personal responsibilities if we come to communal worship services. It is vital that we all observe these responsibilities diligently, including wearing face masks, regularly washing / sanitising hands, and socially distancing
If anyone attending worship develops coronavirus-like symptoms or is tested positive, please make sure that someone informs either Diane (tel 01424 430791 – senior steward) or Mike (tel 07368 801680 – safeguarding officer) immediately. We will need to help the authorities with their test and tracing system.
NB If you have attended the Sunday service, and develop coronavirus-like symptoms, you must self-isolate for 10 days, with others in your household (if any) self-isolating for 14 days. You should also order a test immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access. But please remember to let Diane or Mike know too about the symptoms.
Diane and / or Mike’s contact information can be shared with the Test and Trace Service people so that all the congregation’s contact information can be passed on to them.
If a test result is positive, all those attending that service will need to self-isolate.
All calls from the NHS Test and Trace Service will be using No. 0300 013 5000