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 25th October 2020
We are delighted to welcome to lead our Holy Communion service today:
Rev Philip Wagstaff
The flowers today have been kindly given by Joyce Mills
Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18 Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Matthew 22:34-46
The hymns (to follow, but not sing during the service) are:
Singing the Faith: 103 272 595 545
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, 1st November, will be led by Mr David Hanson
The service in two weeks-time (8th November) will be a Local Arrangement Service of Remembrance here at Ore Centre, led by Diane Funnell. Celebrations at Christ Church Ore will be very limited.
The offertory for last Sunday totalled £85.18
CIRCUIT SERVICE TODAY – 25th October
The congregations of all local Methodist churches are invited to join the Calvert and Circuit evening worship zoom service, which takes place on Sunday 25th October at 6.15pm. The joining instructions are as follows:
Meeting ID: 849 8512 1858 Passcode: 428616
The easiest way to take part is to open this notices sheet on the St Helens website and click on the joining link shown above.
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
We won’t be able to have our usual Christmas Fayre at Ore Centre but there are things we can do to help our New Premises Fund along.
Gillian is offering to make Christmas wreaths to order for a minimum donation of £4 for the standard design – ready for use by Advent Sunday at the end of November. If you would like her to make you one, or maybe a deluxe version, please see Gillian.
Please tell Mike if you have other ideas to raise funds for the Christmas (un)Fayre that you would like to publicise.
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.
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, as well as all those who are not able to attend worship
also for Joyce’s son-in-law John, little Violet (Joyce’s great grand-daughter), and June’s grand-daughter Izzy who has been tested for covid-19 at university.
those who live within the community of Ore Village, as well as our near neighbours and those we meet casually throughout the week.
pray also for our minister Tricia Williams, Philip Wagstaff, our Circuit Superintendent Minister, and the Circuit Leadership Team.
In the darkness of the night, may we catch a glimpse of the distant light. In the cacophony and clamour of life, may we hear the whisper of God’s voice.
In the anguish and pain of death and disaster, may we feel the breath of hope.
In the convolutions and disagreements that weigh upon us, may the Word of God lighten our load.
In the loneliness and aloneness of a busy world, may we know the presence of our creator God. For the earth is the Lord’s and so are we.
Elaine Halls, presbyter, South West Wales Circuit
God of grace and love, embodied in time and space, we glimpse your glory in the living Word of Christ and the dancing ﬁre of your Spirit. In the light of your presence you call us to open our eyes to the gift of your good creation and to take delight in all that you have made; may we be truly thankful, truly happy and truly responsible as we step lightly upon the hallowed earth. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Julian Pursehouse, East Anglia District Chair
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 over nose and mouth, regularly washing / sanitising our hands, and maintain proper social 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.
We will continue to keep up the test and trace register each week. However, if you have a smart phone, you can download the QR Scanner app (if you haven’t already) and scan the code now just inside the front door of Ore Centre, each time you come. This process speeds up the test and trace alerts for those who do download and use the app.
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
We are reminded on our new membership cards that, as members of the Methodist Church, we are called to:
Worship within the local church, including regular sharing in Holy Communion, and through personal prayer
Learning and caring, through Bible study and meeting for fellowship, so that they may grow in faith and support others in their discipleship
Service, by being a good neighbour in the community, challenging injustice and using their resources to support the Church in its mission in the world
Evangelism, through working out their faith in daily life and sharing Christ with others.