Weekly Notices 11th March 2018

FLOWERS

The flowers today are kindly given by John & Jane Sprigge in memory of their parents.

CHURCH FAMILY

It is with sadness we announce the death on the 27th February of Len Greenhalgh.  We pray for Audrey and the family at this difficult time. Len’s funeral takes place at Landican on Wednesday, 21st March at 2.30 p.m.

Some of you will also remember Betty Grey who died on the 27th February. Betty’s  funeral takes place in Liverpool on Thursday, 15th March.  This will be followed by a Service of Thanksgiving here at 2 p.m.

Andrew Scaife is now very ill.  His chemotherapy treatment has been discontinued and he is receiving palliative care.  Please pray for Andrew, his wife Pat and all the family at this very difficult time.

WORLD MISSION FUND BOXES

If anyone has a World Mission Fund box they should hand it to Jean Drake or Elaine Phillips so the contents may be counted. Also hand any annual donations to either Jean or Elaine.   Gift aid envelopes are available.

ACTION FOR CHILDREN BOXES

If you have an Action for Children box, please give it to Catherine Jackson so that it may be emptied.

THE LEPROSY MISSION

The TLM Easter catalogue is available in the foyer.  If you would like to order something please fill in the order form in the catalogue, including your name, and return it to me.  I will send in a single order to reduce postage.

Debbie Armitage

WEEKLY ENVELOPE SCHEME

New boxes of weekly envelopes (green) are currently being distributed to existing users of weekly envelopes.  If any additional Church members would like to use the scheme please speak to Elizabeth Delasalle.

GIFT AID

We will soon be preparing our Church’s Gift Aid Claim for 2017/18.  Our Gift Aiders are reminded that they should let Elizabeth Delasalle know, without delay, if there is any possibility that they are no longer tax payers.  If the amount of Gift Aid claimed on an individual’s donation is more than his/her tax paid in the year, then he/she could be asked to pay the difference.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY GROUP

The next meeting is on Thursday, 15th March in Room 1 at 10 a.m. for 10.15 a.m.   The group will be studying James 3 1-18 “Taming the Tongue”.  Judith Stelfox will lead the meeting.

MAUNDY THURSDAY, 29th MARCH 6 P.M.

This year we will be following the Passover meal which Jesus shared with his disciples for the last time.  We will be using some of the traditional symbols, but there will be a “main course” as well.

Sign the sheet in the foyer as soon as you can to help with the catering.  Please note the earlier time this year.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE, 30th MARCH 2 P.M.

“In Step with Jesus”.  We walk with Jesus as he goes through the last 24 hours of his earthly life.  The service will be taking place throughout the church premises and is intended as suitable for all ages”.  Please note earlier time this year. Speak to Graham Gladden for more information.

COMPUTER COURSE

Please note the next Age UK Wirral run laptop computer course will now begin on Wednesday, 14th March NOT 7th March as in previous notices. Other details remain the same.  There is therefore still time to sign up by phoning Debbie Montgomery on 0151 482 3456.  For more details phone Dirk on 07847 739 533.

EASTER FLOWERS

There will be a basket in the foyer today and next Sunday for anyone who wishes to give towards the flowers at Easter.

OWN ARRANGEMENTS

Do you have a missionary society or relief agency you support?  Would you like the church to know more about it?  Many of these have material on their websites that we could use in an own arrangement services.  If you would like to support both the organisation and the worship of this fellowship in this way, then the Worship Development Group will help you put a service together.  Don’t worry if you don’t want to stand at the front – we can help with that as well.  Please see Graham Gladden or another member of the Worship Development Group if you are interested.  If would be great to have one of these each quarter.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

If you were unable to attend the thought- provoking service prepared by Christian women from Suriname held here on the 2nd March and would like a copy of the Service Booklet there are some available in the foyer – please take a copy.

ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING

This year’s ACM takes place after morning worship on Sunday, 15th April.

In order to prepare documents in advance of the meeting would all those who normally submit reports please email them as a Word attachment to elaine5649.ep@gmail.com by Monday, 26th March.   Alternatively, paper copies may be handed to Elaine Phillips.

At a Church Council Meeting held prior to the 2017 ACM it was decided that in accordance with Methodist Guidelines we re-establish a team of Church Stewards.  However, no names were forthcoming at last year’s ACM.   We are again appealing for people willing to be considered for the role of Church Steward.  Please prayerfully consider putting your name forward.  If you would like further information please speak to Elaine.

In addition to the appointment of Church Stewards, the ACM appoints/re-appoints members of Church Council and other Committees.  Despite an appeal last year Elizabeth Delasalle is still looking to stand down as Gift Aid Secretary.  Please also prayerfully consider putting your name forward to take on this role.

Elaine Phillips, Church Council Secretary

CHURCH HEATING - ASBESTOS

We are having major difficulties in finding a solution to restoring the church heating.

We have always known of the presence of asbestos in various parts of the building, some of which has already been removed and with the remainder being professionally certified as safe if left untouched.  This is standard practice for many older buildings across the country.  Unfortunately the water leak is close to pipes which have been lagged with asbestos many years ago.  Any repair cannot be undertaken until the asbestos is removed.  This is a very costly and specialised process and we are looking at a number of options.

Until further notice no services can be held in the church.  We are continually reviewing forecasted temperatures, but realistically until the sun returns to warm the fabric, a return would be unlikely before the summer. 

There is no danger to you from asbestos when entering the church premises and the entrances to the affected under floor areas are clearly marked to prevent unauthorised access.

We are lucky to have the Church Hall as an alternative and perhaps we have met and sat with others whom we have not spoken to before which is good.  With cooperation we can overcome most of the minor difficulties that this enforced change is giving us. Thank you for your understanding.

Jim Drake and Scarthe Spencer

   2nd March 2018