Weekly Notices 18th March 2018

FLOWERS

The flowers today are kindly given by June Kennedy in memory of loved ones.

EASTER FLOWERS

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

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.

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.

MEN’S COFFEE

The next coffee morning is on Monday, 19th March at 10.30 a.m. in the Hilda Shore Room.  All welcome.

Arthur Kilshaw

WEDNESDAY ROOM

There will be a coffee morning is on 21st March in the Hilda Shore Room.  As this will be the last Wednesday Room all volunteers are invited to come.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP

The next meeting is on Thursday, 22nd March at 2.30 p.m. in the Hilda Shore Room.  The speaker will be Kim Goh and there will be a bring and buy.

SERVICE AT THE DALES

The next service at The Dales, Marine Park, is on Friday, 23rd March at 2.p.m.  A half hour service to prepare for Palm Sunday – all welcome.

John Barfnett

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.

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.

GOOD FRIDAY MARINE LAKE WITNESS

Meet at the URC, Meols Drive at 10 a.m. to collect your cross.  Prayers will be said until 10.15 a.m. We will then process together and disperse along the promenade (a high tide will prevent us from standing around the Marine Lake).  We will stand in witness from 10.30 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. then re-gather at the North end of the prom.  If you feel you cannot stand for the full hour please feel free to share the hour with someone.  Everyone welcome.

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.

If you intend coming to the Passover Meal please sign the sheet in the foyer as soon as you can as we need to know how many to cater for. 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.

CIRCUIT MEETING

There will be a Circuit Meeting on Thursday, 22nd March at 7.30 p.m. at Lower Bebington Methodist Church.  This is an open meeting but only those who have been nominated to sit on the Circuit Meeting may vote on any matters.

MERSEYSIDE FOR ROMANIA

I am delighted to report that the church has raised £760 for Father Constantin and the many others helped by the group.  We have also sent three vanloads of bedding and clothing for the next trip in the spring.  Thank you to all our many donors.

Gillian Ladlow

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

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