Weekly Notices 25th March 2018

FLOWERS

The flowers today are kindly given by Valerie Doodson 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.

ANDREW SCAIFE

Flowers were taken to Andrew last week. He and his wife Pat were very grateful for our thoughts and prayers – prayers mean a lot to them both.

EASTER OFFERING ENVELOPES

Envelopes and bookmarks are now available if you wish to donate to the Methodist Church World Mission Fund which helps to support mission partners working overseas and makes grants for special projects.

A special Circuit Service to dedicate the Easter Offering takes place here at West Kirby at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, 29th April.  The preacher will be Rev Sheila Prest.

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.

MAUNDY THURSDAY, 29th MARCH 6 P.M.

If you intend coming to the Passover Meal today is your last opportunity to sign the sheet in the foyer as we need to know how many to cater for. Please note the earlier time this year.

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.

OD 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.

CARERS SOUP ‘N’ SUPPPORT

The next meeting is on Thursday, 5th April 12 noon until 2 p.m. when the intriguing title is Tax, Care and Toy Boys!  This is actually a session on estate planning delivered by the Co-op which will cover ways to protect your money for future generations.  As well as carers and former carers this session is open to anyone who feels they may benefit from the information.

Sue Gladden

METHODIST WOMEN IN BRITAIN - SPRING GATHERING

The MWiB Liverpool District Spring Gathering will be held at Moreton Methodist Church on Thursday, 19th April from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. (drinks served from 10.30 a.m.) The theme for the day is “Trusting in the Promises” and the afternoon session will be led by Deacon Denise Creed.

We will also hear from Viv Beech and her involvement in developing the garden at the Women’s Refuge which is the current Special Project.  All are welcome to a day of worship and fellowship.  Bring a packed lunch, drinks provided.

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

LIVERPOOL DISTRICT LUNCHEON CLUB

A three course lunch for Methodist ladies is to be held on Wednesday, 25th April at 12 noon at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool. The speaker will be Mr Roy Taylor and his amusing talk is entitled “To Travel Gleefully”.  If you would like to come please speak to Jill Cumming. Tickets cost £15.

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 co-operation 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