Weekly Notices 22nd March 2020

SAD NEWS

Some of you will remember Eve Stephens who moved from West Kirby to live with her daughter in Worcester.  Sadly Eve died peacefully on Saturday, 29th February.  She would have been 102 in May.

EFFECT OF CORONA VIRUS

The Methodist Church has recommended that worship services are suspended for the time being.  It is therefore with sadness that with immediate effect there will be no services in our church until further notice.  In addition community events like, lunch clubs, after school clubs, playgroups, fellowship group plus our Friday coffee morning are also suspended until further notice.

CHURCHES TOGETHER PRAYER WALK

The walk  planned for Wednesday, 25th March has been cancelled due to the corona virus 

LIVERPOOL DISTRICT METHODIST WOMEN’S LUNCHEON CLUB

The lunch planned for Wednesday, 25th March at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool has been cancelled due to the corona virus.

GOD IN LOVE UNITES US

The meeting to look at some of the biblical perspectives of the Report arranged for Thursday, 26th March at 7.30 p.m. at Lower Bebington Methodist Church has been cancelled due to the corona virus.

BRING “FOLK” BACK TO CHURCH

The concert at Moreton Methodist Church planned for Friday, 27th March at 7.30 p.m.  has been postponed until later in the year due to the corona virus.

CRAFT GROUP

The Craft Group has suspended its sessions until further notice due to the corona virus.

LENT STUDY GROUP – Live Your Faith

The meeting planned for Wednesday, 1st April at our Church has been cancelled due to the corona virus.

LIGHT A CANDLE OF HOPE: A NATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER

This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March all churches are called to a National Day of Prayer and Action.  At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.

At 7 p.m. this Sunday, light a candle in the window of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

We have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation.  We would pray for all in leadership at this time, making decisions about the containment of the COVID-19 virus, for those working in health and social care, and especially for the most vulnerable, whether elderly or those with underlying health conditions.

This call to prayer and action comes on Mothering Sunday – a time of thankfulness, remembering especially mothers who have served us, often in very costly way.  It is also a very mixed day for many.  For some the remembrance is painful, and for others Mothering Sunday is a reminder of disappointmnet or loss.  It seems especially appropriate that the call to prayer is made this Sunday.  At this time of uncertainty join in with the National Day of Prayer and Action, lighting a candle of hope.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

A Prayer

God of all hope we call on you today.

We pray for those who are living in fear:

Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of others reactions to them.

May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.

For those people who are worried about attending worship.

For those needing to make decisions in order to care for others

For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.

Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that

Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.

Help us turn our eye, hearts and minds to you.

Amen