Church cleaning: Our last date for cleaning the church had to be abandoned because of the latest lockdown and it has now been rearranged for Friday 20 August from 9.00 am onwards. Please do come and help if you possibly can - many hands make light work!
St Michael and All Angels Summer Fair at Altcar, Saturday 21 August 2.00-4.00pm. Refreshments, fancy goods stall, jigsaw stall and a whole lot more. If you would like the tea please book in advance: 07712 614205.
Coronavirus Covid-19: Please see the 'Coronavirus News' page for other information about current services in church and online alternatives: click HERE.
Formby Food Pantry Support: If you shop at Tesco you can help tackle food poverty locally by using your token at the checkout to vote for the Formby Food Pantry. It could result in up to £1500 donation for local families in need through the Food Pantry set up by Churches Together and Compassion Acts. The vote is open now until the end of September. Thank you for all your support and prayers.
Prayer group: Sylvia writes: Each Thursday from 7-8pm, weather permitting, we are meeting together in the garden at Holy Trinity Church, and you are all invited. Bring your own garden chair, flask of tea and blanket!! We pray about absolutely anything that God wants us to pray about, which includes everything to do with the life of the 'Village'. Eventually, when we are allowed, we will be able to go in the prayer room again, and will provide the tea!!
Holy Trinity Church car park: Please note that 24-hour parking controls are now in place to reserve parking in the car park for legitimate users. The scheme is being managed for us by “ParkingEye” and is similar to that used at the pool and some local pubs. The controls will not be operational for services, but you will need to ensure, when visiting at other times, that your registration number is keyed into one of the pads situated in each of our buildings, or risk suffering a fine.
Our new teaching theme up to 12 September is 'God's story - our story'. The reading for Sunday 22 August from the NIV Bible is:
Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. 2 ‘Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?’ they asked. ‘Hasn’t he also spoken through us?’ And the Lord heard this. 3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) 4 At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, ‘Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.’ So the three of them went out. 5 Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, 6 he said, ‘Listen to my words: ‘When there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams. 7 But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. 8 With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?’ 9 The anger of the Lord burned against them, and he left them. 10 When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous – it became as white as snow. Aaron turned towards her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease, 11 and he said to Moses, ‘Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed. 12 Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.’ 13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, ‘Please, God, heal her!’ 14 The Lord replied to Moses, ‘If her father had spat in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back.’ 15 So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back. 16 After that, the people left Hazeroth and camped in the Desert of Paran.
The lectionary readings for Sunday 22 August are:
Also, we are posting daily reflections on Bible readings at 9.00 am every Monday to Saturday. Please click on the YouTube (red) button below.
Hagar and Ishmael