NEWS AND ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
RE-OPENING OF CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
Holy Trinity, Rosemary Lane is now open for private prayer on Wednesday mornings from 9.00am to 10.30am and Sundays 8.30am to 10.15am. Please do observe appropriate social distancing and hand sanitisation as instructed and do not attend if you are in a vulnerable group or have any symptoms or contact with someone who has. If you are in any doubt, please contact Mark before attending (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are making tentative plans for a simple worship service on Sunday mornings as restrictions are eased. More details will follow, but in the meantime online services and daily reflections will continue for the foreseeable future - see below.
CHRIS NEILSON'S LICENSING
On Sunday 28 June Chris Neilson, together with 24 other ordinands, was due to be ordained Deacon ahead of taking up his new post as Curate at St John the Baptist Church in Burscough. Under current circumstances ordinations with close contact and laying-on of hands are not possible so all 25 ordinands were licensed as lay-workers instead, in a limited-attendance online service. It's intended that ordinations will take place at Michaelmas if possible. Please pray for Chris and his family - Laura, Barny, Caleb and Ben - as he takes this next step on his road of ministry and begins his work with the team in Burscough.
Mark writes: "I have personally valued Chris’s support and friendship. It has been fantastic to see him grow in confidence; he is a great communicator of the gospel and his energy and mission-mindedness have a been a major contribution to our life. Above all Chris has a Jesus-shaped heart for people, especially those who are vulnerable."
The family will not be leaving Formby just yet, but no doubt there will be a celebration when they do - so to speak!
A MESSAGE FROM POPPY
“I'd just like to say a huge thank you for the amazing gift that has landed in my bank account! I'm just speechless and bowled away by everybody's generosity! We haven't decided what we're going to spend the money on yet, but we certainly will be keeping a keen eye on travel agents' websites as soon as lockdown restrictions are lifted! Thank you again. Much love and every blessing, Poppy”
We are producing short services and reflections on YouTube - they can be accessed at any time by clicking HERE or on the YouTube link (the red button) at the bottom of this page. You can find two services each Sunday, posted at 10.45 am and 7.00 pm, and daily short reflections on Bible readings for the day from Monday to Saturday, posted at 9.00 am.
If you have more time on your hands, you might also wish to follow our series of "Experiencing God" videos posted on YouTube a few years ago and still available on the same button.
WHATSAPP 'CHATS WITH GOD' and EMAIL PRAYER CHAIN
You are invited to join 'Chats with God', our continuing prayer-sharing thread on WhatsApp. Please message Sue on 07920 858673 or Sylvia on 07872 314103 if you wish to be added to the group.
In addition, Geraldine Foster is co-ordinating a new email prayer chain. If you would like to find out more please email Mark (email@example.com) and he will pass your details to Geraldine.
EVENING PRAYER ONLINE
If you would like to join the ministry team for night prayer at 6.00 pm (please note change of time) Monday to Saturday please email Mark (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will send you a code. You will need to download the “GoToMeeting” app to a suitable device.
With the church buildings closed we have had to suspend our own Foodbank collection, but Waitrose, Tesco and Spar (Harington Road) are collecting Foodbank donations in-store. Suggested items: jars of baby food, tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, jars of jam, tinned rice and other puddings, sugar, rice, fruit juice, long-life milk, toilet rolls, miscellaneous treats.
Alternatively, you can make a money donation via Liverpool Football Club: click HERE.
If you are in need of a food bank voucher, for instance if you are facing a significant change in income or are awaiting benefits, please let Mark know (email@example.com).
We really like the prayer and Bible reading resources at Lectio 365; you can find them here:
Another Bible Study resource we recommend is the Bible Project:
FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Vicky Higgins, a clinical psychologist and a member of our congregation, has produced some great short videos with tips on sustaining emotional well being. You can find them on our YouTube channel (click the red button below).
Emily (Mark and Sam’s daughter) has done some story telling for children, you can find them here:
And here some more ideas from Tim (Mark and Sam’s son-in-law) for older children:
Do please let us know if you wish to suggest other ways in which we can continue to serve our congregations and the local community in these "troublous times". Contact Mark as above.
Last updated: 22/06/2020