NEWS AND ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Last updated: 19 April 2021

OPENING OF CHURCH FOR WORSHIP AND PRIVATE PRAYER

For a trial period, Sunday service times are as follows:

8.30 am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity

9.30 am Holy Communion at St Michael's

10.30 am Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity

The next 11.30 am Family Service at Holy Trinity will be on 2 May, and again will be outside if the weather allows.

Wednesday Communion services have also resumed:

10.00 am at St Michael's, Altcar

11.00 am at Holy Trinity, Formby

Otherwise, our churches remain closed for private prayer on weekdays.  When the situation changes, information will be posted here.  

Online services and daily reflections will continue for the foreseeable future (see below).  

 

YOU-TUBE BROADCASTS

We continue to produce short services and reflections on YouTube - they can be accessed at any time by clicking on the YouTube link (the red button) at the bottom of this page. 

You can find a morning service each Sunday, posted at 10.45 am.  Our evening online service, with a more traditional style of music, liturgy and a short sermon, is posted at 4.00 pm.  You can also find 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.

We are always keen to include photos or video clips in the "activities" section of the Sunday morning service so if you have something to share (anything from an exciting event to a photo that sums up your daily routine) you are welcome to send it to duncan.wylie@ymail.com or by text or WhatsApp to 07455 067084. 

INTERACTIVE SERVICES

Please note reduced services this week for Morning and Night Prayer with Mark and others on Zoom

(746 3807 2408): 

Wednesday and Thursday only: Morning Prayer 9.00 – 9.30am 

Wednesday only: Night Prayer 6.00 – 6.15pm

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 (mark-stanford@hotmail.co.uk) and he will pass your details to Geraldine.

 

FOODBANK

We are accepting Foodbank donations when the church is open on Sunday and Wednesday mornings (see times above).  Also, Helen Davies is willing to collect foodbank donations from people during lockdown: please email Mark (see above) for Helen's contact details if you require a collection.

 

Waitrose, Tesco and Spar (Harington Road) are also 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.

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 (mark-stanford@hotmail.co.uk).

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

We really like the prayer and Bible reading resources at Lectio 365; you can find them here:

https://www.24-7prayer.com/dailydevotional

Another Bible Study resource we recommend is the Bible Project:

https://bibleproject.com/

 

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD32TU8IYas

And here some more ideas from Tim (Mark and Sam’s son-in-law) for older children:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkrNVQ_Fz7o

OTHER IDEAS?

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. 

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