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February Newsletter 2023 

 

As we approach Lent it will be worth revisiting the three spiritual disciplines that Jesus identifies as central to the Christian life: almsgiving, prayer and fasting. Robin Gamble suggests that these cultivated habits are like the three primary colours, out “of which you can create a whole rainbow, they are like a three-lane motorway sweeping us forward and giving access to the presence of God. Of course, there are problems with all three of these inner pathways or disciplines. In my case I am too busy to pray, too hard pressed to give and too stuck

on fish and chips to fast. This in a nutshell is my three-fold roadblock rather than my three-lane motorway into a deep life-long relationship with God. It is about developing a spiritual rather than a worldly appetite. How was Jesus able to be the man he was? How could he do the things he did and know the things he knew? And how could he keep on being Jesus day after day?”
Simply, by living in the power of the Spirit and deliberately cultivating these disciples. And as with him, so with us:


Lord Jesus
May I follow your teaching and example.
Help me to give something away today.
Help me to pray for someone today.
Help me to go without one thing today.
And help me to do it all again in a few days’ time.
Amen.
 
There will be more details of Lent events as they are formalised with Churches Together in Formby, Altcar and Hightown but do put the joint Ash Wednesday service at St Peter’s in your diary (7.30pm) when Julie will be preaching.
 
And finally thank you to all who worked so hard to make our first Burn's Night Supper such a success.
 
PRAYER HARMONY
Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’ Matt 4:1
As we approach Ash Wednesday and Lent, we ask forgiveness on behalf of our nation, that there are still people homeless, hungry and cold in this country, and that we have failed to address the problem adequately. We give thanks for all the charities and volunteers that have served these people through the food banks and shelters, warm spaces and counselling, and ask for God’s blessing on all the participants and helpers. We especially bring to God the people of our own district, many of whom are embarrassed at living in large houses but unable to put food on the table, caught in the middle of the economic crisis.
We pray for all in the world who suffer from the effects of war, exploitation, slavery, man-made famine and other catastrophes. We ask for guidance as to how we can help and stand firm beside them. We pray for all refugees and ask God to influence those in authority to treat them with kindness, gentleness and hospitality, instead of the present attitude of deterrence.
Valentine’s Day always reminds us of the possibility of love and happiness, and we pray for all who are planning weddings this year, that they may concentrate on the love they have for each other, and the vows they intend to make, rather than the fripperies of the reception etc. We ask for God’s blessing on all who are married, that they may have the fruit of the Spirit as their basis for a good marriage, with love, kindness and consideration at the forefront.
As winter gives way to spring, we pray for the farmers that they may have a good sowing season and that their livestock may be healthy and the young ones strong. We pray for all producers and distributors of food, that inflation will not cause them to go into hardship or loss of jobs.
And as we think of Jesus’ baptism and the start of His ministry, we pray for all who have been baptised in the past year, asking God’s blessing on them and their families that they may be drawn into an ever deeper relationship with our Lord. And as the Directions Course comes to a finish, we pray that God’s will be done in each person’s life, and that a clear call on each life is discerned and acted on.
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him. Matt17:5

40 DAYS OF PRAYER
God loves it when we come to him in prayer, and so we are, for the second year doing 40 days of prayer during lent.
We are asking people to offer to pray for 20 minutes, in the prayer room, at 7pm, on one   or two evenings in the lent period. With enough people we will cover Lent.
This is an opportunity focus our minds, as a Church, on the true meaning of Easter and the lengths that God will go to, to win us back to Him.
A list will be at the back of church for you to sign up. More details from Sylvia on 07872314103 or Sue 07920858673
 
HOLY WEEK CANTATA at ST MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS
A cantata for Holy Week in popular style. Nigel is recruiting an augmented choir for Wednesday of Holy Week
There will be 4 rehearsals, 1st rehearsal at the beginning of March. Details from Nigel.
 
SHEILA GARDNER
Please pray for the family and friends of Sheila Gardner.
A memorial service for Sheila will be arranged in due course at Holy Trinity Church
 
COMING UP:
PIZZA EATERS
Meet once a month on a Wednesday evening.  
New people welcome, school year 6 and above.
Please contact Sylvia on 07872314103
 
SWEET FRIDAY
An evening for the women of our community to come together for fun and friendship FRIDAY 17th FEBRUARY 2023 8.00-9.30pm Holy Trinity Parish Hall Formby L37 3HA. Love reading? Share the joy! For more details contact: samstanford@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01704386464
Join us to discuss Christmas books, new purchases and old favourites. Perhaps you have a book you no longer wish to keep. If so, bring it along and pass it on.
Don’t forget to bring a glass, drinks and nibbles. We will provide tea, coffee and a slice of homemade cake.
For more details contact:
samstanford@hotmail.co.uk -Tel:01704386464
 
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2023
FRIDAY 3 MARCH
A service for everyone
Everyone is invited to World Day of Prayer.
2pm Formby Methodist Church, Elbow Lane
Refreshments in the Hall afterwards.
 
BISHOP JOHNS INSTALLATION AT LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL 3PM 22ND APRIL Bishop John Perumbalath will be installed as the 9th Bishop of Liverpool at a special service at Liverpool. All are welcome. 
Bishop John said “I am full of hope and trust as I look forward to my installation when my public ministry in the diocese will begin. There are challenges to face and opportunities to explore. We will love each other and learn together as we serve God and the world he loves. I am excited about getting to know the people and places in the diocese and journeying alongside you all. I hope and pray that the installation service will be an occasion of celebration where we give thanks to God for our mission and ministry as the people of God in Liverpool, and an opportunity to renew our commitment and vision.

SERVICES & EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

HOLY TRINITY, FORMBY The Church in the Village
 

This week we are reading J100 chapters 40-45 and praying for the mission and ministry of Lighthouse Church ( formally Formby Elim )
 

Saturday 4th February 9.30 am Coffee morning in Workshop 

Sunday 5th February 3rd Sunday before Lent

8.30 am Holy Communion. Followed by breakfast in the Parish Hall
10.00 am Family Service and Communion.
11.15 am Morning Worship and communion.

9.15 am Parish Breakfast in Parish Hall.

Monday 6th February

9.30 am Tiddler Toddlers Parish Hall
9.30 am Cuppa & Chat in Church with sing along 

Wednesday 8th February 11.00 am Holy Communion
6.30pm Pizza Eaters in Church Foyer 

Thursday 9th
February7 pm  Conversations with God in the Prayer Room 

Saturday 11th February 9.30 am Coffee morning in Workshop 

 

This week we are reading J100 chapters 46-50 and praying for the mission and ministry of Formby Methodist Church
 

Sunday 12th February 2nd Sunday before Lent

08.30 am Holy Communion
10.00 am Family Service
11.15 am Morning Worship 

Monday 13th February No Tiddler Toddlers -Half Term Week 

Wednesday 14thFebruary11.00 am Holy Communion 

Thursday 15th February7pm Conversations with God in the Prayer Room 

Friday 17th February 8pm Sweet Friday. An evening for women in the community.
In Parish Hall 

Saturday 18th February 9.30am Coffee morning in Workshop
 
 

This week we are reading J100 chapters 50-55 and praying for the mission and ministries Our Lady of Compassion Formby
 

Sunday 19th February Sunday next before Lent

08.30 am Holy Communion
10.00 am Family Service
11.00 am Morning Worship

Monday 20th February 9.30 am Tiddler Toddlers Parish Hall 

Wednesday 22nd February Ash Wednesday

11.00 am Holy Communion 
7.30 pm Joint Ash Wednesday Service St Peters Church Formby Preacher: Julie Butcher

 

Thursday 23rd February7pm Conversations with God in the Prayer Room 

Saturday 25th February 9.30 am coffee morning in Workshop 

This week we are reading J100 chapters 56-61 and praying for the mission and ministries of Our Lady of Victories Hightown
 

Sunday 26th February 1st Sunday of Lent

08.30 am Holy Communion
10.00 am Family Service
11.00 am Morning Worship9.30 am Holy Communion

ST MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS, ALTCAR The Church in the Fields

This week we are reading J100 chapters 40-45 and praying for the mission and ministry of Lighthouse Church ( formally Formby Elim )

 

Sunday 5th February 3rd Sunday before Lent

9.30am Holy Communion

This week we are reading J100 chapters 46-50 and praying for the mission and ministry of Formby Methodist Church

Sunday 12th February 2nd Sunday before Lent  

9.30am Holy Communion

This week we are reading J100 chapters 50-55 and praying for the mission and ministeries of Our Lady of Compassion Formby

Sunday 19th February Sunday next before Lent

9.30 Holy Communion

This week we are reading J100 chapters 56-61 and praying for the mission of Our Lady of Victories Hightown

Sunday 25th February 1st Sunday of Lent

9.30 Holy Communion




 

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