NEWSLETTER, SUNDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 2022 

 THE FEAST OF ST MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS 

 

MICHAELMAS 

Michaelmas gales assail the waning year, 

And Michael’s scale is true, his blade is bright. 

He strips dead leaves; and leaves the living clear 

To flourish in the touch and reach of light. 

Archangel bring your balance, help me turn 

Upon this turning world with you and dance 

In the Great Dance. Draw near, help me discern, 

And trace the hidden grace in change and chance. 

Angel of fire, Love’s fierce radiance, 

Drive through the deep until the steep waves part, 

Undo the dragon’s sinuous influence 

And pierce the clotted darkness in my heart. 

Unchain the child you find there, break the spell 

And overthrow the tyrannies of Hell 

 

Malcolm Guite 

 

Once again we’ll be using hydrangea heads for Church Harvest decoration so we need your help to decorate the church. Please bring hydrangea heads and greenery to church on either Wednesday 28th or Thursday 29th Sept or Saturday 1st October 9am -12 noon. 

And don’t forget it’s breakfast next Sunday in the Parish Hall preceding our Harvest Parade. 

 

SERVICES THIS WEEK & NEXT WEEK 

 

Sunday 

·       8.30 Holy Communion 

·       10.00 Family Worship 

·       11.15 Morning Worship 

 

Next Sunday: Harvest 

·       9.15 Breakfast in the Parish Hall 

·       10.30am: A Combined Parade Service for Harvest 

 

Next Wednesday 

·       11.00am: Holy Communion  

ONLINE WORSHIP THIS & NEXT WEEK 

Sunday: 10.45am Family Worship 

https://www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinityFormby 

ALPHA AT HOLY TRINITY 

We had a great time at Alpha last week and it’s not too late to join us in the foyer in church; Tuesday evenings 7.15pm - 9pm until 29th November. Alpha is a great course for those who are exploring faith and who have questions…. and those who’d like a refresher. The evening will start with food (Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements or have any allergies) and fellowship followed by a video and discussions. Please be praying about who you will invite on to Alpha or is that person you?  

Please contact Mark, Vicky or the wardens via the office (formby.htc.office@btconnect.com or 01704 878913) if you would like to sign up for the course. 

SWEET FRIDAY 

Calling all ladies, come and join us for an evening of fun on Friday 14th October at 8pm when we will be launching a brand new ladies event called ‘Sweet Friday’ in the parish hall. 

  

An evening for the women of our community to come together for fun, friendship, chatter and cake. Dympna Edwards will be joining us to share with us all the good things that are happening in our community, she will be talking about the Food Pantry, the history of Formby Pool and her stories of hosting a family from the Ukraine. 

  

You are invited to bring a friend, bring nibbles something you would like to drink (and a glass), we will provide some delicious home baked sweet treats to have with coffee and tea. You may also like to look on the Compassion Acts UK website https://compassionacts.uk/donate/ to find the latest shopping list for the items the food pantry needs and bring something from the list with you on the night. 

  

For any more details contact samstanford@hotmail.co.uk 01704386464 

 

OTHER NEWS 

 

·       On the 1st Monday of every month at the end of cuppa and chat at 12noon we will have a 45 minute sing along with Mandy & Maggie's popular songs. All welcome to stay after cuppa and chat or come along just to sing or listen. 

 

 

PRAYER HARMONY 

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.  Gen 8:22 

 

We pray for the harvests coming in, over the next few weeks, as the farmers reflect on a difficult year because of the drought, and the continuing fuel price rises. We pray for each family that they may be able to access the help they need, and continue to serve the community with the food security. 

 

As we realise that we have come perilously close, this year, to the seasons becoming unmanageable, with drought and flooding, causing catastrophe and despair, we pray for those parts of the world that are affected so much worse than we have suffered, and ask God to direct us into the best action and response. 

 

We pray for all the little ones and their parents and grandparents who come to the Tiddlers group on Mondays, thanking God for the dedicated team, led by Barbara and Joyce. For some of these families, they will not have met Jesus, and here, they receive His love in abundance through the work of faithful and enduring service. 

 

CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD IN THE PRAYER ROOM. 7PM EVERY THURSDAY 

Sue Raby writes: We meet to talk with God and in prayer and fellowship with others. It starts with a cuppa at 7pm and move into prayer at 7.15. Come to enjoy company, come to say thanks, come to ask, come and listen. Come once or come each week, the choice is yours. 

 

RESOURCES FOR PRAYER AND BIBLE READING: 

Mark recommends Lectio 365, you can find details of their free app here: 

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

 

Want to dig deeper, but don’t know where to start. Bible Project have some great videos and pod casts: 

https://bibleproject.com/ 

 

Want to read the bible on your phone, download the free YouVersion app: 

https://www.youversion.com/ 

 

Lastly the Church of England’s Daily Office app, you’ll find details here: 

https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/time-to-pray 

 

And sign up to the Liverpool Diocesan rule of life here www.ruleoflife.org.uk and receive weekly emails. 

 

SUPPORTING THE MISSION AND MINISTRY OF OUR CHURCH WITH OUR MONEY  

If you've been used to giving to Church through the plate or the envelope scheme you can now join the Parish Giving Scheme online. The Parish Giving Scheme is our preferred way of giving and is a great way to continue your support. Click to www.parishgiving.org.uk/home ,then click 'Find Your Parish' and type “Formby Holy Trinity” to set up a new account in a couple of minutes. Then follow the easy steps to set up your Direct Debit and Gift Aid if you are able - and bless your church through the PGS. Alternatively, here is the link to our JustGiving page: 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/holy-trinity-church-formby 

Holy Trinity is now a charity you can select on smile.amazon.co.uk. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price of eligible purchases to:  

“The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of Holy Trinity Formby”  

KEEPING IN TOUCH  

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Mark Stanford

 

Vicar, United Benefice of Holy Trinity, Formby and St Michael and All Angels, Altcar.

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