We can all too easily get confused with the church............... We refer to its physicality as a building and a location, but it is neither, the church is us! A group of people, whether they meet for worship in a Cathedral or under a tree, are both church. Also it can be something we 'do' rather than something we 'are', if church is like a club, we turn up participate and leave, something has gone badly wrong. The church as God's family exists to share to and care for a broken world. We can't 'retire' from it, if we have owned its deeper meaning. How can we find ways to change people's perception of church and be more like the people that God intends (have a look at Acts 2:42-47 for example). We'd love to know your thoughts.
With Love and Prayers, Simon and Louise.
Last week's question. Which son wanted his father at his party (Luke 15:11-32) The answer is neither, they were both lost, it should be the parable of the prodigal sons.
NEWS FROM THE PARISH
This Sunday's Services
9.30 a.m. Communion led Louise
10.30 a.m. Communion led by Simon
6.30 p.m. Evensong le by Ann
11.15 a.m. Communion led Louise
Next Sunday’s Services- 26 August 2018
9.30 a.m. Morning Worship led by Simon at St. Michael
10.30 a.m. All Age Service at St. Nicholas
11.15 a.m. Communion at All Saints
6.30 p.m. Communion at St. Nicholas
Dates for your Diary
Children and Families : Weekly craft/ activities/ lunch, St. Michael's Church 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Tuesday throughout the summer holidays, starting 31st July on-going weekly up to end of August, contact 07729 385830 for further details.
Dates for your Diary
26 August 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Open Church at St. Nicholas
29 August 7.30 p.m. PCC in the parish meeting room at St. Nicholas.
1 September 10.30 a.m. Messy Church at St. Nicholas
5 September Parish Day of Prayer- 7 a.m. St Michaels, 1 p.m. All Saints, 7 p.m.
16 September 2 p.m.– 4 p.m. Garden Party at Bishop’s Lodge, Woolton Park.
Bishop Paul and Kate are inviting all clergy and congregations.
Places are limited, so booking is essential. Please e-mail email@example.com with your name and the number of tickets requested for children and adults.
21 September 7.30 p.m. Harvest Hotpot Supper and entertainment in the Hall Dining Room. Tickets £7 (under 16s £4) are now available in church or office.
22 September Launch of Transform NorthWest (new church plants in St. Helens, Warrington and Widnes) Saturday 22nd Sept 4 p.m.-7.p.m. at St. Helens College Town Centre Campus. You need to book your free tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transform-lift-off-event-tickets-48092450815
2 November 7.30 p.m. Concert with Simeon Wood, musician and entertainer (see www.simeonwood.co.uk) at All Saints. tickets on sale soon, £8 in advance, £10 on the door (includes refreshments), under 18's free, proceeds to All Saints restoration fund and 10% to the homeless shelter.
There are a number of Alpha courses (an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with great food!) in the local area starting in September, both morning, lunchtime and evening, phone Simon on 01744 602871 for more details, do invite family and friends along.
We now have to conform to the new Data Protection Regulations. If you have any contact information relating to church i.e. names and addresses, phone numbers etc., please would you bring the paper work or computer data to the Parish Office.
Regular Weekly Activities
Sunday 9.30 a.m. 'Sunday Stars' children's group during morning service at St. Michael's (except All Age Service, 1st Sundays)
10.30 a.m. 'Sunday Club' children's group during morning Service at St. Nicholas (except All Age Service 4th Sundays)
1 p.m.-4 p.m. Gentle exercise/ refreshments All Saints
10 a.m. - Craft and Coffee Morning St. Michael's
10 a.m. -11.30 a.m. Toddlers, St. Michael's
10 a.m. Communion All Saints
10.45 a.m. Coffee morning All Saints
10.30 a.m. Fit Forever, St. Nicholas Church Hall
8 p.m. Bowling Club, St. Nicholas Church Hall
9 a.m. - 10.15 a.m. Toddlers All Saints
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Toddlers St. Nicholas, Church Hall
9 a.m.-11 a.m. Craft Morning All Saints
10 a.m. Holy Communion St. Nicholas Church
10.30 a.m. -12 p.m. Coffee Morning St. Nicholas Church Hall
7.30 p.m.- 8.45 p.m. Choir Practice St. Nicholas Church.
Homegroup/ Bible Study Groups are running ongoing, please ask the Clergy/ Ministers for details.
Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, and Scouts, meet during the week in the Sutton Team Churches/ Halls. For further details please contact Barbara Johnson 01744 54444.