Welcome to the Sutton Team Parish, St. Helens
The website for All Saints, St. Nicholas’ and St. Michael’s & All Angels Churches in Sutton, St. Helen’s
CHURCHES OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
All Saints, Ellamsbridge Road, Wednesday 1st July 10.30 am-12 noon
St Nicholas, New Street, Thursday 2nd July 10.30 am-12 noon
St Michaels, Gartons Lane, Sunday 5th July 10.30 am-12 noon
Social distancing rules apply
In light of the Government guidance, the Church of England has said that all churches can open for private prayer, times and dates as above. For those who are self isolating or having to shield, we are still continuing with our online and social media worship. The church continues to be alive and active. Our worship of God and our care for each other continue.
During this time, we are using various means to connect with one another and for worship and prayer.
- We are using Worship at Home booklets for Morning and Night Prayer
- We have a church whatsapp group for daily updates and prayer requests and encouragement
- We are posting daily videos on You-Tube under the title ‘suttonministryteam’
- The Lent group is available here on the website- see below for the links.
If you would like a ‘Worship at Home’ Booklet to be posted to you, or to be added to the WhatsApp group, or to have help in finding thhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sUYKurfUQs&t=3se you-tube videos please do let us know (Louise and Simon 01744 602871).
If you need practical help, or to talk to us or to be prayed for- please don’t hesitate to call us on the number above.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Matthew 12:30-31
with our love and prayers for you,
Rev’ds Louise and Simon Moore (Rectors of Sutton)
Sutton Ministry Team
Thursday 2nd July Reflection
brought to us by Revd graham Milford
IF LIFE IS LEAVING YOU A LITTLE LOST AT THE MOMENT; WHO SHOULD YOU FOLLOW?
LUKE 24: 31: Then their eyes were opened and they recognised Him, and He disappeared from their sight.
When I wrote my reflection on the Secret Garden my mind was taken back to the Chronicles of Narnia and the Story of Prince Caspian. Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan are back in Narnia to find Prince Caspian. They will find him at Aslan’s How.
Narnia has changed so it is not easy to follow the route which would take them there. They reach The Rush, a river that flows north and eventually into the Great River. They believe that if they follow the flow of the river it will lead them to Aslan’s How.
As they are about to follow the flow of the river, Lucy, the youngest cries out! “The Lion.” But she is the only one who sees Aslan. He appears ‘upstream,’ different to the direction the children are to take. The older children and companions who are with them, question what Lucy has seen. It could be any Lion. She gets annoyed because they are questioning her like adults would.
“Where did you think you saw him;” “I didn’t think I saw him. I saw him.” Not only is she convinced, she is sure that by the look on his face he was asking them to follow him in the other direction.
The way we live and the world have changed since Bible times. Also the way people experience God has changed; or has it.
We don’t hear of communities of people following the leading of God in a cloud as the Israelites did in the Wilderness. Neither do we experience meeting God in a Burning Bush or the Holy Spirit in the form of a Dove.
Lucy saw Aslan’s face, the group decide not to go in the direction Lucy saw Aslan but eventually they do and as they allow Lucy to lead them, eventually one by one they all recognise his face as Lucy encourages them to look.
Where might you see God’s face? In Matthew’s Gospel in the parable of the Sheep and Goats, Mt 25: 37, 40:Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me.’
I believe that I experienced God’s directing to Liverpool through seeing the brown signs by the Humber in Hull directing me to Liverpool across the Pennine Way. It was only through that directing working itself out through the invite to apply for a job in the Liverpool Diocese that it all became clear.
Remember the two disciples on the Emmaus Road when a stranger came and walked alongside them. Luke 24: 13 – 35: They told him all that had happened in Jerusalem that day, then the stranger explained the Scriptures as they applied to those events. The disciples invited Him to stay and eat with them that night. As the stranger broke bread they recognised it was Jesus. Their story, His explanation of Scripture drew out recognition of His face as Jesus broke the bread.
As the influence of Coronavirus grows in small communities, cities, countries and continents, in the stories we hear, do we detect the face or presence of God.
As we have experienced the apparent decline in church attendance, the apparent influence of God in society, our experience of that personally in Sutton and our search of a way forward for our churches, do we still see God in our worship, prayers, teaching. Do we see Jesus face in the person who comes to the vicarage door because he/she is struggling with life’s events; the face of Jesus as HE struggles to find meaning in that person’s life just like the disciples on the Emmaus Road.
When my Dad was in a nursing home suffering the effects of a brain haemorrhage, my Mum took one of his friends to see him. She let the friend walk into the room first but Dad did not recognise her. It was only when after a pause my Mum walked in after her that he recognised his friend.
I’ve since compared that to the work of the Holy Spirit bringing Jesus alive in people’s lives. Pray that people will walk with us on our journey of faith until we get to that place where they will see Jesus face.
REFLECTION: Have you ever spotted a face in a cloud or painting, why not try to sketch a face; maybe your reflection in a mirror.
What facial expressions describe different emotions for you?
What do you see in a face that is full of the peace that Jesus gives?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I often wonder what your face looks like, if one day I might see You face to face and live. I pray that when people look at my face they will see Jesus in its expression. Amen.
Day of Prayer
- 7 am ( and on through the morning..) Psalm 50: 7-14
- 1 pm ( and on through the afternoon…) Amos 5:14-15, 21-24
- 7 pm ( and on through the evening…) Matt 8:28-end
Tuesday 30th June
and continuing weekly on Tuesday evenings
7:30pm – 8:30pm, led by Mikey & Bren
A message to young people (& the young at heart)
Do you ever question life? Seek answers to the BiG questions life throws up?
You can join in with others asking questions, seeking answers, sharing opinions in ZOOM ALPHA
Let us know you’re interested and we’ll send you a zoom link each week so you can connect:
Text or phone Bren: 07591457221
email Bren & Mikey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want a taster of what it’s all about? Check out this promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fyjL4NsAfM&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2GHIwyiCibM7LnQit7IdVDZMA9xWnMnqHrikYrWUjFw8xLEgg06TDRAK8
Bible Book Club
Date and Time to be confirmed
If you have any enquiries we may be able to help with, whether to do with a Wedding, Christening, Services or Spiritual help, then please contact us at our Parish Office.
We will be glad to help you however we can.
All enquiries should be made to the Parish Office, Eaves Lane, Sutton, St. Helens, WA9 3UB.
Office Hours are 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Telephone 01744 813841; Email email@example.com
If you need to arrange a funeral for a loved one, then your Funeral Director should make the arrangements on your behalf. They will liaise with our Parish Office regarding costs and availability of a minister and church.
As Christians we believe in the love of God, shown to all the world through God sending His one and only Son, Jesus, to free us from our sins which have distanced us as a people from God.
Jesus as our Lord and Saviour teaches us that God is very close to us, and wants dwell within our hearts and be part of our everyday lives. God, through His Holy Spirit that is God’s very self, equips us so we can serve Him with joy in this life, and look forward to eternal life through the death and Resurrection of His Son.
If you would like to further your own spiritual journey or learn about the Christian faith, then please contact one of our clergy team through the Parish Office, who will be more than happy to help.