Welcome to - Helsby Methodist Church

Welcome to
Helsby Methodist Church
Minister: Revd. Steve Santry
Manse: 722102
Minister’s Email: [email protected]
Church Office: 727217
Office Email: [email protected]
Church Website: www.helsbymethodist.org.uk
Circuit Website: www.chesteranddelamereforest.org.uk
Stewards: John Dearden 722292, Jon Ford 724968, Dave Taylor 724524, Dave Penny 724595, Gill Lockett 722093
Weekly Notices: Prepared by Andrea Walker 722557 or [email protected]
Items for inclusion in the Notices should be advised before 10.00am on Friday
Sunday 22nd March
Duty Steward: Jon Ford
Revd. George Evans
Blakelees: Revd. Paul Braisdell
Please ask a Steward about large print hymnbooks if required.
Prayer is offered at the end of Morning Service – please sit on the front row and a member of the Prayer Team will come to you.
Outreach Group. Some of you will be aware from the Church Council meeting that the proposal to the Annual Church
meeting on the 26th April is that the church charity for this year should be the Karibuni Trust. This is a small charity
working with the poor and disadvantaged children and families in Kenya. There is an important link with our church as one
of the trustees is Karen Chalmers' father. Our link person from the group will be Nicola Lightfoot.
It was agreed that we continue to support the West Cheshire Foodbank with provision of food.
Ian Oulton has agreed to reinvest the £1,000 we have donated to Lend with Care. So far we have supported about 17
We are starting to discuss how we could realistically be involved in the new retirement apartments by Tesco if only to
help them be aware of a warm welcome at HMC.
We are a small group of six and would welcome people coming to join us in our discussions and prayers. We meet about
twice a year on average to coordinate our financial giving - and we are a very generous church. We do, at this juncture,
need a new co-ordinator so if anyone is interested in joining us please contact either Steve Santry or Rob Wigmore.
Clare Morton is going to Ethiopia on Sunday 22nd March with an acute medical and ophthalmic team for a week and
she would welcome our prayers, and the occasional emails.
Women’s Fellowship. The next meeting will be in The Link on Wednesday 25th March at 2.00pm. Age UK will be
coming to assist us in gentle exercises. It could look a bit off-putting but on the last occasion it was quite instructive and a
good laugh and plenty of hilarity!! After the meeting, over a drink and refreshments, we will have time to talk about the
future of Women’s Fellowship. Look forward to seeing you there. Rob
Ordination of Linda and Michaela into the Diaconal Ministry. Time is getting near to order your tickets if you want
to go to Blackburn Cathedral on 28th June. The service starts at 6.30pm. Order tickets from 9.00am on Monday 30th
March at www.methodistconference.org.uk/conference. The phone number is not available yet but there are several
people who are going to order the maximum of 4 tickets so there will hopefully be some available for those of you who
have no internet access. If this would be helpful to you there will be a list in the front entrance of church for you to sign.
If you would like me to organize a coach, please sign the list so I have an idea of numbers and I will make some inquiries.
Chris Critchley
Lenten Lunch at HMC.
Wednesday 25th March at HMC – “Palestine”. Joint Service at 12.00pm followed by a simple
Coffee Morning at Foxhill on Tuesday 24th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm. There will be the usual stalls, including
cakes, books and a raffle. All welcome.
Don't forget Tuesday 31st March at Hoole Methodist Church Hamilton St. Chester 7.30pm Kelsborrow Choir are
singing a Meditation based on the traditional "Seven last words of Jesus Christ" Choir and congregation
singing. Please go along, it’s a lovely setting of music. Free entrance, donations welcome.
West Cheshire Foodbank are currently in short supply of: Fruit Squash/Cordial, Sponge Puddings, Instant
Pasta with Sauce, Cuppa Soups.
Foodbank Delivery Rota
23rd Mar - Sue & Derek Colville
30th Mar - Roger Brooks
6th Apr - Andrea & Andrew Walker
13th Apr - Chris & David Critchley
20th Apr - Rob Wigmore
27th Apr - Ian Oulton
4th May - Lucy Penny
11th May - Geof & Viv Robinson
18th May - Colin Holden
25th May - Sue & Derek Colville
1st June - Roger Brooks
8th June - Andrea & Andrew Walker
15th June - Chris & David Critchley
Easter Services
Wednesday 1st April
The Midweek Service at 11.30am will be an Agape Service.
This is a special service for Holy Week and includes a simple meal within the service.
Good Friday 3rd April
10.00am Joint Service at HMC followed by Walk of Witness
and afterwards Hot Cross Buns at St. Paul’s
Easter Sunday 5th April
9.00am a simple breakfast of cereal, toast etc. and drinks in The Link
10.00am to 10.45am Multiplex Groups
then Worship and Communion Celebration together in Church from 10.45am with the
usual refreshments afterwards. The theme throughout will be "Resurrection Life".
We will be holding our Annual Church Meeting on Sunday 26th April. Everyone is invited to a faith lunch in the
Link following the service.
Frodsham Methodist Church will host an election hustings for all the Weaver Vale Constituency Candidates
for the General Election on 7th May. This hustings will take place exactly a week before the election on Thursday
30th April at 7.30pm in the Church. Doors will open at 6.30pm for refreshments in the hall and people will have an
opportunity to submit a written question for the candidates. All questions must be submitted by 7.15pm. The questions
will be put to each candidate - due to election rules separate questions are not permitted to be asked of different
candidates. It is hoped that friends from the churches in Frodsham and from the wider community would like to be
involved and share in this evening which is likely to be the only hustings in Frodsham. Please contact Revd. Denise
Harding with any questions or queries.
Please remember in your prayers...
Revd. Jackie Bellfield. Matthew Bickerton. Sue Cooper. Gwyneth Dodd. Karl & Sheila Fath.
Alan, Carole & Dave Jones. Carol-Ann & Peter Lockett. Margaret & Tom Marcroft. Michael McIntyre.
Pat Merriman. Clare Morton. David & Wyn Ogilvy. Volker, Sharon & Samuel Würth Cliffe.
For enquiries about the above named, please speak to Rob Wigmore or a Steward
Activities for Week Commencing Monday 23rd March
Muddles 10.00am - 12.00pm in The Link. Muddles is a friendly and fun mums and tots group,
we also welcome of course dads, grandparents, carers and child-minders. We enjoy play-time,
healthy-snack time and song-time, so why not come along and join the fun! (Cath Clarke
Elm Cottage Housegroup 9.45am - 12.00pm (Sylvia Brooks 722016 or Mabel Coulter 722084)
Walking Football for the Over 55s 5.00pm – 6.00pm at Frodsham Leisure Centre
John & Norma’s Housegroup 8.00pm, 10 Landscape Dene (722292)
Lenten Service & Lunch 12.00pm at HMC
Women’s Fellowship 2.00pm in The Link
Kids Club straight from school until 4.45pm (Cath Clarke 727217)
Housegroup 7.30pm at 27 Hallastone Road (Colin and Catherine Holden 723161)
Muddles 9.30am - 11.30am in The Link followed by:
Church Mice from 11.30am – 12.00pm in Church. (Cath Clarke 727217)
Music Group 6.30pm – 7.30pm in Church
Sunday 29th March
Duty Steward: Gill Lockett
Revd. Steve Santry
Blakelees: Revd Neil Stacey
22nd March 2015
News from Chester & Delamere Forest Circuit
Screen on the Lane. The next film showing at Garden Lane will be on Saturday 28th March. Doors open 7.00pm for
7.30pm - Boyhood 15 (165 minutes). Tickets £5 - Available in advance at www.skiddle.com or in person at Mustique, 83
Garden Lane. Further enquiries 01244 382414. Advance Notice: Next film Saturday 25th April – The Theory of
On Saturday 28th March, 2.30pm–6.00pm Hoole Methodist Church will host the highly acclaimed choral conductor
and composer, Philip Stopford, along with two excellent soloists, Philip Cartwright (tenor) and David Whitley (bass). The
event begins at 2.30pm with a rehearsal, followed by refreshments, before a performance at around 4.30pm. Cost: £7
reserved in advance or £10 on the day. Further details from John Evans (07939 645688)
Kelsall Churches Training Partnership Spring Training Day. Creating Worship, a day with John L. Bell
of the Iona Community’s Wild Goose Resource Group. Looking at two topics; ‘The Imagination as a Resource for Faith’
and ‘Songs from the Iona Community’. Saturday 18th April 10.00am – 4.00pm at Kelsall Methodist Church.
Booking forms are available on the entrance table - places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Quiz Night at Caldy Valley Neighbourhood Church Friday 24th April 7.00pm. Bring teams of 6 or make up teams
on the night! Quiz-setter is Graham Evans. Tickets are £7 (which includes Ploughman's Supper). Names and numbers to
Pauline Jackson (01244 343786) or Sue Morton (01244 348642) by 30th March please
Hoole Methodist Church are looking to stage a performance of Roger Jones Pentecost Musical “Saints Alive”
on Sunday 24th May at 3.00pm. They would like to invite other singers to join in and anticipate holding rehearsals on
Friday evenings and/or Sunday afternoons. If there is sufficient interest, it may be possible to stage a second performance
at another Church in the Circuit (first come etc.!) and there is even the opportunity to include some short drama sketches
if they have any acting volunteers! Before they can finalise their plans, they would be grateful if anyone in the
Circuit can loan them copies of the music! If you would be interested in taking part or can loan the music, John
Evans would be very pleased to hear from you on 07939 645688 or [email protected]
Conference - Mental Health Matters: 5th - 7th June. Members of the DMLN, in partnership with Gill Dascombe, VicePresident of the Methodist Conference, are organising this event which will take place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th
June at Cliff College. Mental Health Matters is designed to provide training, support and advice to children and youth
workers, ministers, lay employees and anyone else who wishes to learn more about mental health issues affecting
members of their congregation. This year's theme will be 'Equipping Churches to Respond'. With keynotes and
workshops covering mental health issues experienced by children and young people, adults and the elderly, Mental Health
Matters seeks to provide essential tools which will enable members of the church to support those with mental health
issues and help make the church a welcoming, inclusive, understanding and caring environment. To find out more,
visit www.methodist.org.uk/mentalhealthmatters or email Claire Rakich [email protected]