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WESLEY’S CAFÉ has re-opened on Tuesdays from 11.30 a.m. and Thursdays from 12.00 noon.  It is good to have Paul Caddy and many of our former volunteers back as part of the team each week.  Congratulations to the team for achieving a 5 star Food Hygiene Rating, which is the highest level, from Fylde Borough Council when they visited the Café on 24 April 2019. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Stephen on 07711 911 955 or email stephen.heath@churchrdmethodist.org.uk



CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
On the Church Anniversary, Sunday 2 June we are looking to welcome a number of people into church membership, either as new members or transfers from other churches. If you are not presently a member but it is something you are interested in making a commitment to, then please contact Judith Smith or Revd. Stephen Heath.

TRAIDCRAFT
 
The next Traidcraft Stall will be on Sunday 26 May. New catalogues are now available, please see Elaine Watts if you would like a copy, or to order any items. Thank you for your continuing support.


THY KINGDOM COME PRAYER DAY

Please see the notice
here about this circuit prayer initiative, which will be hosted at Church Road on Thursday 30 May. If anyone could offer to Steward for an hour in church between 11.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Judith on 07586842846 if you are able to help.

CHURCH RECORD
The Summer edition of the Record will be published in early June. As ever, contributions from church members will be very welcome and should be sent to the church office, preferably by email, by Wednesday 15 May.

CHRISTIAN AID CAMPAIGN  
Sierra Leone is the most dangerous place in the world to become a mum.  The country lacks funds needed to provide the most basic health services - things that we all take for granted.   Would you be willing to sign a petition sheet to the UK Government to ensure it uses its powers in the International Monetary Fund to deal with debt crises in developing countries?  The petition is on the table at the rear of Church or see Elaine Watts for more information.

NATIONAL PRAYER WEEKEND - PRAYER, PLANNING AND PREPARATION
The '3 Ps' team needs more members to help develop our church's participation in this event, which will take place from 28 - 30 September to pray for and with our community. We need you, whichever 'P' you can contribute to. Please contact Janette Farley (tel. 07958100041) for more information. 

OPENING OF COMMUNITY HUB
BE PART OF HISTORY!
and take part in our intergenerational performance of ‘A Million Dreams’ for the opening of the new Community Hub on Saturday 1 June at 3.00 p.m.
Younger, Older, Experienced or New to singing, ALL ARE WELCOME!

Rehearsals will take place in the parlour on

Saturday 11 May 10.00 a.m - 11:30 p.m.
Saturday 18 May 10.00 a.m.- 11:30 p.m.
Saturday 25 May 3.00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For more information or to express an interest, please contact Rebekah Derbyshire on 07552672436 or derbyshiremrs@gmail.com


ACTION FOR CHILDREN SPONSORED WALKS IN THE NORTH WEST
Action for Children is organising two sponsored walks over the summer, the first is on Saturday 13 July to Hilbre Island off the shore of the Wirral and the second is on Saturday 21 September across Morecambe Bay. Please see posters in the foyer for more information. An opportunity to step out and help disadvantaged children in the UK.

‘TRAVEL LIGHTLY’ – A 40-DAY RESOURCE PRODUCED BY ALL WE CAN
The Methodist Relief and Development Fund has produced a booklet of readings, activities and prayers. It is suggested this is used from Ash Wednesday until Easter but it can be used anytime. A specimen copy is available for inspection and personal copies are available from Elaine Watts. Donations towards printing would be appreciated.


UNSOLD FOOD ITEMS

The Tesco table with donated unsold food items that have reached their sell by date but not there use by date will be at the back of the church each Sunday. Please take any items for yourself or to pass on to others. There is no charge but if you wanted to make a donation, it will go to the Benevolent Fund.


FROM GROCERIES TO GETAWAYS GO TO EASYFUNDRAISING AND HELP RAISE MONEY FOR OUR CHURCH If you are on-line shopping for a holiday, travel, groceries or anything, please remember to buy through Easyfundraising and help raise funds for our Church.   There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation; these include Amazon, John Lewis, Argos, Debenhams, Ticketmaster, Aviva, Marks and Spencer, the trainline, Sainsbury's, holiday companies and so on – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3... 1.  Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/churchrdmethodist/ and join for free. 2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping. 3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to our church for no extra cost whatsoever! There are no catches or hidden charges and the church will be really grateful for your donations.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US THROUGH EASY FUNDRAISING
Thank you to everyone who has been supporting us through Easyfundraising. If you’re shopping on-line, please remember that there are over 3,000 shops and sites ready to make a donation, including Amazon, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Next, B&Q, John Lewis, Expedia, Ebay, Aviva, thetrainline and thousands more.
Go to
https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/churchrdmethodist/ and join for free.


We are a caring church, but it is sometimes easy to assume that we are already aware of people in need of support. If you are aware of someone who might appreciate a visit (and/or some flowers), or of a situation that requires a pastoral response, please have a word with one of the Stewards.

Better to be informed twice than not at all!



LEAGUE OF LIGHT BOXES Thank you to those who support Action for Children with League of Light collecting boxes. Please note that, in future, these should be returned to the new circuit treasurer, Jim Edwell. (Tel: 723031)
FLEXIBLE USE OF THE CHURCH

Thank you to all the organisations using the church during the week for their part in keeping our church clean and tidy and ready for use. During the week, chairs are placed round the sides and across the front of the church; please be careful not to put chairs in front of the heaters as this causes the wood to become very hot to the touch and is potentially a safety issue. To help get the church ready for our Sunday morning services each week we need volunteers to put the chairs back into rows and set up the coffee area at the back of the church. This job takes 3 or 4 people approximately 10 minutes and can be done on Saturday or on Sunday at around 9.30 am, or 9am for Activ8 on the first Sunday of each month. With sufficient volunteers we will be able to set up a rota so you won’t need to commit to doing this every week. If you are able to help please speak to one of the stewards or email Linda Butcher at lbutcher@f2s.com  

USED POSTAGE STAMPS  

Please do remember to save these and place them in the box at the rear of the church.  These are sold to help the local work of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Thank you


POSTCARDS

Our Church collects used and unused postcards.  The money raised goes to the Christian charity Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).  MAF planes transport essential medical care, food, water, relief teams and church workers to those in desperate need in developing countries.  At least £8,000 is raised each year from the sale of postcards.  There is a box at the rear of the Church to place the postcards in. Thank you for your support. Elaine Watts


USERS OF CHURCH PREMISES
This is a reminder to users of the Church that the premises must be left in the same condition at the end of the period as at the start. This also includes any furnishings moved, which after use must be returned to their original position.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE

To prevent any risk of accidents or damage, will all organisations please note that under no circumstances must any chairs or other items be placed in front or on top of any of the Church heaters, nor within 10-12 inches at the side of the heaters.  This notice must be observed and adhered to at all times. Thank you for your co-operation.