*FREE* ENGLISH LESSONS
Our Church is part of an ecumenical project based at the Catholic Parish Centre on St Alban’s Rd, where free lessons are offered to anyone who needs help with learning English. (All levels: Beginners-Advanced). During the past year, our group has welcomed people from an amazing variety of countries, including Venezuela, Argentina, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria and China.
The lessons will start again, after the summer break, on 2nd September. We meet every Monday afternoon and Monday evening during term time. If you know (or meet) anyone who might be interested in attending, please tell them about us and/or have a chat with Stuart, Anne, Audrey P. or Lesley. Thank you!
The Hobbycraft group will not be meeting over the summer and will reconvene in the Autumn.
THANK YOU to everyone who helped in any way with the Carnival Coffee morning last week and to all those who came along and supported. After an uncertain start with the weather, we were blessed with the sunshine and it turned out to be a very successful morning, with many people watching the procession joining us for coffee and cakes. A total of £181.53 was raised towards the Community Hub Project.
NEXT FUNDRAISING EVENTS in the autumn will be a Winter Planting Demonstration by Greg Anderton of Lytham in Bloom in the afternoon of Wednesday 18 September and a Ladies Fashion Show at Fylde Rugby Club in the evening of Wednesday 16 October. Please note these dates and watch out for more information.
We apologise for the limited number of copies of the summer Record that we have been able to print so far, as a result of ongoing problems with our photocopying facilities. A few copies are available at the back of the church again today and further copies will be printed as soon as possible. Please let Stuart Wrigley know if you are still awaiting a copy. In the meantime, the magazine is available to read or download from the church website.
TO ALL KEYHOLDERS
During the week commencing 15 July 2019 decorating work will be taking place in the Minister’s Vestry. If it is possible to enter through The Hub and not the Minister’s Vestry door please do so, but if that is the only option please enter with care and mind the wet paint!
PRAYER HANDBOOKS – 2019/20 This is a Lectionary of daily Bible readings and prayers arranged as a monthly cycle. It enables you to pray with and for the worldwide family of Methodist people. Prayers of praise, thanksgiving, confession and intercession provide daily focus throughout the year. If you would like to order one please ask Elaine Watts. Price around £4.00. A copy for last year is available for inspection at the rear of the Church. A large print version is also available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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. 07958 100041) for more information.
‘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.
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!
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 email@example.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
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.