CHURCH FLOWER TEAM - Urgent Help Needed
The number of people able to help with the arrangement and distribution of Church flowers has fallen due to illness. The flower team desperately needs new helpers to continue this valuable work and would be glad if anyone could offer to arrange and/or distribute flowers, even if they could only do it occasionally. If you feel you might be able to help, please see Elaine Watts for further details.
NATIONAL PRAYER WEEKEND BOOKLET
A booklet containing the prayers from the recent National Prayer Weekend is now available. Please see Janette Farley if you would like a copy.
TRAIDCRAFT CHRISTMAS CARDS If anyone would like to order any Traidcraft Christmas cards, a sample pack is available to help you make your choice. Please see Elaine Watts.
THE REAL ADVENT CALENDAR Once again the Fylde Fairtrade Steering Group would like to raise money to purchase Fairtrade ‘Real Advent Calendars’. We hope to distribute them to Brian House Children’s Hospice, Sydney Street Children’s Centre, Home Start and Fylde Coast Women’s Aid. The Advent calendars contain Fairtrade chocolate and a 24-page story-activity book. Each calendar costs £3.99. Please see Elaine Watts if you would like to either donate one or buy one. Donations from the sale of this calendar will help feed children in Kenya.
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.
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS PAGE
As usual, we will be having a Christmas Greetings page in the Record. If you wish to send greetings to church friends in this way and give a donation to church funds instead of sending Christmas cards, please hand your gift to Andrew Whitley by Sunday 17 November.
MHA CHRISTMAS FRIENDSHIP APPEAL
Help to bring a seasonal sparkle of friendship to an older person experiencing loneliness by writing an extra Christmas card, either as part of a group or individually, to be sent on through MHA. Please give your card(s) to Elaine Watts by the beginning of December.
Our annual carol service is on Sunday 22 December and we are hoping to have a group of singers to lead the carols and to sing two choir items. If you have experience of part singing and would like to consider joining the singing group for this occasion, please contact Anne Mayes (Tel. 727132).
This will be running on Thursday mornings at 11.00 a.m. from 28 November to 19 December. This year’s theme is ‘An Advent Journey’ written by Gill Page.
Week 1 From past to present, travelling hopefully.
Week 2 Repent and bear good fruit.
Week 3 Acknowledging doubt and despair.
Week 4 Changing your mind.
Please make a note of the dates and come and join us.
CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM CHURCHES TOGETHER IN ST ANNES
These are being printed, including invitations to attend key Christmas services at the 8 participating churches. If you can help with delivery to local homes, please let Janette Farley know (Tel. 07958 100041). Many thanks.
ANNUAL REGISTRATION OF KEYHOLDERS
If you hold church keys and have not been able to register them yet, please make arrangements to do so by contacting Bill Bissett (Tel. 728140
MORE HELP REQUIRED
Do you like coffee with friends? Would you like to start the week with a laugh? And can you wield a duster, vacuum cleaner or mop? The volunteer church cleaning team needs some temporary help on Monday mornings between now and Christmas. If you feel able to join the team, even occasionally, please speak with Irene Harrison on 01253 726185.
If you are - or if you know anyone who is - skilled in calligraphy, and would be willing to make occasional entries in our 'Memorial Book', please let Janette Farley know on 07958100041.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER OUR RECYCLING
Used postage stamps can be sold to raise money for the local branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind; New or used postcards are sold to raise money for the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) who fly essential supplies to remote areas of developing countries; Old spectacles can be recycled to support the work of Vision Aid Overseas, providing affordable eye care services in developing countries.
Please pass any items for recycling to Elaine Watts or leave in the box at the rear of church.
*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!
ALL WE CAN - EXTRAORDINARY GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS Give your loved ones a lifechanging gift this Christmas. Every gift and donation made through All We Can’s Extraordinary gifts has the power to transform the lives of people living in some of the world’s poorest communities. Pick up a catalogue at the back of Church.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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