I have been asked by Dorothy Stanger’s daughter Elizabeth to invite Dorothy’s friends from Church Road to join her for surprise coffee and cake on Saturday 30 March between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at New Longton Methodist Church. This is to celebrate Dorothy’s 90th Birthday. Remember ‘shush’ - it’s a surprise! Barbara Knowles (Tel.739029).
At the end of April, three of our Vestry team will come to the end of their terms of office and we will be looking for two or three new members to join the team and support Stephen in his ministry at Church Road. We ask you to think prayerfully about these positions and if you want to know more about what is involved, please speak to one of the vestry team who will be happy to discuss this with you.
A new rota for door steward duties, covering the next six months from April, is now available from Richmond Neale. Will stewards please check their duties as some of the teams have been re-organised and some new volunteers added?
CHURCH GIVING / GIFT AID
The new tax year starts on 6th April 2019 and this is a good time to start giving by banker’s standing order. Please speak to me if you are not currently using this system and are interested in finding out more about giving by standing order. The new year for offertory envelopes starts on Sunday 7thApril and I shall be distributing the new envelopes to existing users during March. Please let me know if you are not already using envelopes and would like to find out more about the Envelope Scheme. If you pay Income Tax and would like your offering to give the most benefit to your Church, details of Gift Aid can be obtained from Jonathan Livesey (Tel.738039) or myself. Gift Aid enables the Church to recover from the Inland Revenue 25 pence for every pound of your offering, so I would encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Andrew Whitley, Church Treasurer, Tel 640193
FAIRTRADE EASTER EGGS
If anyone would like a Fairtrade Easter Egg, they can be ordered from Elaine Watts. These are made from Fairtrade chocolate, cost £3.99, and include a 24- page Easter story activity book. If anyone would like to donate an Easter egg, which can be given to groups such as the Women’s Refuge, let Elaine know.
‘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.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2019 Anyone who can help to collect in the 2019 House to House Collection in St Annes in the week commencing 12 May, please contact Elaine Watts (Tel: 722302). This applies to both new collectors and anyone who collected last year. If your road is not normally included in the House to House, would you be willing to give an envelope to friends or neighbours in your road asking them to return the envelope to you or if you live in a block of flats would you be willing to deliver envelopes in your block and again ask them to return the envelope to you if they would like to contribute? A note to this effect would be enclosed in each envelope.
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!
Time Out is a group that currently runs once a month here at Church Road, aimed at children of secondary school age (academic years 7-11). However on Sunday evenings, for the next 7 weeks, the group is meeting to explore Youth Alpha. During this period of time, we would ask that you hold the young people in your prayers as they discuss, deliberate and reflect on the meaning of faith and God’s presence in their lives. More information about Time Out will be in the next edition of The Record
With thanks, Sharon Hird and Caroline Livesey, Time Out Leaders
Booking your summer holiday or a short getaway? All of the major travel retailers are on #easyfundraising; TUI, Booking.com, Expedia, First Choice, Thomas Cook, Jet2, Flybe, KLM, Hotels.com, Cottages.com, James Villas, Best Western, Virgin Holidays, Eurocamp, Opodo, P&O, PurpleParking plus +250 others! The average family holiday would raise over £50 for Church Road Methodist Church! – and it’s all completely FREE! So please, please, please remember to use #easyfundraising when you book so we don’t miss out! To find out more, visit: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk
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
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.