If you are a regular visitor to our site you may have found the page ‘Family News’ which relates things as they happen. Similarly the Diary will tell you what we plan will happen so keep an eye on that also as it changes at any time.
Here I will try to keep you informed about what is happening generally. Perhaps it would be helpful to have the latest entry first so that you don’t have to scroll down.
God is Sovereign and Jesus is Lord and there lies our hope and our faith. Some of us have stayed at home for more than two months, others have made a point of going out.
Lee did her final service with us on Zoom and then we all said goodbye. It was not a proper farewell so we will try that later.
Murray has been busy on the computer sending out reflections and thoughts and Sunday Resources. He has also been using Zoom to gather the people together for Services, Prayer and Fellowship, Bible Exploration.
We have been phoning each other. It is possible that we shall start services again in July. Perhaps our fellowship will be stronger after all this.
Our wooden window frames have been painted and the spiders have been very busy in the pews.
The Food Bank has been well-supported with as many as seven bags of food in one week.
Covid chaos causes consternation concerning church closure.
Our last service before having to close for Covid-19 was on 15th March. We tried to continue but the situation became impossible so we had to stop.
Followers of this page would think that would give time to bring everything up to date. Yes, but not of the website.
Meanwhile Lee and Murray have tried to minister to the three churches by YouTube talks and emails. We are told that some of our members have been phoned. Six of us don’t use computers.
Easter Cards were exchanged and others given to the neighbours. Nearly all the Good News Papers were given to nearly all the neighbours also. The building is closed but we are still one body in our own homes.
News about different members will be in ‘Family News’.
Stuart Radcliffe was encouraging. He helped us to see that this church was the answer to prayer for three people and that our prayers were being answered. The areas he would recommend we develop are prayer and presence – be encouraged by past answers to prayer so that we continue to pray, and continue to make ourselves known in the area.
The ‘different’ pattern of themes for Advent services was interesting as an experiment but we would not want every December to be like that. It was strange not to sing carols when other churches were.
The clock that was in memory of Stan Robinson, organist about 15 years ago, stopped and could not be repaired. Bryan offered us a replacement for which we were grateful.
Marica brought our membership into double figures again!
When Stuart Radcliffe comes he will be helping us to take the good news out to other people, which may bring more people in. However, the proposal that we try to find a different Care-Home was not well received.
Murray is leading us in exploring bible teaching on same-sex relationships and marriage. Hopefully it will not split the family as it has in other churches.
Our plans to have a platform, ramp and cover leading to the toilets are moving very slowly, partly due to involving Synod whose representative suggested an unworkable solution. We are also replacing the stable window and having the north window frame painted.
The Agricultural Chaplaincy still use our premises, an arrangement which suits us and them admirably.
Because we are celebrating Christmas only in the Christmas season, we have three special events for you to join in.
25th December – 10.30 – rejoicing that Jesus is born, a happy, short service
29th December – 2.30 – enjoying Christmas carols and readings and then enjoying mince pies and mulled wine,
5th January – 2.30 – “On a starry night” sung by Union Street Baptist Augmented Choir, followed by light refreshments.
Our good news is that Marica has agreed to become a church member. The official welcome will be on 2nd February. We now have 11 people on our lists!
The Food Bank box seems to be successful. Thank you to all who donate to it.
Thanks also to the many people who donated to the Salvation Army Appeal for gifts and food for distribution over the holiday season. We had a good service based on our Lord’s instruction to help other people.
We are now on Facebook, thanks to Lee, and would appreciate some comments about that, please.
There are three items from a busy and noisy church meeting. Sadly, we have been unable to find another day to visit the Elms Care Home so must suspend going. Hopefully we can find a solution early next year. We shall explore the biblical basis for and against same-sex marriage in some meetings that Murray will prepare. We are considering holding Harvest 2021 at a farm; this will will involve the cooperation of other churches and the Chaplaincy.
We are delighted to have welcomed Marica for the past few weeks. She says that there are several reasons why she should not come all the way from Wistaston and yet her prayers direct her here. That can only be good news for us.
Our Harvest Thanksgiving was another success. Claire Roberts talked about the importance of sowing seeds of Christianity everywhere we go. That is the only way to reap a harvest of souls for Jesus. We sang good, traditional songs. We sent £114 to the Agricultural Chaplaincy.
We’ve been asked whether we would allow a same-sex marriage next year. The issue had to come sometime so perhaps this a good time for us to decide our position.
We are gradually improving the building during our ‘maintenance’ afternoons. Asking Stuart Radcliffe to guide us in our Mission work is scary but essential.
We have invited Brian McGucken to tell us about Embrace ME on 31st March. Now we look forward to an interesting and enjoyable afternoon service followed by tea and biscuits (or coffee and cake)
It was a very interesting visit and we are so glad that he and Frances came. We also welcomed eight friends who joined us round the table, after the service, to ask Brian more questions about Embrace and working in the Middle East.
At our April church meeting we decided to keep our Wednesday services as informal as they have been and to vary the content. We shall continue to call them ‘Cafe-style Worship’.
We have also decided to try out a series of Advent services during Advent based on Hope, Peace, Joy and Love, Christmas Day service will be followed by a Carol Service and the USBC Choir.
Please pray with us for
the church to know Jesus more
the people who live near the church
the people who are struggling with life
Mission Aviation Fellowship
Murray George, our minister
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