Weekly News on Thursday 27 October 2022

Dear Church Community,

Good afternoon,

This weekend and the early part of next week is both important and strange at the same time. It is a weekend when many in society celebrate the darkness of Halloween whilst the church celebrates the light to which God calls home his saints. This Sunday we’ll be celebrating All Saints’ Day, although strictly speaking, All Saints’ Day is on Tuesday 1st November. Let’s discover a little more about this time of year…

Halloween is the eve of All Hallows – or Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day. For many in the world it’s a night for trick and treating, ghost walks and celebrating witches, skeletons, devils and goblins. For the church it is one of the most solemn festivals remembering those who have gone before us who held to Christian hope.

All Hallows’ Eve used to be an evening of fasting and prayer in preparation for the feasting of All Saints’ Day. Now it has become an evening for spooky costumes, finger buffets, cakes and sweets. 

My top tip this weekend is to visit a churchyard/graveyard or cemetery and lay flowers on a grave of a Christian you once knew. The Bible refers to Christians as ‘saints’ – sinners who are forgiven who are set apart – saints. As you lay flowers on their grave thank God for their life, their faith, and now their eternal life which he made possible for them. But don’t pray for them! Anyone in the presence of the Lord Jesus is not in need of our prayers – we trust Christ completely to look after them.

If you have a family with children of *primary school-age, then come along to the Lighthouse HEROES Party at 5:00 PM on Sunday. Children are welcome to come dressed as their favourite Bible character or superhero. No spooky costumes please! Amongst other things there will be hot dogs, donuts, face painting, biscuit decorating, craft activities and games, as well as a short Bible talk. Come and celebrate the light of Christ and the hope of heaven.

*children of all ages are welcome. Parents/guardians will need to stay with their children at all times. This is an event for all the family specifically aimed at children of primary-school age. 

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SUNDAY SERVICES

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Remember, the clocks go back this weekend! At 2:00 AM the UK will switch from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Enjoy the extra hour!

The services and activities on Sunday 30th October are:

  • 9:00 AM Traditional (Book of Common Prayer) Service of Holy Communion (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 10:00 AM Bible Course (with refreshments, in the Pilgrim’s Rest Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM ‘Meadows Books’ open (until 10:45 AM)
  • 11:00 AM Contemporary Service of Holy Communion LIVE streamed(with refreshments afterwards)
  • 12:15 PM ‘Meadows Books’ open (until 12:45 PM)
  • 5:00 PM Lighthouse HEROES PARTY (in Church and the Community Centre Hall)

If you’re unable to attend due to health and mobility, please be assured we continue to livestream our main 11:00 AM service. It can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE.

This Sunday we are celebrating ‘All Saints’ Day.’ The passage we will be looking at in the service is Ephesians 1.11-23 (Church Bible page 976). You can read the passage online HERE.

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PRINTED ORDER OF SERVICE

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If you prefer a paper copy of the 11:00 AM order of service you can download and print using this link HERE

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MEN UNITED

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The next meal is on Friday 11th November 7:30 PM at the Bay Horse. Please book your place with John Hearnshaw before 8th November. You will order your food on the night. 

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THE BIBLE COURSE

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Continues on Sunday with Session 3 – ‘Exodus & The Promised Land.’  It will take place in the Chapel in-between the Sunday morning services, running from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM. You are welcome to join in with the course even if you missed the first session or haven’t booked.

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ELECTRICAL WORK

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We have recently needed to install new wiring and plug sockets to serve the needs of the chancel, the chapel and to provide electric for the screens, projector and computer equipment for the live stream. We have also needed to have some bulbs replaced in different parts of the Church building. The work has amounted to around £1600. If anyone feels able and called to contributing financially towards this work, please do speak to Martin Ormond or email him HERE for more information.

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NEXT WEEK

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Next week all normal activities, events and services resume such as Growth Groups, Wednesday Communion and Lighthouse.

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BURN NAZE PRAYER WALK

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The next gathering for prayer in preparation for the launching of activities and a congregation in Burn Naze is:

  • 8:00 PM Monday 31st October prayer meeting in the Chancel

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And, just in case you missed last week’s weekly news email…

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POP-UP PLAYHOUSE AT BURN NAZE

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Playhouse’ baby, toddler and parent group is going ‘on the road’! As well as taking place Monday to Thursday in the Community Centre Hall, Playhouse will be taking place at the Thornton Cleveleys Football Club on a Friday morning. It will be a free drop-in for pre-schoolers and their carers, taking place every Friday in November from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the new TCFC facility on Gamble Road in Burn Naze (FY5 4JH). There will be tea/coffee, toast and a short Bible story in a relaxed setting. This new venture (a trial for a month) is one of the foundations being put in place for our church plant in Burn Naze.

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YE MERRY MEADOWS CAROLLERS

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Use your voice to glorify God this Christmas! The voice is a gift from God and can bring delight to God and joy to his people. Do you like singing Christmas Carols? If so, come along and be part of something new – ‘Ye Merry Meadows Carollers’ who will sing at events over Christmas, such as at Rest Homes, the Tree-lighting service, and some of the services at Church. You don’t need to have any previous experience or training – this will be a group of carol singers, not an award-winning choir. It will be great fun, not taken too seriously but at the same time seeking to bring joy and gladness as we sing of our Saviour’s birth.

Gatherings to rehearse and enjoy being together, complete with hot chocolate and cake, will be on the following dates, from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM.

  • Friday 4th November
  • Friday 11th November
  • Friday 25th November
  • Friday 2nd December

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SATURDAY MORNING PILGRIM’S REST

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It will be great to extend Pilgrim’s Rest to include a Saturday morning. This will enable those who work or study during the week to come and enjoy it too. Two volunteers are needed. If you’re interested in helping on a rota basis, please do get in touch.

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MINCE PIES NEEDED

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Donations of boxes of mince pies are welcome, as we prepare to welcome and provide hospitality to all those who attend Christmas events and services.

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THE MEADOWS BOOKS

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OPEN after services on a Sunday and from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday to Saturday. There is a wide selection of Christian books and gifts for all ages. New books are coming in all the time. Advent candles are now in stock, as well as a lovely selection of 2023 calendars including Helen Steiner Rice calendars. ‘Proper’ advent calendars are now in stock priced at £4.50 each. They have chocolate behind each window and include a booklet telling the real story of Christmas! A good selection of Christmas cards are available. Every pack of cards bought helps support ‘Compassion’ – the Christian charity sponsoring children. There are 36 designs of the cards. They are £5 per pack of cards (10 in a pack) or 3 packs for £12.

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CHRISTMAS DAY MEAL 

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We are looking forward to hosting a joy filled afternoon in the Community Centre Hall. Arrivals will be from 12:30 PM, ready to eat at 1:00 PM. There will be a proper Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings, followed of course by pudding, cake, and cheese and biscuits. There will be a quiz and live music. People will be heading home around 3:45 PM to 4:00 PM. The meal is for anyone who might benefit from having company on Christmas Day. To book your place or to book for someone else, do please get in touch. Lifts or taxis can be arranged. 

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God bless,

Damian

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