All Saints Parish ChurchServing the Community of Southport
In light of the threat posed by the new variant of Covid, the PCC has decided to close the church for public worship until further notice; this decision has been endorsed by the Bishop of Liverpool.
The church will be open for private prayer on Wednesdays 9:45 to 10:30 am and on Sundays 10:00 to 10:30 am. (See section below for safety procedures in place.) In addition to this, there are services and activities available on Zoom (see below).
Here are details of what’s happening in the next week or so:
Sunday 10th January 10:00 am Church open for private prayer
Sunday 10th January 11:00 am Morning Worship on Zoom (Please contact John Lloyd on 533530 if you need help with Zoom)
Wednesday 13th January 9:45 -10:30am Church open for private prayer
Friday 15th January 10:00 am Zoom Coffee Morning
(Please note that Holy Trinity Church is continuing to have public worship and everyone is most welcome to attend their services.)
For everyone’s safety, there are a number of procedures to which we will have to adhere:
• The church has been set out to observe the 2 metre rule, with pews having being distanced to meet this requirement. There will be two welcomers on standby in the foyer to show you to a suitable seat where you can pray in safety. All carpets have been removed from the seating to ensure hygiene is not compromised, which means sitting on the wooden pew. If you think this might be uncomfortable, please feel free to bring your own cushion (and take it away as well).
• In the foyer there will be a supply of masks, disinfectant wipes, and antiseptic gel which we would ask you to use on entry and exit from the church. We will keep you informed of further updates to the situation as they arise.
If you have any queries, please contact Alan Buckley (our Local Missional Leader) on 0758 330 0856. Thank you.
All Saints consists of a caring, friendly group of believers who aim to ‘love God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength and to love their neighbours as themselves. We meet regularly for worship – on Sundays at 10am for our main service, and on Wednesdays at 10:30am for a traditional, Book of Common Prayer, service. (The Church is open for quiet prayer and meditation from 9:45 on Wednesdays before this service).
We also usually meet for midweek fellowship through a house group, however, midweek meetings remain suspended due to Covid.
As a Church we love Jesus and want others to have the opportunity of experiencing God’s love and care in their own lives.
Real PeopleIn the real world
As a Church we also aim to look beyond ourselves and so contribute to helping mission projects overseas.
We love Jesus and want others to have the opportunity of experiencing God’s love and care in their own lives.
All Saints is also involved in a ‘Creating Community’ project. This aims to provide activities, mainly on the Church premises for local people, thus encouraging a closer community, working together and helping each other. These activities include a Toddler group, Coffee morning and Diners Club. There are also many one-off events such as Quiz nights, Art sessions and Poetry evenings run throughout the year, bringing the community together.
80% of the people living in All Saints Parish are of retirement age, so the Church aims to help the elderly through visiting and holding set services organised for those in Rest/Care homes.
what's happening @church
Regular Midweek Activities
Wednesdays 10:30 am Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Holy Communion (the church is open for quiet prayer at 9:45 am, prior to this service) Bible Studies We usually meet for midweek fellowship through a house group. (Currently suspended due to Covid) Fridays 10:00 Coffee and Chat on Zoom – please contact John Lloyd on 533530 for further details (face-to-face coffee mornings suspended due to Covid. Most Tuesdays 7:00 pm Music Group practices (contact Helen Lloyd) (Currently suspended due to Covid)
Message from our Missional Leader – Alan Buckley
As I write this letter, Advent is about to begin. This is a wonderful time of
year, when we look forward to preparing for the coming of Jesus.
Advent is a time of self examination, a time to reflect maybe on this past
year, a year probably most of us would like to forget.
How has 2020 gone? For each one of us, maybe self isolating with little
or no fellowship with each other, has our dependence on God seen us
through maybe dark days? Advent reminds us of the coming light of the
world – Jesus came to lighten the dark areas and times in our lives, when
we cannot see the way ahead. We only have to ask for help, and as the
Bible reminds us. “ask and you will receive” The leadership team are
always ready to pray for you, or if you are lonely to have a chat.
2020 has not been a good year for the church, services stopped, started,
stopped. We all feel the loss of fellowship, of coffee together after the
service, coffee mornings, events. But 2021 promises to be a year when
we can get back to some form of normality. We will look forward to our
fellowship together again and we will look to regain lost ground in
mission. We need to see what God wants of each one of us to see a
renewed All Saints, ready to serve our community.
Blessings and stay safe
Alan Buckley, Lay Minist
Father Tom Carpenter (our Priest-in-Charge) is always available to offer private prayer, particularly in cases of illness, or in times of distress,both to members of the congregation, and also to all who live in this parish. Father Tom can be contacted on 01704 538560 and holytrinitysouthport@gmail,com