There was a Church Service held on Saturday 8 November 2014

The Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am
The Opening Prayer was given by Robin Howard
Hymns were led by George Henderson:
ymn 1 – All People That On Earth Do Dwell
Hymn 2 – O God Our Help In Ages PastToday we kept an Act of Remembrance.

Linda Halford gives a readingWe began with Linda Halford who said The Act of Remembrance unites us, all over the country. We have all seen the wonderful display of poppies at the Tower of London. We wear ours to remember. They grew in the churned up ground because of war. A poem was written about them which Linda then read out the poem, In Flanders Fields.

Irene's message & readingIrene Wilson talked about a nurse called Edith Cavell. She was executed for helping British soldiers trying to reach Holland during the war. Irene read Matthew 6:33. We should always seek first the Kingdom of God, and pray for it to come soon. Patriotism is not enough, it needs Jesus Christ. Irene then read Isaiah 25:8. He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces. The rebuke of his people He will take away from all the earth. For the Lord has spoken. We then held two minutes silence. Irene then read out the poem, ” They shall not grow old”.

A collection was then taken up for the British Legion.

Hymn 3 – Abide With Me

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Esther Marsden has made positive progress and is now home, following an operation for a brain tumour.
*Winston Bothwell’s grandaughter Katie, is now home from hospital following a kidney infection. Please pray for a full recovery.
*Ann Nadim is home from hospital following an infection. It is not known why she had this.
*Phillip Halford is very unwell with an infection.
*A long time member of our church has died. James (Jimmy) Dagnell aged 92. He attended our Liverpool congregation.
*Thankyou to all who helped with the Conference last Sunday.

James Esom with Intercessory PrayerIntercessory prayer was led by James Esom and include:
*Thank you for all the miracles that happen around us each day.
Also thank you for all the beauty of Autumn. The colours of the trees and for the morning frosts.
*Thankyou for all the blessings we have in this church. For Mr.Tkach and all our Ministers and our children’s church.
*The world is full of misery. We need peace in the Middle East. Please guide all the world leaders.
*We remember all those who grieve.
*Please stop the spread of the Ebola virus, and protect all who go to help at risk of their own lives.
*We do remember all who fell through war, and we need to continue helping those injured. This is a very blessed country, with water, warmth and security.
*We ask your help for Valerie Philo in a Care Home. We also remember her grandson David and his family.
*We ask your continued help for Ruth Edwards and Judy Harper.
Thank you for Ruth’s Day by Days.
*There are many people needing your healing power. Geoff Sole, Phillip Halford, Ann Nadim, Katie Jones and Esther Marsden.
*Please help the Stokes family, and keep David and Nancy Silcox safe on their travels.
*We ask your help for Chris Cottee and his team as they begin their first “Messy Church”. This is a wonderful outreach for this community for parents with young children.  May it be a great success.

Hymn 4 – Safe in the Shadow of the Lord.

image7Michael Macewan read Revelation 19:6-9.

The Message was given by Richard Fowler.  He began by reminding us that all around the world today many people are persecuted for being a Christian. We are in a battle for Christianity. A quarter of the world now have no religion. Within a generation it could die out, mostly due to apathy. There are global difficulties and we must fight secularism. How can we make Christianity attractive?
We can start with us. Be a window display, a personal arena. We should always have high standards in our lives. 2 Timothy 2:19-22. Be a benchmark for others to look up to. Be open and ready to talk, not at people but to people. The grace of God teaches us how. Titus 2:11-12. People then react in a more positive way.
Don’t compromise. We live in a luke warm society, where sexual morals are in decline. Suicide in the young is rising. We have a confused and lost generation. Christians need to be more positive of their Christianity. Be a contender not a pretender. Jude 3. Don’t be intimidated or have a mixed mindset. Don’t be silent, speak up. See opportunities for growth.
What can we do for God’s Kingdom? We must not receive God’s grace in vain. 2 Corinthians 5:21, 6:1. God is the same today, but minds are not. We need to change the medium but not the message. There may be a lot of apathy, but many believe in something spiritual. Sadly many turn away from the truth. 2 Timothy 4:3-4. How can we make it relevent today? Listen to people, and during conversations we may have the opportunity. We should always have an answer ready. 1 Peter 3:15. Keep a spare Bible that you could give to someone. We must have a vision of the future and be a beacon of hope. Titus 2:13. Romans 8:18-25. One day all will turn to Jesus Christ. Micah 4:1-2.This is what we are being trained for. We must be ready.

The final Hymn was Give me oil in my Lamp, after which the Closing Prayer was given by Roger Fowler.

Young People’s Church during the Sermon today started by reading the first two stories from a book containing 43 stories from the life of Jesus taken from the four Gospels. We hope to cover the whole book in the next year.
Children's Church
The main lesson then started at the beginning with the story of Creation from Genesis 1. We read the Bible account and looked at the ‘Big Bang’ and the discoveries of Science. We found that much of the Bible account and  scientific understanding are complementary and do not contradict each other. Some children may be made to feel uncomfortable for believing in the Bible account as not being ‘scientific’and it was useful to discuss those areas that some find difficult.
The teachers were Peter and Caroline.

Subject: Addendum to write-up

As a foot-note to the report, the first Messy Church at St Peters was very successful with a variety of activities, church service, songs and a meal at the end. It was well attended with approximately 28 happy smiling children with parents and carers.

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