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NEWS

 

Check out our social events here and our Weekly Notice sheet here.

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A BIG THANK YOU has been sent to all that sponsored Pat and Tom on their abseil down Liverpool Catherdral!!! Here is the proof! £1800 raised for Claire House.

A huge well done from all of us! Inspirational.

 

Coming Soon:-

Prayer course starts again 2nd October 2019 at 10.30am

 

A 8 session course based on the Lord's Prayer, which will refresh and revaitalise our prayer life. Each session lasts one hour and soncists of a video clip, discussion questions and of course.............prayer! Everyone welcome.

August 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2019

At the clergy conference this year, John Barclay gave three very interesting and challenging talks on “Paul and the gift“. We have posted them on the website and would encourage you to listen. Each talk is quite long – an hour – and you will need to have your bible as you listen! There is a lot to get your head around, but they will repay the effort of listening and reflecting. Enjoy!

Talks by John Barclay "Paul's Epistles"

Part 1 https://www.dropbox.com/s/tnkj62mm9ntv2yc/CC01%20St%20Pauls%20Epistles%20part%201%20-%20John%20Barclay.mp3?dl=0

Part 2 https://www.dropbox.com/s/kbh1uc3idd7e2jr/CC03%20St%20Paul%E2%80%99s%20Epistles%20part%202%20-%20John%20Barclay.mp3?dl=0

Part 3 https://www.dropbox.com/s/71g6p4owdf3c7ao/CC05%20St%20Paul%E2%80%99s%20Epistles%20part%203%20-%20John%20Barclay.mp3?dl=0

 

Shoebox appeal:- We are really short on combs, hairbrushes and pencil cases please!

FOOD BANK:- PLEASE HELP US TO HELP OTHERS 
We urgently need tinned meat/fish; tinned vegetables,potatoes, tomatoes; cuppa soups, pot noodles, pasta and sauce, instant mash, tinned and instant custard, tinned fruit, biscuits, jam, spreads, uht milk and fruit juice, coffee and tea bags. 
We are currently unable to make up emergency parcels for those in desperate need.
Kindly drop your donations off in the box at St Thomas. 
If you can help and volunteer please call 0151 355 7730 to help on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July.

PCC Report:-

The PCC met on the 21st May for their first meeting following the APCM in April and welcomed on board Susan Mayers for her first year and the reappointment of Ricky Montgomery and Kath Lyth all for three year terms.

 

Both churches now have just one Church Warden, Jan Tomlinson - St Lawrence and Helen Burgess - St Thomas, who is again being supported by deputy church wardens Adrian Maguire and Alan Johnson.

 

There were many encouragements noted, but the one that stood out was the enjoyment & fulfillment of those attending the Parish weekend. Whilst it is hoped more people can attend next year, Gordon M confirmed we will do it again, even with low numbers.

 

Mike Burton attended as a guest for 15 minutes and provided an update on the forth coming mission to Uganda. It really is encouraging to see the number of people travelling to Uganda, the laptop computers donated and the work of Carol Nall-Evans in restoring each to factory settings. Mike and Adrian both thanked the PCC for the monitory support received.

 

As part of our other Mission work, the PCC will continue to support Falcon camp and prayerfully The Centre for Renewal. However, the Mission & Evangelism working group [through Ricky] and the Church Mission Society have been talking to Grace & Festo Kanungha the driving force behind St Johns Place in Tanzania.   They run Nursery & Primary education for a fee of £30 a year and secondary education for £600 a year. They need student fees to survive [as they live hand to mouth] but are happy to take this in form of wood / Maize/ or working on the farm if families cannot afford the fees. The PCC agreed this is a link we would like to foster both prayerfully and financially, with Ricky agreeing to be our advocate.

 

You may recall last year that we set up groups to bring more focus on different aspects of church life. It has been confirmed these will continue for 2019/20 and the groups are

Finance                        Mission/evangelism                Fabric                           Pastoral

Jess – chair                   Ricky - chair                               Adrian -chair                  Sue – chair

Gordon Mc                     Debbie                                      Gordon W                      Gaynor

Diana                            Michael                                     Norman                         Amanda

Helen                            Gill                                            Sue Mayers                   Alan

Judith                            Susan Maguire                           Bill                                Jan

                                                                                    Kath

 

Each group will now meet on a quarterly basis discuss ideas / projects. So, if you have something you wish to raise, you now know who to contact.

 

The Children and Family Worker position is still vacant, Gill & Gordon M are having an awayday soon to decide on the position and if / when to re-advertised. In the meantime, Gill asked for thanks to be noted to:

  • Sue Johnson for organizing the prayer partners lunch
  • Ian Grundy for children’s film night
  • Ignite – Megan & Beth for running the Sunday service

 

Setting Gods People Free  - Much fruit has come from this initiative, the 3rd Sunday Supper, Start, Moving-On Discipleship Course and the Prayer course. With The Bible Course to begin in September.  Debbie will be undertaking a second survey in the autumn to see how beneficial these have been.

 

Community Football Initiative - by James Wilkinson to which £400 was paid from the 10% giving. A letter of thanks and report of success was received from James and read to the PCC.

 

St Thomas Re-ordering - Gordon M confirmed that 40 people largely from the congregation, but also the Scouts and Contact Centre attended the public meeting. We received plenty of feedback and ideas, all of which have been fed back to the architect.

 

The project will formally launch Sunday 22nd September 2019 at the 10.45 service and the afterwards in the church hall. The PCC will be putting together a team to work with the architect and there will also be a fund-raising team, including a separate treasurer to oversee the project account.  We need people who know how to access funding, plus those with knowledge of applying for grants. Please pray about this and if you feel you wish to be part of the focus groups [or know someone who does] come back to Gill before the 22nd July.

 

We are at the ‘making it happen’ stage, so let’s do it!

 

Finance Report - Jess had provided the PCC with a very detailed report. The key points to note were that the general fund is now down to just £918, but gift aid for 2018/19 is still to come in.

 

Plate giving was discussed in more detail and it was decided that we should try leaving the offertory plate at the back of church and train the welcome team on how to ensure people’s attention is drawn to this. With less people now carrying cash a contactless card machine is also being looked at.

 

Seymour Drive - The work is being undertaken by an excellent decorator, but as he works on his own and the property is in quite poor dis-repair, it is taking time. A new bathroom, boiler and carpet [with underlay] will be required to bring this up to standard. The PCC acknowledged this is an investment asset and must be looked after. Therefore, it is essential we ensure regular site visits and secure good quality tenants.  

 

Christ Church School - Helen has done an excellent job in transforming Christ Church school and has been asked to provide collaborative support to Bishop Wilson which is testimony to this. However, she could not have achieved this without the support of a very strong governing body, which is largely from church.

 

Stef Boyle is the chair of governors and her office was due to expire in June 2019. To support Helen, Stef has very kindly agreed to stay as chair and foundation governor.

 

In addition to this the PCC has now received an application for the long-standing governor vacancy from Susan Maguire, this application was approved by the PCC.

 Gill wanted it to be noted that Ricky had a meeting with Bishop Peter a week last Monday and has been recommended for Ordination training. So from September we will have two Ordinands which is fantastic news for St Thomas

 

Our Vision statement for 2019/20 is:  “To be welcoming and caring church families made up of disciples of all ages that are growing, prayerful and underpinned by God’s Word; to be those who are discerning God’s Will together, to further His Kingdom in Ellesmere Port Parish and beyond’.

 

 

June 2019 

VACANCY:-Children and Family Worker

20 hours per week including Sunday

Salary £12,000 per annum                       This post is pensionable

To build on foundations in sharing the gospel with children (0 – 12 years primarily) and families who come into contact with St Thomas and All Saints Church, Ellesmere Port and St Lawrence, Stoak as part of the church family and through outreach activities.

The post involves a responsibility for ministry among families and children across the parish, with a particular focus on sustainability of existing groups, plus a further remit to look for new and innovative ways in which to engage with families who currently have little or no contact with the church.  The post also involves sustaining and building on links with parents and children at Christ Church School, Ellesmere Port. 

We are looking for someone who is passionate about working with young children and their families and who are rooted in the faith of Christ.

Training – will be available where appropriate.

There is an Occupational Requirement that the applicant is a Christian, in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010.

It is expected that the successful applicant would become a member of the ministry team and also of St Thomas and All Saints Church.

Closing date for applications:                             1 July 2019

Interview date:                                     9 July 2019

Start date:                                            1 September 2019

For further information and an application pack, please contact Rev Gill Foster on 0151 356 2202 or email revgill52@gmail.com

An enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required for the successful applicant

 

West Cheshire Foodbank are looking for volunteers to support their summer supermarket can you help?

2 hours slots from 9-11am, 11-1pm, 1-3pm and 3-5pm 

Thursday 20th June and 21st June 9-5pm Sealand Road Tesco

or

Thursday 27th June and 28th June 9-5pm at Frodsham Street Tesco

If you can help and have a spare two hours please contact volunteer@westcheshire.foodbank.org or ring 0151 355 7730

SHOEBOX APPEAL - this month we are looking for

Brushes, combs, bobbles, clips, ribbons etc 

Box at the back of Church smiley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2019

Remember its a joint service at 11am on 12th May at St Lawrence and

23rd May  Archdeacon's Visitation Service at St James, Ince 7.30pm

 

Collecting UHT Juice, UHT Milk, Instant Coffee, Instant custart and mash, pasta and noodles.

Please help others less fortunate and put your offerings in the boxes by the main chruch doors.

                   

 

                                                                   

SHOEBOX APPEAL 

This Month we are collecting cuddly toys, small and medium but they MUST have the Kite Mark on them.  There is a box at the back of church for your donations..............................THANK YOU. 


Free Cinema Night Saturday 25th May 2019 6pm CLICK PICTURE for further details.

 

April 2019

Check out our Promo Video here!!!

 


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