40 Days of Prayer

40 days of prayer begins today, 25th May. It starts with Thy Kingdom Come, the global call to prayer from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Please take a few minutes to look at the following resources:

Introduction to Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come Reflections: a video by the Most Rev Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church

The House of Prayer in Wigan opens today for 40 days of non-stop 24/7 prayer for the revival of Wigan.

Church Magazine

The June 2017 edition of the Church magazine is now available.

Messy Church

Our next Messy Church is on Thursday in St Thomas’ School from 3.30 to 5pm in the hall. Please come through Key Stage 1 rather than the main hall doors though!

Thursday is the start of an international global wave of prayer and so we are going to explore lots of different ways to pray!

We are going to have some fun with Duplo bricks in our celebration time and will finish with pasta Bolognese with grated cheese and chocolate tiffin for our pudding!

If you want to know more (or you have special dietary needs) then please contact Sue (07877 704645 / [email protected])

Together Sunday

On Sunday 21st May join us and others from our hub for contemporary worship at Holy Trinity church, from 6.45 for a 7 o’clock start.

Church leaders urge social care to be at the heart of the election campaign

The Hope Charter movement is calling for political candidates to put care for the vulnerable at the heart of their election promises

Church leaders across Merseyside and beyond are backing a faith led campaign to put the protection of services to the vulnerable at the heart of the election campaign. The Hope Charter, a document that affirms social care as a basic human right and calls for the protection of services to the vulnerable.

More information is available on the Diocese of Liverpool web site.

Saturday afternoon at St Thomas’ school

On 13th May an exciting new venture is starting at St Thomas’ school for families from 4-5pm. There will be plenty of fun with some physical and competitive activity alongside a quieter craft. We’ll eat a light tea together, watch a great video clip, chat about it, pray and finish off singing one of our favourite worship songs! If you would like to join us, please put the date in your diary and maybe the following two dates too: June 10th and July 15th!

Archbishops of Canterbury and York voice election concerns

Ahead of the general election, the Church of England’s most senior clergymen: the Most Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Most Reverend John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York have written a pastoral letter to parishes and chaplaincies.

The archbishops call for a “just economy”; one not over-reliant on debt that “risks crushing those who take on too much”.

Fit for the Future

Fairtrade stall

Our next Fairtrade stall will take place in the church hall after the 10.45 service on Sunday 29th April. You can make a real difference to people’s lives by buying some food or gifts. Please try and support this worthwhile cause even if you only purchase one item. If you buy any fair trade goods from our stall, rather from the supermarkets, then you are helping to support Traidcraft who reinvest their profits into the communities of their producers. You can find out more about our support of Fairtrade on our web page.

Easter 2017

On Friday my hope died.
The sky wept itself dark
the ground broke apart
and all creation cried
for the bloodied innocence
hammered into a tree.
There were whispers
of a torn curtain,
but they didn’t reach my ears
or mend my mangled heart
or stem the bitter tears
as we took
the body
down.
On Saturday we grieved,
hiding from the troops
whom we’d once believed
would be overthrown
by the carpenter’s boy,
who had preached and fed
and healed,
and was now dead.
But then on Sunday –
The devastating beauty
of that Sunday –
when time and space
were blown out of shape
and angels wrapped in electric grace
rolled the impossible away
‘He is not here’
they proclaimed
for glory had risen
our failings were forgiven
and the rules of life
and death were rewritten
as an empty tomb declared,
‘Love is alive.’

 

By Gideon Heugh