The December edition of the Church magazine is now available.
After a long wait, the refurbishment of our church building, in accordance with our Fit for the Future programme, has begun.
The slowly rotting and decaying wooden floors will be replaced with an entirely new concrete floor which will incorporate a new under floor heating system. This will replace the very elderly boilers and radiators which are well past their best and ensure we provide a much warmer, energy efficient building. The work to the floor is necessary and brings with it the necessity to remove the pews and choir stalls. The proposals also include the replacement of the sound system with an up to date audio-visual system incorporating all the very latest technology. The work is scheduled to be completed in May 2021, during which time we will be meeting for our services in the church hall.
We apologise to you all in advance for any inconvenience which may be caused whilst the work is being undertaken. However when this has been completed we will be handing down to our successors a building of which we can be as proud as our Victorian predecessors were proud of the new church consecrated in 1893 and which is loved by us all. We have an obligation not only to ourselves but also to those Christians who follow Jesus in our footsteps.
Your giving matters more than ever.
The present Coronavirus pandemic is having a serious effect on the financial position and vision at St Thomas’s and St Luke’s. Our church is dependent on the your generosity never more so than now. We are doing everything we can to offer help to those who need it through our through our support of the asylum seekers and the ACT Foodbank and at the same time continuing to provide all of the functions of an active parish church.
As a part of the Deanery of Church Wigan, we have a commitment to meet our portion of the parish share as well as meeting the regular expenses of a large parish. In addition to one off donations we do need to take the opportunity to renew our giving. Each of us can ask the Lord how we can give financially as part of St Thomas’s and St Luke’s. This may be the opportunity to begin a regular pattern of giving, or to review and increase the amount we can contribute to the life and work of our church. We need your support so that we can continue with our work here in the community of Ashton in Makerfield.
Everything we do at St Thomas and St Luke is made possible by your giving, Thank You.
Here you will find access to a variety of activities and things of interest to keep children occupied whilst our church buildings are closed.
This week’s bible reading is from Matthew 11:16-30 but we are just going to look at verse 28:
Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.
How fantastic that we can give all our worries and fears to God and he will carry them for us. He doesn’t say that he will take them away, but by sharing our problems with him, we can cope so much better.
Life can seem a little like a game of snakes and ladders- sometimes, we’re throwing the die and going up all the ladders, only to get almost to the top and find we Zoom back down a slithery snake!
Try to Take time every day to thank God for everything in our lives- good and bad, happy and sad. He wants to be part of everything we do and think and say. During this unusual time when schools aren’t open for many and we can’t see our friends or even some of our family, we can feel lonely, sad, and possibly a bit cross. God understands. Tell him how you feel. He’s with us all the time.
If you have a great day- maybe a bike ride or a walk in the countryside, play in the park or get to meet up with a grandparent then tell God how happy this makes you feel. As a church family, we pray for each other and try to care for each other. Maybe this week you could think of someone from our church family to pray for, maybe ask a grown up if you could send a card to them to let them know you’re thinking of them.
But above all this week remember that our amazing God loves us 24/7 – all day, every day.
The craft is to either make a flower labelled with ways of drawing closer to God. Alternatively, plant some seeds or a small plant and watch them grow. Decorate a small plant pot and fill with soil. Either plant seeds or small plants. Water helps the seeds/ plants grow stronger just as we thrive when God takes care of us when times are tough.
Below you will find a colouring page and a snakes and ladders game to print off, if you don’t have one at home. You can use buttons for counters and put numbers 1-6 in a cup to choose if you don’t have dice.
Here’s our prayer for you for this week:
Thank you for being with us through times that are difficult and through exciting times.
Thank you for loving us so much that you want to share any problems we might have, that by talking to you in prayer, you help us cope.
Thank you for our friends and family, particularly, we thank you for those who are looking after us.
Finally, here’s a lively video which reminds us how great our God is.
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