The eMessenger
Friday 17 June 2022

1. Coming up on Sunday...
This week, at the 10.30am service, Kath will be leading and George preaching on how "God has appointed the parts in the body", and at the 6.15pm service. Louise will be leading and Colin preaching on how "God calls... Different people to different roles". Please join us for worship, Word and prayer - everyone's welcome.

Car-Park WILL be available on Sunday morning, thanks to Lin for filling in an extra week, and to Wilf for kindly offering too. 
2. Serve With Us...
Alongside the 'Body of Christ' preaching series, look out for a new display of all the roles people can serve in at West Kirby URC - there's a huge variety, something for everyone! We're also introducing a clearer way for people to get involved...

Interested in serving with us for the first time? Or in a new way? Just complete one of the new postcards (they'll be around on Sunday), pop it in the envelope on the 'Serve With Us' board, and we’ll be in touch soon  Or get in touch for a chat by contacting
  • Kath Hilborne – 07930 137041 – - Kath works for the church and would love to meet up with you if you’re new.
  • OR Gordon WilsonGordon has served in all sorts of roles at West Kirby URC and maintains a spreadsheet of who serves in which roles and where there are gaps.
The Small Print... a new Volunteer Policy, mutual expectations paper, role descriptions and other documentation have been prepared and filed for reference. These documents help the church, as a charity, to comply with good practice and they guide us in protecting one another. These documents are available from Kath or Gordon for anyone who would like to read them, and they are important, but ultimately just exist to serve the call God gives us to care for each another and maintain the church's integrity in the world.
3. Three ways to serve on Sundays 
Complete a postcard or get in touch with those asking for help below...

Rosemary Shaw writes, "Please is anyone able to help with Sunday morning refreshments? Looking for one person to team up with Gordon on the second Sunday of each month and also for two people to do any 5th Sunday during the year which means doing refreshments 4 times over 12 month period. If able to help, please contact Rosemary Shaw Tel no: 625 2115. Thank you.

Dan Sach writes, "We have a wonderful team of youth and children's volunteers, but it is now quite a small team. More are needed, especially to help with Children’s Church on Sunday mornings. Please speak to me (07916 326141)  if you are at all interested in helping out - thank you".

Tony Wilson writes, "Car Park Stewards needed to join rota on 1 per month basis 9.55-10.30am. This is a much appreciated support activity for morning church – particularly with growing numbers attending. Please contact Tony if you can help or would like  more information 07711-285892"

4. It's only 5 weeks until Holiday Club!
Offer to help on the sign-up sheet in church or by emailing
Sarah Watson writes, "Calling all pickle eaters! Your Holiday Club needs you! We need around 60 clean and label free jars for one of our crafts at this years holiday club. Small jars that could easily fit a tea light in the neck of the jar. Pickle jars are ideal - we don’t need lids  There’ll be a box at the back of church from 19/6 - many thanks"
5. Come to the Church Meeting - 22 June
Everyone's invited to the next Church Meeting, coming up on Wednesday 22 June at 7.30pm.

The Church Meeting is a great opportunity to share in worship and prayer together, to hear news from various church leadership teams, ask questions and together discern the Holy Spirit's guidance for our next steps as we seek "to grow a relevant, Christ-like church that serves the community". Please come along - you don't need to be a church member to join in the discussions.

George Ryan (Secretary to the Church Meeting) has emailed the reports to church members to read before the meeting so please check your inbox and contact George if you have not received yours. If you're not a member and would like a copy, you are very welcome to contact George (
6. Carol's Thanksgiving Service - 26 June
We will celebrate the life of our friend Carol Gamble with a special service at West Kirby URC on Sunday 26th June at 2pm. Everyone's welcome to come along.

Liz Wilson writes, "As we cannot set up the hall for refreshments until after the morning service, we will need lots of help from 12 noon onwards to set up tables and chairs, and mugs for tea and coffee, and cut up cake.

If anyone has small vases and flowers from their garden that could be used to decorate the tables that would be lovely. Please bring them on the day.
I would be grateful if you could let me know ASAP if you are willing to provide a cake. I will need to order food from Morrisons on Monday, so messages by then would guide how much I buy.

If you are willing to help serve drinks or to help to clear up afterwards please let me know.

Thank you very much".
7. New? Come to the Welcome Lunch! 3 July
8. Cake Sale & Concerts Coming Up...
9. Join the Synod Executive Committee
The Mersey Synod of the United Reformed Church has a vacancy on the Synod Executive committee for a new member. The role of the Synod Executive elected member includes bringing the perspective of the local church to the attention of the Synod Executive, who act on behalf of Synod in between the Synod meetings. The meetings include imaginative thinking, emergency decision making and reporting, plus oversight for all of the work of the Committees of Synod. 

If you would like more information, or to make a nomination, please contact the Synod Clerk, Rita Griffiths, on 07838 103310 / Nominations would be welcome as soon as possible, and no later than 31 August.
10. Art for the Soul at St Hildeburgh's - 16 July
11. Noticeboard...
Many thanks for your financial gifts to support the life of the church, 'Connecting your Community to Christ'. Information about giving to West Kirby URC is available here.

Save the date! After the morning service on Sunday 10 July, Ishbel, Eryn and Carys will be running a cake sale, with help from mum Gill and Karen and Josie the dog, in aid of Guide Dogs. Bring your purse and enjoy a cake for a great cause!

We're delighted to have almost completed the Eco-Church Silver Award. Click here to find out more about Eco-Church and subscribe to 'Wild Christian', a monthly email from A Rocha for individuals and families exploring faith, nature & how we live.

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Our friends at Moreton Baptist Church have asked us to share the job opportunity below:
12.  And Finally...
Minister: Rev. Louise Franklin - - 625-3998 - 07885 500371
Communication Manager: Kath Hilborne - - 07930 137041
Youth & Children's Work Co-Ordinator: Dan Sach - - 07916 326141
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West Kirby United Reformed Church · Meols Drive · West Kirby · Wirral, Merseyside CH48 5DA · United Kingdom

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