The Summer eMessenger
Friday 5 August 2022

1. Sunday mornings in August...
There will be no evening services in August, so everyone is especially invited to join together for the 10.30am service, in-person or on Facebook Live. This month's theme is "Psalms that speak to me".

Sunday 7 August - Psalm 25
  • Leader & Preacher: Louise Franklin
  • Duty Steward: Rob Jackson
Sunday 14 August - Psalm 32
  • Leader: George Ryan
  • Preacher: Rob Watson
  • Duty Steward: Liz Wilson
  • We are delighted to welcome the Lonsdale/Gilliam family from Toddler Group who are bringing their children to be baptised at this service by a family friend, Rev David Nugent. Please come along to support them.
Sunday 21 August 
  • Leader: Simon Lakin
  • Preacher: Colin Usher
  • Duty Steward: George Ryan
Sunday 28 August
  • Leader & Preacher: George Ryan
  • Duty Steward: Jane Gamble
Thank you to those who are providing flowers
for our enjoyment on Sundays, and then to gift to others:
Rosemary (7th), Yvonne (14th), Louise T (21st), Maxine (28th).
2. Children's Church summer break
During the 10.30am service, supervised children are very welcome to use the creche room, where four themed craft activities, books and board games are available on the windowsill, as well as all the usual toys for younger children. Please try to tidy up when you have finished so that the room is ready for the following Sunday - thank you. Children are also very welcome to sit in the service with their families. Chldren's Church will be back on from 11 September.
3. Staff team summer arrangements
FUSE] Youth will be camping at Limitless Festival from tomorrow (6th) to Thursday (11th) - please be praying for them all. Dan and Kath will have limited phone and email access whilst accompanying the trip so, if needed, please contact Louise or an elder instead.

August is the quietest month in our church year, when many groups have a summer break and our teams have some well-deserved rest and refreshment. The staff team will take annual leave as follows:
  • Kath will be on annual leave from immediately after Limitless on 11 August, returning to work on Friday 26 August.
  • Louise will be on annual leave from Monday 15 August, returning to work on Wednesday 31 August.
  • Dan will be on annual leave from Monday 15 August, returning to work on Sunday 4 September.
In the overlapping period when all three are on annual leave (15-25 August), Simon Lakin, has kindly agreed to be the elders' contact point for any urgent pastoral needs or emergencies. Please feel free to contact Simon if needed, especially if you find your own elder or fellowship group leader is away. During office hours, an email or message to Simon would be best - / 07584 242932.

Jane Gamble will be the contact point for the Prayer Chain whilst Louise is on leave - thank you, Jane!
Unless any urgent notices come up, the next eMessenger will be sent on 26 August. Please email any items to Thank you.
4. Safeguarding training
Our Safeguarding Co-Ordinator, Sarah Jackson, writes,

"It is a URC requirement for all volunteers/staff in a role requiring a DBS to complete foundation level safeguarding training. Please look out for an email from our Safeguarding Coordinator Sarah Jackson, which will contain the link to the e-learning course, which can be done in your own time at home. The course is also available to anyone else in the church, who is interested in finding out more about safeguarding. If this is the case then please contact Sarah for further details".
5. Join a Fellowship Group this autumn - all welcome!
Fellowship Groups are a big part of how we share in discipleship, prayer and pastoral care together at West Kirby URC, many of our members meeting in fortnightly small groups for Bible study, social activities, prayer times and more.

There are currently six different groups running - each with its own flavour, but all sharing common values of welcome, Word, worship and witness - and potentially two new groups starting in the autumn. The groups meet on a variety of days, in various locations, so hopefully there is one that fits for you.

If you would be interested in joining a group, please contact Kath - 07930137041 /  Those who are newer to West Kirby URC would be especially welcome - you don't have to be a member yet, come along and get to know us better.
6. All-age afternoon services this autumn
Thank you to everyone who contributed ideas at June's Church Meeting about how to re-introduce and resource a 'Something New' style service for all the family one Sunday afternoon each month from this autumn onwards. There was strong support for 'Connecting your Community to Christ' this way, and the idea of 'skipping' one of the other services on the Sunday of an afternoon service was seen as a good approach to help this new service be well-supported and avoid our volunteer teams being over-stretched.

More information will follow but for now please note that there will be special afternoon services on the last Sunday of the month this autumn, and therefore no evening service on 25 September, no morning service on 30 October, no evening service on 27 November.
7. Who are the Finance & Property Committee?
The Finance & Property Committee steward and care for the church building and finances, reporting quarterly to the Church Meeting. There have been some changes to the team in the past few months, so here are the current members:
  • Convenor - Ian Coleman
  • Secretary - Liz Matthews - welcome!
  • Treasurer - Jimmy Lindsay
  • Hall Bookings Secretary - Maxine Slade - welcome!
  • Health & Safety Officer - Wilf Mellors - welcome!
  • Eric Rose
  • Linda Wilson
  • Kath Hilborne
  • Ian Mills - welcome!
If you're new to West Kirby URC and would like to put names to faces, do ask a friend or member of the welcome team to introduce us when you're at church.
8. Noticeboard...
Please could you help us out? Each summer after the young people go to camp, the tents are laid out in church to dry and folding them away again is a big job for one or two people to do on their own. This year, help would be especially appreciated. If you could help for an hour on the morning of Friday 12 August, please let Dan know. Thank you.

We are particularly short of people to serve on the sound desk, computer or behind the video camera (to stream online) at Sunday services. If you might consider learning any of these skills, please complete a serving postcard or contact Kath or Gordon - we would be delighted to hear from you!

We would also benefit from having a few more people on the car-park team - please let Tony Wilson know if you could help, or fill in a serving postcard. Thank you.

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.
9.  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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