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Friday 16 September 2022

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1. Coming up on Sunday...
At the 10.30am service, Liz Matthews will be leading and Jane Gamble will be preaching on the next in our series on Mark's Gospel, Mark 8:27-38, "Revealing Identity". Everyone's welcome to join us in the building or on Facebook Live.

🎉 Children's Church is on this Sunday 🎉 Children can be dropped off to the team in the main hall from 10.15am for loads of fun with games, songs, Bibles stories, crafts and more! 

Come along for worship, Word and prayer at the 6.15pm service. There will be refreshments available from 6pm, and we'll be continuing the 'Who do you follow?' series with Colin Usher preaching on 'Who is the Holy Spirit?'

Thank you to Jo Martin for this week's flowers.
2. Cake Sale Tomorrow
Please support friends from our Ukraine Drop-In at this Cake Sale at Liz & Tony's 🧁
3. Family Celebration - Sunday 25 Sept, 3.30pm

If you would like to help on the day, please offer to Sarah Gebbie.
Or just come along and join in Connecting Your Community to Christ!
4. Conversations about LGBT issues
We are blessed that fellowship groups are a safe space for many to speak openly and so, in response to a need for the church to talk more about LGBT issues, the elders have invited George Ryan to visit each fellowship group this autumn to facilitate open, loving conversations about LGBT issues. These visits are not to teach or to direct the church to a new position; there is no underlying agenda to reach a single point of view. These visits are about breaking the silence and listening to one another.

If you are in a fellowship group, your group leader will let you know what date George is visiting, and will offer you with some material to read in advance of the discussion.

If you are not in a fellowship group, you are very welcome to take part too. Please sign up here by the end of September to join in a facilitated conversation, either by visiting an existing fellowship group you have a link with, or at a one-off get-together with George and others.

George has already facilitated this conversation for the elders and staff, and then for the fellowship group leaders, and we found that there is room for us to disagree with grace and still be one church. We pray you will find the same and enjoy this opportunity to share more together. If you have any concerns, please contact your elder or fellowship group leader, as appropriate.
5. Join the Church Membership
If you're planning to make West Kirby URC your spiritual home, we would love to invite you to explore becoming a member of the church. Please contact Tony or Liz Wilson (two of our elders) tonwil08@me.com / elizabethmwilson@btinternet.com to express your interest or visit https://urc.org.uk/your-faith/joining-the-urc/ to find out more.
6. West Kirby Prayer Walk - Tuesday 20 Sept

WEST KIRBY CHURCHES WALK - TUESDAY 20th SEPTEMBER

Starting from St Michael's Church, Newton from 11.30 am for lunch. Bring packed lunch, hot drinks provided, but bring water for walk.

12.40   Leave St Michael's and walk up to Column

1.10     Prayers at Column

1.25     Sisters of Jesus Way, Roseacre, Abbey Road

2.10     St Bridget's

2.30     St Agnes', Darmonds Green

3.10     St Andrew's, Meols Drive

3.20     United Reformed (URC)

3.45     Methodist Church, Westbourne Road

 4.15     Riverway, Grange Road for final prayers, hot drinks and cakes.

NB All times are approximate. You may join the Walk at any venue. Come prepared for all weathers.  Our walk will involve some steps over the railway bridge, but this can be avoided by walking down Bridge Road.  Enquiries to Marianne Ryan 625 5158

7. Church Meeting - Wednesday 21 September
Everyone's invited to the next Church Meetingcoming up on Wednesday 21 September 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.

George Ryan (Secretary to the Church Meeting) has circulated reports by email, to read before the meeting. If you haven't received a copy and would like to, please contact George (georgehryan@sky.com).
8. "Give Love in a Box this Year"
If you would like to either contribute to, or make up your own Christmas Shoebox, to be given out by Teams4U in poor communities in Eastern Europe this Christmas, please pick up a leaflet and a flatpack box (or decorate your own) from the back of Church.

There is also a large container to collect completed boxes or donations of single items (by end October, early November).

These boxes are always very warmly received.

Any questions please contact Jill Jackson (07791177303)
9. Celebrate at 70s Night! Saturday 15 October
To celebrate 50 years since the formation of the United Reformed Church, Meols URC are holding a 70s night with live music and a hotpot supper on Saturday 15th October and everyone is warmly invited. Tickets are £10pp - please reserve yours by contacting George Ryan (georgehryan@sky.com)
10. Noticeboard
On Monday 26 September, the electrician will be coming to PAT test every electrical item in the church and halls. If you are responsible for any electrical items which are currently locked in cupboards etc, please leave them in the small hall on Sunday 25 September, or speak to Linda Wilson. Thank you.

Colin writes, "Jenny and I are making an application to join this Liverpool City Region scheme to get Solar panels and batteries installed (just batteries in our case). If anyone in the congregation is considering either, or both, it would be worth registering. There is no obligation. Here is the link: Group-buying for solar | Liverpool City Region (solartogether.co.uk)"

A message from our partners at Reach Christian Counselling :"Please find below a link to the Supporter’s Café on our website which has just been updated with our current news. 
https://www.reachuk.co.uk/to-support-us/supporters-cafe/ We hope that you enjoy reading about the things that you as a Partner are making possible". 

This term, Toddlers for Dads will be on Saturday 24 September, 22 October, 26 November, 10 December from 10-11.30am in the halls. If you would consider joining the team regularly or occasionally, please contact Jimmy Lindsay. The stronger the team the better we are able to engage with the dads and families.

The church library (located to the side of the band area) has recently had a tidy up and lots of new books donated, including biographies, Christian fiction, Bible study guides and books on prayer, discipleship, family life and more. Do have a look and borrow any books you like.

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.
11.  And Finally...
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Minister: Rev. Louise Franklin - minister@wkurc.org.uk - 625-3998 - 07885 500371
Communication Manager: Kath Hilborne - commsmanager@wkurc.org.uk - 07930 137041
Youth & Children's Work Co-Ordinator: Dan Sach - dansach@hotmail.com - 07916 326141
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