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Friday 2 September 2022

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1. Men's Breakfast tomorrow
Men are all invited to breakfast this Saturday, 3 September, 10am at Grand Ave. No need to book, just come along for great food and conversation. If you've not been before, you are especially welcome. Any questions, please contact Gordon on 07452 985749.
2. Coming up on Sunday Morning...
"The Gospel of Mark is stunning. From its opening declaration heralding an astounding new move of God, right through to its somewhat surprising ending, Mark leaves us in no doubt that this is the greatest story ever told, one that changed the world forever..."

At the 10.30am service this autumn, we're going to be exploring the Gospel of Mark, 'Living the way of Jesus in the world'. This Sunday, Louise will be leading and preaching on the first theme, 'Announcing Revolution', from Mark 1:1-15. We will also be sharing communion. Please join us in the church or on Facebook Live - all welcome!

Children's Church will be back on next Sunday, 11 September. In the meantime, supervised children are very welcome to enjoy the craft activities, books and games in the creche room, or to sit in the service with their families.

Thank you to Linda Wilson for this week's flowers.
3. Coming up on Sunday Evening...
The 6.15pm service returns this Sunday and we're going to be asking "Who do you follow?" through a short series on the three different person of the Trinity:
4 September - Who is God, the Father? (preacher: Simon Lakin)

11 September - Who is Jesus, the Son? (preacher: Louise Franklin)

18 September - Who is the Holy Spirit? (preacher: Colin Usher)

Come for refreshments from 6pm - all welcome!
4. Ukrainian Drop-In Update
Liz Wilson writes, "Each Tuesday from 1.30 to 3pm we open up the Welcome Lounge for Ukrainians who have moved into the area so they can meet up and create friendships. We never know how many will come each week but we have been encouraged by the numbers and the atmosphere. It is definitely worthwhile and we will continue to offer this space as long as there is a need.

We always have drinks and lovely cakes and there is also a rail of clothes and shoes for them to look through and take home. We recently had a selection of children’s games donated which have been good for those with young children.
 
Today, a lady who arrived 2 weeks ago told me that her 20 year old niece is looking for a sponsor so that she can come to this area. If anyone knows of someone who is considering sponsorship please speak to me or Shirley Rose so we can give you more details".
5. Rising Energy Costs
Energy costs are rising rapidly and, like for our own homes, this will have an impact on the church. The church will not benefit from any household cap, however, and by this Autumn the electricity price will be almost five times the cost that it was in Spring 2021 and could rise further. Gas is currently two and a half times the previous price and is likely to double again in March 2023.

The Finance & Property Committee are working hard to reduce costs and have already negotiated rates and increased hall lettings. We must also manage everyone's expectations though, and be clear that the church heating and hot water will not be on for as long or as high as in previous winters. We need everyone's help, please, in minimising usage, turning lights and equipment off when not needed, and being as understanding as possible to these changes. 

Thank you,
Finance & Property Committee.
6. 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 / commsmanager@wkurc.org.uk.  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.
7. Come to the Church Meeting - 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) will circulate reports to read before the meeting to the church members by email. If you're not a member and would like a read, you are very welcome to contact George (georgehryan@sky.com) for a copy and to come along and join in discussions.
8. 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.
9. Churches Together prayer walk - all welcome!

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

10. "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)
11. Noticeboard...
"Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone in church who supported our bake sale last term and let you know that we raised an amazing £212 for the Guide Dog Association!" From Gillian, Ishbel, Eryn and Carys x
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.

To make space for the new additions to the library, surplus and duplicate books will be on a table at the back of the church this Sunday - please take whatever you like, no charge!

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 families.

Our hall bookings secretary, Maxine, is away until 8 September but enquiries can still be made on the hall booking email (wkurc.halls@gmail.com) and phone (07933 167307) as Liz Matthews has kindly agreed to look after both. 

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.
12.  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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