All Saints Community Church- not so much a building, more a way of life


Throughout 2018

 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases it is
new every morning 
Lamentations 3:22




ARTHUR’S RETIREMENT 


Can you believe it, 13 years ago we took the step of faith to being the first church to have a non- ordained minister at All Saints’.  In November 2004 Arthur was licensed as Minister in Charge. In January 2018 we will say goodbye to Arthur and Kathleen.

It was the decision made by Charles Banks and myself who were Church Wardens at the time.  At the interview we both felt that Arthur was definitely the man for All Saints’.  Thankfully, Arthur felt he was the right person for us too.  He came across as a down to earth man with a strong faith and a man of many talents.  This was re-enforced when I met the congregation of his last Church in Wigan at his leaving party who said how he would be missed and how much he was appreciated.

In 2004 we were still, as a P.C.C. deliberating on how to move forward with the re-ordering of All Saints’ and praying how we should proceed in the future.  We felt Arthur was the answer to our prayers.  Arthur being the man he is took up this challenge like a ‘duck to water’.  To date we have re-ordered the Church, built our new Oakhill Room, been given the Child Friendly and Disability Access awards and seen the development of a new vicarage and the new social housing built.

Arthur came to All Saints’ with his wife Kathleen whose ministries have enhanced our worship at All Saints’, we have seen our music group grow and enjoyed many times of fellowship through song.

We have enjoyed many happy times during Arthur and Kathleen’s time with us, we have had yearly holidays to Majorca and visits to Belfast and Dublin.  We’ve had a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day with Arthur as our host and evenings of fun at our Barn Dances and social evenings.

Arthur developed his early parish ministry with the help of visiting ministers especially the late Rev. Alan Mason and the continued support of Rev. Robert Williams and Rev George Perera. Arthur was licensed as Canon  for what I believe was for his commitment to his ministry at All Saints, the Deanery and the Diocese.

When Robert Williams retired as Vicar of St David’s and All Saints’, we were delighted that Arthur agreed to be ordained as Vicar of All Saints’ on 27th September 2015, this was a service of great celebration for us and his family.  What a remarkable journey!

The one thing that has impressed me is that Arthur has  always had a positive and sensible approach to any situation that has arisen and ‘most of the time’ they were solved in a quiet, effective and constructive way.

We wish both Arthur and Kathleen a long, healthy and happy retirement.
On behalf of everyone at All Saints’ we thank you and we will miss you.

God Bless  Randall




Sunday 21st January was an emotional, celebratory and above all very special day in the life of All Saints’ and Arthur and Kathleen.

Arthur led the 9 O'clock service in the chapel and as usual this was a reflective and quiet time – even more so today. Our regular 9am folk said their goodbyes and Arthur had a short while to prepare for our Parish Family Communion Service.

It was a full house as everyone came to say goodbye and celebrate a wonderful 13 years. Friends from St Paul’s in Wigan, holiday pals from St Margaret’s, the Tamil Church, representatives from local churches and all our Scouts, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows joined the congregation to mark such a special day.



Arthur’s last sermon was as challenging and thought provoking as always and during the service the Church Wardens formally thanked Arthur and made a presentation of gifts to Arthur and Kathleen. Following this, presentations were made from groups and individuals making it clear just how much Arthur and Kathleen mean to everyone.

With emotions running high the Eucharist was celebrated and the roof was raised with our singing.


A wonderful “bring and share” buffet fed the masses and a time of chat, sharing stories, laughter and fellowship was enjoyed by everyone.

A final cake cutting was the last official duty



 Mothers Union 

We started our first meeting of the year with St. David’s MU. This was a Holy Communion Service, which we celebrated at All Saints’ with Arthur presiding. 

Arthur talked about the power of prayer illustrated by a short story of a seven year old girl called Isabell who had been seriously ill with meningitis. We prayed for her at All Saints’ for many months. She lost both legs from the knee and both arms from the elbow. She spent three months in Intensive Care and over five months in hospital. Seven years on she was on the One Show on Television having won the National trampolining competition and she is looking forward to doing motor racing with an adapted car. Isabell is now a very articulate 14 year old with a well rounded personality in spite of her disabilities.   We wish her all the very best for the future.

Our next 2 meeting will be at St David’s. There will be a talk at the first meeting and the second is to be a social.

DIARY DATES

Thursday 8th 2.00 pm At St. David’s - Speaker

Wednesday 14th 7.00 pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion Servic





Table Top Sale

 Saturday 10th February 2018

10.00 am  - 12.00 Noon

(Stall holders from 9.00 am)

In the Western Room

Pre Booked Tables  £8.00

Tables on the day £10.00

To Book a Table

Tel. Audrey on 0151 228 2456

Sell your unwanted goods - empty the attic - make money

Enjoy a browse, a tea, coffee, something to

eat and a chat

Free entry, children must be accompanied by an adult

 




Community sponsorship of  Syrian refugees in Liverpool

Would you like to find out more about being part of a team to welcome a Syrian Family to Liverpool?

If so, come to an information sharing evening at Stoneycroft Salvation Army, L13 3BT on Wednesday 28th  February 2018, 6.30-8.00 pm.

Nadine Daniel, the Church of England’s Refugee Welcome Coordinator will be speaking on the opportunity the government’s Community Sponsorship Scheme offers.

The Syrian refugee crisis has been ongoing since 2011. some statistics:

· Over 5 million people have fled Syria, most seeking refuge in surrounding countries.

· Over 6 million people are internally displaced in Syria.

· Around 8,000 Syrians have been resettled in the UK so far.

For more information email sam.tomlin@salvationarmy.org.uk

or call 0151 259 3958.—

 




Christian Aid

Following our last Christian Aid Collection at Tesco in October last year we received a lovely letter from Christian Aid thanking us for our efforts. As you know we collected £446 on the day and Christian Aid put this towards their Christmas Campaign which was match funded by the Government. This means that our collection contributed £892 to support Christian Aid in some of the poorest countries in the world. Places like Burkina Faso where partners are able to provide plots of land, tools, well drilling and training to help people set up market gardens. This enables people to feed their families, become self sufficient and to be able to pay for health care and education.

Well done to everyone involved.

Thanks

Paul




Do parts of the Bible still feel a bit of a mystery? and you feel you would like to get to grips with it, but haven't got much time to join in with groups ?

try a new resource of  provoking videos from UCCF. You can watch any time, day or night, and if you like it , you can get a book to go with it.

 http://uncover.org.uk/



Uncover is an examination of the evidence about the life and purpose of Jesus Christ. Hope you find it challenging and helpful.






 










We like to get together for fun and friendship  









  Our Oakhill Room opened  April 2013  

 

Inside the Oakhill Room, a wonderful fully accessible multi purpose space. There is seating for 40, useful projector/ screen, sound system, loop system, lots of space for Guides/ Scouts/ Messy church activities, with its own mini kitchen area, toilets and wheelchair access. and available for outside hire. A wonderful addition to our church complex.


          Christian Aid  is an International Development Charity. We work with people of all faiths, and none, to eradicate poverty and injustice



We have recently added some new songs to our Worship page with links to You Tube and websites, with a range of songs hymns and styles.




We hope it will help you to worship at home on your computer or smart phone. Do share it with others and let us know what  other inspiring songs and hymns you would like to includ




 

  Learning  more about our faith?


‘The New Community’  weekly course has finished, but talk to Arthur, or any of the church leaders if you would like to join up with a future group.

A great way to explore  our faith together,  ways of praying, finding hope and purpose in today's challenging World, living out our faith.


  The new Community meetings






Challenging poverty and injustice web page added to our website


We hope to develop this section  and would value ideas .together everyone achieves more as partners


                  Christian Aid  &  North Liverpool Foodbank


Would you like to make us aware of other groups or campaigns that want to make a difference, locally or across the World?
















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