2017 June

June 2017

Dear Friends,

This month presents us with a number of initiatives that relate to church life at Moor Lane.

On Sunday 4th June, we will be celebrating Pentecost with the rest of the Crosby Circuit churches in a morning service at Formby Methodist Church. There will be no morning service at Moor Lane. Unity is an important sign of the Spirit’s work in the church, and there is no better way of celebrating and demonstrating that unity than by coming together in worship.

On Saturday 10th June, Liverpool District are hosting a seminar on Re-imagining Church. This a seminar on bringing new life to existing churches and planting new churches. If you are interested in how we can bring new life to Moor Lane Church, why not book on the seminar. It is at Maghull Methodist Church between 10am and 4pm. Lunch is provided (hence the need for booking). Entrance is free, but still needs booking at www.eventbrite.co.uk: go on the website and search for re-imagine forum. I hope to see you there.

Following on from last year’s very successful week of prayer, we are joining again with All Saints with St. Frideswyde Church and the King’s Church in a week-long series of events based around prayer.  This will take place between 11th and 18th June and will involve times of community prayer, creative prayer and contemplative prayer.

On Saturday 17th June at 2pm, we will hold an afternoon prayer walk starting at Moor Lane, heading towards the Kings’ Church, and then All Saints with St. Frideswyde, before returning to Moor Lane. We will then host a Commmunity Barbecue at 4pm, to celebrate together, inviting our neighbours to join us for a hot dog and a burger. We also hope to have a bouncy castle for children. This will be free to everyone who comes and is an act of radical hospitality from the three churches.

Do come along and enjoy this expression of unity and mission from our three churches.

From the 22nd to the 29th June, I will be taking part in the annual Methodist Conference in Birmingham. The Methodist Conference is the highest authority in the Methodist Church, and each one of us who is a member is under its authority. The Conference is a highly intensive, challenging and exciting few days as representatives of the Methodist Church come from all over Britain and from overseas to consider what God is doing in his church today. We represent a wide breadth of views, experiences and theology, coming together as the governing body of the Methodist Church. Please pray for us as we seek to find God’s will together.

These themes of unity, rebirth and mission are all bound up in our understanding of the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came to a group of nervous disciples and transformed them into the greatest evangelistic team the world has ever seen. In coming together with our fellow Methodists and with our ecumenical partners and in the Methodist Conference, we help to work out the answer to Jesus’ prayer that we be one.

Such unity does not come unless empowered by the Holy Spirit, and we pray that as we celebrate our unity, and also our diversity as Christians, we may see the Holy Spirit working in our midst.

Finally, we send our congratulations to Rev. Larry McRorey and his wife, Cathy, as Larry moves from Bandera to become pastor of Portland First United Methodist Church, starting on 1st July. We wish them well in their new ministry.

David


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