Sunday, April 27, 2014

New Topical Discussion Group: First Session - Christians and Money

New Fortnightly Discussion Group

Starts Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 7.00pm

First session: 

What should the Christian attitude be to 
wealth and money?

"The wealth of the rich is their strong city; in their imagination it is like a high wall" - Proverbs 18:11

"Wealth brings many friends, but the poor are left friendless" - Proverbs 19:4

"The cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing" - Matthew 13:22

"Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you" - James 5:1

Have you something to say? 
Would you like to hear more? 

Then come along to our discussion group! 

7.00pm on Tuesday 6 May 2014.

Interested? Then email us for details and venue:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

How we are Linking Golf and Prayer in the Summer of 2014

Good golf can parallel a good life, according to a project to be staged in the “golfers’ church” of St Hildeburgh's, next door to the venue of this year’s Open Championship.

The venture will be held at St Hildeburgh's, Hoylake’s parish church, which borders the Royal Liverpool golf course, in Wirral by the River Dee, where the world’s top players will compete for the famous Claret Jug at the Open in July.

A ‘prayer labyrinth’ in the form of a nine-hole golf course – complete with greens, water, rain and wind – will be laid out in the church. It will represent a spiritual journey based on themes familiar in golf as in life, including Facing the Challenge, Fear of Failure, Anger and Frustration, Friendship, Patience, and Achievement. Actual golf incidents will feature on the church’s audio-visual screen.

Anger and Frustration is typified by Doug Sanders taking a two-foot putt at St Andrew’s to win the 1970 Open – and missing. Friendship is evoked by memories of the 1969 Ryder Cup, when the entire competition depended on the match between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin. On the 17th Jacklin drew level with a 35-foot putt then, at the 18th, Nicklaus controversially conceded Jacklin's putt, ensuring that the match ended in a tie.

The vicar at St Hildeburgh's, Rev Paul Rossiter, said: “We decided to set up the prayer labyrinth to coincide with the Open because in golf you face many challenges and, as Christians, we also face challenges. Golf is accessible and engaging and so is prayer. Both involve self-discovery – you find out a lot about yourself and your true feelings.”

People entering the labyrinth will be given a booklet suggesting ways to approach the theme of each hole.
They will take a yellow practice ball and walk the fairways to the first four greens unburdening various negative emotions, reflecting on their life and what they have read in the booklet, with the aim of developing a sense of forgiveness. They will drop the practice ball into the fifth hole, discarding negative thoughts along with it, and pick up a white match ball which they will carry along the final four fairways, focusing on four points at which Christ may have touched their lives. There are no ‘right answers’. Each person will have different thoughts and experiences.

Mr Rossiter explained: “A reflective journey such as this tends to trigger thoughts – regrets, desires, resolutions, enlightenment or moments of well-being. As people reflect as each stage of the journey, they can record their thoughts on a card.

“At similar events, people have been surprised at their own self-discovery – their thoughts and realisations. Some might need sympathetic counselling to help them to think things through. Support for them will be on hand and by phone.”

St Hildeburgh's has been regarded as the golfers’ church since members of the Royal Liverpool paid for the great stained-glass east window to commemorate fellow-members who lost their lives in World War I. Plaques commemorating the club’s fallen in both world wars are displayed in the building. The church also has a back door, installed in 1916, which shortens the walk to the golf course.

The prayer labyrinth has the support of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. A spokesman said: “The club applauds the parish of Hoylake for marking the playing of the Open Championship over the Hoylake links with an imaginative initiative at the parish church. The game of golf and life have so much in common.”

The prayer labyrinth will be open from every day from Monday, July 14, to Sunday, July 20 at the following times:

Monday 14 July: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Tuesday 15 July: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Wednesday 16 July: 10.00am to 8.00pm
Thursday 17 July: 10.00am to 8.00pm
Friday 18 July: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday 19 July: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday 20 July: 10.00am to 4.00pm (Service of Holy Communion from 10.00am to 11.00am)

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Vicar's Easter Two Penn'orth, 2014

For my Easter Two Penn’orth I am publishing

an edited version of my annual report,

originally delivered to St Hildeburgh's

Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Palm Sunday

his is my second APCM and, without doubt, it has been another busy year, full of new begin­nings. My first duty is to thank everyone who has done so much to help the many and varied things going on in the parish and especially to the wardens, the Standing Committee, PCC and the GAP groups, Communications and Social, for all you have done. The year has seen a very successful flower festival and Christmas tree festival, and new developments in our services.
In everything we do, and especially when we begin new initiatives, we must be sure that our motivation is right and that prayer comes first – before action. Building God’s Kingdom should be at the heart of everything we do. I believe that, when we do that, the work is truly blessed and grows. It can never be our kingdom and what we want, but rather always we should have our eyes fixed on the will of the Father.
One example of that is our Soup & Sandwich lunches for the local nursing homes for which a grant has been successfully obtained to assist us in providing this new pastoral initiative.
Pastoral work has indeed increased and I am delighted to see members of our congregation becoming part of a new ministry team. We are able to offer support, visiting, and bereavement care as we work together to support the parish and the local community. I know this work is appreciated greatly by all who receive their care.
As a result of the monthly lunch we have decided to have regular service for the family and friends of those who attend. I see this as a hugely important support to those who care for elderly relatives.
Each month, also, we now visit all our local nursing homes providing spiritual care and fellowship, we have a service which includes hymns and Holy Communion.
t this point I would like to pay tribute to Barbara Rice who has faithfully taken Communion to many people at home over many years and is retiring from that role this year.
In addition to these services we are in process of setting up a fortnightly group for sporting activities with people with dementia and their carers. This is on the cutting edge of the church reaching out to people with Alzheimer’s.
Just as the pastoral care of the parish and community is important so is our growing together in fellowship. We continue to have monthly lunches which are very popular with all who attend, so my thanks go to all involved. The various groups that do so much to help yet also build up the fellowship of the parish, Pat Bennington’s monthly Fellowship, Peter Surridge’s church grounds work­ing party, the Ladies’ Guild who arrange the flowers and clean the brass, and the good work of Stephen Claus and the choir. Fellowship builds us up to do the work that has been given to us – mission and evangelism and much more.
It is also very important that we provide opportunities for people to learn about their faith and to this end we ran a discipleship course last year with St John’s and will repeat it later this year. Ruth is leading a bible study at Red Rocks Nursing home and we continue to hold a Lent course each year.
My hope is that we will build in further study, as we go along but it is really great news that four people are on the diocesan foundations for ministry course.
This year attendances are up at least 28.5% and we must continue to work hard to support new people in the parish. Some of our growth is among younger families and I hope the Family Praise service has been import­ant as a way-in to church for them.
e can never become complacent. The Church changes and styles of worship change, too, so we must be prepared to change appropriately. The installation of the audio-visual screen has been one of those changes and I think we can be very proud of how well it has been used for Family Praise and for Holy Trinity School which is a big part of our mission.
The new head, like Peter Ham before her, is very supportive and sympathetic to all we do and is as keen as I am to involve the children so watch this space, as they say! It’s also been good to see the Mums and Tots group coming into church and joining in.
Our baptism team has been working hard, too; in the past 12 months we have seen over 30 baptisms.
Our Vision awayday was very successful and we are looking at all the feedback from the forms we sent out and the away day. You will hear much more about this later in the year.
As we have heard, our finances are going in the right direction however we can’t afford to take our foot off the pedal. Our planed giving is also been very successful and if you have not signed up I would urge you do so. Planned giving enables us to plan our mission and ministry for the year. One of the things we really want to provide this year is new chairs and soon I will be asking you soon to consider if you can help. So far we have managed to provide them in the Lady Chapel – and don’t they look great? – and they are more comfortable.
Finally, thank you all for all you have achieved this year. Without you it would not be possible

Your friend,
Rev’d Paul

Easter Sunday : 20 April 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Special Service for Those in Care Homes, Family & Friends: 13 May 2014

On 13 May 2014 at 2pm St Hildeburgh's Parish Church in Stanley Road, Hoylake, will be holding a special church service for care home residents, their families and friends.  The service will consist of contemplative prayers, hymns and readings and will be followed by refreshments in our church hall.  This is the first time St Hildeburgh's has done this type of service and we hope that you will support us in this initiative. So, whether you have a family member or friend in a care home, or if you care for someone at home please bring them along to our beautiful church to share worship and good fellowship.

Please note that there is car parking and wheelchair access.

If you would like more information, please email: