Monday, October 27, 2014

Have your own tree at the Christmas Tree Festival in Hoylake!

Have a Tree at the

At St Hideburgh’s Church we are busy planning 
the fifth annual Christmas Tree Festival. 

We aim to create a fun community event for Hoylake 
to start the Christmas season. 

We invite local groups and charities free of charge to join in. For businesses there is a very small charge as it is excellent advertising for you.  Last year we had 40 trees and over 700 visitors enjoyed the event over the weekend. We wondered if you would like to join us? It is a great way to show local people who you are and what you do in a fun and imaginative way!

The overall plan will be similar to last year with trees to vote for, a Christmas Market, refreshments ,entertainment and children’s activities including of course Santa.
Arrangements for any who wish to join us
Trees should be about 4-6 feet and please bring a small table to put it on.
Trees should be put up on Thursday 4th December between 3.30- 7.30pm An electrician will be present 4.30-6.30pm. Electric lights must be tested by him. Battery ones of course not. For purposes of planning the lay out it is essential that we know whether your plan would be electric or battery lights
Decorate the tree as you wish.
Please label your tree with your group name and put a small box at the base for votes. Visitors will have three tokens to vote for trees in the categories of 'Most Elegant' 'Most original' and 'Most Fun' and of course there will be prizes for the winners

Trees should be removed on Monday 8th December 4-6pm

Please contact SUE WELLS with any further queries and to let us know if you would like to take part. We really would be delighted for you to join us.

Sue Wells
Tel. 0151 632 0539   Mobile: 07742 996985

Friday, October 24, 2014

Messy Church, Bacon Butties, Soup & Sandwich Lunch: The Vicar's Two Penn'orth, October 2014

t gives me great joy to report that there has been quite a lot happening in the parish over the last couple of months. It has been both exciting and encouraging, and it is wonderful to be able to inform you that our first Healing Service held on September 21 was very well received by all who attended. Because of that wonderful response, it will continue on a regular basis.
Our Soup & Sandwich outreach has reached its first birthday, which has been well covered in the Weekly Beacon and on our website. I am proud to say that it has been a huge success and I am reminded by this passage from James 2:14-17:
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

hose words are a wonderful reminder to keep reaching out into our community, bringing as many people as possible into closer contact with the love of Christ. I would like to take this opportunity to express a great deal of thanks to Nigel Hall for the fantastic work he does in putting all our events out into cyberspace through the many different social media networks, This, together with the work done by Peter Surridge on the Weekly Beacon, goes a very long way in getting our message out into the community; so a big ‘well done’ to them both.
We are now into the third week of our Bacon Butty Brunch initiative, which takes place on Tuesdays at 10.30am in the Church Centre. Again, this is a direct outreach into the commun­ity which is moving along quite steadily and gaining more popularity. Please do try and come along to support us, and if you are able, perhaps bring a neighbour or friend who may well enjoy the company. Scripture give us a good directive when it says in Ephesians 2:10:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

ontinuing on a positive theme, our Deanery Songs of Praise Service was very well attended and was given an encouraging response from Archdeacon Mike. It was good to have a larger congregation than on previous occasions and that it was well received by all who supported the event. A big thank-you must go to our ladies for providing wonderful refreshments after the service.
Messy Church has been launched with a wonderful response from the community, with all the thanks going to everyone involved. It takes a lot of time and planning to get such a response as we achieved on Saturday, October 18. We had 175 parents and children involved in playing games, messy crafts and worship, all on the exciting theme “Jesus is the light of the world,” and I would like to thank Peter Ham and Jane Langley for the immense work that they both did.

rowing a church involves many differ­ent aspects and different talents and it is really wonderful to see those many different talents being used to grow God’s King­dom here within our church.
We are told in 1 Peter 4:10:
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.
To see 105 children really enjoying themselves in church and having such good fun is a great sign for the future and I can’t wait until January to carry on the good work of Messy Church (date to be announced).
Your friend,
Rev’d Paul

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Join us for a Bacon Butty Brunch every Tuesday!

Join us every Tuesday at 

St Hildeburgh’s Church Centre 

for a

Bacon Butty 
and a tea or coffee

10.30am and 12 Noon   

All welcome!

It’s a chance for members of the local community to have something to eat and enjoy some company.

There’s no charge 
(although donations are always welcome!)

The Church Centre is behind St Hildeburgh’s Church, on the corner of Stanley Road and The King’s Gap 
(opposite the ‘Green Lodge Hotel’)

We look forward to seeing you soon!