Friday, January 23, 2015

The Vicar's Two Penn'orth: January 2015

t is good to get back to writing my Two Penn’orth again after a very busy period. Christmas has been and gone with great success. My thanks must go to the huge number of people who contributed throughout the Christmas tree festival and all the other events we managed over the Christmas period. It was very much a whole parish effort, so thanks to you all.
I always find it exciting as we begin a New Year looking for new ideas and new initiatives to grow our parish and extend God’s kingdom out into the community. We are reminded in Luke’s Gospel 8:1 that:
Jesus travelled from one town or village to another, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God.
What better example is there for us to follow than that of Jesus to enhance God’s kingdom by reaching out into the community.
I am extremely proud of the work that is moving us forward and reaching out from St Hildeburgh’s Church at the moment, including the Soup & Sandwich lunches for the care homes, our Bacon Butty Brunch, Messy Church and work at Holy Trinity School, to name but a few. These are all really exciting activities.

art of my remit as a vicar is to discern people’s callings, which is also a very important role in the life of the Church, and the calling of new people into different roles within the life of the Church is vital as we sustain growth. New people helping in any way can stimulate those of us who have been stalwarts of the church for many years, testing our own calling and developing our commitment. For instance, we could be encouraged to put our name forward to read a lesson or lead prayers in one of the services, or to help in the kitchen. There are many ways that God calls us forward to work in growing his Kingdom.
St Paul reminds us in his Letter to the Romans 8: 28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
We all have a purpose and we all have a calling. What more exciting time is there than now in helping St Hildeburgh’s move forward!
Part of that is seeing our ministry team grow and take on more responsibility as they extend their knowledge with training. Please do find time to encourage them and pray for them as they continue their studies.

hat is essential for the church is that we support, in whatever way we can, all of our new projects so that, as our congregation grows, we are seen to be support­ing each other and the various initiatives. It all adds to the wonderful feeling of love and fellowship that flows throughout the Church. We are reminded in scripture, from I John 1:3, which says to us:
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
As we begin this New Year let us all look forward to joining in God’s work in this place and remember to thank him for his abundant blessings.

Your friend,
Rev’d Paul

25 January 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Please Vote for our Funding Bids from Wirral Borough Council!

St Hildeburgh's Parish Church Hoylake 
is seeking funding from 
Wirral Borough Council's Wirral West Community Fund 
Two Community Outreach Projects

We have two projects that we would 
ask you to support by voting:

 1. Bacon Butty Drop-In

Weekly Drop-In every Tuesday morning in our Church Centre, behind St Hildeburgh's Church on Stanley Road. A chance for all and any members of the community to meet and mingle. Our Pastoral Worker and members of the church congregation are present to welcome, support and provide bacon sandwiches and hot drinks. There's no charge so as not to exclude anyone but donations are always welcome. Currently we cater for a wide range of people, some with physical and mental health needs.

2. Monthly Lunch for those in Care, Residential Homes and Needing Support

A monthly light lunch for those in care and needing support. A team led by our Pastoral Worker assists, talks to and engages with the clients. Entertainment is often provided, such as a sing-a-longs. Clients have a range of physical and mental health needs.

PLEASE NOTE:  Voting closes on MONDAY 9th FEBRUARY
To vote:

Follow the following link:


Pick up a voting form at a local library or Council One Stop Shop