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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Rev Paul's Two Penn'orth for 1 November 2015



As I sit writing my Two Penn’orth I can see the wonderful autumnal colours from my study windows - they seem exceptional this year. I feel truly blessed to be living in such beautiful surroundings.
    My thoughts return to the morning news on TV and the appalling situation where great numbers of tired, cold, and hungry people are moving across Europe.  They are trying to find safety, and a place of stability to lay their weary bodies, many are displaced from their immediate families wondering what will happen to them next, truly an atrocious situation.
Europe is facing its worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. More than half a million desperate people have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea this year alone. For those who survive the treacherous journey, the terrifying ordeal is not over. People often arrive in Europe scared and exhausted. Many have seen and experienced untold horrors during their journey.
    Three weeks ago we began a new service called ‘Open Worship’ at six o’clock in our church centre: Together as a Christian community, we discussed and prayed as we tried to address the ongoing crisis in this more informal style of service.  This was both appreciated and accepted as a real attempt to do something different and meaningful.  The Open Worship service will continue on a regular basis with a different topic for discussion every second Sunday of the month. Please do try and support this new initiative. I am reminded of the words from Isaiah 25-4 “For You have been a defence for the helpless, A defence for the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of the ruthless Is like a rain storm against a wall.” As we keep in our minds the refugee problem please do pray that a solution may be found that will alleviate the ongoing difficulties.
It is so very important to pray through these difficult times individually and corporately, prayer is our powerhouse.
    As the clocks have gone back, we move into a period of increasing darkness which can be problematic for some - especially the more elderly.
   I frequently make an appeal at this time of year for those of us who are more able; who are living near to those who are on their own to keep a weather eye on their neighbours. It is very easy for those who are less agile to take a tumble and find darkness approaching with no one around to give them support. So please be vigilant as the darker morning and evenings approach. Matthew 7:12 reminds us “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them”  It is very important for us as a worshiping Christian community here at St Hildeburgh’s to be aware of local issues as well as more global. Being able to provide support by various means, helping in ways that are not always obvious.
    It is our responsibility, as we grow the Lord’s Kingdom, that although we may follow differing paths we should do so in the spirit of unity. St Paul writing to the early church in Ephesus said this “Therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, “ It is with those words ringing in our ears that we can continue to the grow the Kingdom here in Hoylake.

Your friend, Rev’d Paul
All Saints’ Day (1st November) 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bringing Memories to Life over Lunch

We had two more guests than usual at St Hildeburgh's 'Soup and Sandwich Lunch' for senior citizens this month.

Pictured with our Pastoral Worker in Training, Jill Rawcliffe (left), are Victoria (right) and Teresa (centre). 

Victoria, who works for the Library & Knowledge Service at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, and Teresa, who works for Wirral's Library Service, are collaborating on an exciting scheme called the 'Reminiscence Box Project'. Below are shown the contents of one such 'Reminiscence Box'.



The project aims to support the health and wellbeing of people with dementia - and their families - on Wirral. Staff from the Wirral University Teaching Hospital and Wirral's Library Service are working together to create the boxes - which are available from Arrowe Park Hospital and Wirral's four central libraries.

Through the items in the boxes - once familiar in all homes - it is hoped to spark memories and, in situations such as a hospital stay, bring reassurance and comfort.

St Hildeburgh's Church's Soup and Sandwich Lunches take place once a month in our Church Centre (behind the church on Stanley Road in Hoylake). A team of parish workers provide tasty soup and nourishing sandwiches followed by a cuppa (free of charge) for older members of the community - including many residents of care homes. In addition to the lunch, there is live music and a free raffle.

 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Great Start for our new service of 'OPEN WORSHIP' on 11 October 2015

We had a great service of OPEN WORSHIP at St Hildeburgh's Parish Church in Hoylake yesterday evening. It was the first of its kind.

The Church Centre was full with a good mix of regular members of our church family as well as plenty of new folk! We took the topic of the refugee crisis and what we as both a church and individuals can do about it.

We prayed, sang worship songs, read scripture and had plenty of lively discussion and refreshments.

Why not come along to our next OPEN WORSHIP? It runs once a month with the next being at 6pm on Sunday 8 November 2015.








See you there!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

It's not long to wait for: OPEN WORSHIP ... 11 October 2015

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We're starting a new evening service at 
St Hildeburgh's Church 
starting on 
Sunday 11 October 2015 
called 
OPEN WORSHIP 
It will be at 
6.00pm 
in the 
Church Centre 
(behind St Hildeburgh's Church on Stanley Road in Hoylake)
 
It will take place every second Sunday in the month

As the name suggests, it's open to all ... regular and new worshipers alike

The emphasis will be on informality - refreshments will be served throughout

There will some scripture, worship songs and lots of opportunity to enter into discussion
Interested? Then just come along and join in!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Holy Mess! Messy Church Harvest 2015

Many thanks to all who came to our Harvest Messy Church at St Hildeburgh's Parish Church in Hoylake and the many who helped with what was a fantastic day!

We learned about the importance of sharing .... and Vicar Paul learned not to be too greedy!

See you all next time!















Thursday, October 1, 2015

OPEN WORSHIP: A new type of service starting 11 October 2015

We're starting a new evening service at 

St Hildeburgh's Church 

starting on 

Sunday 11 October 2015 

called 

OPEN WORSHIP 

It will be at 
6.00pm 
in the 
Church Centre 
(behind St Hildeburgh's Church on Stanley Road in Hoylake)
 
It will take place every second Sunday in the month

As the name suggests, it's open to all ... regular and new worshipers alike

The emphasis will be on informality - refreshments will be served throughout

There will some scripture, worship songs and lots of opportunity to enter into discussion

Interested? Then just come along and join in!