Dear friends, 

 

As we face another lockdown we are conscious that the infection levels are growing rapidly. The guidance from the government and the Church of England is that services should continue if that is the local decision. We held an emergency PCC meeting on Wednesday 6th January to discuss and decide the best plan for St Johnís. The PCC decision was to continue to hold the two services, one on Sundays and one on Wednesdays, with strict guidelines in place to enable us to stay as safe as possible, and to protect our NHS.   Please be assured that we will review this decision on a regular basis. 

We know that God is speaking into this situation and guiding our decision making and I pray that you too know Godís guidance through these times and decisions that you are having to make.  We are continuing with our services on YouTube if you are not able to come to church.

 

We are in dark times so it is essential we look carefully for Godís presence in our lives, we look for the light in the darkness.  These past few days I have wrestled with the decision to keep church open, feeling the darkness, and yet again God speaks to me telling me to trust in the prayerful decision to stay open made by PCC as arriving at church this morning I was greeted by a man, homeless, in the church car park.  We were able to assist him and he came in and worshipped with us. We wouldnít have met him had we been closed and I thanked God we were open and laughed to myself at God telling me to trust Ö again!  Light in the darkness.   

 

For your prayers.   

Some of you may be aware that sadly, Bernard Nolan died 16th December and his funeral took place last Thursday (7th January) so please hold Averil and family in your prayers. 

Mary Furness died 29th December and her funeral is Thursday 21st January in church.  If you would like to go to Maryís funeral please contact Lesley Phipps 07779 018115 as we are having to restrict numbers to comply with the Covid regulations.  Please pray for Maryís family and friends.  

Robert Smith died 1st January and his funeral is Tuesday 19th January in church, so again, please pray for his family, his children all grew up in St Johnís. 

May these faithful servants of Christ rest in peace and rise in glory. 

 

Thankyou to everyone who completed the Reverse Advent Calendar.  I will be taking your generous gifts to Asylum Link Merseyside w/c 18th Jan.   

 

I am on annual leave for a week so have attached 2 weeks readings for Morning Prayer.

 

Do stay safe and be assured of my prayers. 

 

Heavenly Father,
at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:
may we recognize him as our Lord
and know ourselves to be your beloved children;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen. 

 

With my love and blessings,  

 

 

Jane

 

Rev'd Jane Morgan MBE

Vicar St John's Church Ainsdale

708 Liverpool Road, Ainsdale,