Worship Starts at 10.30 a.m. each Sunday, and everyone is welcome.
1st April is Easter Day and Mr. Rob Johnson preaches
here for the first time. Carolyn is steward and Pearl is welcoming in the porch as well as brewing up.
8th Mrs. Julia Robinson is our preacher, Nadine is
steward, Irene welcomes us and Karen brews up.
15th Mr. John North from Longton is our preacher. You may remember him from Emma’s induction service. Janet is steward and brews up and Mary welcomes us.
22nd Mr. Pete Goulding returns to our pulpit, Richard is steward and Sue is in the porch and
brewing up.
29th Mr. Pete Cawthorn hopes to be with us, continue to pray for healing. Graham is our steward, Della welcomes us in the porch and
brews up with May.

Youth Our young people and leaders are worshipping at Mere Brow on 22nd April when the Chair of District, Rev. Paul Davis, takes a circuit youth service. Please pray for him as he prepares, for a good attendance, and a vision and encourage-ment for the young people of our circuit.

Listen to the notices for details of Refresh over Easter, and the date of the April prayer meeting.

Southport On Good Friday there is a walk of witness by Southport churches along Lord Street. This leaves Farmfoods at 12 midday and is followed by a passion play at 12.15 p.m in the Town Hall Gardens. The play lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Easter Good Friday: The united service with St. Stephen’s is at Banks Methodist at 10.30 a.m. Our circuit services are also at Banks, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. when the preacher is Mr. Alan Marsden from Barnoldswick. A tea is provided between the services.

Easter Day:

8 a.m. communion at Banks
10.30 a.m. Mr. R. Johnson preaches here
Everyone welcome at all these services, please
encourage others to attend a church this Easter.

Thank you for supporting the Women’s World Day of Prayer recently, and also for your recycling gifts. Remember the food bank, and the families where children on holiday from school and not receiving dinner will stretch resources.

Manse Last year much needed work was done to the interior of the manse, now we need to work on the exterior. Money raised at the curry night on 14th April will go towards this. Please see Mary or Irene for a ticket, £15 per adult, £7.50 12-16 year olds, under 12s are free. Also see them if you would like to make a donation to the work, or for more details.

Africa There is an update from Rev. Jarvis on the work of ACTS; see the noticeboard.

School Several of the children have had chickenpox. Mr. James Bovenizer has been teaching Eagles (the “top class”) about the Old Testament. We dressed up for World Book Day, and took part in the Performing Arts Festival at Tarleton Academy. The new surface and line markings in the playground/car park have made a big difference to playtime. Staff and children are looking forward to the holiday, please pray that it will be a time of refreshment and they will appreciate the real reason for Easter.

Bible “I started reading the Bible regularly because I wanted to find out more. I’ve used different Bible notes, sometimes from the Christian Book Shop, sometimes the UCB notes from church, it varies over time. Several of us did the “Bible in a year” with Anne Marie, and I’ve appreciated housegroup studies. At the moment I’m using our Lent book, “The glory of the cross” based on John’s gospel.”

Get the Bible-reading habit; Bible notes often cover two months, e.g. May-June and are available now.
See a steward if you would appreciate meeting with others. Ladies (and pre-schoolers) can go to BSF
in Southport – see Sue for details.

SASRA Thank you for your continued support and interest. Our area rep, Mike, is speaking locally this month, see Richard for details. The prayer guide gives biographies and pictures of the people “behind the scenes” – the office staff and council members – as well as the Scripture Readers. Each one has given prayer points for us to pray throughout the year. If you were asked to think of personal prayer points, what would you like people to pray for you this year?

Invitation We were given practical advice recently on inviting others to come to church. We do have “Welcome” cards, please take one to keep in your bag or pocket to pass on to someone else.

Remember that “unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain” (Psalm 127). Pray for absent friends, and that as church we will glorify God in all we do.

Bible verse of the day

Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

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