Safety        Rachael led our safeguarding training morning at Hesketh Bank, with Graham our District Safeguarding Officer on hand.  There was a good attendance, especially from Hesketh Lane, and interesting, lively and challenging discussions.  We do take “safeguarding” seriously – this includes your own personal safety – our policy is on the noticeboard and Karen is our safeguarding officer. 

Lent           If you were unable to take part in our circuit Lent study based on Isaiah 6 verses 1-8 it is possible to follow the course at home.  The    videos can be streamed from  See Richard for your copy of the book, in which Andy Hawthorne concludes “perhaps the chief lesson of Isaiah is that we must get into a place where we can hear the Lord speaking … Because one thing remains clear: God is still asking, “Whom shall I send?” 

Do you start the day by saying “Here I am Lord”?

Easter        Our circuit Good Friday services at Hesketh Bank were well attended.  The singing by our praise group, the preaching by Jacqueline and Pete, and the fellowship and tea were much appreciated.

Bible           Its easier to hear someone speaking when we can identify their voice, when we know them.  We get to know God through His Word; there are UCB Bible reading notes on the table for you and a wide selection at the Fox Street book shop in Preston.  Ask the stewards how they read the Bible.

                  On Tuesdays 7th and 14th May there is opportunity for ladies to sample Bible Study Fellowship 2019-style before the study year ends.  Ladies and children meet at the Salvation Army on Shakespeare Street, Southport, 10-11.30 a.m..  Sue has more details, and about the online and satellite groups –  Gentlemen – you have to travel to Bridge Chapel, Liverpool, on Thursday evenings.

Prayer        We also learn to recognise God’s voice when we pray.  We meet to pray in church on Tuesday, 14th May at 7.30 p.m., everyone welcome.

                  Join in the ten days of prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.  More details are in the circuit newsletter, and         

Thank you  for your gifts of food, for the used batteries, and especially for your prayers, and offerings of your time and talents over this busy season.

Sundays     Thank you also to Mr. Blackham for being our preacher on the 28th.

                  We welcome our minister, Rev. Robinson, back to our pulpit on 5th May, this service includes communion.  Mr. George Fox is our preacher on the 12th, our “in house” preacher on the 19th and Miss Anne Johnson on the 26th.  Continue to pray for them, for our musicians and singers and all who make our worship possible.

Rotas         Many thanks for volunteering, and being flexible.  Please rearrange as necessary.

                                      Welcome                Brews

                  5th May         Della                      Sue

                  12th  “           Jenny                     Karen

                  19th  ”           Pearl                      Janet

                  26th  ”           Irene                      Sue

Banks         Nursery places for September are filling up fast at our school, please tell those you know who might be interested; places can be reserved by ringing the school office 01704 227323. 

Older children have been to a poetry event at St. Stephens taken by poet Ian Bland; he performed some of his own poetry, led workshops and showed the children how exciting and creative poetry is. 

All family members were welcome to enjoy a healthy breakfast with their children at Breakfast Club on the 26th.  

We are invited to the crowning of the Rose Queen on Friday, 24th May (details to be announced); half term follows. 

Please pray for all children taking SATS (13-16th May), their families and teachers, as well as older children during this examination season. 

Petition       Much publicity has been given recently to topics being taught in our state schools.  Read the SPUC flyer about the booklet being used in secondary schools and consider signing the petition.  Please pray for godly wisdom for those responsible for the education of our children and young people.

“Happy Birthday” to Syd, who celebrates his birthday during May.

Refresh      Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.  We meet in chapel each Wednesday between 9.30 and 11.30 a.m. for drinks,  crumpets, currant teacakes, cake and of course fellowship, everyone welcome.

SASRA        “We praise the Lord for all His goodness to us … 2018 was a very encouraging year for SASRA.  Undoubtedly the main benefit was all the prayers offered asking for the Lord’s blessing on the work of our Scripture Readers”.  Read about the benefits and blessings in your prayer bulletin, and “Ready” magazine, also see the photos of the three trainees Lee asked us to pray for.

On Saturday 1st June we are all invited to St. Aiden’s Garrison Church, Catterick, 3-4.30 p.m. for the annual report.  Refreshments follow the service and everyone is welcome, see Richard for more details. 

Welcome    back to Wilfred; a circuit service is being planned where we can learn about his sabbatical.  Continue to pray for him as he resumes his responsibilities here, for Doris at work, and Dwight in his final semester at uni.

And            pray for the families of Allan, Bill and Cleone, a good recovery for Steve and Tony, and their families at this time, and that each of us will be in a place where we can hear the Lord speaking.

Bible verse of the day

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

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