May 30th News and Worship
Welcome to this week's newsletter.
You may be wondering why there is a picture of rather delicious cakes next to the Vicar's Thoughts for Trinity Sunday. No, it's not because the Trinity is like a slice of cake (the cake being the Father, the icing the Son and the sweet on top the Holy Spirit)! Such illustrations like three legged stools, shamrocks, ice, water and steam are all sadly, heretical. Although the cake picture does not adequately describe God, it could be said to quite accurately describe the way we see, and the importance we give to, the persons of the Trinity.
Some of us are cake people: we like the solidity and reliability, the firm foundation of God as Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Others of us like the icing: the good-news-taste of all Jesus the Son has done for us, and that we are loved and forgiven. Some of us are sweets-or-cherry-on-top people... that's the first part of the cake to get eaten - and we like the energy and excitement of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. Which one are you?
All of us who have been to a children's party have seen the plates of cake where sweets and icing have gone and the cake is crumbled and left uneaten on the plate. In Church life it can all too easily be the other way round the cake is eaten, but the icing sometimes and the sweets definitely are left to one side. Trinity Sunday is where we take the first steps outwards in mission to the world, a world that has some strange, confused and often negative views about God. We need to share not just those aspects of the character and person of God that we engage with, but point people to the bigger picture, the bigger love, the whole incredible amazingness of who God is, what you might call the whole cake.
Why are there are cakes throughout the newsletter this week? The answer is in Church News, right at the bottom.
This Week's Worship
Sunday is Trinity Sunday.
This Week's Diary
The Church Office is open from 9.00am to 12noon Monday to Friday.
9.00am Morning Prayer Zoom Code 503 346 024 Password 793684
10.30am Holy Communion St Peter's
9.00am Morning Prayer Zoom Code 859 930 994
10.30am Holy Dusters St Peter's
10.000am -12noon Private Prayer St Peter's
Sunday 6th June Climate Justice Sunday
Sunday 6th June Sanctuary 7.00pm
Sunday 13th June Wild Church 10.30am St Peter's
Sunday 27th June St Peter's 800th Anniversary Celebration Sunday
Sunday 4th July Archbishop of Canterbury's Thanksgiving Sunday
Worship services for Sunday 30th May
Sunday Bible Readings
For use with Worship at Home booklet and reflection.
The Kingdom of God is justice
In the beginning was the Word
Meekness and majesty
Father, we love you
To God be the glory.
Holy, Holy, Holy
Lead us heavenly Father
May the grace
Thou whose Almighty Word
Almighty and everlasting God,
you have given us your servants grace,
by the confession of a true faith,
to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity
and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity:
keep us steadfast in this faith,
that we may evermore be defended from all adversities;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Prayer focus this week
The focus this week is on sharing our faith with friends and family: pray that God would give you opportunity to gently share with others how important your faith is, the difference God makes to your life, how faith for you is not just about going to Church but about knowing God.
Those who have asked for prayer
Paul Nadin Salter
Prayers from yesterday, for today
As I rise from sleep I thank You, O Holy Trinity,
for through Your great goodness and patience
You were not angered with me, an idler and sinner,
nor have You destroyed me in my sins,
but have shown Your usual love for men,
and when I was prostrate in despair,
You raised me to keep the morning watch and to glorify Your power.
And now enlighten my mind’s eye
and open my mouth to study Your words
and understand Your commandments
and do Your will
and sing to You in heartfelt adoration and praise
Your Most Holy Name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
St Basil the Great, 330–379 AD
Church Family News
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Something's brewing at St John's
Exciting things have been happening at our daughter Church St John's at Adlington. With a tiny congregation and services reduced to only one a month they recognised the need to raise the profile of the Church in the community and also develop a sustainable form of income. They decided the solution was to open a Church Coffee Shop as Arthur describes below
We have now been open for eight weeks each Saturday and Sunday plus bank holidays from 10.30am until 4.00pm. The Coffee Shop has played a huge part in bringing the community together after what has been an exceptionally challenging time over the last twelve months, for people to meet-up and share much needed socially distanced fellowship. Another big plus is that of the Church being open during each weekend for people to pop in whilst still observing the requisite Covid requirements. Monthly Sunday services have seen a modest increase in numbers as a direct result of the Church being open when the Coffee Shop is open.
There are nearly 40 volunteers in total that provide regular assistance in one form or another to ensure the operation of the Coffee Shop and in addition there are a few more who provide assistance on a more ad hoc basis. A significant proportion of them operate on a rota system as barista operators and cake bakers.
Seven of the volunteers comprise the Management Team each having specific roles, however there is an overlap to ensure continuity. These seven have, and indeed still do, put in a tremendous amount of work and time on a regular, sometimes daily, basis to ensure the smooth running of the shop.
We have sold over 900 hot drinks and around the equivalent of at least 60 eight inch diameter cakes... and still counting!
As with so many Church projects covering our three Churches it is quite humbling to see the dedicated voluntary work of so many people in so many diverse areas. Our Church Coffee Shop team who work tirelessly in ensuring that it operates each weekend for the benefit of our Church and community can now be added to that illustrious list. Not only are all these volunteers providing such a valuable service, they are also enjoying the fellowship of engaging with each other and have actually formed a WhatsApp group on their own initiative to keep in contact between shifts.
Below are the roles carried out by the management team. It would be good for future newsletters to introduce the other equally committed volunteers to our readers. Obviously it’s still early days with this venture, however there are signs for cautious optimism.
Meet the Team
Martin is our barista training officer and instructs all the barista volunteers on the safe operation on the relatively complex barista machine in the art of producing the perfect coffee. He also is responsible for the training in all statutory requirements covering Food and Hygiene, Health and Safety and Fire Regulations as is required for the functioning of the Coffee Shop and the completion of all relevant documentation relating to this.
Sonya is our barista volunteer rota coordinator and is responsible for coordinating all the 20 plus barista volunteers to ensure that the four three hour shift patterns over the weekend are covered by a minimum of two staff per shift. A minimum of 8 staff are required for weekend cover.
Keilly looks after all the publicly for the Coffee Shop ranging from basic posters to the more involved social media outlets, including Facebook and local media networks. She also ensures the shop has the necessary non confectionery goods and infrastructure to operate efficiently.
Aysha runs a team of around 14 volunteer bakers and ensures that the requisite number of delicious cakes are readily available for consumption each weekend. She also has 4 emergency bakers who will bake on a Saturday night in the event that we have had a inordinate run on cakes on a Saturday, which has happened, ready for opening Sunday morning.
Olivia, a late teenager, is the youngest member of our management team and assists Keilly with the advertising and the many social media sites. This can include a photograph each Friday evening of the delicious cakes that are available for the weekend to tempt even the most resistant of taste buds!
Dorothy looks after all the finances relating to the Church and Coffee Shop, she also gets involved in the day to day running of the shop which is now comparable with a small commercial coffee shop enterprise.
What do l do... ?
I just take a pew... have a brew... and enjoy the view!!
... and l warmly invite you also to do the same and enjoy the view from one of our three eight seater picnic tables, each with a fully equipped parasol to keep you cool or dry! whilst enjoying your experience with us.
We can assure you of a warm and friendly welcome.
CoRe Pantry News
It's been a busy week at the CoRe Pantry with 82 Members through over our two sessions. The weekly delivery from the Beaumont was magnificent - thank you for all your hard working in gathering donations with the support of the Co-op too!
Pantry numbers have again been increasing with more people requesting to join due to increasing need. The number of children going hungry has doubled since the start of the pandemic. To ensure that we are able to respond adequately to increase in need we need to increase stock levels. To this end we have partnered with the amazing team at Bankuet who help food banks and Food Pantries such as ours with fundraising and their reception of ambient goods.
How does it work? A food bank or Pantry can sign up to Bankuet and individuals can then donate to their chosen food bank or Pantry. Bankuet then converts the money into priority supplies chosen by us at the Pantry from the available list. It's like a virtual food drive without the need for social distancing, and will help us to get the products that we need and cannot access anywhere else. More to follow on this, so watch this space!
The 1st June - 7th June is NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS Week :) So an especially huge shout out to all our amazing Pantry volunteers who help with the weekly tasks of setting up, staffing weekly sessions, collections and oh so much more! The Pantry could not function without YOU, so thank you for all you do week after week.