formby beach

Formby 2019 – a personal view

This year’s retreat to the St. Joseph’s Prayer Centre near the National Trust reserve in Formby was once again held in the week leading up to the second May Bank Holiday.

The theme this year was the ‘Miracles of Jesus’ and we had several thought provoking sessions on some of these miracles and how they relate to our daily lives in the year 2019.

There were people new to the retreat who said they had really enjoyed both the time together and the beautiful local area. It was great to share each others friendship and company both at the centre and on outings.

S@S Pentecost

The Spirit is willing but… S@S

Our next Sunday@Seven service is June 30th. The theme this time is ‘The Spirit is willing, but…’

This is the first Sunday@Seven after Pentecost so we imagine that Nigel may take full advantage of that in his choice of songs and readings.

Pentecost is when we remember the Holy Spirit being given to the disciples after Jesus’ ascension. The Spirit was given to guide, inspire and teach them – as it does with us today.

sermon ralph mallinson

Heaven

For the Vicar of Dibley heaven meant being surrounded by mountains of chocolate. And many think of heaven in terms of food and drink: heavenly food, heavenly wine.

For others heaven equals being physically pampered. Perhaps soaking in a hot bath with plenty of foam and unguents, surrounded by aromatic candles.

For yet others, heaven is being in a beautiful countryside with lovely views or lying on a beach soaking up the sun or listening to the music of J S Bach.

sermons by ian banks

Paul & Silas – the Soap

Our reading from Acts tells us that if you’re looking for a quiet life then the very last thing you want to do is to go to a prayer meeting.

Luke puts on the style with this story, showing his flair for the dramatic. It’s like he was auditioning to be a writer for a TV soap and throws every possible plot-line in. He knows how to keep his audience entertained.

So, let’s take a peek at Luke’s screenplay…

June 2019 magazine

June 2019 magazine

Here is our June 2019 magazine.

In it you’ll find articles on the fantastic Open Group talk by Jim Metcalf on Community Action Nepal, our Benefice Boundary walk and updates from the very active Mothers’ Union.

We also look forward to the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ season which runs from Ascension to Pentecost.

Plus there are prayers and meditations, news and reports. And we have a busy time coming up for fairs, coffee mornings, lunches and afternoon teas.

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