David's Update from 24th April:

Dear Friends

There is a principle in communication about 3s.  For example

Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives! 

There is another version of the principle of 3s when preaching:

Give an outline what you’re going to tell people, tell them the information, remind them of what you’ve just told them!

Some of the information on this newsletter has appeared before but it is worth repeating!  In particular,

1) we would love to receive your good news stories,

2) we hope that you will join us for our Zoom live worship (details are below) and

3) let’s keep praying for one another.

Good News Stories:

We know that these can be challenging and frustrating times, however we are also hearing lots of good news stories from people about a range of things happening in our families and community.  From prayers for healing being answered, to kind gestures being offered from children to the elderly, or simply"I was feeling very down when I received a phone call from a friend and it really lifted my spirits".  These are things that we all need to hear to encourage us that the world has not ground to a halt and that Jesus love is still shining through in this darkness.

We have created a 'Good News Page' on the website (https://www.stjohns-burscough.org/GoodNews/) and so we would love to hear from you if you have an encouraging story to tell, no matter how small or insignificant you might think it is, we want to hear it!

Please send your good news stories to -

Stuart Ashcroft

Email:  stuartashcroft1@sky.com


St Mellitus Mission Course

We can do this!  Mission!

Last call for those wanting to make good use of their time for the next eight Monday afternoons, 1.30-3.45pm. No prior training needed. Live group interactive teaching sessions on mission led by the staff and friends of St Mellitus College North West.

Topics include:

  • Knowing the story - we’re part of in a lost world
  • Caring for creation in an age of greed
  • Blessing the nations, in spite of a collapsing economy
  • Attracting others to God in a secular and doubt-filled world
  • Proclaiming the Gospel in the midst of a pandemic
  • Recovering humility in a pride-filled space
  • The power of the Gospel to recover emotional, spiritual and physical wholeness
  • The glory of God - the only thing that really matters


Want to know more? I’d love to hear from you and happily send you more details.  Email me at dave.emmett@stmellitus.ac.uk 

The college caters for full-time students doing anything from one-year certificate courses to PhDs. Beginning Theology is aimed at providing some serious, but non-validated, study for those who aren't able to study on a full-time basis, yet who do want to stretch their theological and Bible-study muscles and  have free time on a Monday afternoon. All the teaching has a practical edge to it. 

Normally classes take place in Liverpool, either in the cathedral or at the back of it. There are six modules and one is done each term with students attending on a Monday afternoon.  The next module on mission is being taught online because of the lockdown. This could be something that continues online after the next module.

There is an option to do the written essay that goes with each module and receive feedback from tutors on your work.  While we encourage people to do this so as to get the most out the course, it is not a requirement. We understand that for some, giving two hours of a busy week might be all the time they can spend on study at the moment. The whole point of Beginning Theology is to encourage study, not to place a burden on already busy people.

This topic includes aspects of mission as covered by C.J. Wright in his book the Mission of God's People. No one has to buy the book, but it is great reading for any who want to take the study to another level. Further books are recommended for those who want to study even more. Some do this, others just turn up for the classes and learn from them. It's all very worthwhile.

Our aim is to make studying theology as accessible as possible to all. There are fees of £100 per module. However, there is a bursary fund for those who cannot afford this.

If you would like more information and have some questions, please do reply to me. I'm just delighted when people consider studying and loving God with all their minds.  If you would like to come on the course, we would love to have you. There is an application form to fill in which can be found by pressing the apply now button for Introductory study at:


Any issues with the application, do get in touch with Dave Emmett. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to ask him any other questions you might have.

Dave is also able to provide information about other learning opportunities through St Mellitus. 

Wednesday Evening Bible Study – 7:30pm each week:

Having upgraded our zoom account, we are now able to meet together for fellowship and study for longer than the fixed 40 mins.  Consequently, the meeting ID for the Bible Study has changed, see details below.


Zoom meeting ID:  677-123-216. 

No password is required for this meeting. 

Online Worship Services:

Do continue to follow our Online worship services at www.stjohns-burscough.org/OnlineServices

Want find another easy way of accessing St John’s Videos?  Subscribe to our YouTube channel see above for more details.  Let’s see if we can get to 100 subscribers in the next two weeks.

If you like to access worship according to the Book of Common Prayer a couple of YouTube links are below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKLu_ebVyms&t=732s Holy Communion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymzfoU1Xw8I Evening Prayer also known as Evensong

11:00am – Live Stream Family Worship:

In addition to this we have started a weekly Zoom meeting to worship together ‘live’ at 11.00am on Sunday morning.  The service will include a sung worship courtesy of YouTube and/or live stream worship, prayers, Bible reading, and a talk.  There will also be a chance to have a bit of a chat and catch up with one another.  You can access the meeting using the details below.


Zoom Meeting ID:  399-199-655.

No Password is required for this meeting. 

For more info about online worship contact:

Revd Canon David Banbury:

Email: david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org           Phone:  01704 891640

Live Stream Midweek Worship:

We are also continuing to offer live midweek sung worship through Zoom.  Details of the date and time of the next live worship will be posted on the Worship livestream WhatsApp group. 

To join this WhatsApp group contact Pete or Jennie Short:

Pete Short   – peterjshort@hotmail.co.uk                Jennie Short - jennie.short@stjohns-burscough.org      

Text:  07917 046205                                                   Text:  07793 216127


For those who ‘don’t do’ technology it is possible to access worship via the radio on Radio 4 and also Radio Merseyside: Helen Jones show - The Sunday morning service is at 8.30am.

Care for the Family - It Takes Two:

Sometimes how we spend our time doesn’t reflect what matters most to us.  While we’re quick to fix the boiler, MOT the car (hopefully) and carve out countless hours for the latest Netflix movie; we often don’t take time to invest in our marriages.  With anything that’s precious to us, we want to do all that we can to help it thrive, but it’s easy to leave our relationships on autopilot.

It Takes Two is an opportunity to take a night out, set aside distractions and focus on the two of you, as a couple. The event will spark questions like: what’s working well, how do you feel most loved and do you feel heard by your partner? But don’t fret, Katharine and Philip will be doing all the talking.

So, whether your marriage is in good shape or things are difficult right now; whether you have been married for many years or you’ve just got together, this event will positively impact your relationship.

Booking is online and the training is streamed via YouTube

More details are available here:



Praying Blessings:

You may recall some time ago we attended a course to learn how to pray blessings on one another. We learnt how blessing releases the presence of God. We prayed for five individuals for five days in the week for five weeks.  Instead of praying for individuals we are inviting those who wish to do so, to pray blessings on specific groups of people

  1. Scientists – bless them with the ability to find a vaccine to prevent the spread of Covid19 and to cure people already infected.
  2. NHS and all care workers – pray blessings on them that they will remain healthy and strong, physically, mentally and emotionally.
  3. Our Community – bless them with patience, kindness, friendship and love
  4. Leaders of the World – bless them with wisdom in their decision making
  5. Financial Difficulties – Pray blessings on all those who are facing financial hardship, those who have lost their jobs, their businesses.


Let us pray Blessings for these five situations, five days a week for five weeks.  With God’s help we can make a difference!

Families Worship Facebook Resources:

A new Facebook Group has been set up to help families and children connect with Jesus. Click here to request to join the group:


Or for more information contact:

Revd Elliott Ireton

Email:  elliott.ireton@stjohns-burscough.org          Phone:  07460 982621

Church Chat:

This is our support network for those who are self-isolating or who would value some additional support. 

Further details about Church Chat can be found at -https://stjohnthebaptistburscough.churchsuite.co.uk/modules/calendar/event_view.php?id=3328



To use this service, volunteer or for more information contact: 

Jeannie Holman

Email:  jeannie.holman@stjohns-burscough.org       Phone: 01704 892183

Church Calling Plan:

We have put in place a plan for ringing the whole congregation registered on Church Suite every fortnight.  For more information, see Church Update #4 or contact-

Revd Canon David Banbury:

Email:  david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org          Phone:  01704 891640


Postal Communication:

Recognising that not everyone is able to access information online we have developed a plan for postal communication with church members.  If you know someone who would value postal communication, please contact:

Jeannie Holman

  Email: jeannie.holman@stjohns-burscough.org      Phone: 01704 892183

Lockdown Playlist:

Thanks to all those who have sent in coronavirus playlist suggestions, this week you can enjoy:

A tribute to frontline key workers from KeyWest, a band who regularly busk in Liverpool.





With Love and prayers


Our verse for 2020: Love one another as I have loved you - John 13:34