David's Update from 8th May:

Dear Friends

VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE

Following a very unpleasant incident at the Wednesday online Bible Study we have changed all the settings on our planned Zoom meetings.  We are extremely sorry for the distress caused to people by the incident.  We have endeavoured to contact everyone who was in the Zoom meeting - if you were in the meeting and have been affected by this incident, please do contact the parish clergy or the Diocesan Safeguarding team.  

Andy Holmes, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding adviser

07940 378139 / andy.holmes@liverpool.anglicam.org

We have altered all our security settings to ensure that a similar incident cannot happen again.

The changes we have introduced include: - 

  • All our meetings are now password protected.
  • Screen sharing is disabled for everyone apart from the host, so no one else will be able to put images onto the screen or upload media through the chat function.
  • The record function on all our meetings is disabled.
  • As an additional protection, access to the meeting will only be allowed for ten minutes prior to the start time for the meeting and for five minutes after the meeting has started. Please note after this five-minute period of time has elapsed the meeting will be locked and you will not be admitted in.  The key message is to ‘get to church on time’!
  • Information about our Zoom meetings/services will only be sent out via our emailed Church Updates and won’t be posted on the website, or on social media.
  • We will also follow a procedure to identify all those attending any Zoom meeting.
  • Finally, please check that you have the latest version of Zoom downloaded, and if not then please upload it as soon as possible. Alternatively just access the meetings through the Zoom website - https://zoom.us/ 

UPDATED DETAILS OF OUR ZOOM MEETINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

VE-Day Family Fun Night

THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN UPDATED AND THE PREVIOUSLY ISSUED INFORMATION IS NO LONGER VALID 

On Friday 8 May to tie in with the VE-Day Celebrations we are organising a ‘Family Fun Night’ featuring games a quiz and other bits of fun and entertainment.  The event will be staged via zoom and login details are below.  If you don’t ‘do’ technology it is possible to participate by telephone.  To do this simply ring one of the UK telephone numbers listed and when prompted enter the meeting ID number via your phone key pad.  These calls are charged at your normal phone tariff. 

Sergeant Phil Marshall (the Rufford one) will be your host/compere for the evening.  Those participating in the family fun night are invited to dress up in a 1940’s costume and decorate their room with bunting and flags.  You may even wish to eat 1940’s food during the event - go on you know you’re dying to have a spam sandwich!  Fun for all the family and not to be missed!

Access to this family event will require people to pre-register and sign-up for the event via Church Suite.  Once you have registered you will be provided with the login details for the event (Zoom Meeting ID and Password).  Only ONE sign-up per family is required!

Just click this link to sign up - https://stjohnthebaptistburscough.churchsuite.co.uk/events/lvidxodj

11:00am – Live Stream Family Worship:

THIS INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN UPDATED AND THE PREVIOUSLY ISSUED INFORMATION IS NO LONGER BE VALID

Our ‘live’ worship together is on Sunday morning at 11.00am.  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. 

If you would like to join us for this time of Worship, please contact me for the Zoom meeting details:

Revd Canon David Banbury:

david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org         

01704 891640 

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

THIS INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN UPDATED AND THE PREVIOUSLY ISSUED INFORMATION WILL NO LONGER BE VALID

We meet every Wednesday night to study and discuss the Bible together. 

If you would like to join us for this blessed time of fellowship, please contact me for the Zoom meeting details:

Revd Canon David Banbury:

david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org         

01704 891640

 

Christian Aid Week (10th to 16th May 2020)

Dear Friends

Matthew 25:31-46 reminds us of the importance of caring for those who are vulnerable and in need.  A hallmark of the authenticity of our faith, is demonstrated in the way in which we show compassion towards others. 

This coming week is Christian Aid week, in normal times we would have envelopes available in our churches and we would be actively encouraging church members to use these to contribute financially to support this valuable work.  As a result of Covid-19 it’s not possible to do the traditional envelope collection, but Christian Aid Week is still happening - just in a different format

Please do support Christian Aid, your support to the world’s poorest people is vitally important at the present moment.  More details are below.

‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”. Matthew 25:40 

Christian Aid Week is NOT cancelled! 

This year’s Christian Aid Week will undoubtedly be a different experience, but we know supporters will do all that we can to make it the same life-changing and joyous week that’s been run since 1957. In fact, now more than ever our gifts, prayers and action are desperately needed.   However, in-person events, such as house-to-house collections and Big Brekkies will not go ahead this year. 

Christian Aid Week is moving online! 

There are some exciting ways to help you join together in fun and fellowship as a community this May.  It’s more important than ever that we come together as a community to worship and to share fun and fellowship. That’s why during Christian Aid Week there will be live-streaming worship every day, and Christian Aid will be hosting a fun daily quiz to join and raise funds. All you need to be able to do is click a link! Sign up using the links below to take part. 

Daily live-streamed worship 

Daily fun quiz 

Deliver an e-envelope 

We can’t put real envelopes through letterboxes this year, but we can deliver them to inboxes!   A special e-envelope has been developed that you can send by email, as well as share on social media. You can send a personalised message with your envelope. Visit envelope.christianaid.org.uk to start sending your e-envelopes. 

300,000 steps in May Facebook challenge 

There is also a new fundraiser for people who want to challenge themselves to walk 300,000 steps in May. It could be in the house, in the garden, or using your daily out of home allowed exercise - with physical distancing measures. Join the Facebook group here to register.   

Individuals can donate directly via the Christian Aid website by telephone 020 7523 2269.  

Finance update:

After a month of lockdown, we are now in a position to assess the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Church finances.  The overall picture is reasonably positive; because so many people give through standing orders or by direct giving we haven’t seen a huge drop off in giving income. 

Where income has dropped has been in three areas:

  1. Loose plate giving (cash put on the church collecting plate)
  2. Envelope giving (money placed in a planned giving envelope and placed on the collecting plate)
  • Rental income from Church Hall lets.

These three areas amount to a drop off of about £8,000 pounds in a month.  While this is a significant amount of money we are able to cope for some time with this loss of income.

There are number of actions that I would ask members of the congregation to consider.

  • If you give by envelope or putting money on the plate, please move to giving by Standing Order if at all possible.
  • If you give by envelope, or by simply putting cash on the plate it would be helpful if you could move to giving by Standing Order, or send a cheque for your giving, or bring your ‘backdated’ envelopes/cash to church when we reopen for worship.
  • If you are a tax payer, please Gift Aid your giving. We gain and extra 25% at no cost to yourself.

I recognise that for some members of our Church the pandemic has had a significant effect on personal finances.  I want to assure everyone that if as a result of pandemic it is necessary to alter your giving to church then we will understand the need for this.

If you would like to discuss any issues relating to Church finance and giving please don’t hesitate to contact me or Pete Short our Parish Treasurer.

Revd Canon David Banbury:

david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org         

01704 891640

Mr Peter Short                                   

treasurer@stjohns-burscough.org        

Staffing:

Jeannie Holman finished as our paid Pastoral Ministry Coordinator on 30th April and our new Pastoral Ministry and Social Action Coordinator, Dave Emmett, began work on 1st May.  Jeannie will continue to be involved in a number of areas of pastoral work.  We plan to celebrate Jeannie’s ministry at some point in the future when lockdown is over and we will be inviting people to contribute towards a gift marking our appreciation of the huge amount of work that Jeannie has done over the last few years.

Curacies:

Elliott continues to search for his next post, please continue to pray for him Jo and the family.

Chris Neilson, our new curate, is due to begin working in the parish from 30th June.  He will initially begin work as a licensed Lay Worker and will be ordained at a later date (tentatively set as Sunday 27 September but subject to change).  As to what happens about house moves for Chris and his family this is currently very much up in the air!  Please do pray for Chris, Laura and their family.

 

 

Magazine update:

With an epic effort we did manage to distribute the April copies of ‘The Bridge’ magazine.  Because of the lockdown we have not produced a May edition and we will not be able to produce a June edition either.  The suspension of production gives us a fresh opportunity to evaluate the best ways that we can communicate with people.  I am concious that a number of people have paid subscriptions to the magazine and we will consider the best way of ensuring that people have these subscriptions honoured. 

Margaret Miles who has done a sterling job compiling and editing the magazine for a number of years has indicated her desire to step down from the role at some point in the near future.  If you have thoughts about the best way of communicating with the church and the parish, including thoughts about the magazine I would be very grateful to hear them.  I would also love to hear from anyone who would have an interest in compiling and editing parish communications such as the magazine.

Revd Canon David Banbury:

david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org         

01704 891640

Some important information about PCC and our APCM:

All churches have until the 31st October to hold their Annual Meeting (APCM).  We will organise ours once we have a clearer idea about the lifting of lockdown restrictions.  Our current thinking is that we will hold this in either July or September.  All Church officers i.e. wardens, treasurer, PCC secretary will stay in role until the APCM and the subsequent PCC.  All PCC members will also stay in role until the APCM likewise, all Deanery Synod members will also stay in role until a new Synod is elected at our APCM.  We will be holding a PCC meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 26 May at 7.30pm. 

Online Church Planting Course with Bishop Ric Thorpe 

The Centre for Church Multiplication are organising an online Church planting day conference on Thursday 25 June 2020.  The Zoom conference will feature an online experience to equip, stimulate and inspire people thinking about church planting. The organisers are bringing together movement leaders and speakers from England and further afield, as well as testimonies from church planters who are breaking new ground.   We are considering booking ten places on this conference so if you are interested in being part of this event please contact:

Revd Canon David Banbury:

david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org         

01704 891640

 

Good News Stories:

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

stuartashcroft1@sky.com

 

Online Worship Services:

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

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

 

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                                  

Text:  07917 046205                                                  

Jennie Short

jennie.short@stjohns-burscough.org

Text:  07793 216127

Additional Worship Information:

For those who ‘don’t do’ technology, a number of options to access worship are available.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.

Daily Hope, which is available from today, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044

It is also possible to access worship via the radio on Radio 4 and Radio Merseyside and of course Songs of Praise is on the TV.

 

With Love and prayers

David

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