David's Update from 9th April:

Dear Friends

As we approach the celebration of Easter in these unusual and challenging circumstances the truth of Christ’s victory on the cross has a new and profound relevance.  The cross and the empty tomb demonstrate that God’s love, grace and forgiveness have overcome sin, death and evil.  As we continue to live under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic let us rejoice in the Easter hope that sickness and death don’t have the last word.  Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have an eternal and unshakable hope.  As the writer of Isaiah states

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5 

Ways of marking Holy Week and Easter:

Why not make an image of a cross and place it in your window as a sign of our Easter hope?

You could also video an Easter greeting and post it on Facebook.

You could also create an Easter Garden, again why not share the photos through social media.

In addition to this we are continuing to explore ways of connecting with one another through Zoom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday evening Bible study

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/677123216

Zoom meeting ID:  677-123-216. 

No Password is required for this meeting. 

Online Worship Services

We have some special Holy Week and Easter services available including some online conjuring!  You will be able to find these worship services on our website.  www.stjohns-burscough.org/OnlineServices 

Easter Sunday 12th April

7:00am – Sunrise Service

We are also looking forward to our Easter Sunrise Service, which will be live streamed online.  It would be lovely if you could join us for early morning worship from the comfort of your own home, even in your pyjamas if you so wish.  Just click the Zoom link below and enter the password to join us at 7:00am.  The lyrics for the songs we will be singing that morning can also be found below.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/189214745?pwd=SHYzdEdrcHhsREVwYVduV1ovd1FLUT09

Zoom Meeting ID: 189 214 745

Password: 029230

Sunrise Service Worship Song Lyrics

11:00am – Easter Family Worship

In addition to this we are going to try and use Zoom to do worship ‘live’ at 11.00am on Sunday morning.  The service will include a sung worship courtesy of YouTube, prayers, Bible reading, and a talk.  There will also be a chance to have a chat and catch up with one another.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/399199655

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

Spring Harvest Home

This is a completely free online conference programme with content suitable for everyone in the family. Lined up for the week after Easter, there is some amazing material all built around the 2020 theme of "Unleashed - The Acts Church Today". Never has there been a more appropriate time for us to gather together as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together. 

Please watch the video here for more details.


Big Start, morning Bible teaching, live worship, specialist seminars and workshops and some light-hearted sofa viewing will be available right through the day. Spring Harvest Home will be available online through YouTube, so go to YouTube.com and search for ‘Spring Harvest’ or simply click here.  You can then subscribe to the Spring Harvest channel to make sure you don't miss this unique Spring Harvest Home week. (Please note that more content will be added here from 13th April.)

Encourage your friends, family, neighbours and churches to also connect with Spring Harvest Home online, for what we believe will be a truly unique time of being quality Church together! If you are able to share with others about Spring Harvest Home then click here for some resources you can download.

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. 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 page has been set up to help families and children connect with Jesus.  Contact Elliott for more information-

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.

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

Jeannie Holman:        

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

Details about Church Chat can be found at www.stjohns-burscough.org/ChurchChat/

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:

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

Lockdown Playlist

Just for a bit of fun each week we will suggest music tracks that you might like to listen to.

This week’s suggestions

Every Breath You Take – The Police

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOGaugKpzs

 

All by Myself – Eric Carmen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN9CjAfo5n0

 

Please send you playlist suggestions to

Email: david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org

 

Alleluia, Christ is risen.  He is risen indeed Alleluia! 

With Love and prayers

David

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