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There’s always a lot going on at St Andrew’s…

Remembrance Sunday

On Sunday 10th November we held our annual Remembrance Service at St Andrew’s. Lots of people came together to remember those who have and still do give their lives for us.

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Welcome Simon and Family!

On Wednesday 6th November we welcomed Rev. Simon Elliott and his family to the Maghull and Melling Team. It was lovely to have so many people at St Andrew’s to welcome Simon and his family to this new and exciting role.

 

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John’s 90th Birthday Lunch

On Sunday 20th October we came together to celebrate John Johnson’s 90th Birthday and all that he has done for the church whilst being a reader. John preached during the service then everyone came together for a lovely lunch afterwards.

 

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Macmillan Coffee Morning 27th September 2019

Our coffee morning was well attended and it was lovely to see representatives from the school too. We raised £290 which was a fantastic amount!

 

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Summer Songs of Praise Sing Along And Cream Tea

Our team of Maghull and Melling Christians of the Third Generation held our first event at St Andrew’s Church on 17th August 2019. This was a Songs of Praise with strawberry tea held in the hall and on the lawn as the weather was kind. This event was well supported so we look forward to the next one.

 

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Maghull Wind Orchestra

Our first concert on the new platform was a huge success. A big thank you to the wonderful Maghull Wind Orchestra for performing for us. The event was really well attended and loved by everyone. We hope this will be the first of many concerts given by the orchestra!

 

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The New Platform

After almost 5 years of discussions and planning  the work on the new platform at the front of church was completed! Everyone was really excited as the platform was unveiled on Sunday 14th July.

The photographs below will take you through all of the stages of work to show you just how this fantastic platform came together, Huge thanks to Geoff Walker for providing all of the photographs.

 

 

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Goodbye Penny!

Sadly we had to say good bye to Rev Penny as she moves on to new things. There was a lovely team service followed by refreshments as everyone wished her well.

 

 

The Wednesday Communion congregation also wished Penny well.

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Licensing of Revd Dave Hamlett

On Sunday 24th March all of the churches in our team met together with representatives from the local community, Rt Revd Beverley Mason (Bishop of Warrington) and The Venerable Pete Spiers (Archdeacon) to welcome Dave to our team. The church was packed for a lovely service and tea and cakes were enjoyed by all afterwards!

 

 

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World Book Day with Thursday Lunch Club

There’s always lots of fun at Lunch Club and it was lovely to be joined by some of the children from school in their World Book Day costumes today.

 

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Christingle

As always our Christingle services were well attended and enjoyed by all.

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Remembrance Sunday

The church was packed today as we gathered together to remember those who lost their lives for us and those who continue to keep us safe today. We were joined by our two “there but not there” silhouettes – another reminded of those who couldn’t be with us today.

 

 

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Friday Parents Coffee Morning

This Friday saw a busy coffee morning as the children coloured poppies to help decorate the window of St Josephs Hospice Charity Shop at Maghull Square.

 

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Pew Bags and Bibles

It was lovely to welcome the family of the much loved Charlie and Vera Holden to church this morning, They came to visit to see the bibles and pew bags for children and young families that they purchased in memory of Charlie and Vera. These resources will be much used and are sure to become a favourite with the children who join us to worship.

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Retirement Lunch for Dennis

On Sunday 16th September we marked Dennis’ last service as our church organist. We gave thanks for his many years of service and marked the occasion with a special lunch and presentation. A great time was had by all!

 

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Commissioning Service of our new Local Missional Leader

On Wednesday 30th May our very own Martin Doran was commissioned as the Local Missional Leader for the Maghull and Melling Team. This marks the start of an exciting time as this role grows and develops throughout our team churches.

 

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Re-dedication of the 100 Year Old Church Bells

What a fantastic night we had on Thursday 17th May as we celebrated the rededication and refurbishment of our church bells. The sun shone as members of the church family and local community gathered on the lawn for prosecco whilst listening to Trevor Workman playing the newly refurbished bells.

As we moved into church there was more musical entertainment ahead. Everyone had a lovely time listening to The Mini Minims and Maghull Parish Handbell Ringers, St Andrew’s School, MadUkes Ukulele Group and members of our church choir singing and showing off various other musical talents.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the event.

 

 

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Mother’s Day Service

We had a fantastic Mother’s Day Service this morning where we took the opportunity to celebrate all of the lovely ladies who were in church. The children really enjoyed helping to give out the daffodils!

 

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We offer a warm welcome to our new Team Rector Revd. Janice Hill.

Sunday 5th November marked a new beginning for our team. St Andrew’s was full to celebrate the arrival of our new Team Rector, Revd Janice Hill. The special service was led by Bishop Richard Blackburn and the Archdeacon Pete Spiers,  there were also guests from the local community including the council, schools and other local churches. We joined together to sing hymns, pray together and thank God for Janice’s arrival in our team.

Following the service there was tea and cake in the Parish Hall as members from the different churches enjoyed a time of fellowship together.

 

 

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Harvest Services

It was lovely to welcome the school into church to celebrate harvest this year. Both infants and juniors gave wonderful performances which were enjoyed by all.

 

Our Sunday morning Keystone harvest service was also well attended, we shared harvest gifts and made a wool prayer string which stretched right round the church!

 

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Harvest Supper

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A great deal of fun was had by all who attended our annual Harvest Supper as they enjoyed food, entertainment and fellowship together. £100 was raised which will go towards our Christingle celebration in December.

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Ladies Guild Coffee Morning

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A big thank you to everyone who attended, helped out on stalls and purchased goods. A total of £300 was raised at the event.

 

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Sunday 23rd July

It was lovely to welcome Dr Ruth Hulser to our 10am service this morning. Dr Ruth is our CMS link in Tabora, Tanzania. It was lovely to hear stories about her life and work and to find out how the money we raise at St Andrew’s is used to help the people living there.

After the service we joined together to chat and share food, a lovely opportunity to introduce ourselves and have a bit of a catch up.

 

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Rev Nick Wells

Please join with our church family at this time as we hold Rev Nick Wells and his family in our thoughts and prayers. Nick has recently been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and is beginning treatment, we are thinking of you Nick and hope that you are feeling better soon.

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Michaels and Lyn’s Farewell

On Saturday 20th May members of the team gathered together to wish Michael and Lyn well as they prepare to leave Maghull for pastures new. There was lots of lovely food provided by members of the churches and it was a great opportunity for people to come together.

 

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GOOD NEWS FROM DEYES LANE CO-OP    

 

       Thank you to everyone who in the past 6 months has supported the Church Car Park Restoration Fund, raising £1442.52 through the Co-op Local Community Fund Scheme, which along with support for the Ist Sefton East Scouts Group, and Carla Lane Animals In Need Melling, reached a grand total of £4358.  Overall the Co-op Scheme raised £9million for local causes across the UK.

By becoming a Co-op Member and purcahsing specific Co-op brands, 5% of your spend is credited to your Members Card to offset against future shopping and 1% goes towards your choice of one of the three Local Community Causes.  To have achieved what we have done so far to make the car park safe, we have been very fortunate in having received two legacies, and financial pledges from St Andrew’s School PTA, Maghull Parish Hall, 1st Sefton East (St Andrew’s) Scouts Group, including donations from St Andrew’s School bucket collections, and from church members, for which we are so grateful.  Please help us to maintain the car park free from litter and treat it with respect.   If you can, please try not to drive over the periphery edges of the tarmac.   With further funding, we can improve the surrounding areas.  The Car Park has also been accepted for a 2nd round of funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund for a further 6 months to end of October.  If you are not a member of the Co-op, then if you are able please do sign up and support our local cause.

Thank You. Geoff Walker on behalf of the Church Council.

Just a quick reminder of the car park before the work was carried out……

 

and after……

 

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BUNNY DRIVE

Saturday 15th April saw the return of our annual Bunny Drive. A good time was had by all as we enjoyed the Bunny Drive itself, the raffle, food and short service afterwards. A huge thank you to all who attended and well done to our two winners who are pictured below.

Once we have had PCC approval later in the week we will be sending a cheque off to our chosen charity KIND for a wonderful £118.

 

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Sunday 26th March – we celebrated Mothering Sunday today with a fun Keystone Service for people of all ages. It was lovely that the children who were at the service could give out daffodils to all of the mums and ladies who were in the congragation.

 

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Wednesday 15th March – we welcomed Knowsely Community Choir to the church for their first concert with us. The evening was enjoyed by all who attended. There was a mix of modern music with some audience participation too. The conductor also had a good line in jokes – not!! It was lovely to hear that the choir really enjoyed themselves too and we hope that they will be back to visit us soon.

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Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day and our Thursday Lunch group were joined by some of the Year 6 “Lunch Bunch” from St Andrew’s School. They helped to serve the lunch as well as talking to members of the group about the interesting costumes that both they (and the staff) were wearing! Thanks so much for all your help, it is lovely to have this link between the church and the school.

 

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On Saturday 25th February we welcomed Revd Penny Leeman to our church family with a lovely lunch. We look forward to getting to know Penny better over the coming weeks.

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