David had already spent a few stimulating days in the Liverpool District and it was good to join him on Saturday morning at
On Sunday morning we were up bright and early as guests on the Daybreak Sunday morning programme on
I then travelled to Emmanuel Methodist and United Reformed Church in Ormskirk where I shared in worship with the church minister Revd Melvyn Kelly. It was a parade service and it was heartening to see so many children and young people in the congregation.
The church has good ecumenical partnerships with others in Ormskirk with evidence of this being seen in a joint initiative in a local school where a Messy Church-style service takes place after school every Friday afternoon to which an increasing number of children and their parents are coming.
There are also exciting developments happening in the Warrington Circuit which I learnt about when I visited
One of the results of this pattern of working is over a dozen Fresh Expressions of Church across the circuit. For instance “Loving Hands” has been bringing people together for the last year using knitting as its focus. They started with 18 women and now they have 40 meeting regularly. In addition they’ve reached out to local care homes establishing groups there. Items are made for people who are sick, bereaved or in need of comfort and fellowship is shared whilst they knit together. For many Loving Hands has become a rewarding and fulfilling use of what used to be empty and lonely hours. It provides an opportunity to hold those they are knitting for in prayer and is involving many who did not previously have contact with the
Local minister Revd Sally Ratcliffe together with a team of worship leaders and others from across the circuit lead evening worship and I was invited to preach. I was told that