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Message from the Editor
The Spring Issue is now available. If you haven't received it by email and would like to, please send me your email address.i
Use this link to read it:
You will also be able to find it by clicking the OUTLOOK page at the top of this website page.
APOLOGY FOR OMISSION
This is a massive thank you to everyone who gave a donation on Gift Day. Thanks also to those who have sent donations in the last few months. I am hugely encouraged; Gift Day alone raised almost £7,500.00.
There was also a very good response with gifts for the Foodbank which will help a lot of people in need.
At the end of August, our bank balances were around £27,500.00. Since then we have paid the quarterly assessment of £10,500.00 to the Circuit and met our regular running costs. I am delighted to say that the balance now (mid-January) is £33,000.00 even taking these costs into account.
This has been a magnificent response, and thank you to every one of you. By the time we completely get back to normal, the finances may not be quite as healthy as they were before it all started, but I am now confident that we will survive. If any of you are putting your collections aside, I will of course be happy to receive these anytime, preferably by cheque, please.
Praise the Lord, and thank you all.
Moyna, Church Treasurer.
Many thanks for all those who sent in articles.... I look forward to working on the next edition which I hope will be ready for Pentecost / Aldersgate Sunday (23rd May 2021)
Please don't leave it for someone else to write something. We want to include everyone because we are still a church. There are people who still receive a paper magazine because they have no internet connection. OUTLOOK does reach them. So let's be hearing from you!
The DEADLINE will be 9th of May 2021. However, don't wait until the last minute.... you can send me something tomorrow!
Rev Roy is regularly pasting devotions on the TMC Facebook page.
During this time of 'lockdown' this link takes you to a page that signposts you to resources to help nourish your spiritual life. These are mostly resources that are provided centrally. You can also check what your local church or circuit is providing.
You will have at least heard that we are now in Tier 5, in essence, we are in a national lockdown.
What that means for us as a Church is that, although Government guidelines indicate that,
"You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle
with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times."
This means that the Government guidance hasn't changed since we were in Tier 3, however, you will know that Steve Charman has already made it known that preachers will not be sent to Churches during the January period, last night, the Prime Minister indicated that schools will remain shut until at least after the February half term, therefore, it is my assessment that the earliest we will be able to return to a service in our buildings will be Sunday 28th February, with a possible new plan for 7th March which will be the 3rd Sunday in Lent. What it means for us is that, when people say to us, "It's okay for you, you can go to Church, but I can't go to the gym!" We are able to respond, "Yes, we can go to Church, but to protect the vulnerable within our fellowship, we have decided to remain online."
As far as funerals are concerned, they remain unchanged, with a maximum of 30 people
(not including those who are working) in attendance, with the usual social distancing rules applying.
Weddings have changed, although the number has remained the same with six in attendance (not including those who are working), the guidance says that,
"These should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery."
Again, it is my assessment that there will be no weddings taking place until at least March, and even then, it is my assessment that we will be back into a lower Tier system, with still a maximum of six in attendance.
Again, my assessment is that the rules will not change much before March, worship will remain on line, websites and Zoom,, details of which can be obtained via Jo or individual church websites. All meetings therefore, should be done via Zoom which, we understand, will exclude a number of people who do not have access to the technology, but at present that is the only way we can go. When I see updates from the Methodist Church, I will pass on the salient points to you all.
For safety reasons for yourself and others, it is essential that folks who come into a Church building (at present only for funerals), wear masks at all times, they may be removed if you are speaking from the front, but they should be worn again once you are away from the pulpit or lectern, and especially when you are proceeding out of Church again.
This applies to everyone.
The one piece of good news is that a vaccine is being rolled out, including in our region,
the Cavalry is on the horizon, but we must be patient until it is safe for us to meet again in person.
Finally, remember what Steve keeps reminding us, "The Church is not shut, the buildings may be closed, but the Church (i.e. you and me) is still open to worship God."
With every blessing
Roy, Circuit Covid Coordinator
REMEMBER TO KEEP TO THE GUIDELINES
If you have reason to enter any part of the Building at Norwood Drive, PLEASE REMEMBER that certain procedures must be followed:
Although the virus will die if any surface is left long enough, you have no way of knowing whether someone else has recently been in before you or will follow in soon after you.leave. Therefore please be vigilant at all times.
You will find a document with full guidance on the REPORTS AND POLICIES page
Lancaster Donor Centre wWe are working with the rest of the NHS to keep supplying lifesaving blood to hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic and we need people to keep donating as normal. We have extra safety measures in place and every precaution is being taken to eliminate the risk of covid-19 transmission at our blood donation sessions. Having an appointment to give blood is classed as essential travel.
NorthNHS Blood & Transplant
Mobile - 07385387758Twitter @GiveBloodNHS
Facebook givebloodnhsVisit www.blood.co.uk .
The Cornerstone Zoom Book Group Facilitated by
Rev. Kara Cooper
(Lancaster University's Methodist Chaplain /
Spiritual Care Co-ordinator),
the group is open to all- we have people from churches across the Circuit and will welcome anyone else who is able to join us. We have read The Great Divorce by CS Lewis, The Camino by Shirley MacLean, and Silence and Honey Cakes by Rowan Williams. We are currently reading Richard Rohr's "Things Hidden- scripture as spirituality"
If you would like to join us please email Liz Dean on email@example.com
As Coronavirus has closed our buildings, meetings and services for, possibly a few months, the role of the website will be changing too. Hopefully it will help us all to keep in touch with each other and provide some encouragement and interest . So some page headings will change, let me know what's needed.
Events and activities are going to be minimal for a while and we are going to do things in a different ways. This will not happen unless we find new ways to keep ourselves in the loop. I NEED YOU to let me have materials to put on here and in the OUTLOOK Magazine. Requests and offers for help will appear here.
There is a Photo Album" page have you any old photos or current ones that would be interesting? I'll need permission of subjects.The history page has very little on it. Let me have any stories of our church that you know. We have had some wonderful people in the past and even today. You may have a knowledge of our past that would interest or entertain.
Thanks for the suggestion that notification of changes to the website are flagged on the Home Page.... so that you don't have to search the whole site to find the new posts.
From now, there will be less detail on this page; new posts and directions to their whereabouts will be listed here for at least a week or until additional notices displace them. I shall try to change the picture for relevant sections to draw further attention to changes
This page holds the contact details of our Safeguarding Officer, safeguarding guidance and policies. Training events will also be posted there
Watch this space for new posts This is where we post contact details for the minister & for room bookings.
Alison, our Church Administrator,
has a new email address
you can also ring her:
This page gives information about activities that members of our church are involved with.
LENT FORFEITS AND
KNITTING FOR NEXT CHRISTMAS
All details of our premises here will be of interest to people interested in hiring any part of our premises.
Property Committee notices may be posted there too.
To comply with government advice regarding Corona virus we are not taking bookings.
There is little posted here at the moment. Please offer any photographs of activities and events to Sue: firstname.lastname@example.org
If people ar the subject of the picture, please ask their permission before sending to Sue.
We are waiting for more historical information.
Do you know any interesting stories or facts?
Links to other organisations and websites
The Power Point Presentation
and full Workshop have been added to this page 17/02/2020
The words "Community Centre" are a significant part of the Torrisholme Methodist Church signage. The church " or "the sanctuary" is a peaceful space where anyone can sit quietly while the building is unlocked. Everyone is welcome to join us for worship or simply to sit and observe what's happening. There are services every Sunday at 10:30 am, some of which include Holy Communion , and also we have a short early Holy Communion Service at 8:30 am on 2nd Sunday each month..
The Communion Table is open to all who choose to come, if this it feels right for you, Children can take part in a simple way alongside the adults. The communion wine is non-alcoholic.
No alcohol is permitted anywhere on our premises.
Coffee, tea and biscuits are served in the Hall at about 11:45 am following the Sunday service. This is free of charge, but we welcome donations for Christian Aid. Please join us for a chat.
Almost all of our premises are available for hire. We hope our local community will see us as a resource that everyone can use. Our buildings are available to local groups and organisations needing a space that is accessible, comfortable and at a reasonable cost. Almost all of our premises is available for hire. There are ramped entrances both at the front & back of the building. There are toilets including one with wheelchair access. We have a well appointed, modern kitchen and rooms of varying size. There is a car park at the back of the building with 7 spaces, plus 2 for Blue Badge holders.
Click on "Premises" at the top of this screen for details.
We look forward to meeting you.
Torrisholme Methodist Church is called by God to respond to the good news of God's love in Christ and to live out our discipleship through worship, prayer, bible study and fellowship. Powered by God's Spirit we are committed to :-
* Being a welcoming, loving, caring and supportive community
* Exploring established and new ways of worshipping God
* Taking risks for Christ
* Providing teaching and fellowship to promote growth in faith
knowledge and love
* Enabling everyone to discover and use their gifts
* Seeking to address the needs of local, national and international communities
* Ensuring that our resources are fully used for worship, fellowship and community activities
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES ARE CANCELLED DUE TO THE GOVERNMENT ADVICE ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS> WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING BOOKINGS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE
Torrisholme Methodist Church,
Torrisholme, Lancs, LA4 6LS
We are near "The Shrimp" roundabout that links A589, B5321, B5275, and Westgate.
turn right, towards Torrisholme village, at the crossroads, just before the traffic lights at the pedestrian crossing, on to Longton Drive. Norwood Drive is the next turning on the right.The building is on the corner.
Take Bay Gateway towards Morecambe and Heysham (indicated by Ferry Terminal signposts). Move across to the right as you approach the traffic lights (close to MacDonalds) towards Morecambe town centre/seafront.
From this point you have joined the A589 from Lancaster, then follow the instructions above..
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