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Next Sunday service to be held at Torrishome Methodist Church will be at
10:30 on April 11th and led by Rev George Barton
Covid-19 Guidance & Reminders:
Future Services will be led by:
11 April Rev George Barton
18 April Rev Roy Burley
25 April; Susan Wilson
2 May Rev Andrew Champley
9 May Rev Paul Davis
16 May Rev Ken Clapham
23 May Rev David Philo
30 May Susan Wilson
You can find the Practice Guidance on Carrying Out Disclosure and Barring (DBS) Checks as part of Safer Recruitment (January 2018 )
by clicking this link:
by going to the Safeguarding page on this site.
We wish Barbara S belated greetings
for her 97th Birthday which was on 6th March.
Barbara thanks everyone for the
flowers, gifts and cards she has received.
TO: Local Church Contacts, Local Preachers, Worship Leaders, Supernumeraries, Ministers,
(NB Please pass this information on to those who are not on email)
Friends across the Circuit,
The vaccine is being rolled-out and the Covid situation is beginning to improve
and so the Government are beginning to allow gatherings to occur.
As such, the Lancashire Resilience Forum (who have been overseeing the Covid situation in our county
- providing guidance and enforcement) have indicated that communal worship is able to resume.
In the Circuit, we are planning that worship in our church buildings can resume from Holy Week onwards (29th March) providing that:
Open air worship around the Cross on Good Friday or Easter Day should not occur as the size of gathering would exceed the government guidelines (Rule of 6 or two households outdoors).
Circuit Preaching Plan
At this stage, we are not appointing preachers to lead worship in buildings, any worship should be organised locally - by a Local Preacher, Supernumerary or Worship Leader from that congregation, or by your Minister.
We are hoping to produce a Circuit Preaching Plan for June (possibly for a month at a time) - this will be confirmed after Easter and will be dependent upon the Covid situation and the Government's 'Road Map' dates remaining as planned.
Reminder - following a spate of church break-ins, Rev Roy Burley sent a poster about 'no valuables being kept on premises’ - it might be wise to display the poster outside your building.
Conclusion - Journeying onward
We continue to live in challenging times and although restrictions may begin to ease, it is likely that life will continue to be unpredictable for the foreseeable future. We have been warned that restrictions may well return at some point later in the year. While we live in challenging and uncertain times, we continue to worship the God who remains with us ‘even though we walk in the darkest valley’ Psalm 23.
As we begin to meet face-to-face for worship we will encounter new challenges; we will experience sadness because some friends are no longer with us (through death or increased frailty); some activities are not yet permitted (singing, refreshments); some people are living with anxiety and will be very cautious about having interactions with other people. But the God who we worship is leading us to the promised land - it won’t be the land of Egypt which we have left behind where we experienced slavery and oppression, it will be a new place with new opportunities and experiences we have not yet imagined. Some of us will find the new land scary and uncomfortable, we will long for the old days, the comfort of the familiar, but God is calling us to move forward in mission and ministry in the new environment in which we find ourselves and we will need to support those who are finding it difficult to adjust. We need to carry our experiences of the last year with us into the future and identify the key things that we have learnt so that we step into the new land better equipped to continue the task of building the Kingdom of God in our midst. We will need to identify the new ways that God is calling us to serve our communities in the new context we find ourselves in. We journey onward to a land which provides us with a new spiritual home in which we continue to grow in our understanding of God, and of our relationship with God and with our neighbours - May Christ continue to be our guide.
Grace and peace,
Rev Steve Charman
North Lancashire Methodist Circuit
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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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