Last weekend we celebrated the life of one our lifelong members, Peter, with his funeral service attended by many family and friends from near and far.
On Sunday, Tim preached on the Transfiguration of Jesus, falling half way between Christmas and Easter in the Christian calendar. We were reminded that there can be no Easter without Good Friday, but no Good Friday without the Transfiguration. We are minded to think on these things during the season of Lent, which starts today, Ash Wednesday.
Our church sanctuary redecoration is now in its next phase, the painting having been completed. We are now in the middle of the floor treatment, repairing and sanding the wood block flooring. Please bear with us a little longer.
Another eventful weekend at Allerton. On Saturday night, our drama group, RADS hosted a theatre dinner with two one-act comedy plays in front of a full house. The usual Allerton kitchen team delivered a hot meal with FOUR choices of main course and desserts, with wine and coffee. And, if that were not enough, the whole performance was repeated with afternoon tea on Sunday afternoon, again to great acclaim.
Sandwiched in between them, our student Minister, Cristina took the service on Sunday morning with a good congregation. which included her tutor from Cambridge. She was there to assess Cristina's performance and obtain the views of the congregation on how she had developed whilst with us. There were lots of smiles!
On Tuesday, our morning Tots& Co toddler group broke its attendance record with SIXTY-SEVEN pre-school children and their carers enjoying the craft and play. Elastic walls next week?
And, let's not forget, the decorating of the sanctuary is now in its third week but, despite the disruption, we are managing to keep all our activities and Sunday services going. Apologies to all for the minor disruption.
Yet another busy weekend at Allerton. On Saturday, despite the nagging rain, a team of ten or so hardy members removed all the furniture and other paraphernalia that was cluttering up our corridors and smaller rooms as a result of the decorating. Three large van loads went into storage and a fantastic five hours was had by all. (See our Photos page)
Tim led our service in the hall on Sunday, expanding on the story of Jonah and the "big fish" and his exploits in Nineveh.
Following the service, our church meeting approved the next phase of the decorating programme, the flooring treatment, adopted the roll of church members for 2018 and approved the appointment of the Examiners for the 2017 church accounts.
Don't forget now, it's only days until the dramatic society, RADS' Theatre Supper performance on Saturday 27th and the matinee performance on Sunday afternoon of 28th. Tickets, £10 or £8, must be bought in advance from the usual sources. Hurry, hurry, hurry. All proceeds to church funds. Do, please come along and enjoy.(See the Dramatics page for full details)
19th January 2018
Last weekend was another busy one at Allerton. On Friday there was a successful coffee morning and book sale which attracted many new visitors to the church. This was our last event in our sanctuary prior to redecoration.
On Saturday there was a work party to clear furniture, hymn books and everything else ready for the decorators on Monday.
The Sunday service was held in the main hall, conducted by Tim and Cristana on the theme of how we are called to serve God.
On Monday the decorators arrived and stared work on the sanctuary and are expected to be working for four to five weeks. Watch this space and see the Photos page.
Some time ago a number of people connected with the church were trained on the use of a defibrillator and on Monday Mr. Mark King, founder of the Oliver King Foundation, presented certificates after giving an inspirational talk about his son and the Foundation. See the Photos page.
Don't forget, next weekend our dramatic society, RADS, are putting on a Theatre Supper performance on Saturday 27th January and a matinee performance on Sunday afternoon of 28th. Tickets must be bought in advance from the usual sources. All proceeds to church funds. Do, please come along and enjoy.(See the Dramatics page for full details)
4th January 2018
As we look back on a joyous Christmas season at Allerton, we now look forward to 2018 with a few early dates to note. Our Open Doors Coffee Morning will take place NOT on 5th January, but on 12th, and will include a book sale table.
Later in the month our dramatic society, RADS are putting on a Theatre Supper performance on Saturday 27th January and a matinee performance on Sunday afternoon of 28th. Tickets must be bought in advance from the usual sources. All proceeds to church funds. Do, please come along and enjoy.(See the Dramatics page for full details)
25th December - Christmas Lunch at Allerton
This was the third year for the intrepid gang of three to prepare Christmas Lunch for the Church family members and local people who might be unable to get to family and friends or people that might have been by themselves.
We started to gather at noon, for some pre-lunch drinks and a bit of a chat and getting to know each other. Then we moved to the lounge where our Minister Tim said a Christmas Grace and we served a roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
The conversation level dropped considerably as the food was consumed. Then on to puddings and cheese and biscuits to finish.
Our resident bingo caller "Mac" led the party in a couple of very lively games of bingo. Winners enjoyed the delights of chocolate sprouts and various other goodies.
The day ended with 22 very full and hopefully content people going home to snooze in front of the evening television.
24th December - Christingle Service
Our traditional, annual Christingle service saw us having to put out extra chairs as our family congregation was swelled by friends and neighbours as well as many, young, former church members returning to enjoy the spirit of the joyous occasion. The collection, in aid of Claire House hospice, totalled over £500 for this very worthy and dear to us cause. (See our Photos page)
Last Saturday evening we were entertained by the Bentley Operatic Society's Christmas Concert. With almost 100 in the church, the Society performed Christmas Carols with full audience participation followed by a programme of Christmas songs, parodies and an hilarious spoof pantomime that brought the house down.
On Sunday Allerton experienced Messy Advent led by Cristina, Mersey Synod's Children and Youth Development Officer Steven Mitchell and our junior Worship Team. The children and adults learned about the meaning of Advent through games, craft work, dance and a treasure hunt. Everyone was treated to a delicious, convivial lunch of Scouse and/or hotdogs.
Our service for the first Sunday of Advent was led by Cristina, and Tim who made reference to American football where a loud hooter sounds close to the end of the game. This does not signal the end but gives warning that, if you are going to do something special then you had better do it soon, just like the beginning of Advent.
In the afternoon we had our Hanging of the Greens service where almost everyone present had some involvement in readings, prayers, lessons, hanging wreaths and sheaves, decorating our two Christmas trees, leading the singing and even kissing under the mistletoe! We had the added blessing of welcoming new members to our fellowship family. A joyous day!
Our CHRISTMAS FAIR on Saturday was a great success owing to all the hard work that went into organising, creating, baking, assembling, collecting, displaying, selling, serving, performing and counting - whether out front or behind the scenes. Thanks to all those families, friends and neighbours who bought raffle tickets or came along and supported us on the day.
Saturday evening saw us play host to the South Liverpool Rotary. Their Christmas Concert featured Greenall's Brass Band and the charming Shamrock Quartet who gave us a flavour of Irish folk music to balance the rousing sounds of the brass ensemble and their talented soloists.The band conductor commented on what a fine venue our church is, with its great acoustics and room for refreshments, all in the same space.
Our Sunday service was led by the Revd Alison Hall, a regular visitor to Allerton, who spoke about 'milestones' and the season of advent, also expanding on Mathew Ch 25 v.40 'whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
As we sat on our chairs on Sunday for the first time since the removal of all the pews, we were led by Cristina, and by Tim who preached on the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25, pointing out two distinct messages for us to consider. During the service we handed over and blessed the Christmas Shoe boxes which, this year. are being distributed by Rotary International.
In a short Church Meeting afterwards, approval was given to the acceptance of quotes for work on the redecoration, heating and lighting to the sanctuary so that work may commence in January.
We are now preparing for the Christmas season with our Christmas Fair this week on Saturday, 25th and our Hanging of the Greens and Messy Advent services on 3rd and 10th December. See the What's On and Christmas pages for more details and for notice of two Christmas concerts. Please do come along - and join us in the celebrations.
Last Sunday, our Student Minister, Cristina, led our Church Parade service of Remembrance at which 23 of our young, uniformed youngsters each read the name of one our soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave their lives in the two World Wars. Others read Bible passages and poems and the Guides distributed Peace Cranes and Peace Candles to the congregation at the end of a moving service.
This week our drama group, RADS, are putting on their latest offering, Murdered to Death, by Peter Gordon, an hilarious comedy spoof on the Agatha Christie genre. Opening night delivered some riotous performances from curtain up to three curtain calls amid gales of laughter and rapturous applause. Do try and get along and see Inspector Pratt, WPC Thomkins and the inevitable Miss Maple as they try to unravel the mystery of "Bunting", Monsieur Pierre Marceau, the vampish Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington and the usual country house gathering of characters who are not all they appear to be. A great show by all involved on stage or off. See the Dramatics page for details.
Last Sunday, our Minister, led us through a service on the theme "For All the Saints" as it was the Sunday following All Saints Day and All Souls Day. The congregation named in prayer those people who had been a positive influence on their lives - there were many naming "my Mother", others chose close family, friends, teachers, clergy, preachers and some named biblical and more recently-canonised Saints. As we now look forward to Remembrance Sunday, we are reminded of those who gave their lives in war for their country. You may wish to look at the Remembrance page to see a tribute to each of the fallen from our church.
And ... if you recall our Blessing of the Animals service in October, you may not have seen an article in The Times on 13th October by Carol Midgley who produces a regular Notebook column. 'Non-religious', 'church-dodger' (her description) Carol was fulsome in her praise of the occasion, saying "It was a lovely, innocent, life-affirming occasion about which I defy anyone to be cynical, not least because the children actually looked happy to be there". You may read the full and amusing article at:- http://journalisted.com/carol-midgley or see pictures from the service on our Photos page.
Today, Sunday, we held our service in the church hall and welcomed back one of our former Ministers, Rev David Greenwood and his wife, Pauline. David's theme was "Immortal, invisible God" and we were directed to some little-explored corners of Rejoice and Sing for a couple of our hymns, accompanied by Oliver Shaw on piano.
Posters have gone up and tickets are now on sale for RADS' play, Murdered to Death, to be performed over four nights from 15th - 18th November in the church hall. We have also started distributing raffle tickets for the prize draw at our Christmas Fair, which will be on Saturday, 25th November at 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.
Another eventful weekend at Allerton. Saturday evening was our Quiz Night, with thirteen teams taking part in a terrific evening of fun, food and drink. Chris did a great job with the questions and picture rounds and was perfectly complemented by our fabulous back room team of Jenny, Denise, Sue and Mac, who served up a great hotpot supper, with apple pie or crumble, followed by tea and coffee. Our worthy winners were the "Holy Trinity", who, we are assured, received no extra help from above.
Sunday, 15th, was our last Sunday worship service with the pews in the sanctuary. After 85 years of continuous use, the last of them are due to be removed this week, to be replaced, as part of our refurbishment, by individual chairs.Worship for our next two services will be in the church hall.
We have had a super weekend at Allerton. On Friday we hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning, enjoyed by over 70 visitors who all enjoyed the tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits, the raffle, the bring and buy stall and, above all, the company. Over £500 was raised for this very worthy cause.
Saturday morning was our Jungle Buster work party with ten church members having a ball - hacking, chopping, pruning, hauling and digging, clearing the ground at the back of the church. Despite the mercifully slight rain, great fun was had by all, sustained by tea and toast, until the skip was full.
On Sunday afternoon we held our first-ever Blessing of the Animals event, when members and neighbours were invited to bring along their pets to a church service. We had dogs, chickens, hamsters, a cat, a rabbit, a tortoise and even a frog. A joyous occasion was enjoyed by all who came, the pets each receiving an individual blessing from Tim and Cristina and a certificate from the church. Take a look at our Photos page. So many smiles!
We now look forward to our Quiz Night next Saturday. Please join us - ticket details below.
Next Friday, 6th October, our Open Doors Coffee Morning will be in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care's WORLD'S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING. Do come along and bring a friend at 10:30 am. There will be the usual tea and coffee as well as cakes, preserves, a bring and buy stall and a raffle.
There will be a Quiz Night at Allerton on Saturday 14th October at 7.30 pm (doors open at ). We are suggesting that there be teams of six, either for folk to form themselves or we will gladly assist in putting teams together on the evening.
Tickets are priced at £8 to include a hot supper, glass of wine/juice and tea/coffee. All are very welcome and tickets can be booked by calling Nick Pye on (0151) 737 1628.
Please come along to enjoy the evening - the quiz will not be very hard or taken too seriously! The emphasis is on having fun!
It has just been announced that the Garden Work Party due to take place on 30th September has been postponed a week until the following Saturday morning, 7th October at 9:00 am. See the What's On page for details.
All our activities are now getting back to normal after the summer break with Junior Worship each Sunday, Tots & Co on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and the uniformed organisations on their various evenings throughout the week. We are also starting to plan for the rest of the year with Christmas (shhhh!) events already pencilled in.
Please see our What's On page for dates of our Christmas Fair, music concerts and special church services during December. We shall be welcoming the Church Youth Development Office, Steven Mitchell, on Dec 10th and our student minister Cristina Cipriani will be leading worship during Christmas week. Full details of all our December services will be posted soon.
Meanwhile, plans are proceeding for a major re-organisation of our sanctuary / worship space and following the removal of our pews they will be offered to anyone who wants them. Please listen out for notices in church over the next few Sundays.
Some of our church activities are now in recess while the organisers and helpers take a well-earned Summer break. However, not before some excellent events to round off a good year - especially for Tots & Co (our play group) who celebrated with two Teddy Bears' Picnic parties for over 60 children in all, and the Summer Holiday Club, which was a great success with over 30 children with us every day.
A new activity which has recently started is Yoga for Men at 6.00pm every Thursday. Why not pop along to give it a try - relieve some stress, stretch those muscles and prevent injury. All are welcome - especially beginners.
Just a reminder that there is just one week left to book a place at our Summer Holiday Club, Journeys with Jesus.
And, don't forget that this week our Coffee Rendezvous is on Friday at our normal time of 10:30, but we have now changed the name to OPEN DOORS. As usual, all will be welcome.
Our plant sale and strawberry tea on Saturday was a buzz of excitement throughout the whole event. Even before the scheduled start at 2:30, visitors were eagerly eyeing the plants, thumbing through the books and smacking their lips at the cakes. There was hardly a vacant table all afternoon and food came close to running out. Almost all the plants went and the new-this-year bookshop attracted cooks, gardeners and travellers eager to snap up a host of non-fiction bargains. Our thanks go to all who helped in any way to make our many visitors feel welcome and well catered for.
And ... another reminder to book a place if you want your child to come to our summer Holiday Club in July.
Christian Aid Week last week was as great a success as door-to-door collecting can be.
Our prayers were answered for, mostly, good weather and a lot of positive responses on the doorsteps. We managed to collect even more envelopes than last year and achieved our greatest ever cash total. Our team of counters had a pleasant morning last Monday opening envelopes and totting up the total. Our thanks go to all who helped in any way, as collectors, donors or counters.
The RADS' play last week went down a storm each night, breaking their box-office record ticket sales. Outstanding performances from old stagers and newcomers made the whole run an outstanding success.
As the weather improves, not as many Mums/ carers are bringing children to our Wednesday afternoon toddler group, Tots & Co. Please be aware that there are lots of vacancies for those looking for a friendly, safe environment for a fun afternoon for little ones. Why not drop in and see for yourself?
We were blessed with a gloriously sunny, if breezy, day for our Christian Aid Coffee Morning last Friday. Over 60 members and friends enjoyed a really convivial atmosphere, browsing the books and bric-a-brac, jewelry, scarves and handbags as well as the customary raffle among a barrage of red balloons and Christian Aid bunting, both in the church and outside. The cakes were of the usual Allerton high quality and were bought up eagerly. We were able to continue the fundraising on Sunday morning after a baptism, boosting the amount raised even further.
News of more health and well-being classes to start in the church halls.
A new, one-hour, fun and exciting Zumba Class will start on Monday evening, 8th May, at 7pm, in the small hall, in addition to the Thursday class in the large hall. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Anyone interested is invited to contact current teacher Kathryn Dixon on 07963 632092 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Likewise, a "Healthy Hearts" class for over-60s of gentle exercise to music will start on a Thursday morning, 10:30 to 11:30 in the small hall. To express interest, contact Kathryn, as above.
Or, for the gents, a "Yoga for Men" will commence on a Thursday tea time at 6:00 to 6:55pm in the large hall. For complete beginners, promoting relaxation, stress relief, flexibility, muscle building, injury prevention and general health. To enroll, contact Kathryn, as above.
Our Easter celebrations reminded us of the events of Jesus' Last Supper with his friends, his betrayal, trial and crucifixion before his triumph over the grave on that first Easter Sunday morning. The lesson with which we were left was that we should look not on the empty tomb but should look for the risen Christ - to keep one step ahead in our faith.
The sun came out just in time and a fine afternoon was had by all who attended our Spring Fair.
We had the surprise addition of a menagerie of pets for the delighted youngsters (and not so young) to pet and the children's activity room was a great success.
Stalls included: Cakes, craft, jewellery, gifts, flowers and plants, handbags and scarves (a new venture), preserves, glassware, a bookshop, tombola and a raffle.
Thanks to all those who organised, bought, crafted, baked, catered, helped and came along to support such a joyous church occasion. We were buzzing all afternoon.
Take a look at a few pictures in our Photos page.
Work is now well under way on a major upgrade of the toilet facilities at the rear of the main hall and we hope to have this completed shortly, possibly by the end of this week
A church working party is currently looking into ideas for potential redecoration and reconfiguration of the sanctuary. We hope to implement some options over the coming months, following approval by the appropriate church meetings.
Allerton URC are soon to welcome a Student Minister, Cristina Cipriani from Westminster College, who will be with us from August 2017 until May 2018. Cristina will be under the supervision of our Minister, Tim, with the support of a group of church members. A group of elders from Allerton, St Stephen's and Stoneycroft URCs welcomed her at the Manse on her visit to Liverpool on 20th March and wished Cristina every blessing in her continued training among us. You can see a picture on our Photos page.
In February we had had some work undertaken in our sanctuary and were worshipping in our halls. The good news is that the plastering work has been completed on schedule and we are now back in the sanctuary following a mammoth clean-up. Come and take a look.