17th January - Monday Club
The third Monday of the month (and the year!) already and it's Monday Club. This month there is a team-based quiz, set by June, so come along, have a cuppa, a chat and a bit of fun into the bargain. Starts at 1:30 pm. See you there. All welcome.
Friday 7th January 2022 - Open Doors Coffee
A Happy New Year to everyone and a warm welcome back to all the church activities. This Friday sees the first Open Doors Coffee Morning of the year, at the usual time of 11.00 am. Do come along and enjoy a cuppa, a biscuit, maybe a bit of festive fayre, a look at our books and a chance to meet friends for a chat.
September - Tots & Co Toddler Group - Welcome
We are pleased to announce that our Tots & Co Tuesday group has now re- opened from 9.30 to 11.30 am.
To apply for a place ring 07986 023336 or call in on Tuesday morning at 9.30 am prompt.
Numbers are limited to 30 registered children. Once 30 children have been registered, a waiting list will be operated. The admission charge is £2.00 per child, payable weekly, to include a drink and a snack.
We look forward to welcoming back old friends and meeting new ones.
29th July New Bench
Last week the church was presented with a new bench by the contractors who had been working for about 5 months on the junction improvement. This was by way of an apology for the disruption caused and a Thank You for our being so understanding. Minister Tim and bulldog Winnie were pleased to be the first to try it out.
24th July COVID News
The following letter has today been circulated to the leaders of all organisations using the church premises so as to ensure the continuing safety of our church community. We trust that all who use our building will understand and accept the need for ongoing vigilance.
For you were called to freedom…only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.” (Gal 5:13 NRSV)
All who gather at Allerton United Reformed Church,
Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ!
We are entering into a new stage in our common effort to create safer spaces in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is important that we think individually about what it means to “love our neighbour” now. Whilst many would suggest we are now free from all restrictions, the question remains - what is our response in light of rising infections?
Your Elders met twenty-first July to consider how we carry out our Christian responsibility to each other with no legal restrictions. Consequently, some protective suggestions were given for the continuing life of our community and all those who gather at Allerton URC.
For the time being we will continue to strongly encourage congregating groups and gatherings indoors to wear face coverings. We know that the longer we are in closed rooms, the greater the build-up of the virus and therefore risk of transmission, even to those who are vaccinated. If at all possible, ventilation can help make indoor spaces safer.
Please consider maintaining hand hygiene, especially as hand shaking comes back into regular practice. Please keep a safe distance as there are vulnerabilities with others both known and unknown. It is vitally important that our spaces are safe for those who attend and those who work in our building. Bubbles can gather closely. Simply respect and be courteous to each other.
We will continue to keep a record of those who attend in case there is a transmission or exposure. We urge community groups using our facilities to do likewise. We will continue the one-way system for entering and departing the church until statistics deem the practice unhelpful.
We are blessed at Allerton URC to have an excellent cleaning regime and top-notch custodial staff. The church is committed to maintaining high standards of hygiene. However, we urge everyone to do their part in keeping our accommodating spaces tidy.
We at AURC respect every individual’s right to choose how they respond at this present stage. However, we encourage people to get fully vaccinated unless there are medical reasons why they should not. We must therefore each take responsibility to do our part in keeping other people safe.
The Elders will be reviewing monthly these suggestions and revising them as our duty of care on this matter decreases or increases. Use common sense, respect each other and hopefully our love will make us free to live fully.
Praying and hoping,
Tim Meadows +
June 6th A Special Birthday
Our Minister, Tim, was surprised and delighted when he was ambushed by the congregation during Sunday service and presented with cards, gifts, balloons and hand-made flowers to mark his special birthday.
The children looked forward to Pentecost with streamers they had made for the occasion.
Why not join us yourself on Sunday mornings at 10.00 am?
Aid Week 10th – 16th May 2021
Christian Aid Week is now here - from 10th to 16th May. Given the COVID restrictions that would prevent our previous method of door-to-door collections, this year we shall be distributing envelopes among the church congregation, sending electronic “e-envelopes” via email and giving folks the opportunity to give directly either on line or via post.
This is the general approach being taken across most of the member churches of Churches Together in Mossley Hill and the consensus of the churches’ organisers is that door-to-door collecting is still not something that we are encouraged or expected to do.
The red envelopes were made available either in church, on Sunday 2nd and Sunday 9th May, or delivered to those not currently coming to church. They will be collected using an appropriate bucket in church on Sunday, 16th May. Announcements will of course be made in church.
Those not able to bring their envelope will be able to send donations to Christian Aid directly. There are several ways of doing this.
Firstly, you may log on to the following link which will allow you to donate on line via an e-envelope in the name of Allerton URC :-https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk/envelope/allerton-urc?channel=copy
Secondly, if you prefer, via Just Giving at justgiving.com/campaign/caw2021.
Thirdly, you may also pay in online at caweek.org
Or lastly you may send a cheque to Christian Aid, 35-45 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RL.
If you are not able to do any of these things, please contact Ray or Linda on 427 7161 and we shall come and collect your envelope from you during Christian Aid Week itself.
We look forward to the usual generous Allerton support, but we can only do what we can