Allerton United Reformed Church

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22nd March

We wish all mothers everywhere a special Mothering Sunday

18th March - Corona Virus Latest

All our church services are now suspended until further notice, in accordance with guidelines from the UK Government and the United Reformed Church.

Arrangements are being made to cease all activities in our premises this week. Our uniformed organisations and several of our leisure, recreational and educational activities have already stopped and the remainder will be doing so after their final meeting this week. Our lettings manager will be advising groups accordingly. We are sensitive to the needs of our premises users, but are also mindful of the very real and present threat to us all from this situation. 

We are doing all we can to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our church community in the coming weeks and, possibly, months. All special events for the coming months have been cancelled or postponed until later in the year. Please see our What's On page for a full list of what is cancelled and proposed.

16th March - 

Monday Club, due to meet on 6 April, has been CANCELLED.

And all Scouting and Guiding meetings  have been CANCELLED with immediate effect - Beavers, Rainbows, Cubs, Brownies and Guides. 

Our Sunday Youth Group has also been suspended until further notice.

15th March

Regarding Sunday services, please see below.

Regarding our Tots & Co parent and toddler groups, you are asked not to attend on Tuesday morning or Wednesday afternoon, in the interests of the wider community. We trust you will understand. We hope to reopen as soon as possible and any new information will be posted on this website and the Tots & Co blog.

14th March

The church Elders have met this morning (Saturday) to discuss the ongoing corona virus situation.

It has been decided that worship will continue at Allerton as usual, with the following precautions being taken

The chairs will be set out, but spaced more widely apart.

There will be no distribution of hymn books, the words will be displayed on the screen

Large print books will be available for those who need them, but folk should take your own from the shelf

The offering will be taken, in the alms dish placed at the centre of the church

There will be no refreshments served after the service

We are trusting that, with basic hygiene being followed by all, we shall do all we can to prevent the spread of the virus among the congregation and we will meet regularly to review the situation.

Please note that all our other activities are still happening, subject to ongoing review. We are, understandably, being a little more cautious because of the covid19 virus, but we are equipped with hot water and soap in all six of our toilets and in our kitchen. So, Keep Calm and Carry On. Watch this page for further news.

12th March

Tomorrow, Friday 13th, is our Open Doors coffee morning, postponed from last Friday. Our usual "mugga" tea or coffee, biscuits, books and nearly-new clothes plus good company and the chance for a chat. See you from 10.30 onward.

Spring Fair due to take place at the end of the month


And finally ... please note that all our activities are still happening, subject to ongoing review. Folk are, understandably, being a little more cautious because of the covid19 virus, but we are equipped with hot water and soap in all six of our toilets and in our kitchen. So, Keep Calm and Carry On.

10th March

Our Sunday service was a church parade when we were delighted to be  joined by a good number of Beavers, Rainbows, Cubs and Brownies, plus their leaders and families. The children lit candles in gratitude for all the family blessings which surround us.

The sanctuary is now adorned with our Lenten and Eastertime banners and cloths, in splendid purple. Take a look at some pictures in our Photos pages here or, even better, why not pop in and take a look for yourself? You will be most welcome.

At the end of the month we have our annual Spring Fair on Saturday, 28th March at 2.00 pm. All our usual stalls. See our Magazine here for full details.

And finally ... please note that all our activities are still happening. Folk are, understandably, being a little more cautious because of the covid19 virus, but we are equipped with hot water and soap in all six of our toilets and in our kitchen. So, Keep Calm and Carry On.

2nd March

On Saturday we hosted the Grand National men's four-part harmony chorus in concert. An added attraction was the addition to the programme of four solo artists from our own congregation - Jude played two classical guitar pieces, sister Lois gave us two compositions on her flute and Gabriella sang two beautiful songs. M.C. for the evening Chris Jones joined in with two songs from The Mikado and Les Miserables. And ... we were all treated to a plate of scouse during the interval, courtesy of Jennie and Sue. A marvellous evening was had by all and just under £500 was raised for church funds.

This week sees the return of Tots & Co toddler group after their two-week break. Tuesday morning at 10.00 and Wednesday afternoon at 1.30, as usual.

Friday's  Open Door Coffee Morning has been postponed until the following week, the 13th, owing to Marianne's funeral taking place in the church at 11.30 am. See you all next week.

And ...aged 11 to 16? Don't forget to have a look at our Youth Group page here ... to see the dates for our Sunday afternoon / tea-time fortnightly gatherings, this term at Allerton URC.

7th February

A lovely, if rather cold, morning for our monthly Open Doors Coffee Morning today. Twenty-four visitors enjoyed mugs of tea and coffee as well as Jenny's brilliant lemon drizzle and carrot cake, plus M&S' "not-just-any" chocolate biscuits! There were nearly-new clothes and books, too. The next one is the 6th March.

An announcement regarding our Tuesday and Wednesday toddler group, Tots & Co. We have one more week, 11th and 12th February before we close for TWO WEEKS HALF TERM, coming back on 3rd and 4th of March. The extra week's break is to allow for work to be done in the small hall.

At the end of the month, on Saturday 29th February at 7.30 pm we are hosting a  men's four-part harmony barbershop singing group. Grand National they are called, part of the Liverpool Harmony Club who perform all over and do a regular Christmas concert at The Palm House. So, come along and give them a listen. It should be great fun. £8 including interval refreshments. All profits to church funds.

And ...aged 11 to 16? Don't forget to have a look at our Youth Group page here ... to see the dates for our Sunday afternoon / tea-time fortnightly gatherings, this term at Allerton URC.

29th January

Last Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon we were treated to RADS' annual variety show church fundraising concerts, with  superb meals provided in the intervals. With Nick as M.C. we had everything - from Gilbert & Sullivan, 'Les Miserables', 'Baker Street',  and solo jazz dancing through to Alan Bennett, Victoria Wood and the Two Ronnies' "Fork 'andles" - or was it "Four candles"? Great fun and a raffle too.Many thanks are due to all who took part, whether on stage, backstage or in the kitchen. Great job.

Next up, we have a new venture for us. On Saturday 29th February at 7.30 pm we are hosting a  men's four part harmony barbershop singing group. Grand National they are called, part of the Liverpool Harmony Club who perform all over and do a regular Christmas concert at The Palm House. So, come along and give them a listen. It should be great fun. £8 including interval refreshments.

21st January

Today's Tuesday morning meeting of our Tots & Co toddler group exceeded even our expectations on numbers attending. We hosted 77 children, plus their parents, grandparents and carers and we even had a group from a local day nursery who brought children on an outing. We are now having to take steps to ensure the safety of everyone and we must, regretfully, decline any new children coming on Tuesday mornings. Our list is currently closed.

Our Wednesday afternoon sessions, though, will operate as normal from 1.30 to 3.00 pm, as usual. See the What's On page for details - here.

20th January

Tomorrow, (Tuesday's), meeting of Tots & Co will be at the usual start time of 9.30 am but will be closing at the earlier time of 11.00 am in order that the team may prepare for a funeral in the afternoon. We shall be celebrating the life of Denise, a long-time helper at Tots, from 3.00 pm in the church.

14th January

We are now in full swing with our activities all being back to normal. Our toddler group, Tots & Co, has made a flying start to 2020. Last week we had 67 children present and just today we had 73, plus their parents, grandparents and carers - swelled by the arrival of several "Little Fishes" from Elm Hall Drive. We really do need a third room open soon. We are well blessed with numbers.

The joy of welcoming new arrivals was lessened by the sad news of the passing last week of one of our helpers, Denise, a mainstay of our kitchen for many years. 

5th January 2020             

We are now starting to return to normal, one of our first occasions being the Open Doors Coffee Morning on Friday. We were pleased to welcome 15 regulars who shared each other's news of church, family and friends over a welcome cuppa which, on this occasion, was a "mugga" tea or coffee.

Work is progressing in three of our smaller halls. The roof  in the Proven Hall is now repaired and the ceiling and decoration will be next. New storage cabinets have been installed in the Mount Pleasant Room to replace the ones broken up and discarded. And, finally, work is now completed in the construction of large, new storage cupboards in the Choir Room. All systems go!

24th December - Christmas Eve

Last Sunday, the young people and the teachers of Junior Worship took over the service for the story of the Nativity - the age-old tale of the infant Jesus, the star, the stable, the manger, the shepherds, the wise men and the angels, not forgetting the sheep. Many thanks to all who put on such a fine telling of the eternal story.

Then, this evening, we were joined by many friends of the church, old and new, from just 7 weeks old to take part in our annual Christingle service. As usual, we had to put out extra chairs. A joyous occasion for all and a fine final Allerton service to lead us to Christmas Day. 

15th December

What a terrific week of activity at Allerton. Last Tuesday and Wednesday we held our Christmas parties for the Tots & Co toddler groups with over 100 children entertained. Santa, and his snowman helper, gave each child a gift and a booklet explaining the real Christmas story and Olaf the Bear told a story and led the singing. A huge thank you to all who helped provide and prepare food and gifts as well as set up and clear away afterwards. See our Photos page - here.

On Saturday afternoon a packed church witnessed the 22nd Allerton Beavers' nativity production complete with Mary arriving on a donkey.  A huge cast of characters, all beautifully dressed in costumes, told the story and we all joined in the carol singing. Afterwards, there were donkey rides for the children and refreshments in the hall were followed by a grand raffle with many prizes, all in aid of Claire House children's hospice. See our Photos page - here

And, on Saturday evening, we were entertained by our annual seasonal concert from the Bentley Operatic Society. A packed programme of solos, duets, trios and quartet singing was backed up by the whole ensemble in chorus. Offerings ranged from Broadway and West End musical numbers to Hollywood film favourites. After the interval, for seasonal refreshments, the programme switched to Christmas, with a mix of carols and traditional favourites, highlighted by the annual comic rendition of Cinderella  before a close of Jingle Bells and - what else? -  White Christmas. 

9th December

What a busy weekend at Allerton! On Friday, our Open Doors coffee morning was a Christmas special with cakes, books, nearly-new clothing, jewellery and a raffle. A great success - thanks to all who supported us.

On Saturday we were represented at Churches Together in Mossley Hill's Christmas stall on Allerton Road - distributing knitted angels, "Hope" magazines, story booklets, Christmas cards & leaflets and entertaining appreciative shoppers by singing carols. 

Then, on Sunday afternoon, we hosted our biennial Hanging of the Greens service. We put up our wreathes on the windows, sang lots of carols, heard many Christmas stories ancient and modern, and we were entertained by our young people, on film and in person. In glorious chaos, after The Twelve Days of Christmas (with actions) we all joined our youngsters in decorating our two mighty Christmas trees before the house lights went down and the tree lights were lit to rapturous applause. Refreshments afterwards were served amidst a buzz of happy conversation.

4th December

Last weekend was our annual Christmas Fayre, a very well attended and successful event for the whole community. There was a buzz about the whole event with all the stalls doing well with the refreshments / lunches coming close to selling out. We did run out of raffle tickets and Santa's fabulous and much-admired grotto had a queue of eager faces (some of them children's) for the whole time, thanks to the work of his helper Elf and a bugle-playing snowman with Akela on his back. Thanks to all who supported us and congratulations to the many winners in the grand prize draw. You can see some Photos here.

11th November

Our Remembrance Sunday parade service was very well attended, with many of our young people from Beavers, Rainbows, Cub Scouts and Brownie Guides taking an active part. One of the Hawkins (Wednesday) pack leaders, Lyn, was surprised by her Scout Association award for having completed 30 years of service to Scouting - Akela Kim making the presentation.                                                                                                                     Akela Kim presents Lyn with her Scout Association 30 Years Award

 6th November

Last Friday was our Open Doors Coffee Morning at 10.30 am when we had to put out extra tables and chairs because of the number who came  along for a chat and a drink with friends.

New Members All Saints 2019

On Sunday morning, All Saints' Sunday, we were pleased to welcome four new members into our church fellowship - Chris, Pat, Mike and Tracey, who have been worshipping with us for quite some time now. They are pictured with Tim during the service. 

On Monday evening, our After Eight Monday Club held their last meeting of the year before their Christmas meal. Local flower arranger, Carol Boston, presented a demonstration of Christmas flower arrangement ideas for the table or as home decoration, which were raffled off to members afterwards.             

 6th October

Our Open Doors Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support last Friday, was a great success, with over 80 people here throughout the morning.  The usual coffee, tea and cakes plus books, nearly new clothing and a raffle raised a marvellous total approaching £600 for the World's  Biggest Coffee Morning.  Many thanks to all who organised, helped and who came along and supported 

And on Sunday morning we held our Harvest Celebration Communion when the congregation brought gifts of food for the local Food Bank as well as gifts of money for the Church's and Christian Aid's joint Commitment for Life appeal, to be given in support of aid work in Bangladesh. 

Then, today we are delighted to announce the continuation of our Youth Group, a joint venture with Oakvale URC, which meets on alternating Sunday afternoons at 4.30 pm until 6.00 pm currently at Oakvale church, Edge Lane Drive L13 2AD. See our Youth Group page for our flyer with full details and dates. We welcome ages 11 - 15. 

7th February 

This is a copy of the leaflet we have been distributing around the neighbourhood to bring the good news of all we do at our church. If you are outside our area or have not had one delivered yet, you may read a large version by hovering the cursor above the 'n' in 'Allerton'. Click on the  arrows symbol and it should pop out.