Church News


                                   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.        

           Tim's Birthday Photo


                                      Pentecost 2021

Children's Pentecost Celebration at Allerton

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? 


                    Christian 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


Sunday Morning Worship 

     Elders are pleased to announce that the Church is now re-opened for in-                               person worship each Sunday at 10.00 am

           There are no  communion services and the same social distancing                       measures are in place as when the Church was previously open.                        Sadly, we will still not be able to offer refreshments after the service.

We extend a very warm welcome to those who feel able to attend.

Please bear in mind that there are extensive roadworks taking place at the Mather / Booker Avenue junction and if travelling by car you should plan for the trip to Church to take a little longer. Our car park is open as usual. 


23rd March 2021

One year on from the start of the first lockdown, today marks the first 

anniversary of  the event. Churches Together in England are taking part in a national day devoted to thought and prayers for those who have been affected and for those who have risen to the challenges and demands of  this extraordinary time in our history. 

Please follow the link below for more information. 

https://www.cte.org.uk/Articles/605437/Home/Coronavirus/_Prayers_of.aspx


Dear Members and Friends of Allerton United Reformed Church:

It is clear that the new variant of the virus has caused a rapid and alarming increase in Coronavirus infections. In light of this, the Elders' Meeting on 6th January unanimously decided that our church should cease to meet for in-person worship and move exclusively to online or paper-based worship material. This decision will be reviewed regularly and you will be kept up to date until such time we may resume in-person gatherings for worship.

You are reminded that the United Reformed Church (URC), through the Daily Devotions team, continues to produce Sunday services which can be listened to online and followed on paper. While it is vital (literally, life-giving) to maintain our habits of worship, this cannot depend on meeting in a church building. Each week Charles Lasham and Ray Redfern from our website ministry will email this service to you and make it available via this website's Sevices page. Further, I will be offering Zoom services for you to connect to each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

United Reformed Church Synod Moderators remind us of their previous advice: because something is allowed does not necessarily make it wise; it is better to do the right thing.

In ‘The Message Bible,’ Micah 6:8 is rendered in this way:

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,

    what God is looking for in men and women.

It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour,

    be compassionate and loyal in your love.

No church wishes its building to be the site of a spreading event, which puts lives at risk.

Consequently, I and the Elders pray that you will be mindful of safety guidelines and reach out to friends, family and neighbours through phone and internet. We want all of us to come through this difficult time and receive vaccinations which will hopefully make life much different this time next year. If we have learned anything this year, the church is truly the people!

Go with God and with every wish for health and peace,

Tim




THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH 

Church House. 86 Tavistock Place. London

August 2020

To:    The members and friends of all our 1,400 URC congregations

THANK YOU for your unique and vital contribution to the life of the United Reformed Church, and for the work of the kingdom which we are able to do together in God’s name

We are living through an extraordinary and challenging time – a very anxious time for everyone; a difficult time for many; and a time of suffering and loss for some.  Yet, the main purpose of this letter is to say ‘thank you’ to each of you for all that you have done for the Church in the past; for all that you continue to do even in these difficult times; and for what you will do in the future.

As we are treasurers, you will not be surprised that the focus of this letter is on finance.  But we recognise that finance is only a means to the end which is our doing of God’s work together.

‘Thank you’ for your giving to your local church.  Financially, this giving is the lifeblood of your own church and of the whole United Reformed Church across England, Scotland and Wales.  It is this personal giving that enables your local church treasurer to pay your church’s bills.  Typically, the largest of those ‘bills’ is the contribution your local church pays to the URC Ministry and Mission Fund.  This Fund meets the central costs of the United Reformed Church.  The total budget is around £20 million and is approved each year by Mission Council.  Over 80% of this money is spent on ministers and church related community workers – their training, stipends and pensions.  But the other 20% also achieves an enormous amount on behalf of us all.  General Assembly 2020 was severely constrained because of the Covid-19 lockdown, but the reports written for General Assembly are available on the URC website, and they paint pictures of all the work that has been done in our name over the last two years and much of that work is ongoing.

‘Thank you’ for your giving and the giving of your local church last year.  In 2019, over £19.4 million was given by local churches and synods to the Ministry and Mission Fund.  The total contributions from local churches reduced very slightly but the average giving per member has, once again and remarkably, gone up by more than inflation.

‘Thank you’ for your continued giving this year.  We fully understand that circumstances this year are difficult.  Most local churches have been unable to meet for over five months.  We have not had the usual opportunities to make our offerings for the work of the Church.  But most of the costs of the local church and of the denomination have not reduced and some have increased as a consequence of the pandemic.  We are also aware that some have lost income or work this year and are therefore in great financial difficulty.  But there are others on fixed incomes who are actually better off than they might otherwise have been.  So, please continue to give what you can in whatever way you can – or save it up until you can hand it over.      

Any giving of ours is a response to the amazing generosity and love of God which we see in Jesus.    Nevertheless, it is important for us to say ‘thank you’ to each and all of you.

Yours in Christ,

Ian Hardie and John Piper

Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer, The United Reformed Church, London






Ascension Day Message 

Thursday 21st May 2020


Ascension Day Greetings to All,

 

Ten more days until Pentecost. Let's  give thanks for our fellowship and the Spirit which binds us together! 

 

To see and hear more please click on the link, which will  take you to a You Tube broadcast for Ascension Day from Rev'd. Tim Meadows.

 

Special thanks to Tristan Hughes and Chris Scheuer for their help in producing the video. The music in the video is from the hymn, "I Will Arise and Go to Jesus," which is a southern American folk song from the Sacred Harp tradition.


8th May VE75

VE75 Commemorations 8th May 2020

As we commemorate the end of WWII in Europe and see on our televisions the programmes paying tribute to ‘Britain’s Finest Generation’, the pictures we are shown are of heroic deeds both home and abroad, on land and sea and in the air. Men and women, services and civilians, toiling together for the common good, resulting in the enormous celebrations on what was immediately called VE Day.

Included in those celebrating were men and a great number of women from our church who had served at home doing vital work to help maintain supplies, support the armed services and look after the welfare of those at home. Many, of course, were young women suddenly thrust into the ‘front line’, doing work previously the preserve of men. And, it goes without saying, that they delivered what was expected of them … and more and they deserve every bit as much remembrance and honour as the armed services personnel, just as their mothers and older relatives had deserved for doing likewise in the Great War of 1914.

We at Allerton are fortunate in having in our church the Great War memorials from Canning Street and Mount Pleasant Presbyterian churches, the latter being hidden from view in the Mount Pleasant room.  We know who those men are, and we honour them  as our own.

But on this 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe, let us spare a moment to look at the names of those from our church who gave their lives in that conflict in the service of the nation, as we do on Remembrance Sunday each year. Follow the link here to see their names.


2nd May

Cub Pack update

The cubs have been been keeping active and sending in pictures and videos of various fitness regimes, including cycling,  walking the dog, trampolining, swingball, football, dance, Joe Wicks exercise programme and obstacle courses in their back gardens. It makes me worn-out just watching!  

The Scout Association organized a 'Hike to the Moon' event, which took place on St George's Day.  All members were encouraged to take part, and collectively try to total the 240,000 miles hike to get to the Moon.   Donations were also encouraged, to be contributed to the 'BBC Big night in' (in aid of Children in Need and Sport Relief).   As of today's date the event has raised £322,000 nationally (which is to be matched by the government) and over 21,000 members took part, and yes they did make it to the Moon!

I have sent all of the cubs the requirements for the 'Chef' and 'Home Help' badges, which can be done at home, under adult supervision, and all of the activities so far will count toward the 'CRE8 Challenge' badge which has been set by Merseyside County.

Lastly, Alfie O'Prey (one of our older cubs) has almost completed his Chief Scout's Silver Award,  the highest badge that can be achieved in the Cubs.   He had one last thing to do, which was to plan an activity that the other cubs could take part in.   This is usually done at our pack meeting, so he had to 'think outside the box' and used the 'whatsapp' group to set a Treasure Hunt for the Cubs.  He chose 10 various household items that they had to collect together, and then they sent a photo once completed.   I am pleased to say that we had a 100% response, and Alfie has completed his Award. Well done, Alfie.

We are hoping in the future to organize a 'virtual' badge presentation evening on 'Zoom', whatever that is!

Cheers,Stay Safe, Akela Kim


15th April

Cub Pack update

The leaders are keeping in touch with the cubs via a closed 'whatsapp' group that we have set up during the restrictions, and setting small tasks and fun activities for them to do at home.   One such activity was a 'stay at home sleep-over' on Wednesday 8th April.  The cubs were encouraged to construct a 'blanket tent/fort' to sleep in overnight.   I  am pleased to say that 16 cubs (and 3 leaders) made tents and the photos were shared on whatsapp.(See pictures here.)  Most participants also got a surprise 'face-chat' from a leader before the 9 o'clock curfew.     Badges have been produced by 'all things scouting' called the 'camp at home April' badge, and I have ordered one for each cub that took part, 25% of the cost of the badge is donated to the NHS.

The cubs also wrote thank you notes to their postie and attached them to their letterboxes at home, and very colourful they were, too.

Charity walk thanks.....

Can I take this opportunity to also thank all those supporters at the church who made donations toward my 'walk all over cancer' challenge (in aid of Cancer Research UK).  I am pleased to say that I did manage to complete the required steps for the whole of March, in fact my total was 355,730 steps (and 175 miles).       Donations from the collecting tins in church amounted to £105 (for which I am most grateful), and the overall total raised to date is £400.  

Cheers,Stay Safe, Akela Kim


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.


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.