Allerton United Reformed Church
Meeting Faith and Community Together
A terrific service on Trinity Sunday, with the sanctuary still in its Pentecost decorations. Tim made a wonderful job of explaining the Trinity, to the children as well as the adults, without straying too far into theological deep water. Although, he was able to draw, once again, on his family's fund of stories - who knew American black snakes could fly?
And, it being Fathers' Day, all the dads were presented with a little parting gift with a verse reminding of The Father's love. A good service all round.
Another another eventful weekend at Allerton! Friday morning at 10.30am was our usual Open Doors Coffee Morning in the sanctuary. A record number joined us for a drink and a chat.
Then on Saturday afternoon we had our annual Plant Sale and Strawberry Tea, again in the sanctuary. As well the usual array of plants and cakes, we served a strawberry tea for everyone for just the admission price of £3.00. The raffle, book stall, plant pots and ladies' nearly-new clothing stalls kept the interest of a huge number of visitors on a rotten, rainy day. The buzz never stopped all afternoon. A great community event was enjoyed by all - especially our centenarian, Pam, whose three-digit birthday was celebrated with a magnificent cake made by resident baker, Sue. See our Photos page here.
On Sunday morning, we celebrated Pentecost with our usual communion service. However, the congregation assembled in the hall before we entered the church in procession with banners, as last year. Many wore something colourful in celebration - red, orange, white ... whatever took their fancy. And, in a nod to the Pentecost of Jesus's story, we had readings in Latin, German and Welsh. Another joyous Allerton Sunday, to cap off a joyous weekend. See our Photos page here.
June has been designated as a National Month of Prayer for Toddler Groups. Please join us in your prayerful support for all the excellent work done here at Allerton by Tots & Co, throughout Liverpool and the rest of the country by the many volunteers who provide such a valuable service for pre-school children, their parents and carers. And ... if you are wondering about the significance of the 1277 make them count cypher, then that is the number of days in the three-and-a-half years the average child will be eligible to go to a nursery or toddler group before going to school. Make them count, indeed!
We now look forward to our annual Plant Sale and Strawberry Tea, now just over a week away, on Saturday, 8th June at 2.30 until 4.30pm. There will be other stalls as well as plants, including books etc. We do hope you are able to come along and join in with this happy event. We look forward to welcoming you all.
This week our volunteers have been out in the neighbourhood collecting door-to-door for Christian Aid Week. We were blessed with good weather this year and with many cheery faces on the doorsteps. We trust that yours was one of them!
Last week, our dramatic society's performance of "It Runs in the Family", by Ray Cooney, played to packed audiences howling with laughter from start to finish. Brilliantly cast and directed, this fast-moving comedy was worthy of Brian Rix at his best, with each character played to perfection. The pace never let up and some of the routines had to be witnessed to be believed. Do hope you were able to catch this splendid production - according to many, probably the best comedy RADs had put on for many a long year.
Our OPEN DOORS Coffee Morning last Friday, raised almost £400 for CHRISTIAN AID. Many thanks to all who attended and / or helped in any way. We had a great morning.
We now look forward, this week, to our dramatic society's performance of "It Runs in the Family", by Ray Cooney. Wednesday to Saturday evening at 7.30pm. Tickets on the door. For details see the Dramatics page.
Our young people thoroughly enjoyed their Holy Hullabaloo event last Thursday, when twenty-two youngsters joined in the fun. There was craft, games and dancing, all woven into the Easter story. A good time was had by all. Take a look at some pictures of the event here.
At the weekend we have the first of a series of three Organ Recitals on Saturday evening. This one is given by Colin Porter, the organist at Mossley Hill Parish Church. Colin is a prominent recitalist and has played at Liverpool Cathedral and Lancaster Town Hall. Doors open at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start and admission is £5 on the door. Do come and hear our magnificent pipe organ played in all its glory.
Holy Week began with our Palm Sunday service which included the distribution of palm crosses by the children of Junior Worship to all those present.
The last of our Lenten Study luncheons was held today, Tuesday, on the theme of the destruction and rebuilding of the temple - made more poignant by the news of the fire at the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. This successful series of discussions had been made all the more enjoyable by the combination of the theology & philosophy - provided by Tim & Jenny - and and the food, catered by Denise, Sue and Chris.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the Church AGM at 7.300 pm.
We then look forward to our services on Maundy Thursday evening, on Good Friday morning at St Stephen's and on Easter Sunday morning for communion. For details of them all, please see our Easter page.
Looking back over the past week, what a time we have had. On Friday morning, 5th, we had our monthly Open Doors Coffee Morning as usual. We welcomed many friends and started our final push towards the Spring Fair.
The Spring Fair was a great social success for old and young alike with an amazing number of visitors from near and far. Beside our usual stalls there was a pets' corner, bouncy castle, face painting and supervised children's craft activities which were all a huge success for our young visitors. The £1 admission included tea/coffee and scones with strawberries. A bargain in itself. Some pictures are here.
And on Thursday afternoon this week we held our first afternoon Tea Dance. Some enthusiastic dancers joined in with ballroom, Latin and jive numbers, whilst others were content with just a shuffle round our new floor. Sandwiches and cake were included and all for £1. A promising start to what it is hoped may become a regular, monthly event. Watch this space and see our Pictures page for a few shots of the action.
Thanks go to all who helped prepare, and who attended, these three events this week.
Another tremendous weekend at Allerton. On Friday evening our Sea Scout troop retained its accreditation as a Royal Naval recognised unit, following an inspection by a Royal Navy Lt Commander.
On Saturday evening the Phoenix Concert Orchestra and friends played to a packed house of 240 people who enjoyed a marvelous concert of film- and show-tunes hosted by their excellent MC and very talented musical comedy performer Lord Julian Goodman. The huge audience and all the 50-odd performers were treated to interval refreshments by our hardworking team led by Denise and Sue - with all hands being required for the transformation ready for our Mothering Sunday service next morning. How we could have done with an extra hour in bed - never mind an hour less!!
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 cross arrows symbol and it should pop out.