Allerton United Reformed Church
Meeting Faith and Community Together
Our Open Doors Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support last Friday, was a great success, with over 80 people there 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.
All our activities are back to normal this week, so do please look at our What's On page for details. This morning, Tuesday, we welcomed 38 children (and their carers) to our Tots & Co toddler group. a lively start to the new term.
Yesterday's Sunday morning service saw the very welcome return of our Junior Worship children after their Summer break. There were 15 enthusiastic boys and girls present to witness a couple of their number being presented with Bibles by Tim, to mark their moving up from the junior section.
And, to crown the service, our organist for the day Paul gave us a fabulous rendition of Vidor's Toccata in F major (from his 5th symphony), to warm applause from all. It had been specially requested by John and Marianne whose wedding anniversary is this week. Congratulations!
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that a decision has been taken to suspend the regular, Friday meetings of our Sea Scouts troop until further notice, owing to shortage of lads in attendance. The leadership team of four stalwarts, along with their group executive will review matters with the church over the coming months.
Yesterday we were pleased to welcome among our congregation as a visitor a former member of our youth fellowship from, ahem, quite a few years ago. John Prysor-Jones, now the Church in Wales' Reverend Prysor-Jones, was welcomed back by three or four current members who were part of the youth fellowship over 50 (60 even!) years ago. John is now based in Penmaenmawr and doing some work at Bangor Cathedral. Good to see you, John.
Last week we held our children's holiday club from Monday to Thursday - Friends on Faith Adventures. Each day was themed, embracing the stories of Samuel & Eli; the Loaves and Fishes; the Good Samaritan and Daniel in the Lions' Den. Led by our usual, brilliant team the children (around 30 each day) were entertained, amused, informed and generally occupied with drama, stories, games, crafts, challenges, puzzles, prayers, songs, baking, first aid practice, treasure hunts and the ever-popular face-painting and parachute games. A great time was enjoyed by everyone who attended and huge thanks are due to all who helped in any way to make the week a resounding success.
School Holiday Club
Last week saw many of our church activities hold their last sessions until September, while they have a well-earned Summer break. Our Tots & Co mother and toddler groups finished on Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon with their annual Teddy Bears' Picnic. Over 80 children and their carers were treated to two fun sessions, including a picnic bag, a story from minister Tim (and Olaf his bear) and all the 'graduates' who were leaving to start school were presented with a commemorative Bible.
On Sunday morning, our Junior Worship class held their end of term party with 13 boys and girls having tasty treats and a bouncy castle. Children will still be welcome of course to attend church each Sunday morning, but there will be no formal Sunday school until September. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible over the coming week at our Summer Holiday Club beginning on Monday 29th July - just a week from now. See above for details.
Another eventful weekend at Allerton. Friday morning at 10.30am was our usual Open Doors Coffee Morning in the sanctuary. Another record number joined us for a drink, a chat and a chance to help the planet by buying a selection of pre-loved books and ladies' clothing, re-used and re-cycled in aid of church funds. We shall be meeting again next month - why not join us on 2nd August?
In the meantime, don't forget our Organ Recital this Saturday, 13th at 7:30 pm. See below or see our What's On page, here.
And, finally, our Tots & Co carer and toddler group meets this week and next week, the last sessions being the Teddy Bears' Picnic events on Tuesday morning, 16th and Wednesday afternoon,17th, before closing for the summer break. Advance registration is essential by attending this week's sessions. Admission £1 per child.
Last weekend we conducted a clear-out of some unwanted items, accumulated over years by well-meaning people, but which were unlikely to be able to be sold. However, we did identify seven 10ft single-seater kayaks, all in good condition, but no longer needed by the Scouts. They were advertised and offered FREE, and were left outside the arches gates. They were taken by an anonymous collector who we trust derives a lot of pleasure from them.
Looking forward, we are now selling tickets for our second Organ Recital, on Saturday, 13th July at 7.30 pm, price £5 or pay on the door. Andrew Sharples, organist at Bishop Eton RC Church and also assistant organist at the Metropolitan Cathedral, will be playing for us. See our What's On page, here.
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.
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.