Church Notice Sheet – 1 December 2019

THIS WEEK IN CHURCH

All events are held in Ulverston Parish Church, unless St John’s is indicated:

Sunday 1 December

  • 8.30am Morning Prayer
  • 10.30am Holy Communion
  • 6.30pm Café Church

Monday 2 December

  • 7pm Bell ringers
  • 7pm Christmas Choir

Wednesday 4 December

  • 10am Toddlers
  • 2pm Parish Fellowship

Thursday 5 December

  • 10am Holy Communion

Friday 6 December

  • 10am Coffee and Chat
  • 5pm Candlelit Christmas Movie night

Sunday 8 December

  • 8.30am Morning Prayer
  • 10.30am Holy Communion
  • 12.30pm Thanksgiving for Leonard Revell
  • 6.30pm Café Church

All events are held in Ulverston Parish Church, unless St John’s is indicated:

Prayer Ministry is available during and after the 10.30am service

FORTHCOMING DATES

2 December

  • 7pm Men’s Pint Night at Old Friends pub

13 December

  • Choral Society Concert

14 December

  • 8am Men’s Breakfast

15 December

  • 6.30pm Carol Service

16 December

  • 7pm Spud Club at Old Friends pub

19 December

  • 2pm Spud Club in Church

22 December

  • 12 noon Christingle making

For more details on any event check the welcome area, website or office

 

YOUTH CLUBS

Vision is for children in school Y5 & Y6 and is held in the Parish Centre Basement every Wednesday during term time, from 3:15pm.

Energise is for those in school Y7-10, held on Tuesdays during term time at 7:30pm in the Parish Centre Basement.

Encounter is for those who are 16 to 18 years old and meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm every other week.

For more information, please email or speak to:

Hannah Fishwick
children@ulverstonparishchurch.org

Ruth Hutchings
youth@ulverstonparishchurch.org   

PRAYER WALK

After this morning’s 10.30 service there will be a prayer walk. We will also be handing out invitations for our Christmas services. For more information please speak to Madi Simpson or Alan Bing.

OFFICE ROOF

The office roof is to undergo a much needed replacement during the week commencing 2 December. For this work to take place scaffolding will be put around the building. The church car park will remain open during the work.

RAPUNZEL

Ulverston Methodist Church are hosting a show for all ages on Sunday 8 December at 5pm. More information in the welcome area.

 CHURCHES TOGETHER IN ULVERSTON

CTiU are looking for a secretary. The key responsibilities are:

  • Take minutes at meetings, held 4 times a year and the AGM.  Write up and issue these minutes to the CTiU circulation list.
  • Develop the agenda for these meetings with input from the CTiU chairman.
  • Be the point of contact for Churches Together in Cumbria
  • Receive and distribute to the CTiU circulation list all communications and emails from Churches Together in Cumbria.
  • Send communications to the Churches Together in Cumbria.
  • Support the CTiU chairman and committee in any other administrative duties (this tends to be limited as many members do this individually).

For more information please speak to Colin Dykes.

ST MARY’S HOSPICE

Volunteers needed. Are you able to give some time to help at the hospice? More information at: www.stmaryshospice.org.uk/for-volunteers/

BOOKING THE BUILDINGS

Polite reminder: church members must book any rooms they would like to use in the church, centre or the office, even keyholders. There have been a few problems with double bookings because events are not being put into the church diary.

JIGSAW

The monthly prayer diary is available at the back of church. Cards and colouring books to support  the work of Jigsaw are also available to purchase.

CHRISTMAS CHOIR

The carol service will soon be upon us. We are holding rehearsals for the choir on Monday evenings 2nd & 9th December from 7pm, with a rehearsal on Sunday 15th December before the service (time to be confirmed) If you have any questions see Alison Emery or David Thompson. 

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Beginning 9th December, we will be decorating the church so as to be ready for the Carol Service on the 15th December.  I am hoping the various groups will again decorate the windowsills, hence this early reminder to start thinking about your designs! 

In anticipation, thank you all for helping at this busy time of the year.  Margaret Taylor.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS

If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the flowers it will be much appreciated.  Please see Margaret Taylor if you feel able to contribute.  Thank you.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Please sign up on the notice board in the welcome area if you can help us with our Christmas services. We want to give everyone a very warm UPC welcome!

MAKERS’ MARKET

After all their efforts in the past weeks, our hard working church mice are ready to hibernate! Therefore, Sunday 8th December will be your last chance to buy gifts from the Makers’ Market. Thank you for your past purchases and ongoing support, together we are The Restoration Mission: Restore, Renew, Revive.

CORNERSTONE BOOKS AND GIFTS

At this time of year Cornerstone (9 Market St) offers the ideal opportunity to browse a wide selection of Bibles, Christian books, children’s books, cards, CDs, DVDs, gifts & second-hand books. You can order in person, by phone 01229 583 563, or email enquiries@cornerstonebooksandgifts.org.uk

TODDLERS

The lovely ladies who support Toddlers by serving tea and coffee are in need of some reinforcements. If you would be willing to spare an hour and a half on a Wednesday morning on a rota basis, please speak to Marilyn Fell. Gentlemen or ladies equally welcome!

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Kim and Joseph Meacock on the arrival of Luana Lily who arrived on Sunday 10 November in the early morning.

FINANCE AND CHURCH LIFE

Did you know the church tithes its income – so we give away 10% of our income to God’s work outside the church. This year we will give away over £16,000.

Our giving has supported;          

  • Overseas – Sam and Beth Wallace, Barnabas Fund, CMS, Jigsaw Project, Tear Fund, Kepplewray Burundi, Open Doors.
  • UK Based; Andy & Nicola Dykes, CAP, Church Urban Fund, CPAS, Jesters for Jesus, Scripture Union, St Mary’s Hospice,  Cornerstone Books, Church Walk School

Thank-you to all those who have considered their giving to the church over the last month. Could we encourage those of you who are still thinking and praying to consider giving the cost of a cup of coffee, £2, extra each week, which would enable us to put our church finance in balance. Don’t forget to update your standing order if you have committed to increase your giving.

October Update;

  • Ongoing Income (excluding project works) £21,451
    (Includes £7,859 Gift Aid Recovery)
  • Ongoing Expenditure (excluding project works) £17,836
  • Difference  £3,616 (-£4,244 without Gift Aid recovery)

Forecast Ongoing Deficit for the year  -£8,254

Overall Deficit including Building Project and St. Johns Building Works -£54,400

PCC JOTTINGS NOVEMBER 2019

The PCC has given its approval for the replacement of the roof of the Church Office.

A team is being formed to investigate the possibility of becoming an Eco Church. Achieving the Bronze Award may be within our reach.

A Safeguarding and Recruitment Audit Record is being completed.

Phil Huck has been appointed Chair of the Property Committee.

The Minutes for PCC meetings are available for all to read and can be found on the welcome area in church.

Visit Rwanda! 

Paul and Jean Daltry have recently joined UPC and have many years of working in and with the Church in Rwanda. They help run a small charity, Rwanda Direct, which has as its priorities those things that the Church in Rwanda prioritise: all money given goes direct to support the Church’s needs. 

We are planning to lead a group visit to the amazing country of Rwanda in Central Africa during February 2020 for two weeks. Rwanda is extraordinarily beautiful, with wonderful people but also has a dark history of brutality. Our trip will focus on the life of the church including seeing some of the work that Rwanda Direct supports. We will be based at Scripture Union in Kigali and will travel out to other areas, including Gahini, where the East African Revival started and to the Akagera Game Park.

Rwanda and its Church can teach us a lot. Expect to be challenged, to have to think and to learn much. It is very much a pilgrimage and we will have time to think, pray and share through the trip.

Budget around £1500 for a two week visit. Please contact Jean or Paul Daltry if you are interested and for further information.

It’s worth it!!

Contact paul@daltry.co.uk or jean@daltry.co.uk, tel. no. 01229 889964