Weekly Newsletter



Trinity 15

Sunday 24th September




God is faithful. God is good. God the Holy Spirit is among us.



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As I write this (on Wednesday morning) I have just returned home from a short service of Morning Prayer at the Priory Chapel. It was our privilege to welcome to the service Dr Abraham Hauriasi (General Secretary) and Father Nigel Kelaepa (Mission Secretary) of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, with which the Chester Diocese has a strong link.


We met in order to mark what was a very poignant day for the church of Melanesia, as it was on the 20 September 1871 that the first Bishop of Melanesia, John Coleridge Patteson, the first missionary to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the people of those islands, was martyred by the islanders that he was there to serve.


While he had built up trust over much time and was well received by the islanders, soon after the Church’s mission to the islands came traders, and worse, slave traders. ‘Thief ships’ the islanders called them.


On the 20 September 1871 Patteson and four companions went ashore the island of Nu Kapu. As he stepped ashore the group was attacked by islanders, and Patteson was killed. Across his chest his murderers had laid a palm branch with five knots in the leaves which led the Melanesians to believe that his death was an act of vengeance for five men whom the slave traders had killed.


One of the Melanesians wrote of Patteson: ‘The bishop did nothing for himself alone, but always sought what he might keep others with, and the reason was his pitifulness and his love. He never despised anyone, or rejected anyone with scorn, whether it was a white person or a black person. He thought of them all as one and treated them all alike.’ From the seeds Patteson sowed the Melanesian church grew and continues to grow from strength to strength.


Despite the danger, Patteson was willing to give his all that the islanders might have the chance to know the greatest gift of all - Jesus.


It is good to be reminded of, and inspired by, those who have gone before us and who have been prepared to give their all for the cause of the Gospel.



God bless, Paul


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Diary Dates September 2017


Sun 24 10.30am Holy Communion

Mon 25 3.00pm Art Group

Tue 26 11.30 TOCP Lunch CtK

12-3pm Ukulele Group

Wed 27 5.45pm Bite Nites CtK

Thur 28 10.00 am Let's Pray Together CtK

6 - 11.00pm Music Group

1.30pm Craft 'n' Chat

Fri 29 7.00pm An Evening of Music and Song CtK


Diary Dates October 2017

Sun 1 10.30am Holy Communion

4.00pm Messy Church

Mon 2 2-4pm Friendship Group, CtK

3.00pm Art Group

Tue 3 11.30 TOCP Lunch CtK

12-3pm Ukulele Group

7.30pm PCC CtK

Wed 4 5.45pm Bite Nites CtK

Thur 5 10.00 am Let's Pray Together CtK

1.30pm Craft 'n' Chat

Sun 8 10.30am Holy Communion

Mon 9 3.00pm Art Group

Tue 10 11.30 TOCP Lunch CtK

12-3pm Ukulele Group

Wed 11 5.45pm Bite Nites CtK

Thur 12 10.00 am Let's Pray Together CtK

1.30pm Craft 'n' Chat

Sun 15 10.30am Baptism and Holy Communion

Mon 16 2-4pm Friendship Group

3.00pm Art Group

Tue 17 11.30 TOCP Lunch CtK

12-3pm Ukulele Group

Wed 18 5.45pm Bite Nites CtK

Thur 19 10.00 am Let's Pray Together CtK

1.30pm Craft 'n' Chat

Sun 22 10.30am Holy Communion

Mon 23 3.00pm Art Group

Tue 24 11.30 TOCP Lunch CtK

12-3pm Ukulele Group

Wed 25 5.45pm Bite Nites CtK

Thur 26 10.00 am Let's Pray Together CtK

1.30pm Craft 'n' Chat

6 - 11.00pm Music Group

Fri 27 7.00pm Quiz Evening CtK

Sun 29 10.30am Holy Communion Priory Chapel





If anyone has an event to be included in the monthly diary, please let Irene Lee have the information.



Forthcoming Events:



An Evening of Music and Song - Friday 29th September

Will be held on Friday 29 September, start 7pm., at CtK in aid of church funds. It will be an evening of music and song featuring SingMe Merseyside, The Beacon Bells and The Greasby Ukes. A suggested donation of £4 adults, £1 children, and will include tea/coffee and biscuits in the interval. Tickets will be available from Pat Seeley or pay at the door. More details from Sue J Blaylock - 0151 653 0442.


Friendship Group

Monday 2 October, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Come along and enjoy a game of 'Play your cards right'. There's always time to chat to friends and enjoy tea or coffee and homemade cake.


Appeal for shoe boxes

The Friendship Group are again planning to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child who send the shoebox gifts to children throughout the world. If you have any unwanted medium size shoeboxes we would be very grateful. If you feel you would like to donate anything for the boxes, suitable gifts are small toys, pens, crayons, colouring books, stickers, balls, hats, gloves, hair clips, jewellery, wrapped soap, toothpaste and toothbrush. Cash donations are also very welcome as each box requires a donation of £5 to cover shipping. See Chris Earnshaw for more details.


The Children's Society

Tickets priced at £6 (to include refreshments) are now available for the fundraising evening which is being held on Friday 6 October at St. Stephen's Church Hall, Prenton Lane at 7.30pm. Well known photographer Brian Anderson will be giving a talk about Egypt - 'Gift of the Nile'.



Pantomime Sunday 7th January 2018 at 2pm - Advance Notice

We have once again booked seats at the Floral Pavilion to see the pantomime which this year is PETER PAN. By booking a group in advance we get tickets at the lowest price which this year is £13.50 per ticket for adults and children. Seats are centre stalls which means we have a very good view of the stage.

*To obtain tickets at this price we have to book and pay for them by 22nd October. Booking forms will be available shortly. For more information speak to Irene Lee.


Wirral Foodbank

Our church family have for a long time been very generous in donating food to the Foodbank via the box at the back of church. The Foodbank is now appealing for toiletries, eg. soap, deodorant, toothpaste; also, washing up liquid and soap powder. They are desperate for these items and your donations would be very much appreciated. Please leave items in the large box.




This Week's Readings:



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God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



Jonah 3: 10; 4: 1-11


When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened. But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the LORD, “Isn’t this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” But the LORD replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the LORD God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.” But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left and also many animals?”



Philippians 1: 21-end


For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.


GOSPEL - Matthew 20: 1-16


“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”




Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy; and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall, keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.