Weekly Newsletter






Dear all,


I’m sitting here in the church office writing this, two days after being inducted into this parish, surrounded by boxes filled with unknown items, doors that lead to still unfamiliar rooms, and hearing voices outside that I’m still trying to link to the right person! At this stage it all feels a little strange, but with time all these things and more will become familiar and part of everyday life (though I suspect some boxes may remain a mystery!).


We too are an unfamiliar ‘package’ for you, but that will change as we journey forwards together as a church family. Please ask us what you want to know - and we’ll do our best to answer, but here is a bit about us as a starter for ten…


We are Paul, Heather, Eve and Isaac Bentley. I (Paul) grew up in Wallasey and would spend many a Saturday in Birkenhead shopping with my sister (one of my 5 siblings). I’ve lived at different times in Manchester, Ecuador, Kent, Nottingham and Greasby, but wherever I have been it’s always getting to know the people who live there that has defined the place for me. I like gardening, DIY, hill walking, running and ice cream. The formers serve to offset the latter.


I (Heather) am from Maidstone in Kent and have also lived in various places, including Liverpool and London. I have worked in a variety of different jobs and am currently a full time mum. I like hanging out with people and getting to know their story, walking, films, tea, cake and the idea of doing a ParkRun at some point!


Eve is just coming up to 2 1/2 years old and was born in Greasby during our curacy. She is generally full of beans and when asked just now what is her favourite thing is, she says ‘little sheep’ (possibly because she’s just watched Veggie Tales and the story of David!)

Isaac has just turned five months and is very cute! He has Down’s Syndrome and is doing great. He enjoys ‘cuddles’ with his big sister - whether he wants to or not!


We are looking forward to all that this role, this place, and the people here will mean to us as a family over the years to come. We’d also like to thank you for the welcome that we have received as we are settling in here. As we go through all this ‘newness’, we rest in the fact that God is all about doing new things and taking us to new places - both literally and in our walk with him. And in all that, God love, compassion and faithfulness are new to us every day, and so we depend on him, trust in him and wait with excitement to see what He is going to do in us and through us - all of us - as a church family here in the Priory Parish Birkenhead.


With every blessing in our Lord Jesus,


Paul, Heather. Eve and Isaac



SUNDAY 18 JUNE - Trinity 2



O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; 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.



Diary Dates June 2017


Sun 25 10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Paul Bentley

Mon 26 3.00pm Art Group

Tue 27 11.30am TOCP Lunch

2-3pm Ukulele Group

Wed 28 5.45pm Bite Nites

Thur 29 10.00am Let's Pray Together

1-3pm Craft 'n' Chat

6-11.00pm Music Group

Diary Dates July 2017


Sun 2 10.30am Holy Communion

4.00pm Messy Church

Mon 3 2-4pm Friendship Group

3.00pm Art Group

Tue 4 11.30am TOCP Lunch

2-3pm Ukulele Group

Wed 5 5.45pm Bite Nites

Thur 6 10 00 am Let's Pray Together

1-3pm Craft 'n' Chat

Sun 9 10.30am Holy Communion

Mon 10 3.00pm Art Group

Tue 11 11.30am TOCP Lunch

2-3pm Ukulele Group

Wed 12 5.45pm Bite Nites

Thur 13 10.00 am Let's Pray Together

1-3pm Craft 'n' Chat

Sun 16 10.30am Holy Communion - Chris Slater

Mon 17 2-4pm Friendship Group

3.00pm Art Group

Tue 18 11.30am TOCP Lunch

2-3pm Ukulele Group

Wed 19 5.45pm Bite Nites

Thur 20 10.00 am Let's Pray Together

1-3pm Craft 'n' Chat

Sun 23 10.30am Holy Communion

Mon 24 3.00pm Art Group

Tue 25 11.30am TOCP Lunch

2-3pm Ukulele Group

Wed 26 5.45pm Bite Nites

Thur 27 10.00 am Let's Pray Together

1-3pm Craft 'n' Chat

6-11.00pm Music Group

Sun 30 10.30am Holy Communion





Friendship Group

Monday 19 June - Bingo.

All meetings 2.00 - 4.00pm. There will be a fun activity and strawberry tea. Everyone welcome!


Church Bell

Mal has had the church bell inspected. It has been declared safe. He and friend of his have connected new rope and pull cord on the bell. (The pull cord is in the porch by the door). The bell is going to be rung for the first time officially when the new Rector is inducted. Then every Sunday after that. I would like to thank Mal for all his efforts in getting the bell working again. Sue Wilks



Sometime in the next few weeks, we will hold an event to mark Fairtrade Fortnight at which there will be a raffle. You are invited to collect some fairtrade items, such as biscuits, chocolate, sugar, tea, coffee, anything with the fairtrade logo, and place them in the box at the back of church. More details to follow.


Christian Aid

There was a good response to the collection during Christian Aid Week. £203.62 has been received. Nine donors gift aided. The amount raised by doing this will add another £39.25 to the total. Thank you and well done. Margaret Jones.




Post Communion Prayer


Eternal Father, we thank you for nourishing us with these heavenly gifts: may our communion strengthen us in faith, build us up in hope, and make us grow in love; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.