W/C 13th SEPTEMBER 2020

Although we are all unable to meet together in person as Church, the work of God continues in each one of us as we seek Him in each and every day.


Will’s first service with us on Sunday was much appreciated by everybody who was able to attend.

Thank you Will, it was so great to see and hear both you and Pat in the flesh rather than in a “Zoom box”.

We are sorry that some people were not able to be there, since due to Coronavirus precautions, numbers were limited to 43 people.

This limited number will remain for the foreseeable future in order to ensure, as best we can, that we keep everyone safe.

However please be assured that if all goes well and Government guidance regarding social distancing changes, a prompt review of our capacity will take place.


For those who missed out last Sunday we do hope you are able to come this week. Services at 10.30am are planned until the end of September, led as follows by

Sun 13th – Rev Paul Ruddick

Sun 20th – Rob Straker-Bennett

Sun 27th – Rev Will Hunter

These services will last approximately 30 mins and be subject to the usual precautions and restrictions. Sadly, pre-booking will be required for the foreseeable future. To book please contact Barbara Banes.


For the foreseeable future Will is to share with you his “Weekly Reflections” on this website

Every week he will also post a pre-recorded “Thought for The Day” on Facebook .

  • This is the same link that Paul used, and you can still access this even if you don’t have a Facebook account.
  • If you’re on the internet, type the above web address into your browser and you will still be able to join Will.

We will continue to send The Methodist Connexion worship notes as before



  • Sunday Morning Live will be broadcast on BBC1 at 10:00 am to explore the ethical and religious topics of the day!
  • Songs of Praise is on BBC1 at 1:15 pm


  • Sunday worship again will be broadcast on the radio at 8:00 am on BBC Radio Lancashire and 8:10 am on BBC Radio 4

CHURCH COUNCIL – 16th September at 7.30 pm

  • The meeting will be held in the Upper Room.
  • The minutes of the meetings held in March and August will be sent by email to all members in advance of the meeting.
  • Please could those who are required to submit reports please can they be emailed to David Sutcliffe ( no later than 1.00 pm on Wednesday 9th September. Many thanks


After the Church Council meeting it may be that the various Church groups may be able to consider further whether they wish to meet. There are many aspects to this process which in due course will need to be worked through with the group leaders. More about this in the following weeks. Similar considerations are taking place with regard to the Coffee Plus, always with the priority of ensuring the safety of the staff and volunteers as well as the customers.


The Defibrillator which we donated to Poulton as part of our celebrations for 50 years in our current church building, was sited just outside Booths by the entrance to the Teanlowe Centre. At the start of lockdown Booths informed us that they were installing defibrillators outside all their stores and requested that ours be removed. The good news is ours has recently been resited outside the Community Hall on Vicarage Road. It provides cover now for the far side of Poulton and we still benefit from one close by as before.


The next Edition of the Methodist Church Prayer handbook is now available. It provides many lovely prayers, both old and new, and prayers for the Methodist Churches around the world, plus a daily Bible reading diary. I can fully recommend it. The cost is £4.50, plus £2.50 P&P. You can obtain a copy yourself at or phone: 0845 017 8220 However we usually buy a joint order to reduce the P&P cost, so if you would like to order a copy contact Ron Rhodes.


The 60 Plus Community Centre, on Queensway, Poulton is now open Monday to Saturday 10 to 12 am. They are looking for helpers. If you are interested.


A huge Thank you from The Linden Centre at The Trinity Hospice to the Knitters for knitting so many lovely Pocket Pals for their children. The children have really appreciated receiving them. Since you have all been so busy no more are now required.

Thank you.