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Irby Methodist Church

Irby Methodist Church

A Member of the Wirral Methodist Circuit www.irbymethodist.org Ministers:

Rev. Yangsun Yi 0151 633 2753

email: yangsun.yi@methodist.org.uk

Day off: Monday (please honour) Rev. Vivienne Gasteen - Pastoral care 0151 648 2637

email: revviv1948@btinternet.com

Day off: Friday (please honour) Superintendent Minister:

Rev. Heather Cooper

0151 648 8780 email: heather@wirralsuper.plus.com Day off: Saturday (please honour)

Church Leadership Team Church Family & Community:


Mission & Outreach:


Jean Brookes

648 1130

Lynne Cowell

648 4447

Calvin Wood

648 4466

Angela James

648 2900

Barbara Wood

648 4466

Liz Newton

648 6641

Graham Griffiths

648 2233


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Other Roles Church Worship Leaders:

Church Admin Contact:

Angela James

648 2900

Sylvia Gaskell

648 7905

Graham Griffiths

648 2233



Church Treasurer

Ian Hall

648 3344

Pastoral Visitor Co-ordinators

Ruth Brabin

648 1069

Alison Fisher

648 7671

Booking Secretary

Graham Griffiths

648 2233

Hymnal Plus

Angela James

648 2900

Funday Sunday Leader:

Linda Renmans

648 7652

Newsletter Editor

Roy Fisher

648 7671

& Church website:


Representatives to Circuit Meeting

Liz Newton

648 6641

Angela James

648 2900


Christmas Family Lunch and Party After the Toy Service on December 1st we decided as it is our ‘Big Birthday so to speak we would have a lunch after the service followed with fun! All welcome - 11.45 am - 1.30 pm Hot batches and cakes Assistance needed on the day please.


Many thanks - Linda

As Yangsun is on annual leave, she is taking her mother home to South Korea, I have been asked to write a little message for our readers. You are no doubt aware of the many rotas we have in order to provide the many services in the church: rotas for stewards, sound system and now the multi-media projector, church cleaning, transport, coffee and many others. We are always looking for new volunteers to fill vacancies and hope you will bear that in mind as you read the following article:

Situations Vacant - Real Christians Wanted Wanted. Men and women for challenging and demanding positions. These are urgent vacancies for all people who are offered prospects of real life. Candidates should be able to bear mocking and scoffing, have the courage of their convictions and be able to stand at all times for what they know to be right. The support of unlimited resources is available to all who will accept the position of being real Christians. Wanted. Workers. God is at work in the world and is urgently seeking partners. Those who are prepared to work with God should offer their services immediately. Only the totally unqualified need apply. As this is a family concern all applicants will not only be given the duties of servants but the privileges of Sonship. Wanted. People to pray. Must be prepared to pray regularly and faithfully. These are key appointments on which the worldwide success of the work depends. These vacancies are open to all, irrespective of age or gender. The reward is great. There are unlimited vacancies for this job. Wanted. People who are prepared to love their neighbours. This demanding job is offered to all. This responsible position requires of those applying that first they must be prepared to love God with all their heart and soul and mind. Wanted. Men and women to feed the hungry, to welcome the stranger, to clothe the naked, to visit the sick, to care for prisoners. Vacancies exist for all the above positions. Wanted. The tired, the weary, the frustrated, the defeated, the weak, the heavy laden. Total security offered. No superannuation or insurance is offered as it is not intended that those who apply should die. Only sinners need apply. Wanted. Disciples to follow a man who is despised and rejected. They are promised no salary, holidays or early retirement. They must totally commit their all into their master's hands. Successful applications are expected to devote their gifts and personalities to their new employer. In return they will be given more than they could ever hope or dream. Every blessing Calvin


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aids make to worship. Our thanks to those who program and operate the system.

Dear Friends The month of October certainly has been a wet one but as I start writing this letter the sun is shining and what a difference that makes. It gives a special radiance all round and the autumn colours are really beautiful. We need rain as well as sunshine to survive, otherwise we would have a drought and poor vegetation. October has been a busy month with wonderful things happening for which we thank God. It began with our Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday 6th October, when when Rev Viv Gasteen and Linda Renmans led our worship. It was good to have our young people taking part and with the help of Linda, Jenny and Lynne, they gave us a demonstration of 'The Great Irby Bake-off.' They made small fairy cakes which reminded us that although the ingredients in each were the same, they came out differently, just as we are all different and yet God loves each one of us, just as we are. Many young people at Forum Housing will enjoy the gifts of food we brought to our Harvest Thanksgiving. It was wonderful to see so much non-perishable goods on display. Alison Jones joined us for worship and received the Harvest gifts on behalf of Forum Housing. How fortunate we are to have a home and food unlike the young people at Forum who have been through difficult times. I'm sure that our small contribution is very much appreciated. That Sunday was also an achievement and celebration as we used our new multi-media projector for the first time and what a difference visual


Sunday 13th October we welcomed our own minister, Rev Yangsun Yi, for the first time to lead our Worship and Holy Communion. Although they spoke very little English, it was wonderful that Yangsun's mother and sister joined us for morning worship which was a blessing to share God's love with each other, and that was the theme of the sermon, 'Love.' It was also good to see Margaret Higginson's friend from Australia worshipping with us. It was certainly an international congregation, reminding us that God is global and is to be found where ever we celebrate His love with fellow Christians. Sunday 20th October, Judith Stelfox led our worship, on 'prayer' and how important it is to talk and listen to God through prayer. It was lovely to welcome Judith's daughter, Jackie, who lives in Bosnia and is visiting her parents in Greasby. Again, we had someone from another part of the world worshipping with us. On Friday evening, members and friends Anniversary Dinner. followed was led by evening was a huge

25th October, 48 church enjoyed a wonderful 150th The entertainment that Helen Sheppard. The whole success.

Our 150th Anniversary celebrations continued on Sunday 27th October, when we welcomed Rev. Charles New who led our Anniversary service. It was lovely to see Charles and Doreen again and catch up with their news and to have several former members and friends sharing with us in this celebration service. 150 years is certainly something to celebrate and all that has been accomplished in that time. We remember and give thanks for those who had the vision and courage to establish the fellowship, first in the farmhouse


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kitchen at Hill Farm, Mill Hill Road and then in The Tin Chapel in the stockyard opposite. In 1936 our present church building was opened and stands today as a Christian witness and outreach in the community. We thank God for the past and now look to the future and with God at the helm we shall go forward for all those people who follow us. This is a big challenge to everyone of us. Remember these words 'Trust in the Lord and He will direct your paths.' As we approach November we realise that Christmas is not far away when we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus. Once again we have the opportunity to help those children and young people less fortunate than our own by filling appropriate items into a 'love in a box.' All contributions will be gratefully received but must be in by 17th November when they will be dedicated and taken to a warehouse in Birkenhead for distribution to children around the world who have very little. Following 'love in a box' we shall collecting for Forum Housing with gifts of toiletries, mugs, sweets etc for distribution to homeless young people, aged 16 to 30, in and around Birkenhead. If you would like to fill a gift bag this would be very much appreciated, alternatively, you may simply place invidivual gifts into the box provided. Last day to receive your gifts will be Sunday 8th December, when they will be dedicated and Alison Jones will receive the gifts on behalf of the young people at Forum Housing. Our Remembrance Service is on Sunday 10th November at 10.30 am and will be led by Linda Renmans. Our own young people will be present joining in this very heartfelt service, remembering all those who have died for our freedom over the years. Sunday 1st December will be our Annual Toy Service when we ask you to bring a new toy (not wrapped) to give to Charles Thompson Mission in Birkenhead,


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who will distribute them to the children in greatest need in the area. This year our young people will take all the toys to Charles Thompson Mission to see for themselves the wonderful work this Christian organisation does for the disadvantaged in the region. On Monday 2nd December we look forward to welcoming children from Irby Primary School and their teachers and parents to meet the 'Christmas Characters' in our own church. This is a wonderful way of presenting the true meaning of Christmas to these children.

This letter is about celebration: 150 years of the Methodist Church in Irby; giving thanks for all we have, the many blessings we all enjoy – our families and friends, but also remembering those who have so little. I close with the last verse of hymn 410 in Singing the Faith.

Give thanks – in Christian Love Barbara


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Wives & Friends Society On October 10th we welcomed 32 members of the Wives and Friends Society to our monthly meeting. This month’s talk was by Richie the Ranger who spoke on Merseyside’s Welsh connections. He began by giving a few facts about Wales. Edward 1st acknowledged Wales as a principality in 1282 and today Wales has a population of 4 million people and 12 million sheep. George Everest who discovered and named Mount Everest was a Welshman and on the accession of Queen Elizabeth to the throne in 1952 the town of Kingsferry was changed to Queensferry, the name by which we know it today. It was surprising to learn that many of Liverpool’s flagship stores had their origins in Wales. Owen Owen was born in 1847 and was a Welshman who moved to Liverpool when he was twenty. He started life in the retail trade. He was instrumental in improving the life of his workers by introducing half day closing on a Wednesday and by creating a retirement scheme for his employees. T.J. Hughes also had Welsh origins and initially set up his store with bankrupt stock from other companies. David Levi, another Welshman, changed his name to Lewis and opened his store in Ranlegh Street, Liverpool. He was the first to introduce carrier bags with the store name on them to advertise his business. They also introduced refunds on goods and the first Christmas Grotto. How many of us remember visiting the Grotto as children to meet Santa and


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receive a gift? During the Second World War the store was destroyed during the Blitz but rebuilt following the war and re-opening in 1956 complete with the famous statue.

T.J. Hughes, Lewis’s Grotto and George Henry Lee interior

George Henry Lee was another Welshman in the retail business and opened his store in Liverpool initially selling straw bonnets. Richie the Ranger proved to be an entertaining and informative speaker with a sense of humour. The talk was enjoyed by all. Following refreshments and the raffle, Ruth reminded everyone that our next meeting will be the Hot Pot Supper on 14th November. Please note that this is at the earlier time of 7.0 pm to dine. Arrival from 6.30 pm onwards. Following the meal there will be entertainment provided by Gerry Ffrench. It promises to be an enjoyable and entertaining evening. Angela


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WIRRAL METHODIST CIRCUIT FAMILY – Praying together for Kingdom Growth – PRAYER DIARY November 2019 Worship: Pray that we will let the Holy Spirit take control of our worship

Service: Pray for our churches’ involvement in community activities.


Seeking to be Spirit-filled followers of Jesus


Learning, Caring and Discipleship: Let daily Bible reading and prayer give light for our paths each day.




“Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure …You have made the path of life known to me; you will fill me with joy in your presence….” Psalm 16 What joy we have in our hearts from knowing God loves us. A spirit of joy and thankfulness enables us to enjoy the blessings of life. As Christians, we do not have any guarantees that we will not face suffering, but in all circumstances we have the assurance of God’s love through Jesus and that love is for sharing with others. Rev Dr Neil Richardson at Greasby Methodist Church on 5th October 2019 rd

Willingness to recognise the need to deepen our faith

3 Just days after what was expected to be a Brexit deadline, with all the consequent mess, pray that our churches will help to heal broken relationships.

Seeking to ensure that our faith is translated into action

10 On Remembrance Sunday we remember the victims of past wars and of current wars in Syria, DPR Congo, Yemen and Afghanistan

Counting the blessings individuals bring to others

17 Celebrate the work of Neighbourhood Prayer Network as its impact continues to spread to more and more streets.

Making a difference through serving others

24 Women against violence Sunday Pray for all Pastoral Visitors and for safe journeys home from 3Generate


4 Pray for emergency services personnel who respond to enormous numbers of calls for help in all kinds of situations - many being linked to Bonfire Night.


11 On Armistice Day in 1918 the guns fell silent and yet our nation still takes pride in arms sales which fuel wars and suffering!



18 Give thanks for all our circuit ordained and lay staff and for those employed by various churches in different roles.


25 Pray that all who are involved with Hope Journey - Remembering at Claremount today will know God’s love for them in their hearts.




5 Ask God to bless Church Mice starting at Claremount and all involved in Hope Journey - Remembering at Willaston today. th

12 Ask God to bless Eastham / Bromboro Churches Together Hope Journey Remembering and Ron Barber (Gideons) at Wirral Girls GS a.m. th 19 Thank God for secular groups valuing the roles played by our churches and showing willingness to forge partnerships for action. th

26 Thank God for growing awareness of Christians’ social awareness in times of ever-increasing needs in our communities.


6 Pray for blessing through the recentlystarted Carers & Tots group and also Kidz Zone after school youth club at Tranmere on Wednesdays. th

13 Thank God for all children whose courageous commitment to being followers of Jesus shines for their peers to see. th 20 Ask God to bless the mid-week prayers, meditations and acts of worship at Circuit Centre and in various churches. th

27 Ask God to bless Hope Journey - Meet the Characters of the Nativity at TPG and the volunteers engaged in Angel labelling.

Evangelism: We pray for a new sense of urgency about inviting people to meet Jesus.


7 Ask God to bless the staging of Hope Journey Remembering at Greasby today, with enjoyment and learning about God’s love for all who will be present.

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2 Thank God for all our supernumeraries who continue to enrich our lives as they bless us all with their wonderful gifts of ministry.


9 Ask God to guide the Circuit in recruiting a new Children and Schools worker (for secondary age children) – applications by 12/11.

1 On All Saints Day thank God for all those individuals whose Christian faith has inspired you on your Christian journey. 8 Pray for all who are involved with Hope Journey - Old Testament characters at Bromborough today, not least the children and their teachers.


15 Pray for the courage to seize opportunities to share our Christian faith, trusting God to help us with the right words and actions.


22 Pray for all who travel to be at 3Generate Methodist Children and Youth Festival weekend at Pontins Southport (Friday – Sunday).


29 Thank God for Meet the Characters of the Nativity at TPG and Light Up Little Sutton 6 pm community celebration today.

14 Pray for further growth of groups that encourage deepening of our discipleship, caring for each other and our service for us. 21 Ask God to bless all our churches’ work with children, including Lego Church – at Neston M.C. today and elsewhere on other days. 28 Give thanks for the Bible Society and for all whose scholarship helps us to engage in Bible reading and prayer with study notes each day.

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16 Pray for the work of Tearfund and other Christian aid agencies as at St Luke’s Hoylake host Tearfund Big Quiz this evening.



23 Remember our Wirral Circuit Children and Schools Team as they give their time, energy and skills running 3Generate workshops.


30 May Rev Dr Barbara Glasson, our President, inspire us with What’s the story? at Trinity Ellesmere Port this afternoon and evening!



Please note the closing date for sending prayer requests for the December Prayer Diary to daveandave@talktalk.net is Monday, 18th November.



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The time has come for us to be thinking about our gifts to Love in a Box. Yes, it is twelve months since we filled our boxes for children who have so little. If anyone has a box or two and do not like covering them, please let me have them as soon as possible. The stand will be out in mid-October in readiness for the collection date in mid-November.

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Christmas Fair Saturday 23rd November, 10 am - 12 noon Once again, it is here!! Where has the time gone? If you have anything you wish to bring along for any of the stalls, all much appreciated. ● Toddlers - Cuddly Tombola

Thank you all in anticipation.

● Wives & Friends - Gifts / Toiletries

Jean - Co-ordinator

● Luncheon Club - Cakes ● Women’s Fellowship - Christmas Crafts & Gifts ● Funday Sunday - cards / paper etc ● Uniformed - Grotto and games ● Sylvia Gaskell - Decorations


This is also the time when we knitters are producing angels by the dozen. Please let Jean Brookes have any that are made as soon as possible. They can then be taken to the office and be dedicated ready for distribution in December.

● Badminton - Refreshments ● Body Shop Table

Church will be open on Friday, 4.0 pm - 6.30 pm to set up. Please could each organisation provide a raffle prize and ‘bodies’ to assist the day before and after the fair.




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Monthly Charity Appeal By the time we go to print our October 29th meeting will have been held. Our Soup Lunch followed by David Casement’s talk about Thomas Brassey (1805 - 1870) was, I am sure, a success. Rev. Vivienne Gasteen is our next speaker on Tuesday November 12th. We look forward to hearing from her. On November 26th the meeting will take the form of a Christian meditation.

£164 was raised in October for All We Can All We Can helps find solutions to poverty by engaging with local people and organisations in some of the world’s poorest communities to end the suffering caused by inequality and injustice.

November Charity of the Month

Toddlers’ Charity Yes, Christmas is just around the corner as the following meeting on December 10th is our actual Christmas Service. Please do come and join us at any of our meetings. There is a saying and that is so true.



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Funday Sunday Coming Funday Sunday dates October 6th - Harvest

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October 20th - Quiet Zone & Card-making

November 10th - Remembrance


November 17th - Craft Night & ‘Take Away’ November 23rd - Christmas Fair

December 1st - Toy Service



December 14th December 24th - Breakfast with Santa


Morning Worship

10.30 - 11.30

Funday Sunday

10.30 - 11.30


18.00 - 19.00


19.00 - 20.30

Toddlers (School term time)

09.30 - 11.30

Women’s Fellowship (alternate weeks)

14.00 - 16.00


20.00 - 22.00

Toddlers (School term time)

09.30 - 11.30


18.00 - 19.30

Pilates not a church run class, it is an external hirer.

10.00 - 11.00

Wives & Friends (Monthly - 2nd Thursday)

20.00 - 22.00

Lunch Club (Joyce Edgar 648-3431)

11.00 - 15.00

Country Dancing (alt weeks Sept - May)

20.00 - 22.00


So please pray that our spiritual journey with the children will encourage other families to come along.

Linda, Lynne and Jenny



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Irby Methodist Church Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

This is a good lesson for all of us, no matter what stage of life you are in. You’ll see what I mean. A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her - her husband had cheated on her and she was devastated. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She did the same with the eggs. She then ladled the coffee out into a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, ‘Tell me what you see.’ ‘Carrots, eggs and coffee’ she replied. Her grandmother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. Her grandmother then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally her grandmother asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled as she tasted the rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked, ‘what does it all mean, grandmother?’.

Am I the egg which starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a break up, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases fragrance and flavour. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to keep you happy. The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; yo can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying. May we all be like the COFFEE.

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting in the boiling water its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. ‘Which are you?’ She asked her granddaughter. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?’



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God in Love Unites Us – Marriage and Relationships We, as a church, have been asked to consider the Report on Marriage and Relationships discussed by the 2019 Methodist Conference. On Sunday 17th November following the morning service we shall share a faith lunch together and discuss the report. Our views will be passed to the Liverpool District Spring Synod and a report forward to the Methodist Conference. Please stay and share your thoughts as this involves everybody today.

Church will be open for the Santa Comes to Irby and the Lights Switch-on event from 16.30 until 18.30 on

Friday November 29th You are invited to come and enjoy the ambience of our Church at Christmas and have a hot drink and mince pie with us.



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Forthcoming Preachers

Intercessional Prayers for October Nov. 3 Let us give thanks for:

Mrs Veronica Frances

Nov. 10 Remembrance, led by Mrs Linda Renmans Nov. 17 Rev Yangsun Yi Nov. 24 Advent Songs of Praise (led by members) Dec. 1

Toy Service followed by Party in hall

Remembering those who are ill, anxious or bereaved: United Services

Nov. 3

6.30 pm at Irby Methodist with Greasby and West Kirby

Dec. 1

6.30 pm at Greasby Methodist

Dec. 22 3.00 pm United Carol Service at St Bartholomew's Jan. 5

10.30 am Covenant at Irby Methodist (joined by St Chad's)

Please pray for: Christmas and New Year

Tues. 10 Dec. 2.00 pm Women's Fellowship Carols Thurs. 12 Dec. 8.00 pm Wives and Friends Carols AND ALL OTHERS KNOWN TO US WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS AT THIS TIME

Sun. 22 Dec. 3.00 pm United Carol Service at St Bartholomew's Tues. 24 Dec. 4.00 pm Christmas Eve Communion at Greasby

From the Editor:

Tues. 24 Dec. 11.15 pm Christmas Communion at St Bartholomew's

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Wed. 25 Dec. No Service at Irby Methodist – we join St. Chad's at 10.30 am Sun. 29 Dec. No Service at Irby Methodist – we join St Chad's at 9.30 am Sun. 5 Jan.

10.30 am Covenant Service (St Chad's will join us)


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