Pentecost Service Liverpool 31 May 2020
The traditional ecumenical service for Pentecost is brought to you on-line this year with contributions from Merseyside Church Leaders.
It is scheduled to go live at 3pm on Pentecost Sunday, the time the Pentecost Walk would normally have taken place.
Here is the link to the Pentecost Service, entitled 'Our Service of Hope' https://youtu.be/be6wXf_cuJQ It is set to Premiere on Liverpool Cathedral YouTube Channel at 3pm on Pentecost Sunday. It can also be found as a Facebook event on the CTMR page.
Alternatively it can also be found as a Facebook event on the CTMR Facebook page
Prayer for St Helens during the week leading up to and on Pentecost Sunday
United St Helens
Prayer for St Helens have teamed up with Church in the Square and St Helens Church Leaders to create United2020 and are presenting a week long programme of online content created by St Helens Church Leaders across the denominations to engage, inspire and transform lives.
You are invited to join each day from 25 - 31 May 2020, culminating in a United Online Service on Sunday 31 May 2020 for all churches to engage with - just as they would have done in St Helens Church Square at Pentecost! To visit the website please click on this link: https://churchinthesquare.co.uk/
Thursday, 21 May marked the beginning of the 2020 prayer campaign 'Thy Kingdom Come'.
In response to the corona virus pandemic this global prayer campaign launched new elements, including prayer resources during COVID-19, such as a Prayer Journal with Bible readings, reflections and care actions. a Digital Family Prayer Adventure Map to aid children and young people explore prayer in a fun way, etc.
The campaign also relaunched its award-winning app which will enable anyone with a smartphone to access the content and journey through the 11 days of prayer. The app was translated into eight languages and last year was downloaded in almost 100 countries worldwide.
Here you will find a link to the CTE 'Thy Kingdom Come' web page: Thy Kingdom Come 202024/7 Prayer for the Liverpool City Region
25 - 31 May 2020
If you would like to make this week of prayer part of your own response to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative you are welcome to do so.
Together For the Harvest (TFH) are initiating a week of 24/7 prayer in the Liverpool City Region from Ascension Day until Pentecost Sunday. There is a sign up sheet via the TFH website, there are daily prayer points, and additional prayer resources via the TFH Facebook Group available too.
Prayer Resources linked to COVID-19 crisis
CTMR Church Leaders offer a prayer which was launched on Sunday 22nd March and can be downloaded here and we are invitd to join in every Sunday at 7pm: A lighted Candle
Why not visit the Churches Together in England website for prayer resources, information, etc: https://www.cte.org.uk/ Please take note that they would love to hear stories of how churches and Christians are coming together at this time to support those in need. April's CTeNews is a special edition on the coronavirus.
Please copy and paste for a contribution from Phil Jump, our NW Regional Baptist minister https://youtu.be/nxqAbQ5KDdg
A prayer from the Methodist Connexion:
Praying for our sisters and brothers around the world
God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other's reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.
We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for others
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.
Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love - demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.
CTMR Communications Officers
In Merseyside CTMR Communications Officers met virtually to explore which support they may give together to the people on Merseyside.
Liverpool Seafarers Centre
A thank you from ecumenical charity Liverpool Seafarers Centre to community during Coronavirus outbreak for their support to seefarers. Please http://liverpoolseafarerscentre.org/news/
CTMR Focus on Young People
Come and Join Ecumenical Evenings for 18+
Once a month young adults 18+ from all over Merseyside and beyond get together for amazing ecumenical evenings. They share their faith and discover many commonalities. They used one of their meetings to prepare valuable ecumenical input into the Archdiocesan Synod 2020. Four of them are having a fantastic experience being invited to the Synod meetings as ecumenical observers along with over a dozen adults from various Churches within Merseyside. Their contributions are very much appreciated by the other Synod members.
The CTMR 18+ evenings are led by the young adults who take it in turn to prepare them. At present they are visiting each others denominations. In Novermber they had an inspirational and informative eveing at Liverpool Valley Salvation Army Church.
In February they visited the Methodist Church 'Somewhere Else' also called the 'Bread Church' in Liverpool City Centre where they were warmly welcomed and experienced what it means to make bread together.
If you are interested in being part of these ecumenical gatherings, why not contact us. In March and April the group met virtually and it was a meaningful moment where mutual support was experienced. The visit of 4 Theology students from a Dutch University had to be postponed because of the COVID 19 crisis.
For further details please contact Veronica by emailing her at email@example.com or visit the CTMR 18+ facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ctmr18plus/
Churches on Merseyside celebrated Pentecost 2019 together
Last year's Pentecost Celebrations started at the Metropolitan Cathedral with a very meaningful service followed by a pilgrimage along Hope Street. Everyone made their own way stopping at prayer points in their own time. People met the Church Leaders for a chat on the piazza of the Metropolitan Cathedral....
......and then pilgrims walked along Hope Street.
Prayers were said in groups following the pilgrim path with four stops accessible on an app which is still available at lifeandhope.org.uk and there was time for conversations along the way.
The joy shared among all was the hallmark of the day. It was easy to strike up a conversation and experience true communion among all. One pilgrim shared: "I was surprised that I managed to speak to about four to me unknown people and experienced the warmth of friendship." Someone else said that it had been an extraordinary event in terms of building relationships.The pilgrimage concluded in the Anglican Cathedral with scripture readings and with a blessing by Merseyside Church Leaders.
All were invited to take the Christian message to the world.
CTMR Young Adults 18+ and Pentecost
Representatives of the CTMR 18+ group got together for coffee prior to the celebrations to prepare themselves and then made their way to the Cathedral as a group. They were invited to lead most of the readings. When the opportunity arose to invite young adults present at the service to their monthly meetings they approached them. Now the number of young adults who are members of their WhatsApp group is growing.
Merseyside Representatives at CTE Forum 2022
Young Adults from Merseyside get involved!
Representatives from Merseyside took part in Churches Together in England (CTE) Forum September 2018. This was a very vibrant event with a good representation of young adults too. The Forum is a delegate conference, bringing together over three hundred representatives of Churches Together in England's Member Churches, Intermediate Bodies, Co-ordinating Groups and Bodies in Association
Normally the Forum takes place every three years. However, the World Council of Churches Assembly is due to meet in 2021, probably in the autumn, so CTE have delayed their Forum to accommodate those Member Churches who send delegates to the WCC. The next Forum, therefore, will take place from 14 to 16 March 2022 in Derbyshire.
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