Prayer Resources linked to COVID-19 crisis
will be published as they become available
CTMR Church Leaders offer a prayer which was launched on Sunday 22nd March and can be downloaded here: A lighted Candle
Also please visit CTE for for further resources: https://www.cte.org.uk/ and take note of the following mesage from them: "In the midst of the developing coronavirus situation, we wanted to encourage you to please consider letting us at CTE know of any stories of local or county ecumenical groups who are planning anything particular to support the elderly and vulnerable in our communities during this period, or any similar stories from our Member Churches. We would love to be able to share stories of how churches and Christians are coming together at this time to support those in need.
Please copy and paste for a contribution from Phil Jump, our NW Regional
Baptist minister ttps://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.
on the afternoon of 31 May
Please note that the time anounced in the Ecumenical NewsBrief is not fixed and needs confirming. We apologise but it depends on logistics as to at what time on Pentecost Sunday afternoon the event will take place.
Please watch this space also for further news about this event as the current crisis evolves.
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 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. For further info please copy and paste: www.cte.org.uk/Forum2018 or all post Forum material including photos, videos and evaluations is available on: www.cte.org.uk/Forum2018/afterward
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 Monday 14 March to Wednesday 16 March 2022 in Derbyshire.
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