LITTLE NESTON METHODIST CHURCH

Celebrating 145 years in the Community

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When Divinity Embraced Humanity

WHY WE ARE HERE
We are here as the Family of the Little Neston Methodist Church to worship Jesus as Lord, to encourage each other in our fellowship, and to serve others in His name.

OBJECTIVES

1. To spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in the neighbourhood.

2. To foster a deeper awareness of Him through worship and the nurture of faith within the church's fellowship.

3. To support activities that serve the wider community.

CONCERNS

1. Encouraging a deeper level of spirituality and commitment.

2. Nurturing faith among children and young people.

3. Increasing our level of outreach within the local community and the world.

4. Increasing our contacts with the various groups that comprise our church community.

5. To address the imbalance in ages, across the spectrum of membership.

ACTIVITIES

There is a lot going on in the Chapel and not just on Sundays. Here is a run down on some of the meetings and services. SUNDAYS Services at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. once a month in conjunction with other churches in the group (the group comprises Little Neston, Neston, Willaston and Heswall Methodist churches). Holy Communion is held in the church once a month in the morning.

There is a Prayer Meeting every Tuesday morning at 10.00 a.m.which is well attended as is the fortnightly Thursday Bible Study/Discussion group which is held in the church hall at 7.30 p.m. The church has run ALPHA courses which are videos and discussions on Christian Discipleship. There is a new Knit and Natter group which meets in the church hall, on Tuesday afternoons between 1.45 and 4.00 p.m. as the name implies, to knit and to teach people the intricacies of knitting if they don't know, to talk and to knit for charity. In order to encourage a younger congregation we have just started a Lego church on Thursdays at 3.15 p.m. to coincide with local school leaving times. The first session was very encouraging, some 25 children attended along with mums, dads, carers and grandparents, the children were excited to see all the Lego laid out for them. After the Lego building session in the church hall the children and adults went into the service for Bible stories illustrated with the characters made out of Lego and portrayed on the overhead projector.There was tea or coffee provided for the adults and juices for the children.

The church is conscious of the fact that it is part of the community and the church hall is also available for bookings for parties, and community groups etc., a U3A Table Tennis session is held in the church hall, also as a community service a luncheon club for the elderly is in operation. The church has been blessed over the last few years that we don't have to run to stand still like so many churches, being able to dedicate fund raising to outside projects, for this we give due thanks and praise to our Lord and Saviour. Mission is close to our hearts and the World Mission Services are well supported. We have a weekly newsheet to keep all the events and meetings at the forefront of everyones minds and a 20 or 30 page Newsletter at Christmas and Easter which is well furnished with contributions from members and friends. A copy of the monthly noticesheet is available to view in pdf format, please click noticesheet and follow link.

Encouragingly recently there are more outside activities using the Church premises, which gives us a better sense of community.For instance some of our members are taking advantage of a slimming world group which meets on Monday evenings run by Jayne Williams contact 07929864972.

 

HISTORY

The Church history was first published for the Centenary of the Church and our historian and church member Edward Hilditch updated it for the 125th Anniversary. The Church was built in 1872 as a Primitive Methodist Chapel. Records show that the church buildings and furnishings cost £645, considered a large sum in those days when the average farm worker's wage was just £39 per annum. New Sunday School extensions were completed in 1961 to cope with the influx of children as the area became a mixture of farming community and burgeoning dormitory town with the advent of commuting from the connurbations of Liverpool, Birkenhead and Chester. The Sunday School was further extended in 1971 as numbers rose still further.

John Wesley was a frequent visitor to Neston and sailed from Parkgate which was an embarkation port on the River Dee for crossings to Ireland. Little Neston Church later acquired the Communion Cup and Plate used by John Wesley when he preached in the Wesleyan Chapel on the road to Parkgate. The other Methodist church in Neston, Neston Methodist Church is situated near the Town centre closeby. The 125th Church Anniversary was celebrated in 1997.

Current membership stands at about 50 with younger people,marrieds, middle aged and senior citizens all represented.

Minister - Reverend Heather Cooper who is also Circuit Superintendant. Ably assisted by Pastor Mark Thomas who is pictured right.

Location: Click here for an interactive Google Map

Contacts:

Hire of hall with kitchen - Ed 0151 336 4510

Weddings, baptisms and Funeral Services contact the minister direct. e.mail - heather @wirralsuper.plus.com

General enquiries e.mail - peter@wright1.eclipse.co.uk

Links:

The Methodist Church

The Wirral Circuit

Neston Methodist Church

Heswall Methodist Church

Local area website

Images:

Banner made by Church member and Church interior

Coffee after church and Traidcraft stall

 

Christian Aid Sponsored Walk 2019

Neston & District Christian Aid’s traditional sponsored walk took place on March 16th. In 2018 wet weather made part of the walk very muddy, so this year we reccied it the day before, and advised a short diversion (which also avoided the need to watch out for golf balls!) and returned along Parkgate Parade to avoid the flood by the old baths. During the night before, heavy rain made sure even the Wirral Way had plenty of puddles, and the flood by the old baths was even larger. A group of 28 hardy souls and several dogs battled through strong winds. From Little Neston, walkers included Hazel and Gillian Blundell, Brenda Cunnington, Alison Ryall, Jean Turner, Eileen and Rob Ward, Lyn Worrall and Peter Wright. Sponsorship money is still coming in. Thanks to Rev Hilary Smith for letting us use the URC hall, despite our muddy boots, to Margaret Heibel and Lynne Vaughan for refreshments, to all those who walked and to generous sponsors!

Well earned refreshment break at halfway on the walk

 

Mince Pie Coffee Mornings and Christmas Tree Festivals are held each Christmas

Christmas Mince Pie and Coffee Morning
We hold our Christmas Mince Pie and Coffee Mornings at Little Neston Methodist Church. The stalls are normally busy throughout the morning, cakes, (always popular), previously owned toys which were in very good condition, (those not sold are added to the toys donated at the toy service to go to Charles Thompson Mission), gift stall, handicraft stall, traidcraft stall and raffle. Proceeds are donated to church funds or to whichever charity we are supporting that year.
The amounts raised come to around £350 many thanks to all who help with refreshments, run stalls and everyone who comes on the day. Below some of the trees at the Christmas Tree Festival in the church, decorated by Knit & Natter group; Neston Riverside W.I.; Woodfall Primary School; 1st Ness Guides & Brownies; and members of the congregation.

 

Saturday 24th June saw a Strawberry Tea held at the church to raise funds. There was a steady flow of visitors enjoying their strawberries and cream and strawberry scones, in between perusing the stalls for cakes and preserves; crafts and Fairtrade goods.

We held a Lent Lunch on the 3rd April 2019. This was our contribution to the series of Lent Lunches held by the Neston & District Churches Together which comprises the two Methodist churches Little Neston & Neston; the United Reformed Church; the Roman Catholic church; the Parish churches and Neston Christian Fellowship. We have good fellowship with all the Neston churches.

Open The Book: Along with other churches in Neston & District Churches Together, we have permission to visit various schools in Neston and Willaston to enact Bible stories for the children. These are very well received by children and teachers. We started in January with "The Wise Men's Visit" followed by "The Storm on the Lake" in February. We have recently done "The Great Parade" focussing on Palm Sunday and are delivering the Easter message through "John's story". we welcomed some of the schools to view our Christmas Decorations and Christmas Tree Festival in the church every year. See above.

Each spring around Easter time we hold a hot cross bun and coffee morning. This is a time for a chat over coffee and buns and are usually very well attended as the pictures show.

 

 

We also held a mince pie coffee morning early December this year which was well attended by church members and the community, there were stalls for bric-a-brac, gifts & cards, a Fairtrade stall and of course a cake stall which are always popular. The event raised over £300 which will go towards our latest project, a fixed data projector (excuse the pun) this will eliminate the need for trailing cables which are always a safety hazard. More and more of our visiting ministers and local preachers are using visual aids such as Powerpoint so the outlay will be well worth it for the future.

 

 

Noticesheet Noticesheet page2 Christmas Newsletter 16 page booklet. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this, you may have to download it depending on your browser.