Letter from Chris and Imogen Slater

What a difference a week makes! It is hard to believe it has only been a few days since the interview and the invitation to become the next incumbent of Christ Church and St Michael’s. We feel so privileged to be offered the role and are most grateful for the welcome and messages of support we have received, the faithful and persistent prayers of the church family, and the diligence of the parish reps as they steered the process. 
Needless to say, it has not been an easy decision given the significance of St Peter’s for us over the past 13 years. The church have seen us marry, become a family, and have loved us well as we shared life together throughout that time. Announcing our departure was not without emotion!  However, we really feel the Lord’s hand in the move, and as much as we’re daunted, we’re very excited to join you and to play our part in the church family. We look forward to getting to know you all, to establishing firm bonds with you, and to labouring together in the life and mission of the parish.  
We would value your prayers, we want to finish well and leave St Peter’s feeling confident about the future, not easy as we prepare to launch an initiative to reach the new addition to the parish boundary and navigate out of the pandemic. Please be assured of our prayers for you too, not least you adjust to the ‘new normal’ and look forward to celebrating 150 years of the Lord’s faithfulness. Whilst the summer looks busy, we hope to begin to make some connections with you prior to the induction. 
With every blessing,  Chris, Imogen, Isaac and Ezra.

Your feedback is requested

As we look to the future there are three areas that the PCC began to discuss at its last meeting, on Tuesday, and that I would like each of  you to consider: Holy Communion, Bibles, and Digital Presence. If you have any feedback or  ideas in these areas, please do get in touch with Chris Murphy. 
For a further explanation of what we would like opinions about, please click here for the full text of Chris’s latest pastoral letter.

Notice Sheet | Sunday 25th July

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Prayer Update from our mission partners at St. Peter’s Church, Rock Ferry

From 2nd to 5th August we are running our young people’s activity week with St Catherine’s Tranmere. We meet each afternoon for 3 hours. We spend sometime looking at the Bible (the book of Daniel), and a couple of hours doing various activities including a Bake off, a car wash, jobs in the community and a challenge of some kind. Please pray the young people who come would enjoy it and be encouraged in their faith.

From 24th to 27th August we are running a children’s holiday club in the Barn at Rock Ferry Primary School. Please pray for a good number of children to sign up, good fun, faithful teaching and especially for ways to get encourage parents to come along on the last day to see what we have been up to.

On 5th September we hope to start. our new meeting on Sunday morning – St Peter’s @ the Barn. Please pray we would get all practical details sorted, that the team would continue to be excited and encouraged in the way things have come together, and for a good launch on the first Sunday.

Please pray too for Dave and Lucy that they will have some time to rest over the summer and prepare well for starting things again in September.

Appointment of New Incumbent for Christ’s Church Barnston and 
St Michael’s and All Angels Pensby

We are delighted to announce that the Reverend Chris Slater has accepted the invitation to become our new Vicar, subject to all legal formalities being fulfilled. He has expressed his delight at being asked to join us as our spiritual leader.
Chris is married to Imogen and they have two children, Isaac and Ezra. We look forward to welcoming them to our church family!
Chris is currently vicar of St Peter’s Rock Ferry and brings with him a wealth of experience that includes developing youth and community work, outreach, home groups, involvement with the Ferries Families and social aspects of church life. He is currently involved in planting a new church in that parish.
He was ordained as Deacon in 2008 and priest in 2009. He previously was curate at St Catherine’s Tranmere and St Peters Rock Ferry.
At this point we pray for Chris, Imogen and the boys as they look to finish well in Rockferry and will provide more detail about when they will move across the motorway as appropriate and when available.

Notice Sheet | Sunday 18th July

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Partnership with Flame FM

It has been a privilege to partner with Flame FM to broadcast our Sunday services on radio during the Covid-19 pandemic. The technical people working at Flame FM have dealt superbly with the challenges we have created whilst getting to grips with filming, broadcasting and recording services as well as learning our new sound system and we are very grateful for their help. We asked Norman Polden from Flame FM for an update on their ministry:
“We are pressing on with our desire to expand Flame CCR radio coverage. Ofcom now accepts our argument that Wallasey and New Brighton need better reception & a significant number of people there want to be able to receive Flame CCR at home. However Ofcom has problems with finding a suitable FM frequency for that areaso we are focusing our attention on DAB.
Potential service providers have until 20th August to apply for a licence to operate DAB in various specific parts of the UK, and one for Liverpool has agreed to carry Flame CCR as a channel. So we await Ofcom’s decision, plus a launch date for the service, and then we apply to Ofcom for a digital service and music licence, and also sign up with the Service Provider in Liverpool.
Ofcom have responded to our request that, in principle, this Liverpool based transmission can also cover a defined part of Wirral, but we await proof when broadcasting starts. These are nail-biting times. We have a contingency plan of going back to Ofcom for FM coverage if DAB does not give the coverage we need. This is a long slow haul through the maze of modern technology but we are praying our way through it and sense the Lord’s leading, and we appreciate prayer support and interest. In the meantime we maintain our medium wave transmission which in itself is another challenge. 

Pastoral Letter from Rev Chris Murphy and our Wardens concerning the relaxation of Covid restrictions

After the announcement earlier this week it seems as though we have grounds for cautious optimism but no complacency. After such a long time of restrictions at church we’re excited to start our journey back to normality. While we understand the Government plans to fully relax current Covid restrictions on 19th July, we recognise that there is a high burden of Covid circulating in our  area and want to ensure that everyone attending church can do so safely and without undue worry. Over the next two weeks we will be providing further information on how we plan to open up worship in our churches and activities in our halls.
Please click here for the full text of the letter which outlines some initial thoughts about the unlocking process.

150th Birthday Celebrations Update!

We are delighted that Paddy and Eleanor Benson, Ian and Joan Hobbs, Peter and Ruth Froggatt and  Ian and Siru Urquhart have all accepted the invitation to attend our 150th birthday celebrations on  September 11th, and are looking forward to seeing their old friends! We are also looking forward to the visit of the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mark Blundell.

Timings for the afternoon: 

From 1:30, the church will be open with a magnificent floral display as well as a pictorial display,  both representing 150 years of worship at Christ Church. 
2:00-3:00 games and sports for the children. 
3:00-5:00 A Victorian Tea. There will be a brief dramatic representation of the life of the Parish over  150 years, as well as prizes awarded for the best outfits, also representing 150 years, with a special  prize for the most beautiful Victorian bonnet. If Victoriana is not within your scope, dig out those  flapper dresses, 1950s ‘new look’ skirts, 1960s minis (!) or your best 70’s hippie outfits! There will  be a paid, licensed bar for cold refreshments, but the tea will be provided. 
6:00 onwards. We shall be having a hog-roast to round off the celebrations.

Sunday, September 12th

The Right Revd. Bishop of Chester, Mark Tanner, will be leading worship at evensong at Christ Church, Barnston. This service will commence at 6:00pm and will be followed by  refreshments in the church hall.

Postponing the REJOICE programme & an opportunity to PRAY!

The new date for our Rejoice programme Quiz is Thursday 26th of August, with our Prayer and Praise event now kicking off the Autumn term on Thursday 2nd of September. These have been postponed so that we can enjoy them together without restrictions and truly Rejoice together as we recover from Coronavirus as a church.
Following the success of our Let’s Pray prayer service to pray for the applicants and panel involved in the process towards appointing our next vicar we want to continue to pray creatively and together across the Summer.
We will be holding a series of prayer gatherings over the summer; some walking the streets, some gathered around a fire, some focused on mission partners, or our local community of the future of our church. Please do look out for details of these events in order to prioritise them and be a part of it. After all, we are a church dependent in prayer!

Celebrating the baptism of Josiah and Jago Murphy

It was great to get together in larger numbers for an outdoor service on the Vicarage lawn at Christ Church yesterday, and to celebrate the baptism of Josiah and Jago Murphy.
We welcomed back Revd Peter Froggatt to conduct the baptism and preach from Galatians 5:1-12. We were able to sing together as a church family for the first time in over a year and rejoice as we did so! May this be a foretaste of the joy to come when restrictions are lifted just as baptism is that sign of our belonging to Christ – what joy we have now and to come when the restrictions of this life are lifted

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