08 Aug

The Lighthouse

Our presentation on “The Lighthouse” which proposes to transform the Church of the Good Shepherd’s presence on the busy Telegraph Road and invite passers by to engage with all that takes place inside….

We are grateful for those people who have already given in their pledge forms in response to the Lighthouse Church.
Please prayerfully consider how the Lord might be leading you to give towards
this exciting project and return your pledge card by Sunday, 30 September.
We look to God, trusting in his generosity and faithful provision to build the Lighthouse Church.

What the new church will look like in the centre of Heswall

25 May

Life Groups

“A people fully alive in Christ, building God’s kingdom”

To fulfil this vision we all need to invest in our own Christian faith and growth, and to invest in building relationships that help us to follow and serve Christ. In a large Church, small  groups provide an important place to get to know one another and share that journey together.
Over June and July, we are refreshing our small groups as well as starting a number of new ones – all as Life Groups. We hope that you will find a Life Group that you will want to be part of.

Get in touch with us for more details!

12 Mar

Besom

Thank you to all those who kindly contributed funds towards the purchase of a new van for Besom. £1,969 was taken between St. Peter’s and the Good Shepherd Church on Easter Day. Your donations are very much appreciated by the Trustees of Besom.

This video explains the work of Besom and our work with them is part of living out our faith in our community. The team of members who work with Besom on the Wirral shared some of their experiences at a recent service at the Church of the Good Shepherd, you can listen to these here:-

 

19 Feb

Wirral Foodbank

Thank you to those people who have kindly donated food parcels etc. for the Wirral Foodbank .There are collection points in St. Peter’s Centre and at the back of both churches.
Please continue to leave non perishable food items for collection.

01 Feb

Meet Andrew Field-Davies

We are really pleased to be able to announce the appointment of a new  Children and Family Leader who will be joining the Staff Team this January……

   It is with great pleasure that I have this opportunity to introduce myself to you all at Heswall. My name is Andrew and I have just turned forty. Instead of looking for grey hairs on the morning of my birthday I reminded myself that the number forty holds great significance throughout the Bible! It rained for forty days and forty nights, Jesus fasted in the wilderness for forty days and Moses was on top of a mountain for forty days, then wandered throughout the wilderness for forty years! However, after these times of testing and probation (never judgement), it ended with periods of revival and renewal! So, I am excited for this new season in my life as I come and serve alongside you all.

Born and raised in the mining valleys of South Wales and overlooking the beautiful Brecon Beacons I had an idyllic childhood. Part of a close-knit community where everyone was Auntie and Uncle, I was nurtured in a very loving environment.  I always attended church with my family and knew the Lord at a young age.

At the age of 27 I left the land of song and sheep and moved to the land of shell and chemical plants, overlooking the picturesque views of the Mersey just outside sunny, Ellesmere Port!   But, at least we have Cheshire Oaks and a large M&S!  No, we really do love living here and my family and I have been so blessed over these years having seen the Lords hand move on our lives in many ways.

For the past five years I have overseen the children’s ministry at Life Church, Bebington. This is where I helped develop, train and lead the team in all areas of children’s work both within the church and in the community.

During this time I have also been blessed to be part of the national leadership team for children’s ministry in Assemblies of God called iKids, where I was able to work along- side many churches in the North helping with training, resourcing and communicating with one another.

It has been a wonderful season with so many highlights and amazing testimonies of God’s Saving Grace. I know that the preparation and training ground I have had thus far is just the beginning of this incredible journey I am about to embark on with you. Please pray for God’s guidance and wisdom as we start this new chapter as a family.

Speaking of family, this brings me to the most important part of my life after God. I am married to Helen and have four children:  Neo 17, Ben 14, Emily 10 and Levi 18 months.  We have a very busy, loud and exceptionally happy household. We love playing games and are known for our competitiveness! Our house is always open to anyone who dare venture in and we love to host. Our heart is for people and we truly love to share what we have.

I look forward to beginning my work in January and getting to know you and the community of Heswall.

 

 

22 Jan

GDPR

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) seeks to create a harmonised data protection law framework across the EU and aims to give back to data subjects, control of their personal data, whilst imposing strict rules on those hosting and processing this data, anywhere in the world. As a consequence it is important that any information we hold on Parish records has your permission to remain on our records so that we can contact you and send you information.

Please ensure you read our GDPR Heswall Parish Data Privacy Notice (this is a Word document, you can see the same document as a PDF).

20 Jan

In memory

It is with sadness we remember Di Illing and her faithful presence as a member of the fellowship of the Church of the Good Shepherd and Heswall Parish.   Diana was a real saint who has been instrumental in getting so many people to donate to the Rock of Joy Trust.  She is honoured by the house named after her in Uganda. Her strong Christian commitment was always present, even when things got tough for her in her long battle with cancer. We miss her and our thanks goes to her and her family.

12 Oct

Finance Presentation 2017

I am writing this following our services and sermons on Sunday during which we considered the teaching of Jesus encouraging us to use all that God has entrusted to us in his service. If you missed it then you can listen to this sermon here:

The broader context of the parable (Luke 19:11-27) summons us to consider how we use our abilities, talents and time to serve the Lord, but one specific application relates directly to our material possessions and money. Whilst there are many ways we can give to the Lord’s work, an important one is through our own local church. Our services on Sunday therefore also included a Finance Presentation to help us all understand how money is given and used within the Parish.

Read the entire letter about giving

Martin

 

04 Sep

Mud Missionaries!

Five of us from the Parish completed our challenge of tough mudder, September, 2017 in aid of the Parish Building Project. Our day began at 6.45 am when we nervously drove to Cholomondeley Castle. Thank goodness we went in a 4×4 vehicle as even the car park was muddy.

They lulled us into a false sense at the start, with a low fence to crawl under and a hay bale to walk over. But then came the first real challenge-a water-based turning Toblerone. You are waist-deep in freezing muddy water (which, incidentally, reeked of cow poo!). The boys held on and straddled as it turned in the water, thus landing feet-first. Laura and Sophia, though, clung on for dear life and as it turned they were tipped face first into the deep! Funny? NOT!

Fast forward 10.7 miles, 5 hours, thunderstorms, heavy rain, hypothermia for one, an ice bath which gave the mother of all brain-freezes, scaling 10 foot walls, watching a man dislocate his shoulder trying to run up the same, electrocution and we’d done it.

Please, if you haven’t already and would like to, sponsor us. Either by cheque to the parish office, or via the justgiving link here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stpogsmudmissionaries

We want to contribute to the Parish Building Project as best we can – do please support us if you feel able to and it will make the bruises all worthwhile.

Thank you!

 

18 Jul

Revd Richard Sherratt

Our curate Revd Richard Sherratt was appointed as Incumbent of St. John’s, Brooklands and will be licensed on 4th September, 2017.

We all want to thank Richard for his ministry as Curate in Heswall these last 3 years and bless him, Suzanne and William as they prepare to move to Brooklands.  Richard’s final Sunday will be on 6th August.

Please sign on the list at the back of Church, if you’d like a place on the coach going to Richard’s Induction Service on Monday, evening 4th September at 7.30 pm.