Vicars Cross United Reformed Church

Bringing the Message of Gods Love to our Community

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  • Vicars Cross
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  • Cheshire
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Preachers For May from the 23rd
23rd  10:30 Marje Robinson
30th  10:30 Allan Lloyd

Message from the Minister

Variety is the spice of life, according to poet William Cowper, and for me May this year is filled with variety.
There are the regular diary items such as:
Bible Study planning and preparation and delivery
Christian Aid Events
Pastoral Care
Pastoral Supervision


Synod Meetings

Worship planning and preparation and delivery

But I also have a training course on zoom entitled “Education for the Learning Church” from 10th – 14th May. 

I then go on annual leave from 18th – 24th May, when, I hope to see my family for a day.  It will be the first time in a year we have been able to meet in-person and we do so to celebrate Megan’s 21st birthday – with a fish and chip supper in Grimsby – which is super exciting for us both!  I hope also to be receiving my second vaccination in May too. 

Looking at the diary I count my blessings for the opportunities to engage with the regular and the occasional events that help to feed; educate and sustain me.
I hope by the end of June all restrictions will be removed and we can gather to praise and give thanks to God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the abundant blessings throughout this most challenging of years.  We might even be allowed to sing together by then and maybe our first song could be “In Christ alone (first and final verses below)” as these words, for me, speak into the pandemic and have carried me through some of the most difficult of days.

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
this is the power of Christ in me;
from life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
can ever pluck me from His hand;
till He returns or calls me home,
here in the power of Christ I'll stand!

Grace and peace.
Rev. Ruth Wilson
Tel: 01244 372622
Mobile: 07470 992673

Worship Update for Upton & Vicars Cross
Upton: Elders unanimously agreed that Upton URC aims to recommence in-person worship on Sunday 27th June.  
Vicars Cross:  Elders unanimously agreed that Vicars Cross URC aims to recommence in-person worship on Sunday 23rd May (Pentecost Sunday). 

PLEASE BE AWARE:  Zoom worship will be available to all who wish to join until Upton re-opens and all restrictions are removed.
Both dates are entirely dependent upon government guidance remaining unchanged and local infection rates not increasing.

Christian Aid 

There is still time to make a donation for Christian Aid.  Please use the envelope provided in the April worship booklet if you still have it.  If you don’t an envelope marked “Christian Aid donation” is equally acceptable.

Vicars Cross:Vicars Cross URC, Oldfield Drive. 

Chrisitan Aid Fundraiser Invitation

Alan Wise, at Hoole URC is also raising funds for Christian Aid.  He will be providing refreshments in his garden at 4 Cross Green, Upton on the Monday 17th May from 1.30pm - 5.30pm for anyone who would like to offer support and make a donation.  All are welcome.

Marje Walked for Water
Most of us may have increased our walking recently but Marje Robinson, of Vicars Cross URC, has done more than that. She increased her distance, noticed more of her surroundings, and raised over £850 for charity – five times more than she planned! year.
Marje said, ‘At the beginning of February 2021, with nothing better to do, I noticed on Facebook a challenge called Walk for Water. This was to be sponsored to walk each day of March for the charity Water Aid.’
The challenge was to walk 4, 8 or 12k a day and help to make clean water normal for everyone, everywhere. 
Great experience!

‘I was having a walk almost every day already so I signed up for 4k. What an experience it’s been! Not only has my average been 9k per day, but I have had numerous chats with real people (as opposed to Zoom people!), have seen rare water voles, learned what Swedish Black ducks look like and now know the difference between Pink Footed geese and Barnacle geese. I thought I knew my local area but I didn’t know it as well as I had thought. I most certainly hadn’t appreciated the wide variety of plants, birds and animals we have.

‘It has made me think, too. I regularly see the local river and canal and it has brought home to me the horror that millions of families rely on water like this to drink. Yes, I already knew this fact but in my head only. Now it’s an everyday reality for me. The second thing it has brought home to me is that the very time when I’m beginning to feel tired is the very time that women and children don’t just have the walk home, but they also have the weight of the water to carry as well.’ 
Total distance walked:  174 miles.
Marje is planning to do it again next year

 “Christian Aid Fundraising”  
Alan Wise, 4 Cross Green, Upton 
is inviting everyone to his garden 
anytime between 1.30pm - 5.30pm on Monday 17th May