We are a friendly Christian church, based in the small town of
Neston, Wirral, Cheshire, midway between Liverpool and Chester.
Part of the United Reformed Church, we meet on Sundays for morning and evening worship and other church groups and activities take place during the week.
Revd. Hilary Smith
In common with other UK churches our buildings are currently closed for services and
other activities. But while our buildings are closed - the church congregation
is not! And in the meantime our minister, elders and members are keeping in touch
with each other, and each Sunday we are also following together, virtually, a service
which is circulated each week. This week’s service is added below and we invite you to
join us as we share this together in our own homes on Sunday mornings. If you would like
to receive future services, please contact us by email
We are part of the United Reformed Church and you may also like to follow the URC Daily Devotions which you can access through this link - https://devotions.urc.org.uk/ - or on the United Reformed Church Facebook page. The URC page also carries a weekly service in the form of a podcast.
We hope and pray that it will not be too long before we can welcome friends old and new back to regular services in our church, and we are looking forward to seeing you once again!
Christ our life, you are alive in the beauty of the earth, in the rhythm of the seasons, in the mystery of time and space.
Christ our life, you are alive in the tenderness of touch, in the heartbeat of intimacy, in the insights of solitude.
Christ our life, you are alive in the creative possibility of the dullest conversation, the dreariest task, the most threatening event.
Christ our life, you are alive to offer re-creation to every unhealed hurt, to every deadened place, to every damaged heart.
We say together the Lord’s Prayer …
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus; who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So, our relationship with Christ is to be reciprocal. The positive benefits of being in relationship with him are not just for us to enjoy, but for us to turn back into something positive. By turning back what we receive from him into giving to others, we become closer to him and this becomes a circle of love and giving that never ends.
Paul was having a tough time, on his missionary journeys, and in his letter to the Philippians we see how grateful he is for the generosity and welcome of the church. He encourages them and us to be as like Jesus as possible, in order to find happiness.
And how hard is this one: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”
Undoubtedly the world would be a better place if we were all more humble, and ultimately it is the only way to peace. Otherwise we all go into our little defensive corners and put up barriers; barriers that can only be brought down if someone gives way first.
We’ve heard some dire warnings on the news this week that the border between Northern Ireland and the republic may be under threat from Brexit; and that everything must be done to prevent that from happening, after all the hard work of the peace process. That accord was won through forgiveness, hard work, and give and take, and it’s indeed vital that it isn’t threatened.
In the same way our communities must work hard constantly to overcome potential divisions, through being Christ-like, with the attitude of a servant, showing obedience to God, and humility. It was because Christ did this that God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, and we will be similarly blessed, not because we searched for our own glory, but because we actively shunned it.
God, we believe that you have called us together to broaden our experience of you and of each other. We believe that we have been called to help in healing the many wounds of society and in reconciling us to each other and to God. Help us, as individuals or together, to work, in love, for peace, and never to lose heart.
We commit ourselves to each other – in joy and sorrow. We commit ourselves to all who share our belief in love and reconciliation – to support and stand by them. We commit ourselves to the way of peace – in thought and deed. We commit ourselves to you, as our guide and friend.
Be with those who are finding life hard at this time we pray; especially those who feel themselves lost in the maze of the current world situation, with the threats of illness, anxiety and loss of security. Bring peace, bring strength, bring healing, bring grace.
We pray for our young people in this strange new world; especially at this time for University students who may feel particularly isolated, and for all who are finding that the experience of something is not as they had hoped.
Thank you, Lord for you comfort and consolation to those in distress. Amen
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship
of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and for evermore.
Why not come and join us for one of our services - you will be very welcome and we look forward to meeting you.