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!
Great God, your love is proclaimed throughout the earth, and you are worshipped
all over the world. Where your love is truly understood, human hearts are filled
with joy: joy which overflows to be shared by more and more.
Reassure us now that we are for ever wrapped around, enclosed, in your mighty love.
And in the amazing warmth of your love, help us to respond and to love you and our neighbours with such sincerity that all our words and deeds, and all our attitudes, may become a sharing of your mercy,
so that by the way we live other people may find themselves wrapped round, held, enclosed, in your amazing love; secure in the promise of your eternal peace, with Jesus Christ our Lord.
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea;
there’s a kindness in his justice which is more than liberty.
There is plentiful redemption in the blood that has been shed; there is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the head.
There is grace enough for thousands of new worlds as great as this; there is room for fresh creations in the Lord’s unfathomed bliss.
For the love of God is broader than the measures of our mind, and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.
But we make his love too narrow by false limits of our own; and we magnify his strictness with a zeal he will not own.
If our love were but more simple we would take God at his word; and our lives would be illumined by the glory of the Lord.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called
according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed
to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.
And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also
justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
These last months have seen much sadness and loss for many people and not one of us
has been left wholly untouched by what has been happening; and, indeed, by all that
has been prevented from happening. Some have suffered deeply, and others have been
moved by compassion and loving concern for their neighbours.
The apostle Paul knew about suffering. He had inflicted it on Christians before his own conversion, and he had endured severe punishment as a result of his own proclamation of the love of God in Jesus. And yet, here, writing to his fellow Christians in Rome, he asserts with complete confidence that those who are called to faith in Jesus Christ are not only justified (that is forgiven and made righteous) but also glorified. In other words, exalted alongside the risen Christ, who is there at God’s right hand, praying for us.
And the love of the risen Christ can never be taken away from us. No hardship, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword; not death, life, angels, rulers, things that are happening now, or things that may happen, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is a huge assertion. How can we believe it if we are deeply suffering?
Jesus suffered deeply at times in his ministry and, ultimately, in his dying on the cross. Before he came to that he prayed desperately in Gethsemane, that he might not have to endure it. And in his mental and physical agony, nailed to the Cross, he cried out, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ But ultimately he knew that his Father had not forsaken him, and his final cry was, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ He knew before he died that his Father had been with him all the way and was never going to forsake him!
And Paul, realising that, took it to its logical conclusion: that those put their trust in Christ, will never be forsaken, whatever happens, whatever anguish they might have to endure. Through all our suffering, all our fear (even all our doubting) we are ultimately ‘more than conquerors’ through him who loved us enough to die on the Cross for us, and who still loves us, whatever happens.
We will come through this time; we will come through all personal suffering and sorrow, never being separated from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, until we realise the height and depth, and length and breadth of that love in our possession of eternal joy.
Yours is the power, Eternal God, and yours is the loving integrity which we have
trusted, and which we have failed to trust;
which we have doubted when life has hurt, and when the distress and wickedness of the world has seemed to make nonsense of all that is affirmed about you.
But you have come to us in Jesus, who knew himself as your uniquely precious Son, and yet endured Gethsemane and Calvary, feeling that you were gone from him, and that he was lost to you.
Help us, through his love which triumphed in the end – even as he died there on the Cross.
Help us to realise again that we are yours and you are ours, and that ultimately your love will never fail us.
Nurture us in love and truth, as we remember all your suffering children: those who are lonely at this time; those who are ill; those who suffer through war and injustice.
Help us to serve our neighbours: finding you in them; your love in their love; your challenge in their criticism; your demands in their need.
Make us constant lovers of humanity and ever faithful sharers of your truth; with Jesus Christ our Lord.
God is Love: let heaven adore him;
God is Love: let earth rejoice;
let creation sing before him,
and exalt him with one voice.
He who laid the earth's foundation,
he who spread the heavens above,
he who breathes through all creation,
he is Love, eternal Love.
God is Love: and is enfolding
all the world in one embrace;
with unfailing grasp is holding
every child of every race:
and when human hearts are breaking
under sorrow's iron rod,
that same sorrow, that same aching
wrings with pain the heart of God.
God is Love: and though with blindness
sin afflicts and clouds the will,
God's eternal loving-kindness
holds us fast and guides us still.
Sin and death and hell shall never
o'er us final triumph gain;
God is Love, so Love for ever
o'er the universe must reign (Timothy Rees: 1874-1930)
The Love too costly,
the love we always longed to receive and give;
the love we offered with a heavy heart.
The love we seem deprived of when life ends.
It is the love that held us from the start;
the love in which all hurt and loss are healed;
the love in which all things are reconciled.
We trust each other to this perfect love
from which not death nor life can separate us.
During the month of July, we remember especially those named in our memorial book:
Elsie Smith; Charles Michael Bromiley Parr; Greta Bentley; Noreen Scholefield; Victor Ernest Harries; Frank Dixon; Sandy Kameen; Kenneth Frank Poole; Winifred Bell Gibbs; Susan Glen Henningand Joe Birkett
Why not come and join us for one of our services - you will be very welcome and we look forward to meeting you.