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Hallwood Ecumenical Parish

Bethesda, Palace Fields & St. Mark’s, Beechwood

Church of England – Methodist – United Reformed Church


Readings for 25 October

Leviticus 19 v 1-2, 15-18

The Lord gives Moses commandments covering relationships among the people of Israel. These are summed up in the words “you shall love your neighbour as yourself.”

1 Thessalonians 2 v 1-18

Paul writes of his ministry among the Thessalonians: his courage in God to declare the Gospel, his personal integrity and his love for those who received his message.

Matthew 22 v 34-end

Jesus enters into a question and answer session with some Pharisees who end up unable either to answer him or to ask him any further questions.     


Sunday 25 October

10.30am               St Mark’s – short Morning Worship

10.30am               Bethesda – short Morning Worship

11.30am               On-line Praise Service (contact Lisa to join in)


Sunday 1 November

10.30am               St Mark’s – short Morning Worship / Memorial Service

10.30am               Bethesda – short Morning Worship

11.30am               On-line Praise Service (contact Lisa to join in)


Annual Memorial Service

Sunday 1 November at 10.30am

Due to the COVID 19 social distancing restrictions, we have been unable to hold our annual afternoon Memorial Service.

However, on Sunday 1 November (All Saints’ Day), we will be holding a short Memorial Service as part of the Morning Worship at St.Mark’s.

During the service, as in previous years, we will be reading out the names of loved ones who have died.

If you would like names of loved ones read out in memory during the service, please let Anita know promptly so that she can add them to the list (Contact -  01928 716050 or

(N.B. This is not a replacement for fuller more individual Memorial services which we hope to hold when restrictions are eased).

Hallwood Parish AGM

Wednesday 28 October at 7.30pm at Bethesda and online

* * Have you booked your place for the AGM? * *

There are three ways to join in the meeting:

If you would like to attend the meeting in person at Bethesda, please contact Anita promptly  ( 01928 716050) as there will be very limited places due to social distancing and places in the church will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

You must book a place if you want to attend the meeting in church!

There is also the opportunity to join in by ‘phone or by video link through Zoom. (please let Anita or Lisa if you need details in order to do this).

Please make sure you read through the paperwork before the meeting!


Runcorn and District Foodbank

Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers for your ongoing help.

We are currently in need of: biscuits, tinned fruit, long-life fruit juice

Please consider supporting us financially, as an alternative to giving food, as it costs over £15,000 per year to run the foodbank. Either email us, go to our new Online Donation page or go to our website for further details


Operation Christmas Child Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Appeal

Because of the situation this year, June will not be collecting shoeboxes as normal.  However, you can still send a shoebox online before mid-November at the following website.

The cost is £20 including the £5 delivery charge.  You can either 'pack your own shoebox' or 'send a prepacked box'. Using the ‘pack your own’ option you can choose who you want it to go to. It gives you options for a variety of items.  You pick the essentials first, then it takes you through 3 sections of items small and large and you pick however many it asks you to in each section. You can send a message and add a photo if you want to as well.   You then follow the instructions for payment. You can send more than one box if you wish.



Collect for Twentieth Sunday after Trinity                                                          

God, our light and our salvation: illuminate our lives,

that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,

and looking on your beauty

may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.

In October we pray for those in times of doubt

Most merciful God, we pray for those who doubt your love; for those who find it difficult to believe or to pray; for those who have lost a faith they once possessed. May the Holy Spirit enlighten their minds and lead them into all truth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.                                           (Frank Colquhoun)

Prayer for family and friends:

Spirit of the Living God, pour out your blessing on those who need your healing touch, 


Prayer for local churches:

We pray for churches as they seek to provide care and support for their congregations and communities. This week we pray especially for:

Brook Chapel   

Prayer for our neighbours:

At this difficult and worrying time, we pray for our neighbours in:

Palace Fields Local Centre, Magnolia Drive, Mallard Close,                       Manor Fell, Masseyfield Road, Martin Close

Contact numbers to call if you want to talk, receive prayer or are in need

Vicarage: 01928 713101 or m – 07493853027

or contact Anita at

If you would like to add people to the prayer list, contact or phone to 01928 716050.