Atherton Salvation Army

Atherton Salvation Army


Mud Puddles and Dandelions When you look at a patch of dandelions, do you see a bunch of weeds growing on your lawn? Children see flowers and blowing white fluffy clocks and kites to fly. When you see someone sat in a sleeping bag outside a shop on a cold winter’s day with their hand out begging, do you see a homeless person who wants money? Children see someone smiling at them, so they smile back. When you feel the wind in your face, do you put your hat coat and gloves on and pull your scarf tighter around your neck and brace yourself against it? Children, close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it. When you see a mud puddle, do you step around it, do you see muddy shoes and dirty carpets to clean, Children sit in it; they see dams to build, rivers to cross and worms to play with. I wonder are adults given children to teach or to learn from, it’s no wonder God loves the little children, I wish you big mud puddles and sunny yellow dandelions. Bob Welch
Picking dandelions and playing in a mud puddle prompts lots of childhood memories for many people including me after the rain with a perfect rainbow across the sky. I can still see small children skipping, hopping, and jumping between the mud puddles, scooping up the mud, smearing it on their scrawny arms and knobbly knees, with a cheeky smile shinning through their giggles. Mud Puddles and Dandelions When you look at a patch of dandelions, do you see a bunch of weeds growing on your lawn? Children see flowers and blowing white fluffy clocks and kites to fly. When you see someone sat in a sleeping bag outside a shop on a cold winter’s day with their hand out begging, do you see a homeless person who wants money? Children see someone smiling at them, so they smile back. When you feel the wind in your face, do you put your hat coat and gloves on and pull your scarf tighter around your neck and brace yourself against it? Children, close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it. When you see a mud puddle, do you step around it, do you see muddy shoes and dirty carpets to clean, Children sit in it; they see dams to build, rivers to cross and worms to play with. I wonder are adults given children to teach or to learn from, it’s no wonder God loves the little children, I wish you big mud puddles and sunny yellow dandelions. Bob Welch
Merry Christmas everyone
Why not Join us this morning for Messy Church at 11am as we look at ”I am the light of the world”. Everyone welcome
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Atherton Salvation Army is a Christian church and charity located in the heart of the town of Atherton.

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Mission: Called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, The Salvation Army United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland exists to save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity.

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Thought for this Sunday...

Friends you are doing great, so keep on keeping on doing your bit.

Stay in.

Keep safe in order to protect one another.

Love wins.

We are blessed.


La Preghiera - Andrea Bocelli

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Love Wins
The Bible, New Testament John 20:15
5 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

I share this verse with you because I believe that the indestructible love of God is an unfolding, dynamic reality and that every one of us is endlessly being invited to trust, accept the values of the kingdom of God for our individual lives for our world around and about us today.
Love frees us to embrace all of our history, the history in which all things are being made new.
Our ongoing invitation, the one offered to each of us with each and every breath, is to trust that we are loved and that a new word has been spoken about us, a new story is unfolding.
“Trust” that is rare a difficult word.
Jesus invites us to trust that the love we fear is too good to be true is actually good enough to be true.
Love is what God is
Love is why Jesus came.
God offers us all to a new way of living.
May you experience this vast expansive, infinite, indestructible love that has been yours all along?
May you discover that love is wide as the sky and has small at the cracks in your heart no one knows about.
And may you know, deep in your bones that love wins.
We are blessed Keep Safe
S.A. Atherton Corps
(This Easter Sunday thought and reflection has been adapted from extracts from Rob Bells book: Love Wins: Chapter 8.)

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Everywhere - International Staff Songsters

Good Friday

We are blessed, keep safe we are loved.


Atherton Salvation Army

No copyright intended - may this music glorify Gods name. Lyrics below. This is 'Everywhere' sung by the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army....

This picture and poem is for all those people who hide in the dark
and for those who feel hopeless, and those with a broken heart.

This is for every child, teen and grown-up
Who is trying to flee from their fears,
for those who cry themselves to sleep?
For those who drown in their tears.

This is for people who hide their scars
On their wrists, thighs, minds and hearts,
I want to remind each of you there is a reason you're alive.

You are here for a purpose; you are needed in this place,
you are special; you are beautiful, God loves you,
No matter what you say.

You are perfect, you are priceless just the way you are,
you are dearly treasured, and you will succeed.
There is no one more important than you.

Bob Welch

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We wanted to share this uplifting song with you this morning.

We are so blessed keep safe.

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"Never say anything that would hurt or harm anyone else. Instead, speak ONLY words that are good and helpful to those who are listening. That way, what you say will build them up instead of tearing them down."
— Ephesians 4:29

Dear Friends

I remember reading a story that went something like this:

A group of 12 frogs were traveling together through a forest when two of them fell into a very deep, dark pit. The other 10 frogs gathered around the pit. When they realized how deep it was, they were certain this was the end of their two friends.

The two frogs who'd fallen into the pit started jumping with all their might to get out. But from the perspective of safety, the other 10 frogs began to urge the trapped frogs to stop trying and just accept their fate. They kept yelling, "You're in too deep! There's no way you'll get out of this! It's impossible! Save your strength and die peacefully!"

But the two frogs at the bottom ignored the comments and kept trying to jump out. Still, the safe frogs kept yelling, "It's no use! It's hopeless! Save your energy!" Finally, one of the frogs in the pit got so discouraged by all the negative news, that he gave up and died.

But the other frog kept jumping harder and harder. And with every jump, he seemed to get stronger and stronger! It was an amazing effort to watch. Finally, he made it out to safety!

The other frogs looked at him in astonishment and asked, "Why did you keep trying so hard when we were all urging you to give up?"

Interpreting what they said from their gestures, the frog explained, "Well, actually I'm deaf - so I couldn't HEAR a word you were saying. But I could SEE you were all shouting vigorously at me. I assumed it meant you believed I could make it and were encouraging me to not give up. So I was determined to keep trying as long as you believed in me!"

Question: During this virus crisis, are your words helping or harming? Are you spreading hope or fear? Are you words encouraging or discouraging? Your words have a powerful effect on those around you - especially your family.

We are blessed Keep on keeping yourself and others safe.


Atherton Salvation Army

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"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
— Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Dear Saddleback Family,

This is an unsettling season, full of so many unknowns. We all face crises through the lens of our unique personalities and previous life experiences - so there's no single "correct" response to all we are facing as a nation. But there is one absolutely certain place to take our concerns: to God and his Word. God's Word is full of comforting, encouraging, and stabilizing verses like this one! Romans 15:13 has become a lifeline for me, a secure anchor for my soul in difficult moments. Under normal circumstances I battle anxiety, and in extraordinary circumstances - like COVID-19 - it's an even greater challenge to manage my racing thoughts and emotions.

I know I'm not the only one who struggles to keep her head above water at times, so in this newsletter we've included links to several resources that you or your family might find helpful. There's also a great article on grief, which is the often hidden source of our discomfort, plus articles that suggest ways to talk to anxious children, and a very helpful Wellness Evaluation the Mental Health team created to give you concrete ways to explore how COVID-19 is affecting your emotions.

Many of you participated in the monthly Hope for Mental Health Facebook Live a few days ago. But if you missed it, please watch it! Dr. J.P. Moreland, professor at Talbot Seminary, has written about his personal experiences with anxiety in his book, Finding Quiet, and shared with our participants the practices that have brought peace and joy to his daily life. Thousands of people who watched the Facebook Live have already affirmed the hope they received from his practical advice. Click the link below to watch now.

We will get through - together - trusting God to fill us with joy, peace, and hope, even in hard times.

Love to you,

Kay Warren

Kay Warren

I would like to invite you to our online only Hope for Mental Health Community on Sunday, March 22nd at 1:00 pm (PDT). We will be talking about anxiety with Dr. J.P. Moreland, author of Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought Peace.

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Keep on keeping yourself and others safe our national health front line need us all to play our part.

keep safe we are so blessed.


Atherton Salvation Army

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Dear Friends

For we must bear the 'burden' of being considerate of the doubts and fears of others." —

Romans 15:2 a New Testament (The Living Bible )

I wanted to share this verse with you today because I think it's important to remember as we navigate new waters with this virus.

Not everyone is going to respond to this crisis in the same way.

But as followers of Jesus, we are commanded to be considerate to one another.

The most Christ like thing we can all do during this pandemic is to bear the burden of others.

My encouragement you may wish to consider for this week: Lets all look for ways to bear the burdens of others.

Let’ each of us share Christ with a compassionate response as we communicate our care with to others mindful of our and others safety !

Giving people our time and our listening well can be a most precious gift we can give each other.

Darron Atherton Salvation Army

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I pray this will be a source of comfort and encouragement for all who are doing the right thing in keeping yourself and others safe.

Dear Darron, being in lock down at home because of the corona virus and not being able to get to church I started thinking about The Lord's Prayer and what a beautiful prayer it is but if you look closely you can also see a beautiful story between the lines. Just repeating The Lord’s Prayer like I did as a child and at times still do may not do much if it doesn't come from the heart. However, it's refreshing to every now and then think of each word and imagine these words coming from the mouth of Jesus.... Hope you and your family and the church family are all safe and enjoy this poem I have written for you all....

The Lord’s Prayer
I cannot say OUR, if my religion has no room for others and their needs.
I cannot say FATHER if I do not demonstrate my Christian relationship in my daily living.
I cannot say WHO ART IN HEAVEN if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things and not in Him.
I cannot say HALLOWED BY MY NAME if I, who am called to bear His Name, am not holy.
I cannot say THY KINGDOM COME if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the righteous reign of God.
I cannot say ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN unless I am truly ready to give myself to His service here and now.
I cannot say GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD without expending honest effort for it, or by ignoring the genuine needs of others.
I cannot say FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US if I continue to harbour a grudge and ill feelings against anyone.
I cannot say LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot say DELIVER US FROM EVIL if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.
I cannot say THINE IS THE KINGDOM if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.
I cannot say THINE IS THE POWER if I fear what my neighbours and friends may say or do against me.
I cannot say THINE IS THE GLORY if I am seeking my own glory first.
I cannot say FOREVER if I am too anxious about each day’s events.
I cannot say AMEN unless I honestly say “Cost what it may, this is my prayer.”

Bob Welch

Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue was illuminated with images of continents and flags in a show of solidarity with countries grappling with the coronavirus pandemic.
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So let’s pray wherever we are, in isolation or on our keyworker frontlines at 12 noon everyday. Let us keep ourselves and others safe by doing the right thing.
Atherton Salvation Army

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6-8 George St
M46 0EL

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Monday 12:30 - 14:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 12:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 11:00
Thursday 12:00 - 15:00
Friday 17:00 - 21:30
Sunday 10:30 - 13:00
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