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11th February 2018

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Notices for Sunday 11th February

8.15am GOOD MORNING SUNDAY!: On a busy Sunday, start the day with God and be fed and ready to go by 9:15! Breakfast from 8.15 am, the Sunday papers, conversation, prayer and reflection. 

9.30am HOLY COMMUNION: Welcome to our monthly early service this     morning led by Jane.  Robyn talks to us about‘Preparing for ministry‘. Matthew 10:32-39

11am CHURCH PRAZE – WORSHIP 4 ALL: Welcome to our monthly fun       interactive service for all ages.  Today our service is led by Jon and Julie.

PRAYERS:  Please continue to hold the family and friends of Cheryl Hooper in your prayers. 

THOM: Just to let you know that a cheque for £400, a book on Youth Ministry and Amazon Vouchers were given to Thom through money raised from St John’s and St Michael’s. 

RICH CRESSWELL: It was announced last week that Rich is to be the next priest-in-charge of Shawbury, Stanton upon Hine Heath and Moreton Corbet (just northeast of Shrewsbury).  His last Sunday with us will be 27th May and a provisional date for his licensing has been set for the evening of Wednesday 20th June.  Rich, Jenny, Nathan and Daniel would like to thank you all for the prayers and warm wishes they have already received.

Our popular Join us 4 a Cuppa! continues in February on 16th between 11am-1pm…..Our theme is ‘Chinese New Year & Pancakes’ we will also have a bring and buy stall.  Litter pickers also meet at 11am.  All welcome to join us.

This years FILM FEST for our youth groups takes place on Friday 16th      February 7pm-Saturday 17th 7am.  Please pick up a letter from church.

You are invited to A CHARITY CONCERT with Hadley & District Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Salvation Army Band and Above our Heads (Puppet theatre) on    Saturday 17th February 7pm at All Saints Church, Wellington.  Tickets £7 (£5concessions).  Refreshments will be available during the interval.  All          proceeds to CAP.  For more information and tickets contact Barry Church 01952 254194 or email rita_church@sky.com.

Our next Healing Service takes place on Sunday 18th February 6.30pm here at St John’s. A quiet reflective service.

WORLD CHURCH & JUSTICE are due to meet on Monday 19th February at 7.30pm..Venue to be confirmed.

CAP PRAYER MEETING: We have decided to try changing the time of the CAP prayer meeting.  It is still on 3rd Tuesday of the month at St John’s Church, Muxton  but now at 4.30pm – 5pm. Our next meeting will be 20th February.

FORGET ME NOT FILMS: Do you like watching old musicals while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake?  If so, join us on Thursday 22nd February from 9.30am .  We will be watching ‘Genevieve’

CHURCH SOCIAL AND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: We are having a Social on Saturday 24th February as a celebration of Simon Hartridge’s 50th birthday.  A list of food to bring is available during the service.  All very welcome

BISHOP AND DEACONS PILGRIMAGE: From Sunday 25th February until Thursday 1st March, Bishop Michael of Lichfield, the deacons of the diocese and others will be walking from Shrewsbury to Lichfield on an evangelistic     Pilgrimage which we have called ‘Chad2Chad’.  As part of this, they will be at St Bartholomew’s Church Tong on Tuesday 27th February. We are all invited to join them there at 11.30am for about an hour for ‘Pop Up Faith Stories’, where each of us will be given just 2 minutes to explain ‘why I am a Christian’. We are also welcome to join them on any part of the Pilgrimage itself and details of the route and timings will shortly appear on the Diocesan website www.lichfield.anglican.org.

Third Day: Paul Savill, the composer and conductor of “Third Day,” the Easter story told in music, has agreed to help St Michael’s to perform this on Saturday 31st March (Easter Saturday). Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays 28th Feb, 7th March, 14th March, 21st March and 28th March and there will be an introductory rehearsal/casting session on Wednesday 14th February. All of these will be in St Michael’s from 7.30 to 9.00 pm.  For singers the music is fairly easy to learn and CDs to help you do this between rehearsals will be     available on 14th February.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: St Michael’s and St John’s would like to invite you to a joint Memorial Service Sunday 4th March 4.00pm at St Michael’s Church.  It will be a service of remembering loved ones and a thanksgiving of their lives.  If you would like to add a name to the ‘Naming List’ in remembrance then please speak to Lesley 670033. Please join us for refreshments after the service.

Visit to Israel – Holy Land: Have you always wanted to visit the holy land? Would you like to see some of the places we read about in the Bible? Then this may be for you … read on! You may recall that last year David Pierce, Sian Walker and Vicky Yates went to Israel with a friend of David’s, the Rev Dr Alan Munden and had an excellent time. It was so successful that Alan is planning to lead another group this year from 24 September to 1 October. Travel to Israel will be from Manchester to Tel Aviv. Cost will be in the region of £1800 (single room supplements about £300). Alan has led tours to Israel six times already and is familiar with many of the ‘must see’ sites. Visiting Israel brings together religion (three world faiths), history (over 10,000 years) and politics (going back to the founding of the state of Israel). The weather will be fine and sunny but a bit hotter in the Dead Sea area. There is some walking involved.  For more information ask Vicky, Sian and David and if any church members would be interested in going please contact David on 850231.

LILLESHALL PRE SCHOOL have the green tokens collection box at Asda until the end of March.  3 members of St Michael’s work at pre-school and it would be good to support them in trying to secure much needed funds for this Charity status pre-school.

Tuesday 13th February 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 15th February 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St John’s

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place on the second Saturday of each month 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

PRAYERS FOR CAP: We continue to run a regular prayer time for the CAP Debt Centre, monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at St John’s in the Acorn Room AT A NEW TIME of 4.30pm

C & C – Cross and Croissant, a new group meeting for bible study, prayer and fellowship fortnightly on a Wednesday (Alternate Wednesday’s to B & B) would like to invite you to come and enjoy a light bite at about 9:30am at St John’s finishing promptly at 11am. Up until Easter we will be looking at the subject of prayer. Everyone is welcome. For more information please contact the church office on 670033.  (Meeting next on 24th January)

DO YOU LIKE WALKING FOR PLEASURE? We meet at St John’s every Wednesday at 10am for a gentle walk of around an hour.  All are welcome. More

details from Jane Preston or Jo Lefroy.

FORGET ME NOT FILMS: Do you like watching old musicals while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake?  If so, join us at St John’s usually on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9.30am – 12noon. 

PATHFINDERS: School Years R-Y6. Meets every Thursday at 5pm during term time at St Michael’s. Tea served at 5.05pm.  Come and join the fun £2 per      session includes food. Email to help with catering.  

BLAZE: A new mid week 11’s-14’s group. It takes place between 6-7:30pm on Wednesdays at Lilleshall memorial hall. Contact the office for further details.

SUB:ZERO – cafe style youth club for School years 7+ at St John’s 4-6pm on Friday’s during term time. including ABSOLUTE:ZERO approx 5.30pm (during Sub:Zero)…..A chance to ask questions about God and about being a Christian…

FUSION: (14 – 18 year olds) will meet weekly at St John’s. The meeting time is Sunday evenings 7.15 – 8.30pm during term time. We meet for Bible study, prayer and discussion. Call 670760 for info.

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THIS WEEK

Sidesperson:  9.30am Philip & Jean Baker and 11am Julie Hartridge

Coffee : 9.30am Vicky Yates & Chris Kemp and 11am Ann Lockley        

Communion: Colin & Simon T                    AV:  Dan                 Chairs: Simon H & Jon 

NEXT WEEK

Sidesperson:  Gill & Alan Banks             AV:  Rob              Coffee:  Gill & Alan Banks             

Chairs: Andy, Alan & John Perry                                              Counting: Moira & Jo

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: new office hours

Monday and Friday 9-4pm and Tuesday 8.30am-12.30 and 2-4pm 

Email:  admin@stjohnsmuxton.org.uk   Web: www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk

    MATTHEW’S DAY OFF is usually FRIDAY  Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

RICH’S DAY OFF is usually WEDNESDAY  Email: revrichcresswell@gmail.com

Matthew 10:32-39 

32 ‘Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

34 ‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

‘“a man against his father, a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.”

37 ‘Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.