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14th January 2018

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Notices for Sunday 14th January

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 service today led by Jane.  Robyn talks to us about ‘Contentment’  1 Timothy 6:1-10.

11am CHURCH PRAZE – WORSHIP 4 ALL: Welcome to our fun interactive all age service today led by Matthew.

Bring and share lunch Sunday 21st January – Happy 20th Birthday St John’s

There are a number of plates/dishes etc in the Kitchen left from over the Christmas period.  Can you please have a look and collect any belonging to you.

THOM FOSTER, our young people’s pastor will have his last Sunday here on 28th January.  There will be 2 chances to say farewell to him. One at St John’s at the end of the 11am service on Sunday 21st where we are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the building of St John’s and one at St Michael’s after the 9.30am service on 28th. If you would like to make a contribution to a leaving     present for Thom please could you put it in an envelope marked “Thom’s leaving present” and give it to Matthew, Lesley Trotman or Simon Hartridge by Sunday 21st  January.  If you would like to donate by cheque please make it payable to “St John’s Muxton PCC” or, if you make a BACS transfer please make it to St John’s PCC and make sure the reference indicates that it is for Thom.

SUB:ZERO: Can you spare a couple of hours on a Friday between 4-6pm on a rota basis?  Sub:zero are in need of helpers from January.   If you would like to know what is involved please speak to Thom, Geoff or Lesley.

THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT TEAM meets next tomorrow 7.30pm at the home of Tony and Gill.

The next meeting of the EVANGELISM TEAM takes place tomorrow evening  7.45pm at the home of Terry and Jan.

Our popular Join us 4 a Cuppa! begins it’s regular appearance in 2018 on Friday 19th January between 11am-1pm…..Our theme is ‘Party time’ celebrating           St John’s 20th Birthday.  Litter pickers also meet at 11am.

The next TGI for our young people takes place on Sunday 21st January       6-8pm here at St John’s.

ST JOHN’S PCC plan to meet on Monday 22nd January 7.30pm in Church.

JESUS – WHO? WHY? WHAT?: Do you? or do you know someone who wants to know what’s it all about? Then please come along to our next Christianity   Explored course which takes place here at St John’s starting 8pm on Thursday 25th January 2018.  Pick up a leaflet in church for further information.

Where Adventure Begins”, a joint production from New Wine and Riding
Lights, is coming to Telford on February 2nd 7.30pm at Holy trinity      Academy, Telford TF2 9SQ. Tickets £10 available from the website:  https://www.new-wine.org/adventurebegins or contact 07772956146.

WHERE’S RICH? If you haven’t seen our curate lately, don’t worry – he’s not gone on strike.  Due to a combination of holiday, formal study time and a two-week placement, Rich is away from parish duties for almost the whole of      January.  He’ll be back with us in February, so you can quiz him about his placement then!

Matthew and Jo would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ for all the kind messages, cards, presents and good wishes that they have received this Christmas.  They pray that you will know God’s blessing on you in 2018.

THANK YOU: Rich, Jenny, Nathan and Daniel would like to thank you all for your cards, gifts and, most especially, your prayers this Christmas time, which have been a source of great support to us.  We hope that you had a Christ-filled Christmas and we prayerfully look forward to an exciting New Year for our church family and community.


Tuesday 16th January 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 18th January 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 9am. 

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 Thom 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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Sidesperson:  9.30am Dora Gurd and 11am Ann Lockley

Coffee : 9.30am John & Moira Fenn and 11am Charlotte Fidler & Julie Hartridge AV:  James           Communion: Jan & Carla         Chairs: John Perry & Jon Rawson


Sidesperson:  Bakhtiar & Sandra              AV:  Rob              Coffee:  Terry & Jan

Chairs: Alan, Stan & Geoff                                     Counting: J/P Baker & Colin M    

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: Normal Office hours Monday and Friday

9.00am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 8.0am – 12.30pm.   

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

1 Timothy 6:1-10

All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare[a] of their slaves.

False teachers and the love of money

These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.