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18th February 2018

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Notices for Sunday 18th 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. 

11am MORNING WORSHIP: Welcome to our service this morning led by     Barbara. Matthew begins our new sermon series about ‘Discovering God’s heart for ……’ today looking at with “Discovering God’s heart for me.” Ezekiel 11:16-25 and John 10:7-10

6.30pm HEALING SERVICE takes place THIS EVENING here at St John’s. A quiet reflective service.  All very welcome.

PRAYERS:  Please continue to hold the family and friends of Cheryl Hooper in your prayers.  Cheryl’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 20th February at 12noon at St Michael’s.

SERMON SERIES DURING LENT:  After listening to the sermon.  Was there anything you didn’t follow or understand?  There will be an opportunity to discuss in your housegroup this week.

  1. What does it mean to you that God is “giving you an undivided heart” and removing from you your “heart of stone” and giving you “a heart of flesh?” Ezekiel 6.19 . What will be the signs that he is doing this in you? (see verse 22)
  2. What things might Jesus be challenging you to let go of and what might he be encouraging you to do in order that “you may have life and have it to the full” John 10.10
  3. Why do you think God doesn’t usually provide each of us with a detailed roadmap of our lives well in advance?  What resources for our lives does he provide us with well in advance?

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.

REAL EASTER EGGS:  We are going to be placing an order to the Meaningful Chocolate Company shortly.  If you would like to add your order to ours to save on postage please fill in the form on the welcome table or email Lesley by Sunday 25th February.

WORLD CHURCH & JUSTICE are due to meet tomorrow evening at 7.45pm at the home of Geoff & Sue Lott.

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.

The EVANGELISM Team meets next on Monday 26th February 7.45pm at the home of Terry & Jan.

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.

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 20th February 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 22nd 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

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 St Michael’s, Lilleshall. 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 the office for info.

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Sidesperson:  Volunteer Please          AV:  Rob           Coffee:  John & Moira Fenn

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


Sidesperson:  Vicky Yates           AV: Simon             Coffee:  Tony & Gill Steinert              

Chairs: Simon H, Tony & Terry                                     Communion: Geoff & Vicky

 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

 Ezekiel 11:16-25 

16 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’

17 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’

18 “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

22 Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them. 23 The glory of the Lord went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it. 24 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia in the vision given by the Spirit of God.

Then the vision I had seen went up from me, 25 and I told the exiles everything the Lord had shown me.


John 10:7-10 

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.