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18th March 2018

Welcome to St John’s Church

Notices for Sunday 18th March

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: Our service this morning is led by James and Rich will continue our sermon series about ‘Discovering God’s heart for ……’ this morning looking at “Discovering God’s heart for my neighbourhood”. John 15:18-25 and Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-14

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.

  • What DO you pray about for this community?  What MIGHT you pray about?
  • How can we as the church be good neighbours (and become good friends)?
  • What does seeking peace and prosperity look like for our community?
  • How do we (continue to) show love to the people in our community who respond negatively?

PRAYERS: Please pray for the young people who are going to Quinta next weekend (23rd-25th March). Kathy & Alex (leaders), Josh & Ben Tagg, Lauren & Luke Barnett, Scarlett Jones, Mae Tsang, Ben & Sarah Edwards, Georgia Gabriel-Hooper, Liam Bambro, Craig & Alec Gittus, Todd Brooks-Kynaston, Thomas Aldrian, Issy Fidler, Muskaan Reni and James Banks.

ELECTORAL ROLL REVISION:  Our Electoral Roll is due to be revised on    Friday 30th March.  Please could you check the Roll on display in Church that all your details are correct and please write any corrections/deletions on the list or inform Lesley.  If you wish to be added to the list please fill in an application available on the welcome table and hand into the Church Office (Lesley) no later than 9am on Friday 30th.

FAIRTRADE STALL:  We would like to thank you for supporting the Fairtrade Stall, £66.75 was raised.  Thank you.

Film Fest 2018: More monies have come in…the grand total is £354… 10% of which will be sent to cancer research (their chosen charity).   Well done our young people.

CAP DEBT CENTRE are looking for a volunteer Fundraising Officer to lead a team to raise funds for the centre through activities and events.  Please contact Jane Preston 07910779345 or janepreston@capuk.org.uk for more information.

FLOWERS FOR THE CROSS: Last year at St Michael’s, we decorated a cross with flowers during the Easter Day Communion service.  This year, we intend to place the cross outside  St Michael’s, near the road for everyone to see.  We  invite anyone attending the 6:30am dawn service and/or the 9:30am Communion service to bring cut flowers or greenery with which to decorate the cross.

New Wine Celebration with Hellie Brunt at Trinity Meole Brace THIS    EVENING at 6.30pm!  An evening of worship, word and ministry.  Please see the poster in church.

ST JOHN’S PCC meets next TOMORROW evening 7.30pm in church.

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 this Thursday (22nd) from 9.30am.  We will be watching ‘Mamma Mia’

Our popular Join us 4 a Cuppa! continues this Friday (23rd) between 11am-1pm…..Our theme is ‘Easter’ with hot cross buns.  Litter pickers also meet at 11am.  Please join us…all very welcome.

Kaleidoscope Schools Project:  Tues19th–Fri22nd June. 500 school children  attended  last year and we expect the same again this time. Could YOU join our team of friendly volunteers to help on one or more days? You need to be    available between 9am and 2.30pm. Interested? For more information please       contact: Clare Olliver – 07913 373752  theollivers@talktalk.net

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 March 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 22nd March 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.  (22nd March)

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 mid week 11’s-14’s group. It takes place between 6.30-7:30pm 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.

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: Norman & Val                AV: Rob             Coffee:  Volunteers please

Chairs: Richard S & Helpers                                              Counting: Tony & Janet


Sidesperson:  Di Baxter               AV: Dan              Coffee:  Anne P & Emma McC

Chairs:  Bakhtiar & volunteers                                      Communion: Carla & Gill S

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  Emailrevrichcresswell@gmail.com


John 15:18-25 

The world hates the disciples

18 ‘If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: “A servant is not greater than his master.” If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfil what is written in their Law: “They hated me without reason.”

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14

A letter to the exiles

This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: ‘Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.’ Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,’ declares the Lord.

10 This is what the Lord says: ‘When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfil my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.’