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19th February 2017

Welcome to St John’s Church

Notices for Sunday 19th February

8.15am GOOD MORNING SUNDAY: A new way to start your Sunday here at St John’s. Breakfast from 8.15 am, the Sunday papers, conversation, prayer and reflection.

11am MORNING WORSHIP: Welcome to our service this morning led by James and Matthew,  Jon continues our series based on the Acts of the      Apostles today looking at ‘Paul’s Testimony before Agrippa’. Psalm 71:14-21 and Acts 26:1-8, 19-23.

6.30pm HEALING SERVICE: A warm welcome to our quiet reflective service.

PASSION FOR LIFE: Please pray for our Easter café. Pray for Judith Myers, Di Baxter and Jeanette Taylor as they plan the afternoon. For Steve Hedges and Anne Plant who are contributing musically. Pray that the team get exactly the correct balance between fellowship and worship.

WANTED:  Orange, red and green fabric also faux leather brown or black. Please give to Lesley or Yvonne. Thank you.

We are also looking for donations towards the ‘Passion for Life Activity Days’ please take a look at the list on the welcome table.  Donations will be gratefully received by Lesley or there is a box under the table in church.  Thank you.

HOLY LAND VISIT: 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! A friend of David Pierce, the Rev Dr Alan Munden, who is on the staff team of Jesmond Parish Church, NuT, is planning to lead a 7 – 10 day visit to Israel in October/November 2017. Cost is likely to be in the region of £1800 (single room supplements about £300) depending on the numbers going. Alan has been to Israel five times 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). Apart from the Dead Sea area the weather will be fine and sunny. There is much walking involved! David is intending to go and would like to know if anyone would be interested in joining him. To find out more please phone David on 850231.

PIANO FREE TO A GOOD HOME – Would you like an upright piano, completely free of charge?  We’ve been asked if we can find someone who’d appreciate it.  You would need to arrange your own collection from Apley.  If you are interested, please contact Rich.

PRAYERS FOR CAP Debt Centre continues this Tuesday (21st) at St John’s in the Acorn Room 9am.

SEWING SATURDAY:  We are planning to have a sewing morning making the costumes for the Passion Play.  If you have a sewing machine and/or like  sewing please join us on Saturday 4th March 9.30am-noon and/or Saturday 11th March 1-5pm at St John’s. Also if you are interested in helping to cut out      garments please speak to Lesley 670033 or Yvonne.

SPRING CLEAN DATES….Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March and Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March (times to be confirmed)…preparing Church so all nice and clean in time for Passion for Life…

TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC: Our next Teddy Bears’ Picnic is on Sunday 5th March starting 3:00pm at St Michael’s.  For children up to five and their families.  Bring a cuddly toy and a picnic.  For more information, speak to Rich, Thom, Kathy or Jenny Cresswell.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: St Michael’s and St John’s would like to invite you to a joint Memorial Service Sunday 12th 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.

Quiz night 7pm Sunday 19th March Raising funds for Lilleshall Pre-School Entry £1 each.  Further quiz details Ellie 07830524321.  See poster in Church.

AWE – Encountering God in Prayer: Come and be part of an evening of worship and prayer as we prepare for our “Passion For Life” week. Join us for any part of the evening on Saturday 25th March between 700 & 9.00 pm. Quiet zone, worship zone, reflective zone, conversational prayer zone Puddings and         refreshments served from 7.00 – 7.20 pm.

Monkey’s Amazing Journey – Raising funds for charity in memory of David Ison: Would you like to join me in bringing David Ison’s Monkey on part of his epic journey from Wales to Lilleshall Monument on 1st July.  The whole journey will start in Wales and take in the coast of the Netherlands   before some climbing in wales  and canoeing on the Severn brings him to Shrewsbury.   I am coordinating a cycle ride from Shrewsbury to Muxton on the afternoon of 1st July.  All funds raised will be divided between The Severn Hospice,     Macmillan’s and The Brain Tumour Charity. Book the date and contact Matthew to register your interest. – more details to follow.

Tuesday 21st February 8.30-9am Morning Prayer in Church

Thursday 23rd February 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St John’s

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.

SPARK: meet during every Sunday service except Church Praze services. For ages 10+. Term time only. Please see Thom for further information.

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. followed by

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 the home of Thom Foster 3A Fieldhouse Drive, Muxton. 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: John & Moira Fenn        AV:  Freya          Coffee:  The Banks family

Chairs: Tony, Geoff & John Perry                                    Counting:  Tony & Janet

Sidesperson:  Volunteer please                AV: Rob                Coffee:  Ann Lockley

Chairs: Richard S, Mike & Terry                                  Communion:  Geoff & Vicky

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: Normal Office hours Monday and Friday

9.00am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 9.00am – 1.00pm.

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

Psalm 71:14-21

14 As for me, I shall always have hope; I will praise you more and more.

15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
of your saving acts all day long – though I know not how to relate them all.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;
I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvellous deeds.

18 Even when I am old and grey, do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come.

Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you who have done great things.
Who is like you, God?
20 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
21 You will increase my honour and comfort me once more.

Acts 26:1-8,19-23

26 Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘You have permission to speak for yourself.’

So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defence: ‘King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defence against all the accusations of the Jews, and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.

‘The Jewish people all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that I conformed to the strictest sect of our religion, living as a Pharisee. And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today. This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me. Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?

19 ‘So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. 21 That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22 But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen – 23 that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.’