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19th November 2017

Welcome to St John’s Church

Notices for Sunday 19th November

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-OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD:  Welcome to our Shoebox service this morning led by our vicar Matthew.  Jon talks to us about Advent and waiting in anticipation for Christ. Isaiah 40:1-9 and Luke 1:39-49

Prayer requests

  • Following the earthquake on the Iran/Iraq border pray for families who are grieving loss of life and homes that the community around would quickly unite to rebuild before winter.
  • The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is crippling the country. Famine is setting in and 134 child deaths daily from malnutrition and preventable diseases. Pray for peace and reconciliation and a way for aid to enter the country.
  • Pray for political stability in Zimbabwe following the recent military coup.
  • Winter in Central Asia can be -20 and below pray for Johnny, Beth and   Hettie that they would be protected and nourished by the Lord as they seek to bless the people they live amongst.

COULD THIS BE THE NOTICE FOR YOU?  Are you interested in helping us to plan and create our communications here at St John’s, so that we can share what we’re doing with our local community?  If so, please speak to Jan Stackhouse, phone her on 604775 or email at janicestackhouse@btinternet.com

Please could you help CAP Debt Centre clients and their families enjoy a    better Christmas? We hope to give every family a Christmas hamper but we need your help. Could you buy one of the items as displayed on the chart on the Welcome desk? Some items cost less than £1. Please sign up to provide an item by Sunday 10 December and put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas.

AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND: Only a couple of days left to vote for CAP Debt     Centre Telford …closing midday 21st November….register at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/ (unique identifier 17-4633). Please tell your friends and family.  You have 10 votes – all can be used on the same project.  We need to be one of the first 200 projects to receive 1000 votes.  Thank you

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: A group of us at St John’s have for a couple of years been wondering whether to put on a Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day in church which would specifically be for those who will be alone at Christmas and would appreciate having a Christmas meal in company. If you know of anyone who might benefit from such an event (a neighbour etc.) this year could you let Matthew, Lesley or Rich know by Sunday 19th November as we will make a decision as to whether to go ahead this year based on demand. Also, if you would be willing to help us provide such a lunch or want to come yourself then please let us know.

WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE COLLAPSES? Free basic life support and defibrillator awareness sessions  will be held at Cosy Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5-7pm. Call 01952 417598 (weekdays     between 9.15am-12noon) or email training@cosyhall.org.uk to book.

DAILY READINGS DURING ADVENT: This December we’re encouraged to spend a little time each day enjoying the season of Advent, as well as the inevitable preparation for Christmas.  We’ve prepared a set of short daily readings and reflections, contributed by a variety of our church members. You can pick up a booklet in church, or download it from www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk/advent if you prefer to have it on your tablet or smartphone.

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.

CAP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: More volunteers needed for the CAP debt     centre. Full training provided (next session in December). Daytime availability preferred. Contact the manager, Jane Preston 07910 779345 or email              janepreston@capuk.org for more details.

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

PRAYERS FOR CAP: We continue to run a regular prayer time for the CAP Debt Centre, we meet this Tuesday (21st) at St John’s 9am in the Acorn Room. 

SOCIAL EVENING AND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: We would like to    invite you all to help us celebrate the birthdays of James Tagg (40) and Ben Himsworth (18) on Friday 24th November at 7pm here at St John’s.  Please  bring your own drinks and nibbles, there will be a quiz  (Would I Lie to You?), games and Birthday cake. Be helpful to have a rough idea of numbers so Kathy and Kerry know how many/how big a birthday cakes/e to make.  A list in church.

STAY OUT! in the car park of Tesco’s on the Wrekin Retail Park on Friday 24th November to help raise money to support the homeless outreach work.

See poster for further details.

TGI SUNDAY: Our young people, aged 10+, meet for their next TGI event on Sunday 26th November 6pm at St John’s.

ST JOHN’S PCC are due to meet Monday 27th November 7.30pm in church.

SHROPSHIRE HOPE invites you to an evening with Roy Crowne, Executive   Director of HOPE…7.30pm Wednesday 29th November Christ Church, Bayston Hill, SY3 0PZ. See poster for further details.  Matthew is going and has a   couple of spare seats if you are interested.

ST JOHN’S CHRISTMAS FAIR is planned for Saturday 2nd December    between 11-2.30pm.  There will be various stalls, crafts for kids and displays from local groups.  If you are able to help there is a sign up sheet on the      welcome table any help is always appreciated.  If we could ask any budding  bakers to bake some cakes to offer during refreshments that would be great. 

FLAIR HOUSEGROUP request small gifts, jewellery and scarves for their stall at the Christmas Fair.  Please hand to Les or Di.  Thank you

EVANGELISM TEAM meets next on Monday 4th December 7.45pm at the home of Terry and Jan.

ST MICHAEL’S CHOIR will be singing carols at the Christmas Market in the Town Centre on Friday 8th December between 7-7.30pm raising funds for St Michael’s Church and we would like to invite you to join the choir and sing with them.

HOST UK is a charity whose mission is to give a welcome to international    students in British homes for friendship and cultural exchange. Hospitality can be offered for one day (daytime only), three days and two nights at the weekend, or at New Year, or four days and three nights during the Christmas      festive period. If you should like to know more please look at our website: www.host.org Or email us on: info@hostuk.org Or telephone us on: 020 7739 6292.  See poster on the notice board.

Tuesday 21st November 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 23rd November 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. 

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.  (21st December)

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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This Sunday

Sidesperson:  Geoff & Mary Dakin                                                         AV:   John 

Coffee:  Emma McCartney & Kathy Tagg      Chairs:  Geoff, Richard S & Stanley G

Next Sunday

Sidesperson:  Steve & Heather Hedges     AV:   Dan     Communion: Barbara & Jan

Coffee:  Norman & Val Trotman                              Chairs:  Mike, Bakhtiar & Cyril

Counting: Moira & Jo

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