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1st July 2018

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Notices for Sunday 1st July

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 Matthew and he begins our new sermon series ’The Life of a Prophet – Elijah and Elisha’ starting with ‘A Widow’s Rescue’. 1 Kings 17:7-24 and Luke 17:11-17.

PRAYERS: A dear Christian lady, Mavis Hilton who was a faithful member of our church for many many years has gone to be with the lord last night after a short time of being unwell.  Our love and prayers go to Diane and Godfrey and all her family and many friends.  She will be sadly missed.

Seeking God For Our Future Direction – Building a Vision for St John’s –  Afternoon Away 8th July: You will have seen the sheets on the wall around church with what we feel God might be asking us to do in the next stages of the life of St John’s.  Please keep praying and writing on these. The Parish Development Team (PDT) are organising an afternoon away at Cosy Hall in Newport for the afternoon of Sunday 8th July from 1.30 until 5.30 pm. A group from St John’s will go to pray, look through what is on these sheets and decide what will shape our vision.  We have limited space and  some of you will have received    invitations to come to this afternoon already. There are some spaces specifically set aside for those who would like to come who have not been  specifically invited – on a first come, first served basis.  If you would like to come please let any of the PDT members (James Tagg, Jon Rawson, Matthew Lefroy, Jo Lefroy, Simon Trotman or June Gregory) know. Please be assured that if you are not at the meeting you will not have missed your chance to shape the vision! But please do take the opportunity to contribute in advance by adding your thoughts to the sheets in the lounge/entrance area before 9th July.

Rich and Jenny wish to thank all of you who attended Rich’s licensing service on the 20th June.  We were incredibly touched by your support and, judging by the comments we’ve already received, the regular congregation were blown away by your singing!  We’re not too far away in Shawbury, so do get in contact if you’d like to invite yourself over for a cuppa!

SUNDAY MORNING ROTAS: We are beginning to put together a new rota and are needing volunteers for sidespersons, coffee and chairs please.  If you would like to help please let Lesley know.  If you are currently on the rota and are unable to do your duty please let Lesley or Wendy  know who you have swapped with.  Thank you.

TELFORD FOOD BANK: From Monday 2nd July the new address for Telford Food Bank (Previously Leegomery) is 78-83 Severn Walk Sutton Hill TF7 4AS.

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place this Saturday (7th) 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

Worship, Teaching and Stories’, taking place at Holy Trinity Church, Meole Brace Thursday July 12th at 7.30pm is part of the ‘Intentional    Discipleship 2018: East Meets West’ event which not only enables us to focus on our Diocesan theme of Discipleship but also to celebrate the   vitality and      importance of our links with the four Dioceses in Malaysia and Singapore. We will be welcoming over 30 guests from our link Dioceses in S E Asia.  See poster in church.

ST JOHN’S PCC meets next on Monday 16th July 7.30pm in church.

HARTRIDGE BBQ: For the last few years we have had a BBQ at home for our church friends, advertised through Facebook. This year our BBQ is on Saturday 21st July from 1pm onwards. Please feel free to come for all or part of the day. Please contact Simon or Julie if you intend coming so we can let you know what food you can bring.  Simon and Julie Hartridge. (If raining it will take place at St John’s.)

ACTIVITY DAYS ‘SECRET AGENT SERVICE’ – RECRUITMENT NOW TAKING PLACE!: …take a look on www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk then follow the St John’s link or pick up a leaflet in church today…. 24th/25th July or 26th/27th July 10-3pm for school years R-6. There is also a list of various things we need to begin collecting in church…please take a look and see if there is anything you can help us with, also there is still time to volunteer and help during the activity days. Thank you.

CHARITY GOLF DAY on Friday 17th August at Horsehay Golf Club 9.30am start.  £30 for 18 holes of golf followed by a meal.  Male or female, no current handicap required. Limited places available.  Entry via Richard Long on 504204 or email richardejlong@hotmail.com All proceeds to Telford CAP Debt Centre.

CONTACT DETAILS-IMPORTANT: We still need your forms, Please pick up a form and return to Lesley when completed.    THANK YOU.

Tuesday 3rd July  8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 5th July 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St John’s

PRAYERS FOR CAP: We continue to run a regular prayer time for the CAP Debt Centre, monthly on the 3rd Tuesday 4.30-5pm at St John’s in the Acorn Room.

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. Moredetails 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 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:  Terry & Jan Stackhouse               Coffee:  Richard & Carla Suffell

AV: Dan            Counting: Julie & John/Jane           Chairs: John Perry & Helpers


Sidesperson: 9.30am Jeanette & Di and 11am The Hartridge family

Communion: Colin & Simon T         Coffee:  9.30am Di  and 11am The Tsang family

AV: 9.30am John Fenn & 11am Simon                           Chairs:  Simon H + Helpers


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

1 Kings 17:7-24  Elijah and the widow at Zarephath

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: ‘Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have instructed a widow there to supply you with food.’ 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, ‘Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?’ 11 As she was going to get it, he called, ‘And bring me, please, a piece of bread.’

12 ‘As surely as the Lord your God lives,’ she replied, ‘I don’t have any bread – only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it – and die.’

13 Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.”’

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

17 Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. 18 She said to Elijah, ‘What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?’

19 ‘Give me your son,’ Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. 20 Then he cried out to the Lord, ‘Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?’ 21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, ‘Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!’

22 The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. 23 Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, ‘Look, your son is alive!’

24 Then the woman said to Elijah, ‘Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.’

Luke 17:11-17 Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?