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21st January 2018

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Notices for Sunday 21st January

   ‘Happy 20th Birthday St John’s’

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 special service this morning led by Jan.  We offer a warm welcome to David Butterfield who will talk to us about Acts 16:6-10 and John 1:35-37, 40-42a.  Please join us afterwards for a bring and share lunch celebrating our birthday and also Thom’s time with us.

6pm TGI SUNDAY: The next TGI for our young people takes place this evening 6-8pm here at St John’s.

THOM FOSTER, our young people’s pastor will have his last Sunday here on 28th January.  There will be 2 chances to say farewell to him. One at St John’s at the end of the 11am service TODAY with a bring and share lunch where we are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the building of St John’s and one at St Michael’s after the 9.30am service on 28th. If you would like to make a            contribution to a leaving present for Thom please could you put it in an envelope marked “Thom’s leaving present” and give it to Matthew, Lesley Trotman or Simon Hartridge by TODAY.  If you would like to donate by cheque please make it payable to “St John’s Muxton PCC” or, if you make a BACS transfer please make it to St John’s PCC and ensure the reference indicates that it is for Thom.

SUB:ZERO: Can you spare a couple of hours on a Friday between 4-6pm on a rota basis?  Sub:zero are in need of helpers from January.   If you would like to know what is involved please speak to Thom, Geoff or Lesley.

PASTORAL CARE: We intend to compile a list of people willing to respond, if there is a person in need, in our church family or community. You will not be asked to help very often and this will be in addition to the wonderful support that we know you give to one another already. Please see Judith for more info and to add your name to the list.

ST JOHN’S PCC plan to meet tomorrow evening 7.30pm in Church.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 21 – 28 January: Churches together in Newport are holding a number of services during this week. As part of this there will be a 30 minute service of reflection at St Michael’s at 1 pm on Wednesday 24thJanuary.  All are welcome to attend.

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 (25th) from 9.30am – 12noon when we will be watching Lady & the Tramp.

JESUS – WHO? WHY? WHAT?: Do you? or do you know someone who wants to know what’s it all about? Then please come along to our next Christianity         Explored course which takes place here at St John’s starting 8pm on This Thursday (25th).  Please pick up a leaflet in church for further information.

Where Adventure Begins”, a joint production from New Wine and Riding
Lights, is coming to Telford on February 2nd 7.30pm at Holy trinity      Academy, Telford TF2 9SQ. Tickets £10 available from the website:  https://www.new-wine.org/adventurebegins or contact 07772956146.

You are invited to A CHARITY CONCERT with Hadley & District Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Salvation Army Band and Above our Heads (Puppet theatre) on Saturday 17th February 7pm at All Saints Church, Wellington.  Tickets £7 (£5concessions).  Refreshments will be available during the interval.  All proceeds to CAP.  For more information and tickets contact Barry Church 01952 254194 or email rita_church@sky.com.

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 will be available shortly.  All very welcome

WHERE’S RICH? If you haven’t seen our curate lately, don’t worry – he’s not gone on strike.  Due to a combination of holiday, formal study time and a two-week placement, Rich is away from parish duties for almost the whole of      January.  He’ll be back with us in February, so you can quiz him about his placement then!

Tuesday 23rd January 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 25th January 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. 

C & C – Cross and Croissant, a new group meeting for bible study, prayer and fellowship fortnightly on a Wednesday (Alternate Wednesday’s to B & B) would like to invite you to come and enjoy a light bite at about 9:30am at St John’s finishing promptly at 11am. Up until Easter we will be looking at the subject of prayer. Everyone is welcome. For more information please contact the church office on 670033.  (Meeting next on 24th January)

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 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 WEEK

Sidesperson:  Bakhtiar & Sandra              AV:  Rob              Coffee:  Terry & Jan

Chairs: Alan, Stan & Geoff                                     Counting: J/P Baker & Colin M    

NEXT WEEK

Sidesperson: Terry & Jan Stackhouse AV:  Dan  Coffee:  Richard & Carla Suffell

Chairs: Tony, Terry & Dave                                         Communion:    Gill & Wendy 

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: Normal Office hours Monday and Friday

9.00am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 8.0am – 12.30pm.   

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

Acts 16:6-10 NIV

Paul, Silas and Timothy travelled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

 

John 1:35-37, 40-42a NIV

John the Baptist saw Jesus passing by and he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’ Two of John’s disciples heard him say this and they followed Jesus. 

 One of the two who had heard what John said and had followed Jesus, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ). 

And Andrew brought Peter to Jesus.