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22nd April 2018

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Notices for Sunday 22nd April

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 HOLY COMMUNION: Our service this morning is led by Jan and John talks to us about ‘Why is giving important to God?’ 1 Corinthians 16:1-3 and Luke 21:1-4

CONTACT DETAILS-IMPORTANT: Your privacy is important to us, and we want to continue to communicate with YOU which is in line with UK law on data  protection.  UK law is changing and we now need to confirm your consent to how we contact you. Please pick up a form available in church which will allow us to do this and return to Lesley when completed.  We do need a form for everyone we have any contact details for.  Thank you for your help in this matter.

FOOD BANK PLEA FOR FOOD..donations are needed for our local food banks, stocks are very low at the moment and demand high.  Collection boxes are still in our churches.  URGENT FOOD NEEDED

CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED is a DVD based series of seven sessions asking What’s it all about?.  Anyone is welcome to come and join this relaxed, informal and informative course.  Each session starts at 7.45pm at St Michael’s Church starting Wednesday 25th April. Contact the church office 670033 to book.

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 (26th) 9.30am – 12noon to watch ‘Three men in a boat!’. 

Alex’s baptism will take place during the service on Sunday 29th April, and the West family would like to invite all of their church family to stay afterwards to celebrate with them.  If you would like to stay, could you please let Lisa know by telephone THE CHURCH OFFICE, or email west.familywest@btinternet.com by Sunday 22nd April for catering purposes.  It is not necessary to bring food, but if you would particularly like to contribute, please have a word with Lisa who will co-ordinate items for people to bring. Soft drinks will be provided but please feel free to bring wine if you prefer.’

VULNERABLE ADULTS AWARENESS: As churches we are required to have in place a policy and processes to safeguard all vulnerable people in our church community. For many years we have done this for children and young people and  are now required to do so for vulnerable adults; this area is complex and many of us may be vulnerable at some time in our lives. We have the opportunity of exploring this area with our Diocese   Safeguarding Advisor Neil Spiring on Thursday 17 May 7.30  at St John’s. We would like all who are able to attend to come along; it is especially important for those supporting and leading groups. If you would like more information please contact Jan Stackhouse. 

FROM RACHEL PRESTON: As many of you will know, Nick and I will be getting married at St Michael’s, Lilleshall on Saturday May 19th at 1.30pm. We would love to    invite my church family to join us for the service and for refreshments afterwards. 

St John’s Lunch Club Day Trip to Llandudno is on 1st June and there are spaces available if anyone is interested in going please call the church office. Tickets are £13 each for visitors and £11 for members.

NEWPORT CARNIVAL: Would you be able to help the Churches Together Group in Newport for the activities they are running at Newport Carnival on Saturday 9th June?    They will be providing tea and coffee in St Nicholas church, with a table outside serving squash.  There will be prayer stations, tubs with small gifts in, outdoor games eg connect 4 and face painting.   If so please contact Dave Clissold (Newport Christian Fellowship) directly on 07780 956429.

RICH’S LICENSING: Rich will be licensed as Priest in Charge of Shawbury, Stanton upon Hine Heath and Moreton Corbet at St Mary’s Church, Shawbury, SY4 4NH, on Wednesday 20th June at 7:30pm.

ACTIVITY DAYS 2018: Can you help with this years Activity Days ? held 24th to 27th July. It is early in the year to ask for your commitment but as you can appreciate there is a lot of organisation and it really helps to have your availability to ensure we have enough leaders/helpers even more so this year as we have a few of our regular leaders and helpers unavailable so your time, if you can give it, is even more vital. Please fill in a form available in church and hand to either Lesley in the office or Ellie Jones.

ITEMS FOR SALE: A member of the congregation is moving house soon and has a large number of items for sale at reasonable prices including a brand new charcoal BBQ on trolley, dishwasher, electric jigsaw and drill, good quality carpet shampooer and many other items. See Vicky or Lesley for a full list and more details or phone 670033.

FOOD BANK PLEA FOR FOOD..donations are needed for our local food banks, stocks are very low at the moment and demand high.  Collection boxes are still in our churches.  URGENT FOOD NEEDED

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

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

Tuesday 24th April 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 26th April 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. 

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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THIS WEEK

Sidesperson:  Steve & Heather Hedges               Coffee:  Norman & Val Trotman

 Chairs: Tony Steinert and helpers        AV: James           Communion: Myers/Jan

NEXT WEEK   (no GMS)

Sidesperson: The Suffell Family      AV:  Simon        Coffee:  The Umataliev family

Communion: Simon T & Carla     Chairs:  Cyril and helpers  Counting: Moira & Janet

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR:

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  Email: revrichcresswell@gmail.com

 1 Corinthians 16:1-3 

The collection for the Lord’s people

16 Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem.

Luke 21:1-4 

The widow’s offering

21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” 

Matthew 6:3,4

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.