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24th June 2018

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Notices for Sunday 24th June

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 Barbara and Jan talks to us about ‘I am the True Vine’ John 15:1-17.

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 in the lounge and entrance area 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 – these will be offered on a first come, first served basis.  If you have not received an invitation but 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.

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.  We still need your forms, Please pick up a form which will allow us to do this and return to Lesley when completed.    THANK YOU.

ACTIVITY DAYS 2018: Can you help with this years Activity Days ? held 24th to 27th July. 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 Lesley in the office.

The EVANGELISM TEAM are due to meet now on Monday 25th June 7.45pm at the home of Terry & Jan.

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 on Thursday 28th June 9.30am – 12noon to watch ‘The Little Prince’

MESSY CHURCH:  Please join us at our Messy Pet’s service this Thursday 4.45pm  at St Michael’s.  Don’t forget …Bring your pets!!

Worship, Teaching and Stories’, which is taking place at Holy Trinity Church, Meole Brace on 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.

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.)

AN EXCITING NEW WAY TO PRACTICALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MODERN SLAVERY : Safe Carwash App – Tackling Modern Slavery in our       parishes.  Modern slavery is hidden in plain sight on our high streets. The        National Crime Agency thinks there are tens of thousands of people being   exploited in the UK, forced to work long hours, for little or no pay, and under threat of violence. We all know that many people are being exploited in hand car washes, which in recent years have sprung up across the country in their       thousands. Many of those hand car washes are legitimate businesses, but some of them are not. Police raids in hand car washes in towns and cities up and down the country have unearthed victims living in horrendous conditions. There is no    reliable data on just how widespread it is. This lack of information means that victims could be falling through the net, becoming more enmeshed in the cycle of exploitation. Our national partners – The Clewer Initiative have spoken to the police, the National Crime Agency and the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority about how the church and others can help them solve this; how we can bring these hidden victims into the light. The Clewer Initiative and the Church of   England are developing an app, which can be downloaded for free onto your smartphone nowWe are encouraging people using a hand car wash, or simply walking past one, to download the app and complete a short survey about the working conditions of the car wash. If we think you have reason to believe that exploitation is going on, we will ask you to report it to the Modern Slavery Helpline. The information will also be immediately shared with the National Crime Agency, to help them with their investigations. Find out more Find out more on the poster in church or at https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/safecarwash It is estimated that every town is affected, with people being trafficked and exploited and trafficked across our Diocese.

Tuesday 26th June 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 28th June 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 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:  Bakhtiar & Sandra Umataliev      Coffee:  Terry & Jan Stackhouse

AV:   Simon       Communion: Gill Steinert & Wendy        Chairs:  Volunteer Please


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

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


Monday and Friday 9-4pm and Tuesday 8.30am-12.30 and 2-4pm 

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    MATTHEW’S DAY OFF is usually FRIDAY  Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

Church Office Closed Friday 22nd and Monday 25th June

John 15:1-17 The vine and the branches

15 ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

‘As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: love each other.