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25th March – Palm Sunday

Welcome to St John’s Church

Notices for Sunday 25th March – Palm Sunday

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 & BAPTISM: Our Special service this morning is led by Jane. Robyn will continue our sermon series about ‘Discovering God’s heart for …… this morning looking at the other 6 days’.  We also offer a warm welcome to Stuart and Charlotte who bring along Rupert to be baptised today.

26th-29th March 9am Short Reflection at St Michael’s
Maundy Thursday (29th) 6.30pm Maundy Thursday with simple meal
Good Friday (30th) 11am Good Friday Reflective Service
Saturday 31st


7.30pm 3rdDay – Easter story in contemporary song taking place at St Michael’s, Lilleshall. Advance tickets only (Tickets free… call 670033 or 604930)
Easter Day (1st April) 6.30am Dawn Service on Lilleshall Hill

11am All Age Holy Communion…optional lunch (please book in for lunch –  list in church).

SERMON SERIES DURING LENT:  After listening to the sermon.  Was there anything you didn’t follow or understand?  There will be an opportunity to discuss in your housegroup this week.

  1. What is different about your working week compared with your day of rest? Why is that?
  2. Where do you feel most at home, working or resting? Why do you think that is so?
  3. How can we express our faith in a working situation?
  4. Do you think that God may be calling you to change your work or resting pattern?

PRAYERS: Please pray for the young people who are going to Quinta next weekend (23rd-25th March). Kathy & Alex (leaders), Josh & Ben Tagg, Lauren & Luke Barnett, Scarlett Jones, Mae Tsang, Ben & Sarah Edwards, Georgia Gabriel-Hooper, Liam Bambro, Craig & Alec Gittus, Todd Brooks-Kynaston, Thomas Aldrian, Issy Fidler, Muskaan Reni and James Banks.

It is with great sadness we let you know that Dianne Mifflin, a local respected     district nurse who used to attend St John’s passed away last Sunday morning.  Our love and prayers go to her husband John and their family and friends.

AV ROTA: For the last 12 months the AV Rota has only had 4 operators and we could do with some more. It is not an arduous task and can be done by anyone aged 8-80, who has a little bit of computer knowledge! If you are interested in helping out in this ministry please feel free to speak to Simon or Dan who will better advise you on what is involved. With just a couple more   operators it would only mean 8 Sundays a year each and allow us a bit more flexibility when trying to organise the rota.

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 church.

ELECTORAL ROLL REVISION:  Our Electoral Roll is due to be revised on    Friday 30th March.  Please could you check the Roll on display in Church that all your details are correct and please write any corrections/deletions on the list or inform Lesley.  If you wish to be added to the list please fill in an application available on the welcome table and hand into the Church Office (Lesley) no later than 9am on Friday 30th.

3rd DAY MUSICAL Saturday 31st March 7.30pm:  Come along and hear the Easter Story in contemporary song conducted by composer Paul Savill,         performed by choir and soloists from St Michael’s and St John’s churches and enjoy hot food, tea and cake after the performance.  Admission by advance ticket only, free, from the church office 670033.

Brush up on your Budgeting Skills! Come on a CAP Money course at St Johns on three consecutive Mondays at 7pm. The next course is led by David and starts on 9 April. The course is for anyone and everyone and is not just for those who are struggling to make ends meet (although it is very helpful if there always seems to be ‘month left at the end of your money’!) The course is free, confidential, requires no disclosure of personal financial information and, believe it or not, is good fun. To register, contact St John’s church office on 670033 or email admin@stjohnsmuxton.org.uk

Our Annual Meeting (APCM) takes place on Sunday 15th April when we will hear about the life of St John’s during 2017, elect Church Wardens, PCC and Deanery Synod members. Nomination forms available in church next week     Vacancies:- Church Warden: 2 one year vacancies. PCC: 4 vacancies for 3 years,  and 1 for 1 year.  Deanery Synod: 2 Vacancies for 2 years.  Please consider and pray whether these posts maybe for you…

Film Fest 2018: Monies still coming in…now at £369… Fantastic effort from our young people.

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.

FLOWERS FOR THE CROSS: Last year at St Michael’s, we decorated a cross with flowers during the Easter Day Communion service.  This year, we intend to place the cross outside  St Michael’s, near the road for everyone to see.  We  invite anyone attending the 6:30am dawn service and/or the 9:30am Communion service to bring cut flowers or greenery with which to decorate the cross.

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 27th March 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 29th March 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.

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.

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:  Di Baxter                 AV: Dan                Coffee:  Anne P & Emma McC

Chairs:  Bakhtiar & volunteers                                          Communion: Carla & Gill S


Sidesperson: Chris Kemp               AV:  Simon             Coffee:  Pete & Julie Shelley

Chairs: Mike Price + Helpers   Communion: Vicky & Barbara   Counting: Jean & Colin


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  Emailrevrichcresswell@gmail.com

John 5:2-18

2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie – the blind, the lame, the paralysed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’

7 ‘Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’

8 Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, ‘It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.’

11 But he replied, ‘The man who made me well said to me, “Pick up your mat and walk.”’

12 So they asked him, ‘Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?’

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, ‘See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.’ 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.

16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defence Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.’ 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.