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29th April 2018

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Notices for Sunday 29th April

11am HOLY COMMUNION + BAPTISM: Welcome to our service this morning led by Rich.  Today Matthew talks to us about ‘Giving’ Philippians 2:5-11 and Luke 19:1-10. We also offer a very warm welcome to our very own Alex and his family, who is being baptised today. Please join the West family afterwards to celebrate with them. 

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

CAP DEBT CENTRE VOLUNTEEERS NEEDED to help accompany our debt coaches on visits to clients. Daytime availability essential.  Next training session will take place at the beginning of June.  Contact janepreston@capuk.org or 0791077934.

NEWPORT FOOD BANK At the end of June Jenny Townley will step down as Coordinator of the Newport foodbank. It has been five years, in November, since the foodbank opened in Newport. During that time we have supported a number of families and individuals through difficult times. Much of this is down to the enormous generosity of the churches and Newport people donating food and money, which has enabled the project to keep going. As of the beginning of May we are going down to just one session. These sessions will remain on a Tuesday afternoon and we will continue to have a Thrive support worker attending, to answer questions on benefits, debt and housing etc.  The foodbank was set up to be a Christian witness in the town. It is a means of showing God’s service in practical way. There is a mix of Christian volunteers and volunteers who may not have any faith, working at the foodbank and over the years there have been many fruitful conversations, as a result. If you may be interested in taking on this role then please contact Matthew or Lesley who will put you in touch with Jenny. Alternatively if you would like to volunteer occasionally to cover when other volunteers are off sick or on holiday then please get in touch. .

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 continuing this Wednesday (2nd). Contact the church office 670033.

THE CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE is meeting on Thursday 3rd May 7.30pm at Christ Church in Stone. The meeting aims to encourage Christians to be confident and effective in applying their faith to the challenges of today’s culture.  Topics include Family, Gospel freedom and Gender ideology.  Leaflets in church.

LUNCHCLUB this month takes place this Friday (4th) at 12noon.  All welcome.

Please join Andrew and Gurby for a Somosa lunch after Annabelle’s thanksgiving during the service next Sunday (6th May).  All welcome.

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 know, Nick and I will be getting married at St Michael’s, on Saturday May 19th at 1.30pm. We would love to invite my church family to join us for the service and 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 at the Activity Days? 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 more vital. Please fill in form available in church and hand to Lesley or Ellie .

ITEMS FOR SALE: A member of the congregation is moving house soon and has a 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 full list on table in church.

Tuesday 1st May 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 3rd May 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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Sidesperson: The Suffell Family     AV:  Simon      Coffee:  The Umataliev family

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


Sidesperson: Anne Plant                                            Coffee:  Philip & Jean Baker

AV: Rob                                                               Chairs: Steve Hedges & 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

RICH’S DAY OFF is usually WEDNESDAY  Email: revrichcresswell@gmail.com

Philippians 2:5-11 (NIVUK)

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Luke 19:1-10 (NIVUK)   Zacchaeus the tax collector

19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’

Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’