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31st December 2017

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Notices for Sunday 31st December

11am AWE ALL AGE MORNING WORSHIP: Welcome to our last service of 2017.  Today Matthew leads our service and talks to us about ‘Reason to be Hopeful’  Colossians 1:24-29.

CHRISTMAS CARDS….please check the table in the entrance hall to see if there are still any Christmas cards for you.

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.

Our first Lunchclub of 2018 is being held on Friday 5th January at 12noon.

ST JOHN’S PDT have a meeting on Tuesday 9th January 8pm at the Vicarage.

A New group is starting on 10th January and meeting fortnightly. C & C – Cross and Croissant invites 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.

THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT TEAM meets next on Monday 15th January 7.30pm at the home of Tony and Gill.

The next meeting of the EVANGELISM TEAM takes place on Monday 15th January 7.45pm at the home of Terry and Jan.

Our popular Join us 4 a Cuppa! begins it’s regular appearance in 2018 on Friday 19th January between 11am-1pm…..Our theme is ‘Party time’ celebrating         St John’s 20th Birthday.  Litter pickers also meet at 11am.

The next TGI for our young people takes place on Sunday 21st January 6-8pm here at St John’s.

ST JOHN’S PCC plan to meet on Monday 22nd January 7.30pm in Church.

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 Thursday 25th January 2018.  Pick up a leaflet in church for further information.

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!

Matthew and Jo would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ for all the kind messages, cards, presents and good wishes that they have received this Christmas.  They pray that you will know God’s blessing on you in 2018.

THANK YOU: Rich, Jenny, Nathan and Daniel would like to thank you all for your cards, gifts and, most especially, your prayers this Christmas time, which have been a source of great support to us.  We hope that you had a Christ-filled Christmas and we prayerfully look forward to an exciting New Year for our church family and community.

Tuesday 2nd January 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 4th 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. 

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:  John & Joan Macey           AV:  Simon       Counting: Tony & Janet   

Coffee:  John & Jane Preston                              Chairs: Terry, David W & Andy

NEXT WEEK

Sidesperson: John & Wendy Perry      AV:  Simon    Coffee:  Pete & Julie Shelley

Chairs: Simon T, Steve and Simon H     

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: Normal Office hours Monday and Friday

9.00am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 9.00am – 1.00pm.   

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

Colossians 1:24-29

Paul’s labour for the church

24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness – 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.