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3rd December 2017

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Notices for Sunday 3rd December

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:  Welcome to our service this morning led by Jan.  James talks to us about  ‘Being ready – Prayer’  Luke 5:17-26 and 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 

PRAYERS: Please continue to pray for Jean and her family as they come to terms with the sad loss of Denis Fry. 

Church Office will be closed Monday –Thursday next week…

DAILY READINGS DURING ADVENT: This December we’re encouraged to spend a little time each day enjoying the season of Advent, as well as the        inevitable preparation for Christmas.  We’ve prepared a set of short daily readings and reflections, contributed by a variety of our church members. You can pick up a booklet in church, or download it from www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk/advent if you prefer to have it on your tablet or smartphone.

CAP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: More volunteers needed for the CAP debt     centre. Full training provided (next session in December). Daytime availability preferred. Contact the manager, Jane Preston 07910 779345 or email              janepreston@capuk.org for more details.

An entertaining cartoon telling The Nativity from the viewpoint of the animals is now being shown at Telford’s Cineworld and Odeon. The Star (U) starring a cute lamb and a show-off dove are amongst the animal cast. Oprah Winfrey voices Deborah the camel. Cineworld: Daily at 4pm (also at 11.20am & 1.40pm on Saturday) Odeon: Daily at 12.30pm (also at 10.15am on Saturday and Sunday)

The Pathfinder Children need your help. Do you have any fabric which you could donate to make traditional nativity character costumes? We are looking for help cutting out and sewing them also. If you are willing to help, either meeting one Saturday morning or taking something home to sew at your leisure, then please speak to Ellie Jones 07830524321.

SHOEBOX APPEAL: We are pleased to say we collected 85 boxes, 3 baskets and money donations at our appeal this year.  The really good news is that the     collection centre has received 4,556 boxes which were being be despatched on Friday 1st December.

EVANGELISM TEAM meets next tomorrow evening 7.45pm at the home of Terry and Jan.

LUNCHCLUB: St John’s Christmas Lunch is on Friday 8th December – 12 noon for 12.30pm the cost is £7.00.

ST MICHAEL’S CHOIR will be singing carols at the Christmas Market in     Telford Town Centre on Friday 8th December between 7-7.30pm and money raised will go to St Michael’s church to be distributed to local causes and we would especially like to invite you to join the choir to sing with them.

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place THIS Saturday (9th) 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

LAST DATE FOR BRINGING ITEMS FOR CAP CHRISTMAS HAMPERS is NEXT Sunday (10th).Thank you so much to those of you who have already  contributed. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will make a huge        difference to families struggling to repay their debts this Christmas.

The Gallery Singers are very pleased to present ‘Northern Lights’  A collection of songs and carols for Christmas.  Sunday 10 December at 3.00 pm at All Saints Church, Forton. Tickets £8 available from  www.thegallerysingers.co.uk, from Gill Roberts 078030 42807or on the door.

MESSY CHRISTINGLE: Please join us for this fun interactive service on    Sunday 10th December 4pm at St Michael’s with food, fun, make your own Christingle,  Nativity Photobooth, snowman cakes and more.  Fun for all the family.  If anyone is willing to provide some mince pies please contact Thom or Ellie.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP in December takes place on Thursday 14th at 2.30pm.  Why not invite a friend, neighbour or relative to join us at this festive time.

JOIN US 4 A CUPPA! invites you to a CAP Coffee Morning on Friday 15th December between 11am-1pm. 

CAROLS AND CANDLES: Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without our       service of Carols and Candles.  Enjoy mulled wine, mince pies, carols and step back 2000 years and meet the author of Christmas.  Please invite your family, friends and neighbours to join with us on Saturday 16th December at 8pm as we enjoy the Christmas festivities.  Any donations of mince pies would be gratefully received.

CAROL SINGING AROUND MUXTON this year takes place on Wednesday 20th December meeting at St John’s at 6.30pm and return after for some well

earned mulled wine and mince pies.

FORGET ME NOT FILMS would like you to join them at St John’s Thursday 21st December for our festive film ‘Scrooge’ at 9.30am.

BLUE CHRISTMAS: Christmas can be a difficult time for some….Our Blue Christmas service helps us to bring before God any thoughts and worries we might have.  Please join us on Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm.

CHRISTINGLE & CRIB SERVICE: A fun short service for families. Get your Christmas off to a cracking start by joining us for 45 minutes of carols and a walk-on nativity where younger children are invited to come dressed as shepherds, angels or kings ending with the traditional Christingle.  Due to popular demand we are offering 2 services 3.30pm & 4.30pm on Christmas Eve here at St John’s.

Tuesday 5th December 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 7th December 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St John’s

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.

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:   The Suffell family                                                        AV: Simon      

Coffee:   Colin & Judith Myers                          Chairs:  Dave W, Andy D & Tony

NEXT WEEK

Sidesperson9.30am Brenda Gilham and 11am The Fidler family

AV: 9.30am John Fenn and 11am Dan West            Communion: Simon & Carla

Coffee: 9.30am Norman & Val Trotman  and 11am The Rawson family

Chairs:  Jon & Alan

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

Luke 5:17-26 Jesus forgives and heals a paralysed man

17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal those who were ill. 18 Some men came carrying a paralysed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, ‘Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?’

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, ‘Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up and walk”? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.’ So he said to the paralysed man, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, ‘We have seen remarkable things today.’

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.