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6th January 2019

Welcome to St John’s Church

Notices for Sunday 6th January

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 MORNING WORSHIP: A warm welcome to our first Sunday services of 2019 today led by Jon.  Matthew talks to us about ‘Children, Communion and Confirmation’ Luke 18:15-17 and Matthew 11:20-30.

PRAYERS: It is with great sadness we tell you that Mary Finnegan passed away peacefully early hours Monday morning (31st).  Our thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends.  Mary’s funeral service will take place at St John’s on Thursday 17th January at 12.30pm.

Matthew and Jo would like to say a huge thank you for all your prayers, gifts, cards and good wishes over the Christmas season.  We wish all of you God’s blessing for a peaceful New Year.

Please check your pigeon hole as we still have a few Christmas cards and    rotas to be picked up.  Thank you.

CONFIRMATION: Confirmation Service 27th January 11am at St Michael’s. It’s still not too late to consider confirmation.  Please do speak to Matthew if you are considering being confirmed. Preparation evenings for the confirmation will be on Tuesdays 8th, 15th and 22nd January from 7-8 pm at St Michael’s Lilleshall.  There will be refreshments served from 6.45 and we will finish promptly at 8.00 pm.

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place on Saturday 12th January 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Charlie, David Pierce or Lesley know you are coming.

EVANGELISM TEAM are due to meet on Monday 14th January 7.45pm at the home of Terry & Jan.

Our next JOIN US 4 A CUPPA! takes place on Friday 18th January between 11am-1pm…All very welcome.  Our usual litter picking also takes place from 10am.

BIBLE IN 60 MINUTES: Our former curate Rich Cresswell will be offering his “Bible in 60 minutes” presentation at St Mary’s Church, Shawbury (SY4 4NH) on Saturday 19th January, starting at 3pm.  Come along to be amazed and      inspired by the story of a loving God and his people.  Suitable for anyone from secondary school age upwards – no charge.  If you’d like to attend, it would help if you could let Rich know to allow St Mary’s to plan numbers –revrichcresswell@gmail.com

ST JOHN’S PCC meets on Monday 21st January 7.30pm in St John’s Church.

WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE: The New Year is a time for pondering and reflecting on the past and wondering what the future may have in store. Christianity and other faiths often suggest that they can offer answers to these        challenging questions – but do they and what do Christians actually believe in? Do you or know someone who wants to explore what Christians believe and what it means to be a Christian then this short 6 week course maybe for you/them, starting on Thursday 31st January here at St John’s Church  Please pick up a leaflet in church.

For further info and booking please pick up a leaflet about our Parish Away Weekend at the Pioneer Centre near Cleobury Mortimer from the evening of Friday 17th May to the afternoon of Sunday 19th May 2019. 

Tuesday 8th January 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 10th 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 Charlie, David Pierce 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.

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 Church during term time. Contact the office for further details.

SUB:ZERO – cafe style youth club for School years 7-9 at St John’s 4-6pm on Friday’s during term time. Followed by Sub:Extra 6.30-8pm for years 10-13.

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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THIS WEEK

Sidesperson: Steve & Heather                                           Coffee: Norman & Val

AV:  Rob                                                                                          Chairs:  Tony

NEXT WEEK

Sidesperson: 9.30am Richard and Carla and 11am Volunteer please

Coffee: 9.30am Philip & Jean and 11am Jon, Ruth, Leah, Jacob & Isaac

AV: 9.30amTony & 11am Dan         Communion: Vicky & Barbara           Chairs:  Jon

 CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR:

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

 

Luke 18:15-17 

The little children and Jesus

15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’

 

Matthew 11:20-30 

Woe on unrepentant towns

20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 ‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.’

The Father revealed in the Son

25 At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

27 ‘All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’