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7th January 2018

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Notices for Sunday 7th 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 ALL AGE MORNING WORSHIP + BAPTISM: Welcome to our first    service of 2018 made extra special with the Baptism of James Banks.  Today Matthew leads our service and Heiko talks to us about ‘The importance of preaching the Gospel’  1 Timothy 5:3-17  and John 19:23-27.

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.

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 Adventure Begins”, a joint production from New Wine and Riding
Lights, is coming to Telford on February 2nd 7.30pm at Holy trinity      Academy, Telford TF2 9SQ. Tickets £10 available from the website:  https://www.new-wine.org/adventurebegins or contact 07772956146.

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

Thursday 11th 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 & Wendy Perry      AV:  James  Coffee:  Pete & Julie Shelley

Chairs: Simon T, Steve and Simon H     

NEXT WEEK

Sidesperson:  9.30am Dora Gurd and 11am Ann Lockley

Coffee : 9.30am John & Moira Fenn and 11am Charlotte Fidler & Julie Hartridge AV:  Simon           Communion: Jan & Carla         Chairs: John Perry & Jon Rawson

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

 

Epistle: 1 Timothy 5:3-17 (ESV)

 

Honour widows who are truly widows.

But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.

She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day,

but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.

Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach.

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband,

10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.

11 But refuse to enrol younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry

12 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith.

13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.

15 For some have already strayed after Satan.

16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honour, especially those who labour in preaching and teaching.

Gospel: John 19:23-27 (ESV)

23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom,

24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,“They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”So the soldiers did these things,

25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”

27Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.