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Christmas 2017

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Happy Christmas

CHRISTMAS EVE

11am HOLY COMMUNION: Welcome to our service this morning led by Jane and Robyn talks to us about ‘Being Ready – Study’ Luke 2:1-16 and Matthew 2:1-12

3.30 & 4.30pm ‘CRIB’STINGLE: Welcome to our fun service for families led by our Curate Rich. Get your Christmas off to a cracking start with carols, a Pop-up nativity and finishing with the traditional Christingle. 

CHRISTMAS DAY – ’Happy Birthday Jesus’

11am ALL AGE HOLY COMMUNION: A warm welcome to you all on this very special morning as we join together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Our service today is led by Jan and Matthew.  Titus 3:4-8 and John 1:1-14 .

UPDATE ON KIP…please take a look at the letter printed in church also a copy on the notice board.

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.

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.

Tuesday 26th December NO 8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

Thursday 28th December 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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Sidesperson:  Pete & Julie Shelley       AV:   James      Communion: Geoff & Pam

Coffee:  The Umataliev family          

Sidesperson: Churchwardens           AV:  John         Communion: Vicky & Barbara

Chairs:  Volunteers please

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

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

Christmas Eve

Luke 2:1-16 The birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,    praising God and saying,

14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

Matthew 2:1-12 The Magi visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written:

‘“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”’

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Christmas Day

Lord Jesus Christ,
your birth at Bethlehem
draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth:
accept our heartfelt praise
as we worship you,
our Saviour and our eternal God.

Titus 3:4-8

But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been     justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

John 1:1-14  The Word became flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not          recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.