St John’s and St Michael’s Churches – Notices for Sunday 27th June and 4th July

Please note: You may have a delay in sending/receiving emails to church over the next few days as our new website goes live.   Please also note the Church Office will be closed next week due to holidays.

 

SUNDAY 27TH JUNE

Good Morning Sunday zoom service @ 8.15am this morning.  Please use the same link as the 11am service.

St Michael’s Morning Worship @ 9.30am: Welcome to our service today led by Matthew. Matthew 7:24-28

Zoom Holy Communion @ 11am: Our service this morning is led by Jan.  Matthew begins our new sermon series ‘A New Way of Living’ based on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel.  Matthew introduces us to the new series today looking at ‘Wisdom’ James 1:19-27 and Matthew 7:24-28.  We also offer a very warm welcome to Vikki on her first day as our Curate.                 Don’t forget your bread and wine

Below are the links to our online Sunday services, including readings and sermon for you to listen to at your leisure.

https://www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk/category/sermons/

or https://www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk/home/

 

SUNDAY 4TH JULY

St Michael’s Holy Communion @ 9.30am: Welcome to our service today led by Matthew. Matthew 6:1-4.

Zoom Morning Worship @ 11am: Our service this morning is led by Matthew.  John continues our new series ‘A New Way of Living’ today he will be talking to us about ‘Giving’. We will also hear about St John’s Mission of the Year ‘Toybox.’ A charity working in Latin America, Asia and Africa with a vision of a just world with no street children.  Matthew 6:1-4

Below are the links to our online Sunday services, including readings and sermon for you to listen to at your leisure.

https://www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk/category/sermons/

or https://www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk/home/

All attendance in church must be booked either through Frances (St Michael’s) or Lesley (St John’s).

WORLD CHURCH & JUSTICE – PRAYERS

  • After the G7 summit we continue to pray for the leaders and their teams, for vision on how to build better a world that is cleaner and fairer.  We pray for good relationships between the World Leaders.
  • We give thanks for the Covid vaccines that have been created and pray that they will be freely available to all. We ask God that at this conference, world leaders will be united in their commitments to help poorer countries gain access to these vaccines.
  • We pray for the ongoing refugee crisis and conflicts in the Middle East which is pushing people further into poverty.
  • We pray for the end of violence in West Africa and the Sehel region, which is making it harder for humanitarian groups to support vulnerable communities.
  • Finally let us all pause and reflect on God’s power.

EMERGENCY IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC): Please pray for everyone in the DRC who have been forced to leave their homes due to the recent volcanic eruption in Goma. Pray too for all those working tirelessly in difficult conditions to meet their needs. Thank you.  For more information and also if you would like to donate go to www.tearfund.org 

Is God calling you to a new thing? We hope to restart our Tiny TOTS group for young children and their parents/carers in September.  It is a fantastic opportunity to reach people who have very little connection with our church and is a group that is much appreciated in our community.  We need to be able to run it weekly and to do this we need to strengthen our team of volunteers by at least 4 people.   The group runs for an hour and a half on Tuesday mornings in term time and we are asking for a commitment of one session every 3 weeks. We are looking for people who are willing to listen and talk to mums and carers and to interact with their children.  DBS clearance is required for volunteers and you will need to undertake basic safeguarding training.  If you would like to be part of the team please contact Matthew Lefroy, Jan Stackhouse or Lesley in the office.

Is God calling you to something new #2? Churches in Newport are connecting with an organisation called Renew Wellbeing which helps them to open spaces of welcome and inclusion in partnership with mental health teams to improve mental and emotional wellbeing.   They are looking for volunteers to be a welcoming presence at a space in Newport which would be open for as many hours as it could be resourced.  If you would like to find out more about Renew Wellbeing then please visit https://www.renewwellbeing.org.uk .  If you would like to find out more about volunteering in Newport then please contact Matthew Lefroy who will put you in touch with the local team.

WORLD CHURCH & JUSTICE is due to meet next on Tuesday 29th June 7.30pm on zoom.

Sub:Zero/Sub:Extra are due to meet again on Friday 2nd July from 4pm.

ST MICHAEL’S PCC is planning to meet next on Monday 5th July 7.30pm on zoom. Link emailed separately.

The next HOUSEGROUP LEADERS meeting takes place on Monday 5th July 7.30pm on zoom.  Link to follow.

ST JOHN’S PCC plan to meet on Monday 12th July 7.30pm on zoom.  Link to be emailed to individuals.

Calling all walkers! We meet on a Wednesday 10am at St John’s for a gentle, local walk of around an hour.  All are welcome.  Please contact Jo Lefroy for any further information on 01952 604281.

CAP CHALLENGE Vanessa Le Breton, a CAP volunteer, is taking on a challenge for CAP (Christians Against Poverty – debt help) to raise awareness and funds. For many people they have very limited means with low income and benefits. One person was left with £47 for food and day to day expenditure for the month after essential payments were deducted. I am attempting to manage on only £47 for the month of June and will be reporting back on the challenge.  It would be great if those in our church family could make a donation to the national CAP charity through https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Vanessa-Le-Breton. If anyone would prefer to give to the Telford Debt Centre please arrange with Rita Church; email:  rita_church@sky.com

Activity Days 2021- We’re back! Oops maybe not…..Sorry we (I) jumped the gun as it were. With still so many restrictions in place, the low numbers that would be allowed to attend and with so much preparation involved; along with staffing we have decided to not go ahead with the activity days this year.

‘St John’s and St Michael’s churches are hoping to run a FREEDOM IN CHRIST COURSE this autumn at St John’s. Freedom in Christ is a bible-based discipleship course whose purpose is to help us live as the person God created us to be and do all the things He prepared in advance for us to do. For more information and a flavour of the course click on this link and watch the sample teaching videos.  https://www.ficm.org.uk/discipleship-course

Sessions include: ‘Who am I?’ ‘choosing to believe the truth’, the battle for our minds’, ‘handling emotions well’, ‘renewing the mind’ If you want to know more about the course or indeed register an interest now, please contact Les in the church office or Vicky Yates on 07971972961. Currently the plans are, if there is sufficient interest, to start the course at about 11:15am on Thursday 9 September. Each session takes about 2 hours. There will be 11 sessions on most Thursdays until early December.’

REGULAR GROUPS/MEETINGS/RESOURCES/INFORMATION

CARE FOR THE FAMILY: Take a look on www.careforthefamily.org.uk for events coming up.  There’s lots to choose from this spring, so go ahead and take your pick, events to do you and your family a world of good

A PLACE FOR CONTEMPLATION AND QUIET PRAYER: WORKS IN PROGRESS AT THE MOMENT – Please bear with us Please visit St John’s prayer garden. The garden is situated behind the beautiful Oak tree in our front garden to the right as you face St John’s front door.

EARLY MORNING PRAYERS: Are you an early bird?  A group of us pray for the work of the church at 7.30am every Thursday morning.  Join us for half an hour or part of the time on Zoom.  Contact Matthew for the link.

Please join us for Bible Reading/Discussion/Prayer via Zoom, weekdays at 9am.  The best way to access these is through the “Daily Prayer” app. available from The Church of England but if you want to follow from your Bible this is ok. Please contact Matthew who will give you the details to login.

PRAYER GROUP continues to meet, praying into our concerns and worries and listening to what God might be saying to us on zoom, 7pm on the second Sunday of each month. If anyone would like to join us please contact: Shirley, Vicky or Pam. (Members of St John’s) or Lesley (670033) can pass on your details.

PRAYER CHAINs: If you have any prayer requests please either text (preferable) Lisa 07739 522280 or Email:  west.familywest@btinternet.com or St Michael’s prayer chain coordinator Chris R 07834162343 or 01952 604330 or Email: scip@blueyonder.co.uk

A Monthly Youth Service called Conn3ct takes place on the last Sunday of each month.  Search on Youtube ‘Conn3ct’.   Please follow https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCSxLC1ssTnZr6h1l6f83ghQ

ST JOHN’S TINY TOTS takes place on a Tuesday morning 10.45 – 11.15am via zoom on an adhoc basis… If you would like to join in, or you know someone who would, then please contact the church office.

#FaithAtHome  features weekly video content to help families to talk about faith and pray together. The videos will be led by children, young people, staff and school leaders from across the country. #FaithAtHome will explore themes including courage, patience, generosity, resilience, love and hope. Go to churchofengland.org/faithathome

FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/stjohnsmuxton – please like our page and share our news stories with your friends.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

OFFICE HOURS – Monday 9-12noon, Tuesday 9-12noon and Friday 9-4pm

Email:  admin@stjohnsmuxton.org.uk or admin@stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

Website: www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk or www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

MATTHEW’S Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

Sunday 27th June

St Michaels only – Matthew 7:24-28

24 ‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,

Our first ‘Zoom’ Reading is from James 1:19-27

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do.

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Our second ‘Zoom’ Reading is taken from Matthew 7:24-28

24 ‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,

Sunday 4th July

St Michaels only – Matthew 6:1-4

‘Be careful not to practise your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

‘So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.