St John’s and St Michael’s ChurchesNotices for Sunday 25th July

Good Morning Sunday zoom service @ 8.15am We continue with GMS online for the time being… with your own choice of breakfast (downside – you have to make it!) Please use the same link as the 11am service).

St Michael’s Morning Worship @ 9.30am: A warm welcome to our service today led by David. Today David talks to us about ‘Food for Thought’ Matthew 14:13-21.

St John’s Holy Communion online zoom service and in church @ 11am:Welcome back to our ‘normal’ zoom service and also to all those joining us in church. Today our service is led by Matthew and Vikki continues our sermon series ‘A New Way of Living’, today looking at ‘Rules & Law’ Matthew 5:17-20 and Matthew 22:36-40. Remember your bread and wine!!!

Please note: Whilst we know restrictions have been lifted we are still going to be cautious as cases do continue to rise in our area. We will not be taking out social distancing quite yet, continuing to operate a one way system with hand sanitising on entry. We would like you to still wear face masks, especially when moving around the building and passing people and to socialise outdoors. It is great news that we can now allow quiet singing behind our masks. Restrictions will be reviewed every 2-3 weeks taking into account the current risk status, continually monitoring therefore easing us back gently and safely. As so many of you enjoyed the outdoor service at St John’s last week we plan to do another one, hopefully on 8th August…further info/details will follow.

For the time being please continue to book in the usual way.

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 http://www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk/home/

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

PRAYERS: Please continue to pray for the families/friends of Ann Churm, Mike Harris, Joan Collin and Graham Brown, also members of St Michael’s who have sadly passed away recently.

These were the main topics discussed at the recent St Michael’s PCC meeting:

  • the Quinquennial (five yearly) report on the fabric of the church had highlighted some work on the roof and stonework which required immediate attention. Quotes would be obtained to commence the work as soon as possible.
  • the structure and accountability of committees which report to St Michael’s PCC

Other items considered were

  • raising the limit on attendance from 30 people to attend funerals if the groupings of people allowed.
  • A single issue meeting to be held on 19th July for both St Michael’s and St John’s PCCs to consider how to use the “Living in Love and Faith” material released by the Church of England to facilitate discussions on identity and sexuality.

(Full minutes will be available once they have been approved at the next meeting.)

This was the main topic discussed at the recent St John’s PCC meeting:

  • the structure and accountability of committees which report to St John’s PCC

Other items considered were

  • worshipping outdoors to enable collective singing.
  • A single issue meeting to be held on 19th July for both St Michael’s and St John’s PCCs to consider how to use the “Living in Love and Faith” material released by the Church of England to facilitate discussions on identity and sexuality.
  • the next steps for Afternoon Fellowship after Judith and Colin’s decision to step down from hosting.

(Full minutes will be available once they have been approved at the next meeting).

SUNDAY ROTAs: We are going to put together the rota in the next couple of weeks ready for September time. Would you like to go on the Rota? Or maybe would like to take a break …please contact either Judith or Sue Whitelaw (or the church office) with any updates. Thank you.

The EVANGELISM TEAM are to meet now on Tuesday 3rd August 7.45pm.

MEN ONLY! It’s been a while since we have been able to have a men’s breakfast. In the meantime following a successful pilot a couple of weeks ago, we are planning some social drinks meeting at the Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton on Sunday 8th August from 7.30pm…look forward to seeing you there…

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – COMMUNITY EVENT: It’s been a long time since we were able to have big events, and we wanted to do something to bring the community together. One thing we have all missed over lockdown has been the opportunity to enjoy live music. Therefore, as part of this community picnic on Saturday 4th September 11.30am-3pm we are holding an ‘open mic’. This is a chance for local musicians to come and perform and for the rest of us to enjoy their music. (See poster below for more information). Please share with your friends and family.

‘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.’

MORE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Ride & Stride Saturday 11th September and Lilleshall Scarecrow Festival Saturday 18th September (See poster at the end of these notices).

 

REGULAR GROUPS/MEETINGS/RESOURCES/INFORMATION

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.

A PLACE FOR CONTEMPLATION AND QUIET PRAYER: Please visit St John’s prayer garden, another bench has been added. 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

Energize website is providing materials each week to be downloaded by families. https://www.energize.uk.net/pages/kids_club_by_post.

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

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

John 15:7 ‘If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

OFFICE HOURS: Monday 9-12noon, Tuesday 9-12noon and Friday 9-4pm 01952 670033

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 (Usual day off Friday)

Vikki’s Email: revdayvik@gmail.com (Normal day off Friday)

 

St Michael’s only – Matthew 14:13-21

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed those who were ill.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so that they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.’

16 Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’

17 ‘We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,’ they answered.

18 ‘Bring them here to me,’ he said. 19 And he told the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

St John’s first Reading is from Matthew 5:17-20

17 ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practises and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Our second Reading is taken from Matthew 22:36-40 (The Message) The Most Important Command

When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”

Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”