St John’s and St Michael’s Churches Notices for Sunday 5th September

St Michael’s Holy Communion @ 9.30am: Welcome to our service today led by Matthew. Matthew 6:5-15.

St John’s Morning Worship livestreamed and outdoor (or in Church if weather bad) service @ 11am: A warm welcome to our service this morning led by Jon. We continue with ‘A new way of living’ and today James talks to us about ‘Prayer’ Matthew 6:5-15 and Ephesians 6:18-19. (As before this will be Livestreamed on YouTube and not via Zoom)

Update for indoors at St John’s: After our recent review we have now increased our capacity within St John’s to 50 (can vary slightly depending on bubbles, couples and family units). We continue to operate a one way system whilst weather is ok, with hand sanitising on entry. We would still like you to wear face masks when moving around the building and singing but can be removed when sitting. We will continue to keep the building well ventilated so please dress appropriately. Thank you for your patience.

Please find below the link for Sunday’s outdoor service which will be livestreamed at 11am on the church’s YouTube channel, St John’s Muxton. Please follow this link…..

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6N81vubkdzSYD7rCPFw5Q

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/

SUB:ZERO/EXTRA: Our Youth Café starts back on Friday 10th September …4-6pm for school years 7-9 and 6-8pm for school years 10-13. See you all then ?

Ride+Stride is a sponsored bike ride or walk in which people all over England walk or cycle between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside from Cornwall to Northumberland. The money they raise helps to save historic churches, chapels and meeting houses for future generations by helping to fund urgent repairs and the installation of modern facilities. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 11th September Cycle ….. walk ….. ride ….. drive … your choice. Go to www.shropshirehct.org for more information or your local cycle ride contact on 402321 or 07485 099393

ST JOHN’S TINY TOTS is planning to start back on Tuesday 13th September at 10am. A warm welcome to all under 5’s and their parents/carers.

The EVANGELISM TEAM are due to meet next on Monday 13th September at 7.45pm.

JOIN US 4 A CUPPA! If everything continues to go to plan we are very excited to say that we are planning our first ‘Join Us’ in quite a while on Friday 17th September 11am-1pm. Cannot wait to see you all.

LILLESHALL SCARECROW FESTIVAL takes place on Saturday 18th September (See poster at the end of these notices).

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT YOUR VOCATION? whether that be ordination, reader training, community or church based, or ‘secular’ work focused Pathways is a great course for encouraging and empowering lay ministry. To find out more please follow this link https://www.lichfield.anglican.org/vocations-and-training/exploring-vocation/pathways_to_ministry/pathways_to_ministry.php or contact Helen Scheven, Lichfield Diocese Training co-ordinator at Helen.Scheven@lichfield.anglican.org

POST OFFICE RE-OPENING: The post office at the Lilleshall Memorial Hall is re-opening its doors. It will be open during the following times…. Tuesday 10am -12pm and Wednesday 10am – 12pm. Please try to support it.

CAP: Befrienders needed – the cap debt centre is in need of more befrienders to help Jane and Marcelle. If you think you could help please contact Jane Preston 07932189493 janepreston@capuk.org asap.

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.

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave 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 and St John’s Outdoor/Livestream service – First Reading is from Matthew 6:5-15

5 ‘And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 ‘This, then, is how you should pray:

‘”Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Outdoor/Livestream service – Second Reading is from Ephesians 6:18-19

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,