Notices for Sunday 19th & 26th September

Church Office closed 20th – 24th September

SUNDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER

St Michael’s Holy Communion @ 9.30am: Welcome to our service today led by Matthew and Vikki.

St John’s Morning Worship Zoom service @ 11am: Good morning and welcome to our service led by John. Jon continues our series talking to us today about ‘A new way of living – Treasures in Heaven’. Matthew 6:19-24 and Proverbs 4:18-27.

SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER

Good Morning Sunday zoom service @ 8.15am We continue with GMS online for the time being… with your own choice of breakfast Please use the same link as the 11am service.

St Michael’s Harvest Morning Worship @ 9.30am: Welcome to our service today led by Vikki and Matthew is our preacher. Harvest gifts will be most welcome.

St John’s Holy Communion Zoom service @ 11am: Good morning and welcome to our service led by Matthew. Jan continues our sermon series ‘A new way of living’ today talking to us about ‘Worry’ Matthew 6:25-34.

Don’t forget your bread and wine x

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.

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/

WORLD CHURCH & JUSTICE – PRAYERS: Tearfund are inviting us to watch one or two of their short films on climate change and see the impact of this on the people we support abroad, while looking at what we can do in our church and our own homes. https://www.tearfund.org/campaigns/christianity-and-climate-change-film-series On a similar note in our throwaway society, some Asda stores are having a second hand clothes section and Primark have pledged to make more durable clothes from more sustainable materials. Let us pray that any of the Afghan refugees who have arrived in the UK may be welcomed and their children settled into schools, as our own children and students begin new terms.

PRAYERS: Vera Russell – We have been saddened by the news that Vera died from cancer on 31 August 2021. Our churches supported Len and Vera in the 1990s when they worked in Kenya with AIM (Africa Inland Mission). Their mission focus was mainly with the Samburu tribe in Northern Kenya. We very much valued our link with them. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Russell family at this sad time. Donations in memory of Vera can be made to Cancer Research UK.

ST MICHAELS PCC is meeting tomorrow evening (20th) 7.30pm in Church.

EVANGELISM TEAM meets tomorrow evening (20th) 7.45pm.

PASTORAL LIST UPDATE: I have emailed everyone on the pastoral list to check to see if their details are correct. If you haven’t already replied could you please check your emails (maybe I have gone into your spam folder) and see if all your info is up to date and advise me of any corrections/deletions or additional info that you would like me to put on. I will then re-issue an up to date version. Thank you. Lesley

FORGET ME NOT FILMS: We are delighted to say that we are able to relaunch the film mornings at St John’s starting this month with a showing of Broadway Melody of 1940 with Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell on Thursday 23rd September! The film will start at 10 am – please arrive any time from 9.45 am. If you have any questions, or to let us know you are coming, please contact Jo Lefroy on 01952 604281 or via the church office.

TELFORD STREET PASTOR – RELAUNCH. Next Saturday (25th September) Telford Street Pastors are hosting a breakfast meeting (9.30am for 10am start) at The Chapel, Meeting Point House to celebrate 10 years of making a difference on the streets, and to relaunch as we look for new members to join us. Everyone is welcome so please do join us to find out exactly what it is like to be a Street or Prayer Pastor, and why we do what we do. (See posters below)

SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING AND COMMEMORATION: As recognition and appreciation for the sacrifices and selflessness of people in our county during the Covid-19 pandemic and importantly, to mark the ebbing of the pandemic in Shropshire, the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Mrs Anna Turner and The Vicar and Churchwardens of Shrewsbury Abbey welcome all to a Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration on the 26th September at 6pm.

ST JOHNS PCC is due to meet on Monday 27th September at 7.30pm.

CAP MONEY COURSE: A free course run by Christians Against Poverty, Telford to help you manage your money better and learn how to budget, save and spend well. 3 Sessions 7th, 21st and 28th October 1-3pm at Admaston House Community Centre, Wellington Road, Admaston TF5 0BN To book contact roland@hopeadmaston.org.uk or 07850 871367.

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

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

Conn3ct is postponed until further notice….you can still see previous services by searching on Youtube ‘Conn3ct’. Please follow https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCSxLC1ssTnZr6h1l6f83ghQ

TINY TOTS: A Toddler group for parents/carers of under 5’s taking place on Tuesday mornings from 10am during term time.

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.

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

LILLESHALL POST OFFICE: The post office at the Lilleshall Memorial Hall will be open on Tuesdays 10am -12pm and Wednesdays 10am – 12pm. Please try to support it.

Matthew 7:8 ‘For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened’

OFFICE HOURS: Monday 9-3pm, 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)

(19th) Zoom service – First Reading is from Matthew 6:19-24

19 ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 ‘The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 ‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

(19th) Zoom Service – Second Reading is from Proverbs 4:18-27

18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.

(26th) Matthew 6:25-34

25 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 ‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.