St John’s and St Michael’s Churches Notices for Sunday 24th October

St Michael’s

9.30am MORNING WORSHIP: Good morning and welcome to our service today led by Vikki. Today is Bible Sunday where we celebrate the Scriptures in a more intentional way. The full list of readings set for today are: Isaiah 55.1-11; Psalm 19:7-14; 2 Timothy 3:14-4.5; John 5:36b-47 – why do you think these might be good readings to engage with as we give thanks for Scripture? Feel free to have a chat with Vikki after the services over the next few weeks, to share your thoughts.

St John’s

During the pandemic our Sunday breakfast service, Good Morning Sunday (GMS) has been happening online monthly. We will not be meeting online TODAY (Sunday 24th) as advertised. Instead the next GMS will happen… with breakfast… in church… on Advent Sunday 28th November 8.15am.

11am HOLY COMMUNION: A very warm welcome to all who are in church today and also everyone watching from home. Today Jane leads our service and Robyn’s sermon is entitled “Choosing your path” and follows on in our series on the Sermon on the Mount. John 14:5-6 and Matthew 7:13-14.

Please note: We still encourage 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 website and to our YouTube channel live streaming our services at St John’s at 11am (previous recordings will also be available to watch at your leisure).

https://www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk/home

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

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

Our SPARK Sessions for young people aged 10 and above and our SAS sessions for children aged 5-10 will begin again after half term (first Sunday in November.) They will run during Sunday services in term time except on the second Sunday of each month. LIGHT (our sessions for under 5’s) will not be restarting at the moment. However, we are planning to make the Acorn Room a place where parents can be with very young children as they watch the livestream of the service.

EVANGELISM TEAM – NEWSPAPER: Sub group members are due to meet on Wednesday 27th October at 7pm.

ST JOHN’S BUILDING MANAGEMENT TEAM are to meet next on Monday 1st November 7.30pm in church.

TELFORD CHRISTIANS TOGETHER invites you to their AGM on Monday 1st November 7pm at Holy Trinity Church, Wrockwardine Wood. Please RSVP by emailing chrisdensham@telfordchristiancouncil.co.uk by 25th October.

Bishop Sarah would like to invite you to Shrewsbury Abbey on Monday 1st November (10.30am – 12.30pm) to support the vital and life-changing work of The Children’s Society and to hear first hand reports of their work in supporting children and young people in communities across our country. There will also be an opportunity to hear of an important piece of partnership working between The Children’s Society and West Mercia Police, encouraging and enabling positive life choices for young people. Shrewsbury Abbey, 25 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, England, SY2 6BS. Attendance is free but, as places are limited, you must pre-register using this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/174208822277

WORSHIP LUNCH & MUSIC takes place on Thursday 4th November 12noon at St Michael’s.

You are warmly invited to our 6th CAP ANNIVERSARY SERVICE on Wednesday 10th November 7.30pm at St John’s.

IGNITE is a worship and prayer evening at All Saints, Wellington, 7.30pm for about an hour – hour and a quarter, on Saturday 13 November. It’s a great opportunity to worship, meet with and hear from God.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Are you ready for Shoebox Season?…National Collection Week is 15-22nd November…This year St John’s is a designated drop off point for the area. You can drop off your boxes anytime during office hours. Thank you for your continued and valued support in providing gifts for children who may otherwise not receive a gift this Christmas.

LUNCHCLUB – WE’RE BACK: We are so excited to be able to invite you to our Christmas Lunch on Friday 10th December at 12noon… To book your lunch, please contact Ann Easton on 604341 by the end of November (or Office 670033). The cost will be £7 each.

JOIN US 4 A CUPPA! are very pleased to let you know that £50 was raised during their coffee morning last week in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness. Thank you all so very much.

CARE FOR THE FAMILY have been running events for nearly 30 years, speaking to parents and couples all over the country in an effort to support and help those in all stages of family life. The engaging, practical and experienced speakers aim to share helpful insights to support you and those you love. We look forward to you joining us online https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/events/events-online-2, eg ‘Raising Teens’, ‘A mind of their own’ and many more but if you can’t join one of our events, know that we offer support and resources to help you online, plus an eager team ready to help at 029 2081 0800.

REGULAR GROUPS/MEETINGS/RESOURCES/INFORMATION

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.

FROGS: We would like to invite our young people to attend FROGS. This is a youth group which is held weekly at St Swithun’s church in Cheswardine. We have been working closely with FROGS for many years as we have attended Quinta together. Colin Barnett, a member of St Michael’s, is currently a leader there. They meet every Tuesday from 7-9pm, for secondary school pupils and sixth formers. Please see Kathy Tagg or Matthew for information.

WORSHIP LUNCH & MUSICtakes place on the first Thursday of each month except August. (Weekly during Lent) 12noon at St Michael’s.

POP IN FOR COFFEE held at St Michael’s on the 2nd Thursday of the month 10-12noon. (11th November)

FORGET ME NOT FILMS: Takes place usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month. 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.

JOIN US 4 A CUPPA! A monthly coffee morning held at St John’s on a Friday between 11am – 1pm. Litter pickers are also invited to meet just before, litter pick the local area then return for a well earned cuppa!

sub:Zero/sub:Extra our Youth Café currently held monthly on a Friday from 4pm (sub:Zero) and 6pm (sub:Extra). (5th November)

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.

TELFORD STREET PASTOR After 10 years of making a difference on the streets of Telford they are relaunching and urge you to consider….Is God calling you to serve as a Street Pastor or Prayer Pastor? If you would like to find out a little bit more about what is involved please either have a chat to Simon Trotman or Gill Steinert or see the poster at the end of these notices with further 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.

VIEW OUR MONTHLY CHURCH MAGAZINE BY CLICKING ‘HERE

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

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.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

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) Holiday – 22nd October – 1st November

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

 

St Michael’s only – Isaiah 55:1-11

55 ‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,for he has endowed you with splendour.’
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.
9 ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

St John’s – Our first reading is from John 14:5-6

5 Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’
6 Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

St John’s – Our second reading is from Matthew 7:13-14

13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.