SUNDAY 7th NOVEMBER

St Michael’s

9.30am HOLY COMMUNION + BAPTISM: Welcome to our service today led by Matthew. We offer a very warm welcome to the family and friends of Flynn who is being baptised today. Habakkuk 3:11-19 and Matthew 9:18-26

St John’s

11am MORNING WORSHIP: A very warm welcome to all who have joined us in church and of course to all watching from home. Today Matthew leads our service and Jon begins our new series ‘Prophecies of hope’ today talking about ‘The Lord is my strength’. Habakkuk 3:11-19 and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

Our SPARK Sessions for young people aged 10 and above and our SAS sessions for children aged 5-10 begin TODAY. 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.

SUNDAY 14th NOVEMBER

St Michael’s

10.45am REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: Welcome to our special annual service remembering those loved and lost, outside again this year. At 11am we will listen to 11 bell chimes, The Last Post followed by 2 minutes silence and Reveille bugle call, all from the Church doorstep.

St John’s

11am HOLY COMMUNION: Good morning and welcome to you all on this special day of remembrance. This morning our service is led by Jane. Robyn talks to us about “God, the God of justice”. Nahum 1:1-15.

Please note: Reminder we still encourage you to wear face masks especially when going up for communion, 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 helping us to help you.

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

WORLD CHURCH & JUSTICE – PRAYERS

COP 26 Climate Meeting – please pray that the Lord will guide the delegates to a successful commitment to reduce our reliance on materials that are ruining the planet and its biodiversity.

Developing Nations – a prayer that the Rich World will financially support these countries and also arrange for Covid vaccinations to be urgently distributed. They are our “neighbours” and with the Covid pandemic rife and Climate Change they are losing their lively-hood, their homes and their lives.

Charities our Churches support – please pray for Care who confront the Government on moral & faith matters, Street Pastors, who are out in the night bringing care and safety to people outside pubs and night-clubs. CPAS who give guidance and help to churches and clergy. Tearfund who work world-wide bringing succour to impoverished folk through partner Christian organisation. Nepal Leprosy Trust working with leprous people, bringing work and esteem. Toybox who work with street children, restoring hope for the hopeless in South America, and now in many other countries too.

CHURCH OFFICE is now CLOSED until Monday 15th November at 9am

The EVANGELISM TEAM will be meeting tomorrow evening (8th) at 7.45pm. Also Sub group ‘Newspaper’ on Wednesday 10th at 7pm and sub group ‘Outreach course’ on Wednesday 17th November also at 7pm.

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

St Michael’s invites you to …‘POP IN FOR COFFEE’ …anytime between 10am and 12noon on Thursday 11th November. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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. (see advert below)

JOIN US 4 A CUPPA! Our next coffee morning we will be having a ‘Gift Stall’ (19th Nov) therefore if anyone has any unwanted gifts these will be gratefully received and can be dropped off at the church office AFTER next week.

THE BIG QUIZ NIGHT: We will be holding a quiz to raise funds for Tearfund at St John’s on Saturday 20 November, 7pm. Further details to follow.

A speaker from Nepal Leprosy Trust is visiting St Michael’s and St John’s on Sunday 21 November. There will be a craft stall, open before and after each of the two morning services, featuring goods made by both ex-leprosy patients and other disadvantaged groups living in Nepal. The stall will be selling goods e.g. handbags, wallets, card and glasses cases, pashminas and shawls, batik cards, items made from leather, felt and allo, christmas cards and much more. Please bring cash or a cheque book if possible.

Good Morning Sunday (GMS) recently has been happening online. But……the next GMS will happen… with breakfastin church… on Advent Sunday 28th November 8.15am.

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 604341, Jane 606105 by the end of November (or Office 670033). The cost will be £7 each.

VARIOUS CHRISTMAS CARDSwill be on sale from St Michael’s towards the end of November included our very own cards with photos from inside and outside of St Michael’s.

Do you need help delivering your Christmas Cards? We maybe able to help….more info coming soon.

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.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.’

OFFICE HOURS: Monday 9-3pm, Tuesday 9-12noon and Friday 9-4pm 01952 670033

Email: admin@stjohnsmuxton.org.uk or admin@stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk Office closed this week due to Holidays

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)

SUNDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

St Michael’s First reading is Habakkuk 3:11-19

11 Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows,
at the lightning of your flashing spear.
12 In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations.
13 You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one.
You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot.
14 With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,
gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding.
15 You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great waters.
16 I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us.
17 Though the fig-tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the sheepfold and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.

St Michael’s second reading is Matthew 9:18-26

18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.’ 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’
22 Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed at that moment.
23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and the people playing pipes, 24 he said, ‘Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26 News of this spread through all that region.

St John’s – The first reading is the same as St Michael’s first reading

St John’s – Our second reading is from 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

SUNDAY 14TH NOVEMBER @ ST JOHN’S

Nahum 1:1-15

1 A prophecy concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.
His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry.
Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.
5 The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away.
The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it.
6 Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him.
7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him,8 but with an overwhelming flood
he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.
9 Whatever they plot against the Lord he will bring to an end;
trouble will not come a second time.
10 They will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine;
they will be consumed like dry stubble.
11 From you, Nineveh, has one come forth who plots evil against the Lord
and devises wicked plans.
12 This is what the Lord says:

“Although they have allies and are numerous, they will be destroyed and pass away.
Although I have afflicted you, Judah, I will afflict you no more.
13 Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away.”
14 The Lord has given a command concerning you, Nineveh:
“You will have no descendants to bear your name.
I will destroy the images and idols that are in the temple of your gods.
I will prepare your grave, for you are vile.”
15 Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news,
who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, Judah, and fulfill your vows.
No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.