Notices 17 November 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 17th November 2019

Introit ‘God of Almighty Love’ H&P 793 v1

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us during the week through the Recording Ministry and to Rev Joe Adams who is leading our worship with Holy Communion this morning.

We are trialling our Hymnal Plus digital music box this morning. Please bear with us if there are any technical issues.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

Recording Ministry – if you would like a DVD of our service today please speak to one of the stewards to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please remember all those on our prayer list.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

NOTICES

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, If you still have money or boxes please see Avril.

Communion Steward – from the start of next year we will need someone else to help hand out the bread and wine at our monthly Communion services. Please see Christine or Chrissie if you are able to volunteer. Thank you

Envelope Scheme – please see Janet Bloxam if you would like gift envelopes to make your weekly offering. This is really important if you are a tax payer.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 19th
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

Wednesday 20th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 21st
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 22nd
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 24th November
11:00am – Worship led by Jonathan Sparkes
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Men’s Breakfast at The Well, Mile End on Saturday 23rd November at 9am. Guest speaker will be Rev Ken Chalmers.

Contemporary Worship at The Ark on Sunday 24th November starting at 6:30pm.

Christmas Tree Festival at Lion Walk Church, Colchester. Trees will be available to view from Saturday 7th December to 14th December from 10am to 4pm each day. Our Friendly Tea Club will be decorating one of the trees this year so do please go along if you are able – free admission.

Visitors
If you are visiting us for the first time please add your name to our Visitor’s Book which is on the bookcase in the entrance vestibule. Many thanks.

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Contacts – If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 10 November 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 10th November 2019
Remembrance Sunday

Introit ‘God of Almighty Love’ H&P 793 v1

A very warm welcome to you especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us during the week through the Recording Ministry and to Anne Worker who is leading our worship this morning.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

Recording Ministry – if you would like a DVD of our service today please speak to one of the stewards to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Our dear friend May Walters passed away on 23rd October. Her funeral will be at the Crematorium on Thursday 14th November at 11am. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

NOTICES

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, If you still have money or boxes please see Avril.

Communion Steward – from the start of next year we will need someone else to help hand out the bread and wine at our monthly Communion services. Please see Christine or Chrissie if you are able to volunteer. Thank you

Don’t forget the Quiz Night in aid of Tearfund will be here this Saturday at 7pm. Please add your name to the list on the noticeboard and bring your friends as well.

Organ Music – we are truly blessed in our church because we have two excellent organists. However to test our digital music box we are going to have this playing during our service next week.

Envelope Scheme – please see Janet Bloxam if you would like gift envelopes to make your weekly offering. This is really important if you are a tax payer.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 12th
1:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club – Fish and Chip Lunch
1:40pm – Walkers meeting at the Coffee Shop, Highwoods

Wednesday 13th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 14th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots
11:00am – Funeral of May Walters at the Crematorium

Friday 15th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 17th November
11:00am – Holy Communion led by Rev Joe Adams
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Quiz Night in aid of Tearfund here at Lexden on Saturday 16th November starting at 7pm. Come as a team of 4 or join a team after you arrive. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the notice board.

Men’s Breakfast at The Well, Mile End on Saturday 23rd November at 9am. Guest speaker will be Rev Ken Chalmers.

Contemporary Worship at The Ark on Sunday 24th November starting at 6:30pm.

Visitors
If you are visiting us for the first time please add your name to our Visitor’s Book which is on the bookcase in the entrance vestibule. Many thanks.

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Contacts – If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 3 November 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 3rd November 2019
Church Anniversary
160 Years

Introit ‘God of Almighty Love’ H&P 793 v1

A very warm welcome to you especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us during the week through the Recording Ministry and to Rachel Allen who is leading our worship this morning.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

Recording Ministry – if you would like a DVD of our service today please speak to one of the stewards to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Our dear friend May Walters passed away on 23rd October. Her funeral will be at the Crematorium on Thursday 14th November at 11am. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

NOTICES

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We are collecting for this very important Christian outreach charity again this year. Don’t forget to take a leaflet and shoebox. If you are unable to fill a box please bring in what you can and we have envelopes for money donations as well. Please can these all be brought in by 10th November. Thank you

Communion Steward – from the start of next year we will need someone else to help hand out the bread and wine at our monthly Communion services. Please see Christine or Chrissie if you are able to volunteer. Thank you

The next walk is on Tuesday 12th November starting from the Coffee Shop behind Highwoods Tesco at 1:40pm. You can catch the number 65 bus from Lucy Lane.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 5th
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club – Memory Box

Wednesday 6th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 7th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 8th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 10th November
Remembrance Sunday
11:00am – Worship led by Anne Worker
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Quiz Night in aid of Tearfund here at Lexden on Saturday 16th November starting at 7pm. Come as a team of 4 or join a team after you arrive. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the notice board.

Contemporary Worship at The Ark on Sunday 24th November starting at 6:30pm.

Visitors
If you are visiting us for the first time please add your name to our Visitor’s Book which is on the bookcase in the entrance vestibule. Many thanks.

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Contacts – If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 27 October 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 27th October 2019

Introit ‘As we are Gathered’ SF 28

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us during the week through the Recording Ministry and to Rev Joe Adams who is leading our worship this morning.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

Recording Ministry – if you would like a DVD of our service today please speak to one of the stewards to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please remember all those on our prayer list.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

NOTICES

Update on Stephen – he is now a resident at The Oaks on Lexden Road, Room 44, where he is receiving 24 hour care and monitoring. Julie went to see him and, although he is walking very slowly, he does remember us all. He would like friends from the church to make short visits occasionally. The best times would be between 11am to 12:30pm or 2:30 to 4pm.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We are collecting for this very important Christian outreach charity again this year. Don’t forget to take a leaflet and shoebox. If you are unable to fill a box please bring in what you can and we have envelopes for money donations as well. Please can these all be brought in by 10th November. Thank you

Communion Steward – from the start of next year we will need someone else to help hand out the bread and wine at our monthly Communion services. Please see Christine or Chrissie if you are able to volunteer. Thank you

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 29th
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club – The History of Braille

Wednesday 30th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 31st
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
Time for Tots on Holiday

Friday 1st
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 3rd November
Church Anniversary
11:00am – Worship led by Rachel Allen
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

John Bell: Everybody Sing! Lion Walk Church on Sunday 27th October at 6:30pm. For further information, including details of the workshop at 3:30pm, please see the poster on the notice board.

Quiz Night in aid of Tearfund here at Lexden on Saturday 16th November starting at 7pm. Further information to follow.

Contemporary Worship at The Ark on Sunday 24th November starting at 6:30pm.

Visitors
If you are visiting us for the first time please add your name to our Visitor’s Book which is on the bookcase in the entrance vestibule. Many thanks.

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Contacts – If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 20 October 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 20th October 2019

Introit ‘As we are Gathered’ SF 28

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us during the week through the Recording Ministry and to Rev Paul Howes who is leading our worship this morning.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

Recording Ministry – if you would like a DVD of our service today please speak to one of the stewards to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please remember all those on our prayer list.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

NOTICES

Update on Stephen – he is now a resident at The Oaks on Lexden Road, Room 44, where he is receiving 24 hour care and monitoring. Julie went to see him and, although he is walking very slowly, he does remember us all. He would like friends from the church to make short visits occasionally. The best times would be between 11am to 12:30pm or 2:30 to 4pm.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We are collecting for this very important Christian outreach charity again this year. Don’t forget to take a leaflet and shoebox. If you are unable to fill a box please bring in what you can and we have envelopes for money donations as well. Please can these all be brought in by 10th November. Thank you

Communion Steward – from the start of next year we will need someone else to help hand out the bread and wine at our monthly Communion services. Please see Christine or Chrissie if you are able to volunteer. Thank you

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 22nd
Friendly Tea Club not meeting this week

Wednesday 23rd
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 24th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 25th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 27th October
11:00am – Worship led by Rev Joe Adams
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Harvest Praise at Fingringhoe Methodist Church this afternoon at 3pm.

Colchester Community Band Concert at Highwoods Community Centre on Sunday 20th October at 3pm. There will be a retiring collection for The Ark.

John Bell: Everybody Sing! Lion Walk Church on Sunday 27th October at 6:30pm. For further information, including details of the workshop at 3:30pm, please see the poster on the notice board.

Quiz Night in aid of Tearfund here at Lexden on 16th November starting at 7pm. Further information to follow.

Visitors
If you are visiting us for the first time please add your name to our Visitor’s Book which is on the bookcase in the entrance vestibule. Many thanks.

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Contacts – If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 13 October 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 13th October 2019

Introit ‘As we are Gathered’ SF 28

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us during the week through the Recording Ministry and to Rev Ron Smith who is leading our worship with Holy Communion this morning.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

Recording Ministry – if you would like a DVD of our service today please speak to one of the stewards to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please remember all those on our prayer list.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

NOTICES

Church Council on Thursday 17th October starting at 7:30pm and finishing at 9pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We are collecting for this very important Christian outreach charity again this year. Don’t forget to take a leaflet and shoebox. If you are unable to fill a box please bring in what you can and we have envelopes for money donations as well. Please can these all be brought in by 10th November. Thank you

Keyholders – we need an up-to-date list of all the keys for our church. If you have a key please can you inform Geoff Wilcox. Thank you

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 15th
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

Wednesday 16th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 17th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots
7:30pm – Church Council

Friday 18th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 20th October
11:00am – Worship led by Rev Paul Howes
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Circuit Study Day – ‘Courageous Conversations’ bible study on the subject of human relationships will be held on Saturday 19th October from 10am to 4pm at The Ark, Highwoods. Lunch will be provided. There is a poster with more information on the notice board and a sign-up sheet.

Harvest Praise at Fingringhoe Methodist Church on Sunday 20th October at 3pm.

Colchester Community Band Concert at Highwoods Community Centre on Sunday 20th October at 3pm. There will be a retiring collection for The Ark.

John Bell: Everybody Sing! Lion Walk Church on Sunday 27th October at 6:30pm. For further information, including details of the workshop at 3:30pm, please see the poster on the notice board.

Visitors
If you are visiting us for the first time please add your name to our Visitor’s Book which is on the bookcase in the entrance vestibule. Many thanks.

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Contacts – If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 6 October 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 6th October 2019
Water Aid

Introit ‘As we are Gathered’ SF 28

A very warm welcome to you especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us during the week through the Recording Ministry and to Viv Wilcox who is leading our worship in support of Water Aid this morning.

There will be a retiring offering for Water Aid and Gift Aid envelopes are available if you are a tax payer.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

Recording Ministry – if you would like a DVD of our service today please speak to one of the stewards to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please remember all those on our prayer list.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

NOTICES

Thank you to everyone who brought in items for the Colchester Food Bank. We collected 44.7 kilograms of food as well as all the other items. Thank you also to Alan who bagged it all up and took it to the Food Bank.

A very Big Thank You to Sheila and Janet for preparing our Harvest Lunch last Sunday. An enjoyable time was had by all.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We are collecting for this very important Christian outreach charity again this year. Don’t forget to take a leaflet and shoebox. If you are unable to fill a box please bring in what you can or we have envelopes for money donations as well.

Keyholders – we need an up-to-date list of all the keys for our church. If you have a key please can you inform Geoff Wilcox. Thank you

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 8th
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

Wednesday 9th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 10th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 11th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 13th October
11:00am – Holy Communion with Rev Ron Smith
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Circuit Study Day – ‘Courageous Conversations’ bible study on the subject of human relationships on Saturday 19th October from 10am to 4pm at The Ark, Highwoods. Lunch will be provided. There is a poster with more information on the notice board and a sign-up sheet.

Colchester Community Band Concert at Highwoods Community Centre on Sunday 20th October at 3pm. There will be a retiring collection for The Ark.

John Bell: Everybody Sing! Lion Walk Church on Sunday 27th October at 6:30pm. For further information, including details of the workshop at 3:30pm, please see the poster on the notice board.

Visitors
If you are visiting us for the first time please add your name to our Visitor’s Book which is on the bookcase in the entrance vestibule. Many thanks.

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Contacts – If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 29 September 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 29th September 2019

Harvest Festival

Harvest Introit ‘We Plough The Fields’ H&P 352 v 1 & Ch

A very warm welcome to you especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us during the week through the Recording Ministry and to Jonathan Sparkes who is leading our worship this morning.

After the service please remain in the church until we are called through to the Garling Room for our lunch.

Recording Ministry – if you would like a DVD of our service today please speak to one of the stewards to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please remember all those on our prayer list especially Stephen who has now moved into care in Harwich.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

NOTICES

Thank you to everyone who has brought in the much needed items for the Colchester Food Bank as part of our Harvest Festival celebrations.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We will be collecting shoeboxes again this year. Leaflets are now available. Please make a note of the items that are not suitable.

Keyholders – we need an up-to-date list of all the keys for our church. If you have a key please can you inform Geoff Wilcox. Thank you

We have produced an edition of our occasional magazine Lexden Link. Please help yourself to a copy. We hope to produce another one for Christmas so if you have any articles please let Alan or Christine Beesley have a copy.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 1st
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

Wednesday 2nd
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 3rd
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 4th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 6th October
11:00am – Local Arrangement
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Circuit Study Day – ‘Courage Conversations’ bible study on the subject of human relationships on Saturday 19th October from 10am to 4pm at The Ark, Highwoods. Lunch will be provided. There is a poster with more information on the notice board and a sign-up sheet.

Colchester Community Band Concert at Highwoods Community Centre on Sunday 20th October at 3pm. There will be a retiring collection for The Ark.

John Bell: Everybody Sing! Lion Walk Church on Sunday 27th October at 6:30pm. For further information, including details of the workshop at 3:30pm, please see the poster on the notice board.

Visitors
If you are visiting us for the first time please add your name to our Visitor’s Book which is on the bookcase in the entrance vestibule. Many thanks.

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Contacts – If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Lexden Link Autumn 2019

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Lexden Link
Autumn 2019
Issue 53

From our New Minister

Dear Friends,

Earlier this year I celebrated my 36th birthday as a Christian and I still remember so much of that Saturday night in Hockley Pentecostal Church in Birmingham when I made a decision to accept Jesus as Lord. Yet my journey of faith began well before I choose to accept Jesus.

It began in a way with Maggie who pestered me about the faith she had in Jesus during my time at Dudley College and wouldn’t let up until I came with her to the Christian Union and eventually a few weeks later to that service.

It involved being sent to Sunday School with my siblings by my non-Christian parents. I wanted to be friends with Jesus then but struggled with the God who called us to turn the other cheek.

After my Ordination my Mom told me it began years before with a prophecy shared over me by my grandparents neighbour who worshipped at the local Methodist Church; she told my mom when I was just a few days old that God had big plans for me, that I would serve as a Minister in the church. If only she had told me when I was wrestling with my call to ministry!

In reality though God has always been in my life. My story above is about how I learned to follow Jesus, but the bigger story is God has always been following me!

The President and Vice President of our Methodist Conference urged us this year to tell our stories. Stories of how you came to faith, and how we have maintained faith and life, and they are without doubt the most prized possession we have. These stories shouldn’t be all about the distant past, we need to tell stories of what God has done lately.

All of us have stories to tell and it is something we will be thinking about again and again this year. For now I wonder if you will accept this challenge?

Will you spare some time to think about and write down your story by answering these kinds of questions;
when did you first become aware of God?
who played a part in making Jesus real for you?
how did you come to be in this Church?

Then try to write a few words about what God has done or hasn’t done
lately.

It will exciting to discover what we have written and to see how far our
storytelling can take us in these coming months.

May God’s rich blessings surround you.

Yours in Christ

Rev.d Joseph N Adams

The Corn Song
by John Greenleaf Whittier

Heap high the farmer’s wintry hoard! Heap high the golden corn!
No richer gift has Autumn poured from out her lavish horn!
Let other lands, exulting, glean the apple from the pine,
The orange from its glossy green, the cluster from the vine;

We better love the hardy gift our rugged vales bestow,
To cheer us when the storm shall drift our harvest-fields with snow.
Through vales of grass and meads of flowers our ploughs their furrows made,
While on the hills the sun and showers of changeful April played.

We dropped the seed o’er hill and plain beneath the sun of May,
And frightened from our sprouting grain the robber crows away.
All through the long, bright days of June its leaves grew green and fair,
And waved in hot midsummer’s noon its soft and yellow hair.

And now, with autumn’s moonlit eves, its harvest-time has come,
We pluck away the frosted leaves, and bear the treasure home.
There, richer than the fabled gift Apollo showered of old,
Fair hands the broken grain shall sift, and knead its meal of gold.

Let vapid idlers loll in silk around their costly board;
Give us the bowl of samp and milk, by homespun beauty poured!
Where’er the wide old kitchen hearth sends up its smoky curls,
Who will not thank the kindly earth and bless our farmer girls?

Then shame on all the proud and vain, whose folly laughs to scorn
The blessing of our hardy grain, our wealth of golden corn!
Let earth withhold her goodly root, let mildew blight the rye,
Give to the worm the orchard’s fruit, the wheat-field to the fly:
But let the good old crop adorn the hills our fathers trod;
Still let us, for His golden corn, send up our thanks to God!

Hymn Writers

by Alan Beesley

Horatius Bonar

In previous editions of our church magazine I have written articles on several hymn writers both past and present. This time I have chosen Horatius Bonar. He was born in Edinburgh on 19 December 1808 and was the son of James Bonar who was the Solicitor of Excise for Scotland and Marjory Maitland. He came from a long line of ministers who served in the Church of Scotland.

Horace – as he was known to his friends – was educated at the University of Edinburgh, and became a Church of Scotland minister in 1837 when he was appointed to the Kelso parish where he stayed until 1843. He then joined the Free Church of Scotland following the Great Disruption which saw the division of the Church of Scotland. Later he became minister of the Chalmers Memorial Church in Edinburgh, and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland in 1883.

He married Jane Lundie in 1843. They had a number of children but five died in childhood. Of their surviving children two went into the ministry. His wife died in 1876 and he died on 31 July 1889 and was buried with her at the Canongate Kirkyard.

He gave instruction that no memoir of himself should be written. This is somewhat strange because over his lifetime he wrote several biographies of other ministers including “The life and works of Rev. G. T. Dodds” and “The life of Rev. John Milne of Perth”. He wrote over 140 hymns and published several collections. Seven of his hymns are included in Hymns and Psalms. Probably the best known is number 207 – “Rejoice and be glad the Redeemer has come”

We will publish the next edition of the Lexden Link when we have enough articles. Please see me or Alan if you have anything you wish to be included.
Christine Beesley – Editor

Notices 22 September 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 22nd September 2019

Introit ‘Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song’ H&P 17 v 1

A very warm welcome to you especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us during the week through the Recording Ministry and to Ron Firmin who is leading our worship this morning.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

This Evening 6:30pm – Contemporary Worship

Recording Ministry – if you would like a DVD of our service today please speak to one of the stewards to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please remember all those on our prayer list.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

Harvest Festival and once again we are collecting for the Colchester Food Bank. They need all sorts of tinned and dry food – with a long shelf life please. There is a shopping list on the notice board and a box for your contributions. We also have envelopes if you would like to donate money instead. Thank you

Harvest Lunch straight after the service on Sunday 29th September. Don’t forget to add your name to the list on the notice board. Please note the usual tea and coffee will not be served after the morning service
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Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We will be collecting shoeboxes again this year. Leaflets are now available. Please make a note of the items that are not suitable.

Keyholders – we need an up-to-date list of all the keys for our church. If you have a key please can you inform Geoff Wilcox or Christine Beesley. Thank you

We have produced an edition of our occasional magazine Lexden Link. Please help yourself to a copy.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 24th
1:30pm – Walkers meet at the church – please leave our car park clear
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club
7:30pm – Colchester Civic Society using the Garling Room

Wednesday 25th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 26th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots
7:00pm – Circuit Leadership Team Meeting in the Garling Room

Friday 27th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 29th September
Harvest Festival
11:00am – Worship led by Jonathan Sparkes
Followed by Harvest Lunch

Future Events

Circuit Study Day 19th October. More details to come.

Colchester Community Band Concert at Highwoods Community Centre on Sunday 20th October at 3pm. There will be a retiring collection for The Ark.

John Bell: Everybody Sing! Lion Walk Church on Sunday 27th October at 6:30pm. For further information, including details of the workshop at 3:30pm, please see the poster on the notice board.

Visitors
If you are visiting us for the first time please add your name to our Visitor’s Book which is on the bookcase in the entrance vestibule. Many thanks.

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Contacts – If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.