Notices 9 August 2020

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 9th August 2020

Jesus spoke to
them and said,
“Take heart, it is I;
do not be afraid.”
Matt 14 v 27

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for all those involved in the continuing fight against Covid-19.

Please pray for our Churches and 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

Worship from home – the circuit is hoping to produce DVDs of the weekly services which are shown on YouTube. If you would like to receive a copy please contact Alan or Christine.

Methodist Church Prayer Handbook 2020/2021 – these will soon be available at a cost of £4.50 each. Please let Alan or Christine know by email or phone call to 766604 if you would like a copy and we will arrange for it to be delivered.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413

Notices 2 August 2020

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 2nd August 2020

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven he gave thanks. Matt 14 v 19

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for all those involved in the continuing fight against Covid-19. Local preacher Brian Llewellyn sadly passed away during the week. Please keep his wife Ollwyn and 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.

NOTICES

Worship from home – don’t forget circuit services are available on the internet and I thoroughly recommend the service on YouTube. Even if you don’t have internet access this might be available as part of your television package. Check your program guide. Search for Colchester Methodist Circuit or follow this link.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy1Oj6Fjruf2Z8jhx_WMpyw. The circuit is hoping to have these services available on DVD very soon. If you would like to receive a copy please contact Alan or Christine.

Methodist Church Prayer Handbook 2020/2021 – these will soon be available at a cost of £4.50 each. Please let Alan or Christine know by email or phone call to 766604 if you would like a copy and we will arrange for it to be delivered.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413

Church website: www.lexden.org.uk

My All in All

Since I am Christ’s, and Christ is mine
No thing shall me appal:
For under every circumstance
He is my all in all.

In gloomy days I have no fear,
Nor shall I be affright,
For in the darkness that surrounds
He is my guiding light.

The storms about me are severe,
The tempests loud and long,
But at His word His peace will place
Within my heart a song.

The tempter comes with artful guile,
But he will not prevail,
For strengthened by my Saviour’s grace
I surely shall not fail.

The road I tread may be winding be,
It may be smooth or rough;
But with the saviour by my side
His presence will be enough.

And should it be a lonely path,
My Saviour will be there,
To succour with His company,
I never need despair.

But what if sickness lays me low,
Or pain I have to bear,
The great Physician is close by,
I’ll feel his presence there.

And so in every circumstance,
No thing shall me appal,
For I am Christ’s, and Christ is mine,
He is my all in all.

With thanks to Adina Salmon for sharing this poem with us – it was a gift to her from a very dear friend of 90 who is no longer with us.

Notices 26 July 2020

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 26th July 2020

The mustard seed when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs. Matt 13 v 32

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for all those involved in the continuing fight against Covid-19.

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

Worship from home – don’t forget circuit services are available on the internet and I thoroughly recommend the service on YouTube. Even if you don’t have internet access this might be available as part of your television package. Check your program guide. Search for Colchester Methodist Circuit or follow this link.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy1Oj6Fjruf2Z8jhx_WMpyw

Methodist Church Prayer Handbook 2020/2021 – these will soon be available at a cost of £4.50 each. Please let Alan or Christine know by email or phone call to 766604 if you would like a copy and we will arrange for it to be delivered.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413

Church website: www.lexden.org.uk

Notices 19 July 2020

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 19th July 2020

For in hope we were saved. Romans 8 v 24

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for all those involved in the continuing fight against Covid-19.

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

Ron Austin has been discharged from hospital and is currently staying at Stanway Green Lodge.

Mel Howes’ mother had a stroke on 27 June and is still in Romford hospital. Mel’s dad is staying with them for the time being.

Please remember to keep all our friends in need in your prayers.

Methodist Church Prayer Handbook 2020/2021 – these will soon be available at a cost of £4.50 each. Please let Alan or Christine know by email or phone call to 766604 if you would like a copy and we will arrange for it to be delivered.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413

Church website: www.lexden.org.uk

An Ancient Prayer

GIVE me a good digestion, Lord,
and also something to digest;
Give me a healthy body, Lord,
and sense to keep it at its best.
Give me a healthy mind, good Lord,
to keep the good and pure in sight;
Which, seeing sin, is not appalled,
but finds a way to set it right.

Give me a mind that is not bound,
that does not whimper, whine or sigh.
Don’t let me worry overmuch
about the fussy thing called I.
Give me a sense of humour, Lord;
give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some happiness from life
and pass it on to other folk.

With thanks to Maudie Faircloth for sharing this with us

Notices 12 July 2020

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 12th July 2020

But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. Matthew 13 v 23

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for all those involved in the continuing fight against Covid-19.

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

Church Update – please see the attached statement from Colchester Methodist Circuit regarding the opening of our chapels.

Methodist Church Prayer Handbook 2020/2021 – these will soon be available at a cost of £4.50. Please let Alan or Christine know if you would like a copy and we will arrange for this to be delivered.

Telephone Scam – please turn over to see details of one of the Covid Test scams that are currently doing the rounds. They are targeting the elderly and the vulnerable. They want to steal your card details. Please stay alert and make sure you don’t get caught by these scumbags.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413

Church website: www.lexden.org.uk
The phone rings.

‘Good morning, I’m calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.’

‘OK. Can you tell me who that person was?’

‘I’m not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.’

‘Right. Um… so ….’

‘But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?’

‘Ok (gives address)’

‘Thank you – and I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalise this and send the kit to you.’

‘Sorry – a payment card? I thought this was all free?’

‘No – I’m afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £50 for the kit and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you’re ready.’

‘No – that’s not right. This is part of the NHS so there’s no charge.’

‘I’m afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please – this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.’

There is no charge so DO NOT fall for this.
Put the phone down! It is a scam!

Notices 5 July 2020

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 5th July 2020

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Matthew 11 v 28

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for Mel and Paul Howes because Mel’s mother has recently suffered from a stroke.

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

Action for Children – the sponsored walk on Saturday 11th July cannot now go ahead but John and Sue Wood have agreed to do a token walk instead. If you would like to make a donation (cash or cheques payable to Action for Children) can be left for Alan when he delivers your notices or sent to Keith Thompson – telephone 844252 or email keithdi.thompson. Alternatively, you can go on line and give directly on the Action for Children website. For a single donation there is a drop down for ‘Donation Type’ where you can state ‘giving on behalf of Colchester Methodist Circuit’.

A little added extra – our notices are much shorter now so I have found space to add poetry and pictures. If you have a favourite poem, or perhaps one you have written, why not share it with everyone. You can either email it to me or leave it out in an envelope for Alan when he delivers the notices.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413

Notices 28 June 2020

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 28th June 2020

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Matthew 10 v 40

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please continue to pray for all those affected by Covid-19.

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

Worship from home – we hope you are enjoying using the weekly service sheet. You can also listen to Sunday Worship on Radio 4 or watch it on BBC 1 in the morning with Songs of Praise in the afternoon.
For those with internet connection circuit services are available on YouTube and Facebook :-https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy1Oj6Fjruf2Z8jhx_WMpyw
https://www.facebook.com/Wimpole-Road-Methodist-Church-Colchester-310296022510387/

A little added extra – our notices are much shorter now so I have found space to add poetry and pictures. If you have a favourite poem, or perhaps one you have written, why not share it with everyone. You can either email it to me or leave it out in an envelope for Alan when he delivers the notices.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413

Notices 21 June 2020

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 21st June 2020

What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the rooftops. Matthew 10 v 27

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please continue to pray for all those affected by Covid-19.

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

Worship from home – we hope you enjoy using the attached service sheet. You can listen to Sunday Worship on Radio 4 at 8:10am or on BBC 1 at 10:00am and Songs of Praise at 4:00pm..
For those with internet connection circuit services are available on YouTube and Facebook :-https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy1Oj6Fjruf2Z8jhx_WMpyw
https://www.facebook.com/Wimpole-Road-Methodist-Church-Colchester-310296022510387/

Message from Geoff – It is obviously going to be some time before the Lexden Church premises can be opened for Worship and know what level of precautions will need to be taken even then. I would like to thank those people who have let me have the equivalent of their weekly Collection donation in the meantime. However, if anyone wishes me to “relieve” them of the growing quantity of collection envelopes or cash please do not hesitate to contact me (545083) and I can make appropriate arrangements to pick them up. Thank you. Geoff

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413

We’ll Meet Again

We were all saddened by the death of Dame Vera Lynn during the week and her most famous song still seems appropriate in these troubling times. When you have a quiet moment why not sing these words to lift your spirits.

We’ll meet again. Don’t know where. Don’t know when.
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.
Keep smiling through. Just like you always do.
‘Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away.

So will you please say hello to the folks that I know
Tell them I won’t be long. They’ll be happy to know
That as you saw me go I was singing this song

We’ll meet again. Don’t know where. Don’t know when.
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.

We’ll meet again. Don’t know where. Don’t know when.
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.

Keep smiling through just like you always do
‘Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away
So will you please say hello to the folks that I know
Tell them it won’t be long they’ll be happy to know
That as you saw me go I was singing this song.

We’ll meet again. Don’t know where. Don’t know when.
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.

Notices 14 June 2020

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 14th June 2020

When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9 v 36

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please keep Derek Coe and 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.

NOTICES

Worship from home –while a lot of you are watching the circuit services via the internet we know some of you are not able to do so. If you are interested we can arrange for a CD to be posted to you. This will have the circuit Sunday service and the two ‘Taking Stock’ reflections from that week along with an order of service containing the words of the hymns and a copy of the weekly circuit notices. If you are interested please let Alan or Christine know so that we add your name to the mailing list.

Message from Geoff – It is obviously going to be some time before the Lexden Church premises can be opened for Worship and know what level of precautions will need to be taken even then. I would like to thank those people who have let me have the equivalent of their weekly Collection donation in the meantime. However, if anyone wishes me to “relieve” them of the growing quantity of collection envelopes or cash please do not hesitate to contact me (545083) and I can make appropriate arrangements to pick them up. Thank you. Geoff

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413

Notices 7 June 2020

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 7th June 2020

God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved. John 3 v 17

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please remember Derek Coe and family in your prayers following the passing of his wife Vanda last Saturday.

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

Worship from home –while a lot of you are watching the circuit services via the internet we know some of you are not able to do so. If you are interested we can arrange for a CD to be posted to you. This will have the circuit Sunday service and the two ‘Taking Stock’ reflections from that week along with an order of service containing the words of the hymns and a copy of the weekly circuit notices. If you are interested please let Alan or Christine know so that we add your name to the mailing list.

Bible Study Groups – Bible studies are being led on Zoom by Ken and Joe on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you would like to join please contact them directly for details. Alan Jenkins will start a group on Wednesday evenings if there is sufficient interest.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413