Notices for Week Commencing 1 December 2013

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 1st December 2013

First Sunday in Advent

INTROIT – ‘Emmanuel’ SF 83

We warmly welcome you, especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us through the Recording Ministry. Our service this morning is being led by our Worship Leaders.

Please join us for refreshments in the Garling Room after the Service.

Prayer Ministry – if you would like a prayer for yourself or someone else, members of the prayer team will be available at the front of the Church after the morning service.

Recording Ministry – If you do not usually receive a DVD of our services please speak to Stephen Suthernwood or ring him on 01206 540988 to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Cicely and family, Rose & Peter Bobby, Charles & Florrie Cronin, Joan Rouse, Richard & May Walters and Robin Wilkinson.

Please pray for our Minister Revd Ruth Ridge and all those who minister to the people of God, especially this week for Mersea Methodist Church.

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)

General Notices

The flowers today have been donated by Margaret Barham in memory of her husband Stanley.

Philippines Appeal – thank you to everyone who has donated tinned fish for the people of the Philippines. Our friends at Praiseway have expressed their gratitude for our generosity.

Advent Lunch – this coming Saturday. Don’t forget! Please be here by 12:30 for a 1:00pm start. We will be eating in the church rather than the Garling Room.

Offerings for last Sunday: £174.70

Stamps – as in previous years we are collecting stamps at Christmas. This is the time of year when everyone gets lots more post. Please carefully cut round the stamps and place them in the box in the entrance vestibule. They will be used to raise money for charity.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 3rd

2:00 to 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

Thursday 5th

9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer –please leave car park clear for Time for Tots

10:00 – 11:30am – Time for Tots

2:00pm – Care and Share at Muriel’s and Bill’s

Saturday 7th

12:30 for a 1:00pm start – Advent Lunch

Next Sunday 8th December

Second Sunday in Advent

10:30am – Worship led by Mike Abbs

Children welcome. Refreshments afterwards

6:30pm – Songs of Praise led by Derek Coe

Services for Advent and Christmas

Crib Service – Thursday 19th December at 10:00am followed by tea/coffee and mince pies. A shared service for Time for Tots and the Morning Prayer group but you don’t have to attend either to come along.

Candlelit Carol Service – Sunday 22nd December at 6:30pm. An evening of Readings and Carols. No need to bring a torch as all the hymns will be on the overhead projector.

Quiet Service – at 10:00am on Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24th December. A time for quiet reflection.

Midnight Holy Communion – at Marks Tey Methodist Church starting at 11:15pm. Service led by Revd Ruth Ridge. Lifts are available – please speak with one of the stewards.

Christmas Day Service – with Revd Ruth Ridge on Wednesday 25th December at 9:45am.

Contacts – If you need prayer or help in any way please contact Revd Ruth Ridge on 01206 242 183.

CHURCH NOTICES – items for the Weekly Notices to Christine Beesley by Thursday at the latestplease. Telephone 01206 766604. e-mail ‘christine.beesley’. Website : www.lexden.org.uk

Church e-mail : lexdenmethodist