Notices 17 December 2017

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 17th December 2017

Third Sunday in Advent

Introit ‘Jesus, Name Above All Names’ SoF 298

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us through the Recording Ministry and to Revd John Robinson who is leading worship with holy communion this morning.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

This Afternoon – 4:00pm – Carols by Candlelight

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

PRAYER

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

Please pray for our Ministers Revd Paul Howes, Revd Alan Jenkins, Revd Ken Chalmers and Revd Steve Swann and all those who minister to the people of God.

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

Christmas Cards – the notice board in the Garling Room has been cleared so we can display your cards. Please see Alan or Bill if you need any help with the drawing pins.

Stamps – don’t forget to collect the stamps from your Christmas cards and other envelopes. There is a box on the bookcase for these and they will be going to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Ladies Friendly Circle Christmas Lunch on Monday 18th December 12:30pm for 1pm start. For catering purposes please let Chrissie know if you will be coming.

Are you a keen form filler? We need someone to take on the responsibility for completing the annual property return for our church. Please see Alan for more information.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Monday 18th

12:30 for 1:00pm – Ladies Friendly Circle Lunch

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

Time for Tots on Christmas Holiday

Next Sunday24th December

Christmas Eve

11:00am – Local Arrangement

11:15pm – Midnight Communion led by Revd Paul Howes

Monday 25th December

9:45am – Christmas Day Service led by Alan Beesley

Future Circuit Event

Circuit Activity Day ay the Ark Methodist Church on Saturday 13th January 10am to 4pm with a fish and chip lunch.

If Mark’s gospel were a novel, it would be an adventure story, with a very dynamic portrayal of Jesus. It’s also believed to be the ‘original’ gospel, from which Matthew and Luke drew much of their inspiration and material. We will be spending the day getting to know Mark’s gospel a little better in preparation for the Sunday lectionary readings which, this year, will be dominated by Mark’s Gospel.

As usual we will be looking at an overview of the gospel and its contents, we will be studying passages from the gospel in more detail and drawing Mark’s main themes from them, and we’ll hear the gospel in its entirety – something we could only do with this shortest of all the gospels.

Please see the poster and sign-up sheet on the notice board.

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Contacts – If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Revd Paul Howes on 01206 514828, Revd Alan Jenkins on 01206 793888, Revd Ken Chalmers on 01206 545253 or Revd Steve Swann on 01206 331437.