Notices 31 December 2017

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 31st December 2017

First Sunday after Christmas

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 Alan Beesley who is leading worship this morning.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

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

New Year Lunch – on Saturday 20th January 12:30 for 1pm start. For catering purposes please add your name list on the notice board.

Stamps – we are collecting stamps for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Please hand any stamps to one of the stewards or add them to the box on the book case in the vestibule.

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

Tuesday 2nd

2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

Thursday 4th

9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer

Next Sunday7th January

Epiphany

11:00am – Worship led by Jonathan Sparkes

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.

Contemporary Worship at Castle Methodist Church on Sunday 28th January at 6:30pm. Everyone welcome.

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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.