Notices 31 March 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 31st March 2019

Introit ‘Teach Me, My God and King’ H&P 803 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 Anne Worker who is leading our worship this morning.

Recording Ministry – if you do not normally receive a DVD of our services please speak to one of the stewards to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please remember all those on our prayer list.
Our very dear friend Clifford Whittaker sadly passed away on Tuesday 26th March. Please remember his family in your prayers. The funeral will take place at the Crematorium on Tuesday 9th April at 11:45am.

Please pray for our Ministers Rev Paul Howes, Rev Ken Chalmers and especially Rev Alan Jenkins who has just completed the last of his chemotherapy treatment.

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

NOTICES

Note from Geoff – Church Treasurer- I have been looking at our likely costs of running the Church in the next year. I estimate that after allowing for possible income from Lettings & Gift Aid Tax refund our costs will be in the order of £18,500. To avoid drawing on our reserves this amount needs to be met from our collection income. Assuming that we have 30 regular people attending and contributing via the collection, collection envelopes or monthly bank contributions this equates to £11.80 per person each week. If there are only 25 people involved then the figure increases to £14.20 per person per week. Please may I request that everyone reviews their level of giving to the Church.

Donate for Lent – rather than give something up for Lent why not give something away instead. Every Sunday in Lent there is a box in the entrance vestibule for donations of soup for the Colchester soup run.

Lent Course 2019 ‘Developing a Faith that Works’ – Studies in the Book of James
Friday 5th April – How to Treat People Right, James 2:1-13
Friday 12th April March – How to Have Real Faith, James 2:14-20

Maundy Thursday service on Thursday 18th April at 7pm will be led by Rev Ken Chalmers. Please add your name to the list on the notice board if you are attending.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 2nd
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club
7:30pm – Colchester Civic Society using the Garling Room

Wednesday 3rd
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 4th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 5th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church
2:30pm – Lent Course – How to Treat People Right, James 2:1-13

Next Sunday 7th April
11:00am – Worship led by Rev Paul Howes
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Circuit Meeting at Boxted on 4th April.

Holy Week Quiet Hour at St Botolph’s Church from 12:15 to 1:15pm on Monday 15th April, Tuesday 16th April and Wednesday 17th April.

Good Friday Walk of Witness – meet in Essex Street (off Headgate) at 11:45am to join the walk following the cross through the town centre at 12noon finishing in Lion Walk where there will be live art and worship.

Good Friday at the Mercury Theatre starting at 7:30pm with Cantus Firmus Choir and guest speaker Rt Rev Roger Morris Bishop of Colchester. Admission free with retiring offering.

Better Together – Circuit Activity Day and Circuit Service. Planning workshop on Saturday 27th April at The Ark from 10am to 4pm to reflect on our opportunities, plan our priorities and share our resources. Circuit Service at Castle on Sunday 28th April at 11am.

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 call Rev Paul Howes on 01206 514828.