Notices 5 May 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 5th May 2019

Introit ‘O Breath of God’ H&P 308 v 1

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor or will be joining us during the week through the Recording Ministry and to Alan Beesley who is leading our worship this morning.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

Recording Ministry – if you would like a DVD of our service today please speak to one of the stewards to obtain a copy.

PRAYER

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

Please pray for our Ministers Rev Paul Howes, Rev Ken Chalmers and especially Rev Alan Jenkins who is recovering from 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.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

NOTICES

John Bastin, retired local preacher and a member of The Ark at Highwoods, sadly passed away on Easter Sunday as he was getting ready to go to church. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday and the 66th anniversary of his marriage to Mavis.

Those who knew John are invited to join in a celebration of his life and witness on Friday 10th May 2019 commencing 12 noon at The Ark and afterwards at the church for light lunch and reminiscences.

Donations in memory of John can be made to Autism Anglia, a charity close to the family’s heart, and gifts can be made after the service or through Hunnaball of Colchester, York House, 41 Mersea Road, Colchester, CO2 7QT.
DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 7th
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

Wednesday 8th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

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

Friday 10th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 12th May
Worship with Holy Communion led by Rev Paul Howes
Refreshments afterwards

Christian Aid Week

Message from Seeking God’s Blessing for Colchester

Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to give birth, with 10 women dying in childbirth every day. Bishop Roger Morris is walking in solidarity with mothers like Jebbeh, who is featured in the publicity for this year’s Christian Aid Week campaign. His journey from St Andrew’s Earls Colne to Colchester Hospital is roughly the same distance as that recently made by Jebbeh’s sister Fatama. Due to a shortage of ambulances and health workers, when Fatama went into labour she had to make a 9 mile journey in the searing heat to her nearest hospital. Jebbeh told us “my sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.” Now rather than being filled with joy, Jebbeh is overcome with fear at the prospect of giving birth. We believe that all mums should live, and this Christian Aid Week we are raising funds and awareness for people like Jebbeh. You’re invited to join in this walk of solidarity to raise awareness for Christian Aid Week. We will be gathering at St Andrews on Friday 10th May at 10am and will arrive at Colchester hospital by 3pm, stopping for a jacket potato buffet in West Bergholt at 1.15pm.

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.