Notices 20 October 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 20th October 2019

Introit ‘As we are Gathered’ SF 28

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 Rev Paul Howes 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 Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

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

Update on Stephen – he is now a resident at The Oaks on Lexden Road, Room 44, where he is receiving 24 hour care and monitoring. Julie went to see him and, although he is walking very slowly, he does remember us all. He would like friends from the church to make short visits occasionally. The best times would be between 11am to 12:30pm or 2:30 to 4pm.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We are collecting for this very important Christian outreach charity again this year. Don’t forget to take a leaflet and shoebox. If you are unable to fill a box please bring in what you can and we have envelopes for money donations as well. Please can these all be brought in by 10th November. Thank you

Communion Steward – from the start of next year we will need someone else to help hand out the bread and wine at our monthly Communion services. Please see Christine or Chrissie if you are able to volunteer. Thank you

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 22nd
Friendly Tea Club not meeting this week

Wednesday 23rd
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 24th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 25th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 27th October
11:00am – Worship led by Rev Joe Adams
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Harvest Praise at Fingringhoe Methodist Church this afternoon at 3pm.

Colchester Community Band Concert at Highwoods Community Centre on Sunday 20th October at 3pm. There will be a retiring collection for The Ark.

John Bell: Everybody Sing! Lion Walk Church on Sunday 27th October at 6:30pm. For further information, including details of the workshop at 3:30pm, please see the poster on the notice board.

Quiz Night in aid of Tearfund here at Lexden on 16th November starting at 7pm. Further information to follow.

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 you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 13 October 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 13th October 2019

Introit ‘As we are Gathered’ SF 28

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 Rev Ron Smith who is leading our worship with Holy Communion 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 Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

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

Church Council on Thursday 17th October starting at 7:30pm and finishing at 9pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We are collecting for this very important Christian outreach charity again this year. Don’t forget to take a leaflet and shoebox. If you are unable to fill a box please bring in what you can and we have envelopes for money donations as well. Please can these all be brought in by 10th November. Thank you

Keyholders – we need an up-to-date list of all the keys for our church. If you have a key please can you inform Geoff Wilcox. Thank you

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 15th
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

Wednesday 16th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 17th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots
7:30pm – Church Council

Friday 18th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 20th October
11:00am – Worship led by Rev Paul Howes
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Circuit Study Day – ‘Courageous Conversations’ bible study on the subject of human relationships will be held on Saturday 19th October from 10am to 4pm at The Ark, Highwoods. Lunch will be provided. There is a poster with more information on the notice board and a sign-up sheet.

Harvest Praise at Fingringhoe Methodist Church on Sunday 20th October at 3pm.

Colchester Community Band Concert at Highwoods Community Centre on Sunday 20th October at 3pm. There will be a retiring collection for The Ark.

John Bell: Everybody Sing! Lion Walk Church on Sunday 27th October at 6:30pm. For further information, including details of the workshop at 3:30pm, please see the poster on the notice board.

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 you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 6 October 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 6th October 2019
Water Aid

Introit ‘As we are Gathered’ SF 28

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 Viv Wilcox who is leading our worship in support of Water Aid this morning.

There will be a retiring offering for Water Aid and Gift Aid envelopes are available if you are a tax payer.

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 Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

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

Thank you to everyone who brought in items for the Colchester Food Bank. We collected 44.7 kilograms of food as well as all the other items. Thank you also to Alan who bagged it all up and took it to the Food Bank.

A very Big Thank You to Sheila and Janet for preparing our Harvest Lunch last Sunday. An enjoyable time was had by all.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We are collecting for this very important Christian outreach charity again this year. Don’t forget to take a leaflet and shoebox. If you are unable to fill a box please bring in what you can or we have envelopes for money donations as well.

Keyholders – we need an up-to-date list of all the keys for our church. If you have a key please can you inform Geoff Wilcox. Thank you

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 8th
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

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

Thursday 10th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 11th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 13th October
11:00am – Holy Communion with Rev Ron Smith
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Circuit Study Day – ‘Courageous Conversations’ bible study on the subject of human relationships on Saturday 19th October from 10am to 4pm at The Ark, Highwoods. Lunch will be provided. There is a poster with more information on the notice board and a sign-up sheet.

Colchester Community Band Concert at Highwoods Community Centre on Sunday 20th October at 3pm. There will be a retiring collection for The Ark.

John Bell: Everybody Sing! Lion Walk Church on Sunday 27th October at 6:30pm. For further information, including details of the workshop at 3:30pm, please see the poster on the notice board.

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 you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 29 September 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 29th September 2019

Harvest Festival

Harvest Introit ‘We Plough The Fields’ H&P 352 v 1 & Ch

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 Jonathan Sparkes who is leading our worship this morning.

After the service please remain in the church until we are called through to the Garling Room for our lunch.

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 especially Stephen who has now moved into care in Harwich.

Please pray for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

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

Thank you to everyone who has brought in the much needed items for the Colchester Food Bank as part of our Harvest Festival celebrations.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We will be collecting shoeboxes again this year. Leaflets are now available. Please make a note of the items that are not suitable.

Keyholders – we need an up-to-date list of all the keys for our church. If you have a key please can you inform Geoff Wilcox. Thank you

We have produced an edition of our occasional magazine Lexden Link. Please help yourself to a copy. We hope to produce another one for Christmas so if you have any articles please let Alan or Christine Beesley have a copy.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 1st
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

Wednesday 2nd
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 3rd
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 4th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 6th October
11:00am – Local Arrangement
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Circuit Study Day – ‘Courage Conversations’ bible study on the subject of human relationships on Saturday 19th October from 10am to 4pm at The Ark, Highwoods. Lunch will be provided. There is a poster with more information on the notice board and a sign-up sheet.

Colchester Community Band Concert at Highwoods Community Centre on Sunday 20th October at 3pm. There will be a retiring collection for The Ark.

John Bell: Everybody Sing! Lion Walk Church on Sunday 27th October at 6:30pm. For further information, including details of the workshop at 3:30pm, please see the poster on the notice board.

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 you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Lexden Link Autumn 2019

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Lexden Link
Autumn 2019
Issue 53

From our New Minister

Dear Friends,

Earlier this year I celebrated my 36th birthday as a Christian and I still remember so much of that Saturday night in Hockley Pentecostal Church in Birmingham when I made a decision to accept Jesus as Lord. Yet my journey of faith began well before I choose to accept Jesus.

It began in a way with Maggie who pestered me about the faith she had in Jesus during my time at Dudley College and wouldn’t let up until I came with her to the Christian Union and eventually a few weeks later to that service.

It involved being sent to Sunday School with my siblings by my non-Christian parents. I wanted to be friends with Jesus then but struggled with the God who called us to turn the other cheek.

After my Ordination my Mom told me it began years before with a prophecy shared over me by my grandparents neighbour who worshipped at the local Methodist Church; she told my mom when I was just a few days old that God had big plans for me, that I would serve as a Minister in the church. If only she had told me when I was wrestling with my call to ministry!

In reality though God has always been in my life. My story above is about how I learned to follow Jesus, but the bigger story is God has always been following me!

The President and Vice President of our Methodist Conference urged us this year to tell our stories. Stories of how you came to faith, and how we have maintained faith and life, and they are without doubt the most prized possession we have. These stories shouldn’t be all about the distant past, we need to tell stories of what God has done lately.

All of us have stories to tell and it is something we will be thinking about again and again this year. For now I wonder if you will accept this challenge?

Will you spare some time to think about and write down your story by answering these kinds of questions;
when did you first become aware of God?
who played a part in making Jesus real for you?
how did you come to be in this Church?

Then try to write a few words about what God has done or hasn’t done
lately.

It will exciting to discover what we have written and to see how far our
storytelling can take us in these coming months.

May God’s rich blessings surround you.

Yours in Christ

Rev.d Joseph N Adams

The Corn Song
by John Greenleaf Whittier

Heap high the farmer’s wintry hoard! Heap high the golden corn!
No richer gift has Autumn poured from out her lavish horn!
Let other lands, exulting, glean the apple from the pine,
The orange from its glossy green, the cluster from the vine;

We better love the hardy gift our rugged vales bestow,
To cheer us when the storm shall drift our harvest-fields with snow.
Through vales of grass and meads of flowers our ploughs their furrows made,
While on the hills the sun and showers of changeful April played.

We dropped the seed o’er hill and plain beneath the sun of May,
And frightened from our sprouting grain the robber crows away.
All through the long, bright days of June its leaves grew green and fair,
And waved in hot midsummer’s noon its soft and yellow hair.

And now, with autumn’s moonlit eves, its harvest-time has come,
We pluck away the frosted leaves, and bear the treasure home.
There, richer than the fabled gift Apollo showered of old,
Fair hands the broken grain shall sift, and knead its meal of gold.

Let vapid idlers loll in silk around their costly board;
Give us the bowl of samp and milk, by homespun beauty poured!
Where’er the wide old kitchen hearth sends up its smoky curls,
Who will not thank the kindly earth and bless our farmer girls?

Then shame on all the proud and vain, whose folly laughs to scorn
The blessing of our hardy grain, our wealth of golden corn!
Let earth withhold her goodly root, let mildew blight the rye,
Give to the worm the orchard’s fruit, the wheat-field to the fly:
But let the good old crop adorn the hills our fathers trod;
Still let us, for His golden corn, send up our thanks to God!

Hymn Writers

by Alan Beesley

Horatius Bonar

In previous editions of our church magazine I have written articles on several hymn writers both past and present. This time I have chosen Horatius Bonar. He was born in Edinburgh on 19 December 1808 and was the son of James Bonar who was the Solicitor of Excise for Scotland and Marjory Maitland. He came from a long line of ministers who served in the Church of Scotland.

Horace – as he was known to his friends – was educated at the University of Edinburgh, and became a Church of Scotland minister in 1837 when he was appointed to the Kelso parish where he stayed until 1843. He then joined the Free Church of Scotland following the Great Disruption which saw the division of the Church of Scotland. Later he became minister of the Chalmers Memorial Church in Edinburgh, and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland in 1883.

He married Jane Lundie in 1843. They had a number of children but five died in childhood. Of their surviving children two went into the ministry. His wife died in 1876 and he died on 31 July 1889 and was buried with her at the Canongate Kirkyard.

He gave instruction that no memoir of himself should be written. This is somewhat strange because over his lifetime he wrote several biographies of other ministers including “The life and works of Rev. G. T. Dodds” and “The life of Rev. John Milne of Perth”. He wrote over 140 hymns and published several collections. Seven of his hymns are included in Hymns and Psalms. Probably the best known is number 207 – “Rejoice and be glad the Redeemer has come”

We will publish the next edition of the Lexden Link when we have enough articles. Please see me or Alan if you have anything you wish to be included.
Christine Beesley – Editor

Notices 22 September 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 22nd September 2019

Introit ‘Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song’ H&P 17 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 Ron Firmin who is leading our worship this morning.

Please stay for refreshments afterwards in the Garling Room.

This Evening 6:30pm – Contemporary Worship

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 Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

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

NOTICES

Harvest Festival and once again we are collecting for the Colchester Food Bank. They need all sorts of tinned and dry food – with a long shelf life please. There is a shopping list on the notice board and a box for your contributions. We also have envelopes if you would like to donate money instead. Thank you

Harvest Lunch straight after the service on Sunday 29th September. Don’t forget to add your name to the list on the notice board. Please note the usual tea and coffee will not be served after the morning service
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Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We will be collecting shoeboxes again this year. Leaflets are now available. Please make a note of the items that are not suitable.

Keyholders – we need an up-to-date list of all the keys for our church. If you have a key please can you inform Geoff Wilcox or Christine Beesley. Thank you

We have produced an edition of our occasional magazine Lexden Link. Please help yourself to a copy.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 24th
1:30pm – Walkers meet at the church – please leave our car park clear
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club
7:30pm – Colchester Civic Society using the Garling Room

Wednesday 25th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 26th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots
7:00pm – Circuit Leadership Team Meeting in the Garling Room

Friday 27th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 29th September
Harvest Festival
11:00am – Worship led by Jonathan Sparkes
Followed by Harvest Lunch

Future Events

Circuit Study Day 19th October. More details to come.

Colchester Community Band Concert at Highwoods Community Centre on Sunday 20th October at 3pm. There will be a retiring collection for The Ark.

John Bell: Everybody Sing! Lion Walk Church on Sunday 27th October at 6:30pm. For further information, including details of the workshop at 3:30pm, please see the poster on the notice board.

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 you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 15 September 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 15th September 2019

Introit ‘Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song’ H&P 17 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.

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 Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

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

Harvest Festival and once again we are collecting for the Colchester Food Bank. They need all sorts of tinned and dry food – with a long shelf life please. There is a shopping list on the notice board and a box for your contributions. We also have envelopes if you would like to donate money instead. Thank you

Harvest Lunch straight after the service on Sunday 29th September. Don’t forget to add your name to the list on the notice board.

The next Church Walk will be on Tuesday 24th September. Meet at the church at 1:30pm.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child. We will be collecting shoeboxes again this year. Leaflets are now available. Please make a note of the items that are not suitable.

Keyholders – we need an up-to-date list of all the keys for our church. If you have a key please can you inform Geoff Wilcox or Christine Beesley. Thank you

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Monday 16th
2:30pm – Steward’s Meeting

Tuesday 17th
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

Wednesday 18th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room
7:00pm – Circuit Meeting

Thursday 19th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 20th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 22nd September
11:00am – Worship led by Ron Firmin
Refreshments afterwards

6:30pm – Contemporary Worship at Lexden

Other Events

Songs of Praise at Fingringhoe Methodist Church TODAY at 3pm.

West Bergholt Methodist Church Quiz Night on Saturday 21st September at 7pm in the hall. Tables of four at £20. Light Refreshments will be served. You are welcome to bring your own nibbles and soft drinks (sorry no alcohol allowed). Book your table by contacting Judith (01206 241969)

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 you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 8 September 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 8th September 2019

Introit ‘Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song’ H&P 17 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 Rev Joe Adams who is leading our worship with Holy Communion 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 Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

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

Harvest Festival – we are collecting for the Colchester Food Bank. They need all sorts of tinned and dry food – with a long shelf life please – also cleaning, hygiene and sanitary products. We have envelopes if you would like to donate money instead. Thank you

Harvest Lunch on Sunday 29th September. Please add your name to the list on the notice board.

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2019/2020 is now available priced at £4 each. They are on a first come first served basis. Please take one and leave your money in the box on the bookcase or speak with Christine Beesley.

The next Church Walk will be on Tuesday 24th September. Meet at the church at 1:30pm.

Tea and Coffee Rota – corrected version now available. Please remember to take your copy.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 10th
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

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

Thursday 12th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 13th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 15th September
11:00am – Worship led by Anne Worker
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Memory Worship for those with and without dementia at The Ark, Highwoods Methodist Church on Wednesday 11th September from 2pm to 4pm. Leaflets are available if you are interested in this or forthcoming gatherings.

Colchester’s FREE Family Fun Festival is for everyone to enjoy. In Lower Castle Park on Saturday 14th September from 11am to 4pm. There will be bouncy castles, live music, BBQ, Tiny Tea Tent, Dog Show, Road Train and lots of free activities for adults and children to enjoy.

Songs of Praise at Fingringhoe Methodist Church on Sunday 15th September at 3pm.

West Bergholt Methodist Church Quiz Night on Saturday 21st September at 7pm in the hall. Tables of four at £20. Light Refreshments will be served. You are welcome to bring your own nibbles and soft drinks (sorry no alcohol allowed). Book your table by contacting Judith (01206 241969)

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 you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331437 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 1 September 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 1st September 2019

Introit ‘Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song’ H&P 17 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 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 Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

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

A very big Thank You to Rev Paul Howes who has been looking after us while we have been without a minister.

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2019/2020 is now available priced at £4 each. They are on a first come first served basis. Please take one and leave your money in the box on the bookcase or speak with Christine Beesley.

The next Church Walk will be on Tuesday 24th September.

Tea and Coffee Rota – corrected version now available. Please remember to take your copy.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 3rd
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club – Flower Arranging Demonstration

Wednesday 4th
9:30 – 11:30am – Spanish Class using the Garling Room

Thursday 5th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer
10.00 to 11.30am – Time for Tots

Friday 6th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 8th September
11:00am – Holy Communion led by Rev Joe Adams
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Colchester’s FREE Family Fun Festival is for everyone to enjoy. In Lower Castle Park on Saturday 14th September from 11am to 4pm. There will be bouncy castles, live music, BBQ, Tiny Tea Tent, Dog Show, Road Train and lots of free activities for adults and children to enjoy.

West Bergholt Methodist Church Quiz Night on Saturday 21st September at 7pm in the hall. Tables of four at £20. Light Refreshments will be served. You are welcome to bring your own nibbles and soft drinks (sorry no alcohol allowed). Book your table by contacting Judith (01206 241969)

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 you are welcome to call Rev Joe Adams on 331437 or Rev Alan Jenkins on 793888 or Rev Ken Chalmers on 545253.

Notices 25 August 2019

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 25th August 2019

Introit ‘Safe in the Shadow of the Lord’ SoF 991 v1

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 Rev Mike Cassidy who is leading our worship with Holy Communion 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. Rev Alan Jenkins and Rev Joe Adams who has now moved into our circuit and will be taking services from September.

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

Message from Rev Ken Chalmers:-
Who are our natural evangelists – or who could be?
Who among us could inspire us all to share our faith stories?
Which of us naturally draws people to Jesus – or would like to be able to?
The theme of this year’s Presidential address at conference was sharing our stories. It’s something that seems to come less naturally to us these days and yet it’s vital to the work that we are called to.
How can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15)
The district are offering us the chance to become involved in a national initiative to inspire and equip us all to share our faith stories and build up the community of faith. This district event will take place at Haverhill on Saturday 9th November and each circuit has been asked to nominate just TWO volunteers to take part and to come back and share what they have learned with the rest of us (the Circuit Leadership Team and staff team will assist with this, so please don’t be put off).

If you would be willing and enthusiastic to take up this opportunity please speak with Christine Beesley – or directly with Ken by Sunday 8th September.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 27th
2:00 – 4:00pm – Friendly Tea Club

Thursday 29th
9:30 – 9:50am – Morning Prayer

Friday 30th
10:00am – 12noon – Ukulele Group using the Church

Next Sunday 1st September
11:00am – Worship led by Alan Beesley
Refreshments afterwards

Other Events

Age Concern Colchester present Panto Horse Derby Day 2019 on August 26th from 10:30am to 3:00pm on Colchester High Street. Further details on the poster on the notice board.

Circuit Welcome Service for Rev Joe Adams on Wednesday 28th August at 7:00pm at Wimpole Road Methodist Church. Preacher: Rev Dr David Chapman, Chair of District.

Garden Tea Party to meet and greet our new minister on Saturday 31st August from 3:30 to 5:30pm at 32 Wheatfield Road, Stanway.

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.