Notices 5 December 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 5th December 2021

Second Sunday in Advent

We light the second candle to symbolise our peace, as we
eagerly anticipate the coming reign of the Prince of Peace.

Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight paths for Him. Mark 1 v 3

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and to Jonathan Sparkes who is leading worship with us this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for all medical personal and pray Christmas will be a quiet time for them.

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

Covid Regulations – We will continue with these for the time being and ask that you still sign-in on arrival or use the QR code. For the safety of visiting preachers, as well as our congregation, we are still following social distancing guidelines and everyone must sanitise their hands and wear a facemask at all times. We are unable to provide tea and coffee at the moment.

Christmas Services – we are unable to hold our usual candlelight carol service in the evening this year so we are having a Sunday Morning Carol Service instead on 19th December. We can still have readings and poems as well as our favourite carols. Alan and Christine will be asking for readers.
A short Christmas Day Service will be led by Alan Beesley starting at 9:45am.
We will be closed on Sunday 26th December. A Circuit service will be available on-line and on DVD. Please see Geoff if you would like a copy of the DVD.

Morning Prayer Time – every Thursday at 9:30am. Please collect a prayer card as you come in.

Sunday Service on DVD – We are now able to record our own services again – many thanks to Geoff for sorting this out. If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of the service please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Thursday 9th December
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 12th December
Third Sunday in Advent
10:30am – Holy Communion led by Rev Alan Jenkins

Notices 28 November 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 28th November 2021

First Sunday in Advent

We light the first candle to symbolise our hope, as we
look forward to the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord.

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down. Isaiah 64: 1

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and to Rev David Moody who is leading worship with us this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for all refugees especially for those lives lost in the English Channel.

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

Christmas Giving – a very big thank you to everyone who gave to the Christmas gifts for the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest. Today is the last day for donations but if you still have anything please see Viv.

Covid Regulations – We will continue with these for the time being and ask that you still sign-in on arrival or use the QR code. For the safety of visiting preachers, as well as our congregation, we are still following social distancing guidelines and everyone must sanitise their hands and wear a facemask at all times. We are unable to provide tea and coffee at the moment.

Festive Quiz at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury Road on December 4th from 7:30pm.

Abbeygate Concert Band Christmas Concert 8th December at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury Road 2-4pm. Call 512845 for information.

Morning Prayer Time – every Thursday at 9:30am. Please collect a prayer card as you come in.

Sunday Service on DVD – We are now able to record our own services again – many thanks to Geoff for sorting this out. If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of the service please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Thursday 2nd December
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 5th December
Second Sunday in Advent
10:30am – Worship led by Jonathan Sparkes

Notices 21 November 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 21st November 2021

Your God will be my God. Ruth 1 v 16

You are warmly welcomed especially if you are a visitor and to Rev Ron Smith who is leading worship with us this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for all refugees.

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

Christmas Giving – it was agreed at the church council that we would support the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest this Christmas. This was originally set up to provide accommodation and welfare support for merchant sailors, members of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and other units with maritime links, although they now welcome servicemen from across all the armed forces and homeless men from many different walks of life. We hope to be able to provide Christmas gifts of men’s toiletries, toothbrushes and toothpaste, knitted hats, gloves, fingerless mitts, E45 cream, hand cream for extra dry skin, sweets, chocolate and Haribos. There is a box in the entrance for your donations. Many thanks to those who have already given.

Festive Quiz at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury Road on December 4th from 7:30pm.

Abbeygate Concert Band Christmas Concert 8th December at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury Road 2-4pm. Call 512845 for information.

The Christmas Carol Experience – Friday 17th December at Wimpole Road Church. Tickets £12.50 – all proceeds to GO4 ‘Café on the Rec’. Doors open 6pm start 6:30pm. Book tickets at www.thechristmascarolexperience.co.uk

Covid Regulations – You must sign in on arrival or use the QR code. For the safety of visiting preachers, as well as our congregation, we are still following social distancing guidelines and everyone must sanitise their hands and wear a facemask at all times. We are unable to provide tea and coffee at the moment.

Morning Prayer Time – every Thursday at 9:30am. Please collect a prayer card as you come in.

Sunday Service on DVD – We are now able to record our own services again – many thanks to Geoff for sorting this out. If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of the service please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Thursday 25th November
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 28th November
First Sunday in Advent
10:30am – Worship led by Rev David Moody

Notices 14 November 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 14th November 2021
Remembrance Sunday

Greater love has no-one than this; that he lay down his life for his friends.
John 15 v 13

A very warm welcome to you especially if you are a visitor and to Sally Crafer who is leading worship with us for the very first time this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for all military personal and veterans and the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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

Christmas Giving – it was agreed at the church council that we would support the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest this Christmas. This was originally set up to provide accommodation and welfare support for merchant sailors, members of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and other units with maritime links, although they now welcome servicemen from across all the armed forces and homeless men from many different walks of life. We hope to be able to provide Christmas gifts of men’s toiletries, toothbrushes and toothpaste, knitted hats, gloves, fingerless mitts, E45 cream, hand cream for extra dry skin, sweets, chocolate and Haribos. There is a box in the entrance for your donations. Many thanks to those who have already given.

Festive Quiz at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury Road on December 4th from 7:30pm.

Abbeygate Concert Band Christmas Concert 8th December at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury Road 2-4pm. Call 512845 for information.

The Christmas Carol Experience – Friday 17th December at Wimpole Road Church. Tickets £12.50 – all proceeds to GO4 ‘Café on the Rec’. Doors open 6pm start 6:30pm. Book tickets at www.thechristmascarolexperience.co.uk

Covid Regulations – You must sign in on arrival or use the QR code. For the safety of visiting preachers, as well as our congregation, we are still following social distancing guidelines and everyone must sanitise their hands and wear a facemask at all times. We are unable to provide tea and coffee at the moment.

Sunday Service on DVD – We are now able to record our own services again – many thanks to Geoff for sorting this out. If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of the service please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Thursday 18th November
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 21st November
10:30am – Worship led by Rev Ron Smith

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When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.

Notices 7 November 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 7th November 2021
Church Anniversary

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and we are absolutely delighted to welcome Rev Ruth Ridge who is leading our church anniversary service with Holy Communion this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for the nations of the world so that they may come together to protect our climate.

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

Christmas Giving – it was agreed at the church council that we would support the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest this Christmas. This was originally set up to provide accommodation and welfare support for merchant sailors, members of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and other units with maritime links, although they now welcome servicemen from across all the armed forces and homeless men from many different walks of life. We hope to be able to provide Christmas gifts of men’s toiletries, toothbrushes and toothpaste, knitted hats, gloves, fingerless mitts, E45 cream, hand cream for extra dry skin, sweets, chocolate and Haribos. There is a box in the entrance for your donations. Many thanks to those who have already given.

Lexden Choral Society – Remembrance and Thanksgiving Concert
with the Boxted Methodist Silver Band at St Botolph’s Church at 7:30pm on Saturday 13th November. Tickets £15 (£10 under 18 and students) available from Mann’s Music or by phone 01206 543280 or at the door.

The Christmas Carol Experience – Friday 17th December at Wimpole Road Church. Tickets £12.50 – all proceeds to GO4 ‘Café on the Rec’. Doors open 6pm start 6:30pm. Book tickets at www.thechristmascarolexperience.co.uk

Covid Regulations – You must sign in on arrival or use the QR code. For the safety of visiting preachers, as well as our congregation, we are still following social distancing guidelines and everyone must sanitise their hands and wear a facemask at all times. We are unable to provide tea and coffee at the moment.

Morning Prayer Time – every Thursday at 9:30am. Please collect a prayer card as you come in.

Circuit Service on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of the circuit service please speak with Geoff Wilcox or one of the stewards.

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Thursday 11th November
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 14th November
Remembrance Sunday
10:30am – Worship led by Sally Crafer

Notices 31 October 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 31st October 2021

Jesus wept– John 11 v 35

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and to Jonathan Sparkes who is leading our worship this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please keep Rev Joe Adams in your prayers.

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

Christmas Giving – it was agreed at the church council that we would support the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest this Christmas. This was originally set up to provide accommodation and welfare support for merchant sailors, members of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and other units with maritime links, although they now welcome servicemen from across all the armed forces and homeless men from many different walks of life. We hope to be able to provide Christmas gifts of men’s toiletries, toothbrushes and toothpaste, knitted hats, gloves, fingerless mitts, E45 cream, hand cream for extra dry skin, sweets, chocolate and Haribos.

Covid Regulations – You must sign in on arrival or use the QR code. For the safety of visiting preachers, as well as our congregation, we are still following social distancing guidelines and everyone must sanitise their hands and wear a facemask at all times. We are unable to provide tea and coffee at the moment.

Morning Prayer Time – every Thursday at 9:30am. Please collect a prayer card as you come in.

Circuit Service on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of the circuit service please speak with Geoff Wilcox or one of the stewards.

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Thursday 4th November
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 7th November
Church Anniversary – 162 Years
10:30am – Communion led by Rev Ruth Ridge

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Jesus wept and Mary cried,
For her brother who had died,
But sometimes love can’t be denied,
For Jesus had God on His side,
And when He called to Lazarus,
The dead man quickly rose,
As proof of faith in our God
Who loves and always knows.

Christine Beesley 2021

Notices 24 October 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 24th October 2021

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” – Mark 10 v 46

A very warm welcome to you especially if you are a visitor and to Viv Wilcox who is leading our worship this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please keep Rev Joe Adams in your prayers.

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

Christmas Giving – it was agreed at the church council that we would support the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest this Christmas. This was originally set up to provide accommodation and welfare support for merchant sailors, members of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and other units with maritime links, although they now welcome servicemen from across all the armed forces and homeless men from many different walks of life. We hope to be able to provide Christmas gifts of men’s toiletries, toothbrushes and toothpaste, knitted hats, gloves, fingerless mitts, E45 cream, hand cream for extra dry skin, sweets, chocolate and Haribos.

Covid Regulations – You must sign in on arrival or use the QR code. For the safety of visiting preachers, as well as our congregation, we are still following social distancing guidelines and everyone must sanitise their hands and wear a facemask at all times. We are unable to provide tea and coffee at the moment.

Morning Prayer Time has been cancelled for this coming week.

Circuit Service on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of the circuit service please speak with Geoff Wilcox or one of the stewards.

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Thursday 28th October – no Morning Prayer Time this week

Next Sunday 31st October
10:30am – Worship led by Jonathan Sparkes

Mercy, O thou Son of David!
Thus blind Bartimaeus prayed;
Others by thy word are saved,
Now to me afford thine aid.
Many for his crying chide him,
But he called the louder still;
Till the gracious Saviour bid him
“Come, and ask me what you will.”

John Newton (1725–1807)

Notices 17 October 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 17th October 2021

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.– Mark 10 v 45

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and Rev Paul Howes who is leading our worship with Holy Communion this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please keep Rev Joe Adams in your prayers.

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

Christmas Giving – it was agreed at the church council that we would support the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest this Christmas. This was originally set up to provide accommodation and welfare support for merchant sailors, members of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and other units with maritime links, although they now welcome servicemen from across all the armed forces and homeless men from many different walks of life. We hope to be able to provide Christmas gifts of toiletries and many other things as well. Further information to come.

Covid Regulations – You must sign in on arrival or use the QR code. For the safety of visiting preachers, as well as our congregation, we are still following social distancing guidelines and everyone must sanitise their hands and wear a facemask at all times. We are unable to provide tea and coffee at the moment.

Morning Prayer Time – every Thursday at 9:30am. Please sign-in as you enter and collect a prayer card.

Circuit Service on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of the circuit service please speak with Geoff Wilcox or one of the stewards.

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Thursday 21st October
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 24th October
10:30am – Local Arrangement led by Viv Wilcox

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Notices 10 October 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 10th October 2021

We have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God.– Hebrews 4 v 14

A very warm welcome to you all especially if you are a visitor and we welcome Ron Firmin who is leading our worship this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please add Ros in your prayers.

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

Muriel’s Funeral will take place on Tuesday 12th October here at Lexden at 10:30am followed by the burial at St Albright’s at 11:30am. It was agreed at our Church Council meeting that social distancing for this could be eased so everyone who wishes to attend may do so. Please note masks must still be worn and the doors and windows will remain open throughout.

Sheila has resigned as church steward and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Sheila for all her dedication and hard work over the years. She will be greatly missed. If anyone feels they could take on the duty of a steward please speak with Christine or Alan.

Morning Prayer Time – every Thursday at 9:30am. Please sign-in as you enter and collect a prayer card.

Covid Regulations – You must sign in on arrival or use the QR code. For the safety of visiting preachers, as well as our congregation, we are still following social distancing guidelines and everyone must sanitise their hands and wear a facemask at all times. If we have too many people attending we may have to use the Garling Room as an overflow. Please do not congregate in the entrance or when exiting. Please follow the one-way system and exit by the fire door at the front of the building. We are unable to provide tea and coffee at the moment.

Thank you to everyone who so generously gave to the following causes:

Easter Offering £233.75
Refugee Action £245.00
Food Bank £ 35.00

All the above include Gift Aid Tax to be recovered where appropriate.

Circuit Service on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of the circuit service please speak with Geoff Wilcox or one of the stewards.

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 12th October
10:30am – The funeral of Muriel Harber

Thursday 14th October
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 17th October
10:30am – Holy Communion led by Rev Paul Howes

Notices 3 October 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 3rd October 2021

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart.– Isaiah 40 v 11

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and we welcome Brian Dack who is leading our worship this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please keep Bill and family in your prayers.

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

We are holding our first face to face Church Council since lockdown this Thursday 7th October at 2:15pm. We will maintain social distancing by meeting in the church and facemasks must be worn.

Harvest Festival – a very big thank you to everyone who contributed to the Colchester Food Bank. We collected 46.5 kg of food as well as toiletries and other essential items and monetary donations.

Muriel’s Funeral will take place on Tuesday 12th October here at Lexden at 10:30am followed by the burial at St Albright’s at 11:30am. Due to Covid social distancing restrictions this is limited to family or by invitation only.

Thank you to Avril and Nigel for weeding the church grounds.

Covid Regulations – You must sign in on arrival or use the QR code. For the safety of visiting preachers, as well as our congregation, we are still following social distancing guidelines and everyone must sanitise their hands and wear a facemask at all times. If we have too many people attending we may have to use the Garling Room as an overflow. Please do not congregate in the entrance or when exiting. Please follow the one-way system and exit by the fire door at the front of the building. We are unable to provide tea and coffee at the moment.

Morning Prayer Time has been cancelled this week due to the church council meeting.

Circuit Service on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of the circuit service please speak with Geoff Wilcox or one of the stewards.

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Thursday 7th October – Morning Prayer Time cancelled

Next Sunday 10th October
10:30am – Worship led by Ron Firmin

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If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Alan Beesley on 766604. Please do not call Rev Joe Adams while he is off sick.