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LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU.

I write to you as the Senior Steward of our church. Christine and I have been attending this church for around 25 years. In that time we have seen our congregation diminish from an average attendance of over 50 to the mid-teens. Some of this is due to people dying or moving or unable to come on a regular basis because of age or infirmity but we have not seen much in the way of new members. We know, of course, that this problem is not restricted to just Lexden. The same is happening across the circuit. Church numbers at nearly all the Methodist churches has fallen away over the past few years and it has been exasperated by Covid 19. In the past few years we have seen a number of our churches close. Boxted, Fingringhoe, Eight Ash Green, Marks Tey and West Bergholt. At the current time we only have 7 fully functioning churches in the circuit.

This is disappointing to say the least. The problem we have, however is that whatever the size of the congregation there are still the same number of jobs to be done and over the last few years the number of people able and willing to take on these jobs has declined dramatically so more and more is falling on fewer and fewer people. We have reached a crisis point.

Without the help of Geoff and Viv we would not have been able to carry on opening our church weekly for Sunday services. I am now often not here as I have a number of preaching appointments and as we no longer have an organist it means that Christine has to operate the music box whilst Geoff looks after the sound system. If our church is to remain open every Sunday then there is an urgent need to recruit both new members and volunteers to take on weekly church duties.

The Annual Church Meeting is on Thursday 24th March at 2:15pm and an item on the agenda is whether we stay open or reduce the number of services we have to one or two a month. It is my opinion that if we cut the number of services then it will not be long before we close altogether.

The choice is yours but if we close there will be no Methodist meeting place in the whole of West Colchester and once closed it is unlikely ever to be resurrected. This would also mean that the tea club will close and the Thursday prayer time would cease.

Please do all you can to attend the church meeting and let your voice be heard. It is your church and your decision.

Alan Beesley

Notices 13 March 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 13th March 2022

Sing joyfully to the Lord. Psalm 33 v 1

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching on the DVD to our Songs of Praise this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for the people of Ukraine and pray for peace.

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

Annual Church Meeting – will be held here on Thursday 24th March at 2:15 pm. This is an opportunity for everyone to meet and, as we move out of Covid restrictions, to talk about the future life and work of our Church. PLEASE come and join in.

Lent – during Lent we are asking you to give up a tin or a packet every week for the Colchester Food Bank. They need toiletries and sanitary products as well as food items. We can also take money. There is a box under the table in the entrance vestibule for your donations. Thank you.

Covid Regulations – Although restrictions have now ceased we respectfully ask everyone to continue to wear a facemask and use the hand sanitiser.

Easter – our Sunday service with Holy Communion on Easter day – 17th April – will be at 3pm and will be led by Rev Paul Howes. We will not have a morning service on that day. The Easter Offering service will be on 8th May.

Sunday Services on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of our Sunday morning service on DVD please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

Midweek Prayer Time – every Thursday at 9:30am. A short service of prayer and reflection.

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 17th March 2022
9:30am – Midweek Prayer Time

Next Sunday 20th March 2022
10:30am – Holy Communion led by Rev Paul Howes

A Prayer for Ukraine

Holy and Gracious God
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.
Lord have mercy.
Amen

Notices 6 March 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 6th March 2022

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. Luke 4v 1

A very warm welcome to you especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching on the DVD and a very warm welcome back to Rev Joe Adams who is leading our worship this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for the people in Ukraine and pray for peace.

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

Pray for Ukraine. On Saturday 12th March at 2.00-3.00 Colchester Quakers are holding a Peace Vigil in front of the Colchester Quaker Meeting House, 6 Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF to uphold the people of Ukraine. They would like to invite anyone who feels so moved to join them. They are suggesting that people may wish to bring candles and readings, and to please dress for the weather as we will gather on the forecourt in front of the Meeting House. Tea and cake will be served indoors afterwards.

Annual Church Meeting – will be held here on Thursday 24th March at 2:15 pm.

Lent – during Lent we are asking you to give up a tin or a packet every week for the Food Bank. There will be a box under the table in the entrance vestibule throughout Lent for your donations. Thank you.

Covid Regulations – Although restrictions have now ceased we respectfully ask everyone to continue to wear a facemask and use the hand sanitiser.

Easter – our Sunday service with Holy Communion on Easter day – 17th April – will be at 3pm and will be led by Rev Paul Howes. We will not have a morning service on that day. The Easter Offering service will be on 8th May.

Sunday Services on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of our Sunday morning service on DVD please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

Midweek Prayer Time – every Thursday at 9:30am. A short service of prayer and reflection.

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 10th March 2022
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 13th March 2022
10:30am – Songs of Praise for our Local Arrangement

Notices 27 February 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 27th February 2022

A voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17 v 5

A very warm welcome to you especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching on the DVD and to Eddie Lansdown who is leading our worship this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for the people in Ukraine and pray for peace.

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 – Although restrictions have now ceased we respectfully ask everyone to continue to wear a facemask and use the hand sanitiser.

Lent – next week is the first Sunday in Lent. As in previous years we ask you to give up a tin or a packet every week for the Food Bank. There will be a box under the table in the entrance vestibule for your donations. Thank you.

Daffodil Day 2022 at Methodist Central Hall Westminster will be on Saturday 5th March at 2pm. Places have to be booked on-line. Please see Viv if you would like help with this. Unfortunately, due to the high costs involved, a coach will not be available.

Easter – our Sunday service with Holy Communion on Easter day – 17th April – will be at 3pm and will be led by Rev Paul Howes. We will not have a morning service on that day. The Easter Offering service will be on 8th May.

Sunday Services on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of our Sunday morning service on DVD please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

Morning Prayer Time – every Thursday at 9:30am. A short service of prayer and reflection.

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 3rd March 2022
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 6th March 2022
10:30am – Worship led by Rev Joe Adams

A Prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion
to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Amen

Archbishop Justin Welby
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell

Notices 20 February 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 20th February 2022

“You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5 v 14

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching on the DVD and to Rev David Moody who is leading our worship this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please keep Rev Ron Smith and his 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

Covid Regulations – Although restrictions have now eased we respectfully ask everyone to continue to wear a facemask and use the hand sanitiser.

Daffodil Day 2022 at Methodist Central Hall Westminster will be on Saturday 5th March at 2pm. Places have to be booked on-line. Please see Viv if you would like help with this. Unfortunately, due to the high costs involved, a coach will not be available.

Easter – our Sunday service with Holy Communion on Easter day – 17th April – will be at 3pm and will be led by Rev Paul Howes. We will not have a morning service on that day. The Easter Offering service will be on 8th May.

Sunday Services on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of our Sunday morning service on DVD please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

Morning Prayer Time – every Thursday at 9:30am. A short service of prayer and reflection

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 24th February 2022
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 27th February 2022
10:30am – Worship led by Eddie Lansdown

Notices 13 February 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 13th February 2022

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked.
Psalm 1 v 1

A very warm welcome to you especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching on the DVD and to Rev Martin Camroux who is leading our worship with Holy Communion this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for Rev Ron Smith who is in hospital following a stroke..

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 – Although restrictions have now eased we respectfully ask everyone to continue to wear a facemask and use the hand sanitiser. We have removed the ‘one way’ signs so you no longer need to leave by the fire exit. We will make a full review at the next church council meeting. A very big thank you to everyone who has followed the rules because that means we have been covid free since we re-opened.

Easter – our Sunday service with Holy Communion on Easter day – 17th April – will be at 3pm and will be led by Rev Paul Howes. We will not have a morning service on that day. The Easter Offering service will be on 8th May.

Sunday Services on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of our Sunday morning service on DVD please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

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

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 17th February 2022
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 20th February 2022
10:30am – Worship led by Rev David Moody

Notices 6 February 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 6th February 2022

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6 v 8

A very warm welcome to you especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching on the DVD and to Alan Beesley who is leading our service this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for the food banks in this time of need.

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

Rev Joe Adams – we are very pleased to report Joe is coming back to preaching on a phased return and we will see him here at Lexden next month.

Covid Regulations – Although restrictions have now eased we respectfully ask everyone to continue to wear a facemask and use the hand sanitiser. We have removed the ‘one way’ signs so you no longer need to leave by the fire exit. We will make a full review at the next church council meeting. A very big thank you to everyone who has followed the rules because that means we have been covid free since we re-opened.

Sunday Services on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of our Sunday morning service on DVD please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

Easter – our Sunday service with Holy Communion on Easter day – 17th April – will be at 3pm. We will not have a morning service on that day. The Easter Offering service will be on 8th May.

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

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 10th February 2022
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 13th February 2022
10:30am – Holy Communion with Rev Martin Camroux

Notices 30 January 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 30th January 2022

“I knew you before you were born.” Jeremiah 1 v 5

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching on the DVD and to Jo Eckersley who is leading our service this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for the churches in our circuit as they begin opening up again.

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 – Although restrictions have now eased we respectfully ask everyone to continue to wear a facemask and use the hand sanitiser. You do not need to sign-in any more. We will make a full review at the next church council meeting. A very big thank you to everyone who has followed the rules because that means we have been covid free since we re-opened.

Sunday Services on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of our Sunday morning service on DVD please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

Easter – our Sunday service with Holy Communion on Easter day – 17th April – will be at 3pm. We will not have a morning service on that day. The Easter Offering service will be on 8th May.

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

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 3rd February 2022
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 6th February 2022
10:30am – Worship led by Alan Beesley

Notices 23 January 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 23rd January 2022

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me.” Luke 4 v 18

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and to those who receive the DVD and to Viv Wilcox who is leading our service this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for the children of Afghanistan.

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 – Although restrictions are now easing we respectfully ask everyone to continue to wear a facemask and use the hand sanitiser. However you will no longer have to sign in after this week. We will make a full review at the next church council meeting. A very big thank you to everyone who has followed the rules because that means we have been covid free since we re-opened.

Sunday Services on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of our Sunday morning service on DVD please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

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

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 27th January 2022
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 30th January 2022
10:30am – Worship led by Jo Eckersley

Notices 15 January 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 15th January 2022

“If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” John 15 v 5

A very warm welcome to you all for this our Covenant Service especially if you are a visitor and to Rev Paul Howes who is leading our service this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please keep all care givers in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for Rachel Allen and her family following her treatment for a brain tumour.

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.

Sunday Services on DVD – If you, or anyone you know, would like a copy of our Sunday morning service on DVD please speak with Geoff or one of the stewards.

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

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 20th January 2022
9:30am – Morning Prayer Time

Next Sunday 23rd January 2022
10:30am – Local Arrangement led by Viv Wilcox