Notices 1 May 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 1st May 2022

“I’m going out to fish”, Simon Peter told them. John 21 v 3

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

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please keep Laurie 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

The funeral service for Lidia Berris will be at Lexden Methodist Church at 10am on Wednesday 11th May followed by a burial at Wrabness.

The Farewell Service for Rev Alan Jenkins and Rev Ken Chalmers will be held at Castle Methodist Church on Sunday 17th July at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be served from 5pm. The service will be available online for those unable to attend.

The Welcome Service for Rev Chris Preece will also be held at Castle on Thursday 1st September at 7:30pm with refreshments served after the service. Please note there will be no car parking available for either of these services except for those with disabilities,

Friendly Tea Club fish and chip lunch this week starting at 1pm.

Starting in June we will be holding just two services a month on the first and third Sunday with the possibility of an Own Arrangement whenever there is a fifth Sunday. Midweek prayer time will continue weekly.

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

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 3rd May
1-3pm – Friendly Tea Club Fish and Chip Lunch

Thursday 5th May
9:30am – Midweek Prayer Time

Next Sunday 8th May
10:30am – Easter Offering Service

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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 on sabbatical.

Notices 24 April 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 24th April 2022

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20 v 29

A very warm welcome to you all especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching during the week on the DVD and to Rev Alan Jenkins who is leading our worship this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for Laurie and the family of Lidia Berris.

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

The funeral service for Lidia Berris will be at Lexden Methodist Church at 10am on Wednesday 11th May followed by a burial at Wrabness.

Easter Offering – Thank you to everyone who has returned their offering envelope. The Easter Offering service will be on Sunday 8th May.

Friendly Tea Club has started again. Every Tuesday 2-4pm. New members are always welcome.

During the Annual Church Meeting it was agreed, on a trial basis, that we would hold just two services a month on the first and third Sunday with tea and coffee served afterwards. This will start in June when the next quarterly plan comes out. We will continue to hold the Thursday prayer time on a weekly basis.

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

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 26th April
2-4pm – Friendly Tea Club

Thursday 28th April
9:30am – Midweek Prayer Time

Next Sunday 1st May
10:30am – Worship led by Sally Crafer

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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 on sabbatical.

Notices 17 April 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 17th April 2022

“He is not here; he has risen!” Luke 24 v 6

A very warm welcome to you all especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching during the week on the DVD and to Rev Paul Howes who is leading our Easter Day worship with Holy Communion this morning.

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for Laurie Berris and family following the sad passing of Lidia during the week.

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

Easter Offering – Thank you to everyone who has returned their offering envelope. We still have some left if you would like to donate. The Easter Offering service will be on Sunday 8th May.

Lent Giving – we collected a massive 61.75kg of food and other items for a very grateful food bank as well as £30 in money. Well done everyone.

Friendly Tea Club has started again. Every Tuesday 2-4pm. New members are always welcome.

During the Annual Church Meeting it was agreed, on a trial basis, that we would hold just two services a month on the first and third Sunday with tea and coffee served afterwards. This will start in June when the next quarterly plan comes out. We will continue to hold the Thursday prayer time on a weekly basis.

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

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Tuesday 19th April
2-4pm – Friendly Tea Club

Thursday 21st April
9:30am – Midweek Prayer Time

Next Sunday 24th April
10:30am – Worship led by Rev Alan Jenkins

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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 on sabbatical.

Notices 10 April 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 10th April 2022

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” Luke 19 v 38

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching during the week on the DVD and to Jo Eckersley who is leading our Palm Sunday worship 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

Easter Day at Lexden – 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 next week.

Friendly Tea Club will start again this Tuesday – 12th April 2-4pm. New members always welcome.

During the Annual Church Meeting it was agreed, on a trial basis, that we would hold just two services a month on the first and third Sunday with tea and coffee served afterwards. This will start in June when the next quarterly plan comes out. We will continue to hold the Thursday prayer time on a weekly basis.

Lent Giving – a massive thank you to everyone who donated to the Food Bank. If you still have some items you would like to give please see Alan or Christine.

Easter Offering – please return your envelope by next week. Thank you. The Easter Offering service will be on 8th May.

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

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.

Circuit Easter Services

Zoom Morning Prayers for Holy Week – Monday 11th to Good Friday. Please email colchestermethodist.super@gmail for Zoom invitation.

Maundy Thursday – Communion and Tenebrae at the Ark from 7:30pm led by Rev Ken Chalmers.

Good Friday:-
Mersea Island from 10am led by Rev Joe Adams followed by a walk of witness.

Wimpole Road from 10am led by Sally Crafer and Jonathan Sparkes followed by a walk of witness.

Reflective Zoom Service from 10:30am led by The Ark’s Reflections Team. Please email rachelvs110 for Zoom invitation.

The Well from 3pm led by Rev Ken Chalmers.

Notices 3 April 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 3rd April 2022

Then Mary took an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. John 12 v 3

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

Friendly Tea Club will start again on Tuesday 12th April 2-4pm. New members always welcome.

During the Annual Church Meeting it was agreed, on a trial basis, that we would hold just two services a month on the first and third Sunday with tea and coffee served afterwards. This will start in June when the next quarterly plan comes out. We will continue to hold the Thursday prayer time on a weekly basis.

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.

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

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 Services

Zoom Morning Prayers for Holy Week – Monday 11th to Good Friday. Please email colchestermethodist.super@gmail for Zoom invitation.

Maundy Thursday – Communion and Tenebrae at the Ark from 7:30pm led by Rev Ken Chalmers.

Good Friday –
Mersea Island from 10am led by Rev Joe Adams followed by a walk of witness.

Wimpole Road from 10am led by Sally Crafer and Jonathan Sparkes followed by a walk of witness.

Reflective Zoom Service from 10:30am led by The Ark’s Reflections Team. Please email rachelvs110 for Zoom invitation.

The Well from 3pm led by Rev Ken Chalmers.

Easter Day – 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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Thursday 7th April 2022
9:30am – Midweek Prayer Time

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

Notices 27 March 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 27th March 2022
Mothering Sunday

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. Luke 2 v 7

We offer you a very warm welcome especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching during the week on the DVD and to Alan Beesley who is leading our worship 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

During the Annual Church Meeting it was agreed, on a trial basis, that we would hold just two services a month on the first and third Sunday with tea and coffee served afterwards. This will start in June when the next quarterly plan comes out.

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.

Facemasks – with the recent increase in Covid numbers we are still asking everyone to keep wearing a facemask.

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.

DIARY OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Thursday 31st March 2022
9:30am – Midweek Prayer Time

Next Sunday 3rd April 2022
10:30am – Worship led by Rev Joe Adams

Notices 20 March 2022

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 20th March 2022

If it bears fruit, fine! If not, then cut it down. Luke 13 v 9

A very warm welcome to you all this morning especially if you are a visitor and to those who will be watching during the week on the DVD and to Rev Paul Howes who is leading our worship with Holy Communion 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. If you are unable to attend please let Viv know and pass on any comments you wish to share.

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 – cancelled this week due to the church meeting.

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 March 2022
2:15pm – Annual Church Meeting

Next Sunday 27th March 2022
Mothering Sunday
10:30am – Worship led by Alan Beesley

Your Church

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