A warm welcome to
ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH Website: http://www.shmch.org.uk
Minister: Rev Tricia Williams
Address: 15 Holmesdale Road
Tel: 01424 733137
Sunday 3rd November 2019
We are delighted to welcome to lead our service today:
Mrs Pen Wilcock
Isaiah 1:10-18 Psalm 32:1-7
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4,11-12 Luke 19:1-10
MODERN VERSION OF THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen
The St Helens diary for the coming week is as follows:
Thursday 7th November
At 10am – Prayer Group at Audrey’s
At 1.30pm – Tiny Footprints Parent and Toddler Group
Sunday 10th November
At 10.15am – United Service of Remembrance at Christ Church Ore
Thursday 14th November
At 10am – Worship Committee Meeting at 85 St Helens Down
At 1.30pm – Tiny Footprints Parent and Toddler Group
Sunday 17th November
At 10.30am – Suffering Church Sunday service led by Mr Tony Collins
The offertory for last Sunday totalled £127.50
Thank you to everyone who helped, supported, donated food for, and / or prayed for last Thursday’s Messy. There were a very modest 22 present, which is exceedingly low numbers for St Helens, but it was a really lovely time and even at times, rather relaxing.
If you would like to cover a particular week, please put your name against your chosen week on the list at the back, together with a dedication if you so wish. Many thanks
REV BRIAN JACKSON
Brian was our minister twenty odd years ago. He telephoned Diane during the week to say that he had been having treatment for bowel cancer, but this has sadly not been successful. He has declined the offer of further treatment and like the Brian we remember, he is as ever remarkably up-beat and positive, and sends his love to all who remember him. He is hoping to celebrate his 90th birthday in February. Please remember to include Brian in your prayers
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – this week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
Our church community here at St Helens including those who are able, or unable to attend Sunday worship, Tiny Footprints Baby and Toddler Group, Messy Church, JUMP Club, House Group, and the Prayer Group.
Pray for those connected with St Helens who we know are not in the best of health or have particular need of our prayers at this time.
Pray also for our minister Tricia Williams, and the Circuit Leadership Team.
As Tricia mentioned at the Church Council last Sunday, our prayers are requested for everyone involved in this year’s stationing process, particularly the District Chair David Hinchcliffe, the ministers offering themselves for appointment, including Ian Pruden of course, and the Circuits within our District who are looking for new superintendents and / or ministers: Hants-Surrey Border; Berkshire Surrey Borders; Thames Valley; Wey Valley; West Sussex Coast and Downs; Central Sussex United Area; Hastings, Bexhill, and Rye; North Kent; and Canterbury and East Kent.
This is a very complex and stressful time for all involved, and we are invited to pray for David as he meets with the other District Chairs and Connexional representatives.
Merciful God, author of the cosmos and reader of souls; we give you the worship that to you alone is due.
We offer to you all that we are and have, our bodies and our minds.
Forgive us when we conform to values and standards that fail to reflect your purpose.
By the power of your Spirit, who raised Jesus from death, transform us through and through, so that we become effective signs and agents of your perfect will. Amen
John Hellyer, our previous South East District Chair
Important St Helens, Circuit & other dates & events:
Saturday 9th November at 7.30pm – Shades Theatre Co. present “Just Desserts” in the Sussex Studio at the White Rock Theatre – tickets from £7 to £10
Saturday 23rd November at 10am – Christmas Fayre
Thursday 28th November at 8pm – an evening of Celtish inspirational music at The Great Hall at Ashburnham Place – entry £8 – (Please note date change from 5th November)
Monday 2nd December at 3pm – Musical recital by the St Laurence Handbell Ringers at Sackville Road Methodist Church Hall
Saturday 7th December at 6pm – Christmas Praise at Christchurch Methodist Church, Bexhill
Saturday 14th December at 10.30am – Christmas Carols and Reflections at Winchelsea Chapel led by Rev Tricia Williams and friends.
It’s just under 3 weeks to go, and Father Christmas is expected. Offers of raffle prizes, gifts, home-baking, games, competitions, and other Christmassy stuff etc will be very much appreciated.
Please remember to tell your family and friends about it too. Preparations will be from about 9am and if you can help with that too, that would be brilliant. Thank you
The total in our New Premises Fund is now £11,714.25
Another quote from the Gospel according to St Lynas
St Lynas was chatting with the old man (the octo-geranium) who said of a neighbour up the lane:
‘Ee’s a lad, that one, at least he were in his younger days – he married three women. Oi reckon that’s bigotry!’
‘No, no,’ said St Lynas, smiling broadly. ‘Two wives is bigotry – three is trigonometry!’