A warm welcome to
ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH Website: http://www.shmch.org.uk
Minister: Rev Ian Pruden
Address: 4 The Dene
Telephone: 01424 751304
Sunday 7th January 2018
We are delighted to welcome to lead our first service of the New Year today:
Mr Barry Turnwell
Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11
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:
Wednesday 10th January
At 10am – Prayer Group meeting at Audrey’s place. Come – everyone is welcome and you get a cup of tea too
Thursday 11th January
At 1.30pm – Tiny Footprints Parent and Toddler Group
Sunday 14th January
At 10.30am – Morning worship led by Mr Tony Collins
The offertory for last Sunday totalled £55.00
CAROL ROUND – Thank you to all who took part with the carol round on the Friday before Christmas. A total of £160.33 has this last week been sent to Save the Children.
MESSY NATIVITY – Thank you to everyone who came and participated in the ‘scratch’ nativity on Christmas Eve. This was a first for us and it was attended by a total of 39 people, and we were all reminded loud and clear that “Christmas: it’s about Jesus.”
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – Thank you too to everyone who helped with the party on the 29th Dec. A total of 52 people were there (including the DJ), and it was a very lively afternoon, with games from Mike and Ian, lots of food (including 2 large chocolate cakes) and disco dancing. The whole thing was funded by The Big Local and our costs were thankfully well within the budget set.
TRAVELLING NATIVITY: Mary and Joseph (and the donkey) completed their journey to the Messy Nativity on Christmas Eve.
Thank you to all who were able to offer them hospitality.
Totally unexpectedly, but as a result of the holy family’s visit to one address and the prayers offered there, a substantial and most generous donation in thanksgiving has been received for our St Helens church funds.
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – This week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
those who meet with the people of St Helens through the week: those who attend Sunday worship, Tiny Footprints, JUMP Club, House Groups / Fellowship, and the new Prayer Meeting.
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.
for God’s continued guidance and leading on the way forward for our St Helens church community.
those who live within the community of Ore Village, as well as our near neighbours and those we meet casually throughout the week.
others in, or who are connected with the Circuit who also need our prayers at present: not least our minister Ian and his wife Lis, and the other circuit ministers Peggy Heim and Tricia Williams.
for our Christian brothers and sisters in various parts of the world who have to live their lives under constant threat of persecution in their homes and communities, and at work.
Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of your presence and your guidance as we face the future.
We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us — but you alone know what it holds for us, and only you can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges. So help us to humbly put our hands into your hand, and to trust you and to seek your will for our lives during this coming year.
In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, assure us of the certainty of your unchanging love, and in the midst of life’s inevitable disappointments and heartaches, help us to turn to you for the stability and comfort we will need. Amen
Excerpt from Billy Graham’s prayer for the New Year
Important St Helens Circuit & other dates & events:
TODAY Sunday 7th January at 6.30pm – Circuit Praise at Calvert
Tuesday 9th January at Centenary House at 10am – Meeting to plan Circuit prayer events
Tuesday 16th January at 7.30pm – House Group meeting at 85 St Helens Down
Sunday 21st January at 10.30am – Annual Covenant Service
Also Sunday 21st Jan at 3pm at The Hastings Centre (King’s Church) – Church Together in Hastings service of Christian Unity
Plus on Sunday 21st Jan at 3pm – United Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity at Winchelsea Chapel
Saturday 10th February 10am to 12.30pm – Messy Church Training Morning at Calvert
Sunday 11th February at 10.30am – Chocolate Fudge-Cake Service led by Mrs Christine Freeland
Wednesday 14th February – Ash Wednesday Communion services: 11am at Sackville Road; and 7.30pm at St Leonards-on-Sea
Saturday 17th February 10am to 12pm – Joint Jumble Sale
Tuesday 20th March at 7.30pm – Circuit Meeting at St Leonards-on-Sea Methodist Church
Christmas cards appeal
The notices sheet has been completely silent on this Christmas card appeal, although more people have taken part than previously.
This is the last week of the appeal, so please put your donation in the box provided, if you so wish to support the appeal, regardless of whether you sent individual cards or not. All donations go towards the New Premises Fund, the first big spend from which should be with us in February or March: the Hymn Technology music ‘box’.
The total in our New Premises Fund is now £9,888.36