Latest Sunday Notices Sheet

A warm welcome to

ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH Website: http://www.shmch.org.uk

ore picMinister: Rev Tricia Williams

Address: 15 Holmesdale Road

Bexhill-on-Sea

Tel: 01424 733137

Mrs Carol Stewart

Lectionary readings:

Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 40:1-11

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42

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:

Tuesday 21st January

At 7.30pm – House Group meeting at 85 St Helens Down

Thursday 23rd January

No Tiny Footprints Baby and Toddler Group this week while some repairs are in progress at OCC

Sunday 26th January

At 10.30am – Annual Covenant Service led by Rev Sam Funnell

The offertory for last Sunday totalled £76.00

CIRCUIT SUPERINTENDENT MINISTER – Big Announcement

The Circuit Leadership Team is delighted to announce that, subject to the confirmation of the Methodist Conference, the Revd. Philip Wagstaff has agreed to move at the Connexion’s request to become the Superintendent of the Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Circuit from next September. Please hold Philip in your prayers as he prepares for this unexpected move, and for his present circuit who are losing him unexpectedly.”

In addition, I would also ask that you continue to hold Tricia and the Circuit Leadership Team in your prayers.

FLOWER MINISTRY

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

ROY MILLS

Please continue to remember Joyce and the family at this time, but giving thanks for his life, and the many memories that Roy leaves with us. May God bless him and all his family and friends.

The funeral service is on Monday 3rd February at the Crematorium at 12.30pm, followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at St Leonards-on-Sea Methodist Church at around 1.15pm.

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, particularly Annette, Daisy, June, Katie L, Lin, Margaret, and not least, Joyce and the family following Roy’s passing.

Pray too for Rev Brian Jackson and Rev Peggy Hiscock.

Pray also for the District Chair Rev Dr David Hinchliffe and all those involved in the stationing process, giving thanks for presbyters and circuits where matches have been made.

Pray also for our minister Tricia Williams, and the Circuit Leadership Team, as well as the family of Roy Pepper.

God of grace and love, the future seems uncertain and dangerous, so we become distrustful and obdurate. We are willing to believe only those who agree with us, and are fearful of difference. We become angry and defensive, hurting others before they can hurt us, regardless of the consequences. In responding to the gospel of your love for us in Christ, help us to remember that, although you were announced by angels, you came to us vulnerable as a new-born child. May all that we offer in your name be filled with compassion and kindness. Amen.

Sheryl Anderson, Liverpool District Chair

In love, O Lord, all your works have begun; by love you sustain them and in your love our life is everlasting. So let the beginning and ending of all our loving be to see you O God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Julian of Norwich (c.1343-c.1417)

St Helens, Circuit, & other dates for your diary

Wednesday 22nd January at Trinity Methodist Church at 3pm – Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Roy Pepper.

Sunday 26th January at 3pm – Church Together in Hastings service of Christian Unity at Hastings Centre (King’s Church) – speaker is Mr Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

(Parking is free at Hastings Centre for this service)

Thursday 30th January at 3.15pm – Messy Church planning meeting at OCC

Friday 31st January at 10am – Mission & Development Group meeting at Steve’s

Monday 3rd February – Funeral service for Roy Mills at 12.30pm at Hastings Crematorium, followed by the Service of Thanksgiving at St Leonards-on-Sea Methodist Church at around 1.15pm

Wednesday 5th February at 10am – Prayer Group at Audrey’s

Sunday 9th February at 12pm – Church Council meeting after the service

Saturday 15th February 10am to 12pm – Joint Jumble Sale

Consultation re the Methodist Church Report: God in love unites us

The national church is inviting anyone and everyone to read and prayerfully consider the report produced by the Marriage and Relationships Task Group. We have 4 copies of the report which should be read together with the accompanying Study Guide.

The issues contained within the report may be considered contentious, and will certainly challenge our thinking. Please take a copy of each if you are interested, and then bring them back to give someone else the chance to read them.

There will be a meeting in this Circuit on Saturday 28th March at Little Common, where there will be discussion and an exchange of views, but no vote. Attendance at the meeting is optional of course.

Thursday 20th February 2.30 to 4.30pm – Messy Church

Sunday 23rd February at 10.30am – Chocolate Fudge-Cake Service

Saturday 4th April 10am to 1pm – Easter Fayre