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 8TH DECEMBER 2019
We are delighted to welcome to lead our service today:
Mr David Hanson
Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-7,18-19
Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12
Liturgy for the second Sunday of Advent — the prophets
Leader: Jesus said, ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets: I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them.’
Response: Amen. Come soon, Lord Jesus!
Two red candles are lit and this response is used
Leader: Jesus is the light of the world.
Response: A light no darkness can ever put out.
StF 165 verses 1 & 2: Advent candles tell their story
The St Helens diary for the coming week is as follows:
Wednesday 11th December
At 10.30am – Mission & Development Group meeting with Chair of OCC Trustees
Thursday 12th December
At 1.30pm – Tiny Footprints Parent and Toddler Group
At 3.15pm – Messy Christingle planning meeting at OCC
Sunday 15th December
At 10.30am – Morning worship including Holy Communion led by Mr Alan Hurrell
Drivers, please note that there is a record fair at Ore Centre next Sunday (15th), and parking is likely to be tricky.
The offertory for last Sunday totalled £111.90
CAROL ROUND Friday 20th December
We hope to be singing round the quieter streets of Ore village, collecting for Save the Children. Do come if you can – the more of us there are the better, but please remember to wrap up really warm.
It is good fun, even if a bit cold some years. But we shall have nibbles and a hot drink after we have finished. Donations are also welcome of course.
Christmas cards appeal
Kate has kindly organised this year’s appeal again. The plan is that you sign the communal church card rather than giving out individual cards. But please feel free to support the appeal, regardless of whether you are sending individual cards or not. All donations go towards the St Helens New Premises Fund. Many thanks.
Christian Schools Workers Hastings (CSWH)
The team leader for CSWH will be moving on to a new job in February. That will leave a big hole in the service among local schools and we are invited to pray that a new team leader will be found and that the service to the schools will continue.
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, Roy and Joyce following Roy’s stay at the Conquest.
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.
Support us, O Lord, all the day long until the shadows lengthen, the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done.
Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
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
St Helens, Circuit, & other dates for your diary
Sunday 8th December at 4pm – Candlelit Advent Service of music and prayer from Taize and Iona at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Magdalen Road, St Leonards
Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm – Circuit Meeting at St Leonards-on-Sea Methodist Church
Thursday 12th December 11am to 12.30pm – Coffee Morning and Advent Songs of Praise at Rye Methodist Church (also on 19th)
Saturday 14th December at 10.30am – Christmas Carols and Reflections at Winchelsea Chapel led by Rev Tricia Williams and friends.
Friday 20th December 5.45 for a 6pm start – Carol Round singing around the local streets collecting for Save the Children
Sunday 22nd December at 10.30am – St Helens Carol Service with candles
Also Sunday 22nd Dec at 3.30pm – Carols by Candlelight at Trinity M.C
Tuesday 24th December from 2.30pm – Messy Christingle with Rev Tricia Williams
Wednesday 25th December at 10.30am – Christmas Morning Service at Calvert
Wednesday 8th January at 10am – Prayer Group at Audrey’s
Sunday 26th January at 10.30am – Annual Covenant Service
Some will remember Malcolm as a good old fashioned local preacher from Beckley. Coming originally from the North East, he first became a local preacher in 1957, but sadly passed away last Monday (2nd Dec). It is understood that he had virtually no family so the call has gone out around the Circuit, for those with fond memories of him, to attend Malcolm’s funeral which is at Hastings Crematorium on Thursday 19th December at 11am.