A warm welcome to
ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH Website: http://www.shmch.org.uk
Minister: Rev Ian Pruden
Sunday 17th March 2019
We are delighted to welcome to lead our service today:
Mr David Hanson
Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 Psalm 27
Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35 or Luke 9:28-36
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 19th March
At 7.30pm – House Group meeting at 85 St Helens Down
Thursday 21st March
At 1.30pm – Tiny Footprints Parent and Toddler Group
At 3.15pm – Messy Easter planning meeting at OCC
Sunday 24th March
At 10am – Half Marathon service led by Mrs Diane Funnell
Drivers, please note that there is a record fair at Ore Centre in a fortnight’s time (31st), and parking is likely to be tricky.
The offertory for last Sunday totalled £185.50
REMINDER – HALF-MARATHON SERVICE 24th March
The service next week will start at 10am, and there will of course be some disruption to the traffic that day too, including for the buses.
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. Or you may like to make a contribution to the ‘Flower Fund’ to cover the ‘blank’ weeks. If so, Val will be very pleased to hear from you. Many thanks
This year the Easter Fayre is two weeks before Easter on Saturday 6th April from 10am to 1pm. Gifts for sale, and prizes for the raffle and tombola are invited please.
If you have some bright ideas for something different for the stalls and / or games, please let Diane know. Thank you
The total in our New Premises Fund is now £10,152.33.
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – this week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
Ian and Lis while they recover from their health problems.
Our church community here at St Helens including those who attend Sunday worship, Tiny Footprints, Messy Church, JUMP Club, House Groups / Fellowship, and the Prayer Meeting, and particularly those new to our wider church community in the Toddler Group, Messy Church and JUMP Club.
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 .
those who live within the community of Ore Village, as well as our near neighbours and those we meet casually throughout the week.
Pray also for our other circuit ministers Peggy Heim and Tricia Williams, as well as the whole Circuit Leadership Team as they work through a number of challenges at present.
Lord, it isn’t easy.
It isn’t easy to speak out for you when they don’t want to listen.
It isn’t easy to live by your story when they don’t believe it.
It isn’t easy to welcome the stranger when the unfamiliar looks frightening.
It isn’t easy to be open to others when they might change me.
It isn’t easy to follow you when you go to the wrong places.
Child, it isn’t easy.
It isn’t easy to walk with me toward Jerusalem.
It isn’t easy to trust when you want to direct.
It isn’t easy to let go when you want to grasp tightly.
It isn’t easy, but rest in me, trust my love and you will be born anew.
Lord, help me to trust you and share your love that the world may be transformed.
Ruth Gee, Connexional Ecumenical Officer
Important St Helens, Circuit & other dates & events:
Thursday 21st March 2 to 3.30pm – Lent Course at Christchurch, Bexhill – see poster
Also Thursday 21st March at 3pm – Daffodil Rally at St Leonards-on-Sea Methodist Church
Saturday 23rd March – Vocal Workshop and performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” at The Emmanuel Centre, Battle – see poster for details
Tuesday 26th March at 7.30pm – Circuit Meeting at St Leonards-on-Sea Methodist Church
Wednesday 27th March at 10am – Prayer Group at Audrey’s
Saturday 30th March at 3pm – ‘Tea with Messiah’ Concert at Rye Methodist Church by The Occasional Consort – cost £10 to include light refreshments.
Wednesday 3rd April 12.30 for 1pm – MWiB Springtime Lunch at The Brickwall Hotel, Sedlescombe. The cost is £25 and you must by 18th March at the latest – see poster and booking form
Thursday 4th April at 2.30pm – Circuit MWiB AGM at St Leonards-on-Sea Methodist Church
Saturday 6th April 10am to 1pm – Easter Fayre
Thursday 11th April 2.30 to 4.30pm – Messy Easter
Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm – Holy Week Service at 85 St Helens Down including the breaking and sharing of bread and ‘wine’ and hopefully participation by all who come.
Wednesday 17th April at 7.30pm – Reflections for Holy Week with Rev Peggy Heim at Winchelsea Chapel
Good Friday 19th April at 7.30pm – Calvert combined choir lead Maunder’s ‘Olivet to Calvary’ at Calvert Church
Saturday 20th April 1 to 4.30pm – Winchelsea Open Gardens Day – chapel open to visitors
Thursday 9th May at 10am – Worship Committee