A warm welcome to
ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH Website: http://www.shmch.org.uk
Minister: Rev Tricia Williams
Address: 18 Woodlands.
Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 4RJ
Tel: 01424 845109
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15th May 2022
We are delighted to welcome to lead our Holy Communion service today:
Mr Alan Hurrell
The Lectionary readings for this Sunday are:
Acts 11:1-18 Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35
The hymns for the service today are:
Singing the Faith No’s 57 416 242 569 596
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 next week is as follows:
Wednesday 18th May
At 1.30pm – Tiny Footprints Baby and Toddler Group
At 3.15pm – Messy Church planning meeting at OCC
Sunday 22nd May
At 10.30am – Morning Worship led by Mrs Diane Funnell
Options for other Methodist services: the short act of worship for “those unable to attend worship” is posted on the church website.
There is no Circuit online service on Sunday this week.
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.
A big thank you to all who supported this year’s appeal. A cheque for £81.25 will be presented on your behalf at the thanksgiving / dedication service to be held at Trinity on Sunday 29th May at 4pm to which everyone is invited.
The hall is booked, Studio 1 is also booked for the celebration time. All we need to do now is plan the details. Messy is on Monday 30th May from 2.30 to 4pm and we have the planning meeting in the diary for this coming Wednesday, 18th May, at OCC (after Toddlers) at 3.15pm.
As this Messy is at the start of the week celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee nationally, our theme will be centred on that.
Please come to the planning meeting if you can. All those helping at Messy will be updated with the details agreed at the meeting, by next Sunday. Please remember to pray for the event’s success.
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 unable to attend Sunday worship, our Tiny Footprints Baby and Toddler Group, JUMP Club, and Messy Church.
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: Gladys – now moved to a rest home in Bexhill, Joyce, June, Kate and her family, Lin, Lin’s neighbour Will, Margaret, Rene, Annette, Audrey, Brenda, Carol W, Daisy, and Eileen.
all those who live within the community of Ore Village, particularly those who are thinking about the place of God in their lives.
pray also for our minister Tricia Williams, Philip Wagstaff, our Circuit Superintendent Minister, and the Circuit Leadership Team.
Grant us, O God, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us do, that the spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices; that in your light we may see light, and in your path may not stumble; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
William Reed Huntington (1838-1909)
Gracious God, your love includes us all, yet through the upheaval of pandemic and lockdowns the divisions between people have become accentuated.
We confess that too often we have not listened to those who have a different voice or offer a different perspective.
We confess that at times we operate from a place of privilege and do not always deal well with the power that we have.
Help us to understand the breadth, depth and height of your love for us and for others so that we work with humility, across the divisions, for justice for all, so that our lives as well as our words will proclaim your all-encompassing love. Amen.
Ian Howarth, Birmingham District Chair
St Helens, Circuit, & other dates for your diary
Saturday 21st May at Calvert M.C. – Advanced Safeguarding Course
Sunday 29th May at 4pm – Easter Offering service at Trinity M.C.
Monday 30th May at 2.30pm – our first post-covid Messy Church
Saturday 11th June at 7pm – Christchurch Singers “Jubilee” concert at Christchurch M.C. Bexhill
Tuesday 14th June – Circuit Meeting at Trinity
Sunday 19th June at Winchelsea Chapel – Singing Workshop from 2.30pm followed by a service at 5pm led by Philip Wagstaff
Sunday 26th June – Church Anniversary celebrations including faith lunch with Rev Tricia
Sunday 10th July at Christchurch M.C. Bexhill – Sussex Harmony (a West Gallery Quire) workshop at 2.30pm followed by a service at 6pm led by Rev Cynthia Park and Sussex Harmony, who are based in Lewes and Brighton and perform the music of the old English country churches.
Sunday 24th July at 4pm – Circuit Farewell service at Little Common for Rev Tricia Williams
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK – starts today
This year’s appeal focuses on impoverished people in Zimbabwe, and we are invited to consider
How long will the bellies of children lie empty?
How long will their mothers pray in vain?
How long will temperatures rise beyond record?
How long will the clouds fail to give rain?
How long will the crop fields turn into dust?
How long will the floods cover the plain?
How long will so few live with far too much?
How long will so many be denied what they need?
How long before the healing of nations?
How long will injustice and suffering remain?