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 17th June 2018
We are delighted to welcome to lead our service today:
Mrs Grace Garner
Readings: Jonah 3 Mark 11:15-19
The flowers today have been kindly given by Brenda and John on Father’s Day in loving memory of Brenda’s dear Dad
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 20th June
At 10am – Prayer Group at Audrey’s – Everyone very welcome
Thursday 21st June
At 1.30pm – Tiny Footprints Parent and Toddler Group
Sunday 24th June
At 10.30am – Morning worship led by Mr Mike Lambourne
(Drivers please note: there is a Record Fair here at OCC next Sunday, 24th, so parking may be difficult. Ore Clinic usually has loads of free spaces available)
The offertory for last Sunday totalled £171.79
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
Thank you so much to all who have supported this year’s Gift Day. You have been most generous The total received last Sunday was £525; £330 for General Funds, £195 for the New Premises Fund.
Further gifts will be very welcome – there are special envelopes still available.
As stated last week, most General Fund income, including the weekly offertory and Gift Day receipts, goes towards our contribution to the Circuit to pay for our ministers’ stipends and accommodation. Those contributions from across the 11 churches currently fall short of the actual costs, so if you haven’t yet but would like to give at this time, please do. Thank you for giving whatever you can.
The total in our New Premises Fund is now £10,810.48
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, Messy Church, JUMP Club, House Groups / Fellowship, and the 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, including Steve, Peggy (Carol’s Mum), Roy and Joyce, Sylvia recovering after her recent op, Joyce Mills’s great grand-daughter Violet, Robert and Cameron (Rene’s grandson and great grandson), as well as Kerry, Adam and Morris (Lin’s daughter and grandsons).
Pray also for the family of Sylvia’s nephew who seemingly took his own life this week at the age of 27.
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, the other circuit ministers Peggy Heim and Tricia Williams.
Grant to me, O Lord, the penitence of the publican who dared not raise his eyes to heaven, the desire of the prodigal who longed to return home and the wisdom of the merchant who surrendered all to possess the kingdom. Amen.
Rabbula of Edessa (d. 435)
Update on the Community Library Scheme
It was reported last week in The Observer that the community library arrangements have been approved by the County Council but needed to be ratified by the budget holder. Information from OCC is that the situation is more positive, and that the only thing needed now from ESCC is the formal agreement document. The opening of the community library is now expected to be in the Autumn.
Important St Helens Circuit & other dates & events:
Tuesday 19th June at 7.30pm – Circuit Meeting at Sackville Road MC
Saturday 23rd June 10am for 10.30 – Stephen Page’s “Wide, Wide as the Ocean” – songs and music of the Sunday School at Winchelsea Chapel
Tuesday 26th June at 7.30pm – House Group at 85 St Helens Down
Friday 29th June at 2.30pm – House Fellowship at 12 Hazelwood Gardens. All welcome
Sunday 1st July at 6pm – Circuit Praise Service at Ore Community Centre with participation from the St Helens congregation. This will be preceded with a MWiB Strawberry Tea from 4pm.
Saturday 7th July – Deadline for entries to Pett’s Poetry Competition
Tuesday 10th July at 7.30pm – Safeguarding Foundation Module Training at Pett Chapel
Friday 13th July at 2.30pm – Official opening of the Community Garden at Trinity Methodist Church, Broadoak, free refreshments. This is a joint resource with the Primary School next door.
Sunday 15th July at 2.30pm – Winchelsea Chapel Anniversary – singing under the ‘Wesley’ tree followed by a service in the chapel led by Rev Miriam Moul.
Saturday 21st July 10am to 1pm – St Helens Summer Fayre
Saturday 29th September at 11am – St Helens Away Day
Pett Methodist Church (through Pen Wilcock) are organising a poetry competition. Entries are invited from any who wish to enter, by 7th July. There are 8 classes and the cost per entry is £2.50. If you are thinking you might like to give it a go, Diane has more information and examples of the 8 types of poetry.