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 16th February 2020
We are delighted to welcome to lead our service today:
Mr David Hanson
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Matthew 5:21-37
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 18th February
At 7.30pm – House Group meeting at 85 St Helens Down
Thursday 20th February
At 2.30pm – Messy Church
Sunday 23rd February
At 10.30am – Chocolate Fudge Cake Service led by Mrs Grace Garner
The offertory for last Sunday totalled £89.60
JOINT JUMBLE SALE – Many thanks to everyone who helped with the Jumble Sale yesterday. The St Helens share of the proceeds was a brilliant £154 plus with more to come. Very well done.
The total in our New Premises Fund is now £12,372.81.
MESSY CHURCH – We have our next Messy this coming Thursday from 2.30 to 4.30pm. New helpers are always invited, so if you haven’t got involved before, and think you would like to, but are not sure what would be involved, please have a chat with one of the regulars.
Particular help is needed with the craft tables. No special skills are needed. Just a genuine interest and ability to relate to people, young and not quite so young.
Please remember to pray for all those involved with Messy Church, those leading, and the families who are coming. Offers of help with the nibbles will be very welcome too. Thank you in anticipation.
ROY – Please continue to remember Joyce and the family in your prayers. Donations in Roy’s memory are still invited for the British Heart Foundation and / or Macmillan Cancer Support via the funeral directors Douglas Mercer & Son, 29 Sedlecombe Road North, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 7DA.
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, Di Henham (taken urgently into hospital on Tuesday), June, Lin, Lin’s grandson Morris, Margaret, and not least, Joyce and the family.
Pray too for Rev Brian Jackson and Rev Peggy Hiscock.
Continue to pray also for our minister Tricia Williams, and the Circuit Leadership Team, as well as the Revd. Philip Wagstaff who has agreed to move to become the Superintendent of our Circuit from next September. Please hold Philip in your prayers as he prepares to come to us, and for his present circuit.
Please pray also for the people responsible for running OCC which has had a number of incidents of vandalism, theft, and malicious intent. The police are involved, but St Helens members have been specifically asked to pray that these incidents will cease and that some normality may be restored.
Sovereign God, you are our light and our salvation, to you be glory and praise for ever.
We thank you for the Cross and the wonder of Christ’s love for us: he is the light of the world. Anoint us with your Spirit as you call us into your marvellous light.
May our lives bear witness to your truth and our lips proclaim your praise. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Steven Wild, Cornwall District Chair
St Helens, Circuit, & other dates for your diary
Tuesday 25th February from 12pm – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party at Trinity MC. Just turn up – donations for Christians Against Poverty
Sunday 1st March at 4pm – Lent Service of Music and Prayer from Taize and Iona, at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Magdalen Road.
Friday 6th March at 10.30am – World Day of Prayer service at St Ethelburga’s CofE Church, Filsham Road, St Leonards, including prayers for Zimbabwe
Saturday 7th March at Calvert at 6.30pm – Quiz (with ploughman’s supper provided) Teams up to 6 – £5 per person – includes supper
Tuesday 24th March at 7.30pm – Circuit Meeting at Ninfield
Thursday 26th March at 3pm – Daffodil Rally at St Leonards-on-Sea MC with Rev Sam Funnell. Tea and cake to follow. Please book your place by 10th March (tel 854919 – Pearl Page)
Saturday 28th March at 10.30am at Little Common Methodist Church – Circuit conversation / discussion on Conference report: God in love unites us.
Also 28th March at 6.30pm at Little Common M.C. – Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Saturday 4th April 10am to 1pm – Easter Fayre
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.
The meeting / discussion on Sat 28th March is optional of course.
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.