Latest Sunday Notices Sheet

A warm welcome to

ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH Website: http://www.shmch.org.uk

ore picMinister: Rev Tricia Williams

Address: 18 Woodlands.

Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 4RJ

Tel: 01424 845109

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28th November 2021

We are delighted to welcome to lead our Advent Sunday Nativity service today:

Mrs Diane Funnell and JUMP Club

The Lectionary readings for this Sunday are:

Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-10

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36

The hymns for the service today are:

Singing the Faith No’s: 169 212 204 213 217 202 231 v1&2 231 v3&4 330

Liturgy for the First Sunday in Advent

Steward: On this the first Sunday in Advent, we look forward to the coming of a Saviour with hope for the people of God.

The first red candle on our Advent Ring is lit

Steward: Hope is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle, we celebrate the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

All: God of all hope, fill us with joy and peace. We pray that in the darkness of our times we may still be full of hope, looking for the coming of Christ in our world. Amen

The St Helens diary for the next week is as follows:

Wednesday 1st December

At 1.30pm – Tiny Footprints Baby and Toddler Group

Sunday 5th December

At 10.30am – Morning Holy Communion service led by Rev Tricia Williams

At 11.45am – Church Council Meeting (postponed from November)

Options for other Methodist services: the short act of worship for “those unable to attend worship” is posted on the church website.

The joining link for a Circuit online Advent service on Sunday evening led by Rev Tricia Williams – 6.15 for a 6.30pm start is:

https://zoom.us/j/96091225080?pwd=SllUaUprWVI0VlRGdXZON3NLZEZlZz09

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CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Thank you to everyone who came and or supported the joint Christmas Fayre yesterday. The net proceeds from church stalls all goes to our New Premises Fund and will be announced on Sunday morning.

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING

It is now next Sunday 5th December after the morning service, postponed from early November. We will keep the meeting as short as possible but there are the usual essentials to agree and sign off, including the annual accounts, reserves policy, safeguarding policy, as well a new requirement relating to data protection. The church Council decisions not only satisfy legal requirements, but also make the key decisions on the future of our church community.

CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS WORKERS HASTINGS (CSWH)

If you would like to support the work and mission of CSWH please use the special ‘Loose Change’ collecting box at the back. Thank you.

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, 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: Annette, Audrey, Brenda, Carol, Christine, Christine’s friend Sarah, Daisy, Eileen, Gladys, Joyce, June, Kate and her family, Lin, Margaret and Rene.

also Joyce’s son-in-law John, little Violet (Joyce’s great grand-daughter).

the work of the Christian Schools Workers in our local schools.

pray also for our minister Tricia Williams, Philip Wagstaff, our Circuit Superintendent Minister, the Circuit Leadership Team, as well as our dear friend Alan Hurrell.

Loving your light, O Lord, may our hearts rejoice in your goodness. Living in your light may our lives reveal your grace. Walking in your light may our works reflect your glory. Amen.

Margaret Fell (1614-1702)

All-embracing God of love, timeless and limitless, forgive the Church of the ages. Forgive its misuse and neglect of its Scripture,
its teaching that divided and conquered. Forgive the wilfulness that sought power and not humility, carrying a sword of conflict and not the gospel of grace.

Forgive its complicity in peddling the prejudice of its time, its complacency in the face of persecution and pogrom. Forgive its deafness to the cries for help, its silence at the sight of injustice.

Through openness and honesty, with frankness and modesty, may we be brave and willing partners with those who seek to right the wrongs, correct the lies, and live in the truth. Amen.

Bruce Thompson, Lincolnshire District Chair

St Helens, Circuit, & other dates for your diary

Saturday 4th December at 11am – Songs of Praise Carol Service at Winchelsea Chapel.

Also Sat 4th Dec at 7.30pm – Carols in the Barn at Pickham Farm, Watermill Lane, Guestling led by members of Pett M.C.

Sunday 5th December at 4pm – “Wait for the Lord” Candlelit Advent service of Praise and Prayer from Taize at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church, Magdalen Road, St Leonards-on-Sea. All welcome

Saturday 11th December at 6pm – Christchurch Singers Christmas Concert at Christchurch, Bexhill

Sunday 19th December at 10.30am – St Helens Carol Service led by Mrs Jill Sayers

Friday 24th December at 2.30pm – St Helens Messy Christingle led by Rev Philip Wagstaff

Also Fri 24th Dec at 11.30pm – Midnight Communion services at St Leonards M.C. with Tricia, and at Battle M.C. with Philip

Saturday 25th December at 10.30am – United Christmas Day service for Calvert and St Helens at Calvert Methodist Church with Rev Tricia Williams

Sunday 26th December – No service at St Helens

Sunday 2nd January 2022 at 10.30am – Covenant Service

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

FLOWER MINISTRY

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

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