A warm welcome to
ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH Website: http://www.shmch.org.uk
Minister: Rev Ian Pruden
Sunday 6th January 2019
We are delighted to welcome to lead our Covenant service today:
Rev Derek Brice
The flowers today have been provided by Brenda in celebration of dear John’s birthday today
Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7,10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12
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 8th January
At 7.30pm – House Group at 85 St Helens Down
Thursday 10th January
At 1.30pm – Tiny Footprints Parent and Toddler Group
Sunday 13th January
At 10.30am – Morning worship led by Mr John Troughton
The offertory for last Sunday totalled £100.00
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 to everyone who took part in and / or donated this Christmas. Payments have been sent to Save the Children for a total of £160 this week, which is brilliant. Many thanks
Christmas cards appeal – (closes today)
Please feel free to support the appeal, regardless of whether you sent individual cards or not. All donations go towards the St Helens New Premises Fund. Many thanks.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE – further update – the total raised has now mysteriously gone up to £386.39, which our best Fayre total since coming to Ore Community Centre. Thank you.
Our next fundraising event is a joint jumble sale with Ore Community Centre with proceeds split straight down the middle. This is now confirmed for Saturday 9th February from 10am to 12pm, with preparations on the Friday afternoon from about 3.30. Your help will be very much appreciated.
The total in our New Premises Fund is now £9,686.32.
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – this week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
Ian and Lis while they recover from their health problems. Sadly Ian has been signed off sick for a further 5 weeks.
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.
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 Linda Jones (in Gardner Ward after being in ITU over Christmas), Gladys (in a care home in Bexhill), Steve, Peggy, Roy and Joyce, Sylvia, Joyce’s great grand-daughter Violet, Robert and Cameron (Rene’s grandson and great grandson), as well as Kerry, and Morris (Lin’s daughter and grandson).
Our other circuit ministers: Peggy Heim and Tricia Williams.
A further extract from the prayer for the New Year
Dear God, we ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within us during the coming year. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honoured by our lives, and others would be drawn to you.
We pray that you would keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run, and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground.
We ask that you would provide for our needs, we ask for your grace and favour. We pray for your blessings to cover us, we pray that you would help us to prosper and make every plan that you have birthed in our heart to succeed. We pray that others would take notice of your goodness and could not help but to say, “These are the ones that the Lord has blessed.”
Help us to be known as great givers, help us to be generous and kind, help us to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only our own. In the name of Jesus we pray.
Important St Helens, Circuit & other dates & events:
Today, Sunday 6th January at 4pm – Circuit Epiphany Praise Service at Pett Chapel
Tuesday 8th January at 7.30pm – Holy Habits meeting at Little Common (Making more disciples)
Sunday 20th January at 3pm – Church Together in Hastings service of Christian Unity at Hastings Centre (King’s Church) with guest speaker Charles Whitehead, a Catholic evangelical.
Wednesday 30th January at 10am – Prayer Group at Audrey’s
Saturday 9th February at 10am – Joint Jumble Sale with OCC
Saturday 16th February at 12pm – Love Feast at Winchelsea Chapel
Thursday 21st February 2.30 to 4.30pm – Messy Church
Saturday 13th April 10am to 1pm – Easter Fayre
Rene has expressed her thanks for your thoughts and prayers for her daughter Linda who is now showing encouraging signs for her recovery.
Gladys sends her love to all at St Helens and thanks you for your prayers and good wishes. Gladys will be staying at Grosvenor Park Care Home, 26 Brookfield Road, Bexhill TN40 1NY for the next few weeks or so, during her recuperation.
JUST A THOUGHT OR TWO
Don’t expect the cream of life if you keep the milk of kindness bottled up.
Love is a fabric that never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the waters of adversity and grief.
Be as patient with others as God has been with you.
Wishing you every blessing for 2019