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Notices for Sunday 10th December 2017

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Notices for Sunday 10th December

9.30am MORNING WORSHIP: A warm welcome to our service this morning.  Sue leads our service today and Matthew talks to us about ‘Being ready –     Fasting’  Zechariah 7:4-10 and Matthew 9:14-15

4.00pm MESSY CHRISTINGLE: Welcome to our fun interactive service with food, fun, make your own Christingle, Nativity Photo Booth, Snowman cakes and much more.

7.00pm SPOKEN HOLY COMMUNION:  Our service this evening is led by Rich and Heiko talks to us about 2 Peter 3:8-15 and Mathew 25:1-13.

Can you do Calligraphy writing ?   St Michael’s are looking for someone to update their Memorial Book.  If you can help, please contact Fran 604718

Prayer requests: Please continue to pray for Jean and her family as they come to terms with the sad loss of Denis Fry.  Jean and family would like to pass on their heart felt thanks for all the lovely messages, cards, visits, meals and love and support they have received during this difficult time.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO RECEIVE ITEMS FOR CAP CHRISTMAS     HAMPERS. If you have accidentally left your contribution at home please see Vicky after the service to arrange delivery asap. We need to know we have    everything we need well before we pack them up. Don’t forget – hamper packing is taking place here at St John’s during Join us for a Cuppa at 11am this Friday (15th). A huge thank you to all of you who have been so generous.

CAP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: More volunteers needed for the CAP debt     centre. Full training provided (next session in December). Daytime availability preferred. Contact the manager, Jane Preston 07910 779345 or email              janepreston@capuk.org for more details.

The Pathfinder Children would like to thank you for your kind donations of    fabric, we now have plenty.  Thank you also for the offers to help, we are grateful to Yvonne Deakin who has been wonderful enough to cut everything out.  We will be in touch with those who have offered to sew shortly

An entertaining cartoon telling The Nativity from the viewpoint of the animals is now being shown at Telford’s Cineworld and Odeon. The Star (U) starring a cute lamb and a show-off dove are amongst the animal cast. Oprah Winfrey voices Deborah the camel. Cineworld: Daily at 4pm (also at 11.20am & 1.40pm on Saturday) Odeon: Daily at 12.30pm (also at 10.15am on Saturday and Sunday).

The Gallery Singers are very pleased to present ‘Northern Lights’  A collection of songs and carols for Christmas.  THIS EVENING at 3.00 pm at All Saints Church, Forton. Tickets £8 available on the door.

SUB:ZERO: Can you spare a couple of hours on a Friday between 4-6pm on a rota basis?  Sub:zero are in need of helpers from January.   If you would like to know what is involved please speak to Thom, Geoff or Lesley.

CAROLS AND CANDLES: Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the       service of Carols and Candles at St John’s.  Enjoy mulled wine, mince pies,    carols and step back 2000 years and meet the author of Christmas.  Please   invite your family, friends and neighbours to join with us on Saturday 16th    December at 8pm as we enjoy the Christmas festivities.  Any donations of mince pies would be gratefully received.

CAROL SERVICES AT ST MICHAEL’S: This years Carol Service takes place on Sunday 17th December 6.30pm and also on Friday 22nd December 7.30pm in church.

CAROL SINGING AROUND LILLESHALL this year takes place on Monday 18th December meeting at St Michael’s at 6.30pm.

You are invited to St Michael’s to  POP IN FOR COFFEE on Thursday 21st December between 10am-12noon all very welcome

FORGET ME NOT FILMS would like you to join them at St John’s Thursday 21st December for our festive film ‘Scrooge’ at 9.30am.

BLUE CHRISTMAS: Christmas can be a difficult time for some….Our Blue Christmas service helps us to bring before God any thoughts and worries we might have.  Please join us at St John’s on Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm.

CRIB SERVICE & CHRISTINGLE: A fun short service for families. Get your Christmas off to a cracking start by joining us for 45 minutes of carols and a walk-on nativity where younger children are invited to come dressed as shepherds, angels or kings ending with the traditional Christingle.  Due to popular demand we are offering 2 services 3.30pm & 4.30pm on Christmas Eve at St John’s.

Monday 11th December 9.15am  Morning Prayer at St Michael’s

Thursday 14th December 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St John’s

GOOD MORNING SUNDAY at St John’s. Breakfast from 8.15-9.15am, the Sunday papers, conversation, prayer and reflection. (Not on the 5th Sunday).

WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC takes place on the First Thursday of each month (except August) and every week during Lent. We begin with a service of Communion at noon followed by lunch and a recital.

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place on the second Saturday of each month 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

PRAYERS FOR CAP: We continue to run a regular prayer time for the CAP Debt Centre, monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at St John’s in the Acorn Room 9am.

DO YOU LIKE WALKING FOR PLEASURE? We meet at St John’s every Wednesday at 10am for a gentle walk of around an hour.  All are welcome. More details from Jo Lefroy.

FORGET ME NOT FILMS: Do you like watching old musicals while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake?  If so, join us usually on the 4th Thursday of

each month from 9.30am – 12noon.  (21st December).

PATHFINDERS: School Years R-Y6. Meets every Thursday at 5pm during term time at St Michael’s. Tea served at 5.05pm.  Come and join the fun £2 per      session includes food. Email to help with catering.

SPARK: meet during every Sunday service except Church Praze services. For ages 10+. Term time only. Please see Thom for further information.

BLAZE: A new mid week 11’s-14’s group. It takes place between 6-7:30pm on Wednesdays at St Michael’s Church. Contact Thom for further details.

SUB:ZERO – cafe style youth club for School years 7+ at St John’s 4-6pm on Friday’s during term time. followed by ABSOLUTE:ZERO approx 5.30pm (during Sub:Zero)….A chance to ask questions about God and being a Christian…

FUSION: (14 – 18 year olds) will meet weekly at St John’s.  The meeting time is Sunday evenings 7.15 – 8.30pm during term time. We meet for Bible study, prayer and discussion. Call 670760 for info.


Sidesperson: 9.30am Cedric Ayres      4pm Chris Leyden       7pm Fran Taylor

Coffee: Delia Brown & Sylvia Jukes


Sidesperson: 9.30am Clive & Julie Nelson and 6.30pm Mike Harris

Coffee: 9.30am Heather Ayres + Helper

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: Normal Office hours Monday and Friday

9.00am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 9.00am – 1.00pm.

Email:  admin@stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk   Web: www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

MATTHEW’S DAY OFF is usually FRIDAY  Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

RICH’S DAY OFF is usually WEDNESDAY  Email: revrichcresswell@gmail.com

 Zechariah 7:4-10

Then the word of the Lord Almighty came to me: ‘Ask all the people of the land and the priests, “When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted? And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves? Are these not the words the Lord proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were at rest and prosperous, and the Negev and the western foothills were settled?”’

And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: ‘This is what the Lord Almighty said: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”


Matthew 9:14-15 Jesus questioned about fasting

14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, ‘How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?’

15 Jesus answered, ‘How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.