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Notices for Sunday 17th December 2017

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Notices for Sunday 17th December

9.30am HOLY COMMUNION: Welcome to our service this morning led by Rich.  Matthew talks to us about ‘Bring ready – Meditation’ Luke 2:8-20 and Psalm 1:1-3

6.30pm CAROL SERVICE:  We offer you all a warm welcome to our annual    candlelit carol service this evening led by our Vicar Matthew and Curate Rich.  We join together to celebrate the gift of Jesus, we hear from the bible and sing carols followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

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

UPDATE ON KIP…..take a look at the letter printed in church and on notice board.

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 10am or 10.45am including        Saturday until 21st.  Odeon: 10.15am on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

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

CAROL SINGING AROUND LILLESHALL this year takes place tomorrow   evening meeting at St Michael’s at 6.30pm and returning to church for some well earned mulled wine and mince pies.

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

FORGET ME NOT FILMS would like you to join them at St John’s This      Thursday 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 THIS Thursday 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 18th December 9.15am  Morning Prayer at St Michael’s

Thursday 21st 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.

THIS SUNDAY

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

Coffee: 9.30am Heather Ayres + Helper

CHRISTMAS EVE

Sidesperson: 9.30am Pathfinders and 11pm Fran Taylor

Coffee: Clive & Julie Nelson

CHRISTMAS DAY

Sidesperson: 9.30am Geoff Lott                           Coffee: Paul & Julie Clayton

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

 

Luke 2:8-20

And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither –
whatever they do prospers.