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Notices for Sunday 20th May 2018

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Notices for Sunday 20th May – Pentecost

9.30am HOLY COMMUNION & BAPTISM: Our service this morning led by Rich. Jon talks to us about ‘I am the Gate for the Sheep’ John 10:1-10. We also offer a special warm welcome to Katie who is being baptised today.

6.30pm EVENING PRAYER (BCP): Welcome to our service this evening led by Matthew and Rich talks to us about Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Galatians 2:1-10.

PRAYERS: It is with sadness we let you know that sadly Kit Shambley died recently.  Her funeral is to take place on Thursday 31st May at Telford Crem 11.30am.  Please pray for her son, family and friends.

CONTACT DETAILS: Your privacy is important to us, and we want to continue to communicate with YOU which is in line with UK law on data protection.  UK law is changing and we now need to confirm your consent to how we contact you. Please pick up a form available in church which will allow us to do this and return to Lesley when completed.  We do need a form for everyone we have any contact details for.  Thank you for your help in this matter.

ACTIVITY DAYS 2018: Can you help with this years Activity Days ? held 24th to 27th July. You can appreciate there is a lot of organisation and it really helps to have your availability to ensure we have enough leaders/helpers even more so this year as we have a few of our regular leaders and helpers            unavailable so your time, if you can give it, is even more vital. Please fill in a form available in church and hand to Ellie Jones or Lesley in the office.

WORLD CHURCH & JUSTICE are meeting next this Tuesday (22nd) 7.30pm at the home of Ann.

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 this Thursday (24th) 9.30am to see Annie get your gun!


Strength for the Journey – 3.30pm on Saturday 26 May at Holy Trinity Church, Church Rd, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury SY3 9HF:  Please join this  dementia-friendly service which will offer something for all – including people with dementia, carers and those who work with people with dementia.  We will make material from the service available afterwards, to then use to run something similar in your own church.

Forget-me-not Songs of Praise on Sunday 27 May at 6.30pm at St        Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Shifnal TF11 9AB: Come and hear some stories of people affected by dementia, share their favourite songs and enjoy music and worship together.  Then share cuppa and a cake after the service.  If you’d like to, please come in your favourite hat – just for the fun of it!  Again, we are going to make material from the service available afterwards.

AFTERNOON TEA………..  Rich, Jenny, Nathan & Daniel leave us on Sunday 27th May.  St Michael’s will be having afternoon tea at 4pm that day to say goodbye to Rich and his family.   If you would like to come along, please put your name on the list at the back of Church to give an idea for  catering.   Everyone Welcome.

NEWPORT CARNIVAL: Would you be able to help the Churches Together Group in Newport for the activities they are running at Newport Carnival on Saturday 9th June?  They will be providing tea and coffee in St Nicholas church, with a table outside serving squash.  There will be prayer stations, tubs with small gifts in, outdoor games eg connect 4 and face painting.   If so please contact Dave Clissold (Newport Christian Fellowship) directly on 07780 956429.

CSW National conference is coming to Birmingham ‘Pursue Justice’ on Saturday 16 June 1pm -4pm (doors open 12noon) at Elim Church Selly Oak,  Exeter Rd, Birmingham B29 6EU (nearest railway station is Selly Oak). It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about religious freedom, and commit to prayer and action as a group.                          http://www.csw.org.uk/pursuejustice.htm

RICH’S LICENSING: Rich will be licensed as Priest in Charge of Shawbury, Stanton upon Hine Heath and Moreton Corbet at St Mary’s Church,  Shawbury, SY4 4NH, on Wednesday 20th June at 7:30pm.  There will be a list of anyone wishing to go to Shawbury at the back of Church.

FOOD BANK PLEA FOR FOOD..donations are needed, stocks are very low at the moment and demand high.  A collection box is still in our church.

Monday 21st May 9.15am  Morning Prayer at St Michael’s

Thursday 24th May 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 January and August) and every week during Lent. We begin with a service of Communion at noon followed by lunch and a recital.

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.

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 AT A NEW TIME of 4.30pm.

You are invited to St Michael’s to POP IN FOR COFFEE on the third      Thursday of each month between 10am-12noon all very welcome.

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.  (26th April)

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.

BLAZE: A mid week 11’s-14’s group. It takes place between 6.30-7:30pm on Wednesdays at St Michael’s Church. Contact the office 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.

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 670033 for info.


Sidesperson: 9.30am Anthony Warner and 6.30pm Fran Taylor

Coffee: Paul & Julie Clayton


Sidesperson: 9.30am  Geoff Lott and 6.30pm Mike Harris

Coffee: Dave & Sue Richards


Monday and Friday 9-4pm and Tuesday 8.30am-12.30 and 2-4pm

Email:  admin@stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk   Webwww.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

MATTHEW’S DAY OFF is usually FRIDAY  Emailmatthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

RICH’S DAY OFF is usually WEDNESDAY  Emailrevrichcresswell@gmail.com

John 10:1-10

The good shepherd and his sheep

10 ‘Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognise a stranger’s voice.’ Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Therefore Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.