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Notices for Sunday 2nd April 2017

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Notices for Sunday 2nd April

9.30am MORNING WORSHIP: A warm welcome to our annual church meeting this morning led by Matthew. Ephesians 3:7-13

6.30pm NOW WORSHIP: Welcome to our monthly contemporary service this evening led by Angie Vann.

The Annual Meeting (APCM) takes place TODAY when we will hear about the life of St Michael’s during 2016, elect Church Wardens, PCC and Deanery Synod members. Nomination forms are now available in church please hand to Fran, Matthew or Lesley before the start of the service.  Vacancies:- Church  Wardens 2 Vacancies for 1 year. PCC 4 vacancies for 3 years, Deanery Synod: 3   Vacancies for 3 years.

COFFEE IN CHURCH AND FAIRTRADE: The coffee we have bought to serve in both churches comes from a company called Ethical Addictions.  Ethical     Addictions import coffee direct from farms in Tanzania and Brazil.  Although the product is not certificated with a Fair Trade mark, the company actually go   further than Fair Trade suppliers as they deal directly with the farmers themselves.  So the coffee carries a Farm Direct badge instead.  You can find more information about this is at http://www.eacoffee.co.uk/direct.html

YOUR SUPPORT AND PRAYERS ARE STILL DESPERATELY NEEDED:  You may have seen the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has launched an     appeal, which Tearfund is involved in too. Tearfund are already on the ground in East Africa working to provide humanitarian assistance, sanitation, and health education to vulnerable families. In this emergency situation, Tearfund are  determined to continue bringing hope and help to the most vulnerable          communities in East Africa.   Please pick up an envelope if you would like to    donate. Thank you.

Our weekly WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC during Lent continues this     Thursday at 12noon followed by lunch and a recital.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Tuesday 11th until Sunday 23rd April.  An     opportunity to reflect on the story of Jesus’ Passion (his arrest, trial, death and resurrection), combing the words of scripture with original artwork produced by members of our church and local community.   St Michael’s will be open most days for you to view the artwork between 10am-4pm from 11th – 22nd April…please check poster or magazine for specific opening times.

If you are able to help with two hourly sessions of manning the Church for people wishing to view ‘Stations of the Cross’ and/or help with serving refreshments please put your name on the list at the back of church.  Thank you.

EASTER DAY – You are invited to bring flowers and greenery to our Easter Day 9:30am service.  We’ll be using them to transform one of the Stations of the Cross and to proclaim the power of the risen Christ.  If you need any more    information, please speak to Rich.

COURSES coming soon:  Alpha – Thursdays from 27th April 7.30pm, Youth Alpha – Fridays from 28th April 7-8pm and Christianity Explored Wednesdays from 3rd May at 9.30am. All taking place at St John ‘s.

Monkey’s Amazing Journey – Raising funds for charity in memory of David Ison: Would you like to join Matthew in bringing David Ison’s Monkey on part of his epic journey from Wales to Lilleshall Monument on 1st July.  The whole journey will start in Wales and take in the coast of the Netherlands before some climbing in Wales and canoeing on the Severn brings him to           Shrewsbury.   Matthew is coordinating a cycle ride from Shrewsbury to     Muxton on the afternoon of 1st July.  All funds raised will be divided             between The Severn Hospice, Macmillan’s and The Brain Tumour Charity. Book the date and contact Matthew to register your interest. – more details to follow.

Monday 3rd April 9.15am Morning Prayer in Church

Thursday 6th April 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St Michael’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).

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 prayer time for the CAP Debt Centre on 3rd Tuesday of each month at St John’s 9am in the Acorn Room.

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.

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

PATHFINDERS: School Years R-Y6. Meets every Thursday at 5pm during term time at St Michael’s. Kids activities including games, sports, craft and worship. Tea served at 5.05pm.  Come and join the fun £2 per session includes food. No need to book but email to help with catering. ellie@wkjproperty.com.

SUB:ZERO – cafe style youth club for School years 7+ at St John’s 4-6pm on Friday’s during term time. A chance for young people to meet with friends,  relax and have fun inc games like pool & table tennis, Xbox Kinect and a tuck shop followed by ABSOLUTE:ZERO approx 5.30pm…..A chance to ask questions about God and about being a Christian…

FUSION: (14 – 18 year olds) will meet weekly at the home of Thom Foster 3A Fieldhouse Drive, Muxton. 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 David Lawrence                                      No AV available

Coffee9.30am Janet Marshall & Helper & 6.30pm Chris Leyden


Sidesperson: 9.30am Fran Taylor & 6.30pm Mike Harris

Coffee: Delia Brown & Sylvia Jukes                                AV: David Lawrence


CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: Normal Office hours Monday and Friday 9.00am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 9.00am – 1.00pm.

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

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

RICH’S DAY OFF is usually a WEDNESDAYEmail: revrichcresswell@gmail.com


Ephesians 3:7-13

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.