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Notices for Sunday 4th February 2018

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Notices for Sunday 4th February

9.30am MESSY COMMUNION: Welcome to our fun interactive service led by Rich.  The marvellous picnic (based on John 6:1-14).

6.30pm NOW WORSHIP: A warm welcome to our monthly contemporary      service this evening led by Sue.

PRAYERS: Please hold the family and friends of Cheryl Hooper in your prayers as we all try to come to terms with our loss.  There is still an opportunity to write in the book of condolence.

Third Day: Paul Savill, the composer and conductor of “Third Day,” the Easter story told in music, has agreed to help St Michael’s to perform this on Saturday 31st March (Easter Saturday). If you would like to be involved (singing, helping with the staging of the performance, publicity etc) please could you come to a short meeting after the morning service at St Michael’s TODAY or let Matthew Lefroy or Ellie Jones know you would like to be involved. This is open to enthusiasts from both churches. Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays 28th Feb, 7th March, 14th March, 21st March and 28th March and there will be an introductory rehearsal/casting session on Wednesday 14th February. All of these will be in St Michael’s from 7.30 to 9.00 pm.  For singers the music is fairly easy to learn and CDs to help you do this between rehearsals will be available on 14th February.

ST MICHAEL’S PDT are due to meet next on Monday 12th February 7.30pm in Church.

WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC: We begin our weekly series of Worship, Lunch & Music through Lent with a service of Holy Communion at noon on Ash          Wednesday (14th Feb) followed by lunch and entertainment. All Welcome.

You are invited to A CHARITY CONCERT with Hadley & District Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Salvation Army Band and Above our Heads (Puppet theatre) on   Saturday 17th February 7pm at All Saints Church, Wellington.  Tickets £7 (£5concessions).  Refreshments will be available during the interval.  All       proceeds to CAP.  For more information and tickets contact Barry Church 01952 254194 or email rita_church@sky.com.

Visit to Israel – Holy Land: Have you always wanted to visit the holy land? Would you like to see some of the places we read about in the Bible? Then this may be for you … read on! You may recall that last year David Pierce, Sian Walker and Vicky Yates went to Israel with a friend of David’s, the Rev Dr Alan Munden and had an excellent time. It was so successful that Alan is planning to lead another group this year from 24 September to 1 October. Travel to Israel will be from Manchester to Tel Aviv. Cost will be in the region of £1800 (single room supplements about £300). Alan has led tours to Israel six times already and is familiar with many of the ‘must see’ sites. Visiting Israel brings together religion (three world faiths), history (over 10,000 years) and politics (going back to the founding of the state of Israel). The weather will be fine and sunny but a bit hotter in the Dead Sea area. There is some walking involved.  For more information ask Vicky, Sian and David and if any church members would be interested in going please contact David on 850231.

LILLESHALL PRE SCHOOL have the green tokens collection box at Asda until the end of March.  3 members of St Michael’s work at pre-school and it would be good to support them in trying to secure much needed funds for this     Charity status pre-school.

Monday 5th February 9.15am  Morning Prayer at St Michael’s

Thursday 8th February 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 9am.

C & C – ‘Cross and Croissant’ invites you to come and enjoy a light bite at about 9:30am at St John’s finishing promptly at 11am. Up until Easter we will be looking at the subject of prayer. Everyone is welcome. Fortnightly on a         Wednesday.  Next get together is on 7th February.

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. NO POP in February and March due to weekly Worship Lunch & Music during Lent.

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.  (Next film 22nd February).

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 David Lawrence

Coffee:  9.30am Janet Marshall & Ann Churm and 6.30pm Chris Leyden


Sidesperson: 9.30am Cedric Ayres and 6.30pm Mike Harris

Coffee: Delia Brown & Sylvia Jukes

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: new office hours

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


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


John 6:1-14 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

Jesus feeds the five thousand

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing those who were ill. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming towards him, he said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?’ He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, ‘It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!’

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, ‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’

10 Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’ 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, ‘Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.’