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Notices for Sunday 4th March 2018

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Notices for Sunday 4th March


9.30am HOLY COMMUNION: Welcome to our service today led by Rich. We would like to welcome guest speaker Chris Densham who is the Mission Enabler for Telford Christians Together and Shropshire Churches Together and he will continue our new sermon series about ‘Discovering God’s heart for ……’ this morning looking at “Discovering God’s heart for Telford & Shropshire”. John 17:13-26.

4pm MEMORIAL SERVICE: A warm welcome to our Memorial Service this     afternoon.  It will be a service of remembering loved ones and a thanksgiving of their lives.  Please join us for refreshments after the service.

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

PRAYERS: Please continue to hold the family and friends of Cheryl Hooper in your prayers.  Could we also ask you to pray for the family of Lilian Stawell a long standing member of St Michael’s who has sadly passed away whilst living at The Rubens Care Home.

World Prayer briefs The World Church and Justice Group (WCJ) suggest you pray for one or more of the following:

  • Johnny & Beth (Operation Mercy) working on food and health projects and sharing their faith with families and villagers living in remote areas of a central Asian country.
  • Syria; that a lasting peace agreement can be found to bring a swift end to this 7 year old conflict.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); according to Tearfund 7m people are in need of humanitarian support. Pray for a calming of violence, for those suffering, for the distribution of food and protection for those giving aid.
  • Nigeria (Yobe State) and the 110 girls kidnapped from a secondary school in Dapchi by Boko Haram.
  • UK government Brexit negotiations with the EU; that fair and workable outcomes will be achieved over all the issues involved.

SERMON SERIES DURING LENT:  After listening to the sermon.  Was there anything you didn’t follow or understand?  There will be an opportunity to discuss in your housegroup this week.

Ask someone to read John 15v9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you” aloud several times and then take a few minutes to quietly think about this. Then share your thoughts.

John 17v8 “Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world”

  • In what ways are we sent like Jesus?
  • How do you feel about this? Why might this be?
  • Where does God send you? To whom does God send you?
  • In the Talking Jesus research the second most significant factor in coming to faith was a conversation with a Christian. How confident are you in talking about Jesus?

Film Fest 2018: 32 young people from our community, including a handful from our churches, attended this year’s film fest on Friday 16th February. So far we have raised £185 with more to come, 10% of which will be sent to cancer        research (their chosen charity). Thank you to everyone who helped out with this event, making it possible to run.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – 26th February to 11th March. Please take a look on www.fairtrade.org.uk for a wealth of information and please consider    choosing Fairtrade products when you go shopping.  We will run a Fairtrade stall at the services this Sunday and next. Also on 4 March there will be cakes made with FT ingredients – please see June Powell or Ann Churm for  recipe ideas.

WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC: We continue our weekly series of Worship, Lunch & Music through Lent with a service of Holy Communion at noon this Thursday (8th Mar) followed by lunch and entertainment. All Welcome.

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place next Saturday (10th) 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

New Wine Celebration with Hellie Brunt at Trinity Meole Brace on 18th March at 6.30pm!  An evening of worship, word and ministry.  Please see the poster in church.

ST MICHAEL’S PCC meets next on Monday 19th March 7.30pm in church.

Volunteers needed for the Care for the Family ‘It Takes Two’ event: Care for the Family are looking for some stewards to help them on the evening of March 20th when they will be presenting the ‘It Takes Two’ event at the Park Inn Hotel. They need  4 to 6 people who would be willing to hand out delegate bags, help people to their seats, collect tickets and help on the resource stand. These people will not miss any of the event and seats will be reserved for them. Stewards also get a free book at the end of the evening as a thank you. If you are interested in helping and are able to come to the venue for 6:30 for a briefing please contact Abi Williams Email: Abi.Williams@cff.org.uk

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 March 9.15am  Morning Prayer at St Michael’s

Thursday 8th March 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).

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.

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. 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 March).

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 670760 for info.


Sidesperson: 9.30am Cedric Ayres and 4pm Fran Taylor

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


Sidesperson: 9.30am  John & Diane Morris and 6.30pm Mike Margerrison

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 17:13-26

13 ‘I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus prays for all believers

20 ‘My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – 23 I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 ‘Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 ‘Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.’