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Notices for Sunday 9th December 2018

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Notices for Sunday 9th December

9.30am MORNING WORSHIP: Welcome to our service today led by Sue.  Paula continues our sermon series about “Being Sure.” today looking at “being children of God”  1 John 3:1-10.

5pm MESSY CHRISTINGLE: A warm welcome to our annual fun interactive service with food, fun, make your own Christingle, and much more.  Fun for all the family.

7pm SPOKEN COMMUNION:  Welcome to our service this evening led by  Matthew. Luke 1:1-25

JULIE and CLIVE NELSON would like to send their heartfelt thanks to everyone for their prayers and support during the past few difficult months.  The medical staff are very pleased with the response to treatments so far and we hope to be back in full circulation by the end of January.  With all our love Clive and Julie.

2018 SHOEBOX APPEAL: A total of 3,626 shoeboxes were processed by     Telford and a further 2,090 were brought over from the Shrewsbury team.  On Tuesday the lorry was driven to the Black Country warehouse in Oldbury to     complete the load, before starting the next stage of the shoebox journey – making its way to boys and girls in  Ukraine.  That’s 5,716 girls and boys  who will this year receive a gift filled shoebox, thanks to the generous people of    Shropshire.

Christmas Lunch Tuesday 25th December 1.00 pm: Come and enjoy Christmas   Dinner in the company of St John’s Church Family on Christmas Day. The food is free but space limited and, so we know how many to cater for, you’ll need to book by Friday 14th December at the latest by contacting the Church Office and giving your name and contact phone number or email.

CAROLS AND CANDLES: Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without St John’s service of Carols and Candles.  Enjoy mulled wine, mince pies, carols and step back 2000 years and meet the author of Christmas.  Please invite your family, friends and neighbours to join with us on Saturday 15th December at 8pm as we enjoy the Christmas festivities.

‘On Christmas Night’  A Christmas concert by the Gallery Singers takes place at St Michael’s on Sunday 16th December 3pm.  Tickets are £8 each, please see poster for further details.

CAROLS BY LAMPLIGHT: If you are coming to the Carols by lamplight at Lilleshall Abbey at 6pm on December 16th then please wear appropriate clothing.  Please also could you bring a torch for yourself and some spares if you have them.  If you have any larger electric lanterns that would help us provide extra lighting around the site to make it easier to negotiate then we would be grateful if you could label them clearly with your names and bring them to church next Sunday (16th Dec) morning so we can position them in advance of arrivals at the Abbey.  No naked flames are allowed at the Abbey.  Parking will be available adjacent to the site but please arrange to come in full cars (to save parking space).

You are invited to St Michael’s to  POP IN FOR COFFEE on Thursday 20th December between 10am-12noon all very welcome

FORGET ME NOT FILMS would like you to join them at St John’s Thursday 20th December for our festive film 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 Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT takes place at Market Drayton Methodist Church on Saturday 22nd December at 7pm by the North Shropshire      Methodist Youth Choir. Free admission with an offering to be taken for Market Drayton Foodbank.

CONFIRMATION: Confirmation Service 27th January 11am at St Michael’s – Preparation.  It’s still not too late to consider confirmation.  Please do speak to Matthew if you are considering being confirmed. Preparation evenings for the confirmation will be on Tuesdays 8th, 15th and 22nd January from 7-8 pm at St Michael’s Lilleshall.  There will be refreshments served from 6.45 and we will finish promptly at 8.00 pm.

Please pick up a leaflet with further information  and if you would like to book our Parish Away Weekend at the Pioneer Centre near Cleobury Mortimer from the evening of Friday 17th May to the afternoon of Sunday 19th May 2019.

FOOD BANK: Please donate to the Christmas appeal to ensure that every    family in need has a Christmas dinner on their table this year!                    http://telfordcrisissupport.org.uk/telford-christmas-support

Monday 10th December 9.15am Morning Prayer at St Michael’s

Thursday 13th 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 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 David P, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

PRAYERS FOR CAP: We run a regular prayer time for the CAP Debt Centre, monthly 4.30pm on the 3rd Tuesday at St John’s in the Acorn Room.

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.

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.

TELFORD FOOD BANK new address is 78-83 Severn Walk Sutton Hill TF7 4AS. (Previously located in Leegomery) . 01952 586646.

THIS WEEK

Sidesperson: 9.30am  Clive & Julie and  7pm Fran

Coffee: Delia & Sylvia

NEXT WEEK   (6pm at Lilleshall Abbey)

Sidesperson: 9.30am   John & Diane

Coffee: Dave & Sue Richards

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

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

1 John 3:1-10  NIV

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.

But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.

No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.