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Advent 3

For the desert places in which we walk
The streets we roam; The paths we cross
Guide our feet; Take us to places
Where you would go
Give us words that you would use
That in this Advent season
Of promise and preparation
We might point the way with John the Baptist
To the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Prepare a way for the Lord




 WEEKLY NOTICES

 


Sunday 16 December 2018


Advent 3


10.30am


Worship led by Mike Jessop


Bible: Zephaniah 3:14-20 (p947); Luke 3:7-18 (p1029); Philippians 4:4-7 (p1181)


Prayer ministry: Rm3 after service

ALSO

 at 2.30pm

 

  Community Carol Singing

 

  Woodville Road Playing Field




THIS WEEK

 

Mon 17 Dec

2pm

Knit, Natter, Craft and Chatter at Zion

Wed 19 Dec

7pm

Short mat bowls; newcomers welcome

Thu 20 Dec

9.30am

Drop-in coffee morning at Zion

Thu 20 Dec

12.30pm

Meet and Eat Christmas lunch at Zion

Thu 20 Dec

6.30pm

Carols and supper at Olive Tree; £5

Fri 21 Dec

2pm

Come And Meet Each Other (CAMEO); suggested donation £1

Fri 21 Dec

7pm

‘Choir for Christmas’ practice at Zion

Sun 23 Dec

4pm

Zion Carol and Crib service (no 10.30am service)

Mon 24 Dec

11.30pm

Christmas Eve Midnight Communion at Zion

Tue 25 Dec

10am

Christmas Day service at Centenary; Rev Dr Val Ogden



Meet and Eat Christmas Lunch


Thursday 20 December


12.30pm


Our Meet and Eat Christmas lunch is on Thursday 20 December, sit down at 12.30pm. £7.00 for a two course Turkey lunch, including fruit juice to start, tea and coffee after.


Names need to be on the list in the foyer by Sunday 16 December, along with number of people.


Come and support the Church and bring your friends/relatives/neighbours.




OTHER NOTICES



Christmas cards


The notice board next to the kitchen has the 3 Christmas services / events on. Room has been left for Christmas cards. Please feel free to use.



Mess


Mess. It’s just one word. One syllable that brings to mind a whole load of images….messy ones! And at Christmas time, this one messy syllable word seems to shift into top gear! I think of the post-Christmas dinner-plate pile-up, or the decor of celebration wrappers between the sofas (Malteser ones!)

 

It’s fair to say there was a fair bit of mess at the very first Christmas too. The Christmas story is about the one who was born in the Mess. You see ‘Mess’ is only central to the Christmas story when it’s an abbreviation. When it’s followed up with 3 letters i.a.h. - it changes everything. https://spoken-truth.com/mess/



 

Open Doors: You can make a difference…


On 16 January 2019, Open Doors will launch the 2019 World Watch List (WWL) and its latest findings in Parliament at a meeting hosted by Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP.

 

The annual WWL documents in-depth research into religious persecution in the 50 hardest countries to be a Christian. Last year, 97 parliamentarians attended the launch. This was down to people like you who invited them, asking that they use their power to make a real difference to the lives of persecuted Christians.

 

Each individual voice, like yours, amplifies the plea. When you speak up, the people of power have to take note. This is when real change can come. So please, act today and invite your MP! www.opendoorsuk.org 

 

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed." Isaiah 1:17

 



 

Advent Poetry


The poet-in-residence for the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), Revd Lucy Berry, is releasing weekly poems during Advent. Watch and listen to her reading ‘While the World Turns Worldly’ and ‘Rude, wasn’t it?’ http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/advent/

 

 



A Visual Journey Through Heaven


The BBC have released a video of heaven, or at least an interpretation of it based on various beliefs…

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/a-visual-journey-through-heaven/p06tj88t?playlist=made-in-partnership-with-the-open-university

 





 


 

 

 






 

RoadHoG news


See noticeboard and www.roadhogbus.org.uk for the latest newsletter.

 

The next RoadHoG prayer meeting takes place on Friday 11 January 2019 at Holy Trinity Church, beginning at 7pm through until 8pm. Please do come along and join in as they seek God’s leading for 2019 and beyond. The bus runs on prayer!

 

Please pray for all the young people who come on board the bus on the run up to Christmas, that they might understand something of the real meaning of why Jesus came to earth.



 

New Youth President


Thelma Commey has been announced as the next Methodist Youth President. Thelma, from Milton Keynes, is 18 years old and attends Queensway Methodist Church in Bletchley. She was elected at this year’s 3Generate event and will serve from September 2019 to September 2020. Please remember Thelma in your prayers. https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/latest-news/all-news/results-of-youth-president-election/


 


Refugee and migrant statement


A Christmas statement has been signed by leaders of Churches from across Europe, including the Methodist Church in Britain, affirming the values of dignity, respect and compassion for refugees and migrants.

http://www.ceceurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/christmas-statement-18-11-15-FINAL-1.pdf

 

 










Action for Children:


‘I am Santa’ campaign


For most of us, the upcoming festive season is a time of joy. But there are some children who face a Christmas without food, warmth or love. This Christmas, Action for Children is asking people to become a special Secret Santa by donating £10 to make a vulnerable child's Christmas safe, warm and bright. https://secretsanta.actionforchildren.org.uk




 Olive Tree events


  From 1 Nov to 24 Dec, 10am-5pm: Nativity Tableau in Stable 4


  From 1 Nov to 24 Dec: Homemade soup and Mince pies available in Tea Room


  Thursday 13 December, 6.30pm-8pm: Carols and supper in the Library; £5pp


  Thursday 20 December, 6.30pm-8pm: Carols and supper in the library; £5pp


Ring Olive Tree on 01760 763627 for information or to book on an event.

 

 

 

Real Advent Calendar


The Real Advent Calendar communicates the real story of Advent and Christmas to all generations, including Fairtrade chocolates and a 24-page activity booklet. A great way to share the Christmas story!


Available online:

https://meaningfulchocolate.co.uk/pages/real-advent-calendar


 


Private Tour – Weston Super Mare


Monday 22 to Friday 26 April


Details on noticeboard. 5 days by coach from £389 per person, half board. Departing from Boston and Kirton.


The Smiths Hotel, Weston Super Mare (3*).


This is the group started by Pearl Kennedy.


If anyone is interested in going please email zionmethodistchurch@live.co.uk for details and booking form.




 


Christians Against Poverty (CAP)


CAP are on a mission to release thousands of families from grinding poverty through award winning debt counselling and community groups. By equipping and empowering local churches to reach out on their doorsteps, they are bringing hope to over 21,500 families every year.

 

If you haven’t seen the BBC2 documentary yet then you can catch up online: https://capuk.org/debtsaviours

 

An independent report from the London School of Economics (LSE) has reviewed the wider social impact of Christians Against Poverty and its partnering churches – and valued it at £32M a year. They carried out more than 100 interviews with staff and clients and worked through more than 12,600 client records to find out just how they work and the social impact on society. The report, called Never Just a Number, says CAP provides 'crucial' face-to-face support which goes far beyond simply debt advice. It describes the debt help as 'intensive and holistic' which is 'highly professional'. https://capuk.org/connect/keep-up-to-date/latest-news/caps-invaluable-debt-help-praised-in-lse-report


 

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Methodist Women in Britain podcast


Sandra Goodwin, Methodist Women in Britain President 2017-2019, talks with Mike Ivatt about Methodist Women in Britain and the place of women within the worldwide Church.


http://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/podcasts/methodist-women-in-britain




                            

Methodist Church: Our Calling


The Methodist Church reaffirms the nature of its mission, ‘Our Calling’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWeMRKtL6MQ

 

 





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