This week’s notices

Welcome to this morning’s service which will be led by Richard Little and the speaker is Charles De lacey. Tea and coffee will be served in the back hall before the service.   Today’s service will also include a report from Martin Simbeye on the Vinjeru School in Zambia. We are also hoping to hear from Salt, Pepper and Mustard about what they did with the Arise Group and Peter Charlesworth at the Weekend Away at Home last weekend.

Harvest Service 5th October

Calling all children, families, friends and neighbours to our Harvest Service!

This year we are focusing on families at home and in Rwanda. Please bring your gifts of tinned and packet foods to bless local families through the Maldon Food Pantry and there will also be a freewill offering for the Samaritan’s Purse initiative ‘Raising Families Rwanda’.  Share with us in commemorating twenty years since the genocide and join us in celebrating the amazing reconciliation now in progress.  Please stay for our fellowship ‘Hunger Lunch’ – soup & rolls will be provided instead of the normal Bring and Share.

A prayer meeting, to which everyone is invited, is held every Sunday morning from approx 10.00 am -10.15 am in the upstairs room. We would encourage all who are taking part in the service and youth activities to attend.

Prayer If you would like someone to pray with you after the service Michael Chambers and Barbara Diaper will be available.

 Security Rota Richard Little is responsible for locking up this week. Next week it will be Shirley/The Friday group home groups. 

House GroupsShirley’s group will be meeting at James and Michelle’s.Anne and Philip’s group will be meeting at Ralph and Gill’s.Phlippa and Jeremy’s group will be meeting at Michael and Helen’s.Friday group will be meeting at Beryl’s.

7.00 pm Saturday 11th October Maldon Salvation Army invite you to “A celebration in Song” at the URC to celebrate their 127th anniversary. Donation tickets cost £4.00. Further details are on the notice board in the back hall.

Home group questions1 Samuel 20.1-42 –  1. How deep was the trust between Jonathan and David as evidenced in this passage? How did their relationship with the Lord shape their trust and the way the relationship operated especially in terms of the mutual expectations of one another? (Give examples for your viewpoint from the passage)
2.   What was the relationship between their personal relationship, their relationship with the Lord and their public roles in Israel? What does this have to teach us?

3. In what sense were these expectations of one another part of a legal agreement between them and what place did the covenant have in their relationship? (see 18.1-4)

4. Why was Jonathan able to so graciously accept that he would not be king in place of his father Saul? What does this reveal about Jonathan and his values and spiritual perceptions? How did Jonathan differ from Saul in his response to David’s growing power? What can we learn from Jonathan and his attitudes?

5. How did Jonathan and David respond to the danger and pressure they faced from Saul?

6. Given that Jonathan and David had this solemn commitment in terms of a covenant with one another does this have anything to say to us about the way we should regard marriage and the way a marriage should operate? See Ephesians 5.22 following and Matthew 19.1-9

7. What does the passage have to say to us about the nature of Christian fellowship and commitment to Christian fellowship? Philippians 2.19-30 4.10-20

8. What has most challenged you about this passage? What has struck you about this passage that you had not noticed before? What has encouraged you from this passage?

Coffee Rota We desperately need more people to join the coffee rota. Please have a word with Ann Frost if you would like to join the rota.

Prayer requests Remember Lydia as she starts at Nottingham University and Hayley Hammond, Hannah and Lucy Bostock and Jack Chambers as they return to university.

Remember: OCC will soon be upon us. Please remember the shoeboxes when you shop and maybe pick up an extra toothbrush, bar of soap or toothpaste. Any items can be given to Gilly, Louise or Ann Frost.

Also, for those who hate covering shoeboxes there are some self- assembly boxes in the back hall. They cost 35p each.

Children and Young People’s Groups on Sunday mornings.

On the first Sunday of the month we all stay together in Church. On the remaining Sundays the children join the first part of the service, then go to separate parts of the building for their activities. We have three groups:

Mustard: an Early Years group, with crèche, downstairs in                   the Back Hall.

Pepper: a Junior group, for up to secondary school age, upstairs in the Green Room.

Salt: a group for School Years 7 to 11, upstairs in the Youth Room on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.