This weeks notices

Welcome to this morning’s service our speaker today is Tom Heasman and the service leader is Richard Little. Tea and coffee will be served in the back hall after the service.

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 Anne and Philip Reeve will be available.

Security Rota   Malcolm Pickard is responsible for locking up today and next week it will be Anne and Phil’s/Philippa and Jeremy’s home groups. 

Magazine rack There is a new issue of BarnabasAid in the magazine rack. 

The House Groups will meet at the following homesShirley’s group – contact Shirley for detailsAnne and Phil’s group at Ann and Terry’s.Jeremy and Philippa’s group at Gavin and Kate’s.The Friday group at Val and Peter’s.   

House Group questions

Getting into the text: Jesus’ authority to claim v12

1.In verse 19, why did Jesus answer the Pharisees question of “Where is your father?” with his reply “You know neither me nor my Father”?

  1. What are the 4 truths Jesus states in the Gospel of John Chapter 8, verse 21?
  2. In verse 25, when Jesus is asked “Who are you?” He answers that He is just what he had been saying from the beginning. Who has He been claiming to be all along in the Gospel of John?
  3. When the Pharisees did not understand that Jesus was telling them about his Father, what 5 truths did Jesus offer them in the Gospel of John Chapter 8, verses 28 and 29?

Applying the passage

Having examined the authority behind Jesus’ claim, go back to v12. Read Romans 1:18-32 and Ephesians 2:1-3.

Why is it what Jesus proclaims in v12 such glorious news?

Look at Ephesians 5:8-20. What does Paul say it looks like to ‘live as children of light’? How ought this incredible rescue from darkness to light affect the way we live?

OCC Warehouse At the time of printing the notices no warehouse has been forthcoming. Please pray that this will happen very soon as we need to set up next Saturday the 1st November.

Bar n Bus helpers needed Friday evenings at the Prom are seeing a good number of young people turn up but there are not enough helpers to open both floors of the bus.  As the weather becomes wetter and colder, this is a significant limiting factor.  Please have a word with Jean-Marc, Richard Hornet or Andy if you are interested in volunteering, with a “look and see with no strings attached” to start with.

Weekend away at home If you haven’t emailed or given Andy any comments you may have on the weekend, it is not too late to do so. Please let him have these as soon as possible.

On Saturday 10th January 2015, we will be holding a service of Commendation at Fullbridge for Andy and Rachel as they commence their work with Counties.

 Women for Christ’s Quiet Day 8th November at Stanway Evangelical Church Colchester from 9.30am. If you are interested there are application forms on the notice board in the back hall. 

New Year’s Eve – Yes 2015 is rapidly drawing closer and we are planning a New Year’s Eve party at the Church.  Please put this in your diary.  Further information will be available nearer the time. 

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.

Maldon Food Pantry If you would like to donate to the Maldon Food Pantry there is a box in the entrance hall for your donations. The types of food required are rice, pasta, tinned food of all kinds, dried food, breakfast cereals, tea, coffee, biscuits, squash – in other words anything that is non-perishable.