This weeks notices

Welcome to this morning’s service   Today’s speaker is Matt Springett and the service leader is Ross Power. 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  Please continue to pray for Paul’s dad and for Ann Frost’s dad and for Simon and Judy as they return to England on Thursday.

Security Rota  Richard Little is responsible for locking up today and next week it will be Valerie Lamb.

Date for your diary 25th January 5.00 pm report from Simon and Judy with bring and share tea afterwards. Alpha course

We intend to run an Alpha course starting, subject to participants, on Tuesday 20 Jan at the church at 7.30 (no meal for this first one).  Please let Andy or Rachel know if you know of any- one who is interested.

 Home Groups

The Friday group will be meeting at Peter and Valerie’s home.

Home Group questions

1.John 15:1-2 – JESUS IS THE TRUE FRUIT-BEARING VINE

a.The vine is a common OT image of God’s people. What is the difference between the image of the vine in Isaiah 5:1-7 and the one in Isaiah 27:2-6?

b.In vv. 1-2 Jesus uses the vine imagery to describe Himself, His Father and His people. How does the OT context help to fill out what he is saying?

2.John 15:3-8 – DISCIPLES MUST REMAIN IN THE TRUE FRUIT-BEARING VINE.

  1. What does this passage tell us about how God’s purpose for His vine is going to be achieved?
  2. What impact do these verses make on your attitude to God’s word, and to the different opportunities available to listen to it? Why should we be series about these opportunities?

3.John 15:9-17 – THE VINE METAPHOR EXPLAINED

  1. How do vv.9-11 help us understand what it means to ‘remain in Jesus’? (How will this affect our attitude to Jesus’ words when we study them? How can we practically help one another to ‘remain in His love’?
  2. Look at verse 12. Where, earlier in the Gospel, have we come across this command to love one another? (How has this teaching affected your life in the last few weeks? Why do you think Jesus mentions it so much? How can we practically help one another to make progress in this area? How is it that Jesus’ command leads to friendship and not to slavery?)
  3. What is it in v.16 that shows that the ‘fruit’ being talked about has to do with the outside world?

What is God’s purpose for His people while they remain on earth? What practical steps are you going to take to avoid our church (Fullbridge) being an ‘Isaiah 5’ church?

Week of prayer Monday 12th-16th 7.45pm – 9.00pm

The first 10-15 minutes of each session will be an opportunity for praise and worship.  There will be a time at the end of each session for “feedback” from our prayer-time to share what we believe God has been saying to us.  We’d like to encourage folks to consider fasting at any point in the week, and especially Friday, as they feel able.

Monday: Thanks – looking back, looking forward, what next? Andrew & Rachel chairing.

Tuesday:       Future plans:  Quelches, Mugfords, Ben & Laura,Tom and Josie and for others facing changes and associated challenges.  Paul to chair.

Wednesday:  The Persecuted church.  Richard to chair.

Thursday:  Children & youth:  who we currently have; those we haven’t yet including non-churched youth work and Bar n Bus Andrew & Rachel to chair.

Friday:  – Fullbridge family – praying through all in the directory – inc. those elsewhere geographically and spiritually; Home group re-start.   Michael & Helen to chair

Acoustic drum kit

Nathan has a drum kit to sell.  Please have a word with him if you are interested. It was instrumental in getting him involved in the worship group – so could be a step on for another!

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The united service is at 4.00pm at All Saints on January 18th. The format will be the Anglican evening office, to give a C of E flavour to the service this year. The preacher will be The Reverend Canon Dr Graham Blyth and the Reverend Sue Lambert will be leading us in the prayers. Tea and coffee will be served after the service and there will be a collection for Christian Aid.

 If you wish to use the Church at any time, please check with one of the Deacons to make sure it is ok. Please then contact Sheila Little to check availability in the diary. Notices If you have any items for the notices please let Sheila Little have them by Friday lunchtime. If you are emailing PLEASE put the subject as “notices” as this makes it easier for me to pick them out. Maldon Food Bank If you wish to contribute there is a box in the entrance hall for donations of non-perishable food. 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, 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.