Welcome to this morning’s service the speaker today is Paul Gymer and the service leader is Michael Chambers.
Sunday morning prayer meeting The prayer meeting, to which all are welcome to attend, has moved to 10:10 am from today, Sunday, 22nd November. This time enables more who are practising and setting up before the service to attend. Do join us in the Youth room upstairs as we prepare in this important way together.
Coffee rota Julian and Carolyn are responsible for teas and coffees today.
Prayer If you would like someone to pray with you after the service Anne and Philip Reeve will be available.
Phil and Doreen Blowers would appreciate your prayers as they take the service at Danbury URC this morning.
Andy Mugford would also be grateful for your prayers as he speaks at Woodford Wells Ecumenical Church this morning.
Pepper, Mustard+ & Mustard Christmas Planning There will be a quick get together upstairs after the service for everyone involved with the children’s groups. Grab a coffee first and meet upstairs as soon as possible. If you’re not around this Sunday, please share your ideas by email.
Pepper, Mustard+ and Mustard Christmas Party
Saturday 12th December 3 – 5pm @ Church.
Bring a friend!
Let Helen know if you can come.
Danbury Mission is hosting ‘Handel’s Messiah’ on the 12th December at 7pm. To book a ticket please contact Jo Dobson on 01245 227428.
Carol singing at Brewster House We have been invited to take a short carol service at the residential care home in Heybridge on Thursday 10 December, 2-3pm. If you are able to come along, please let Andrew or Rachel know.
Thursday 26th November – “Maldon Vintage Christmas Fayre”
Please sign up on the sheet in the rear hall if you haven’t had the chance to do so at your home group. Singers, meeters-and-greeters and pray-ers are all needed.
Monday 7th December 7.30 We will be singing carols again this year with the people at Embassy Court. We have a great time and if you would like to join us, you don’t have to be a great singer, please let Rachel Mugford know.
Home Group The Friday Home group will be meeting at Ken and Ellen’s.
Home Group questions
- Which is your favourite BUT in Paul’s writings? Possibilities include Rom.2.5, 3.21, 5.8, 6.17, 6.23, 1 Cor.1.23, 2.10, 15.20, Eph.2.4, Col.1.22.
- In what way have the Law and the Prophets testified (v.21) to the new righteousness which he describes in v.22?
- In v.23 “fall short of” could be translated “lack”; does this shed light on what Paul meant? How do you understand ‘”fall short?”
- Verse 28 says “For we reason that a person is justified by trusting, apart from works of law.” When Luther translated this verse into German, after ‘trusting’, he added the word ‘allein’ (alone). It is not in the Greek. Was he right to add it? Is your answer consistent with Romans 4.3 on the one hand and James 2.21 on the other?
Guardians of Ancora game for childrenScripture Union have just won 2 national prizes for their interactive game that can be downloaded free from http://guardiansofancora.com/ This groundbreaking game is an amazing opportunity for children you know to discover the incredible adventures of the Bible for themselves while having fun on their tablet/Smart phone. It is available FREE for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire devices. Guardians of Ancora is a world-class digital game – an amazing virtual world that 8 to 11 year olds can enter and a place where Bible stories come alive!
Fliers are at church – do take one and pass one on.
Stamps make money for The Leprosy Mission As our letterboxes see more business over the next few weeks, please save your stamps. The Leprosy Mission can sell them on, even the normal ones, and make money for this Christian charity. Please cut around the stamp, leaving a margin that ensures the stamp is not damaged. John Weavers, Beryl or Andrew Mugford would be happy to have your collections and not just at Christmas but all year through.
On Saturday 5th December at 6.30 at Danbury Mission Reaching Women for Christ are organising a Christmas Event called The Real Christmas. There will be readings, poems and a choir. This is for the whole family and friends not just women. The price is £12 and includes mulled wine and a supper. For more information please speak to Rachel.
Taize prayer and Songs 30th November, 7th December and 14th December at 7.00pm For three weeks in Advent the United Reformed Church in Maldon will be holding some special Taize services. Further details are on the notice board in the back hall.
Risk Assessments Richard Reynolds would like to remind people that if you are a leader of a group you must review your risk assessment once a year. Also, if you are having a church Christmas Event or a home group social event it is the church’s policy that risk assessments must be completed.
Sunday 13th December – Delivery of Christmas invitations to Heybridge Approach estate 4-6pm.
Laptops for a “Christians Against Poverty” Job Club Andy Mugord is in the process of setting up a Job Club which will be run at Fullbridge starting February-time 2016. It includes a course of 8 sessions which is designed to support vulnerable unemployed people from our local community in order to prepare them for employment. The link gives a flavour of the Job Club initiative that we will be following at Fullbridge: https://capuk.org/i-want-help/cap-job-clubs/introduction. CAP is a national Christian charity that is recognised by the Department for Work and Pensions and also by Job Centres for its work with those facing employment and financial difficulties. Referrals are made from the latter to Job Clubs around the country. Andy has also had a very positive conversation with Moat Housing locally who will also be publicising our Job Club in the New Year.
As part of the programme, there will be the opportunity for members to prepare a CV and research job offers on the internet. For this Andy needs some laptops, not high spec, but ones that can run Word or its equivalent and an internet browser. They will remain at church. If you or your company/friends have redundant laptops , or will have after Christmas and would be willing to donate them to the Job Club, he would be very grateful. If you require further information please contact Andy Mugford.
Ali and Lachie Mather – On Boxing Day Ali and Lachie will be returning to live permanently in Australia and they have various items which they will not be taking with them.
Hotpoint double oven only been used for 6 months, Petrol lawn mower, Barbecue, 4 burner, 2yrs old, Solid Wood dresser, shelves with cupboard below, Horn sewing cabinet, top extends for greater work surface, 6’x2′ polythene greenhouse & assorted horticulture accessories, wooden box containing assortment of games eg chess draughts solitaire etc.
And last, but not least, she has a large Maine Coon cat, silver & white, 2 years old who is looking for a new home.
Everything needs to go within the next four weeks. For more details contact Ali on 07926890472.
She is also looking for someone to look after her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dudley, until he flies out to Australia in February. He will need to have a couple of vet visits in that time. When it is time for him to fly he will be picked up by the transport company.
A message Hannah Henderson Having heard from a few of you who felt a bit awkward with the idea of an auction (albeit a fun one) of the contents of my house, I’ve decided to cancel the event. However, I know that some of you did want some bits and pieces. Please feel free to contact me via my mobile number 07808812076, facebook, whatsapp etc. to arrange collection of items – Thank you, Hannah.
Things still to go are as follows: Washing Machine, Tumble drier, sofa bed, cd storage, cds, storage units (large and small), vases and crockery, kitchenware, books (cookery, art, Christian, gifts) Red TV unit, glass computer desk, bookcases and Ikea Children’s storage seats.
Sunday morning children’s activities
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, who meet upstairs.
Pepper and Mustard+ Infant and Junior groups, for up to secondary school age, who meet downstairs in the back hall.
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 Bank If you would like to contribute there is a box in the entrance hall for donations of non-perishable food.
Use of Fullbridge If you wish to use the church at any time please check with the deacons first to make sure it is ok and then contact Sheila Little to book the date. If you borrow anything from the church please make a note on the list in the back hall and also note when it is returned.
If you have any notices please let Sheila Little have them by Friday lunch time at the latest.