This week’s notices

Welcome to this morning’s Service  The service leader today is Phil Machin and the speaker is Michael Chambers.  Please join us for tea and coffee in the back hall after the service

Tea and Coffee rota  Phil Rowden and Peter Lamb are responsible for teas and coffees this week.  Next week it will be Carolyn Hammond and Ann Frost.

A Prayer meeting is held every Sunday morning before the service in the upstairs youth room.  Everyone is invited to join us especially if you are involved in the service or with the children’s groups

Sunday morning prayer rota  If you would like someone to pray with you after the service Richard Little and Michael Chambers will available.

Phil and Doreen Blowers would appreciate your prayers as they take the service at Danbury URC today.

 Home Groups

Shirley’s group will meet at Richard and Sarah’s.

Philip and Anne’s group will meet at Michael and Helen’s.

Wednesday group – please contact your house group leader.

Friday group – contact Valerie and Peter.

Home Group questions are attached or emailed.

Great news, Jean-Marc’s house has now been rented out. Many thanks to everyone who helped in making this happen so smoothly.
Terry, Ann, Ralph and Gilly

Harvest Service – Sunday 2nd October   During this service you will have the opportunity to donate food for our local food bank. Anything donated should be non-perishable items.  Thank you.

After this service there will be a hunger lunch on offer at no cost which will include soup and fruit.  If you would like to make a donation for this meal the money raised will be sent to World Vision. £20 raised will buy school dinners for 45 children and £18 raised would enable World Vision to purchase chickens for a family to raise for eggs to eat and sell. What a wonderful thought when sharing our hunger lunch together.

Message from the elders concerning the notices Notices are part of our life as a growing fellowship.  In order to keep all informed, please aim to send all notices to Sheila by 12 noon on Friday.  Service leaders will highlight some notices and can include individuals plugging a particular notice if they are given sufficient notice – ie at the latest by Friday noon please.  This way we keep the church informed and also give time to our sung worship, prayer, testimonies and the message.  Pastoral emergencies for prayer are clearly an exception to this.  Thank-you for your continued co-operation in this.

Open Doors “Count me in!” Petition   Christians in the Middle East are in desperate need of hope. War and severe persecution threaten their very survival. Many have fled their homes to escape Islamic extremists intent on destroying the church. But many courageous Christians have chosen to stay. They want to shine in the darkness with the light of Christ, now and in the future. They believe they have a vital role to play in rebuilding their shattered societies.  Open Doors asked church leaders and Christians from Syria and Iraq what would give them hope. They highlighted three things: equality, dignity and responsibility. It’s vital that their call reaches the ears of world leaders so that change can happen on the ground. This is only possible with global support – with your support.
One million voices can make this happen. Will you join with others around the world – including Christians in the Middle East – in calling for a hope and a future for Christians and others in that region? Make your voice count – please sign the petition today!  It is on the notices table beside the side entrance.

Alpha-type course    We already have interest for attending an evening course that looks at what the Christian faith is about.  We aim to start a group later this month.  Would you like to come?  Do you know someone who would benefit from coming?  The course will run for seven sessions.  Please speak to Andy or Rachel.

On Sunday we have our third look into the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11 and we will be considering what it is to be “Loyal Citizens” based on the phrase “Your Kingdom Come”.

The Lord’s Prayer is the only pattern prayer Jesus provided, timeless in purpose, timeless in function and provides us with a pattern of how we are to pray throughout our life in this present world.

It has truths that do not change, addresses the necessity for us to be reminded of these truths.

If we find prayer difficult then here is a model we can use, even if we don’t find prayer difficult we have much to learn from the Lord’s Prayer – or should it be called the Disciples Prayer?

As you prepare for Sunday why not read Luke 11 v 1 to 4 and then have a look at the verses just before and just after to get a glimpse about what else Luke records – oh look Mary and Martha are just before these verses!

Also, you may not know that sometimes a small selection of people are asked to provide the speaker with feedback on their message – well I (Michael)  may regret this (!) but on Sunday I am asking everyone what has access to the internet in the church to prove the speaker with anonymous feedback – from 5pm on Sunday a feedback poll will be available at

Children’s groups

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.

If you wish to use the church at any time please contact Valerie Lamb.

Maldon Food Bank If you would like to contribute there is a box in the entrance hall for donations of non-perishable food.