News for 11 December

Welcome to this morning’s Service  The service leader today  is Paul Gymer and we welcome Tom Heasman as our speaker.

Please join us for tea and coffee in the back hall after the service.   As the number of people on the rota has decreased, in order for us to continue having coffee and tea on Sunday mornings, more helpers are required.  If you are willing to assist in this role please could you let Ann Frost know.

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.

If you would like someone to pray with you after the service this morning  Ross and Bertie will be available.

Andy Mugford would be grateful for your prayers as he takes the service at Little Totham this morning.

Phil and Doreen Blowers would also be grateful for your prayers as they take the service at Great Baddow URC this morning.

Today  is the Mustard, Pepper and Pepper+

Christmas Party  at 4 – 6pm.  See you there.

Town Carol Service  today at 4.30pm at the United Reformed Church, Market Hill.  It is an opportunity to join with the other churches in Maldon to celebrate Christ’s birth.

18th December  There will be no children’s groups at the morning service.  We would love all the children, mums and dads and friends to join us at the Crib Service at 4pm for an informal and interactive retelling of the Christmas story. If you like dressing up, please come along as a character from the story.

Crib Service 4 pm and  Carol Service 18th December 6.00pm– mince pies and sausage rolls are required for these two services. Please let Ann Frost know if you can help.

Word Alive 2017 We have 5 spaces which have come free in a chalet, so if anyone would like to join the rest of us going to Word Alive from 8-13 April 2017, please let Sarah Reynolds know as soon as possible.

Photos please!  Don’t forget,  if you have any up to date photos of Fullbridge church activities, including any you may take of the events which will be happening over the festive season, please let Emma Plunkett have them for the new notice boards in the back hall.

 

Stamps on the Christmas Mail you receive:  please cut round the stamps, leaving a margin of a centimetre and save them so that The Leprosy Mission  can benefit from the sale of the stamps, without any extra charge to you – All stamps are valuable – First or second class, take care not to damage the serrated edge, or they are useless.  Many thanks, John W. & Beryl M

Home GroupsShirley’s group will be meeting for a social evening at Richard and Sarah’s on Thursday.Phil and Anne’s group at Michael and Helen’s.Wednesday evening group at Ralph and Gill’s.Friday Group – contact Val and Peter for details.

Bank Holiday 2nd January New Year’s Day Walk.  Meet at the church ready to leave on foot at 10am.  Join us for a pleasant countryside amble with a sit down and drink at Costa’s around about 11.30am.  Please feel free to just come along and meet up at Costa’s.  For more information contact Rob Bennett.

Home Group questions

  1. What different things make us doubt God’s promise to take us to heaven?
    How do we know that God is for us? (v31)
    3. How does Paul answer the law court challenge that asks if any charge can be made to stick against God’s chosen ones? (v33-34)
    4. Why does the question in v35 arise?
    5. Which of these challenges in v35 are real for us now and how do they show themselves? How do we suspect they may show themselves in the future?
    6. Look up Psalm 44, which Paul quotes in v36 – why does he quote from this Psalm? How can we learn the attitude of God’s people in this Psalm?
    7. How do vv38-39 summarise the last four chapters?
    8. What does Paul teach us about having a right perspective in the face of suffering?  What will happen if we look at ourselves and our present circumstances? What will happen if we look to God and the future?
    9. Look back to the first question: explain why these things are unable to prevent us from getting to heaven.

December Missionary offering – an amount of £645.50 was given which has been added to and £400 will be sent to each of  the following – the Gideons, Barnabas Fund and Open  Doors.

Twiddle Muffs These are hand muffs, with extra sensory objects attached, that care home residents who are suffering from dementia find comforting and they also aid stimulation.

Could you make one?  Or, do you have some sensory extras sitting in drawers at home that you could donate to decorate the muffs?  These include big buttons, bells, big beads, ribbon or other material that has a distinctive feel.  Other ideas can be found by putting “Twiddle muffs pattern” into Google.  They are really easy to make if you can knit a scarf you can make a twiddle muff.  If you can help please contact Rachel and Andy as they would like to give some out to the residents at Brewster House, Longfield and The Lodge.

Carol singing “service-ettes”(Andy Mugford’s expression!)

  • Heybridge Alternative Provision School, 2pm,
  • 11 DecemberThe Lodge Care home, 10:30, 15 December
  • Brewster House 10:30, 19th December

 Live at Christmas Saturday 17th December featuring Maldon’s Big and Little Sing 7.pm.

Sunday 18th December featuring The Big Sing Essex Gospel Choir 7.pm.  To be held at Quest Motor Showroom Wycke Hill Business Park.  Tickets £10 and £7.  Box office 01376 512292.

Fullbridge  Church prays: Wednesday 25th – Thursday 26th – Friday 27th – Saturday 28thJanuary 2017   We are setting aside four days for prayer in the New Year.  There will be repeated sessions each day – at 10am and 8pm  so that as many as possible can join us as we seek the Lord over His direction for us in to the new year and beyond.  Please put these dates in  your 2017 diary.  More details will follow after Christmas.

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.

Maldon Food Pantry

There is a box in the entrance hall if you wish to put in gifts for the food pantry.

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

If you have any prayer requests during the week please email them to Michael Chambers.

If you have any notices please let Sheila Little have them by Friday lunch time.