News for Sunday the 15th January

Welcome to our service.  The service leader this morning is Michael Chambers and the speaker is Jack Chambers.

Please join us for tea and coffee in the back hall after the service.

Tea and Coffee rota Julian Gore and Ann Frost are responsible for tea and coffee today and next week it will be Carolyn Hammond and Gavin Fuller.

A Prayer meeting is held in the upstairs youth room every Sunday morning before the service.  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 Richard Little and Michael Chambers will be available.

Magazine rack

There is a new issue of Interact (SGM magazine) in the rack.

Music practice – On Monday evening (16th) we will be having the first music/worship practice of the New Year. We would love you to join us if you play an instrument or love to sing. You do not have to be an expert and there is no expectation to be ‘up front’ on Sunday mornings if you don’t want to be.  If you have a particular song that you would like us to learn then please also let us know.  If you have any questions about joining us then please speak to Rachel.

Prayer requests   If you have any urgent prayer requests please email them to Michael Chambers.

Dates for your diary

The annual Fellowship Meeting will be on Sunday afternoon 19th March.

The all-age service on Feb 5th will be a baptismal service.  There will be tea and coffee before the service and afterwards there will be a bring-and- share lunch.

The Church Weekend Away this year will be from Friday 23rd to Sunday 27th June at Vauxhall Farm Suffolk.  Further details will follow.

Door to door visitation  Simon and Andrew would value your prayers as they visit homes along and off Market Hill on Wednesday mornings.  They will be dropping off “Good News” papers and making people aware of us, as a church, being their open-doored neighbour.  Thank-you.

Outreach meeting   We are meeting this Tuesday at 7:30pm at Rob Bennett’s to plan for Easter and beyond.  If you would like to join us you would be very welcome – please speak to Andy,

How to read the Bible in a  better way  Starting on the  12th February Simon is running a course at his house to help people read the Bible in a better way.  It will be on Sunday evenings for 5 weeks from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.   It will be an informal time with discussion and learning together by seeing the principles of how to read the Bible being applied to set passages.  It is not for the clever but anyone who can read will benefit from it.  If anyone is interested please speak to Simon.

Twiddle muffs  If you have any large buttons, bits of fur, ribbon, beads, empty cotton reels or anything else you feel might be useful, Sheila Little would be grateful for them as she has run out of “ twiddly bits” to put on the muffs she is knitting.

Tools with a Mission  The Maldon working group, based at Maldon Baptist Church, are looking for “haberdashery” items – buttons, needles, thread etc.  If you have any of these sitting around at home and do not have a use for them, please pass them to Andrew and he will pass them on.  Thank-you.

Men’s outreach evening at Costa 22nd January at 6.00pm.  There will be a General Knowledge Quiz.  Come as a team or join another team and bring money for drinks/snacks.  Also hear from a local business man who is a “legend in his own life time” how taxes, customer service and the Christian faith are all linked.  Please confirm your place or for more information contact Andrew on 07443397893

As before, it will be great to have teams made of a mix of Fullbridge guys and their guests.

Home Groups SP & Iraq report back There will be no evening home groups this week as John and Louise will be sharing with the church their experiences of working with SP in Iraq in the lead up to Christmas.  Please join us at the church at 7.45pm on 19th January.  There will be a time of prayer after John’s talk.

The Friday group will be meeting at John and Janet’s.

Maldon Food pantry  In the front entrance hall there is a box for non-perishable items for the Maldon Food Pantry.

The Second Coming   Are you looking forward to the return of the Lord Jesus? Do you want to know more?  Then “Looking for His Return” is a meeting for you. This half-day seminar will be held at BREC on Saturday 11th March. There is no charge, but please let Paul Gymer know if you would like to attend.  Further details on the notice board.

Fullbridge Prayer week,  25th  January – 28th January  The overall theme for the 4 sessions is “Deepening our first love”.  There will be prayer times each day at 10am and 8pm for an hour.  As we seek God’s direction for us as a church in 4 key areas, we would ask that we all prioritise these prayer times as we come together to pray.  Reading and reflecting on the following passages before the prayer times would be a helpful way to prepare.

Wednesday: Deepening our love for God through thanksgiving and repentance: 

Philippians 4:6 and Psalm 103:1-5; Psalm 139 especially v’s 23-24

Thursday:  Deepening our love for each other  

Ephesians 4:30-32; Romans 12:9-21

Philippians 1: 27 and Ephesians 5:19-21; John 17: 20-23:

 Friday’s session: Deepening our love for serving   

1 Samuel 3:7-11; Romans 12 : 1-8

Isaiah 6:8 and Philippians 2:1-11;

Saturday’s session:  Deepening our love for the lost

Matthew 9 :35-38;  Ephesians 6: 10-20; Ephesians 5:  8-14

Acts 8: 4-6

There will be provision for children during the 10-11am session on Saturday

There will also be a session on Sunday from 9:30-10:15am before the service  

 “The Sense” band at the Plume, January 30 – February 3 2017

The week is taking shape with lessons across both Mill Road and Fambridge Road campuses being planned for the week beginning January 30th 2017.  The group will be taking part in RE, Music and Dance lessons There will also be events at lunchtime and a concert on Thursday evening.  This is a very exciting opportunity for the churches across Maldon to work with the school.   There are 12 members of the music/dance group coming.  They will all be involved in the school programme and, at the end of school each day, the team will debrief and plan for the next day.  Churches are hosting them for a hot evening meal each evening – they will be at Fullbridge on the Monday.

On Thursday evening there is a concert at 7pm where there will be a clear invitation to follow Jesus.  We need stewards to guide people in and out and also some to be available to talk and pray with young people who make a response.  Please speak to Andy if you can help you will need to be available from 6:30pm.

Please pray for the team, led by Andy and Joy, as they prepare the lessons and assemblies.  A follow-up is being planned for the young people who want to explore the Christian faith further.   More information on the band can be found at:-  http://www.yfcone.co.uk/touring-band.

There is an Art Evening on Saturday 11th February  from 7.00pm.  All the funds raised will be donated  to The Kings Cross group who offer help and support to vulnerable women and girls.  For further details please see the poster on the notice board in the back hall.

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

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