News for Sunday 22nd January

Welcome to our service.  The service leader this morning is Phil Machin and the speaker is Matt Springett.  Please join us for tea and coffee in the back hall after the service.

Tea and Coffee rota  Carolyn and Gavin are responsible for tea and coffee today and next week it will be Phil Rowden and Peter Lamb.

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 Philip and Anne Reeve will be available.

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

The Lamb family  We extend our condolences to Peter and Rob Lamb and their families following the death of their mum last weekend.   Please pray for God’s peace to surround the families at this sad time.

Café Church at Fullbridge, Sunday 26th  February, 4-5pm    An informal service suitable for friends not used to church.  The theme will be “Christianity:  Irrelevant today…?

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 25th June at Vauxhall Farm Suffolk.  Further details will follow.

Twiddle Muffs  The manager at Brewster House was very grateful for the 8 Twiddle Muffs we passed onto her.  Brewster House and the other homes which we visit would love more – so please keep knitting.

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

The Second Coming   If you are interested in the half day seminar at BREC on Saturday 11th March please let Paul Gymer know.

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.

“Life Explored”     This is a new, Alpha-like course comprising of 7 informal evening sessions that include both short films and Bible interaction and is ideal for anyone new to what the Christian faith has to offer.  It is starting on Tuesday 31 January, 7:45pm, at Grapnells Barn – Richard and Sarah’s home.  Please speak to Andrew & Rachel or Richard & Sarah if you are interested in coming or have someone else you’d like to bring along.  A trailer for the course can we watched at http://www.ceministries.org/Groups/274684/Home/Courses/Life_Explored/Life_Explored.aspx

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 – the morning session will be repeated in the evening.

Each session will be at the church apart from Friday morning – which will be at Paul and Lucy’s.  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 vs. 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: Deepening our love for serving   

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

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

Saturday:  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 in the downstairs rear hall.  

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.

Quiz evening at Costa 22nd this evening at  6.00 pm There are still spaces for this 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 pray for this outreach event which takes place this evening.  Please confirm your place or, for more information, contact Andrew on 07443 397893. As before it will be great to have teams made up of a mix of Fullbridge guys and their guests – do come.

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.

If you borrow anything from the church please make a note on the list in the kitchen and then put the date it is returned.

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 in the music/dance group.  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.