Welcome to this morning’s service. The service leader today is Ross Power and the speaker is Andy Mugford. Please join us for tea and coffee in the back hall after the service. We still desperately need volunteers for the tea and coffee rota if we are to continue having drinks after the service.
Tea and Coffee rota Gavin Fuller and Carolyn Hammond are responsible for tea and coffee today and next week it will be Phil Rowden and Peter Lamb.
Please join us at 10.10 in the upstairs youth room for prayer before the service. Everyone is invited 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 Ross and Bertie will be available.
Saturday 18th March 2017 10am-12 noon URC Church Hall, Maldon – Free Children’s Crafts Morning. Come along and enjoy crafts and activities with Mother’s Day and Easter themes. Children over six can be left, subject to numbers, younger children need to be accompanied. Free drinks and hot cross buns. Just turn up on the day. For more information contact Kay on 07970 212643.
Outreach meeting We are planning for Easter and further outreach events at 3:30 on Tuesday this week. We will be meeting at Phil & Anne’s. Do join us if you would like to be involved.
Prayer requests If you have any urgent prayer requests please email them to Michael Chambers
Danbury churches are hosting St. John Passion by J.S. Bach on Good Friday, 14th April, at 7pm. The performance will be at Danbury Mission by the Dei Gratia Orchestra conducted by Matthew O’Donovan. Tickets cost £10, drinks and canapés will be served. For more details or to book visit their website http://www.danburymission.org.uk/special-events.
A Day Away with Reaching Women for Christ is in Harlow on Saturday 1st April with the title ‘Where is God when it hurts?’ It starts at 9.30 am and finishes at 4 pm. Rachel is going and would love to take some ladies with her!
Coffee Morning 10am – 12 noon Saturday 18th March 2017 at Maldon Maldon Methodist Church in Aid of Safe Passage UK. Safe Passage UK is the charitable organisation that has been providing interpreters, legal processing and funding of safe passage for refugee children under the Dubs* amendment and wrestling with the government over its past promises on its Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme. (*Lord Alf Dubs was one of the 10,000 children the UK took in to escape Nazi persecution.)
At the annual Fellowship Meeting and bring and share tea on Sunday afternoon of the 19th March the two home groups who will be responsible for setting up and clearing away after the meeting are Michael and Paul’s. The draft agenda is on the notice board. If there are any items you would like to add please pass them on, in writing, to Andrew Mugford by today 12th March.
Home Groups will be meeting this week as follows:
Judith and Roger’s group will be meeting at Michael and Helen’s.
Carol and Phil’s group will be meeting at Hannah Henderson’s.
Richard and Sarah’s group – contact your home group leaders for details.
The Friday group will not be meeting next Friday; instead they are going to meet at Oliver’s nursery tea-room on Tuesday 14th at 10.15am. The following week (Friday 24th) will be at Beryl’s.
Spring cleaning day Make a note in your diary that there will be a Church Spring cleaning day on Saturday 6th May.
Home group questions based on John 16: 5-33:-
1 – In v. 5-12 the Holy Spirit comes to communicate “sin, righteousness and judgement”. In our own spiritual journeys/testimonies, how have we experienced Him speaking and revealing this to us personally?
2 – vs 23-28 assures the followers-disciples of Jesus of God answering our prayers. Are there limitations or conditions to this?
3a – As the world and society appear to darken around us, how do the promises of Jesus in vv. 19-22 and 31-33 give us hope and encouragement?
3b – How might we encourage one another on with these promises and the truth of us not being “of this world – but our eternal home is in heaven”?
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.
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.
Notices If you have any items for the notices please let Sheila Little have them by Friday lunch time.