Notices for Sunday 15th May 2016

The Spirit of PentecostFlame

Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.
Acts 2:3-4 (Message)

Father God, you sent your Holy Spirit to give the disciples power to preach the Good News. Open our hearts to that same Holy Spirit so that we too will preach the Good News in a powerful way.
Amen

Welcome to our preacher this morning who is Mrs Meryl Thomas
After service tea hosts Warren and Vera

Our thanks for the flowers this morning which are given by Phyllis Davies in memory of her husband Cliff
Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 22nd May
11.00am       Rev John Wiggall (Communion)
Vestry Steward – Ian and Sheila
Door Steward – Chris
Tea Hosts – Chris and Joan

Diary Dates

May
Mon 16th       Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Fri 20th       Friday Lunch Club in the Hall at noon £3.00
Fri 20th       ‘Wildfire’ Circuit Musical at Llangollen, 7.30pm
Sat 21st       ‘Wildfire’ Circuit Musical at Gresford, 6.30pm
Sun 22nd       ‘Wildfire’ Circuit Musical at Wrexham 6.00pm
Wed 25th     “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship at Hope Parish Church  7.30pm (4th Wed in the month)
Sun 29th       Anniversary Concert at Rhosddu 7.30pm
Tue 31st       Coffee Morning at Llangollen 10.00am

Please pray for the following:
Phyllis Davies
Isobel Holroyd
Mark Steene
Gareth Jones
Dorreen Holroyd
Avril Williams
Vanessa Woolrich
Joe Bainbridge
Pete and Ruby Kasprowicz

All those who care for those in need.
We thank God for answered prayer and ask that he helps us to understand that all things do work together for good.

Signals

Their listening was like a huge pit waiting for his words to fill it. The trouble was that he was talking in philosophy, but they were listening in gibberish

Terry Pratchett, “Small Gods”

Messy Church
PLANNING
Next Tuesday
11.00am

For Messy Church
Sunday 26th June 4.00pm to 6.00pmMessy Church 2

Messy Church: is a way of being church for families, involving fun. Its found across the world and its values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.

Why not come to the planning meeting and find out what we hope to do for the families and children in our community

Body Language

The significance of church ‘body language’ in rela­tion to embodying Christ and effectively engaging in the mission of God is profound. Vicky Cosstick, a lay Roman Catholic writer and researcher, challenges us to realize that church body language — like all body language — often speaks louder than words.” Similarly, Anthony Reddie, a Black British theologian talks about traditions bubbling under the surface of a church, rules and modus operandi passed on but never written down. This powerful and defining `bubbling’ narrative is the body language of a church. It is what people see and hear and ‘smell’ and absorb in relation to encountering the Christian Church. Therefore churches must ask, as much as they are able (being blinded and deafened by familiarity), ‘What are we saying, through our symbols and gestures and witness?’ When we speak, how are we heard?’ Who are we perceived to be and what are we thought to be like?’ Often what churches think and believe they are proclaiming is quite different to what is being declared by their body language. Many a church, inherited and emerging alike, assumes that its body language is approachable, welcoming and open when in fact it may be closed, covert and impenetrable. Good body language, body language that fits the grace and attractiveness of Jesus Christ, is mission critical today.

I remember going to a little chapel in the country to attend an act of worship led by Cliff College students. After getting to the village in good time I then spent 20 minutes asking directions of locals, none of whom knew where the church was. By the time I found it, with not a name, sign or notice board in sight, and only 40 yards from one of the people I had asked for directions(!) I was a couple of minutes after the time the service was due to start. The church was locked and I had to knock first on the door then on the windows to get in. After a short while a sour-faced man opened the door. ‘The service has begun,’ he stated accusingly, thrusting a hymn book in my hand. ‘Sorry. The door was locked,’ I said. ‘Yes. Well, we’re all here,’ he replied and walked back into the sanctuary, leaving me alone in the entrance hall.

Martin Atkins, Resourcing Renewal, p117-118

 

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