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...serving people in Leicester City Centre (Reg. charity 1129068)
10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 6AF.
Office tel. 0116 255 4111 E-mail:
Minister: Rev. Fran Rhys  Tel. 0116 257 1069  email fran.rhys @

10.45am Morning Service
Local Arrangement
led by Mary Gill

 Lectionary Readings for Sunday 12th August
2 Samuel ch18 v5-33 (OT-p.273)
Ephesians ch4 v25 - ch5 v2 (NT-p.180)
John ch6 v35, 41-51 (NT-p.91)

Tea, coffee, squash will be available
following the service.






12th Aug

Hope Ncube

Volunteers please

Margaret Mackley & Volunteer

Organist: Bob Rees  


19th Aug

Rev Fran Rhys (Holy Communion)

26th Aug

Richard Gill







19th Aug

Steward Team

Volunteers please

Volunteers please

ROTA FOR AUGUST: Please sign up on the ROTA SHEET : two welcomers and two people for refreshments each week to keep things running smoothly. Thankyou.



MINISTER: Rev. Fran Rhys is generally in the Church Office on Wednesdays, 10.00-3.00. Feel free to drop in to see her, and perhaps come along to 1.00pm prayers. Phone/email (see front) to confirm a particular time or to arrange a different day to meet.

Lunchtime Prayers: 1.00pm on Mondays and Wednesday in the prayer corner.  Wednesday 1.00-1.30pm Communion on first Wednesday: Sept 5th led by Rev. Fran Rhys. All are invited.

THE CHAPEL CAFÉ: The Café is open 10.00-4.00 on weekdays and 10.00-3.00 on Saturdays. Call in often, and tell your friends.

OPEN CHURCH in the Barrett Room: Mondays 11.30am-1.00pm. followed by prayers in the Church prayer corner at 1.00.

‘A Listening Ear’: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, available through the Chapel Cafe between 11am and 12.30. If you'd like to speak to a church member who's been trained in listening skills, please see the designated person sitting in the café.

Thursday Bible Study and discussion in the Church at 12.00noon.

‘In Stitches’Knitting and Needlecraft. Get together to work on your projects and have a chat. Fridays, 10.30-12.45 in the café.

Churches Together in Leicester City Centre:First Thursday Prayers: 12.30pm on Sept 6th at St Nicholas Church, Nr Jewry Wall


Make a Film using Art at The Chapel Reflective Resources: 29 August

Dear Bishop Street Members, Over the next couple of weeks we are showing an exhibition based on the Creative Faith postcard box resource designed and made by our art and spirituality worker Ruth Joy. While the exhibition is up we have been lucky enough to get some funding to create a short video about how this visual resource can be used by Methodist Churches around the District to encourage conversations about faith and God. To make this happen we need some people to help and wondered if you are free and willing to come along. The filming is happening on Wednesday 29th August and we are hoping to have four small groups of people to help us demonstrate how the cards can be used in different situations.

Whilst some people need to be willing to speak on camera, we also need people to simply be part of the group and take part in a simple guided activity. We will need a group of people in the morning from 10.30am to

12 noon to join in a simple activity in the cafe, some people to join in the midday service  at 1pm to 1.30pm and some people in the afternoon from 1.30pm - 3pm.

If you think you would be able to come along please could you let me, Robin or Ruth know and let us know which time slot(s) you can make. We will be very grateful to everyone who can help us out with this and will give you a sample of the postcards as a thank you to use yourself at home or give to friends.

Look forward to seeing as many people as can make it on the day!

Grace and Peace,


FOCUS ON... HINDUISM: St Philips Centre, Thursday 13th Sept, 9.00am to 1.30pm.
Note – Free to Methodists! Details at





Fri 3rd

Zinthiya Trust Women’s Festival: 11.00-2.00

Thur 23rd

Monthly Lunchtime Organ Music:
1.00-1.30, this month by Tom Keogh, the Organist at Holy Cross Priory, Leicester. The 30 minute recital will include music by Oliphant Chuckerbutty, Noel Rawsthorne and Henry Smart.

Fri 24th

7.00pm Circuit welcome service at Oadby Trinity. The welcome service for our new ministers, Rev Jervis Daniel Yovan and Rev Derek McLean will be on Friday 24 August at Oadby Trinity, LE2 4LA, at 7.00 p.m. Daniel is to have responsibility for Syston, Harrison Road and Claremont Street and Derek is to have responsibility for Oadby Trinity, Great Glen and Houghton.


Sat 8th

Heritage Open Day and Ride and Stride. 10.00-4.00 We will be opening the Heritage Room, and putting on an exhibition about Leicester’s pioneer Methodist women preachers for this event. If you are interested in helping produce some display material or being around on the day, please speak to Mary Gill or Miriam Stevenson.

PEOPLE MONTAGE: The photos that Esther has been taking in recent weeks, of our congregation, have now gone live on the Church website. You can see what a fine crowd we make at

Methodist Modern Art Collection Exhibition May-June 2019. An appointment has been made for a project coordinator for this exhibition: Bethany Piggott, who is an experienced Events Manager and has helped arrange Oxfam fundraising festivals and the Leicester Comedy Festival. She will work one day a week preparing for the MMAC Exhibition, either at the Cathedral or at Bishop Street MC. During the exhibition she will work full-time.

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EMAIL NOTICES and GDPR: We circulate our Church notices by email each week to help you stay in touch. It will help with our records if everyone who would like to get these emails, whether you currently get them or not, could show this by sending us an email from the account you wish to use, with the subject as ‘subscribe to notices’.Thanks, Robin.

You can also view an up-to-date copy of the notices on the Church website at any time:  



Organ restoration thumbnailBISHOP STREET ONLINE VIDEOS
The montage ofvideo snippets of the works involved in the organ restoration is now on Youtube, with a soundtrack of Simon Headley playing the organ at the celebration concert. It will really help our Grant feedback forms if this can accumulate some viewing figures, so please have a look, and tell your friends. It is at

A series of heritage videos is also available via Youtube. You can find them at the Bishop Street Church youtube channel (feel free to subscribe). Four short talks by Richard Gill on the origins of Leicester Methodism begin with ‘A sermon at Butt Close’, at (Follow the links to find subsequent videos.)



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A Listening Ear: a volunteer listener is on hand on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, available through the Chapel Cafe. There are two 'slots' at 11am and 11.45-12.30. If you'd like to speak to a church member who's been trained in listening skills, please see the designated person sitting in the café.


LARGER PRINT copies of the Hymn-Book, Service Book and Bible are available from the welcomers.

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