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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 @


SUNDAY 22nd April 2018

10.45am Morning Service
led by Rev. Tony Pick


6.00pm Circuit Service
led by the local
Methodist Women in Britain team

Readings for Sunday 22nd April
 Acts ch4 v5-12 (NT-p.112)
John ch10 v11-20 (NT-p.96)


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






Tony Moore

Volunteers please

Volunteers please

Organist:  Martin Briers

CIRCUIT SERVICE: This evening, 22nd April, there will be a 6.00pm Circuit Service here at Bishop Street, led by the circuit Methodist Women in Britain team, during which thanks will be given for the Easter Offering. We will need welcomers at the service, and helpers to provide refreshments afterwards. Please sign the rota if you can help  


29th Apr

Rev. Fran Rhys (including General Church Meeting)

6th May

Sheila Howell

13th May

10.45am: Prof. Clive Marsh
6.00pm: Inspiration evening – food, singing, prayer

20th May

Revd Fran Rhys: Pentecost Holy Communion

27th May








Peter Chitsenga & Hope Ncube

Dee Brunning & Volunteers please

Volunteers please

Please sign up on the April and May ROTA SHEET : two welcomers and two people for refreshments each week to keep things running.



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: May 2nd 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.

Listening service ear logo‘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 May 3rd at Central Baptist Church, Charles St

FAITH EXPLORATION SATURDAYS! An opportunity to do some faith exploration (for free!) alongside local worship-leaders and preachers in training. Intrigued? It would be great if you could join us. All you need is a pen and paper, an open mind and a willingness to think and talk! Please let us know: Session 1:Salvation in ContemporaryCulture - 28th April How do the ways that ‘salvation’ and ‘redemption’ get talked about in the media and popular culture influence how Christians think (if they do at all)? Where do Christians get their ideas about salvation from? At Oadby Methodist Church: 10am – 1pm (Refreshments provided), to be led by members of the Leicester Methodist training team: Richard Gill, Clive Marsh, Howard Smith and Miriam Stevenson.


ST PHILIP’S CENTRE: The next in our Focus On… series will be exploring Buddhism, with an opportunity to visit a Buddhist temple. We will then return to the St Philip’s Centre for lunch, with a discussion around meditation in both the Buddhist and Christian traditions.

The session will be held on Thursday 17th May, 10am – 2pm. If you would be interested in attending please do confirm via email or by calling the St Philip’s Centre on 0116 273 3459. If you could please let me know by the end of April, I would be very grateful. Dr Laura Johnson, Churches’ Training Officer (Part-time), St Philip’s Centre.


MISSION POTENTIAL: On Mon. 23rd April, at 7.30 pm Rev. Jill Marsh will be leading an event at Trinity Methodist Church, Narborough Road, (in Leicester West Circuit), where we look at who uses the buildings we have and then think and plan for how we can begin to engage with those people in thinking about, and developing, a faith of their own.

Rev. Novette Headley has said that they would be happy for some from Leicester Trinity to come along too... if anybody is free at this stage. It's a session that could be led by other people, once they have seen it done, so maybe if a few people are free to come then they could offer to do it in other places? It would work best if there are 3 - 4 people from each church coming.


APRIL 2018

Thur 26th

Lunchtime Organ Recital, 1.00-1.30pm by David Crick, organist at Hinckley URC. Programme:
Lo Ballo dell’ Intorcia (Valente);
Allabreve (Bach);
Trumpet Voluntary in D (Boyce);
Larghetto – Vivace (Whitlock);
Elegy in B flat (Thalben-Ball);
Blaze Away (Holzmann)

Talk in the Chapel:

Thursday 26th April, 6.15-7.15pm. ‘There Has Never Been a Book Like This’. Bill Myers, on St Mark’s Gospel.

Talk Bill Myers Mark, flyer

Formerly a Professor at Leicester University Rev. Bill Myers is now a deacon of the Catholic Church. Our Chair of District will be joining us for this event and we encourage all who are able to attend.

Sun 29th

Morning Service to include Church General Meeting

MAY 2018

Sat 5th: AN AFTERNOON OF ORGAN MUSIC — popular and light classical musicplayedby Nigel Ogden, for 38 years, the presenter of Radio 2’s ‘The Organist Entertains’. 2.30pm. Adults £10, Concessions £8, with interval refreshments. (Note, originally planned for 12th May so please note the change to Saturday 5th May).

Nigel Ogden boxout 2018

Sun 13th

INSPIRATION EVENING - 6.00pm - Food.    6.30-7.30 - Singing and Prayer. Bring voice or instrument

Sat 29th

LEICESTER HERITAGE FAIR – 10.00-4.00. Meet your local heritage societies, see their work, and talk to their members. Our heritage Room will be open.




The Methodist Church East Central Learning Network Region:
‘Being God's People in an Age of Challenging Choices’ - A faith conference looking at ethical issues like:

•        Prostitution and the sex trade

•        Deciding where monetary giving should go

•        Spending the NHS budget

•        The arms trade

Saturday 12 May at Loughborough University. To book your place visit:  



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.)



Listening service ear logo

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.  


 Leicester Trinity Circuit:

Finding our Churches


Birstall Methodist Church: Wanlip Lane, Birstall, LE4 4JS

Bishop Street Methodist  Church: 10a Bishop St, Leicester, LE1 6AF

Blaby Methodist  Church: Winchester Rd, Blaby, LE8 4HL

Christchurch Clarendon Park: 105A Clarendon Park Rd, LE2 3AH

Claremont Street Methodist Church: Claremont Street, Belgrave, LE4 7QH

Cosby Methodist Church: Park Road. Cosby. LE9 1RN

Countesthorpe Methodist Church: 46 Wigston St, Countesthorpe, LE8 5RQ

Edgehill Road Methodists @ All Saints Church: Kerrysdale Avenue, LE4 7GH

Great Glen Methodist Church: 1 Oaks Rd, Great Glen, LE8 9EF

Harrison Road Methodist Church: Harrison Rd, Belgrave, LE4 6QN

Houghton Methodist  Church: 37 Main St, Houghton on the Hill, LE7 9GE

Mayflower Methodist Church: 118 Evington Dr, LE5 5PE

Oadby (Trinity) Methodist Church: 60 Harborough Rd, Oadby, LE2 4LA

Rothley Methodist Church: Howe Lane, LE7 7LB

South Wigston  Methodist Church: Blaby Rd, South Wigston LE18 4PB

Syston Methodist Church: High Street, Syston, LE7 1GP

The Church of the Nativity: 65 Cavendish Rd, LE2 7PL

Uppingham Road Methodist Church: 178 Uppingham Rd, LE5 0QG

Wesley Hall Methodist Church: 91 Mere Rd, LE5 5GQ

Wigston Magna Methodist Church: Cross St, Wigston LE18 2HE  


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

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