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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 Services 10.45am

Junior Church/
Sunday School during the middle part of the service.

Wednesday lunchtime prayers at 1.00pm each week.


Sunday 25th February 2018
10.45am Morning Service
LENT 2018:
“One of Us — Jesus in Solidarity”
Reflections on Age
led by Howard Smith

Readings for Sunday 25th February
Jeremiah ch1 v4-8 (OT-p.635)
Luke ch2 v22-40 (NT-p.54)
Mark ch8 v31-38 (NT-p.41)

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






Mary Gill

Volunteers please

Barbara Kolaczek & Volunteers please

Organist:  Martin Briers

CIRCUIT SERVICE: 6.30pm TODAY (25TH February)
at Oadby Methodist Church on the theme of PRAYER
Come and pray with our other churches
from around the enlarged Trinity Circuit

LENT OFFERING: During Lent we will be fundraising for Boys Brigade uniforms on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Please give generously for this worthy cause.  A bucket for funds will be available after worship, or you can make a cheque payable to "Bishop Street Methodist Church" marked on the back with Montserrat Boys Brigade.

Lent 2018 “One of Us — Jesus in Solidarity”

4th Mar

Audrey Baker and Susan Alexandra: Reflections on the Senses and Disability.

11th Mar

Miriam Stevenson: Mothering Sunday. Reflections on Gender

18th Mar

Rev. Edson Dube: Reflections on Race







Stewarding Team

Volunteers please

Margaret Mackley & Volunteers please

ROTA for Sunday Welcomers and Refreshments: The March to May ROTA is now available. We need two welcomers and two people for refreshments each week to keep things running well. Please see what you can offer,Thank you.



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 1.00-1.30pmCommunion on first Wednesday: March 7th 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 Mar 1st at St Nicholas Church, Nr Jewry Wall.

BETTY BERRY: Anne and Judith would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone for all the lovely cards and messages of sympathy which they received following the unexpected death of their much loved mum Betty.  All the caring thoughts and words have been a great support to them and their family at a very difficult time.

THE MEDAILLE TRUST: The Talk at the Chapel last Thursday focussed on the problem of human trafficking and the work that the Medaille Trust does to support women, men and children freed from trafficking and the appalling situations they can end up in. The collection at the talk raised £49.00 for the Medaille Trust. If anyone would like to add to this total, please put donations in a marked envelope in the collection plate, or pass them on to Robin in the Church Office. Thank you.

Women’s World Day of Prayer, Friday 2nd March 2018:‘All God’s Creation is Very Good’. The City Centre service will be held at St Andrew’s Church (Church of England), Jarrom Street, Leicester (near the Leicester Royal Infirmary) at 11.00am. Refreshments will be served after the service.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: 10.00AM on Friday March 30th. If you would like to help to plan or take part in our Good Friday Service - the Way of the Cross - please contact Miriam Stevenson or Rev. Fran Rhys. There will be a planning meeting on Tuesday 20th March from 1pm to 2.30pm.

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING: It is required that all office holders and church council members attend a training session for safeguarding issues. If you have not done the ‘Foundation Training’ session, you are invited to join a session in Leicester West Circuit on Thursday 1st March, 7.30 pm at Glenfield Methodist Church. If you would like to do this please contact our Church safeguarding officer, Tony Moore, on 0116 2706707, email

EASTER OFFERING CIRCUIT SERVICE: Sunday 22 April at 6.00pm at our Church. Please can all stewards be available for this service if possible, since we hope there will be large numbers attending. Please can others be available to serve tea and coffee after the service. Let Mary Gill know if you are available.


MARCH 2018

Sat 10th

‘Coffee Concert’ with DMU Chamber Choir. 10.00am to 12.30pm. A varied programme of a cappella songs, with a collection for a homelessness charity.

Sat 10th

ORGAN CONCERT by Paul Hale, emeritus organist at Southwell Minster. 7.30pm This will be an ‘Organ Demonstration and Talk’ on our restoration project of which he was the consultant. Admission is £10 (Concessions £8) including an interval drink.

Thur 22nd

Lunchtime Organ Music – 1.00-1.30pm. Informal recitals on the 4th Thursday of each month. This month by Martin Briers, our Church Organist.

Thur 22nd

TALK IN THE CHAPEL, 6.15pm - 'Temperance Hall, Leicester' a talk by Neil Crutchley on drink, temperance, and tee-totalism in the 19th century.

Sat 24th

CONCERT:a cappella choir CORO NOSTRO will be holding what has become an annual event with their spring concert at Bishop Street. Details to follow.

Paul Hale Organ Concert 2018  


CIRCUIT EVENT: RAISE A ROOF! Saturday 14 April, 4-7pm, food, fellowship and a chance to help build a roof!  Venue: South Wigston Methodist Church, Blaby Road, LE18 4PB (parking at nearby Tescos). The Leicester Trinity and West Circuits, plus the Methodist Church Zimbabwe Fellowship and United Methodist Church Zimbabwe join hands to help raise funds for a simple roof for the Avoca Methodist Church, Insiza Circuit, Meth Ch Zimbabwe. 

This small mission minded church of 30 members and 20 children have produced two ministers, including our superintendent Revd Edson Dube!  Edson will speak that evening about the context of Avoca and its influence on his life.  He is joined by the Revd Cleopas Sibanda, national chaplain to the Methodist Church Zimbabwe Fellowship UK.  Tickets: £10 adults, £5 children, on the door, (or from Revd Fran Rhys, Margaret Msimbe, Tari Kanyoka, Diane Allen).  For more information, Fran Rhys, 

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.)

“One of Us — Jesus in Solidarity”
(Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Methodist Church)

Lent Reflection Series 2018
at Bishop Street Methodist Church
Sunday Services, 10.45am


Sunday 18th February

Introduction in Café Worship
and Reflections on Sexuality
led by Rev. Fran Rhys

Sunday 25th February

Reflections on Age
led by Mr Howard Smith

Sunday 4th March

Reflections on the Senses
and Disability
led by Mrs Audrey Baker
and Ms Susan Alexandra

Sunday 11th March

Reflections on Gender
& Mothering Sunday
led by Dr Miriam Stevenson

Sunday 18th March

Reflections on Race
led by Rev. Edson Dube

Sunday 25th March
Palm Sunday

Reflections on Poverty
and Wealth
led by Richard Gill

Sunday 1st April
Easter Sunday

Christ in solidarity with us all
led by Rev Fran Rhys


circuit service - prayer


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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