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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 @

Nb: The ‘normal’ one way direction has now been restored for Bishop Street, so access is now from Granby Street again, and the junction at Belvoir Street/Wellington Street is open.


Sunday 20th August 10.45am
led by Howard Smith


Sunday 27th August 10.45am
led by Mary Gill, Preacher: Richard Gill


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






Hope Ncube and Stembeni Sakaike

Volunteers please

Clive Marsh & Volunteer please


Boas Lee

Volunteers please

Volunteers please

Organist: Martin Briers

 Flowers have been arranged by Mary Gill

 Lectionary Readings for

Sunday 20th August                                       Sunday 27th August
Isaiah ch56 v1, 6-8  (OT-p.624)          Isaiah ch 56 v1-6 (OT-p.624)
Romans 11, 1-2a, 25-32 (NT-p.148)   Romans ch12 v1-8(NT-p.149)
Matthew ch15 v21-28 (NT-p.16)     Matthew ch16 v13-20 (NT-p.17)  



20th Aug

Howard Smith

27th Aug

Mary Gill to lead, Preacher: Richard Gill

Plan for September Preachers will be arriving soon







Steward Team

Volunteers please

Volunteers please


NEW ROTA for Sunday Welcomers and Refreshments: September-November  ROTA will be out soon. We need two welcomers and two people for refreshments each week to keep things running well. Please bring your diaries on Aug 27th and sign up where possible.




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.  First Wednesday 1.00-1.30pm Communion – September 6th 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.

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.

SCM forstudents at both universities. New contact awaited.

Churches Together in Leicester City Centre:First Thursday Prayers: 12.30pm on Sept 7th at Living God’s Church, Halford St.


 PEOPLE: Congratulations to Myra Dilks on becoming a grandmother. Her daughter has given birth to a baby girl, Olivia.

We also congratulate Williams and Dorcas Agyemang on the birth of a baby daughter Pearl on 8th August. All are doing well.

Junior Church visit to the Central Mosque on Conduit Street. 10am on Tues 22 August. Our Junior Church will be joining young people from Church of the Nativity for a visit organised through the St Philip's Centre. It will be followed by a bring n share picnic and games in Victoria Park (if fine) or at Bishop Street Methodist Church if wet, finishing at 1.00pm. If there are children or young people who would like to join this event, please contact Revd Fran Rhys to book your place.

WELCOME SERVICE: AtChristchurch, Clarendon Park Road, 7.00pm, on Friday 1st September 2017 there will be a service to welcome two new ministers to the circuit, Revd Edson Dube and Rev Jenny Impey, and inaugurate the new Leicester Trinity Circuit, at the combining of the old Leicester North and Trinity Circuits.

TALKS IN THE CHAPEL Autumn programme will include:-

Thursday October 5th, 6.15 - 7.15: Martin Briars on ‘The Bishop Street organ and the Father Smith enigma’.

Thursday November 9th, 6.15 - 7.15: Clive Marsh on ‘What has The Reformation ever done for us?’

Thursday November 23rd, 6.15 - 7.15: Rev. Fran Rhys on Pilgrimage.


HOMELESSNESS MENTORS:The Bridge Homelessnes to Hope project is looking for people willing to become a voluntary mentor to homeless people. If you are interested in finding out more please email Lea Sutherland:

Uppingham Methodist Church, Rutland (where Rob Stacey’s parents attend) is celebrating its Bicentenary (1817-2017) with an exhibition on a theme of Heritage and Mission. Open Fridays 10.30am – 4pm and Saturdays 10.30 – 12.00 noon  between 29th September and 2nd December. For more details and a full list of times go to or call 01572 821015



Fri 1st

CIRCUIT WELCOME SERVICE: 7.00om at Christchurch, Clarendon Park Road, to welcome two new circuit ministers and inaugurate the new and enlarged Leicester Trinity Circuit.

Sat 9th

Heritage Open Day and Bike-and-stride. The Church will be open from 10.00-4.00. Volunteers needed. See below for details.

Sat 30th

CELEBRATION CONCERT for the restoration of THE ORGAN
PAUL HALE – Organist Emeritus at Southwell Minster.
Saturday 30th September 2017, 7.30pm Tickets on the door: Adults £10.00 Concessions £8.00 interval drink included.

HERITAGE OPEN DAY AND BIKE-AND-STRIDE: Saturday September 9th 2017
. Bishop Street is taking part by being open for Bike and Stride and heritage visitors from 10.00am to 4.00 pm.

The day is organised by the Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust to raise money towards the upkeep of the many historic churches and chapels around the city and county. Anyone can take part by walking or riding to visit as many churches and chapels as they can and obtain sponsors to raise money for this cause. In addition, the people recording the visitors in each church can also be sponsored. We need help in the church on the day.

Most of the entrants will be plotting their own route, but there is a walk round 12 churches in Leicester City Centre organised by Michael McQuade, starting from St James the Greater Church on London Road and finishing at Leicester Cathedral. He is inviting members of those 12 Churches, which includes Bishop Street Methodist Church, to join that walk. Any volunteers?

If you would like to be sponsored either to visit churches, or to be on duty at Bishop Street, Mary Gill has lots of information, or look on the Historic Churches Trust website

CELEBRATION CONCERT for the restoration of THE ORGAN
PAUL HALE – Organist Emeritus at Southwell Minster.
Saturday 30th September 2017, 7.30pm Tickets on the door: Adults £10.00 Concessions £8.00 interval drink included

Map of the new Trinity Methodist Circuit from September 2017

New Circuit Map 2017

For the year from September 2017 the Ministers’ pastoral responsibilities for the new Trinity Circuit Churches will be;
Rev Edson Dube: Superintendent Minister for the merged circuit, Christchurch, Church of the Nativity
Rev Fran Rhys:
Bishop Street, Great Glen, South Wigston.
Rev Dave Warnock: Edgehill Rd, Harrison Rd, Syston, Oadby.
Rev Saidu Kanu: Mayflower, Uppingham Road, Wesley Hall.
Rev Paula Hunt: Birstall, Claremont Street, Rothley.
Rev Jenny Impey: Blaby, Cosby, Countesthorpe, Houghton, Wigston Magna.



Paul Hale concert Sept 2017  


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

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