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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 18th November 2018
Morning Service
led by Heather Corlett

Lectionary Readings for Sunday 18th November
1 Samuel ch1 v4-20 (OT-p.228)
Hebrews ch10 v11-14 & 19-25 (NT-p.208)
Mark ch13 v1-8 (NT-p.46)


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





18th Nov

Mary Gill &
Tony Moore

Volunteers please

Volunteers please

Organist: Martin Briers

Flowers from Remembrance Sunday were arranged by Anne Doblander


PASTORAL VISITORS: c12.30,  after today’s service, Sunday 18 Nov, there will be a Pastoral Committee with Bring and Share lunch.  


25th Nov

Rev. Fran Rhys (Holy Communion)

2nd Dec

Clive Marsh: Advent 1 – Christmas Gift Service

9th Dec

10.45: Rev. Edson Dube: Advent 2 – Holy Communion

5.30: Inspiration evening

16th Dec

Rev. Fran Rhys: Advent 3 – Nativity Play
Followed by Church Christmas Lunch

23rd Dec

Local Arrangement: Advent 4 – Carol Service







25th Nov

Boas Lee &
Hope Ncube

Volunteers please

Volunteers please

ROTA FOR DECEMBER to FEBRUARY: Please sign up on the ROTA SHEET : two welcomers and two people for refreshments each week to keep things running smoothly. 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 1.00-1.30pm nb next Communion will be Dec 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, Wednesdays and Fridays, 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 Dec 6th at St Stephen’s URC, De Montfort St.

VOLUNTEERING: If you would like to be part of the Reception-point Keyholder team, either on a regular night each week, or as a stand-in to cover absences, please talk with Fran. It will mean arriving at 5.30, along with other WNS volunteers, and helping with hot drinks etc. The minibus then takes the guests to the overnight venue at 7.00. There are also lots of other volunteering needs, both here at the Reception Point, and at the overnight venues: helping cook an evening meal, provide breakfast, or stay overnight. Even doing one or two days will be a huge help. Volunteer registration is at and volunteer training will be provided.

VIDEO: You can see a 3 minute video about the night shelter at

FUNDRAISING: If you are looking for a fun evening out which will raise money for the Winter Night Shelter, then come along to the fundraising meal and auction taking place on Wednesday 21st November from 6.30pm at St Philips Church, Evington. Tickets are £15 per head, all proceeds from the meal will go to the WNS. Please let you friends and family know. More details from Salma RavatL T: 0116 44 22 007.  One Roof Leicester need to raise some £25,000 to cover the costs of this year’s shelter programme. If you, or anyone you know, might be able to help with that, further information is available at or phone Salma Ravat on  0116 4422007


CHRISTMAS MUSIC: Dates for your diaries for the run-up to Christmas:

Monday Dec 17th: Sing Christmas – 7.00-8.00pm. Join with the Radio Leicester Broadcast as we sing along in Town Hall Square.

Thursday Dec 20th: Lunchtime Organ Music and Carols, 1.00-1.30, with our Organist, Martin Briers.

Saturday Dec 22nd: Christmas Hymns and Carols with Shiv Patel, Saturday Morning event with a young local organist.

Sunday Dec 23rd: Our Sunday morning Carol Service. 10.45am

TALK IN THE CHAPEL: Date to be confirmed, but we are hoping Neil Crutchley will be giving us a 6.15 Thursday talk with recordings on Handel’s Messiah.




Fri 9th to

Fri 30th

ART EXHIBITION:original paintings (framed and unframed) by local artist Joyce Hulford, now resident at Aigburth Methodist Care Home, in Oadby.

Thur 22nd

LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC: 1.00-1.30pm Recital by David Crick, organist at Hinckley URC. David is making a return visit, having played for our April recital. This time, alongside a Prelude and Fugue by J S Bach and a Festive Trumpet Tune  by David German, his programme will include some classic English items such as Fidelis by Percy Whitlock; Nimrod by Elgar and ‘Calling all Workers’ by Eric Coates.

BASKETS AVAIALBLE: The Flower arranging team have found that we have a selection of surplus baskets that are free to anyone who can use them. See Dee after the service to see what there is.


CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES: The Christmas Card Shop will be open 10.15 - 3.45 each weekday and Saturday until mid-December. Please take fliers and circulate the information where you can.


SYSTON METHODIST CHURCH are keen to point out that ‘Christmas is Coming’, and are inviting everyone to join Singing for Fun for an evening of Christmas carols, festive music & mince pies on Tuesday 4th December, 7:30pm at Syston Methodist Church, High Street, Syston. Free entry with retiring collection for Church funds & Rainbows Children’s Hospice.

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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