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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 15th September 2019,
Morning Service
Local Arrangement
led by Mary Gill


Lectionary Reading for Sunday 15th September
Jeremiah ch4 v11-12, 22-28 (OT-p.639)
1 Timothy ch1 v12-17 (NT-p.193)
Luke ch15 v1-10 (NT-p.72)


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





15th Sept

Steward Team

Dee Brunning

volunteer please

Organist: Martin Briers

Flowers are arranged by Anne Doblander

SPONSOR A STRIDER! Tanvi Pate was on yesterday’s bike-and-stride event, to raise money for the Leicester Historic Churches Fund and our own church funds. It’s not too late to add to her total!

SOLAR PANELS PROJECT: We are raising funds to install solar panels on the church roof. With our church finances as they are, we need to focus on finding ‘new money’ for this. If you know anyone who might be prepared to donate, pick up a leaflet or direct them to



22nd Sep

Rev. Paula Hunt (Holy Communion)

29th Sep


6th Oct

Local Arrangement

13th Oct

10.45am: Rev. Peter Brooks
5.30pm: Inspiration Evening

20th Oct

Rev Fran Rhys






22nd Sept

Steward Team

volunteer please

volunteer please

NEW ROTA for Sept to November: Please sign up on the ROTA SHEET as a welcomer or refreshments volunteer. 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. Next Communion will be September 4th 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.

Friday Christian-themed Meditation 10.15-10.30 in prayer corner.

‘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 5th at St Nicholas Anglican Church.


Copies of the prayer handbook are now available for everyone to take a copy and use in your prayers at home throughout the year. There is also a table of short bible readings set out for each day of the year. If you would like to make a donation for your copy, please do so via the normal Sunday collection plate.

You will find that two members of this congregation have contributed prayers to this year’s handbook, but you will have to read it to find out who!

CIRCUIT MEETING: Bishop Street is looking for someone to represent the church on the Leicester Trinity Circuit Meeting. There are three evening meetings per year, with three representatives from each of the 20 churches in the Circuit. You would join two other representatives from Bishop St. (Mary Gill and Tony Moore). Occasionally representatives may be asked to be on another committee, such as the Circuit Invitation Committee, when a minister's stationing matters are considered. Please contact Fran, Mary, or Alison Skinner (Church Council Secretary) if interested.

TWO MUSICAL DATES for your diary: ‘The Organist Entertains’: Sat 9th Nov, 2.30pm A concert of popular and light classical music by Nigel Ogden. Admission £10 (children under 12 free), payable on the door, including light refreshments at the interval. Nigel Ogden was for many years the presenter of BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Organist Entertains’. We look forward to this return visit to the recently restored and highly regarded Bishop Street pipe organ.
‘COME AND SING MESSIAH’: We will be presenting Handel’s Messiah on Sat 14th Dec 2019. Come and listen, or better still, come and sing. Rehearsals 10.00am-1.00pm. Performance at 3.00pm, with Knighton Orchestra, conducted by Paul Jenkins.

Friday meditation


As the BBC warns of ‘unimaginable’ human suffering and a ‘staggering’ death toll in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain have launched a joint appeal for those affected in The Bahamas.

Our long-term partner in the region is responding with food, clean water and medicines, thanks to an emergency cash grant. However, they have issued an appeal for more support as the full extent of the devastation is uncovered. The response is focusing on the Abaco and Great Bahamas islands which were hit the hardest by the hurricane.

You can contact one of All We Can's friendly Supporter Care team, at any time by calling 020 7467 5132 or emailing

If you wish, you can choose to donate over the phone or post cheques to All We Can, Bahamas Hurricane Appeal, 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR, UK. All We Can uses Stripe to securely and safely process payments.

If total donations exceed need, we will use them to respond to other emergencies.


ONE ROOF LEICESTER: were recently fortunate to have had a group of volunteers from Santander come to do some decorating and gardening in one of our houses.  However, there is still some more to be done, so we would love to have 4 to 6 volunteers come down to help us finish the job on Tuesday the 23rd of September from 9:30 to 1 pm. Please bear in mind that this will involve some digging and lifting.  Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.  If interested, please contact Santok directly at :-)

Additionally, we are searching for some garden furniture - a small table and a few chairs - for the garden once the work is done.  If anyone is getting has some going spare and would like to donate it, we would be extremely appreciative.




Tue 17th

TALK  from the Urban Observatory lecture series, for Heritage Open Days:  Sport and the Home Front: Wartime Britain at Play, 1939-1945. 7:30pm in the Church. It is by Dr Matt Taylor, Director of the Institute of History at De Montfort. Free to attend.

Thur 26th

LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC: 1.00-1.30pm. Philip Bricher, organist at Holy Trinity Northampton will be playing for our monthly recital. In his recital, Philip will be marking the deaths this year of two celebrated organ composers, Noel Rawsthorne and Peter Hurford, and will be including items of a rather “Town Hall” nature.

200 celebration:Wigston Magna Methodist Church – Cross Street celebrates 200 years: Chapter five - “Life as WMMC”, 1990-2019. Exhibition open days: History of Wigston Magna, Local history of Methodism. Refreshments of the time. *free admission*, *all welcome *. Come and discover more. Be part of Wigston Magna’s history, past, present and future. Saturday 21st September, 10am–4pm, Sunday 22nd September 12 noon – 4pm

PRAYER WEEKEND at Syston on 28th & 29th September. The church will be open from 10.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 4.00pm on Sunday, with prayer stations and a labyrinth.

PASTORAL WORKERS (VISITORS) gathering at Market Harborough Methodist Church on Weds 2nd October, 9.30 - 3.30. The areas to be covered include: What is pastoral care in the Church? and Sharing good practice and understanding boundaries. It will be led by Chair of District, Rev'd Helen Cameron, and Jane Cameron, from the Learning Network.  To book a place email, or phone 01604 630128.

AIGBURTH RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME, 21, Manor Road LE2 2LL Coffee morning on Saturday 28 September 2019, 10am until 12.30pm: Cake stall, plant & produce stall, book stall, raffle, The £1 Stall. Admission £3 to cover coffee/tea and biscuits (refills). Any contributions to any of these stalls will be most welcome. In aid of Aigburth Amenity Fund



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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