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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 10th December 2017
for the second Sunday in Advent
led by Oscar Fortune

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






Hope Ncube & Margaret Byron

Volunteers please

Barbara Kolaczek & Volunteer please

Organist: Martin Briers

Thank you to the team that have worked at decorating the Church for Advent and Christmas

Lectionary Readings for Sunday 10th December
Isaiah 40:1-11 (OT-p.607)
2 Peter 3:8-15a (NT-p.217)
Mark 1:1-8 (NT-p.32)

Inspiration Evening, Sunday December 10t
6.00 Food. 6.30-7.30 Singing and Prayer

CHRISTMAS CARD BOX: If you wish to send cards to members, there is a ‘post box’ to drop them into. Also, check to see if there are cards for you – or people you can take for. Donations to Church funds are welcome via the collection plate.  


17th Dec

Nativity Play and Carol Service,
followed by Christmas Lunch in the Church.

24th Dec

Richard Gill – Christmas Eve

25th Dec

10.00am: Christmas Day Service – Miriam Stevenson

31st Dec

Miriam Stevenson (Café Church)

7th Jan

Rev. Fran Rhys (Covenant Service)

14th Jan

10.45: Jean Thornton

6.00pm: Inspiration Evening – Leon Dundas & Fran Rhys







Steward Team

Volunteers please

Volunteers please

ROTA for Sunday Welcomers and Refreshments:December to February ROTA is now out. We need two welcomers and two people for refreshments each week to keep things running well.



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: January 3rd 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 Jan 4th Bishop Street.

CHRISTMAS MEAL. This will take place after the Nativity and Carol Service on Sunday 17th December. You are invited to bring some cold food for a Bring and Share meal, but note that soup and bread roll and puddings will be provided. So that we can get an idea of numbers, please sign the list on the table at the back of the church. If you know what food (or soft drinks) you will be bringing, please write that by your name. There is no charge this year for the meal.

FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS CAROLS:  Please write the title of your favourite Christmas carol on the clipboard in the Cafe. We will try and include as many as possible on either Sunday 17 or 24 December. Other opportunities for carol singing are: Monday 18 Dec 7-8pm in Town Hall Square for Radio Leicester's Sing Christmas, and as part of the Lunchtime organ recital on Thursday 21 Dec 1.00-1.45 in the Cafe.

NEW WOMEN’S GROUP starting in the New Year. Wednesdays and Fridays (with launch parties December 15th and 20th). Space to learn, chat, laugh and grow, based at The Bridge and the Centre Project. See poster on the noticeboard for details.

The ‘Who’s Who’ display about characters in the Town Hall Square Narnia Christmas scene is also available online, so people with the right technology can read about them while looking at the scene.  With the council display on this CS Lewis classic novel right on our doorstep, the visual guide to the various characters on view is a good way for us to link up with that. You can have a look at them in The Chapel, along with a display on Narnia and Christianity, or have a look online at

There are also a selection of videos now available via Youtube. You can find them by searching for the Bishop Street Church youtube channel (feel free to subscribe). A series of four short talks by Richard Gill on the origins of Leicester Methodism begins with ‘A sermon at Butt Close’, at (Follow the links to find subsequent videos.)


LIGHTED WINDOWS - Reflective worship for Advent at Great Glen Methodist Church. A series of 3 Wednesday evening services based on ‘An Advent Calendar for a World in Waiting’ by Margaret Silf. Rev Vincent Price will be leading these services at 7:30pm on :
                     Dec 13th Glimpses of Trust
                     Dec 20th Glimpses of Wisdom



Wed 13th

Leicester Writers’ Showcase: City and County of Literature. Free event, 7.00-9.30. Please book via (search for Leicester writers)

Thur 14th

TALK IN THE CHAPEL, 6.15pm - Neil Crutchley & Richard Gill: The Ultimate Christmas Hymn...?

Mon 18th

Sing Christmas. Carols in the Square, 7.00 – 8.00pm
A chance to sing along with the Radio Leicester broadcast, amidst the lights and displays of Town Hall Square.

Thur 21st

Lunchtime organ recital and carol singing:
Carols and Music for Christmas: 1.00-1.45.


INAUGURAL LECTURE: Professor Clive Marsh will be giving a public lecture entitled, ‘God and the Modern University: Religion, Radicalisation and the Future of Human Flourishing’ onTuesday February 6th 2018, 5.30pm at Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7PA.

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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.



Talk Christmas 2017 landscape  

CHRISTMAS EVENTS: With the Town Hall Square Christmas illuminations being worked on, now is a good moment to get dates into diaries for some of the Christmas Activities at Church:-

Advent Theme: Message of the Angels: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace (Luke ch1 v14a)

·   Sunday December 10th: Inspiration Evening: 6.00-7.30.

·   Thursday14th: Talk in the Chapel, 6.15pm - Richard Gill & Neil Crutchley: the Ultimate Christmas Hymn.

·   Sunday 17th: Nativity Play and Carol Service, followed by Christmas Lunch in the Church.

·   Monday 18th: Sing Christmas. Carols in the Square – 7.00pm

·   Thursday 21st: Lunchtime organ recital and carol singing: Carols and Music for Christmas: 1.00-1.45.

·   Sunday 24th Christmas Eve Service, 10.45am.

·   Monday 25th Christmas Day service, 10.00am.  


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

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