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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 13th January 2019
Morning Service
led by Andy Benbow

 Lectionary Readings for
Sunday 13th January
Isaiah ch43 v1-7 (OT-p.611)
Acts  ch8 v14-17 (NT-p.117)
Luke ch3 v 15-17, 21-22 (NT-p.56)

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





13th Jan

Mary Gill

Margaret Mackley & Volunteer please

Alison Skinner & Volunteer please

Organist: Martin Briers


Inspiration Evening: This evening, 13th January 2013:
5.30pm to 7.00pm Food, singing and prayer. All welcome.  



20th Jan

Richard Gill

27th Jan

Rev. Fran Rhys

3rd Feb

Howard Smith

10th Feb

10.45am: Rev Fran Rhys (Café Church)
5.30pm: Inspiration Evening

17th Feb

Rev Derek McClean (Holy Communion)

24th Feb

Rev Gordon Webb






20th Jan

Peter Chitsenga

Volunteers please

Volunteers please

ROTA for JANUARY and 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. Next Communion will be February 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.

‘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 Feb 7th at St Margaret’s Church.

LIASON WORKER - James Blackhall began the part-time post at Bishop Street in October 2018, working to make connections particularly with the many users of our Church building. The post has been made possible through the bequest left to the Church by the late Joyce Smith. James shared something of how he has begun that work at last Sunday morning service, so it is a good opportunity for him to introduce himself to those who have not yet met him:

I’m James the Liaison Worker here at Bishop Street. I have been a Methodist Layworker for two years working in the Leicester Trinity Circuit (prior to that in Leicester North) with children and families. I am thoroughly enjoying working for Bishop Street and am enjoying helping others to explore Christian Spirituality. I am currently exploring a call to Diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church so I am enjoying having a role that allows me to explore my future vocation while being able to work alongside a vibrant church community

I am originally from Berwick-upon-Tweed and prior to moving to Leicester (which I definitely consider to be South!!) I lived in Leeds where I was a student and worked in university recruitment. I am currently training to be a Local Preacher and outside of church my major passions are: fitness, coffee and good cake (of which I eat far too much!!) and political engagement. 


WOMEN’S AID LEICESTERSHIRE have written to thank us for the five bags of presents that we were able to send to them from our December Christmas Gift Service. During 2017/18 they were able to support 2,907 women and 385 children to rebuild their lives. The Chief Executive, Pamela Richardson, writes, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the donations of Christmas gifts. These donations will go to our residents for presents and will be really appreciated by our ladies. Please pass on our thanks to everyone who donated for their generosity. Donations really do make a difference to the lives of the women and children staying with us. All donations always go directly towards supporting the residents in our refuges to recover from their experiences and to move on to lead independent lives.”




Sunday 13th

Inspiration Evening: 5.30pm Food, singing and prayer. All welcome.

Wednesday 16th

Prayer Walking: 9.00-9.30. Meet outside the Church for half an hour of praying on the streets. (see below for more details)

Thursday 24th

by Peter Weston, organist at Wesley Hall Methodist Church.


PRAYER WALKS: At the recent Methodist City Centre Network Conference in Manchester the local ministers led a number of groups on Prayer Walks around the centre of Manchester, praying on the streets for some of the communities and situations that are represented in different parts of the city centre. As a new initiative for 2019, Fran will be leading something similar in Leicester, on the third Wednesday of each month, from 9.00-9.30am. The various Churches of the city centre have been invited, and it is open to all who would like to join in half an hour of prayer walking. Meet in Town Hall Square, outside Bishop Street Methodist Church at 9.00am, the first one being on Wednesday 16th January.


INTER-FAITH: St Philip’s Centre, are running another of the ‘Focus On…’ sessions for local Christians in January. This one will be on the Baha’i faith, and will run from 10am – 1.30pm (with lunch) on Tuesday 29th January. For more details or to book a place, please contact Dr Laura Johnson, Churches’ Training Officer (Part-time), St Philip’s Centre.


DISTRICT YOUTH EVENT: ‘Acts 29: We are Courageous’. Worship, Music, Fun, Food and Friendship for ages 8-17. Sat 23rd Feb, 2.30-7.30 at Bicester Methodist Church. Save the date. Details to follow.



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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