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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 March 2019
10.45am Café Church
Morning Service
for the first Sunday in Lent
led by Miriam Stevenson
Theme: Jesus is tempted
Picture: ‘Storm over the Lake’, painted in 1963 by Eularia Clarke (1914-1970)


SUNDAY 17th March 2019
10.30 service with the President and Vice President
of the Methodist Conference


Lectionary Readings for Sunday 10th March
Deuteronomy ch26 v1-11 (OT-170)
Romans ch10 v8b-13 (NT-p.148)
Luke ch4 v1-13 (NT-p.56)


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





10th Mar

Tony Moore

Volunteer please

Volunteer please

Organist: Martin Briers

INSPIRATION EVENING This evening 10th March
5.30-7.00pm: Food, Prayer, Singing
Bring voice or instrument. Everyone Welcome.  


2019 Lent Series: Creative Spirit

17th Mar

10.30am Lent 2. Service for the President’s Visit
(Combined Leicester Circuits joint Communion service)

24th Mar

Rev. Fran Rhys (Holy Communion and baptism service)

31st Mar

Prof. Clive Marsh: Lent 4/ Mothering Sunday

7th Apr

Richard Cawthorne: Lent 5/ Passion Sunday






17th Mar

Hope Ncube, Peter Chitsenga, Mary Gill

All welcomers and volunteers please be on hand!

(Not served this week)

ROTA for March to May: Please sign up on the NEW ROTA SHEET :
A welcomer and someone to look after 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 March 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 Mar 7th Mass at Holy Cross Priory, Wellington St.

Collect for Purity (to Londonderry Air no. 350)
          Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,
          To whom the deepest of desires are known,
          From whom no secrets ever could be hidden,
          Even those things we cannot name or own.
          Cleanse us, we pray, by Your inspiring Spirit,
          So that with hearts set free from guilt and shame,
          We may all love You with the love you merit
          And give You glory worthy of your holy name.

PRESIDENT’S VISIT: The visit to Leicester by the President and Vice-president of the Methodist Conference, on Sunday 17th March will include a 10.30am service here at Bishop Street, for Methodists from across the two circuits. Please come along to enjoy a service in fellowship with Methodists from 32 churches in our locality. Alongside the President and Vice-president, the service will include Holy Communion, a Zimbabwean choir and the Birstall Orchestra.

ArtsenablerJOB OPPORTUNITY – ARTS ENABLER: Do you think God and the Arts belong together? If so we’d like to hear from you!

Engage with artists and creators who can provide exhibitions and experiences; Develop and facilitate Arts and Spirituality work at Bishop Street Methodist Church.  Communicate well through social media to reach new audiences. Ideally we are seeking someone already well-connected in Leicester/shire networks. An enhanced DBS check will be required for this post.

Hours: 7 hours a week for 2 years.
Wage: £13.48 an hour.

Application deadline: Midday on Monday 11th March 2019
For application form and additional documents please visit


COFFEE MORNING at MHA Aigburth Residential Care Home. Saturday 16 March 2019 10am until 12.30pm. Spring garden walks, Cake & produce stall, plants, The Pound Stall*(!) Admission £3 to cover coffee/tea and biscuits (refills) in aid of Aigburth Amenity Fund. If you would like to get further involved with the work of supporting our local MHA please come to our AGM at Aigburth on Wednesday 20 March at 7pm in the Treetops Lounge.

The ‘Friends of Aigburth’ would value additional supporters at £10 a year (to enable extras and activities for residents). Cheques to ‘Aigburth Amenity Fund’, Stephen Bird, Membership Secretary, 8 Hawthorne Grove, Oadby, LE2 4ED will be warmly received.



MARCH 2019

Monday 11th

Wondering Soul Preparation Afternoon (Methodist Modern Art Collection.) 2.15-3.45pm

Sunday 17th  10.30am

Visit of the President and Vice-president of the Methodist Conference. 10.30am service here at Bishop Street. (PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME)

Tuesday 19th

Cell Group: 2.30pm:Church discussion group in the Vestry. All are welcome

Thursday 28th

Lunchtime Organ Recital, 1.00-1.30 – Rev. Simon Lumby, Priest-in-Charge of St Aiden’s, New Parks

ONE ROOF LEICESTER: Fundraising evening. Red Leicester Choir are holding an evening of song and dance on Saturday March 30th at 7.30 to 10.30pm in the Ukrainian Hall, Hinckley Road / Fosse Road South, Leicester, LE3 0QD (see noticeboard for more information.) They are in need of a couple of volunteers to help prepare food on the Saturday morning at the Perfectly Edible (formerly the Real Junk Food Project) at West End Neighbourhood Centre.  Also they need a few items for the raffle. If you would like to help prepare food, can donate items for raffle prizes or would like to purchase tickets please contact Veronica on 0116 270 3143 directly.

DISTRICT SAFEGUARDING MORNING: Saturday 6th April 2019, 9:30am-1:00pm at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Harlestone Road, Duston, Northampton, NN5 6AB. A conference to look at safeguarding issues and best practice, led by the Safeguarding Team with the District Chair and with input from external speakers. Open to anyone who would like to attend, (note: it does not replace foundation and advanced module training.) There is no charge but you do need to book as there is an upper limit for numbers. For more details email the Church office.


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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