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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 @

Morning Service
led by Andy Biggins

Readings for Sunday 23rd September
James ch3 v13-18 (NT-p.213)
Mark ch9 v30 to 37 (NT-p.42)

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





23rd Sep

Mary Gill

Volunteers please

Barbara Kolaczek & Volunteer please

Organist: Martin Briers

The flowers have been given by The Morgan family in memory of Joy. We also remember Mr W G Sharpe, the father of Mary Roberts.

WELCOME: We are delighted to welcome back Graham Morgan and members of his family for today’s service.

STUDENTS: Welcome to returning and newly arrived students. We shall be offering a Sunday Lunch for students after next week’s Harvest Festival service (Sept 30th). Please come along for this and bring friends and guests if you are able.  


30th Sep

Rev. Fran Rhys (Harvest Festival)

7th Oct

Dorothy Hutchinson

14th Oct

10.45am: Miriam Stevenson
5.30pm: Inspiration Evening

21st Oct

Rev. Fran Rhys (Café Church)

28th Oct

Rev. Barry Gent (Church Anniversary with Communion)







30th Sep

Tony Moore

Dee Brunning & Volunteers please

Barbara Kolaczek & Volunteer please

NEW ROTA FOR OCT-NOV: 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 Communion on first Wednesday: Oct 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.

Listening service ear logo‘A Listening Ear’: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 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 Oct 4th at Central Baptist Church, Charles St.

Aigburth Gardens Day of Action: The MHA home at Aigburth, Manor Road, Oadby, is having a Day of Action on Saturday 29th September, 10.30-1.30am and 1.30-3.0pm, to tackle some of the Autumn jobs in the lovely grounds around the home. If you can help at either or both of these session, the regular volunteers would welcome your input. See the letter near the Rota Sheet for more information.


HARVEST GIFTS for September 30th Harvest Festival: We have had an appeal from the Zinthiya Trust, asking for Harvest Gift items to help with their food bank and Community Shop provisions, supporting those with emergency food needs and people struggling with long-term poverty. Our Harvest service is on 30th September and they particularly suggest:

Pasta, Rice, Tinned Vegetables, Tinned Meat, Tinned Tuna, Coffee, Pet Food, Toiletries, UHT Milk, Rice Pudding, Biscuits, Tinned Tomatoes, Tinned Soup, Tomato Puree.


HARVEST DECORATING: We shall be decorating for our Harvest Festival at the end of the week and would be delighted if anyone would like to help with this. If so please be in touch with Dee on 0116 241 8742.

CIRCUIT PRAYER BREAKFAST: Leicester Trinity Circuit invite you to a Bring-and-Share Prayer Breakfast on Saturday 22nd Sept 2018, at Mayflower Methodist Church, Ethel Road, Leicester LE5 5PE, between 8.30 and 9.30am. A time for informal prayer and reflection with a bring and share meal. All are welcome to this inaugural event.



Thur 27th

Lunchtime Organ Music:
1.00-1.30, by Philip Bricher.
The 30 minute recital will include music by Armstrong Gibbs, H. Crackel, Puccini, Rachmaninoff and Charles Callahan.

This is a free recital, with retiring collection for the Organ Fund.

Sun 30th

Harvest Festival – See inside for details about Harvest Gifts and helping decorate the Church. Also, 12.30-2.00pm: Lunch to welcome students after the service.


THE POWER OF MUSIC: World Mental Health Day event by MARCUS at The Centre Project, 1 Granby Street, LE1 1EB. Informal drop-in with live bands, 11am-4.00pm on Tuesday 9th October 2018.

NEW MODERN SLAVERY ACTION GROUP invites you to an inaugural meeting on Saturday 20th October, 9.30 for 10am start – 1pm at Leicestershire Police Headquarters, Enderby, LE19 2BX. How we can join together and tackle modern slavery on our door step. Refreshments provided. Free registration via Eventbrite

CIRCUIT SONGS OF PRAISE: Over 100 worshippers came to the Songs of Praise in Rearsby Play Park on the 9th September. Thanks to all those who shared in the worship and made what one man said after, "If the churches could come together like this I would consider joining". We pray he might soon!

The offering of £229.83 covered the cost of Syston Band, printing and a donation to Rearsby Parish Church with the remainder £13.83 going to the Christian Aid Harvest Appeal.

METHODIST PRAYER HANDBOOK: Following the start of the ‘new Connexional year’, the 2018-19 Prayer Handbook – ‘A World Transformed’ is available near the Rota sheet in the Café area. A contribution of £3.50 per copy is welcome via the collection



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.)



Listening service ear logo

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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