July 3rd

July 3rd

Welcome to our Church. If you are a newcomer to OMC, please make yourself known to a Steward for more information or contact Rev John Ritson on 01959 928752. If you would like to pray with someone, a couple of friends will be available at the side of the church after the service. Do join us for coffee after the service in the halls.

PRAYER MEETING ON ZOOM The prayer meeting this – and alternate Thursdays – is on Zoom. If you’ve never joined us, it is very simple to do so. Just email Carol (office@otfordmethodistchurch.org.uk) and she will send you a link on the day.

BIBLE STUDY – Change of date.The Bible studies with John, will continue on Wednesday 6th July at 10am as usual. We will be picking up where we left off at 1 Peter ch 3 v 8.

FIRST STEPS There is a warm welcome to mums, dads or carers with babies and pre-school children fortnightly, on Wednesdays, during the school term with Bible-based activities and stories. Information from Jane Pearce – 07879 444077.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP There is no meeting this week. We will now meet fortnightly in July and August.

WHO LET THE DADS OUT? On Saturday 3.30-5.30. For all children 10 years and younger and their dads, grandads or other male carers. As previously, there will be a bouncy castle and various crafts and toys for the kids, and bacon rolls, coffee and general banter for the dads. It’s ok just to turn up on the day.

LIFE STORIES – advanced notice. We have another of our chat-show evenings this month. In the hot seat is Derek Baxter who will be interviewed about his life and work as an entrepreneur – from setting up businesses from his bedroom in his parent’s house, through all the later ups and downs, successes and failures. This is at 6.30 on Sunday 17th.  Refreshments will be provided, and there will be an opportunity for questions from the floor. These evenings are designed as occasions when we as a church family can easily invite our friends and neighbours to join us. Please pray about who you might bring with you.

PRAYER BACK-UP The group you might like to add to your prayers this week are The Band. Pray for the musicians who use their gifts to support us in our worship. Pray for others who might be able to join the team.

HOLIDAY CLUB – JUNGLE RUMBLE Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th August You may be aware that in a month and a half’s time we have our Holiday Club when the church will be transformed into a Jungle!  Charlie the monkey is already getting excited. We will need lots of help to run this and I will be approaching folk to officially sign you up.  But do feel free to have a chat with me first – we love volunteers! As usual, we need lots of prayer, so everyone can be involved.   But we also need to invite children we know to come along.  We will be publicising it in the schools and have flyers available but personal invitations are the best. Some of the key jobs to be filled during the week are: Group leaders, Group helpers, Craft leader/helper, Year 6 and above junior helpers, Catering (coffee/tea/squash/biscuits), Admin/registration, Games leader/helper and Drama team, Tech person, as well as those who could help set up and take down.  (Thank you to all those who have said yes so far). The actual running time of the club will be from 9.45-12.30 each morning (with helpers 9.00-1.00), with setting up on Sunday evening (21st)  and take down Thursday afternoon (25th).  I will have some sign-up sheets in the Church foyer.  We will also be at the church picnic so do have a chat with us if you would like to know more or volunteer.  We will be having a training and information session nearer the time. Sue Mitchell

FELLOWSHIP GROUPS Within the church family, a number of Fellowship Groups meet, at various times and places. There is bound to be one which could suit you.  For more information contact office@otfordmethodistchurch.org.uk

THE WEEK AHEAD AT OMC
WEDNESDAY 9:30 AM FIRST STEPS
10:00 AM BIBLE STUDY
THURSDAY 9:30 AM SERENDIP – EXERCISE FOR THE OVER FIFTIES
8:00 PM PRAYER MEETING ON ZOOM
FRIDAY 10:00 AM COFFEE IN THE HALLS (CHURCH OPEN FOR PRAYER)
SUNDAY 10:30 AM MORNING SERVICE – PREACHER: KAY GARMAN

If you have any notices for next week’s Notices please send them to office@otfordmethodistchurch.org.uk  by 12:00 pm on Wednesday at the latest.