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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 Margret Byron

Lectionary Reading for Sunday 6th October
Lamentations 1:1-6

Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 and Psalm 37:1-9

2 Timothy 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-10

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





6th Oct

Volunteer please

volunteer please

Dee Brunning


Organist: Bob Rees


HARVEST GIFTS :   We are continuing to enjoy the flower arrangements from our Harvest Festival last week and thank all those involved in helping with them.


SOLAR PANELS PROJECT: We are raising funds to install solar panels on the church roof. If you know anyone who might be prepared to donate, pick up a leaflet or direct them to


6th Oct

Local Arrangement led by Margaret Byron

13th Oct

10.45am: Rev. Peter Brooks
5.30pm: Inspiration Evening

20th Oct

Rev Fran Rhys

27th Oct

Miriam Stevenson (Café Church)

3rd Nov

Rev David Palmer (Chapel Anniversary)



NEW ROTA for Sept to November: Please sign up on the ROTA SHEET as a welcomer or refreshments volunteer. Thank you.






6th Oct

Volunteer please

volunteer please

Dee Brunning

NEW ROTA for Sept to November: Please sign up on the ROTA SHEET as a welcomer or refreshments volunteer. 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 October 2nd 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. A church member trained in listening skills, will be in the café during these times.

Thursday Bible Study and discussion in the Church at 12.00noon.

Friday Christian-themed Meditation 10.15-10.30 in prayer corner.

‘In Stitches’Knitting and Needlecraft. Get together to work on your projects and have a chat. Fridays, 10.30-12.45 in the café.

Wordplay Fridays, 1-3pm. Banners, Poems, wordmaps, more.

Churches Together in Leicester City Centre:First Thursday Prayers: 12.30pm on Oct 3rd mass at Holy Cross Priory.

CHURCH STAFF: A Thank you from Robin “Thank you to everyone for the card and gift tokens on my retirement last week, and thank you again for all the support and fellowship. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work in so many varied ways and to be a part of the many activities that make up Bishop Street Methodist Church”.

Robin remains a member at Bishop Street and will continue to teach the Junior Church among other responsibilities.

We are glad to be welcoming Chris Parker to the newly-formed post of Centre Administrator.  Chris already knows the church well, since he has worked as its cleaner for the past two years.  Chris’ usual hours in the church office are Mondays Wednesday and Fridays, 10-4pm. He is often at church on Sunday mornings cleaning, so take the opportunity to welcome him to his additional new role. 

METHODIST PRAYER HANDBOOK 2019/20. Copies of the prayer handbook are now available for everyone to take a copy and use in your prayers at home throughout the year. There is also a table of short bible readings set out for each day of the year. If you would like to make a donation for your copy, please do so via the normal Sunday collection plate. You will find that two members of this congregation have contributed prayers to this year’s handbook, but you will have to read it to find out who!

MEDITATION: Start your Friday with a relaxing Christian-themed meditation in the prayer corner. 10.15-1.30 approx, followed by coffee in the café if desired. For more information contact James:, 0116 2554111

TRAUMA : Is trauma always bad for you?

A positive psychology perspective from a lifelong learner.

Date: Tuesday, 8 October 2019, Time 5:45pm-7:30pm

Venue: Leicester Adult Education College 54 Belvoir St, LE1 6QL



Sat 5th

The Society of Bookbinders are holding a bookbinding day in the Church- 10.00-4.00. Choose a title from their list, and the society will have equipment to print it for you to bind and do all the finishing to make your own hand-bound copy to keep.

Sun 6th

Worship Consultation after the Morning Service.

Sun 13th

All Welcome. Family Friendly

Mon 14th

Cards for Good Causes will open their pop-up shop in the church, selling a wide range of Charity Christmas Cards, etc. They will be open until December 8th.

 TWO MUSICAL DATES for your diary: ‘The Organist Entertains’: Sat 9th Nov, 2.30pm A concert of popular and light classical music by Nigel Ogden. Admission £10 (children under 12 free), payable on the door, including light refreshments at the interval. Nigel Ogden was for many years the presenter of BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Organist Entertains’. We look forward to this return visit to the recently restored and highly regarded Bishop Street pipe organ.

‘COME AND SING MESSIAH’: We will be presenting Handel’s Messiah on Sat 14th Dec 2019. Come and listen, or better still, come and sing. Rehearsals 10.00am-1.00pm. Performance at 3.00pm, with Knighton Orchestra, conducted by Paul Jenkins.

Friday meditation


As the BBC warns of ‘unimaginable’ human suffering and a ‘staggering’ death toll in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain have launched a joint appeal for those affected in The Bahamas.

Our long-term partner in the region is responding with food, clean water and medicines, thanks to an emergency cash grant. However, they have issued an appeal for more support as the full extent of the devastation is uncovered. The response is focusing on the Abaco and Great Bahamas islands which were hit the hardest by the hurricane.

You can contact one of All We Can's friendly Supporter Care team, at any time by calling 020 7467 5132 or emailing

If you wish, you can choose to donate over the phone or post cheques to All We Can, Bahamas Hurricane Appeal, 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR, UK. All We Can uses Stripe to securely and safely process payments.

If total donations exceed need, we will use them to respond to other emergencies.


ONE ROOF LEICESTER: were recently fortunate to have had a group of volunteers from Santander come to do some decorating and gardening in one of our houses.  However, there is still some more to be done, so we would love to have 4 to 6 volunteers come down to help us finish the job on Tuesday the 23rd of September from 9:30 to 1 pm. Please bear in mind that this will involve some digging and lifting.  Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.  If interested, please contact Santok directly at :-)

Additionally, we are searching for some garden furniture - a small table and a few chairs - for the garden once the work is done.  If anyone is getting has some going spare and would like to donate it, we would be extremely appreciative.


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A Listening Ear: a volunteer listener is on hand on Tuesdays,  Wednesdays, and Fridays, available through the Chapel Cafe. There are two 'slots' available each day. The first at 11am and the second 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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