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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 21st April 2019
10.45 Morning Communion Service
with Confirmation
of New Church Members

led by Rev. Fran Rhys

Image: ‘The empty tomb’
painted in 2013 by Richard Bavin (b.1957)


Lectionary Readings for Sunday 21st April
Acts ch10 v34-43 (NT-p.120)
1 Corinthians ch15 v19-26 (NT-p.163)
John ch20 v1-18 (NT-p.107)


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






Margaret Byron

Jatin Desai

Margaret Mackley

Organist: Martin Briers

Easter Flowers: Thank you to all who have helped with the flower decorations around the Church.

EASTER OFFERING: Each Easter the Methodist Women in Britain organise an offering for the World Mission Fund, contributing to the work of 65 partner Churches overseas. Envelopes are available for this annual collection. A thanksgiving service will be held for our local MWiB at Syston Methodist Church on Sunday May 19th at 6.00pm


28th Apr

Leon Dundas: Café Church

5th May

Richard Gill

12th May

10.45am: Revd Fran Rhys (incl General Church Meeting)
5.30pm: Inspiration Evening

19th May

Jo Kay (Holy Communion)

26th May

John Aldridge







Mary Gill

volunteer please

volunteer please

ROTA for April to May: Please sign up on the ROTA SHEET : We are looking for 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 May 1st 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 May 2nd at University of Leicester Chaplaincy.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE. Thank you to all who took part in the Good Friday Service. We are pleased to record that the retiring offering collected £92.00 to be divided between the ‘All We Can’ Malawi disaster appeal and the Zinthiya Trust’s work to help women in extreme poverty.

WONDERING SOUL EXHIBITION VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help look after the Wondering Soul exhibition at Bishop Street Methodist Church and 3 other churches in the city centre between 2 May and 9 June. Joining the team is simple and straightforward, not to mention a great way to meet new, like-minded people. We are looking for volunteers who are friendly, approachable and happy to chat with visitors. An interest in art is useful, but not essential. Volunteers from all backgrounds and experience are welcome. Responsibilities during 3-4 hour shifts include: signposting visitors to other activities, keeping resources tidy, monitoring and documenting audience feedback, monitoring the artwork and logging observations. As someone who helped host the exhibition in Norfolk recently wrote: “There were so many exciting opportunities for mission and evangelism. We’re bringing a coachload of visitors to Leicester.”

For more information contact: or visit

ACCOMMODATION REQUEST: An asylum seeker living in Home Office dispersal accommodation in south Leicester has just been granted leave to remain and will imminently be homeless. However he has recently undergone major knee reconstruction surgery and is on crutches undergoing physiotherapy in the short term. The young man is URGENTLY seeking a ground floor room until his recovery allows him to seek alternative accommodation and temporary employment. In the meantime he will be receiving subsistence benefits and has a university offer to read politics and economics from October 2019. If you think you could provide temporary accommodation, please be in touch with Jan Bryars at Thank you



APRIL 2019

Thursday 25th

Sebastian Carrington

Lunchtime Organ Recital, by Sebastian Carrington. 1.00-1.30pm. Sebastian is 13, and is being tutored in organ at Coventry Cathedral. Last year he attained Organ grade 8 with distinction, and has a DipABRSM in piano. He is also a highly acclaimed boy treble singer, appeared on ‘The Voice Kids UK’ in 2017, and has a CD of Arias and Art songs. More information, including a large library of Youtube items, is at The recital is free. Donations will be split between the upkeep of the organ and the development and education of a rising organist.

MAY 2019

Fri 3rd

Methodist Modern Art Collection: Wondering Soul exibition begins.

Fri 3rd

ORGAN MUSIC: 2.00-2.40pm recital by Ralph Dransfield, an architect and experienced concert organist who, as well as being organist at Garston Park Methodist Church, Liverpool is a rota organist at Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow.

Thur 9th

TALK IN THE CHAPEL: 6.15-7.15pm: Society and Satire: Artists and Early Methodism. Miriam Stevenson and Richard Gill will explore the connections between the artistic culture of eighteenth-century, Regency and Victorian England and the Methodist Movement, and will feature John Russell’s scientific works and portraits, the Methodist sympathies of Gainsborough and the recently re-discovered Pre-Raphaelite, James Smeetham. For details of other events around the visit of the Methodist Modern Art Collection to Leicester, see


CREATING SAFER SPACE: Safeguarding Training. Leicester Trinity Circuit will be holding four sessions to give everyone who needs this the opportunity to do the training. The foundation module is for those who have never undertaken creating safer space training before, and the refresher module is for those who completed the foundation module 4 years ago or more

• Thursday 23 May at 7.00pm-9.30pm – foundation module at Birstall Methodist Church

• Wednesday 29 May, 9.30am-12.00pm – foundation module  at Oadby Trinity Methodist Church

• Thursday 30 May, 9.30am–12.00pm - refresher module at Claremont Street Methodist Church

• Wednesday 5 June, 1.30pm–4.00pm – refresher module at Cosby Methodist Church

Tony Moore has details of who needs to attend one of these sessions. Booking is essential, either via Tony or the Circuit Safeguarding Administrator, Laurie Rowell, by telephone 0116 267 5194 or by email





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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