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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 @

“One of Us — Jesus in Solidarity”

Sunday 18th March 2018
10.45am Morning Service
Reflections on Race.
led by Rev. Edson Dube

Lectionary Readings for Sunday 18th March
Jeremiah 31:31-34 (OT-p.668)
Hebrews 5:5-10 (NT-p.204
John 12:20-33 (NT-p.99)


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






Margaret Byron
& Hope Ncube

Margaret Mackley & Volunteers please

Volunteers please

Organist:  Martin Briers

LENT OFFERING: During Lent we are fundraising for Boys Brigade uniforms on the Caribbean island of Montserrat.  Please give generously for this worthy cause.  A bucket for funds is available after worship, or you can make a cheque payable to "Bishop Street Methodist Church" marked on the back with Montserrat Boys Brigade.  

Lent 2018 “One of Us — Jesus in Solidarity”

25th Mar

Richard Gill: Palm Sunday. Reflections on Poverty and Wealth

30th Mar

GOOD FRIDAY, 10.00am ‘Way of the Cross’ meditation

1st April

Rev. Fran Rhys: Easter Sunday Communion. Christ in solidarity with us all

8th April

Local Arrangement

15th Apr

Miriam Stevenson (Café Church)







Peter Chitsenga

Volunteers please

Volunteers please

The March April May ROTA SHEET is now available. We need two welcomers and two people for refreshments each week to keep things running well. Please sign up for what you can offer.



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: April 4th led by Revd Peter Brookes. 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 Apr 5th at St Margaret’s Church.


GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: 10.00am on Friday March 30th. If you would like to help to plan or take part in our annual Bishop Street Good Friday Service - The Way of the Cross - please contact Miriam Stevenson or Rev. Fran Rhys. There will be a planning meeting on Tuesday 20th March from 1pm to 2.30pm.

EASTER OFFERING CIRCUIT SERVICE: Sunday 22 April at 6.00pm at our Church. Please can all stewards be available for this service if possible, since we hope there will be large numbers attending. Please can others be available to serve tea and coffee after the service. Let Mary Gill know if you are available.

RAISE A ROOF! Saturday 14 April, 4-7pm, food, fellowship and a chance to help build a roof!  Venue: South Wigston Methodist Church, Blaby Road, LE18 4PB (parking at nearby Tescos). The Leicester Trinity and West Circuits, plus the Methodist Church Zimbabwe Fellowship and United Methodist Church Zimbabwe join hands to help raise funds for a simple roof for the Avoca Methodist Church, Insiza Circuit, Meth Ch Zimbabwe. 

This small mission minded church of 30 members and 20 children have produced two ministers, including our superintendent Revd Edson Dube!  Edson will speak that evening about the context of Avoca and its influence on his life.  He is joined by the Revd Cleopas Sibanda, national chaplain to the Methodist Church Zimbabwe Fellowship UK.  Tickets: £10 adults, £5 children, on the door, (or from Revd Fran Rhys, Margaret Msimbe, Tari Kanyoka, Diane Allen).  For more information, contact Fran Rhys, 

The Methodist Church East Central Learning Network Region:
‘Being God's People in an Age of Challenging Choices’ - A faith conference looking at ethical issues like:

•        Prostitution and the sex trade

•        Deciding where monetary giving should go

•        Spending the NHS budget

•        The arms trade

Saturday 12 May at Loughborough University. To book your place visit:



MARCH 2018

Thur 22nd

Lunchtime Organ Music – 1.00-1.30pm. Informal recitals on the 4th Thursday of each month. This month by Martin Briers, our Church Organist.

Thur 22nd

TALK IN THE CHAPEL, 6.15pm - 'Temperance Hall, Leicester' a talk by Neil Crutchley on drink, temperance, and tee-totalism in the 19th century.

Sat 24th

CONCERT:a cappella choir CORO NOSTRO will be holding what has become an annual event with their spring concert at Bishop Street. ‘A Journey to the new World’, coral music from across the Americas. 7.30pm. Tickets £8 (£6 concesions) on the door.

Fri 30th

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE 10.00am ‘The Way of the Cross’

APRIL 2018

Sun 8th

INSPIRATION EVENING - 6.00pm - Food.    6.30-7.30 - Singing and Prayer. Bring voice or instrument

Sun 29th

Morning Service will include the Church General Meeting  

Talk Temperance Hall March 2018 landscape

coro march 2018
Good Friday Service 2018 landscape

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.)

“One of Us — Jesus in Solidarity”
(Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Methodist Church)

Lent Reflection Series 2018
at Bishop Street Methodist Church
Sunday Services, 10.45am


Sunday 18th February

Introduction in Café Worship
and Reflections on Sexuality
led by Rev. Fran Rhys

Sunday 25th February

Reflections on Age
led by Mr Howard Smith

Sunday 4th March

Reflections on the Senses
and Disability
led by Mrs Audrey Baker
and Ms Susan Alexandra

Sunday 11th March

Reflections on Gender
& Mothering Sunday
led by Dr Miriam Stevenson

Sunday 18th March

Reflections on Race
led by Rev. Edson Dube

Sunday 25th March
Palm Sunday

Reflections on Poverty
and Wealth
led by Richard Gill

Sunday 1st April
Easter Sunday

Christ in solidarity with us all
led by Rev Fran Rhys




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.  


 Leicester Trinity Circuit:

Finding our Churches


Birstall Methodist Church: Wanlip Lane, Birstall, LE4 4JS

Bishop Street Methodist  Church: 10a Bishop St, Leicester, LE1 6AF

Blaby Methodist  Church: Winchester Rd, Blaby, LE8 4HL

Christchurch Clarendon Park: 105A Clarendon Park Rd, LE2 3AH

Claremont Street Methodist Church: Claremont Street, Belgrave, LE4 7QH

Cosby Methodist Church: Park Road. Cosby. LE9 1RN

Countesthorpe Methodist Church: 46 Wigston St, Countesthorpe, LE8 5RQ

Edgehill Road Methodists @ All Saints Church: Kerrysdale Avenue, LE4 7GH

Great Glen Methodist Church: 1 Oaks Rd, Great Glen, LE8 9EF

Harrison Road Methodist Church: Harrison Rd, Belgrave, LE4 6QN

Houghton Methodist  Church: 37 Main St, Houghton on the Hill, LE7 9GE

Mayflower Methodist Church: 118 Evington Dr, LE5 5PE

Oadby (Trinity) Methodist Church: 60 Harborough Rd, Oadby, LE2 4LA

Rothley Methodist Church: Howe Lane, LE7 7LB

South Wigston  Methodist Church: Blaby Rd, South Wigston LE18 4PB

Syston Methodist Church: High Street, Syston, LE7 1GP

The Church of the Nativity: 65 Cavendish Rd, LE2 7PL

Uppingham Road Methodist Church: 178 Uppingham Rd, LE5 0QG

Wesley Hall Methodist Church: 91 Mere Rd, LE5 5GQ

Wigston Magna Methodist Church: Cross St, Wigston LE18 2HE  


LARGER PRINT copies of the Hymn-Book, Service Book and Bible are available from the welcomers.

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