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St Mary's Church and St Peter and St Paul, Shelford


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Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading         Exodus       Chapter 24   verses 12 – 18          

Gospel Reading         Matthew Chapter 17    verses. 1 – 9         

 

Heavenly Father we pray this week for the home and family.  We pray for those families where there is only one parent responsible for looking after a child or children: where there is illness or a disabled person. We pray for families where there is abuse however caused: for families where there is illnesses of the mind.  We pray for families where there is poverty, where there is not enough food to eat.  We pray for Christian families in countries where Christianity is not welcomed and where such Christian families are often persecuted.  We pray for those families, which are devastated by the loss of a loved one whether through a tragic accident or a terminal illness.  We pray for couples that are desperate for a family that they find a way to fulfil their dreams.  We ask all of this Lord in the name of your son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

PRAYER FOR OUR NEW VICAR - Following the advert for our new vicar going in the press and online last Friday 24th February, another advert etc. will   appear 3rd March. Please pray for a good response and for the person of God's choice. If you are able, do join in prayer with others on 2nd March at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Hall.  For those who wish to look at St. Mary’s website the full Parish Profile is there for all to see.  We are indebted to Harry for all the hard work he has put into producing the profile and the time he has given. Sue Megahy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

LENTEN ADDRESSES – A year ago set myself a small task of preparing a series of special addresses for the Tuesday services of Holy Communion during the five weeks of Lent.  It had not occurred to me to do so this year until a request came from a parishioner.  By way of response I have prepared another series for the Tuesday and some of the Thursday services viz:-

Fishers of Men

Listen to the Wind – Nicodemus

What thine Ye of Christ

A True Saying

The River and the Sea

Rev’d Canon Alan Haydock

 

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – This service has been prepared by the ladies from the Philippines and Radcliffe's service is being held on Friday March 3rd at 2pm in the Methodist church. All are welcome (men, women and children). Val Murray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CTR LENT GROUPS BOOKING FORMS There are still forms at the back of church. These need to be returned today in box at back of church.  The course starts week beginning Sunday 5th March. More information is found on the form. The title of the course is “Receiving Christ in five different ways.” [York Course].   It’s our ecumenical preparation for Easter. We hope to have mixed denominational groups, so we can meet, and learn form each other. Ask Julia Hancock - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to know more.

 

NOTTINGHAM STREET PASTORS - Lynda Blakeley of Nottingham Street Pastors has been invited to speak on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm at St. Anne’s Church, New Road about their work in Nottingham. This open to anybody from either inside or outside our village churches so everyone is welcome.  There are refreshments afterwards and the meeting, which is half way through the Lent course, will be one of the five ways of receiving Christ i.e.  “Receiving Christ in the stranger” Julia Hancock.

 

EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 21st March at All Saints, Cotgrave. Please come and join us to help pray for God’s blessing on our clergy, churches and the communities they serve. If you would like to pray at home for our Area Dean Rev’d Bronwen Gamble and the Deanery, do speak to Stella Holbrook or Jude McLauchlan

 

FUNDRAISING – If any of you would like to help with fundraising for St. Mary’s without any cost to yourself please use the link below.

(https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/radcliffeontrentstmarys/)

 

REFUGEE FORUM TROLLEY – Thank you everyone who donates to this trolley.  We do, however, have a problem with mice in the church and we have found that biscuits and the like which have been left overnight in the trolley have been gnawed.  It would be prudent therefore if you wish to leave food in the trolley not to include biscuits or anything else that might attract the mice. There is a list in the trolley giving various alternatives.

 

ST. MARY’S COACH TRIP – I have 7 seats left on the coach to the Severn Valley Railway.  The coach will leave as usual from outside The Grange at 8.30am Saturday 13th May 2017 returning to Radcliffe for early evening.  The ticket price is £30.00 per adult and £25.00 per child under the age of 14.  A seat on the coach will be guaranteed once the ticket price has been paid.  It is non refundable.  For further details please contact Martin Skeffington- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

PEWS NEWS –If you have e-mail facility and wish to have your e-mail address added to my list please let me know using the e-mail address at the top of the first page. Many thanks. Martin Skeffington

 

GIVING – The weekly giving through the envelope scheme and the monthly giving by Standing Order really does help our Treasurer to know how to budget throughout our fiscal year.  We thank everyone who takes part in these forms of giving and those who have signed up for Gift Aid as the additional income again is really useful.  We would encourage other members of our Church family to prayerfully consider joining either method of Giving as although we try to be as careful as possible with our spending there is always the unexpected cropping up which we have to find the money for. If you want further information please speak to our parish administrator Sally Williams who is only too happy to help with Standing Order forms etc.

 

PRAYER PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND -The Armed Forces Christian Union is running this prayer pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The purpose is to inform pilgrims of how to pray sensitively for the area, and to this end visits will include those to the sites of past conflict – including the valley where David fought Goliath! For more information contact Stephen and Di Matthews, or call the AFCU Office direct tel: 01252 311211 e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or go on to the AFCU web site www.afcu.org.uk/events

 

LOOKING FOR A DRIVER - Are you over 25 years of age? Do you have a full clean driving licence? Would you be able to act as driver of a diocesan minibus all or part of Friday 6th October – Tuesday 17th October? The diocesan Holy Lands Partnership Group is hosting a group of 6 ambassadors from the Diocese of Jerusalem who will be in Nottinghamshire this October. We would love to hear from anyone who might be able to help with transport as above during this time. If you could help, please contact Alison Cox tel: 07827 291693.

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS WORKSHOP - Saturday 18th March, 10am-4pm, St Helen's Church, Stapleford NG9 8FN. Cost: £15 (bring your own lunch). The aim of this workshop is to give an understanding of bereavement and loss, and to demonstrate how we can practically support people in coming to terms with the pain and reality of dying and death. For enquiries and registration: Please contact Sue Goring - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 1st Reading         Genesis       Ch. 1   vv. 1 – Ch.2 vv.3        P. 1 Pew Bible

Gospel Reading         Matthew Ch. 6    vv. 25 – 34         P. 787 Pew Bible

Heavenly Father we pray this week for our children, the children of the world, teenagers and young persons wherever they may be.  We remember our schools, our playgroups and nurseries.  We pray for the premature babies in hospital.  We pray for those children who are born with or develop life-threatening conditions.  We pray for children in schools that they may get the best education as possible; that they are not bullied or suffer unwarranted peer pressure.  We pray for children in those countries where education comes at a cost or where they are unable to find education except the education of life working in the fields or sweatshops earning a pittance to help keep their families in food.  We pray for teenagers whose lives are changing from childhood to adulthood.  We pray for young persons who find the responsibility of adulthood daunting resorting to drugs and other means.  We ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen

PRAYER FOR OUR NEW VICAR  - The advert for our new vicar will be going in the press and online next Friday 24th February and also 3rd March. Please pray for a good response and for the person of God's choice. If you are able, do join in prayer with others on Thursdays 23rd February and 2nd March at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Hall.  Sue Megahy

 LENTEN ADDRESSES – A year ago set myself a small task of preparing a series of special addresses for the Tuesday services of Holy Communion during the five weeks of Lent.  It had not occurred to me to do so this year until a request came from a parishioner.  By way of response I have prepared another series for the Tuesday and some of the Thursday services viz:-

Fishers of Men
Listen to the Wind – Nicodemus
What thine Ye of Christ
A True Saying
The River and the Sea

Rev’d Canon Alan Haydock

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – This service has been prepared by the ladies from the Philippines and Radcliffe's service is being held on Friday March 3rd at 2pm in the Methodist church. All are welcome (men, women and children). Val Murray 

 COMPLINE AT SHELFORD.   This evening, our Archdeacon, Rev’d. Canon Sarah Clark, will be joining us for Compline.  As usual, there will be a choir practice beforehand at 5.45pm.  At 6.10pm there is fellowship and refreshments before the service, which begins at 6.30pm. and lasts half an hour.  Everyone is very welcome. David Hancock 

CTR LENT GROUPS BOOKING FORMS There are still forms at the back of church.  Please take one if you missed last week’s and return on or before 26th February in box at back of church.  The course starts week beginning  Sunday 5th  March. More information on the form. The title of the course is “Receiving Christ in five different ways.” [York Course].   It’s our ecumenical preparation for Easter. We hope to have mixed denominational groups, so we can meet, and learn form each other. Ask Julia Hancock  if you want to know more

EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 21st February at St. Mary’s Keyworth. Please come and join us to help pray for God’s blessing on our clergy, churches and the communities they serve. If you would like to pray at home for our Area Dean Rev’d Bronwen Gamble and the Deanery, do speak to Stella Holbrook or Jude McLauchlan

FUNDRAISING – If any of you would like to help with fundraising for St. Mary’s without any cost to yourself please use the link below.
(https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/radcliffeontrentstmarys/)

CHRISTIAN AID - A spectacular art and photo exhibition – I Witness – is now on at Southwell Minster until February 25th. The exhibition features inspiring stories of projects Christian Aid have facilitated since the 2010 Haitian earthquake. The projects have enabled people to find hope and stability following this devastating event. The projects also feature the impact of legacy giving to C. A. and tell the story of three very special supporters who visited Haiti. Rachael Glover This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REFUGEE FORUM TROLLEY – Thank you everyone who donates to this trolley.  We do, however, have a problem with mice in the church and we have found that biscuits and the like which have been left overnight in the trolley have been gnawed.  It would be prudent therefore if you wish to leave food in the trolley not to include biscuits or anything else that might attract the mice. There is a list in the trolley giving various alternatives.

MARY’S COACH TRIP – I have 7 seats left on the coach to the Severn Valley Railway. The coach will leave as usual from outside The Grange at 8.30am Saturday 13th May 2017 returning to Radcliffe for early evening. The ticket price is £30.00 per adult and £25.00 per child under the age of 14.  A seat on the coach will be guaranteed once the ticket price has been paid.  It is non refundable.  For further details please contact Martin Skeffington 

PEWS NEWS –If you have e-mail facility and wish to have your e-mail address added to my list please let me know using the e-mail address at the top of the first page. Many thanks. Martin Skeffington

GIVING – The weekly giving through the envelope scheme and the monthly giving by Standing Order really does help our Treasurer to know how to budget throughout our fiscal year.  We thank everyone who takes part in these forms of giving and those who have signed up for Gift Aid as the additional income again is really useful.  We would encourage other members of our Church family to prayerfully consider joining either method of Giving as although we try to be as careful as possible with our spending there is always the unexpected cropping up which we have to find the money for. If you want further information please speak to our parish administrator Sally Williams who is only too happy to help with Standing Order forms etc.

PRAYER PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND -The Armed Forces Christian Union is running this prayer pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The purpose is to inform pilgrims of how to pray sensitively for the area, and to this end visits will include those to the sites of past conflict – including the valley where David fought Goliath! For more information contact Stephen and Di Matthews, tel: 933 4363 or call the AFCU Office direct tel: 01252 311211e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or go on to the AFCU web site www.afcu.org.uk/events

VISITING JOHN LEWIS?  - Anyone visiting John Lewis in the Victoria Centre is asked to support Nottinghamshire Award Trust, which makes grants to young people finding it difficult to meet the expense of doing their Duke of Edinburgh's Award. At the entrance to John Lewis' restaurant on the second floor there are green tokens, which customers can pick up and use to vote for chosen charities over the next three months.   Your support would help us to make more grants to these deserving young people in Nottinghamshire.  Keith Vinerd (Trust Secretary)

You are most welcome to stay for refreshments after each Sunday service, to enjoy each other’s company and to welcome both newcomers and visitors.

 

 

Heavenly Father we pray this week for our emergency services, the police, the ambulance service, the fire brigades, the coastguard and the Royal national Lifeboat Institution.  We remember Lord that members of these organisations are often the first people to arrive at a scene of disaster whether that scene involves one person or many people.  We pray that each and every member is able to deal with the emotional stress that results from arriving at such a scene and that they are able to give the kind of support, which is needed.  We pray for the counsellors who often have to give comfort to the bereaved or those in shock at what has happened.  We pray also for the Accident and Emergency Departments, which have to deal with the injuries, some horrific, resulting from a disaster.  Lord we pray that you in turn will give these people the support and hidden strength to cope in such circumstances.  Amen.

 

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Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading:         1 Corinthians   Chapter 3   verses 1 – 9        

Gospel Reading:       Matthew  Chapter 5   verses 21 – 37        

COMPLINE AT SHELFORD.   On Sunday 19th February, our Archdeacon, Rev’d. Canon Sarah Clark, will be joining us for Compline.  As usual, there will be a choir practice beforehand at 5.45pm.  At 6.10pm there is fellowship and refreshments before the service, which begins at 6.30pm. and lasts half an hour.  Everyone is very welcome. David Hancock This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – This service has been prepared by the ladies from the Philippines and Radcliffe's service is being held on Friday March 3rd at 2pm in the Methodist church. All are welcome (men, women and children). Val Murray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

MARGARET MATTHEWS – Margaret thanks everyone at St. Mary’s for the lovely flowers she has received.  She misses her regular Thursday morning Holy Communion and is looking forward to returning when she is fully mobile again.

 

FILM NIGHT FOR 11+ - We will be showing the recently released Ben Hur film on Thursday 16th February 6.30pm – 9.00pm. There is no charge. There will be an interval when we will serve hot chocolate, cold drinks and popcorn. Young people should bring their own sweets! Jude McLauchlan

 

REGULAR GIVING – The weekly giving through the envelope scheme and the monthly giving by Standing Order really does help our Treasurer to know how to budget throughout our fiscal year.  We thank everyone who takes part in these forms of giving and those who have signed up for Gift Aid as the additional income again is really useful.  We would encourage other members of our Church family to prayerfully consider joining either method of Giving as although we try to be as careful as possible with our spending there is always the unexpected cropping up which we have to find the money for. If you want further information please pick up one of the Giving Packs at the back of church and/or speak to our parish administrator Sally Williams who is only too happy to help with Standing Order forms etc.

 

LENT MEETINGS LEAFLETS - “ Receiving Christ in five different ways”, The CTR Lent Group Forms are at the back of church now and should be returned on or before Sunday 26th  February  in the box at the back of church. As always each group will set their own pace, and shape their own content. The course starts week beginning Sunday 5th March. When filling in availability, please give several options. If you can’t join all sessions, that’s not a problem. We meet, ecumenically, in people houses and in church halls: Friday afternoon at St. Anne’s and Tuesday afternoon at St. Mary’s Hall. This is a joyful opportunity to meet members of other churches. Want to stick to your own house group  and invite others in? That’s possible too. More info? Julia Hancock , Ann Dean, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Richard Walker. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 21st February at St. Mary’s Keyworth. Please come and join us to help pray for God’s blessing on our clergy, churches and the communities they serve. If you would like to pray at home for our Area Dean Rev’d Bronwen Gamble and the Deanery, do speak to Stella Holbrook or Jude McLauchlan

 

FUNDRAISING – If any of you would like to help with fundraising for St. Mary’s without any cost to yourself please use the link below.

(https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/radcliffeontrentstmarys/)

 

CHRISTIAN AID - A spectacular art and photo exhibition – I Witness – will be hosted at Southwell Minster from Friday January 20th until February 25th. The exhibition features inspiring stories of projects Christian Aid have facilitated since the 2010 Haitian earthquake. The projects have enabled people to find hope and stability following this devastating event. The projects also feature the impact of legacy giving to C. A. and tell the story of three very special supporters who visited Haiti. Rachael Glover This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

COVENANTING CHURCHES IN RADCLIFFE - For those who are interested there are copies of the text of our triennial CTR Covenant signed  this year  on 22nd January 17 at the Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Catalyst church, St .James’ Park,  Saxondale between the four churches in Radcliffe. Please take one home and read both the Covenant and the Mission Statement.  If the supply has run out: there will be more copies next week. Richard Walker, Ann Dean, Julia Hancock.

 

ST. MARY’S COACH TRIP – I have 7 seats left on the coach to the Severn Valley Railway.  The coach will leave as usual from outside The Grange at 8.30am Saturday 13th May 2017 returning to Radcliffe for early evening.  The ticket price is £30.00 per adult and £25.00 per child under the age of 14.  A seat on the coach will be guaranteed once the ticket price has been paid.  It is non refundable.  For further details please contact Martin Skeffington - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

PEWS NEWS – Now that most Pews News’s are being sent out by email would you please only take one of the paper copies if you have not availed yourself of the electronic version?  If you have e-mail facility and wish to have your e-mail address added to my list please let me know using the e-mail address at the top of the first page. Many thanks. Martin Skeffington

 

GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN 2017  - Radcliffe Parish Council has again decided to take part in a Litter Pick over the weekend 4th & 5th March 2017. Once again we are calling on individuals, volunteer groups, businesses, schools, clubs and village associations to help and promote a clean and tidy village at all times, and we are hoping that you may join us. Please help if you can on Saturday 4th March 2017 starting point the Grange or Sunday 5th March 2017 starting point Rockley Park Pavilion, both events running from 10 am to 12 noon. Please note that all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult when taking part. If a group or individuals from St. Mary’s would like to take part I have a form for completion and other details, which I will gladly let you have. Martin Skeffington

 

VISITING JOHN LEWIS? - Anyone visiting John Lewis in the Victoria Centre is asked to support Nottinghamshire Award Trust, which makes grants to young people finding it difficult to meet the expense of doing their Duke of Edinburgh's Award. At the entrance to John Lewis' restaurant on the second floor there are green tokens, which customers can pick up and use to vote for chosen charities over the next three months.   Your support would help us to make more grants to these deserving young people in Nottinghamshire.  Keith Vinerd (Trust Secretary)

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