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


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Heavenly Father we pray this week for the three candidates who were interviewed last Wednesday.  We pray that Your choice has been universally accepted by the interviewers as our new vicar to lead us forward, Wider, Deeper, Younger.  We pray that his or her name will be released to the church family at the earliest opportunity once the candidate’s bishop/bishops agree to their release from their existing parish(es) and our bishop agrees to their appointment.    We pray for the forthcoming General Election that whoever wins will govern this country wisely now that Article 50 has been triggered to take this country out of the European Union.  We pray for the leaders of the various political parties and we ask them Lord to reflect on what is the best way forward for the United Kingdom rather than their own narrow political views. We ask this in Jesu’s name. 

 

Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading         Acts  Chapter 2  verses 14a, 22 – 32       

Gospel Reading         John  Chapter 20 verses 19 - 31        

Readings for Tuesday and Thursday as announced

 

AN EASTER EXPERIENCE - To give glory to God and express his love in action, our fabulous team of volunteers brought their time, inspiration, prayers, skills and energy to provide "An Easter Experience", free of charge for any families attending. Refreshments were provided and using crafts, film, music and interactive stories we explored the events from Palm Sunday to Jesus' resurrection on Easter day. We had 42 children signed in with 21 adult family members. The crafts and activities went down really well - boys  especially loved the search for "lego men" to find the names of disciples and crack the coded Easter message.  True or false statements posed by Chris Bonnello and billed as "Would I lie to you?" provoked discussion (plus searching the Bible for confirmation) and the chocolate Easter egg rewards were much appreciated! The steady flow of families meant we had time to talk and space to enjoy each craft. There was plenty to take home (or eat) and joint projects for others to see e.g. Bunting to hang in each of the 4 Churches, the lovely Easter garden at the back of St. Mary's and a large cross left hanging in the Church hall, decorated with painted handprints or footprints of anyone who wanted to take part in Foot washing. (Thanks to all who supplied their old towels for this purpose - they are washed and stored for Messy Church or passed on to the RSPCA for further use.) There was a very energetic response to the music and we will certainly be using those songs again in Messy Church! This lovely day would not have happened without the team of helpers, prayer support and God's blessings. Thank you one and all.

 

THY KINGDOM COME – Archbishop Justin Welby wants everyone this year again to join in a global wave of prayer. The campaign is supported by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, who are inviting every parish, school, chaplaincy, retreat house, and praying community to join in ten days of prayer for evangelism and witness in the run up to Pentecost. Prayers gatherings have already been planned in Southwell & Nottingham culminating in a celebration service at Southwell Minister on Saturday 3rd June with Bishop Paul.

 

EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 16th May at Aslockton, Cranmer Centre. 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 Canon Bronwen Gamble and the Deanery, do speak to Stella Holbrook.

 

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. For example are you planning a trip to London?  Go to Easy Fundraising and click on the link to East Midlands Trains and buy your tickets on line.  A percentage of the cost will then be donated to St. Mary’s.  Likewise do you buy your groceries on line from one of the major supermarkets?  Do this via Easy Fundraising and a percentage of the cost will come to St. Mary’s.

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

 

OLD £5 NOTES – The old-fashioned cotton paper £5 note will cease to be legal tender on Friday 5th May 2017.  If after that date you find you still have an old £5 note think of St. Mary’s who will continue to accept them for the foreseeable future.

 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 14TH – 20TH MAY 2017 - Call for helpers with House to House collections. Last year we raised £5000.00 This Christian Aid Week, 14th – 20th May, our village is continuing to walk with refugees by:-

  • House to House Collections
  • Community Café – Saturday 13th May
  • Plant Sale – Saturday 20th May

We’re not going to turn our backs on refugees now. Speak to Rachael Glover - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join us.

To recognise Christian Aid week, a Christian Aid 'I Witness Exhibition' will be held in Langar Church between 8th and 21st May 2017. As part of this, a Community Event will take place in the Church on Saturday 13th May where Martin Gage from Christian Aid will be speaking about the work of the organisation. The Exhibition and Community Event are both free of charge. The Exhibition will be accessible during church opening times (all day) and the Community Event will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm with Martin Gage speaking at 12.15pm and again at 1.15pm. Light refreshments will be available throughout the event on 13th May. Please do come along.

The Area Dean is also asking whether any volunteers from your parishes might be available to help serve the refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) at our Deanery Christian Aid Community event on the Saturday.

 

MICHAEL’S STORY - When military forces descended on 80-year-old Michael’s village in Unity State, South Sudan, they showed no mercy. Looting homes and killing indiscriminately, their violent actions destroyed an entire community.

Terrified, Michael and his family had no choice but to flee to nearby swamps. Friends and family guided Michael, who is nearly blind, through the dark, waist-high water. Far from the comfort of home, Michael and his family hid in the swamps for two-and-a-half months, surviving by eating the water lily roots that grow there. When the community finally found the strength to return home, they felt that all was lost – people had died, homes had been looted and livestock stolen. Despite the enormity of everything they had been through, his community gathered around to help and support each other. Without them, it’s unlikely that Michael would have survived. 

 

WALK THROUGH THE BIBLE - An exciting day helping us make sense of the New Testament, brought to us by Walk through the Bible, Saturday 6th May 9.15am for 9.45am – 5.00pm, Thomas Cranmer Centre, Main Street, Aslockton, NG13 9AL Those who attended the Old Testament live day in February bear witness to the worth and enjoyment to be had from these sessions, so please don’t miss out on this opportunity.  Cost £14 including workbook. Accompanied  children aged 11-16 free.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Bookings either online at www.Bible.org.uk or through the organiser, Hilary Tabron tel: 989 4836 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IMPROVE YOUR SEQUENCE DANCING SKILLS - Brenda and David Holmes invite you to join their sequence dancing class. There will be four sessions on Thursdays 27th April, 11th, 18th and 25th May at the Methodist Church from 2.00pm – 3.00pm. Contact Brenda or David for details, tel: 01949 839486.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Readings (or as shown in service sheet)  

First Reading    Colossians Chapter 3 verses 1 – 4                

Gospel Reading  Matthew Chapter 28  verses 1 - 10             

 

 

Allelulia

 

Christ the Lord

is

Risen

Today

 

 

PRAYING FOR OUR NEW VICAR –Please continue to pray for our new vicar to fulfil both our needs and those of our Bishop Paul. Candidates have applied for the post and a short-list has been prepared. Interview day will take place during Wednesday 19th April in St. Mary’s Hall and we will know nothing further until the interviews have taken place.

 

YOUR PRAYERS – Please continue to pray for the victims of terror whether it is in our own country, other parts of Europe, the Middle East, Africa or anywhere in the world.

 

COFFEE POT – There will be no Coffee Pot on Wednesday 19th April when St. Mary’s Hall will be used for the Easter Trail Day and Interviews for the new vicar respectively. It will be also closed Monday 17th April, Easter Monday.

 

THY KINGDOM COME – Archbishop Justin Welby wants everyone this year again to join in a global wave of prayer. The campaign is supported by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, who are inviting every parish, school, chaplaincy, retreat house, and praying community to join in ten days of prayer for evangelism and witness in the run up to Pentecost. Prayers gatherings have already been planned in Southwell & Nottingham culminating in a celebration service at Southwell Minister on Saturday 3rd June with Bishop Paul.

 

EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 18th April 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 Canon Bronwen Gamble and the Deanery, do speak to Stella Holbrook. Bronwen has accepted the invitation of Bishop Paul to continue as Area Dean for three years from 1st May 2017.

 

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. For example are you planning a trip to London? Go to Easy Fundraising and click on the link to East Midlands Trains and buy your tickets on line. A percentage of the cost will then be donated to St. Mary’s. Likewise do you buy your groceries on line from one of the major supermarkets? Do this via Easy Fundraising and a percentage of the cost will come to St. Mary’s.

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

 

OLD £5 NOTES – The old-fashioned cotton paper £5 note will cease to be legal tender on Friday 5th May 2017. If after that date you find you still have an old £5 note think of St. Mary’s who will continue to accept them for the foreseeable future.

 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 14TH – 20TH MAY 2017 - Call for helpers with House to House collections. Last year we raised £5000.00 This Christian Aid Week, 14th – 20th May, our village is continuing to walk with refugees by:-

  • House to House Collections
  • Community Café – Saturday 13th May
  • Plant Sale – Saturday 20th May

We’re not going to turn our backs on refugees now. Speak to Rachael Glover  - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join us.

 

WALK THROUGH THE BIBLE - An exciting day helping us make sense of the New Testament, brought to us by Walk through the Bible, Saturday 6th May 9.15am for 9.45am – 5.00pm, Thomas Cranmer Centre, Main Street, Aslockton, NG13 9AL Those who attended the Oid Testament live day in February bear witness to the worth and enjoyment to be had from these sessions, so please don’t miss out on this opportunity.  Cost £14 including workbook. Accompanied  children aged 11-16 free.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Bookings either online at www.Bible.org.uk or through the organiser, Hilary Tabron - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

EASTER MONDAY 17TH APRIL -  10.30am–3.30pm, Southwell Minster Historic Chapter Library Opening. Also Organ Recital Series – Simon Hogan (Southwell Minster). Featuring the Minster’s Binns organ – a 45 minute concert full of light-hearted and popular classics. 3.30pm, Southwell Minster.

 

IMPROVE YOUR SEQUENCE DANCING SKILLS - Brenda and David Holmes invite you to join their sequence dancing class. There will be four sessions on Thursdays 27th April, 11th, 18th and 25th May at the Methodist Church from 2.00pm – 3.00pm. Contact Brenda or David for details. 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavenly Father we again pray for the victims of terrorist atrocities such as those who suffered at the hands of a suicide bomber on the St. Petersburg metro.  We pray also for the victims of the alleged chemical weapons’ attack in Syria last Tuesday.  Lord we fail to understand why these atrocities take place and what they achieve.  We pray for more compassion, tolerance and understanding in our world so that we can all live in peace.  We continue to pray for the victims of war and war related famine in Africa and Yemen.   We earnestly pray that all the various parties involved will cease their hostilities so that peace and prosperity may return once more to these stricken areas.  We pray that as 2017 progresses answers will be found to these difficult questions.

 

ST. PETER & ST. PAUL’S          

Sunday 9th                       No service

Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading   Philippians    Chapter 2  verses  5 – 11                

Gospel Reading    Matthew   Chapter 21 verses 1 - 11      

Thursday Reading    As announced

 

EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES – Our Easter Sunday Holy Communions will be led by Archdeacon Sarah Clark, Archdeacon of Nottingham.

 

PRAYING FOR OUR NEW VICAR –Please continue to pray for our new vicar to fulfill both our needs and those of our Bishop Paul. A short list of three candidates has been agreed and interview day will take place during Wednesday 19th April in St. Mary’s Hall and we will know nothing further until the interviews have taken place.

 

COFFEE POT – There will be no Coffee Pot on either Wednesday 12th April or Wednesday 19th April when St. Mary’s Hall will be used for the Easter Trail Day and Interviews for the new vicar respectively. It will be also closed Monday 17th April, Easter Monday.

 

ST MARY’S APCM - St Mary's Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2017 will be held on Monday 10th April at 7.30pm. Please make a note of this in your diaries. Fresh blood brings new ideas and often a renewed enthusiasm in any organisation. The time leading up to the annual meeting provides a perfect opportunity for you to consider what you could bring to the mission of St Mary's by joining the PCC or becoming a Churchwarden. At the meeting we elect 12 ordinary members of the PCC and 2 Churchwardens (both Dave Townsend and Sue Megahy are willing to stand again). Please speak to me, Dave or Sue if you'd like to know more. Harry Hughes  PCC Secretary

 

ST. MARY’S PCC ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS FOR 2016 - Copies of the latest report are now available on our church website and at the back of church. Everyone who receives Pews News by email should also have been emailed a copy. The report gives an overview of what we achieved in 2016 and of where our church's money came from and went to! The report will be formally presented at the annual meeting on 10th April, but it is helpful if people can take a look at it in advance.

 

WALK OF WITNESS – The Walk of Witness will start at the Catalyst Church, Upper Saxondale on Good Friday morning at 9.30am and proceed to St. Mary‘s Church for the CTR service at 10.30am.  You may wish to join it at the start of the walk or anywhere along its route down Saxondale Drive, Grantham Road, Bingham Road or Main Street as it makes its way to our church.

 

THY KINGDOM COME –Archbishop Justin Welby wants everyone this year again to join in a global wave of prayer. The campaign is supported by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, who are inviting every parish, school, chaplaincy, retreat house, and praying community to join in ten days of prayer for evangelism and witness in the run up to Pentecost. Prayers gatherings have already been planned in Southwell & Nottingham culminating in a celebration service at Southwell Minister on Saturday 3rd June with Bishop Paul.

 

CHRISM EUCHARIST - The Chrism Eucharist takes place at Southwell Minster on the Wednesday of Holy Week (April 12th). Bishop Paul will be preaching and presiding. The service starts at 7.30pm.

 

EASTER FLOWERS - Flowers brought to the Memorial service at 6.30pm on Good Friday in memory of loved ones who have died will be used to decorate the Church for Easter. Greenery would also be welcome and can be brought then or on Saturday morning. Brian Bull

 

AREA DEAN – Bishop Paul has confirmed that the Rev’d Canon Bronwen Gamble  of the Wiverton Group of Parishes will be our Area Dean for three years from 1st of May 2017 following her work as interim Dean.

 

CTR FAMILY EASTER EXPERIENCE DAY – This will take place on Wednesday 12th April in St. Mary’s Hall. Rolling programme of free crafts and activities throughout the day.  Come and go as you please.  Two sessions:-

10am – 12 .30pm and 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Lunch break 12.30pm1.00pm (bring your own sandwiches etc.)

All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details contact Cori Cryer (St. Mary’s) or Helen Roberts (Methodist Church)

 

EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 18th April 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 Canon Bronwen Gamble and the Deanery, do speak to Stella Holbrook.

 

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/)

 

OLD £5 NOTES – The old-fashioned cotton paper £5 note will cease to be legal tender on Friday 5th May 2017.  If after that date you find you still have an old £5 note think of St. Mary’s who will continue to accept them for the foreseeable future.

 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 14TH – 20TH MAY 2017 - Call for helpers with House to House collections. Last year we raised £5000.00 This Christian Aid Week, 14th – 20th May, our village is continuing to walk with refugees by:-

  • House to House Collections
  • Community Café – Saturday 13th May
  • Plant Sale – Saturday 20th May

We’re not going to turn our backs on refugees now. Speak to Rachael Glover

tel: 07817107787 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join us.

 

CHAPEL OF ST. MARY THE VIRGIN CLUMBER PARK - Sundays 3.00pm April – September 2017, Choral Evensong. Clumber invites you to raise your voices in worship in the beautiful atmosphere of this 'Cathedral in miniature'. Why not make a day of it with plenty to see and do on the estate and free coach access? Visiting groups please note, in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and the Parish of Worksop Priory, the Chapel is under the Episcopal care of the Bishop of Beverley. Call 01909 544 917 or 01909 544 909 for details www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park and/or

www.worksoppriory.co.uk

 

 

 

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