PewsNews
Church Family & Community News from
St Mary's Church and St Peter and St Paul, Shelford


Items (written) for PewsNews should be with Martin Skeffington by Wednesday evening - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Heavenly Father we continue to pray for those countries in Africa and the Middle East suffering from famine.  We pray for Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Northern Nigeria where famine is exacerbated by fighting.  We pray where this fighting is due to different ethnic groups as in South Sudan that these groups can reconcile their differences and come together in peace.  In Northern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen where the fighting is based on religion that the fighters reflect on what God really wants and not what they believe He wants.  Our God is a loving God and we do not believe that he wants all this fighting.  We pray that these people turn to Christ.  We pray for the doctors and medics who are using all their skills to save those suffering from malnutrition.  We pray for the aid agencies, which struggle to find enough food to feed these people.  And finally we pray that those countries of the world where prosperity is the norm will find it in their hearts to help out with food and medical supplies.

 

Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading         Exodus        Chapter 17   verses 1 – 7                

Gospel Reading         John Chapter 4  verses 5 – 42         

 

PRAYING FOR OUR NEW VICAR – Although the advertisements have been placed and the Parish profile is on the internet we still need to pray that the right person applies, fulfilling both our needs and those of our Bishop Paul.  Interview day will take place during Wednesday 19th April in St. Mary’s Hall.  There will be no Coffee Pot on that day.  A reminder to this effect will be placed in Pews News closer to the time.

 

ST MARY’S APCM - St Mary's Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2017 will be held on Monday 10th April at 7.30 pm. 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 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

 

ELECTORAL ROLL - A revision of the Electoral Roll is currently taking place in readiness for St Mary’s Annual Parish Council Meeting on Monday 10th  April.  If you are not on the Electoral Roll and would like to be added to it, please complete one of the forms on the notice board at the rear of the church by Sunday 2nd April. You need to be on the Roll in order to vote at the APCM or if you wish to be nominated for PCC membership.  If you are not sure whether or not you are already on the Roll, you can check by referring to the current copy of the Roll (also on the notice board) or contact Carol Payne, Electoral Roll Officer.

 

MOTHERING SUNDAY - On Mothering Sunday 26th March there will be an All Age Holy Communion at 10.30am. Messy church families will be joining that service and then going to church hall for usual lunch after the service at approx. 11.45am.  There is no All Age Worship on 19th March. Sue Megahy

 

ST. MARY’S COACH TRIP – The coach is now full.

 

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

 

MOTHERS’ UNION : LADY DAY - Diocesan Festival Service at Southwell Minster, Monday 20th March at 3.00pm or Come and Celebrate Lady Day at St. Andrews Church, 1 Chestnut Grove. Nottingham. Saturday 25th March starts at 10.15am with coffee and cake followed by contemporary worship and prayer. The next branch meeting is Wednesday 29th March at 2.15pm St. Mary's Church Hall. All welcome at these events.  Jane Fountain.

 

GREENERY - Suitable greenery is required to add to the bunches of daffodils for Mothering Sunday. If you have any to spare please bring to the Lady Chapel on Friday 25th March between 10.00am and 12 noon. Help is also required to make up bunches between 2.00pm and 3.00pm on Saturday 25th March. Please let Trevor Saunt know if you can help

 

ALL AGED EASTER TRAIL DAY - Wednesday 12th April St Mary’s Hall

The event is a "Christian's Together in Radcliffe" venture and will be on similar lines to Messy Church or the "Shine the Light" party. There will be a repeating programme:-

                    10am - 12,30        Lunch Break       1pm - 3.30 

People can drop in and out at any time and we suggest that a packed lunch be brought if families wish to stay over and catch anything they missed. All children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult but we also need people willing to oversee a craft or activity, not necessarily for the whole time. The planning team have already come up with lots of ideas. It is hoped that you as parents may be able to team up with someone else to share parental responsibility and also offer your help for a limited period. Cori Cryer & Helen Roberts

 

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.

 

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/)

 

EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 21st March at our own church. (Note the change of venue)  The meeting at Cotgrave will be on 18th April. 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.

 

SPRING FUNDRAISER AT THE HALL - A coffee morning is being held at Holme Pierrepont Hall on Saturday 1st April (10 am to 12.30pm) with all proceeds going to St Edmund’s Church, Holme Pierrepont. Visitors will be able to enjoy homemade cakes, a range of crafts and gifts, and the opportunity to tour the gardens to admire the spring flowers. Entrance to the Hall and gardens £3 (children free), including tea/coffee and biscuits.

 

WALKING GROUP - Sat 25 March.  Meet at the Methodist church car park for 10.00am departure to Woolsthorpe (Mucky Duck).  6.25 miles via canal towpath to Denton Reservoir and return by track.  Bring drinks and packed lunch, plus appropriate weather gear.  Leader: George Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. May well call in at East Bridgford on the way home!!

 

 

Heavenly Father this week we pray for all the displaced persons in the world.  We pray for refugees from the wars in Iraq and Syria living in camps away from the fighting.  We pray for those people who have been displaced by famine being experienced in Somalia or South Sudan where civil war is exacerbating the situation.  We pray for people in Northern Nigeria where civil war has resulted in loss of homes and livelihoods.  We pray for the Yemen where civil war is causing devastation and for the Philippines where parts of the country are suffering from insurrection.  We also pray for those young people who are susceptible to indoctrination by religious zealots of whatever faith.  In Europe we pray for the farmers of Southern Spain where severe winter weather has ruined their crops and livelihood. Finally we pray that with our separation from the European Union we have the foresight to use modern technology to increase our crop production

 

 

Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading         Genesis       Chapter 12   verses 1 – 4a                  

Gospel Reading         John Chapter 3 verses 1 – 17          

 

PRAYING FOR OUR NEW VICAR – Although the advertisements have been placed and the Parish profile is on the inter-net we still need to pray that the right person applies, fulfilling both our needs and those of our Bishop Paul.  Interview day will take place during Wednesday 19th April in St. Mary’s Hall.  There will be no Coffee Pot on that day.  A reminder to this effect will be placed in Pews News closer to the time.

 

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 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.

 

MOTHERING SUNDAY - On Mothering Sunday 26th March there will be an All Age Holy Communion at 10.30am. Messy church families will be joining that service and then going to church hall for usual lunch after the service at approx. 11.45am.  There is no All Age Worship on 19th March. Sue Megahy

 

LENTEN ADDRESSES – A year ago I 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

 

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 our own church. (Note the change of venue)  The meeting at Cotgrave will be on 18th April. 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.

 

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 to overcome this problem a large lidded plastic container will be placed either in or adjacent the trolley so that biscuits and other non-tinned items can be safe from our little furry friends.  Please therefore use the plastic container for such items.

 

ST. MARY’S COACH TRIP – There are only 2 seats left.  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

 

ALL AGED EASTER TRAIL DAY - Wednesday 12th April St Mary’s Hall

The event is a "Christian's Together in Radcliffe" venture and will be on similar lines to Messy Church or the "Shine the Light" party. There will be a repeating programme:-

                    10am - 12,30        Lunch Break       1pm - 3.30 

People can drop in and out at any time and we suggest that a packed lunch be brought if families wish to stay over and catch anything they missed. All children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult but we also need people willing to oversee a craft or activity, not necessarily for the whole time. The planning team have already come up with lots of ideas. It is hoped that you as parents may be able to team up with someone else to share parental responsibility and also offer your help for a limited period. Helen Roberts (Methodist Church)

 

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 - email  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

 

SPATE OF THEFTS AT CHURCHES – Due to a spate of thefts from churches in our area please make sure that the church is locked up and alarmed when left unattended.

 

GREENERY -  Suitable greenery is required to add to the bunches of daffodils for Mothering Sunday. If you have any to spare please bring to the Lady Chapel on Friday 25th March between 10.00am and 12 noon. Help is also required to make up bunches between 2.00pm and 3.00pm on Saturday 25th March. Please let Trevor Saunt  know if you can help

 

EXHIBITION AT MINSTER - Local octogenarian water colour artist, Michael Payne is holding his first exhibition in Southwell Minster from 3rd March to 20th April. A lifelong painter, his love of art began as a boy when he was given a box of water colour paints. Now in his eighties the passion continues with each new project he starts. Michael’s water colour exhibition is in the North Transept of the cathedral. Entrance is free.

 

 

Heavenly Father we pray this week for our own community of Radcliffe on Trent.  We give thanks that there has been no significant damage following the recent storms and we give particular thanks that the new church roof survived without any damage.  We pray for our schools and for our young people from children to teenagers.  We pray for the various organisations in the village, the Boys’ Brigade, Anchor Association, Scouts, Cubs, Brownies and Girl Guides.  We pray for our own One Way Club and Rock Solid and the monthly Messy Church.  We pray that each and every person both child and adult will receive the Christian message that Jesus Christ is our Saviour.  We pray for the new Methodist minister Rev’d Mark Roberts who will be joining our community soon with all his responsibilities as superintendent minister of the Nottingham South Circuit.  As fellow Christians we wish him well.  Finally we pray for our own church waiting for our own new vicar.  We pray that the interviews in early April will produce the right person.

 

Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading         Genesis  Chapter 2   verses 15 – 17; Chapter 3 verses 1 – 7  

Gospel Reading         Matthew Chapter 4 verses 1 – 11          

 

PRAYING FOR OUR NEW VICAR – Although the advertisements have been placed and the Parish profile is on the internet we still need to pray that the right person applies, fulfilling both our needs and those of our Bishop Paul.  Interview day will take place during Wednesday 19th April in St. Mary’s Hall.  There will be no Coffee Pot on that day.  A reminder to this effect will be placed in Pews News closer to the time.

 

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

 

CTR LENT GROUPS BOOKING FORMS   The course starts this week. 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.

 

INVITATION – Greetings! Radcliffe Methodist Church invites you to join us on Sunday 12th March at 4.00pm at our Church for the Induction Service of our new minister the Rev’d Mark Roberts.  He will be inducted as our Superintendent Minister for the Nottingham South Circuit and will be based in Radcliffe. There will be tea after The Service. Stuart Jones Chair of CTR

 

EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 21st March at All Saints, Cotgrave. Come and join us to help pray for God’s blessing on our clergy, churches and 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 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, cereals 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. A list in the trolley gives various alternatives.

 

ST. MARY’S COACH TRIP – Only 4 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. Cost is £30.00 adult and £25.00 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 SkeffingtonThis 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

 

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

 

BEREAVEMENT - The monthly Bereavement Listening & Information will take place on Wednesday 8th March 11.00am – 12 noon.  A warm welcome for anyone to talk over tea/coffee awaits you at St. Anne’s Meeting Room, New Road, Radcliffe on Trent.  For further information contact Iris McLean, Christine Anderson or Celia Radcliffe. This service has been set up in memory of Ian McLean.

 

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. For further information speak to our parish administrator Sally Williams who is only too happy to help with Standing Order forms.

 

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 -  e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

SAME SEX MARRIAGES - Following the recent discussion at General Synod regarding same-sex marriage and related matters in the context of the Church of England, for those of you who are interested you will find two pastoral letters: one from Bishop Paul and one, a joint letter, from the Archbishops on the diocesan website.

http://southwell.anglican.org/pastoral-letter-bishop-following-debate-general-synod-marriage-sex-relationships/

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