Heavenly Father we pray this week for our children. We pray that they have a great and happy summer holiday so that they return to school this coming September refreshed ready to absorb more knowledge as the academic year progresses. We pray for those children who are leaving one school to join another; those leaving the infant school to join the junior school and those leaving the junior school to join an upper school whether South Nottinghamshire Academy or elsewhere. We pray for those teenagers leaving school to progress to college or university that the knowledge they gain will equip them for life throughout whatever career they choose. We also pray for those youngsters leaving school to find work; those youngsters who are seeking an apprenticeship or a career in the Armed Forces. You know, Lord, what is in store for them – keep them safe we pray.
1st Reading Ephesians Ch.3 vv. 14 – 21
Gospel Reading John Ch. 6 vv. 1 - 21
PEWS NEWS – Pews News will continue throughout August unlike other years. Please continue to let me have anything you wish the church family to know. If any member of the church family would like a copy of Pews News electronically please let me have, if I do not already have it, your email address. Martin Skeffington
REV’D CHRIS & LIZ YOUNGMAN – There will be a ‘Bring & Share Lunch’ Sunday 16 August to mark Chris and Liz’s move from Radcliffe to Rushden. There is a sign up sheet at back of church for those able to contribute. We are also having a collection to show our appreciation for their contribution to St. Mary’s during their time here. Please give any contribution you wish to make to either Sue Megahy or Dave Townsend
YOUTH FOR CHRIST - The youth in Radcliffe have been exploring Christianity and faith through their youth alpha classes over recent months, which have led to some great conversations with our worker in Radcliffe, Abby. Abby has been excited by the questions that have been asked during youth alpha and has been encouraged by the attitude and responses of the young people in supporting each other. Several of the young people have asked what being in a relationship with Jesus is like and how they can also enter into a relationship with him. It has been an exciting season in Radcliffe and we believe that God is in control of the journeys of the young people.
PRAYER CHAIN – Would any member of our church family like to be part of the prayer chain? Basically it consists of praying confidentially in your own home and then passing the subject of the prayer onto the next person. Often it is praying for a person who is ill but could be anything that needs prayer. Please contact Eve Drew or Peter Haynes
GLORY IN THE PUB – Jamming Session Friday 31st July 2015 Manvers Arms Pub. Passing on the Love of God through Music. Come and join the Riverside Church for a night of lively worship music, secular music and friendship. Are you a budding musician/singer/songwriter? Whether it is your favourite song or one you have written yourself we want to hear it so don’t be shy. Slots will be available throughout the night for you to have a go or just come along for a chat. Free nibbles provided courtesy of Riverside.
ST.MARY’S COACH TRIP – The trip to the North Yorkshire Moor’s Railway and Whitby Saturday 24 October is full. I am happy to make a reserve list in case anyone decides they cannot come for whatever reason. Martin Skeffington
TEENAGE CANCER TRUST -Andy Morley-Tyson (Methodist Church) would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all who sponsored him on his recent Skydive! He raised just over £500 towards Teenage Cancer Trust, which, when added to the Team total with his work colleagues, totalled just over £2600! All went safely and he would do it again! A massive thank you, again, to everyone who very kindly sponsored
OPERATION HEATWAVE - In a week’s time, Dave Baskyfield from Wellspring along with a small team will be undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Operation Heatwave. This is the fundraising project for a new heating system in our building. The Three Peaks Challenge is to climb each one of the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours. A sponsorship form has been printed off and will be left on the table in Coffee Pot should anyone wish to sponsor him and his team.
THE BIG ‘E’ TRAINING DAY – This is aimed at everyone who works with children or young people, be they new or experienced. There’s a choice of workshops covering important areas of work with children and young people, and everyone will be able to choose three. All bookings by Friday 9 October 2015. There will also be a Market Place with a Bookstall (the Cathedral Shop), resources available to borrow from the Diocesan Resource Centre and displays from other agencies working with children and young people including Family Care, Christian Aid, Curbs Project, Rock UK, Footprints Theatre and Cathedral Education. The workshop leaders are a range of people with experience and expertise in their areas. Some work nationally or regionally for Christian agencies, while others work week-in, week-out with children and young people in their local church. The workshops cover a range of Big E basics to help, encourage and enthuse you. You will need to choose three workshops, with three others as your second choices (see booking form). We will try to make sure that you are given your first choices if possible. Some workshops have limited numbers, so early booking is advised. The cost at £10 per delegate includes LUNCH, drinks and biscuits. Make sure that you bring as many people from your church as possible, and share all that you learn after the event with your church. Many churches are willing to pay or help with the cost of the day, so please ask them! Payment options are detailed on the booking form and must be received before the event. Lunchtime is an opportunity to browse through the resources area, buy lots of new books as well as having lunch. We welcome people with mobility problems. All workshops are located on the ground floor. We welcome young people who are helping with children in churches, as long as they are aged 15 and over. We are not able to provide crėche facilities. We welcome people from any church tradition or denomination, although the event is organised and sponsored by Southwell & Nottingham Diocese of the Church of England. The Minster School (NG25 0LG) is easy to find. Once you have reached Southwell, the school is located on Nottingham Road (A 612) next to Southwell Leisure Centre. Parking at the school is available. Booking forms are available from the PCC Secretary.