This week, Heavenly Father, we pray for all whose lives are affected by death and destruction whether this is through war, indiscriminate shooting, or natural disasters. We pray again for the lives of migrants who through sheer desperation are prepared to walk or by any other means reach what they believe to be safe havens where their they or their family can live in peace. We pray for all those in this country who rightly or wrongly fear that people seeking benefits rather than work resulting in resentment and possible violence against others will overrun the country. Only you Lord knows the outcome and we pray that wise decisions are made with compassion. Finally we pray for the people traffickers whose greed for money has resulted in terrible tragedy through drowning and suffocation. We pray that they stop and repent of their wrongdoing.
EAST BINGHAM PRAYER GROUP – We all want our churches to be blessed by God and to be strong and vibrant worshipping communities. We want our clergy and Lay Leaders to be wise strong leaders who can lead the churches to flourish as worshipping and caring communities. To this end we are starting a Deanery prayer group to pray for the churches in the Deanery, and for all those in leadership within them. This prayer group does not need to be privy to a lot of information about the churches or leaders to pray for God’s blessing on them. The meetings of the prayer group will be on the third Tuesday of each month. They will begin at 2.00 pm with a cup of tea or coffee and then move on to both spontaneous spoken prayer and to silent reflective prayer for each area of the deanery. The meetings will end at approximately 3.30 pm. Please come and join us to help pray for God’s blessing on our churches and the communities they serve. The dates at the proposed venue churches (Cotgrave, Keyworth, Radcliffe on Trent, and Aslockton) will be advised as soon as possible. Lesley Haig, East Bingham Deanery Synod Lay Representative.
MESSAGE FROM THE WARD FAMILY - We wanted to say a huge thank you to all of the church community who supported our mum, Mary Ward, and all of the extended family during mum's period of illness. The church family was a massive support to us and proves the power of how a Christian church pulls together in times of need. Mary's lunch club, provided mum with much care and was a thing she looked forward to each day. The time I spent with mum in the last few weeks of her life showed me how valuable her friendships developed through the church were. The daily visits, chats with friends in the village and calls from people as part of their ministry were a source of great reassurance to mum and myself. I do not think that I could have survived such a difficult time without the love shown to us. Eve, Alice, Mark, Jan and many others really helped to offer reassurance and peace in the traumatic lead up to mum's death. My grateful thanks go to everyone who helped. Everyone showed the true meaning of Christianity, and should be proud of the massively positive impression it created of the St Mary's family. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Anne.
CONFIRMATION – For those of you who are not yet confirmed, have expressed an interest in being confirmed and wish to take it further please speak to Rev’d Graeme.
HELP WITH SEWING - We are in need of someone who can sew, to make a couple of Nativity costumes. We have fabric to make a Wise Man’s cloak and a waistcoat for a Shepherd. If you think you can help us, please speak to Cori Cryer or Jude McLauchlan.
RADCLIFFE MEN’S EVENTS - This is the programme for the rest of the year. Thursday 1st October - Meal at The Royal Oak - to be seated at 7-30pm. Saturday 7th November - Breakfast at Tea At Maria's - 8-00am December - 'Over To You' - You'll have to read the Blog Page to find out what this is! http://radcliffemen.blogspot.co.uk/p/events.html
As usual, feel free to invite any male friends and let Paul Dean know if you intend to be at an event. Harry Hughes
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA - Two or three people, who have done it for several years, have had to drop out of cleaning the church. If anyone feels that they could lend a hand, say once every six weeks, to help clean the church or clean the brassware, then would they please get in touch with Sheila Brumfitt (church choir). The more volunteers we have means that your turn comes round less often. Many thanks. Sheila Brumfitt
ROCK SOLID - After the summer break Rock Solid starts up again on 13th September. Rock Solid is a chance for young people to get together and explore what it means to be a Christian through a mixture of games and activities. If you know any young people in school years 7 to 9 and you think they would enjoy Rock Solid please encourage them to come along on Sunday evenings 6.30pm to 8pm at St Mary 's Church Hall. Caroline Dickens
YOUTH WORK VOLUNTEERS - We are looking for volunteers to help with youth work not only for Rock Solid but also for an after school group which meets on a Tuesday. To best support the male young people in the Tuesday group it would be great if we could have a male volunteer. If you think you are able to help out or would like to know more please speak to Caroline Dickens or Jude McLauchlan..
DESIGN AND MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELLERY – All places for the session have been filled but it is hoped that another session can be arranged at a later date for those people who wish to participate but have not managed to get on this first session. Please refer to Judy Anderson.
Judy has a picture of some broaches if you would like to get an idea what the technique is like.
CHURCH ROOF – Are you wondering what is happening about the church roof? Following the listed buildings’ grant of £78,700 earlier in the year the churchwardens have actively been seeking grants. Up to now we have received in the region of £3000 and we are hoping for others to respond favourably. Thanks also must go to Father Alan whose letters to contacts have also been favourably received. The architects have received tenders and we are now waiting for a sight of them so that the PCC can agree which one to go forward with and what our target will be. A faculty application will then be made. St. Mary’s Building’s Committee/Churchwardens
ST MARY’S HALL – There are a number of items, which have been left in the kitchen area on the shelf opposite the fridge freezer. These comprise amongst other the things a couple of aprons, a tablecloth, a drinks dispenser, plus various dishes and a small frying pan or similar. A bag of popular music cassettes has also been left. If these are yours could you kindly collect and take home as there is every chance if they remain uncollected in the next 14 days they will be suitably disposed of. St. Mary’s Hall Committee.
You are most welcome to stay for refreshments after each Sunday service, tea, coffee or fruit juice, to enjoy each other’s company and to welcome both newcomers and visitors.
The next Messy Church will be on Sunday 27 September 2015 in St. Mary’s Hall at 11 am. The next Messy Church at Shelford will be on Wednesday 30th September 2015 in the Village Hall at 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
Rock Solid will recommence on Sunday 13th September 2015. We pray that all members including volunteers and helpers have had a terrific break coming back in September to continue in Christ’s footsteps.
Next Week’s Services - St. Mary’s
Sunday 13th September 9.00am Holy Communion
10.30am Morning Service
Tuesday 15th September 10.00am Traditional Holy Communion
Thursday 17th September 10.00am Holy Communion
St. Peter & St. Paul’s Shelford
Sunday 13th September No Service