Heavenly Father, we pray this week for the coming year. In this year of uncertainty we pray that the super powers, the United States and Russia will cease their sabre rattling and work towards peace in the whole world. We pray that the conflicts in Syria and Yemen will come to an end and that our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East will no longer be persecuted. We pray for the people of mainland Europe and the United Kingdom that they will be spared the horror of terrorism as witness last year in Nice, Paris, Brussels and Berlin. Our overwhelming desire Lord is that peace can be enjoyed by all peoples. We pray for our own country and our own community of Radcliffe on Trent. We pray for St. Mary’s and for St. Peter and St. Paul’s Shelford that the vacancy for a new vicar will not be lengthy and that whoever comes will continue to grow our churches for everyone in faith and love. Amen.
Readings (or as shown in service sheet)
1st Reading Galatians Chapter 4 verses 4 - 7
Gospel Reading Luke Chapter 2 verses 15 - 21
BISHOP TONY – On Sunday 15th January Bishop Tony will be officiating at both the 9.00 am Holy Communion service and also the 10.30 am Holy Communion service. You might like to make a note in your diary so that you do not miss these services. (Not the 17th January as shown in last week’s Pews News.)
GRAEME’S INDUCTION HOLY TRINITY CHURCH COVENTRY –Please note that the coach will leave from outside the Grange at 4.30 pm Wednesday 11th January for Graeme’s induction. The service will not include Holy Communion so we are likely to return earlier than at first anticipated. Such details will be relayed to you during the journey to Coventry. Sue Megahy and Martin Skeffington
SERVICES LEADING UP TO & DURING THE VACANCY – Please keep an eye on Pews News, LINK or our Website to check on the services. There will be only one midweek service on the Thursday during the week between Christmas and the New Year. Rev. Canon Keith Turner will be officiating at this morning’s 10.30am service.
ARTICLES FOR PEWS NEWS – Please when you are submitting articles for Pews News could you include your contact telephone number and if you have one an email address. This is to help new members of St. Mary’s identify who the person is if they have a need to get in touch with him or her.
OLYMPIC’S QUIZ - The winners of the Olympic’s Quiz are Mrs. Pat Thompson and Mr. J Parry. Thank you to all who took part and helped raise a total of £118 for the church roof repairs. The answers will be published in the January LINK. Mary Dawdry
JOSEPH AND HIS TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT - (5.00pm Sat 29th April) We now have the tickets reserved for those who signed up. Please could you make your cheques payable to St Mary’s PCC R-o-T and give them to myself by January 22nd. Those, who booked for the stalls owe £28 each, and those in the rear balcony owe £16 each. Thanks. Jude McLauchlan.
EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 17th January at the Cranmer Centre Aslockton. 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.
ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS LUNCH - A favourable forecast thankfully: no ice, snow or rain to cope with this year! We had new friends to meet (both guests and volunteers) and old friends to greet. On Christmas Eve our helpers (age range 6 to 90) peeled, chopped and chatted, decked the halls with trees, tinsel and lights. They set the tables with red & gold - it looked a treat. Mince pies, mints and Christmas cake on site, glasses and drinks at the ready, Christmas vegetables prepped and turkeys delivered, we could relax until the big day. Christmas day 10.00 am, hugs and Christmas kisses as the team arrives. Lights, ovens and hostess trolleys on, kettle on - let's get down to business! After the Church service, the first guests were welcomed and the drivers went out to collect more. Glasses filled, happy chatter abounds. By 12.30 everyone is here and seated. The usual safety drill over, we thanked God for his provision and this joyful opportunity to celebrate the birth of his Son Jesus. Lunch was served and our cooks have worked their usual magic. Every course was delicious, and just enough room for a mince pie with coffee or tea? We sang carols, had a visit from Santa and watched the Queen. A very happy (and full) bunch of people went home with a Christmas present and light supper to enjoy later. Many thanks go to everyone who helped in any way - (you know who you are!), and especially to Kevin & Toni at Fruiticious for supplying our fruit and vegetables again. Cori Cryer
SOUP LUNCH (FOOD FOR THOUGHT) – there will be a soup lunch on Thursday 5th January in the Methodist Church Hall starting at 12 noon. The cost will be £3.50 and money raised will go to charity. If successful, soup lunches will continue on the first Thursday of every month. For further details please contact Judy and Roger Holborrow
COFFEE POT – Coffee Pot will reopen as normal in the New Year from Tuesday 3rd January 2017. Martin Skeffington
MESSY CHURCH – Messy Church is looking for volunteers to help with the crafts – people who have ideas for the particular theme that Messy Church is promoting at the time. If you feel you have the talent to help with this rewarding ministry, please speak to either Cori Cryer or Christine Skeffington .
PEWS NEWS – As an effort to save time, paper and money with effect from the first Sunday in February I shall be sending out copies of Pews News electronically to everyone in St. Mary’s who has an email address. If you prefer to have a paper copy you will have to let me know. Another advantage is that if you are by any chance away from church on a particular Sunday you will not miss out on any notices. Martin Skeffington
AN ECUMENICAL BEREAVEMENT LISTENING PLACE - A monthly Bereavement Listening & Information (BL&I) hour for all who need it in the community, is to be set up, in memory of Ian McLean, next year. It will start on January 11th 2017, the second Wednesday of the month at 11.00am, in the St. Anne's meeting room (Costa as a reserve). If there are sufficient volunteers, a Monday could also be offered.
If you would like to be involved in any way, please contact either:-
Iris McLean, (St. Mary's)
Christine Anderson (Methodists)
Celia Radcliffe (St. Anne's)