Heavenly Father we pray this week for our emergency services, the police, the ambulance service, the fire brigades, the coastguard and the Royal national Lifeboat Institution.  We remember Lord that members of these organisations are often the first people to arrive at a scene of disaster whether that scene involves one person or many people.  We pray that each and every member is able to deal with the emotional stress that results from arriving at such a scene and that they are able to give the kind of support, which is needed.  We pray for the counsellors who often have to give comfort to the bereaved or those in shock at what has happened.  We pray also for the Accident and Emergency Departments, which have to deal with the injuries, some horrific, resulting from a disaster.  Lord we pray that you in turn will give these people the support and hidden strength to cope in such circumstances.  Amen.

 

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Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading:         1 Corinthians   Chapter 3   verses 1 – 9        

Gospel Reading:       Matthew  Chapter 5   verses 21 – 37        

COMPLINE AT SHELFORD.   On Sunday 19th February, our Archdeacon, Rev’d. Canon Sarah Clark, will be joining us for Compline.  As usual, there will be a choir practice beforehand at 5.45pm.  At 6.10pm there is fellowship and refreshments before the service, which begins at 6.30pm. and lasts half an hour.  Everyone is very welcome. David Hancock This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – This service has been prepared by the ladies from the Philippines and Radcliffe's service is being held on Friday March 3rd at 2pm in the Methodist church. All are welcome (men, women and children). Val Murray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

MARGARET MATTHEWS – Margaret thanks everyone at St. Mary’s for the lovely flowers she has received.  She misses her regular Thursday morning Holy Communion and is looking forward to returning when she is fully mobile again.

 

FILM NIGHT FOR 11+ - We will be showing the recently released Ben Hur film on Thursday 16th February 6.30pm – 9.00pm. There is no charge. There will be an interval when we will serve hot chocolate, cold drinks and popcorn. Young people should bring their own sweets! Jude McLauchlan

 

REGULAR 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. If you want further information please pick up one of the Giving Packs at the back of church and/or speak to our parish administrator Sally Williams who is only too happy to help with Standing Order forms etc.

 

LENT MEETINGS LEAFLETS - “ Receiving Christ in five different ways”, The CTR Lent Group Forms are at the back of church now and should be returned on or before Sunday 26th  February  in the box at the back of church. As always each group will set their own pace, and shape their own content. The course starts week beginning Sunday 5th March. When filling in availability, please give several options. If you can’t join all sessions, that’s not a problem. We meet, ecumenically, in people houses and in church halls: Friday afternoon at St. Anne’s and Tuesday afternoon at St. Mary’s Hall. This is a joyful opportunity to meet members of other churches. Want to stick to your own house group  and invite others in? That’s possible too. More info? Julia Hancock , Ann Dean, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Richard Walker. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 21st February at St. Mary’s Keyworth. 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

 

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/)

 

CHRISTIAN AID - A spectacular art and photo exhibition – I Witness – will be hosted at Southwell Minster from Friday January 20th until February 25th. The exhibition features inspiring stories of projects Christian Aid have facilitated since the 2010 Haitian earthquake. The projects have enabled people to find hope and stability following this devastating event. The projects also feature the impact of legacy giving to C. A. and tell the story of three very special supporters who visited Haiti. Rachael Glover This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

COVENANTING CHURCHES IN RADCLIFFE - For those who are interested there are copies of the text of our triennial CTR Covenant signed  this year  on 22nd January 17 at the Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Catalyst church, St .James’ Park,  Saxondale between the four churches in Radcliffe. Please take one home and read both the Covenant and the Mission Statement.  If the supply has run out: there will be more copies next week. Richard Walker, Ann Dean, Julia Hancock.

 

ST. MARY’S COACH TRIP – I have 7 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.  The ticket price is £30.00 per adult and £25.00 per 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 Skeffington - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

PEWS NEWS – Now that most Pews News’s are being sent out by email would you please only take one of the paper copies if you have not availed yourself of the electronic version?  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

 

GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN 2017  - Radcliffe Parish Council has again decided to take part in a Litter Pick over the weekend 4th & 5th March 2017. Once again we are calling on individuals, volunteer groups, businesses, schools, clubs and village associations to help and promote a clean and tidy village at all times, and we are hoping that you may join us. Please help if you can on Saturday 4th March 2017 starting point the Grange or Sunday 5th March 2017 starting point Rockley Park Pavilion, both events running from 10 am to 12 noon. Please note that all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult when taking part. If a group or individuals from St. Mary’s would like to take part I have a form for completion and other details, which I will gladly let you have. Martin Skeffington

 

VISITING JOHN LEWIS? - Anyone visiting John Lewis in the Victoria Centre is asked to support Nottinghamshire Award Trust, which makes grants to young people finding it difficult to meet the expense of doing their Duke of Edinburgh's Award. At the entrance to John Lewis' restaurant on the second floor there are green tokens, which customers can pick up and use to vote for chosen charities over the next three months.   Your support would help us to make more grants to these deserving young people in Nottinghamshire.  Keith Vinerd (Trust Secretary)

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