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.
Readings (or as shown in service sheet)
1st Reading: 1 Corinthians Chapter 3 verses 1 – 9
Gospel Reading: Matthew Chapter 5 verses 21 – 37
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.
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.
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.
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)