Readings (or as shown in service sheet)
1st Reading Exodus Chapter 24 verses 12 – 18
Gospel Reading Matthew Chapter 17 verses. 1 – 9
|Heavenly Father we pray this week for the home and family. We pray for those families where there is only one parent responsible for looking after a child or children: where there is illness or a disabled person. We pray for families where there is abuse however caused: for families where there is illnesses of the mind. We pray for families where there is poverty, where there is not enough food to eat. We pray for Christian families in countries where Christianity is not welcomed and where such Christian families are often persecuted. We pray for those families, which are devastated by the loss of a loved one whether through a tragic accident or a terminal illness. We pray for couples that are desperate for a family that they find a way to fulfil their dreams. We ask all of this Lord in the name of your son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.|
LENTEN ADDRESSES – A year ago set myself a small task of preparing a series of special addresses for the Tuesday services of Holy Communion during the five weeks of Lent. It had not occurred to me to do so this year until a request came from a parishioner. By way of response I have prepared another series for the Tuesday and some of the Thursday services viz:-
Fishers of Men
Listen to the Wind – Nicodemus
What thine Ye of Christ
A True Saying
The River and the Sea
Rev’d Canon Alan Haydock
NOTTINGHAM STREET PASTORS - Lynda Blakeley of Nottingham Street Pastors has been invited to speak on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm at St. Anne’s Church, New Road about their work in Nottingham. This open to anybody from either inside or outside our village churches so everyone is welcome. There are refreshments afterwards and the meeting, which is half way through the Lent course, will be one of the five ways of receiving Christ i.e. “Receiving Christ in the stranger” Julia Hancock.
EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 21st March at All Saints, Cotgrave. 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.
REFUGEE FORUM TROLLEY – Thank you everyone who donates to this trolley. We do, however, have a problem with mice in the church and we have found that biscuits and the like which have been left overnight in the trolley have been gnawed. It would be prudent therefore if you wish to leave food in the trolley not to include biscuits or anything else that might attract the mice. There is a list in the trolley giving various alternatives.
PEWS NEWS –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
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 speak to our parish administrator Sally Williams who is only too happy to help with Standing Order forms etc.
LOOKING FOR A DRIVER - Are you over 25 years of age? Do you have a full clean driving licence? Would you be able to act as driver of a diocesan minibus all or part of Friday 6th October – Tuesday 17th October? The diocesan Holy Lands Partnership Group is hosting a group of 6 ambassadors from the Diocese of Jerusalem who will be in Nottinghamshire this October. We would love to hear from anyone who might be able to help with transport as above during this time. If you could help, please contact Alison Cox tel: 07827 291693.