Heavenly Father this week we pray for all the displaced persons in the world. We pray for refugees from the wars in Iraq and Syria living in camps away from the fighting. We pray for those people who have been displaced by famine being experienced in Somalia or South Sudan where civil war is exacerbating the situation. We pray for people in Northern Nigeria where civil war has resulted in loss of homes and livelihoods. We pray for the Yemen where civil war is causing devastation and for the Philippines where parts of the country are suffering from insurrection. We also pray for those young people who are susceptible to indoctrination by religious zealots of whatever faith. In Europe we pray for the farmers of Southern Spain where severe winter weather has ruined their crops and livelihood. Finally we pray that with our separation from the European Union we have the foresight to use modern technology to increase our crop production
Readings (or as shown in service sheet)
1st Reading Genesis Chapter 12 verses 1 – 4a
Gospel Reading John Chapter 3 verses 1 – 17
PRAYING FOR OUR NEW VICAR – Although the advertisements have been placed and the Parish profile is on the inter-net we still need to pray that the right person applies, fulfilling both our needs and those of our Bishop Paul. Interview day will take place during Wednesday 19th April in St. Mary’s Hall. There will be no Coffee Pot on that day. A reminder to this effect will be placed in Pews News closer to the time.
ST MARY’S APCM - St Mary's Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2017 will be held on Monday 10th April at 7.30pm. Please make a note of this in your diaries. Fresh blood brings new ideas and often a renewed enthusiasm in any organisation. The time leading up to the annual meeting provides a perfect opportunity for you to consider what you could bring to the mission of St Mary's by joining the PCC or becoming a Churchwarden. At the meeting we elect 12 ordinary members members of the PCC and 2 Churchwardens (both Dave Townsend and Sue Megahy are willing to stand again). Please speak to me, Dave or Sue if you'd like to know more. Harry Hughes PCC Secretary.
MOTHERING SUNDAY - On Mothering Sunday 26th March there will be an All Age Holy Communion at 10.30am. Messy church families will be joining that service and then going to church hall for usual lunch after the service at approx. 11.45am. There is no All Age Worship on 19th March. Sue Megahy
LENTEN ADDRESSES – A year ago I 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 our own church. (Note the change of venue) The meeting at Cotgrave will be on 18th April. 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.
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 to overcome this problem a large lidded plastic container will be placed either in or adjacent the trolley so that biscuits and other non-tinned items can be safe from our little furry friends. Please therefore use the plastic container for such items.
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
ALL AGED EASTER TRAIL DAY - Wednesday 12th April St Mary’s Hall
The event is a "Christian's Together in Radcliffe" venture and will be on similar lines to Messy Church or the "Shine the Light" party. There will be a repeating programme:-
10am - 12,30 Lunch Break 1pm - 3.30
People can drop in and out at any time and we suggest that a packed lunch be brought if families wish to stay over and catch anything they missed. All children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult but we also need people willing to oversee a craft or activity, not necessarily for the whole time. The planning team have already come up with lots of ideas. It is hoped that you as parents may be able to team up with someone else to share parental responsibility and also offer your help for a limited period. Helen Roberts (Methodist Church)
SPATE OF THEFTS AT CHURCHES – Due to a spate of thefts from churches in our area please make sure that the church is locked up and alarmed when left unattended.
GREENERY - Suitable greenery is required to add to the bunches of daffodils for Mothering Sunday. If you have any to spare please bring to the Lady Chapel on Friday 25th March between 10.00am and 12 noon. Help is also required to make up bunches between 2.00pm and 3.00pm on Saturday 25th March. Please let Trevor Saunt know if you can help
EXHIBITION AT MINSTER - Local octogenarian water colour artist, Michael Payne is holding his first exhibition in Southwell Minster from 3rd March to 20th April. A lifelong painter, his love of art began as a boy when he was given a box of water colour paints. Now in his eighties the passion continues with each new project he starts. Michael’s water colour exhibition is in the North Transept of the cathedral. Entrance is free.