Heavenly Father we again pray for the victims of terrorist atrocities such as those who suffered at the hands of a suicide bomber on the St. Petersburg metro.  We pray also for the victims of the alleged chemical weapons’ attack in Syria last Tuesday.  Lord we fail to understand why these atrocities take place and what they achieve.  We pray for more compassion, tolerance and understanding in our world so that we can all live in peace.  We continue to pray for the victims of war and war related famine in Africa and Yemen.   We earnestly pray that all the various parties involved will cease their hostilities so that peace and prosperity may return once more to these stricken areas.  We pray that as 2017 progresses answers will be found to these difficult questions.


ST. PETER & ST. PAUL’S          

Sunday 9th                       No service

Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading   Philippians    Chapter 2  verses  5 – 11                

Gospel Reading    Matthew   Chapter 21 verses 1 - 11      

Thursday Reading    As announced


EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES – Our Easter Sunday Holy Communions will be led by Archdeacon Sarah Clark, Archdeacon of Nottingham.


PRAYING FOR OUR NEW VICAR –Please continue to pray for our new vicar to fulfill both our needs and those of our Bishop Paul. A short list of three candidates has been agreed and interview day will take place during Wednesday 19th April in St. Mary’s Hall and we will know nothing further until the interviews have taken place.


COFFEE POT – There will be no Coffee Pot on either Wednesday 12th April or Wednesday 19th April when St. Mary’s Hall will be used for the Easter Trail Day and Interviews for the new vicar respectively. It will be also closed Monday 17th April, Easter Monday.


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 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


ST. MARY’S PCC ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS FOR 2016 - Copies of the latest report are now available on our church website and at the back of church. Everyone who receives Pews News by email should also have been emailed a copy. The report gives an overview of what we achieved in 2016 and of where our church's money came from and went to! The report will be formally presented at the annual meeting on 10th April, but it is helpful if people can take a look at it in advance.


WALK OF WITNESS – The Walk of Witness will start at the Catalyst Church, Upper Saxondale on Good Friday morning at 9.30am and proceed to St. Mary‘s Church for the CTR service at 10.30am.  You may wish to join it at the start of the walk or anywhere along its route down Saxondale Drive, Grantham Road, Bingham Road or Main Street as it makes its way to our church.


THY KINGDOM COME –Archbishop Justin Welby wants everyone this year again to join in a global wave of prayer. The campaign is supported by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, who are inviting every parish, school, chaplaincy, retreat house, and praying community to join in ten days of prayer for evangelism and witness in the run up to Pentecost. Prayers gatherings have already been planned in Southwell & Nottingham culminating in a celebration service at Southwell Minister on Saturday 3rd June with Bishop Paul.


CHRISM EUCHARIST - The Chrism Eucharist takes place at Southwell Minster on the Wednesday of Holy Week (April 12th). Bishop Paul will be preaching and presiding. The service starts at 7.30pm.


EASTER FLOWERS - Flowers brought to the Memorial service at 6.30pm on Good Friday in memory of loved ones who have died will be used to decorate the Church for Easter. Greenery would also be welcome and can be brought then or on Saturday morning. Brian Bull


AREA DEAN – Bishop Paul has confirmed that the Rev’d Canon Bronwen Gamble  of the Wiverton Group of Parishes will be our Area Dean for three years from 1st of May 2017 following her work as interim Dean.


CTR FAMILY EASTER EXPERIENCE DAY – This will take place on Wednesday 12th April in St. Mary’s Hall. Rolling programme of free crafts and activities throughout the day.  Come and go as you please.  Two sessions:-

10am – 12 .30pm and 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Lunch break 12.30pm1.00pm (bring your own sandwiches etc.)

All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details contact Cori Cryer (St. Mary’s) or Helen Roberts (Methodist Church)


EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 18th April 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 Canon 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.



OLD £5 NOTES – The old-fashioned cotton paper £5 note will cease to be legal tender on Friday 5th May 2017.  If after that date you find you still have an old £5 note think of St. Mary’s who will continue to accept them for the foreseeable future.


CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 14TH – 20TH MAY 2017 - Call for helpers with House to House collections. Last year we raised £5000.00 This Christian Aid Week, 14th – 20th May, our village is continuing to walk with refugees by:-

  • House to House Collections
  • Community Café – Saturday 13th May
  • Plant Sale – Saturday 20th May

We’re not going to turn our backs on refugees now. Speak to Rachael Glover

tel: 07817107787 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join us.


CHAPEL OF ST. MARY THE VIRGIN CLUMBER PARK - Sundays 3.00pm April – September 2017, Choral Evensong. Clumber invites you to raise your voices in worship in the beautiful atmosphere of this 'Cathedral in miniature'. Why not make a day of it with plenty to see and do on the estate and free coach access? Visiting groups please note, in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and the Parish of Worksop Priory, the Chapel is under the Episcopal care of the Bishop of Beverley. Call 01909 544 917 or 01909 544 909 for details www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park and/or