Heavenly Father we pray this week for our world.  We pray that the leaders of the world’s countries will make wise decisions and consider others when making these decisions and what the implications of those decisions are likely to be.  We pray for those countries currently at war with those groups which wish to overthrow the legitimate governments and impose their will upon the countries involved.  We pray for those countries where corruption is rife, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer that the governments of those countries stamp out such corruption and bring about a fairer and more just society.  We pray for those countries where drought and famine are often the norm.  We pray that the richer countries of our world will continue to find the means to send relief and ensure that such relief gets through to the needy.  We pray all these things in Jesus our Saviour’s name. 




Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading         Romans     Chapter  8 verses .26 – 39                   

Gospel Reading         Matthew     Chapter 13 verses 31 – 33, 44 - 52     


SAFEGUARDING TRAINING - A big Thank You to those who have completed the Basic Awareness in Safeguarding Training (“C0”) on line. We now have 22 people at St Mary's who have completed at least one of the safeguarding courses! There are others who still need to do the online course, so we urge you to make every effort to do so. The address is: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/ Once completed, please email Di at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or add your name to the clipboard at the back of church. On the evening of Tuesday 14th November in St. Mary’s Hall there is the next step up, which leaders are asked to attend if not already completed level c1 above the Basic Awareness course.  Please see Sally if you are able to attend as there are limited places reserved for St. Mary’s.


ST. MARY’S DEFIBRILLATOR - A defibrillator is being installed in church. It is recommended that as many of the church family as possible have basic training in its use. We are very grateful to Nigel Buck who is qualified to give us the training. This is free. It will take place on Tuesday 8th August at 2pm in church or Thursday 24th August at 7pm also in church. If you intend coming to either training session please notify Val Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message on the church office phone 8451656.


FUNDRAISING –Please note the following dates in your diary:-

  • Saturday 7th October 2017 – Coach trip to Shrewsbury
  • Saturday 18th November 2017 – Christmas Fayre
  • Saturday 9th December 2017 – Breakfast with Santa
  • Saturday 13th January 2018 – Wedding Fayre

The aforesaid are all fundraising for St. Mary’s Church and we look forward to lots of support. Further details will follow as soon as possible.

Also if any of you would like to help with fundraising for St. Mary’s without any cost to yourself please use the link below. There are lots of on line stores,

hotel booking sites and travel firms which participate and by doing this you will be helping your church.  It’s so simple.


Please do support as the more you support the more we get for St. Mary’s.


RADCLIFFE MEN’S EVENTS - Radcliffe Men's Event for your diaries.


  • Skittles Evening - Wednesday 23rd August, 7.30pm - The Royal Oak, Main Street, East Bridgford

As usual, all blokes welcome - friends/family/work colleagues ........

Please let Paul Dean know if you intend to join us and if you have any special dietary requirements for the breakfast. Harry Hughes


CHORAL EVENSONG - We are holding a Choral Evensong at St Mary and All Saints, Bingham on Sunday 17th September 2017 at 6.30pm. We wish to invite church families in the deanery to join in this service. Seville Holt, Organist and Choirmaster tel: 0797 6420856


TRIP TO NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY & WHITBY – Roger Allton and Martin are organising a trip on Tuesday 5th September. The cost is £35.  This includes the trip on the railway from Pickering to Whitby. The coach departs Radcliffe at 8.30am from outside the Grange. It returns from Whitby about 4.30pm to arrived Radcliffe early evening.  If you would like to come along please speak to Martin Skeffington tel: 0779 0550816.


ST. MARY’S COACH TRIP – A coach trip to Shrewsbury is being arranged for Saturday 7th October.  As usual it will leave from outside the Grange at 8.30am and leave Shrewsbury at about 4.00pm to arrive back in Radcliffe early evening.  The cost is £20 per adult and £15 per child.  To book a seat on the coach please contact Martin Skeffington.  This is non-refundable.


RIDE & STRIDE - Once again this year St Mary’s will be supporting the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride, on Saturday 9th September. The Trust provides funding for the repair and restoration of churches in Nottinghamshire. St Mary’s has benefitted from their support on a number of occasions, most recently £10,000 towards our re-roofing project. David Hancock and I are planning to take part. We will be looking for sponsorship in due course. We intend that half the funds we raise will go the Trust and half to St Mary’s. We also hope members of St Mary’s will help to ‘man’ the church to welcome visiting cyclists, in particular during Saturday afternoon. Dave Townsend


MUSIC FOR MARKET - At Newark Parish Church - Ruth Gomme (voice) & Helen Vickery (piano) Works by Schubert, Berlioz and Walton. Saturday 5th August from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Admission is free (with a retiring collection to cover costs). Refreshments are available beforehand. For further information, contact Dr. Stephen Bullamore on 01636 678897 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This is one of a series taking place at the parish church Newark at the same time as above on 12th August, 19th August and 26th August. There will be various organists etc. and musical programmes.


AFTERNOON TEA PARTY - A huge 'Thank You' to everyone, who supported this in so many different ways, beforehand and on the day. Almost 100 people, aged between 3 months and 90, enjoyed sunshine and perfect weather, (prayers answered), wonderful cakes, stalls, music etc. Some donations are still promised but so far, we should be able, with Gift Aid, to send to Cancer Research £1,568! Iris and Ron McLean


JOURNEY IN FAITH - Each year a new cohort of students are welcomed to the ‘Journey in Faith’ (JiF) course. There are three modules of 9-10 weeks each running across the academic year, starting with an Induction Evening here at Jubilee House in Southwell on 11th September (7.30-9.30pm). JiF offers people the chance to meet with Christians from a variety of church traditions to look at the Bible, different methods of interpreting scripture, what we say we believe as Christians, and all with a vocational thread running through the material encouraging everyone to grow as disciples and take up their baptismal calling.  It’s a safe place to grapple with those questions you’ve hesitated to ask, with an aim of enabling students to become more confident in their faith and thereby more confident in speaking to others about it too. 
If you would like more information about the course please call Jackie Johnson tel: 07827 291724 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  If you would like an application form please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


RUSHCLIFFE PLAY FORUM - This has been set up as a resource centre. It is an ideal source for scrap paper, material, reels, plastic – in fact anything which a resourceful person might find a use for when preparing a craft session whether at church or elsewhere.  They are always looking for items so if you know a business which is looking to rid itself of unwanted items which might be useful to the Play Forum please tel: 937 4589. The forum is closed 11th August reopening 4th September.  Lesley Hutt


CARPET SHAMPOOER – Does any member of the Church Family possess a carpet shampooer and would be willing to let St. Mary’s have the loan thereof to clean carpets in the church hall and possibly the back of church?  If you are able to help please contact Margaret Pepper 


The next Messy Church after this Sunday is in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday 24th September. Shelford has its own Messy Church (date to be announced) at 4.00pm in the Village Hall. We look forward to seeing you at either (or both).  Please pray for our Messy Churches whether in Radcliffe or Shelford, for their leaders and everyone who take part.


Please pray for Rock Solid, for the youngsters who attend and the leaders and volunteers who help out; pray that members will find coming to Jesus as fulfilling and rewarding as having a fun time.  Please also pray for more helpers, particularly males, so that useful relationships can be built up leading youngsters to a more spiritual and fruitful life. The next Rock Solid after this Sunday will be as announced in St. Mary’s Hall.