This week Heavenly Father we pray for both the people of Spain and the people of Catalonia.  We pray that they are able to settle their differences.  We pray that the central government in Madrid is not too heavy handed creating a situation where the Catalonians are more determined than ever to hold their independence referendum.  We pray that there is no bloodshed, no acts of terrorism or any other action which only makes matters worse.

We pray for all countries where there is discord, where one ethnic group finds difficulty living with another.  We remember Myanmar and the Rohinja people who have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh itself a poor country finding difficulty accommodating them. We pray for countries in Africa where there is racial tension, in America where many black people are persecuted because of their race and even in our own country where there are those who would like to promote racism.  Let people live together and respect one another we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus. Amen.


Readings (or as announced and/or as shown in service sheet) 

1st Reading         Philippians Chapter 3 verses 4b – 14            

Gospel Reading         Matthew  Chapter 21verses 33 – 46     



LEADING PRAYERS & READING THE LESSON - Reading the lesson and leading prayers is a very valuable part of services. If you would like to join the team for either those who read the Bible lesson or lead Intercessions at a Sunday 10.30 am service, please have a word with Iris McLean or one of the clergy. Short training is available if needed and support/help always available. 


BEREAVEMENT LISTENING TIME - This will again take place next Wednesday October 11th in St. Anne's Meeting Room, New Road. Everyone is very welcome between 11am and midday, however recent or long ago the bereavement. Tea, coffee, etc. and biscuits are served. Iris McLean


BOYS’ BRIGADE COMMISSIONING ETC. – This will take place during the 10.30am service next Sunday 15th October.


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

  • 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.


CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL – “CHILDREN IN DISTRESS” - Please collect leaflet and instructions /background from back of church. Some empty pre-wrapped boxes also available! Return to church on or before 5th November. Julia Hancock.


WOOL ODDMENTS - Last week we had a great start. Any wool, for our charity knitters, you have lying around and don’t want to use, please take it to the back of church and put in/near box with the RED BALL of WOOL on a STICK! Thanks you so much. Julia Hancock.


NOTTINGHAM REFUGEE FOPRUM – Nottingham Refugee Forum proudly presents on Friday 17th November at the Royal British Legion, Radcliffe on Trent “The Electric Bears” 7.30pm – 11.00pm. Come down for an evening of live dancing to pop, funk and soul.  Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained from Pen to Paper or Cathy tel: 07811 380 317 


CHRISTMAS FAYRE 2017  - Time is romping along and it will be November (see date in fundraising) before we know it! So therefore, Margaret’s annual plea is due for donations of NEW/NEARLY NEW items to help make up a lovely stall at this year’s Christmas Fayre please. Closer to the time we shall be putting out a request for home made cakes and other goodies.  There will also be a list put at the back of church where you can indicate what you are likely to provide.  We shall welcome all contributions. Many thanks. Margaret Scothern & Martin Skeffington


2018 CALENDARS - Attractive calendars of Nottinghamshire churches are now available, priced £5 each from Brian Bull or any of the bell ringers. These include 12 photos of local churches, which can also be used as postcards. Proceeds will go to the Diocesan Bell Fund, which gave a generous grant when work was carried out on St Mary's bells in 2000. Brian Bull


ALPHA COURSE - Please note that the Rev. Canon Peter Watkins, who is a retired minister from the Coventry Diocese, is to run an Alpha Course, which is taking place at St. Mary’s and All Saints Bingham this autumn. This is early information prior to the distribution of printed publicity materials. I can let you have a copy of the proposed timetable, which will run from 11th October to 13th December 2017. Any other queries about the course should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Martin Skeffington


ST. PETER’S CHURCH - St Peter's Church (next Marks & Spencer’s), St. Peter’s Square, Nottingham Annual Public Lecture will take place Tuesday October 10th at 6pm. Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner takes as his topic ‘Reshaping Policing Priorities for the Public’. This Lecture will look at the ever - changing nature and role of policing in our lives. The level of demand on police resources has grown and crime itself has changed with some of it increasingly taking place on line. Paddy Tipping will speak about the challenges of matching the priorities and expectations of the public with the reshaping of national and local policing to confront current and future demands. Admission free – no tickets needed - Light refreshments available from 5.30pm.


“PROMISES,PROMISES” EXHIBITION - An exhibition called “Promises, promises” in The Chapter House at Southwell Minster explores some of the issues raised by the letter written by Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour in November 1917 which signaled Government support for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. The exhibition runs from 14th to 28th October. On Sunday 15th October, there will be a talk at 3pm in Trebeck Hall hosted by Southwell Minster Partnership Group with St. George’s Jerusalem, to which all are very welcome: “The Balfour Declaration and implications for Palestinians” will be presented by the Rev’d Dr. Fadi Diab (Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East). The exhibition culminates in a free conference for anyone who would like to know more about Britain’s historical role in the complex situation in Israel/Palestine. It is called ‘Britain and Palestine 1917- 2017 Unfinished Business’ and takes place on Saturday 28th October from 2pm to 5pm in the State Chamber, Southwell Minster. It will include an address – ‘The Promised Land?’ - by Professor Mary Grey (Roman Catholic liberation theologian and Trustee of the Balfour Project). To register interest/find out more please call 0115 952 1802 / 0115 965 2948 or e mail:

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ANOTHER WINTER WITH THE CELTS - On behalf of Newark & Southwell Deanery, but open to all, we are pleased to offer a second series of bible studies in which we will be Exploring Celtic Spirituality based on Ray Simpson’s book of the same name. The sessions will again be held in the Parish Churches of St Peter & St Paul, Upton and St Peter, Farndon 14th and 28th October at Upton, 11th and 25th November at Farndon, 9th December at Upton, 13th and 27th January at Farndon, and 10th February at Upton. For further information please contact Jane Johnson tel: 01636 812877, or Roy Parsons tel: 01636 673422


APPLES – Dave Townsend and I spent part of Wednesday afternoon picking apples off the apple tree in the vicarage garden.  I intend to use them to make some items for the Christmas Fayre.  If anyone else would like any to do something similar or just to use for their own purposes please have a word with me and I’ll let you have some.  We have also put some in the foyer of St. Mary’s Hall for people to help themselves.  Martin Skeffington