Please pray this week for the homeless, for those people sleeping rough and for those families who find it hard to make ends meet, often having to rely on food banks to feed their children.  Please pray for families who have been evicted from their homes.  Please pray for the social services, churches and charities which offer help to such people.




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

1st Reading   Ephesians  Chapter 1 verses 15 – 23         

Gospel Reading     Matthew  Chapter 25 verses 31 – 46    


REGULAR GIVING ENVELOPES - The envelopes for 2018 have arrived and will be distributed in a few weeks time. If anyone would like to start using the envelopes next year, please could you let me, one of the wardens, or sides-people know. Sally Williams Parish Administrator, St. Mary’s Office


CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH - Planning is underway for the Christmas Day Lunch in the Church Hall and separate flyers are available in Church for you to offer your help, a donation or catering supplies for the day. If you are new to St. Mary's and would like to know more about this occasion, please speak to Cori Cryer in Church.


BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Takes place in St. Mary’s Hall Saturday 9th December 2017 10am – 12 noon. Tickets cost £5.00 and can be obtained from Lesley Hutt Includes hot breakfast and visit by Santa


EASY FUNDRAISING – Don’t forget that 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.  Since starting we have raised nearly £90. It’s so simple.

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


ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS FAYRE – Thank you again for all the hard work of those who helped and took part.  The final figure is £1270.00 Margaret Scothern & Martin Skeffington


WOOL ODMENTS - Radcliffe Charity Knitters are in need of wool! Their last strands have now been used up, so they would be delighted to have any that you don’t need, whatever its age or ply.  Please put in box at back of church. Julia Hancock.


BOYS’ BRIGADE 22nd NOTTINGHAM COMPANY  - The Boys’ Brigade will be having their Christmas Fair on the 2nd December from 10.00am to 12 noon in the BB Hut next to Tesco.  Your support will be appreciated.


FRUIT CAKES - Mary Fox is making 7 inch fruit cakes again.  They will still be £10 each. This year the money will go to Church Army funds. If you wish to secure one, please let Mary know by the end of November!


ST. PETER & ST. PAUL’S CHRISTMAS FAYRE  - Shelford’s Christmas Fayre is on Sunday 17th December between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.  There will be stalls, children’s bran tub, face painting and Splat the Rat, to keep the children entertained and coffee/tea and cake for everyone to enjoy. It will take place in the village hall. Penny Oldham


THE RADCLIFFE SHEEP TRAIL - The Radcliffe sheep are about to be let out once again and their shepherd will be looking for them soon!  Calling all children to help find them!  For those not familiar with the Sheep Trail,12 knitted sheep are residing in village shops and  you are invited to find them and to identify them on the entry form which is available at Lesley Cree Opticians, the Library and at One Way Club. Post your entries in the box at either Lesley Cree or the library, by Saturday 16th December and the winners will be announced at the Carols at the Grange on Monday 18th December. There are prizes for the correct entries, which will be drawn out of a hat. Any queries, please contact Mary Walker.  Happy hunting!!


MUSTARD SEED PRAYER GROUP - The next meeting of the Mustard Seed Prayer Group (Asking God help us grow in numbers) in the East Bingham Deanery is on Tuesday 12th December at 2.00pm here at St. Mary’s.  For further details contact Sue Megahy


ECCLESIASTICAL INSURANCEThis insurance company has for many years provided insurance cover for St Mary's and to celebrate their 130th anniversary are offering a £130 donation to St Mary's for every new home insurance policy taken out by a member of St Mary's. I must emphasis that we do not recommend Ecclesiastical Insurance, or any other insurance company, but suggest that if you are checking out what's available you include Ecclesiastical in your studies. But you must choose the policy that gives you the best value for money. Please have a word with me if you require any further information. Dave Townsend


FRAMEWORK CAROL SERVICE – For those of you interested there will be a carol service in Southwell Minster on Friday 8th December 2017 beginning at 7.00pm. Music will include the Minster Choir performing a new song specially written to raise funds for Framework: Reach Out and Lend a Helping Hand was created by local musician Chris Lawry with inspiration from singer Andrew Randell and pupils at Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School. For information on the song, to purchase a CD or access materials to perform it please visit  A collection will be taken in aid of their work helping local people in need.


MOTHERS’ UNION - Our next meeting is on Wednesday 29th November at 2.15 pm in St. Mary's Church Hall. Our speaker will be Brian Kent. All welcome. Jane Fountain


QUIZ -The 2017/8 quiz, in aid of St Mary’s roof fund, will be available from Mary Dawdry at the Christmas Fair on Saturday, 18th November, or in church on Sunday mornings. Price £1.00 per copy. This year the topic is Food and Drink, something you all know about!  Mary Dawdry.


JRP CHRISTMAS WISH LIST – The Jericho Road Project, which is supported by St. Mary’s, like to bless the women they support by giving them the following items viz: Quality Chocolate Bars, Slipper Socks, Nail Varnish, Gloves and Hats.  If you feel you can help please could you let JRP have them by 30th November either by sending them through the post or delivering them to Jericho Road Project, 1a Chestnut Grove, Nottingham, NG3 5AD between 9.00am and 4.00pm.  We have also had a thank you letter from Abigail the Volunteer Project manager thanking us for our donation of £500.




The Vicar and Parochial Church Council recognise the importance of our work with children and young people and adults in need of protection, and our responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

St. Mary’s is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their wellbeing.

If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then please contact St. Mary’s Safeguarding Officer, Lyn Sugden, whose contact details are at the back of church.

A copy of our Safeguarding Policy and procedures can be found at the back of church.