Please pray this week for those people who live in war zones whether in Syria, Ukraine or other areas of the world where armed conflict is taking place.  Pray that wisdom will prevail and that peace will be restored so that some sense of normality can triumph.




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


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

Service Theme – The Priority of Prayer

1st Reading Acts Chapter 4 verses. 23 – 31 

Gospel Reading Matthew Chapter 6 verses 5 – 15 


ST. PETER & ST. PAUL’S          

Sunday 28th                           6.30pm Evening Service

Readings as Radcliffe and/or as shown in service sheet


ACTS & GRACE – ROAST PREACHER FOCUS - VICARAGE  - As part of the Sermon Series, Acts & Grace, there will be an opportunity to ‘grill’ the preacher.  After two sermons have been preached those who have spoken, will be available to answer questions or listen to reflections.  It is also hoped that these meetings will help shape the discussions Church Council will be having about the future shape of the church. These meetings will take place at the Vicarage. The next meetings will be as below Each will last one hour and tea and cakes will be served.  Mark and Sue would love to welcome you. 

The dates are as follows:-

Sunday February 4th                4.00 - 5.00pm

Sunday February 25th              4.00 – 5.00pm

Sunday March 18th                  4.00 – 5.00pm

Sunday March 25th                  4.00 – 5.00pm


SQUADRON LEADER TOM THOMPSON – Tom’s funeral will be on Thursday 1st February at 12.30pm for those who are able to attend.


OPEN CHURCHES WEEKEND 21/22 JULY  - We are being encouraged by Mark for St Mary's to take part in this project which is seen as encouraging church visits. This entails having a team of volunteers, a minimum of two at all times, in church between 10.30am and 4.30pm on Saturday, and midday till 4.00pm on Sunday. Please support this important event by volunteering. Please contact me. Dave Townsend


CTR LENT COURSE – The CTR Lent Group’s Booking Forms are at the back of the church and should be returned completed on or before 11th February We shall be using the York Course “On the Third Day as our guide. Purpose is to meet up and share with others from different churches. Please pick up a booking form and see what you think. Any questions? - ask  Ann Dean or Julia Hancock - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


MOTHERS’ UNION – The next Mothers’ Union meeting will be on Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 2.15pm in St Mary’s Hall. The talk is entitled “Following in Mary Sumner’s Footsteps.” Everyone is welcome. Jane Fountain.


SAFEGUARDING  -  We estimate that there are still up to 50 or 60 people who play an active part in the life of our 2 churches but who haven't yet been able to access one of the Church of England safeguarding modules. The target is that everyone who has any paid or voluntary role in at church (whether or not it involves contact with children or vulnerable adults) completes at least a C0 basic awareness session. We are aiming to achieve this target in the next couple of months!  Lyn, the safeguarding co-ordinator for St Mary's, has recently undertaken the training to be authorised to present this module in a group setting - so there is no longer any need to fight with the online course! Feedback from a test session was really positive. 3 further sessions have now been arranged to take place in St Mary's Hall: - Monday February 26th at 1.30pm, Tuesday February 27th at 10am, Saturday March 3rd at 10am


Please could you let either Lyn Sugden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Sally Williams (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 845 1656) know which session you would like to attend. (These sessions are also open to anyone - even if you do not currently have a particular 'job' at church).


MUSTARD SEED PRAYER GROUP - The next meeting of the Mustard Seed Prayer Group (asking God’s help for us grow in numbers) in the East Bingham Deanery is on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 2.00pm at St. Peter’s, East Bridgford.  For further details contact Sue Megahy


REFRESH IN LENT WITH BISHOP PAUL -  “I am increasingly aware that sustaining momentum in ‘Growing Disciples wider, younger and deeper’ is dependent on the spiritual vitality of those who serve and lead across our churches,” writes Bishop Paul. “Some have borne the heat through intense and uncertain seasons of ministry, others have carried the burden of leadership in some area of church life or in their day to day working world. That is why I am going to be hosting a series called Refresh in Lent, open to all but especially for anyone who exercises some aspect of leadership in their church, workplace, or wider community. “Refresh will take place over two consecutive weeks in six locations around the diocese. I will be joined by some of the younger leaders we are nurturing who will contribute in different ways to the evenings, all you need to do is come along open to receive and be refreshed. Further publicity will be going out to parishes, though it may help to have the dates now if you would like to integrate these evenings into other plans during Lent.”  The nearest location to us to listen to Bishop Paul is St. Giles, West Bridgford on Tuesday 13th March and Tuesday 20th March 2018.


SWEEP CLEAN - The Church has just acquired a carpet sweeper so that small bits (eg. crumbles, leaves) can be removed from the carpets. The sweeper is kept in the choir vestry along side Henry, the vacuum cleaner. If you have need to use the carpet sweeper please remember to empty it when you have finished so that it is ready for the next person to use. Mike Boyd


UNWANTED TOILETRIES FOR CHRISTMAS? - Did you receive any of these, or receive too many? The Jericho Road Project is a Christian charity, which works in Nottingham with women in the sex industry. They are always very grateful for gifts of toiletries and personal care items for their outreach work. If you have any to spare, please place them in the box, which will be at the back of Church until the end of the month, and I will then take them to the Project Centre near the Arboretum. Have you got any men’s unwanted toiletries as well? Also place them in the box and I will take them to the Friary Drop in Centre in West Bridgford. Many thanks - Mary Walker 


COACH TRIP TO SHERINGHAM – The next St. Mary’s coach trip will be to Sheringham, Norfolk on Saturday 19th May 2018 and will include a trip on the Poppy Line from Sheringham to Holt and return. The cost is £30 per adult and £25 per child. The coach will leave from outside The Grange at 8.30am and return to Radcliffe for early evening. Martin Skeffington


RACIAL JUSTICE - Racial Justice Sunday Service Sunday 11th February 5.00pm at God’s Vineyard, 292 Derby Road Nottingham,NG7 1QF by kind permission of Pastor Ezekial Alawale. The Rt Revd Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood is preaching.


You are most welcome to stay for refreshments after each Sunday service, to enjoy each other’s company and to welcome both newcomers and visitors.


The next Messy Church will be in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday 25th February 2018. Shelford has its own Messy Church the next one being the last Wednesday afternoon in February. 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 in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday 25th February 2018 at 6.30pm