Please pray for those members of our Church Family who have lost loved ones in the last 12 months.  Please pray that we have the right words to comfort them in their bereavement


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

Service Theme – Grace – Asking Questions and Telling Stories

1st Reading     1 Corinthian Chapter 9 verses 18 – 22              

Gospel Reading     John Chapter 4 verses 1 – 26    

ST. PETER & ST. PAUL’S          

Sunday 25th                        6.30am Evening Service

Readings as Radcliffe unless amended 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 the discussions Church Council will be having about the future shape of the church. These meetings take place at the Vicarage. The next meeting is today at 4.00pm.  Lasting for one hour, tea and cakes will be served.  Mark and Sue would love to welcome you.  Other dates are as follows:-

Sunday March 18th                  4.00 – 5.00pm

Sunday March 25th                  4.00 – 5.00pm


SERVICES QUESTIONNAIRE - Today we are launching a questionnaire on our Sunday and Midweek Services.  This may be completed on a paper copy and returned to church or a link can be found on the front of the Website to enable you to complete it in this way.  If you are able to complete this online, this would help with collation, but either way is fine! We ask that you fill the questionnaire in once, for the Service you normally attend.  There is plenty of space for comments. The aim of the questionnaire is to help us plan for the future and especially how we may reach those who don’t currently come to church.  To this end, we would ask you to bear this in mind when completing. The final date for completion is Thursday March 1st. Our warmest thanks for doing this.  We value so much your support and encouragement. Mark & the PCC.


SAFEGUARDING  - To those of you to whom this applies this is a reminder that the safeguarding meetings are tomorrow afternoon at 1.30pm, Tuesday morning February 27th at 10am, Saturday morning 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).


CHURCHWARDEN - At the PCC meeting in January I announced that at our Annual Meeting in April I wouldn't be standing for re-election as Churchwarden for St Mary's. I feel that after two interregnums and a new roof it's time to stand aside I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful support over the past ten and a half years. St Mary's will now embark on a search for my successorThis needn't be a hugely onerous position, I will still be around at St Mary's for the foreseeable future and continue to carry out some of my present roles and provide support for a new churchwarden. If anyone would like further information please to ask me. - Dave Townsend


WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - It is called Women’s world day of prayer only because women have put the service together! ALL ARE WELCOME AT THE SERVICE. This year we are introduced to Suriname, a beautiful country in the north of South America.  The service will be held at St Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, New Rd, at 2.00pm on Friday 2nd March, and will be followed by refreshments typical of Suriname. The service considers many themes, including wise use of resources and effects of various activities on the health of our planet. Do come along to learn about Suriname and to worship God with other Christians in our village. If you need more information, please speak to Mary Walker or Val Murray.


MOTHERS’ UNION - Our next meeting, which is our AGM, is on Wednesday 28th February at 2.15pm, at St. Mary's Hall. Everyone is welcome. Jane Fountain.


REFRESH IN LENT WITH BISHOP PAUL -  I will be leading the Refresh in Lent series taking place over two consecutive weeks in six locations around the diocese. Refresh in Lent is open to all but especially for anyone who exercises some aspect of ministry or leadership in their local church, workplace or wider community. This includes all those who serve on PCCs. A flyer should already have come to your parish or benefice for distribution.

Please would you kindly extend this invitation warmly to your congregation. “Refresh will take place over two consecutive weeks and the nearest for us is St. Giles, West Bridgford on Tuesday 13th March and Tuesday 20th March 2018. 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. Bishop Paul


COACH TRIP TO SHERINGHAM – There are currently 9 places left on the coach. 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


JERICHO ROAD PROJECT - These were delivered last week, and thanks are due to all who donated to these worthy projects. Two boxes of toiletries, plus a large bag of gift sets, which will be used for birthday presents for the women at Jericho Rd, plus a bag of men’s toiletries and new underwear and socks for the Friary where they were very gratefully received by staff. Many thanks again for your generosity.  Mary Walker


HOLIDAY CLUB 2017 - Tuesday April 10th – Thursday 12th April, 10.00am – 2.30pm.  Where is it?   St. Mary’s Church Hall and the Methodist Church. This year we are inviting the children to become astronauts at the “Space Academy” and to attend a Holiday Club service at St. Mary’s on the following Sunday, 15th April, at 10.30am.

We are still looking to recruit adults in these roles :-

Supporting a team leader-Working within a Starbase” (small group of 10 children)

Worship team “The Transporters”- particularly if you play an instrument 

Craft team - prepping beforehand, or helping in the craft zone (afternoons) OR designing and helping create  the “Space Academy” scene.

Refreshments ”Café Cosmos” - helping with making drinks and washing up

Walking bus supervisors “Shuttlecraft launch” - to help us escort the children safely between the two churches (afternoons)

Games “Fit for Space” team - Leading/helping to supervise games (afternoons) 

Clean up crew - to help set up at the beginning (on Monday 9th April) and pack away and clean up at the end of Holiday Club.

Prayer – This is an essential that everyone can do. Please pray for everyone taking part in “Holiday Club” and all the ongoing preparations. Please pray that God’s voice will be heard by those people He is calling.  It may be for the whole space journey, 1-2 days, mornings/afternoons.

Do you need more information? Is God calling you? Please speak to Cori Cryer, tel:933 3468

NB:  Any volunteer who takes on certain roles will need to complete a DBS application to comply with our Safeguarding Policy.


COFFEE POT – During Holiday Club at St. Mary’s Hall Coffee Pot will be closed.  Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Martin Skeffington