St Mary's Radcliffe on Trent

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and proclaim Jesus Christ as Saviour

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St Mary's Church and St Peter and St Paul, Shelford

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Heavenly Father we live in such an unstable world where two super powers vie for their own way to the exclusion of others.  Please pray that peace will prevail so that everyone can enjoy the benefits, which this world can offer.





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

1st Reading   Acts Chapter 10 verses 34 - 43                     

Gospel Reading   John Chapter 20 verses 1 – 18 


ST. PETER & ST. PAUL’S          

Sunday 1st                        10.30am Holy Communion

Readings as Radcliffe unless amended and/or as shown in lectionary.


ALPHA COURSE - On the 17th April at 7.30pm in St Mary's Hall we begin our next Alpha Course for anyone wanting to explore the Christian faith for the first time or who simply want to know more. There are flyers with more information at the back of church. There are also sign up sheets in church for people who would be willing to be a part of a team to help with either the cooking or the serving and clearing up on the night. From past experience the acts of kindness shown by those cooking and serving often speak louder than all the words spoken by the Alpha leaders. Please do come and be part of this amazing ministry. If you would like to book your place on the course, please be praying and thinking about whom you might invite who does not already come to church. Please contact Rachel.


ACPM - This year's annual meeting will take place on Monday 16th April at 7.30pm in the church. It's at this meeting where we review the work of the church during 2017. Members of the PCC are elected and people with other roles are recognised. As you know, Dave Townsend has decided that his time as churchwarden has come to an end and so we will hopefully also be appointing a new person to this key role. If you are interested in joining the PCC, then current members would be very happy to answer questions. Nomination forms can be found at the back of church. If you'd like to know more about being a churchwarden, then Mark Tanner, Sue Megahy or Dave Townsend will be very happy to help. Harry Hughes (PCC Secretary)


DISCIPLESHIP, GOSPEL AND GIVING - Bishop Paul hosted two sessions in January entitled Discipleship, Gospel and Giving at which he explored the challenges and opportunities that arise around discipleship and financial giving.  Addressing the financial needs attached to resourcing your church’s mission, including parish share, can often feel a burden. How do you continue to nurture a culture of generous giving? What can you do to help people to grow in the gift of giving as part of their spiritual formation as followers of Christ?  These are some of the issues that Bishop Paul addresses in the video we have had produced of his keynote address filmed on the evening of 30th January at St Nic’s Nottingham.  For access to the video and other details please click on the link if you are able.


ELECTORAL ROLL - A revision of St Mary’s Electoral Roll is currently taking place in readiness for the Annual Parish Council Meeting on Monday 16th April. If you are not on the Electoral Roll and would like to be added to it, please complete one of the forms on the table at the rear of the church by Sunday 21st March. You need to be on the Roll in order to vote at the APCM or if you wish to be nominated for PCC membership. If you are not sure whether or not you are already on the Roll, you can check by referring to the current copy of the Roll (also on the table) or contact Carol Payne, Electoral Roll Officer.


RACHEL’S PRIESTING – On Saturday 30th June Rachel’s priesting will take place in Southwell Minster.  We are sure that many of you will wish to go along and support her in this her next stage of her curacy.  We have therefore hired a 59 seater coach which will leave from outside Grange Hall at 2.30pm returning from Southwell at 6pm.  To help with numbers will you please let me know if you would like to come. Thank you. Martin Skeffington


MESSY CHURCHMuch prayer, planning and preparation has been employed for each event over the past six and a half years but both the volunteer team and the number of families attending has declined over recent months. It has become apparent that we need to take a break. We plan to meet again in September (date to be arranged) to further review the future of Messy Church at St Mary's and in the meantime, conduct a survey of families who have an interest in Messy Church. To the team, thank you all for your support, hard work and contribution to the Messy Church Ministry. Cori Cryer


FESTIVAL EVENSONG - On Easter Sunday at 6.00 pm there will be a Festival Evensong at St Mary’s. This will be a traditional service with four hymns, a psalm for all to sing, and a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. The anthem will be an old favourite – Blessed be the God and Father by S.S. Wesley. Do come and share this celebration of Easter with the Festival Choir. Richard Eaton


BAPTISM OF FLORENCE BUCK - James, Amanda and Isabel Buck are excited to announce the Christening of their second daughter, Florence on Sunday 8th April at 12.30pm at St. Mary’s followed by a reception afterwards in St. Mary’s Hall and an invitation is extended to all church friends. It would be helpful if you could RSVP by next Sunday so that catering arrangements can be made – if you forget please do not worry. James Buck 


“SPACE ACADEMY HOLIDAY CLUB” - Please will you save empty cereal packets, or other small boxes, Pringles’ tubes, kitchen roll middles, washing up liquid bottles, margarine tubs (with lids) and yoghurt pots. Please wash and dry the plastic items. I will put a box at the back of Church to collect these items for junk modelling. We will be making space crafts and robots. Please pray for the leaders and those helping at holiday club or with preparations. Pray too for all the children who will attend - that they will have amazing fun and grow in their understanding of Jesus and His love for them. Please let me  have these items before April 10th when Holiday Club starts. Cori Cryer


LINK DISTRIBUTOR REQUIRED - A Distributor is required to deliver LINK magazine each month to Trent View Gardens, 16 in total. Help is always available to cover sickness and holidays. If you live on Trent View Gardens or nearby and feel you would be able to help please contact Jenny Hudson. Thank you.


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.


Shelford has its own Messy Church the next one being the last Wednesday afternoon in April. We look forward to seeing you. Please pray for Messy Church in Shelford, for their leaders and everyone who take part.  Please pray also that the right decisions are made with regard to the future of Messy Church in Radcliffe.  


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  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 today will be in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday 29th April 2018 at 6.30pm.







We welcome on Thursday our new Vicar, The Rev Canon Mark Tanner and his wife Sue. 



This week we pray for Mark and Sue Tanner.  We pray that Mark in his new role as Vicar of St. Mary’s Radcliffe on Trent and St. Peter and St. Paul’s Shelford will use his gifts to grow the church family spiritually in an increasing secular world.  We pray that members of the wider community will respond to his teachings and join our church family so that they too can experience the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We further pray that his licensing service will be a joyous occasion and that as many members of the church family as possible will be able to attend.




Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading         Romans     Chapter 12verses 9 - 21       

Gospel Reading         Matthew     Chapter 16 verses 16 – 28   


REV. CANON MARK TANNER – The licensing of the Reverend Canon Mark Tanner as Vicar of St. Mary’s Radcliffe on Trent and St. Peter and St. Paul’s Shelford will take place at St. Mary’s on Thursday 7th September 2017 at 7.30pm.  Please note that it is not necessary to RSVP as suggested in LINK.  All you need do is turn up on the night.  Everybody is warmly welcome. Afterwards there are refreshments in St. Mary’s Hall.


WELCOMING LUNCH - On Sunday 17th September we are having a shared lunch to welcome Rev Mark and Sue Tanner.  There is a sheet at the back of church to sign up if you would like to attend the lunch and to let us know what you will be bringing. Jude McLauchlan


MAD HATTER’S PHOTOS - These will be displayed at the back of church for 2 weeks: (27th August to 3rd September inclusive). There are some good photos for you to enjoy of the CTR 4 church’s celebration ”Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”. They will be circulating among the 4 churches in Radcliffe 2 weeks at a time. 

Have a look. Any thoughts about next year? Date/Month for a start?? Julia Hancock  tel; 933 2437.


ST. MARY’S HALL – We have submitted an application to Rushcliffe Borough Council to have a star rating as a registered building dealing in food – not dissimilar to the local Methodist Church.  Consequently there is a need to alter how we deal with food in Coffee Pot.  As soon as possible we shall be moving over to offering a free biscuit in individual sealed packaging similar to many cafes, which sell hot drinks.  This means that we shall not be putting biscuits on plates as is the current practice.  However for those who like their biscuits we shall be offering additional biscuits in sealed packaging but there will be a small charge to cover costs.


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.


CHRISTMAS FAYRE 2017  - Time is romping along and it will be November before we know it! So therefore, my 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. Many thanks. Margaret Scothern


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


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


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.  Could those who still have not paid please let me have the money as soon as possible.This is non-refundable. Currently there are 4 seats left.


MUSIC FOR MARKET - At Newark Parish Church Andrew Ashwin (baritone) & Philip Robinson (piano) Schumann: Liederkreis ; Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel. Saturday 9th September from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Admission is free of charge (with a retiring collection to cover costs) and 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. There will be various organists etc. and musical programmes.


THE BIG E DAY 2017 - The Big E Day 2017 is open for bookings! It’s a great day for youth and children’s leaders to immerse themselves in ideas and inspiration. There will be workshops on 

·         Engaging with young people in schools

·         Growing Teenage Disciples

·         Mental Health First Aid for Young People

·         Listening to Young People and giving them a voice in our churches

You can find out more info by contacting Angela Brymer (tel: 07887 530751) or Dave Keetley (tel: 07720 511192)

This year the event takes place on Saturday 30th September (9:00-2:45pm) at the Minster School, Southwell. Please find attached details of the workshops and a booking form.  Our keynote speaker is Mary Hawes, National Children and Youth Adviser for the Church of England. If you prefer, online booking can be made by clicking on this link –   


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   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Martin Skeffington



We pray, Heavenly Father for the United Kingdom which has taken the decision to leave the European Union.  We pray for the politicians both to the right and the left who have major decisions to make both within their own political parties and in government.  We pray that wise decisions are taken, decisions, which will not exacerbate the break-up of the United Kingdom.  We recognise Lord that only you know the future for these Islands whatever the decisions taken in the next few months and years.  We pray for the business communities that they will continue to prosper.  We pray for the migrant workers that they will not suffer unnecessary abuse following the referendum.  We also pray that any splits within the country can be healed and those people who are happy with the outcome are gracious to those who are less happy.  We pray that as a country we can unite to achieve an outcome, which can satisfy all. 



1st Reading                     Galatians Chapter 6 vv. [1 – 6] 7 -16        

Gospel Reading               Luke Chapter 10 vv. 1 – 11, 16 - 20 


KEITH LANCASTER – Keith’s funeral will be on Monday 4th July at 1.15pm. Keith, a former deputy warden, has been a long and faithful member of St. Mary’s and no doubt many of his friends in St. Mary’s will wish to pay their respects on Monday.


SPREE - Please pray for all our young people and leaders who are attending 'Spree' in Northamptonshire this weekend; for safety, that they will have fun and draw closer to Jesus. Jude McLauchlan


EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 21st June at All Saints Church Cotgrave. Please come and join us to help pray for God’s blessing on our clergy, churches and the communities they serve. If you would like to pray at home for our interim Area Dean Rev’d Bronwen Gamble and the Deanery, do speak to Stella Holbrook or Jude McLauchlan.


PUB BIBLE TIME – Pub Bible time takes place every third Monday of the month (unless otherwise advised).  The next meeting will be on 18th July at the Manvers pub at 7.30pm. Biblical knowledge is not required. Food is usually provided.  Expand your knowledge of the Bible in a convivial atmosphere.


RADCLIFFE MEN’S EVENTS - Do not forget about the specially organised bowling session at the Radcliffe Bowls Club (Glebe Lane, off Cropwell Road - adjacent South Notts Academy) Wednesday 27th July Meet at the Club for 7-00pm - please wear or bring FLAT SHOES. Please let Paul Dean know if you can make it (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to either event.  If you have any ideas for a summer bike ride please let me know. Harry Hughes


STRAWBERRY CREAM TEA - A Strawberry Cream Tea, in aid of the Motor Neurone Association, will be held at 20, Hamilton Drive Radcliffe on Trent, on Wednesday 6th July from 3pm to 5pm.  Tickets, price £4.00, are now available from Mary Dawdry.  There will also be a raffle and cake stall.


EVENTS FOR YOUTH LEADERS - Ideas Factory for East Bingham Deanery with Dave and Angela Tuesday 5th July 7.30pm at St. Mary's Hall, Radcliffe on Trent, NG12 2FD.
Coffee chat, sharing resources and prayer for youth ministry for any youth leaders. Bookings to be made with Angela This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


GLEBE ALLOTMENTS’ ASSOCIATION - We presently have 3 vacant plots available to rent and it occurred to me that perhaps this might be of interest to members of your congregation whilst at the same time supporting the diocese. (The land is owned by the church and administered by the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham’s Agents). Neil Cunnington is the Site Manager - John Thompson


UNUSED  KNITTING WOOL  - Have you any wool oddments hidden away?  Has your Mother, Auntie or Uncle, Neighbour? We are collecting this summer both for our local Radcliffe charity knitters (knitting e.g. for Children in Distress) and also for the Rainbow Refugee Knitting Group in Hyson Green. A Collection Box is at the back of church. Have a rummage  - any amount is welcome. Thank you. Julia Hancock 


CHARITY TEA PARTY - Iris and Ron McLean will be holding Iris’s Birthday Charity Tea Party again, in the garden at 137, Shelford Road, in memory of their son Ian, who died 3 years ago. There will be drinks, cakes, a raffle and space for children to play. Please come between 3.00 pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 24th July, enjoy chatting to others and support Cancer Research. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes are welcomed.


SHELFORD CHURCH – By popular demand Shelford church welcomes back “just THE JOB jazz” Saturday 9th July 8pm – 10.30pm. Tickets £15.00 Adults, £10 under 16’s. A free glass of wine is being offered during refreshments.  For tickets contact Penny Oldham or Elizabeth Eaton.  Also available from Pen to Paper, Radcliffe.


ECUMENICAL BRING AND SHARE LUNCH – This will take place Sunday 24th July at 12 noon for 12.30pm in the Methodist schoolroom to celebrate Abby’s time in Radcliffe. More information to come. Julia Hancock


ST. MARY’S ROOF – The work to reroof St. Mary’s is scheduled to start Monday 18th July.  Access to the main West Door and the Lady Chapel Door will be maintained although it is likely that the path through the churchyard will be closed between the two doors whilst the work is undertaken.


THE FRIARY PROJECT FOR THE HOMELESS - . Thank you for the support you already provide. We greatly need the following items for those who call in daily for help:-

Trainers, socks, boxers, jackets, waterproofs, T-shirts, jeans (men’s and ladies’), sweatshirts, joggers, sleeping bags, small radios, toiletries e.g. razors, shaving foam, toothbrushes, shower gel, shampoo

Items may be placed in/on the “Friary” trolley at the back of church. Thank you.



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