Church Family & Community News from
St Mary's Church and St Peter and St Paul, Shelford
Readings (or as shown in service sheet)
1st Reading Exodus Chapter 24 verses 12 – 18
Gospel Reading Matthew Chapter 17 verses. 1 – 9
|Heavenly Father we pray this week for the home and family. We pray for those families where there is only one parent responsible for looking after a child or children: where there is illness or a disabled person. We pray for families where there is abuse however caused: for families where there is illnesses of the mind. We pray for families where there is poverty, where there is not enough food to eat. We pray for Christian families in countries where Christianity is not welcomed and where such Christian families are often persecuted. We pray for those families, which are devastated by the loss of a loved one whether through a tragic accident or a terminal illness. We pray for couples that are desperate for a family that they find a way to fulfil their dreams. We ask all of this Lord in the name of your son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.|
LENTEN ADDRESSES – A year ago set myself a small task of preparing a series of special addresses for the Tuesday services of Holy Communion during the five weeks of Lent. It had not occurred to me to do so this year until a request came from a parishioner. By way of response I have prepared another series for the Tuesday and some of the Thursday services viz:-
Fishers of Men
Listen to the Wind – Nicodemus
What thine Ye of Christ
A True Saying
The River and the Sea
Rev’d Canon Alan Haydock
NOTTINGHAM STREET PASTORS - Lynda Blakeley of Nottingham Street Pastors has been invited to speak on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm at St. Anne’s Church, New Road about their work in Nottingham. This open to anybody from either inside or outside our village churches so everyone is welcome. There are refreshments afterwards and the meeting, which is half way through the Lent course, will be one of the five ways of receiving Christ i.e. “Receiving Christ in the stranger” Julia Hancock.
EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 21st March at All Saints, 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 Area Dean Rev’d Bronwen Gamble and the Deanery, do speak to Stella Holbrook or Jude McLauchlan
FUNDRAISING – If any of you would like to help with fundraising for St. Mary’s without any cost to yourself please use the link below.
REFUGEE FORUM TROLLEY – Thank you everyone who donates to this trolley. We do, however, have a problem with mice in the church and we have found that biscuits and the like which have been left overnight in the trolley have been gnawed. It would be prudent therefore if you wish to leave food in the trolley not to include biscuits or anything else that might attract the mice. There is a list in the trolley giving various alternatives.
PEWS NEWS –If you have e-mail facility and wish to have your e-mail address added to my list please let me know using the e-mail address at the top of the first page. Many thanks. Martin Skeffington
GIVING – The weekly giving through the envelope scheme and the monthly giving by Standing Order really does help our Treasurer to know how to budget throughout our fiscal year. We thank everyone who takes part in these forms of giving and those who have signed up for Gift Aid as the additional income again is really useful. We would encourage other members of our Church family to prayerfully consider joining either method of Giving as although we try to be as careful as possible with our spending there is always the unexpected cropping up which we have to find the money for. If you want further information please speak to our parish administrator Sally Williams who is only too happy to help with Standing Order forms etc.
LOOKING FOR A DRIVER - Are you over 25 years of age? Do you have a full clean driving licence? Would you be able to act as driver of a diocesan minibus all or part of Friday 6th October – Tuesday 17th October? The diocesan Holy Lands Partnership Group is hosting a group of 6 ambassadors from the Diocese of Jerusalem who will be in Nottinghamshire this October. We would love to hear from anyone who might be able to help with transport as above during this time. If you could help, please contact Alison Cox tel: 07827 291693.
Heavenly Father, we pray this week for the coming year. In this year of uncertainty we pray that the super powers, the United States and Russia will cease their sabre rattling and work towards peace in the whole world. We pray that the conflicts in Syria and Yemen will come to an end and that our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East will no longer be persecuted. We pray for the people of mainland Europe and the United Kingdom that they will be spared the horror of terrorism as witness last year in Nice, Paris, Brussels and Berlin. Our overwhelming desire Lord is that peace can be enjoyed by all peoples. We pray for our own country and our own community of Radcliffe on Trent. We pray for St. Mary’s and for St. Peter and St. Paul’s Shelford that the vacancy for a new vicar will not be lengthy and that whoever comes will continue to grow our churches for everyone in faith and love. Amen.
Readings (or as shown in service sheet)
1st Reading Galatians Chapter 4 verses 4 - 7
Gospel Reading Luke Chapter 2 verses 15 - 21
BISHOP TONY – On Sunday 15th January Bishop Tony will be officiating at both the 9.00 am Holy Communion service and also the 10.30 am Holy Communion service. You might like to make a note in your diary so that you do not miss these services. (Not the 17th January as shown in last week’s Pews News.)
GRAEME’S INDUCTION HOLY TRINITY CHURCH COVENTRY –Please note that the coach will leave from outside the Grange at 4.30 pm Wednesday 11th January for Graeme’s induction. The service will not include Holy Communion so we are likely to return earlier than at first anticipated. Such details will be relayed to you during the journey to Coventry. Sue Megahy and Martin Skeffington
SERVICES LEADING UP TO & DURING THE VACANCY – Please keep an eye on Pews News, LINK or our Website to check on the services. There will be only one midweek service on the Thursday during the week between Christmas and the New Year. Rev. Canon Keith Turner will be officiating at this morning’s 10.30am service.
ARTICLES FOR PEWS NEWS – Please when you are submitting articles for Pews News could you include your contact telephone number and if you have one an email address. This is to help new members of St. Mary’s identify who the person is if they have a need to get in touch with him or her.
OLYMPIC’S QUIZ - The winners of the Olympic’s Quiz are Mrs. Pat Thompson and Mr. J Parry. Thank you to all who took part and helped raise a total of £118 for the church roof repairs. The answers will be published in the January LINK. Mary Dawdry
JOSEPH AND HIS TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT - (5.00pm Sat 29th April) We now have the tickets reserved for those who signed up. Please could you make your cheques payable to St Mary’s PCC R-o-T and give them to myself by January 22nd. Those, who booked for the stalls owe £28 each, and those in the rear balcony owe £16 each. Thanks. Jude McLauchlan.
EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 17th January at the Cranmer Centre Aslockton. 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 Area Dean Rev’d Bronwen Gamble and the Deanery, do speak to Stella Holbrook or Jude McLauchlan.
ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS LUNCH - A favourable forecast thankfully: no ice, snow or rain to cope with this year! We had new friends to meet (both guests and volunteers) and old friends to greet. On Christmas Eve our helpers (age range 6 to 90) peeled, chopped and chatted, decked the halls with trees, tinsel and lights. They set the tables with red & gold - it looked a treat. Mince pies, mints and Christmas cake on site, glasses and drinks at the ready, Christmas vegetables prepped and turkeys delivered, we could relax until the big day. Christmas day 10.00 am, hugs and Christmas kisses as the team arrives. Lights, ovens and hostess trolleys on, kettle on - let's get down to business! After the Church service, the first guests were welcomed and the drivers went out to collect more. Glasses filled, happy chatter abounds. By 12.30 everyone is here and seated. The usual safety drill over, we thanked God for his provision and this joyful opportunity to celebrate the birth of his Son Jesus. Lunch was served and our cooks have worked their usual magic. Every course was delicious, and just enough room for a mince pie with coffee or tea? We sang carols, had a visit from Santa and watched the Queen. A very happy (and full) bunch of people went home with a Christmas present and light supper to enjoy later. Many thanks go to everyone who helped in any way - (you know who you are!), and especially to Kevin & Toni at Fruiticious for supplying our fruit and vegetables again. Cori Cryer
SOUP LUNCH (FOOD FOR THOUGHT) – there will be a soup lunch on Thursday 5th January in the Methodist Church Hall starting at 12 noon. The cost will be £3.50 and money raised will go to charity. If successful, soup lunches will continue on the first Thursday of every month. For further details please contact Judy and Roger Holborrow
COFFEE POT – Coffee Pot will reopen as normal in the New Year from Tuesday 3rd January 2017. Martin Skeffington
MESSY CHURCH – Messy Church is looking for volunteers to help with the crafts – people who have ideas for the particular theme that Messy Church is promoting at the time. If you feel you have the talent to help with this rewarding ministry, please speak to either Cori Cryer or Christine Skeffington .
PEWS NEWS – As an effort to save time, paper and money with effect from the first Sunday in February I shall be sending out copies of Pews News electronically to everyone in St. Mary’s who has an email address. If you prefer to have a paper copy you will have to let me know. Another advantage is that if you are by any chance away from church on a particular Sunday you will not miss out on any notices. Martin Skeffington
AN ECUMENICAL BEREAVEMENT LISTENING PLACE - A monthly Bereavement Listening & Information (BL&I) hour for all who need it in the community, is to be set up, in memory of Ian McLean, next year. It will start on January 11th 2017, the second Wednesday of the month at 11.00am, in the St. Anne's meeting room (Costa as a reserve). If there are sufficient volunteers, a Monday could also be offered.
If you would like to be involved in any way, please contact either:-
Iris McLean, (St. Mary's)
Christine Anderson (Methodists)
Celia Radcliffe (St. Anne's)
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.
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.
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.