Church Family & Community News from
St Mary's Church and St Peter and St Paul, Shelford

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Heavenly Father we continue to pray for the innocent citizens of Mosul where Iraqi Military aided by the USA are trying to prise the city from Islamic Militants.  We pray that compassion is shown rather than misguided fanaticism so that once more the city is at peace.  We pray for the families of those killed, the injured, who are suffering untold misery and children, who are being traumatised by the actions of these men and women.  We pray for Syria where Islamic State is losing more ground to the Syrian forces aided by both Russia and Iran.  We pray for those who are opposed to the dictatorship of President Bashar al-Assad.  We pray for the Christian minority and the Yazidi people as well as other minority groups, which make up the population of this region of the Middle East.  We ask this in your name, Lord Jesus. Amen


Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading         Romans  Chapter 8, verses 6 – 11              

 Gospel Reading         John   Chapter 11, verses 1 - 45       


PRAYING FOR OUR NEW VICAR –Please continue to pray for our new vicar to fulfill both our needs and those of our Bishop Paul. We know that candidates have applied for the post and a short-list has been prepared. Interview day will take place during Wednesday 19th April in St. Mary’s Hall and we will know nothing further until the interviews have taken place.


COFFEE POT – There will be no Coffee Pot on either Wednesday 12th April or Wednesday 19th April when St. Mary’s Hall will be used for the Easter Trail Day and Interviews for the new vicar respectively. It will be also closed Monday 17th April, Easter Monday.


ST MARY’S APCM - St Mary's Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2017 will be held on Monday 10th April at 7.30pm. Please make a note of this in your diaries. Fresh blood brings new ideas and often a renewed enthusiasm in any organisation. The time leading up to the annual meeting provides a perfect opportunity for you to consider what you could bring to the mission of St Mary's by joining the PCC or becoming a Churchwarden. At the meeting we elect 12 ordinary members of the PCC and 2 Churchwardens (both Dave Townsend and Sue Megahy are willing to stand again). Please speak to me, Dave or Sue if you'd like to know more. Harry Hughes  PCC Secretary


ST. MARY’S PCC ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS FOR 2016 - Copies of the latest report are now available on our church website and at the back of church. Everyone who receives Pews News by email should also have been emailed a copy. The report gives an overview of what we achieved in 2016 and of where our church's money came from and went to! The report will be formally presented at the annual meeting on 10th April, but it is helpful if people can take a look at it in advance.


EASTER FLOWERS - Flowers brought to the Memorial service at 6.30pm on Good Friday in memory of loved ones who have died will be used to decorate the Church for Easter. Greenery would also be welcome and can be brought then or on Saturday morning. Brian Bull


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. The following is the final one.

The River and the Sea

Rev’d Canon Alan Haydock


CTR FAMILY EASTER EXPERIENCE DAY – This will take place on Wednesday 12th April in St. Mary’s Hall. Rolling programme of free crafts and activities throughout the day.  Come and go as you please.  Two sessions:-

10am – 12 .30pm and 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Lunch break 12.30pm1.00pm (bring your own sandwiches etc.)

All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details contact Cori Cryer (St. Mary’s) or Helen Roberts (Methodist Church)


EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 18th April 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.


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.



CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 14TH – 20TH MAY 2017 - Call for helpers with House to House collections. Last year we raised £5000.00 This Christian Aid Week, 14th – 20th May, our village is continuing to walk with refugees by:-

  • House to House Collections
  • Community Café – Saturday 13th May
  • Plant Sale – Saturday 20th May

We’re not going to turn our backs on refugees now. Speak to Rachael Glover - (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to join us.


BITE SIZE PREACHING TRAINING - Perhaps your vicar has encouraged you to speak in a service, or maybe members of the PCC have said they feel you have a gift for interpreting scripture.  This may arise as they and you begin to discern a vocational call.  If so, this is a good starting point to test the waters.  This 6-session course is for those who may be asked by their parish priest to step out of the pew and into the pulpit.  It offers simply an introduction to preaching, looking at why we preach, who we are preaching to and different styles of preaching; we look at scripture in its context, biblical interpretation, and how we relate that to 21st century themes; we offer guidance on the use of the lectionary an in writing and evaluating a sermon; the sermon in worship; preaching at All-Age Worship….and more.  Each session will consist of theory, discussion and practice.  On completion of the course, delegates have permission to preach up to four times per year.   


The course is titled ‘Bite Size’ by virtue of it being short in length but it is not short of content or depth.  That is because we need to ensure that participants gain sufficient insight and learning to enable them to begin to practice their skills safely within their church contexts.  [The material does not compare with that covered in Reader training and should not be considered to equate with that].  If you are interested in attending this course, please speak with your parish priest in the first instance, and then book your place. Led by Rev’d Phil White Monday 5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July and 10th July.

7:30-9:30pm Jubilee House, Westgate, Southwell, NG25 0JH.

To Book your place please contact Catriona Gundlach This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 01636 817232


CHAPEL OF ST. MARY THE VIRGIN CLUMBER PARK - Sundays 3.00pm April – September 2017, Choral Evensong. Clumber invites you to raise your voices in worship in the beautiful atmosphere of this 'Cathedral in miniature'. Why not make a day of it with plenty to see and do on the estate and free coach access? Visiting groups please note, in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and the Parish of Worksop Priory, the Chapel is under the Episcopal care of the Bishop of Beverley. Call 01909 544 917 or 01909 544 909 for details and/or


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 COVENTRYPlease 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.


BIBLE TIME AT THE PUB – Please note that Bible time at the pub is taking a break until further notice. Paul Dean (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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 


LINK MAGAZINE HELP REQUIRED - We are in need of a volunteer to help deliver some of the bundles of magazines to the Distributors who then deliver to our subscribers. There are six addresses to cover around the Main Road/Nottingham Road area. A car would be necessary and some lifting is involved. If you feel you could help, if only on a temporary basis, please contact Jenny Hudson -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thank you.


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.


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.