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


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Heavenly Father we pray this week for our world.  We pray that the leaders of the world’s countries will make wise decisions and consider others when making these decisions and what the implications of those decisions are likely to be.  We pray for those countries currently at war with those groups which wish to overthrow the legitimate governments and impose their will upon the countries involved.  We pray for those countries where corruption is rife, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer that the governments of those countries stamp out such corruption and bring about a fairer and more just society.  We pray for those countries where drought and famine are often the norm.  We pray that the richer countries of our world will continue to find the means to send relief and ensure that such relief gets through to the needy.  We pray all these things in Jesus our Saviour’s name. 

Amen

 

 

Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading         Romans     Chapter  8 verses .26 – 39                   

Gospel Reading         Matthew     Chapter 13 verses 31 – 33, 44 - 52     

 

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING - A big Thank You to those who have completed the Basic Awareness in Safeguarding Training (“C0”) on line. We now have 22 people at St Mary's who have completed at least one of the safeguarding courses! There are others who still need to do the online course, so we urge you to make every effort to do so. The address is: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/ Once completed, please email Di at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or add your name to the clipboard at the back of church. On the evening of Tuesday 14th November in St. Mary’s Hall there is the next step up, which leaders are asked to attend if not already completed level c1 above the Basic Awareness course.  Please see Sally if you are able to attend as there are limited places reserved for St. Mary’s.

 

ST. MARY’S DEFIBRILLATOR - A defibrillator is being installed in church. It is recommended that as many of the church family as possible have basic training in its use. We are very grateful to Nigel Buck who is qualified to give us the training. This is free. It will take place on Tuesday 8th August at 2pm in church or Thursday 24th August at 7pm also in church. If you intend coming to either training session please notify Val Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message on the church office phone 8451656.

 

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.

(https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/radcliffeontrentstmarys/)

Please do support as the more you support the more we get for St. Mary’s.

 

RADCLIFFE MEN’S EVENTS - Radcliffe Men's Event for your diaries.

 

  • Skittles Evening - Wednesday 23rd August, 7.30pm - The Royal Oak, Main Street, East Bridgford

As usual, all blokes welcome - friends/family/work colleagues ........

Please let Paul Dean know if you intend to join us and if you have any special dietary requirements for the breakfast. Harry Hughes

 

CHORAL EVENSONG - We are holding a Choral Evensong at St Mary and All Saints, Bingham on Sunday 17th September 2017 at 6.30pm. We wish to invite church families in the deanery to join in this service. Seville Holt, Organist and Choirmaster tel: 0797 6420856

 

TRIP TO NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY & WHITBY – Roger Allton and Martin are organising a trip on Tuesday 5th September. The cost is £35.  This includes the trip on the railway from Pickering to Whitby. The coach departs Radcliffe at 8.30am from outside the Grange. It returns from Whitby about 4.30pm to arrived Radcliffe early evening.  If you would like to come along please speak to Martin Skeffington tel: 0779 0550816.

 

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.  This is non-refundable.

 

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

 

MUSIC FOR MARKET - At Newark Parish Church - Ruth Gomme (voice) & Helen Vickery (piano) Works by Schubert, Berlioz and Walton. Saturday 5th August from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Admission is free (with a retiring collection to cover costs). 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 on 12th August, 19th August and 26th August. There will be various organists etc. and musical programmes.

 

AFTERNOON TEA PARTY - A huge 'Thank You' to everyone, who supported this in so many different ways, beforehand and on the day. Almost 100 people, aged between 3 months and 90, enjoyed sunshine and perfect weather, (prayers answered), wonderful cakes, stalls, music etc. Some donations are still promised but so far, we should be able, with Gift Aid, to send to Cancer Research £1,568! Iris and Ron McLean

 

JOURNEY IN FAITH - Each year a new cohort of students are welcomed to the ‘Journey in Faith’ (JiF) course. There are three modules of 9-10 weeks each running across the academic year, starting with an Induction Evening here at Jubilee House in Southwell on 11th September (7.30-9.30pm). JiF offers people the chance to meet with Christians from a variety of church traditions to look at the Bible, different methods of interpreting scripture, what we say we believe as Christians, and all with a vocational thread running through the material encouraging everyone to grow as disciples and take up their baptismal calling.  It’s a safe place to grapple with those questions you’ve hesitated to ask, with an aim of enabling students to become more confident in their faith and thereby more confident in speaking to others about it too. 
If you would like more information about the course please call Jackie Johnson tel: 07827 291724 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  If you would like an application form please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

RUSHCLIFFE PLAY FORUM - This has been set up as a resource centre. It is an ideal source for scrap paper, material, reels, plastic – in fact anything which a resourceful person might find a use for when preparing a craft session whether at church or elsewhere.  They are always looking for items so if you know a business which is looking to rid itself of unwanted items which might be useful to the Play Forum please tel: 937 4589. The forum is closed 11th August reopening 4th September.  Lesley Hutt

 

CARPET SHAMPOOER – Does any member of the Church Family possess a carpet shampooer and would be willing to let St. Mary’s have the loan thereof to clean carpets in the church hall and possibly the back of church?  If you are able to help please contact Margaret Pepper 

 

The next Messy Church after this Sunday is in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday 24th September. Shelford has its own Messy Church (date to be announced) at 4.00pm in the Village Hall. 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 as announced in St. Mary’s Hall.

 

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. 

 

Readings

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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