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

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This week, Heavenly Father, we pray for all whose lives are affected by death and destruction whether this is through war, indiscriminate shooting, or natural disasters. We pray again for the lives of migrants who through sheer desperation are prepared to walk or by any other means reach what they believe to be safe havens where their they or their family can live in peace. We pray for all those in this country who rightly or wrongly fear that people seeking benefits rather than work resulting in resentment and possible violence against others will overrun the country. Only you Lord knows the outcome and we pray that wise decisions are made with compassion. Finally we pray for the people traffickers whose greed for money has resulted in terrible tragedy through drowning and suffocation. We pray that they stop and repent of their wrongdoing.

EAST BINGHAM PRAYER GROUP – We all want our churches to be blessed by God and to be strong and vibrant worshipping communities. We want our clergy and Lay Leaders to be wise strong leaders who can lead the churches to flourish as worshipping and caring communities. To this end we are starting a Deanery prayer group to pray for the churches in the Deanery, and for all those in leadership within them. This prayer group does not need to be privy to a lot of information about the churches or leaders to pray for God’s blessing on them. The meetings of the prayer group will be on the third Tuesday of each month. They will begin at 2.00 pm with a cup of tea or coffee and then move on to both spontaneous spoken prayer and to silent reflective prayer for each area of the deanery. The meetings will end at approximately 3.30 pm. Please come and join us to help pray for God’s blessing on our churches and the communities they serve. The dates at the proposed venue churches (Cotgrave, Keyworth, Radcliffe on Trent, and Aslockton) will be advised as soon as possible. Lesley Haig, East Bingham Deanery Synod Lay Representative.


MESSAGE FROM THE WARD FAMILY - We wanted to say a huge thank you to all of the church community who supported our mum, Mary Ward, and all of the extended family during mum's period of illness. The church family was a massive support to us and proves the power of how a Christian church pulls together in times of need. Mary's lunch club, provided mum with much care and was a thing she looked forward to each day. The time I spent with mum in the last few weeks of her life showed me how valuable her friendships developed through the church were. The daily visits, chats with friends in the village and calls from people as part of their ministry were a source of great reassurance to mum and myself. I do not think that I could have survived such a difficult time without the love shown to us. Eve, Alice, Mark, Jan and many others really helped to offer reassurance and peace in the traumatic lead up to mum's death. My grateful thanks go to everyone who helped. Everyone showed the true meaning of Christianity, and should be proud of the massively positive impression it created of the St Mary's family. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Anne.


CONFIRMATION – For those of you who are not yet confirmed, have expressed an interest in being confirmed and wish to take it further please speak to Rev’d Graeme.


HELP WITH SEWING - We are in need of someone who can sew, to make a couple of Nativity costumes. We have fabric to make a Wise Man’s cloak and a waistcoat for a Shepherd. If you think you can help us, please speak to Cori Cryer or Jude McLauchlan.


RADCLIFFE MEN’S EVENTS - This is the programme for the rest of the year. Thursday 1st October - Meal at The Royal Oak - to be seated at 7-30pm. Saturday 7th November - Breakfast at Tea At Maria's - 8-00am December - 'Over To You' - You'll have to read the Blog Page to find out what this is! 

As usual, feel free to invite any male friends and let Paul Dean know if you intend to be at an event.  Harry Hughes


CHURCH CLEANING ROTA - Two or three people, who have done it for several years, have had to drop out of cleaning the church. If anyone feels that they could lend a hand, say once every six weeks, to help clean the church or clean the brassware, then would they please get in touch with Sheila Brumfitt (church choir). The more volunteers we have means that your turn comes round less often. Many thanks. Sheila Brumfitt


ROCK SOLID - After the summer break Rock Solid starts up again on 13th September. Rock Solid is a chance for young people to get together and explore what it means to be a Christian through a mixture of games and activities. If you know any young people in school years 7 to 9 and you think they would enjoy Rock Solid please encourage them to come along on Sunday evenings 6.30pm to 8pm at St Mary 's Church Hall. Caroline Dickens


YOUTH WORK VOLUNTEERS - We are looking for volunteers to help with youth work not only for Rock Solid but also for an after school group which meets on a Tuesday. To best support the male young people in the Tuesday group it would be great if we could have a male volunteer. If you think you are able to help out or would like to know more please speak to Caroline Dickens or Jude McLauchlan..


DESIGN AND MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELLERY – All places for the session have been filled but it is hoped that another session can be arranged at a later date for those people who wish to participate but have not managed to get on this first session. Please refer to Judy Anderson.
Judy has a picture of some broaches if you would like to get an idea what the technique is like.


CHURCH ROOF – Are you wondering what is happening about the church roof? Following the listed buildings’ grant of £78,700 earlier in the year the churchwardens have actively been seeking grants. Up to now we have received in the region of £3000 and we are hoping for others to respond favourably. Thanks also must go to Father Alan whose letters to contacts have also been favourably received. The architects have received tenders and we are now waiting for a sight of them so that the PCC can agree which one to go forward with and what our target will be. A faculty application will then be made. St. Mary’s Building’s Committee/Churchwardens


 ST MARY’S HALL – There are a number of items, which have been left in the kitchen area on the shelf opposite the fridge freezer. These comprise amongst other the things a couple of aprons, a tablecloth, a drinks dispenser, plus various dishes and a small frying pan or similar. A bag of popular music cassettes has also been left. If these are yours could you kindly collect and take home as there is every chance if they remain uncollected in the next 14 days they will be suitably disposed of. St. Mary’s Hall Committee.


You are most welcome to stay for refreshments after each Sunday service, tea, coffee or fruit juice, to enjoy each other’s company and to welcome both newcomers and visitors.

The next Messy Church will be on Sunday 27 September 2015 in St. Mary’s Hall at 11 am. The next Messy Church at Shelford will be on Wednesday 30th September 2015 in the Village Hall at 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.


Rock Solid will recommence on Sunday 13th September 2015. We pray that all members including volunteers and helpers have had a terrific break coming back in September to continue in Christ’s footsteps.

Next Week’s Services - St. Mary’s

Sunday 13th September        9.00am         Holy Communion

                                                10.30am       Morning Service

Tuesday 15th September     10.00am       Traditional Holy Communion

Thursday 17th September   10.00am       Holy Communion


St. Peter & St. Paul’s Shelford                    

Sunday 13th September        No Service




Heavenly Father we pray this week for our children. We pray that they have a great and happy summer holiday so that they return to school this coming September refreshed ready to absorb more knowledge as the academic year progresses. We pray for those children who are leaving one school to join another; those leaving the infant school to join the junior school and those leaving the junior school to join an upper school whether South Nottinghamshire Academy or elsewhere.  We pray for those teenagers leaving school to progress to college or university that the knowledge they gain will equip them for life throughout whatever career they choose.  We also pray for those youngsters leaving school to find work; those youngsters who are seeking an apprenticeship or a career in the Armed Forces. You know, Lord, what is in store for them – keep them safe we pray.



Today's Services
1st Reading            Ephesians Ch.3  vv. 14 – 21   
Gospel Reading      John Ch. 6  vv. 1 - 21    

PEWS NEWS – Pews News will continue throughout August unlike other years. Please continue to let me have anything you wish the church family to know. If any member of the church family would like a copy of Pews News electronically please let me have, if I do not already have it, your email address. Martin Skeffington

REV’D CHRIS & LIZ YOUNGMAN – There will be a ‘Bring & Share Lunch’ Sunday 16 August to mark Chris and Liz’s move from Radcliffe to Rushden. There is a sign up sheet at back of church for those able to contribute.  We are also having a collection to show our appreciation for their contribution to St. Mary’s during their time here. Please give any contribution you wish to make to either Sue Megahy or Dave Townsend

YOUTH FOR CHRIST - The youth in Radcliffe have been exploring Christianity and faith through their youth alpha classes over recent months, which have led to some great conversations with our worker in Radcliffe, Abby. Abby has been excited by the questions that have been asked during youth alpha and has been encouraged by the attitude and responses of the young people in supporting each other. Several of the young people have asked what being in a relationship with Jesus is like and how they can also enter into a relationship with him. It has been an exciting season in Radcliffe and we believe that God is in control of the journeys of the young people.

PRAYER CHAIN – Would any member of our church family like to be part of the prayer chain?  Basically it consists of praying confidentially in your own home and then passing the subject of the prayer onto the next person.  Often it is praying for a person who is ill but could be anything that needs prayer.  Please contact Eve Drew or Peter Haynes

GLORY IN THE PUB – Jamming Session Friday 31st July 2015 Manvers Arms Pub. Passing on the Love of God through Music. Come and join the Riverside Church for a night of lively worship music, secular music and friendship.  Are you a budding musician/singer/songwriter? Whether it is your favourite song or one you have written yourself we want to hear it so don’t be shy.  Slots will be available throughout the night for you to have a go or just come along for a chat. Free nibbles provided courtesy of Riverside.

ST.MARY’S COACH TRIP – The trip to the North Yorkshire Moor’s Railway and Whitby Saturday 24 October is full. I am happy to make a reserve list in case anyone decides they cannot come for whatever reason. Martin Skeffington

LINK MAGAZINE DISTRIBUTOR - We are in need of a volunteer to take over the monthly delivery of LINK Magazine in St James Park & Upper Saxondale. There are thirteen magazines to deliver. Help is always available to cover sickness & holidays. If you think you could help please contact Jenny Hudson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thank you.

TEENAGE CANCER TRUST -Andy Morley-Tyson (Methodist Church) would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all who sponsored him on his recent Skydive! He raised just over £500 towards Teenage Cancer Trust, which, when added to the Team total with his work colleagues, totalled just over £2600! All went safely and he would do it again! A massive thank you, again, to everyone who very kindly sponsored

OPERATION HEATWAVE - In a week’s time, Dave Baskyfield from Wellspring along with a small team will be undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Operation Heatwave.  This is the fundraising project for a new heating system in our building. The Three Peaks Challenge is to climb each one of the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours. A sponsorship form has been printed off and will be left on the table in Coffee Pot should anyone wish to sponsor him and his team.

THE BIG ‘E’ TRAINING DAY – This is aimed at everyone who works with children or young people, be they new or experienced. There’s a choice of workshops covering important areas of work with children and young people, and everyone will be able to choose three. All bookings by Friday 9 October 2015. There will also be a Market Place with a Bookstall (the Cathedral Shop), resources available to borrow from the Diocesan Resource Centre and displays from other agencies working with children and young people including Family Care, Christian Aid, Curbs Project, Rock UK, Footprints Theatre and Cathedral Education. The workshop leaders are a range of people with experience and expertise in their areas. Some work nationally or regionally for Christian agencies, while others work week-in, week-out with children and young people in their local church. The workshops cover a range of Big E basics to help, encourage and enthuse you. You will need to choose three workshops, with three others as your second choices (see booking form). We will try to make sure that you are given your first choices if possible. Some workshops have limited numbers, so early booking is advised. The cost at £10 per delegate includes LUNCH, drinks and biscuits. Make sure that you bring as many people from your church as possible, and share all that you learn after the event with your church. Many churches are willing to pay or help with the cost of the day, so please ask them! Payment options are detailed on the booking form and must be received before the event. Lunchtime is an opportunity to browse through the resources area, buy lots of new books as well as having lunch.  We welcome people with mobility problems. All workshops are located on the ground floor. We welcome young people who are helping with children in churches, as long as they are aged 15 and over. We are not able to provide crėche facilities. We welcome people from any church tradition or denomination, although the event is organised and sponsored by Southwell & Nottingham Diocese of the Church of England. The Minster School (NG25 0LG) is easy to find. Once you have reached Southwell, the school is located on Nottingham Road (A 612) next to Southwell Leisure Centre. Parking at the  school is available. Booking forms are available from the PCC Secretary.


Today's Readings

1st Reading 1 Corinthians Chapter 1 vv. 18 – 25      p 926 Pew Bible

Gospel Reading       John Chapter 2 vv. 13 - 22       p  863 Pew Bible


Heavenly Father we pray this week for the sad, the lonely; those people that find themselves alone in the world.  Uplift their spirits so that they feel part of their community and are able to take part in events around them.  We also pray for the sick and those in pain.  We give thanks for the doctors and nurses who treat and look after their patients so well.  Finally we pray for the bereaved that you will give them support to get through their grief of losing a loved one.


ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING -The PCC has decided to hold the Annual Parochial Church Meeting this year on a Sunday morning in order to give more people the opportunity to attend.  Therefore, on Sunday 12th April, there will be one service only, a short communion service, at 10.00 a.m. which will be immediately followed by the Annual Meeting.  We hope that as many of you as possible will come to both the service and the meeting.  Mita Johnson - PCC Secretary.

LENT GROUPS GET TOGETHER - Many positive comments on the Mid-Lent gathering of the different Lent Groups were heard over the last 2 years, so this year we shall come together again for a short “PRAISE CELEBRATION in words and music followed by a shared table” 21st March 2015 at St. Anne’s/New Road at 12 for 12.15. Shared table at about 1pm. Bring your own packed lunch.  Everybody welcome.

DEANERY MISSIONRev’d Bryony Wood, Deanery Missioner will be holding her next prayer group Tuesday 28th April at 2.30pm at The Vicarage, Main Street, Aslockton, NG13 9AL.  The purpose of this prayer group is to pray for mission in the deanery.  This group is open to anyone in East Bingham Deanery and you are encouraged to attend.  Any questions please contact Rev’d Bryony on 01949 850523

ELECTORAL ROLL - The Electoral Roll is currently being revised in readiness for this year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting If you are not on the Electoral Roll and would like to be added to it, please complete one of the forms on the notice board at the rear of the church by Sunday 5 April.  If you are not sure whether you are eligible or not or whether or not you are already on the Roll, you can check by referring to the current copy of the Roll (also on the notice board) or contact Carol Payne, Electoral Roll Officer on 841 0507.  Being on the Electoral Roll entitles you to vote at the meeting.

MOTHERING SUNDAY - Would anyone who has any spare greenery suitable for the bunches of Mothering Sunday daffodils please bring their offering’s to church on Friday 13th March between 9.30am and 11am.  Also if anyone is available to help prepare bunches of flowers on Saturday 14th march between 2pm and 3.30pm would they either contact me at church or by telephone on 911 9756. Trevor Saunt

PARISH WEEKEND - 12th - 14th JUNE: The all-inclusive cost for this will be adults: £145; children 6-16: £70; under 6: free.  Booking forms available at the back of church, or see Eve Drew or Carol Payne. Our speaker will be Rev. Mark Tanner who was previously curate at St Mary's.  Please do sign up to come along and have a really great time at Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire.

ST. MARY’S COACH TRIP – I am organising a coach trip to the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, which is a museum not dissimilar to Beamish Museum, on Saturday 23rd May 2015.  Adults £27, Seniors (60 +) £24, Children (5 -18 years) (£20). Prices are inclusive of the entry fee.  Leave Radcliffe 8.30 am outside The Grange, return 4pm arriving back home around 6pm. Martin Skeffington

EASTER HOLIDAY CLUB - This year’s holiday club for 5-11 year olds will be held at South Notts. Academy Lower School April 15th, 16th and 17th (Wed – Fri). Please pray for this vital outreach. A few of our regular helpers are unavailable this year, if you can help in any way please let Rev Chris, Lorraine Foster or Jude McLauchlan know.  As in previous years could you please collect empty cereal boxes and individual yoghurt pots, which can be left at the back of church near the settees.  Thank you.

ST. MARY’S PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2015 - A reminder that the subject of the next competition is ‘Nature’.  The competition will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on Saturday 2nd May, at the same time as this year’s Plant Fair. Entry forms available from St Mary’s Hall. - Dave Townsend

CHILDREN AND SPIRITUALITYChildren Finding Faith, Monday 9th March 2015, 7.30-9.15pm. Jubilee House, Southwell, NG25 OJH. Guest trainer – Colin Draper. Spiritual Styles and Children - Making good connections Saturday March 21st, 9.45-12.30. Jubilee House, Southwell, Guest trainer – Jenny Lambourne. Both events are free, and refreshments will be provided. Contact Ally Horne  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTTINGHAM STREET PASTORS – In April this year they are beginning training for new recruits. The Street Pastors do immeasurable good amongst the “revelers” and “down and outs” at night on the streets of Nottingham and if you feel that God is calling you to help in any way please contact them on 0115 941 1048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

DEMENTIA FRIENDS – A free event will be held on Tuesday 10th March at 8.00pm at our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Candelby Lane  in Cotgrave. The event lasts about 90 minutes and both training and insight into dementia sufferers is given.  Contact Theresa Brennan 07935 737639.

MIRABILÉThe Methodist Church is very fortunate to have this group coming on Saturday 28th March 2015 at 7.30 pm as part of their Regeneration Programme of Choral Concerts. They will maintain the high standards the  local Methodist Church has had in this series.  Mirabilé are delighted to be presenting a concert in their home area so a strong demand for tickets is anticpated. For tickets contact Jon Hancock  or Margaret-Ann Dickie or Pen2Paper, Main Street.