St. Mary's Church

Newsletter 11.3.18

Newsletter 11.3.18

8 Mar 2018 • General news

Mothering Sunday

Collect:God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.Amen

First Reading:      Exodus 2. 1-10      [8am only]

Second Reading:      2 Corinthians 1. 18-25      [8am only]

Gospel:      Luke 2. 33-35      [8am only]

Post Communion Prayer:     Loving God, as a mother feeds her children at the breast you feed us in this sacrament with the food and drink of eternal life: help us who have tasted your goodness to grow in grace within the household of faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This week beginning 11th March 2018

8 am     Holy Communion

10 am     Creative Communion with Baptism

6.30 pm     Evening Prayer

Monday      9 am     Morning Prayer

7 pm     Parish Office

Tuesday     9 am     Morning Prayer

7.30 pm     Lent Course

Wednesday     10 am     Holy Communion

10.45 am     Lent Course

Thursday     9 am     Morning Prayer

Saturday     9.00 am     Morning Prayer

Sunday 18th      8am     Holy Communion

10 am      Parish Communionwith Baptism

6.30 pm     Evening Prayer

Coffee Club

The Coffee Club meets next on Wednesday 21st March.Price£1.Tea or Coffee.  All welcome.

St Mary’s Luncheon Club

Do come along to St Mary’s Luncheon Club at 12 noon. For £4 you will an excellent meal. The next meal will be on Thursday March 22nd.

Friendship Club

Meet in the church centre twice monthly. (on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month).They meet from 10-12 noon and all are welcome. They next meet on Thursday 22nd March.


During Lent we would encourage you to follow The Let your Light Shine booklet. These have cost us £2.50 each so any donations towards the cost would be appreciated. On Wednesday morning we shall be following the course associated with this which can be downloaded from the Church of England website. (Google Church of England, let your light shine and follow the links).

Preparations for Annual Parochial Church Meetings

This year our Annual Parochial Church Meetings will be held on Sunday April 29th after our 10am.This is the opportunity both to elect churchwardens and PCC members but also to hold PCC to account. Given that the date is at the end of April we do have a little more time than usual so if you normally prepare a report for the meeting, please could this be into the office by Easter Day. The electoral roll (our membership roll) will be updated from March 18th until Easter.

New Archdeacon

Our new Archdeacon Pastor, Sue Field, will be installed at a service at Coventry Cathedral next Sunday (18th March) at 4 pm.You are welcome to attend.


Given up chocolate for Lent? Chocolate left from Christmas? Then why not donate it to St. Mary’s!  We are putting together a Chocolate Hamper to be raffled and awarded to the winner on Easter Day. All donations of Chocolate, Cakes and Easter Goodies would be most appreciated. Please bring them into the office over the coming weeks. Thank you.

February Tote

1st Prize      No. 36    G. Tompsett       £16.00

2nd Prize     No. 10    H. Adamson     £5.50

Financial Update

The Church’s financial year ended on the 31st Dec so it is now possible to give an update on 2017 as a whole. Our income principally from giving and wedding/funeral fees was £64,000 and less than our outgoings of £68,000.Unfortunately the Share for 2018, which is our main item of expenditure, has risen from £36,260 to £45,147.This is because we are being asked to meet a greater proportion of the cost of our clergy (though we are still being asked to fund only 80% of the full cost). If we are unable to meet this cost from direct giving our reserves which are of course finite will be depleted even further .As we need to close the gap between our income and outgoings and as our main source of income is giving from the congregation there will be a Stewardship Campaign at the end of April asking people to consider increasing their contributions. Mervyn Hancox, Treasurer

£10 Notes

Please remember not to put old £10 notes in the collection from now onwards. They are no longer legal tender though may be exchanged at banks at their discretion.