St. Mary's Church

First Sunday of Lent

7 Mar 2019 • General news

The First Sunday of Lent

Collect:  Heavenly Father, your Son battled with the powers of darkness, and grew closer to you in the desert: help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord.

First Reading:   Deuteronomy 26. 1-11   Stephen baker

Second Reading:   Romans 10. 8b-13   Chris Addie

Gospel:   Luke 4. 1-13   Malcolm Tyler

Intercessor:   Stephen Baker

Hymns:   202    465    369    540    294

Post Communion Prayer:   Lord God, you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven; by it you nourish our faith, increase our hope, and strengthen our love: teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread, and enable us to live by every word that proceeds from out of your mouth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This week beginning 10th March 2019

This Sunday    8 am   Holy Communion

10am   Parish Communion

6.30 pm   Evening Prayer

Monday   9 am   Morning Prayer

7 pm   Parish Office

Tuesday   9 am   Morning Prayer

Wednesday 10 am   Holy Communion

10.45 am   Lent Course

7.30 pm   Lent Course - Marsh House

Thursday   9 am  Morning Prayer

10-12 am   Friendship Group

12.15 pm Luncheon Club

Saturday   9.00 am   Morning Prayer

Sunday   8am   Holy Communion

10 am   Parish Communion

6.30 pm   Evening Prayer

Sue Morton

After 19 years as a licensed Reader, Sue Morton has decided to stand back from the up front role of Reader.  This means she will no longer help lead Sunday services and preach but she will be as much in evidence on Sundays, leading intercessions and reading lessons.  She will also continue with visiting and taking communion to some people around the parish.  We are very much indebted to Sue who has served St Mary’s faithfully over the years.  Her last appearance ‘up front’ will be on Easter Day, when she will be preaching at the 10am service.

Charitable Giving

PCC have decided to give the following amounts to charity at their last meeting.

£500 each to:  Global Care, Air Ambulance, Water Aid & Centrepoint.

£350 each to: Zoe’s Place, Myton Hospice, Send a Cow and African Pastors

£100 to: This is Me

Thank you for all the suggestions sent in to PCC all which have been honoured in some way.

Lent Groups

We will be running two groups during Lent, both on Wednesdays, one at church after the 10am service and one at Marsh House between 7.30 pm and 9pm.These will begin next Wednesday. We shall be looking at the book Reconciliation, copies of which are now available at £10.

Coffee Club

The Coffee Club will meet again on Wednesday 20th March.Price£1.Tea or Coffee.  All welcome.

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 14th March 2019.

St Mary’s Luncheon Club

Do come along to St Mary’s Luncheon Club at 12 noon. For £4 you will receive an excellent meal. The next meal will be on Thurs 14th March. All welcome. Please let Claire or Malcolm know.

Stewardship Recording

After many years acting as our Stewardship recorder and money counter, Jean Hudson, has decided to stand down after April.If anyone has the time and interest to take on this role could you please speak to Malcolm or Mervyn Hancox.

Annual Meeting Preparations

We are currently renewing our Electoral Roll. Thank you to all who completed a form last week. If you worship with us regularly and have not completed a new form please make sure you do so today if possible and place the form in the box in the foyer.

If you are writing a report for the meeting it needs to be in the office by Sunday 17th March.

February Tote

1st Prize  No. 28  F. Goalby  £17.00

2nd Prize  No. 44  C. Wooff  £5.50

Chocolate wanted!

We would like to spread the Easter Message further this year.  Could you perhaps buy an extra Easter egg that we can give to Carriers of Hope and City Mission to distribute.  If these could be brought to church by 7th April.

Also, to raise money for the church we would like to raffle a chocolate hamper.  Please donate - we will draw the raffle on Easter Sunday.

Starlight Express - Albany Theatre

Book now to see come of Coventry’s most talented children.  YOG will be performing between 8th-12th May with Callum McArthur taking the lead role of Rusty.