4 Apr 2019 • General news
The Fifth Sunday of Lent
Collect: Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of love for the world: lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood, Jesus Christ our Lord.
First Reading: Isaiah 43. 16-21 Achsah Abraham
Second Reading: Philippians 3. 4b-14 Ross Spall
Gospel: John 12. 1-8 Kevin Foxon
Intercessor: Stephen Baker
Hymns 364 174 747 627 437
Post Communion Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do also for you:give us the will to be the servant of others as you were the servant of all, and gave up your life and died for us, but are alive and reign, now and for ever.
This week beginning 7th April 2019
This Sunday 8 am Holy Communion
10am Parish Communion
11.15 am APCM
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
10-12noon Friendship Group
12.15 pm Luncheon Club
Saturday 9.00 am Morning Prayer
Sunday 8am Holy Communion
10 am Parish Communion
12 noon Baptism
1 pm Baptism
6.30 pm Evening Prayer
For the best part of 2018 and the early part of 2019 my life just seemed to grind to a shuddering halt as I was so limited to anything I could normally do due to the fact that I was in so much pain.
I lost count of the amount of meetings I missed, quizzes went out of the window and by the time Christmas came I just couldn’t think straight at all.
But it’s at times like these when friends rally round and now I’d like to say a very big thank you to all my dear friends at St Mary’s for being there, not only for me but also for Keith as well. They gave me hope and encouragement through all my negativity and despair, through a time of extreme difficulty for us both and I don’t know how I can ever show my gratitude and appreciation for all the support and help we’ve received, but especially and most importantly your prayers. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Valerie & Keith
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.
The Coffee Club will meet again on Wednesday 17th April.
Price£1.Tea or Coffee. All welcome.
After a good number of years, Gwen Brown has decided to stand down. We shall continue to have coffee after Church on Wednesdays, though this may be a little less organised! Come along and you might even get cake from time to time!
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 11th April 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 11th April. All welcome. Please let Claire or Malcolm know.
Our volunteers for Church Cleaning have dwindled a little and it would be good if a few, preferably younger folk, could help out. Currently we ask people to spend about 1 hour cleaning the Church and Centre 6 times a year. Our oldest volunteer still helps out in his 80’s!It would be considerate all round if we could lower the average age. Please speak to Malcolm if you feel able to help out and he will tell you what needs to be done.
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 some of Coventry’s most talented children.YOG will be performing between 8th-12th May with Callum McArthur taking the lead role of Rusty. Tickets can be booked on line.
1st PrizeNo. 3A. Curtis£17.00
2nd PrizeNo. 17G. Croshaw£5.50