St. Mary's Church

Newsletter 23.2.20

Newsletter 23.2.20

20 Feb 2020 • General news

Collect: Holy God, you know the disorder of our sinful lives: set straight our crooked hearts, and bend our wills to love your goodness and your glory in Jesus Christ our Lord.

First Reading:     Exodus 24. 12-end     Allen John

Second Reading:     2 Peter 1. 16-end     Val Ekin

Gospel:     Matthew 17. 1-9     Selvin Selvamoni

Intercessor:  Tony Thistlewood

Hymns:   105     123     197     722     702

Post Communion Prayer:   Holy God, we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ: may we who are partakers at his table reflect his life in word and deed, that all the world may know his power to change and save.This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This week beginning 23rd February 2020

This Sunday    8 am   Holy Communion

10 am   Parish Communion

6.30 pm   Evening Prayer

Monday   9 am   Morning Prayer

7 pm   Parish Office

Tuesday   7 pm   Lent Group in Octagon

Ash Wednesday   10 am   Holy Communion with Ashing

7.30 pm   Holy Communion with Ashing

10.45 am   Lent Group

10.45 am   Coffee Club

Thursday   9 am   Morning Prayer

Saturday   9.30 am   Morning Prayer

Sunday 1st March   8am   Holy Communion

10 am   Parish Communion

6.30 pm   Evening Prayer

Lent Groups

Our two Lent Groups will be starting this week; one on Shrove Tuesday and one on Ash Wednesday. Both will meet in the Octagon and the subject will be the Lord’s Prayer.

On Shrove Tuesday the session will start at 7pm with pancakes. The Ash Wednesday session (beginning after the 10am service) will not be so fortunate! Just come along if you are able.

Thought for Lent

In Lent, many Christians commit to giving up certain items such as chocolate, cakes and biscuits in order to replicate the account of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's journey into the desert for 40 days. This year, why not do something positive for God's world such as reducing meat consumption by having a vegetarian day each week and being aware of how far our food has travelled. Examples would be dwarf beans from Kenya and apples from New Zealand. A reduction in the amount of plastic packaged items we buy would also help cut the amount of plastic waste we generate

Friendship Club

Meet in the church centre twice monthly. (on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month) from 10-12 noon and all are welcome. They next meet on Thursday 27th February 2020.

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 27th February. All welcome. Please let Malcolm know.

Coffee Club

Coffee Club meets again on Wednesday 4th March 2020.Price£1.Tea or Coffee. All welcome.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

It’s that time of year again! This year our Annual Parochial Church Meetings (AGM) are to be held on Sunday 29th March after our 10am service. Various things need to happen before then though. The Electoral Roll revision is now on until 1st March.Forms are available; please return to Barbara Hancox or Malcolm. If you normally write a report for the Annual Meeting papers please be thinking about it. We will need reports by Sunday 1stMarchat the latest! Also please consider standing for PCC.PCC meets 5 or 6 times a year and is responsible for the day to day running of St. Mary’s.

One to One Bible Study (or two’s and three’s)

Dmitry is happy to help folk study the Gospel of John on a one to one basis (or as a family or in two’s and three’s).If this is something you would be interested in or indeed know a bit more about it, please have a word with him.

Junior Church

We are very fortunate at St. Mary’s to have so many young people and also the leaders to help. However if anybody else would be prepared to join the team of leaders so that we only call upon people once a month it would be helpful if you would speak either to Dmitry or Malcolm. You will need to be prepared to provide us with a reference (for relatively new procedures introduced by the Diocese) and also be happy to undertake some safeguarding training.

Recycle the Story

Do you have novels which are now unloved and are in need of a new home? Would you like to read different novels.  If your answers are yes, we can create St Mary’s ‘Lending Library’. Please bring in your books to church and once the books are sorted the library will be open.More information to follow.Your donations will be appreciated.Thank You.Jean Hudson