St. Mary's Church

Newsletter 15.3.20

Newsletter 15.3.20

12 Mar 2020 • General news

Collect: Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Reading:    Exodus 17. 1-7    Achsah Abraham

Second Reading:    Romans 5. 1-11    Chloe Siani

Gospel:    John 4. 5-42     Stephen Baker

Intercessor:    Sue Morton

Hymns:    275    43     321     334     223

Post Communion Prayer:  Merciful Lord, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This week beginning 15th March 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

Wednesday   10am    Holy Communion

10.45 am   Lent Group

10.45 am    Coffee Club

Thursday   9 am   Morning Prayer

Saturday   9.30 am   Morning Prayer

Next Sunday   8am   Holy Communion

10 am   Parish Communion

6.30 pm   Evening Prayer

Congratulations to Barbara and Mervyn Hancox on the occasion of their Ruby Wedding Anniversary (March 18th).May God continue to bless them in their future lives together.

Corona Virus precautions

The Archbishop of Canterbury and York wrote to all clergy on Tuesday to advise that communion should be offered only in one kind (bread only), because of the dangers of the transmission of the Corona virus by the common cup and also that the shaking of hands at the Peace be discouraged. Their letter can be seen on the noticeboard by the Octagon.

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 26th March 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 26th March. All welcome. Please let Malcolm know.

Coffee Club

Coffee Club meets again on Wednesday 18th 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 and papers are available today. Nomination forms are now available for Churchwardens, Deanery Synod Members and PCC members. Please sign up as appropriate. Deanery Synod meets 4 times a year and PCC 5 or 6 times. Membership of Deanery Synod also confers membership of PCC as well. For more details ask Malcolm or any member of PCC/Deanery Synod.

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

Parking at the Red Lion

Members of St Mary’s are allowed to park free at the Red Lion for Church events. If you do this you must go into the bar before you leave and enter your registration number into the tablet designed for the process. If the pub is closed you will need to pay for your parking at the machine before you leave. The pub have been happy to cancel any parking tickets in the past but now have to pay £7 to cancel any ticket, so ask that if they are closed you pay the parking. This is very unlikely to happen on a Sunday but could possibly happen during the week.

Mothering Sunday Posies

We shall assemble the posies for Mothering Sunday next Saturday (21st March) in church at 11am.If you are able to come and help please let Malcolm know. The more people we have the quicker it is - certainly no more than 45 minutes.

February Tote

1st Prize     No. 17     G Croshaw     £21.50

2nd Prize     No. 51     Bell Ringer     £7.00