Flowering snowdrops and daffodils pushing through the ground herald that Spring is on its way. A good time if we can for Spring cleaning, clearing the clutter and tidying up the garden.
Spring and Lent are both times for newness and freshness. I pray that Lent will be a refreshing and encouraging as we take extra time to draw near to God. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. (Romans 15, verse 13).
This is a verse for us to focus on this year, to take to heart and to let God put into action in our lives.
During Lent you may like to read this verse every day and slowly ponder on its meaning for your life. You could pray this verse for others or yourself, putting others names or “me and I” instead of “you” into the verse.
Besides prayer, for this verse to come more and more into being in our lives, we also need to provide room for joy and peace, hope and the Holy Spirit. Just like a spiritual spring clean, clearing the things which are in the way.
That means asking God to heal and forgive us.
Please take time to look at your lives for any things which may have taken root, or made their home in your heart, or be occupying your minds in an unhelpful way. Then, let God bring His cleansing and renewing
prayer you may like to pray:
Compassionate and gracious Lord
Please free me from my sins, past and present.
Pour out your healing power on hurts and disappointments.
Transform my discontentment to joy,
my fears and worries to peace.
Stir within me a passion to know you and to love you.
Lead me with vision and hope that I may serve you more,
through the Holy Spirit and for your glory. Amen.
Each day may we grow closer to the Lord who gave His life for us, Sue
Water Aid- if you would like to support Water aid this year- please take a label (and jar if you wish) for your change, or you can add your pennies and pounds to the large church jar.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Shared Lent Course – using the York Course
with contributions from Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Sister Wendy,
David Suchet, & Moira Sleight
Praise him – songs of praise in the New 'Testament
A five session ecumenical discussion course for groups
If you want to : tackle the biggest questions facing humanity, Learn more about Christian faith,examine your own beliefs, in fellowship with others then the York courses are for you.
Mildenhall Methodist church
Wednesdays 7.30- 9pm Feb 25th for 5weeks
Saturdays 10.15-11.45 Feb 21st for 5 weeks
Finishing with service on 28th March
For more details contact
Sue 01638 711930 Janet and John 01638 711023
Women's world day of prayer
Friday 6th March.
The Interdenominational Service has been prepared by the Christian women of The Bahamas with the theme "Jesus Said: Do You Know What I Have Done to You?", John 13 1-17.
10.30am Morning Service at Mildenhall Methodist Church
7.30pm Evening Service at St Mary's Church of England Primary Academy, Mildenhall
Lent Lunches 2015 proceeds to Christian Aid
Tuesday 3rd March West Row
Tuesday 10th March Mildenhall Baptist church
Tuesday 17th March Beck Row
Tuesday 24th March St. Mary’s Mildenhall
Tuesday 31st March Mildenhall Methodist church
Lent lunch March 24th in the Cottage rooms- please
sign up on the list to offer help or food. Any questions to
Jean Bates who is co-ordinating the lunch.
An Evening with Adrian & Bridget Plass
7pm Sunday 22nd March
no tickets, but please come and encourage others
Adrian & Bridget are well known speakers,
who offer an amusing and profound insight into Christian life.
A big opportunity to hear these renown writers and speakers who are amusing and inspiring. Please come and encourage others to come. We would like to see a full church.
The Mothers Union Diocesan Lady Day service
Holy Communion with Bishop David
St. Mary's church, Mildenhall
2pm Wednesday 25th March
Refreshments after service
Maundy Thursday- 7pm, a focus on the significance of the Passover and the Last (or First) supper within a simple service of Holy Communion.
Friday 10am in
the precinct for a re-telling of the events of he first Good Friday,
10.30am Service at Mildenhall Baptist church, followed by
2.00-3.00pm St.Mary’s, A quiet service of reflection, prayer, music and Bible readings.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Evensong Easter Day 5th April 3.30p;m
You are warmly invited to Evensong when we will be saying a fond farewell to Bishop David and Jean as they return to Ely.
To help with arrangements for the service, please contact Jayne Whiteman on 01284 748722 by Friday 13th March if you are planning to attend. If anyone would like to donate to a farewell gift for Bishop David could donations be sent clearly marked for Bishop David's farewell fund to: Mrs Katy Reade, Diocesan Office, St. Nicholas Centre, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich IPI IUQ
New Logo Competition Closing date March 29th.
Please give your entries to Jane or Sue.
We are looking for a simple, striking new logo- for use on advertising, letterheads, leaflets, etc.
Ideally this would be something which echoes the church as a people, not just the building. A fresh attractive design.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Nearly New" clothes for sale, in aid of St.Mary's church. Please see the rail of clothes in the Cottage rooms (open on Fridays 11am-3pm). Do you have any good quality clothes that you no longer need? Please see Sue Syvret.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We now have a new copier, this will be used for church communications.
Also if you have any personal coping please come and see Jane on Fridays.
A4 single side black and white copies will be 5p and colour 25p. If you provide photo paper we can also copy your photographs