Lent Lunches 2019
Donations to Christian Aid
Tuesday 2nd April St. Peter’s West Row
Tuesday 9th April St. Mary’s Barton Mills
Tuesday 16th April Methodist church Mildenhall
Mothering Sunday Please pick up an invitation to give to someone to come to the all-age Mothering Sunday service 11am on March 31st.
If anyone would like to donate towards the flowers for Easter it would be much appreciated. Any donations we receive will be used and any left over will be for Pentecost and Harvest later in the year. Thank you Ann
Easter services at Care Homes Sunday 14th April
2.30pm at Mildenhall Lodge
4pm at Mabbs Hall
Please come to one or both of these services and encourage the residents
Please note – there will be no compline. 7.30pm Holy Communion instead
No prayers at 9.45am
10.30am Churches togther service at St. Mary's
followed by Hot Cross Buns
year there is no service in the Precinct – as we think through what
is best to do for next
Food and Faith 21st
Activities, crafts, quizzes, short service a and tea. You are welcome to bring some easy to eat food to share for tea. For all ages, everyone welcome, for more information Tel. 711930
Youth Alpha starting 25th April at 5pm in Cottage Rooms
A drink and toast followed by showing new Alpha film
see Sue to book in
The One Foundation - Clean water for all
Over the past 12years the one foundation has helped people around the world gain access to safe clean water, and changed the lives of an estimated 2 million people, but there are still 884 million who do not have access to safe water, and 2.3 billion who lack access to a basic hygienic toilet.
Over 3 million people die every year from waterborne diseases and most are children under 5 years old. Lack of access to safe water leaves families trapped in poverty, as they are forced to spend up to 4 hours a day collecting water at the expense of working or attending school.
Water Aid Jars of Change
Thank you for helping to save lives by providing clean water this year please return your jars on Easter Sunday, or by the end of April.
Please collect a new label (and jar if you need it) to collect change which will provide clean water for those who need it and so save lives.
Alternatively, or as well, please take an envelope, or box to collect for a Toilet which Tearfund will enable to be provided for a family who have no toilet in Nepal.
St. Mary’s 800
Plans are coming together for a group working on new tapestry and also a working group to make plans for the year. Please listen out for when the groups will meet.
Please speak to Sue, if you would be willing to dig over the Bee world plot, it would be most helpful,
Proposed Forest Heath Team
The Church Commissioners have sent a copy of the proposed scheme which places St.Mary’s in a
team with 15 other churches in an area
stretching from Beck Row to Moulton. This would also
mean a new Team
Rector being appointed at St.Mary’s. The notice is displayed on
the board by
the main gate. Any petitions in favour or against are requested to be sent in by midnight of March 4th. Please see the papers on the board for details.
St. Nicholas Hospice Care - Bereavement Cafe A weekly drop in group in Mildenhall Fridays 10am - midday at The Bell Hotel, 25 High Street, Mildenhall
Losing a loved one can turn your world upside down and make you feel lost. Talking about it can help.
The bereavement cafe is a space to talk about the pain of loss but also find courage and strength in knowing you are not alone. Its ok to cry, laugh, to be angry or frightened.
If you have any questions please call Bianca on 01284 715572 or email email@example.com
The advantages include – gift are made by direct debit .(saving counting and banking ) An option of increasing your gift on line with inflation keeping your giving up to date. Gift Aid is added monthly (saving drawing up and making a claim annually) Option to be anonymous. Tokens available if you would like to put something on the collection plate. More info and packs about this scheme are now available. Please see Jean. Also make sure you pick up the leaflet about good stewardship and pray about ideas on how you can help
Blue bin recycling
Please make sure we only use the blue bin for clean, dry paper, card, cardboard, aluminimum cans and plastics which can be recycled.(mostly bottles and biscuit tin liners) Little bits of plastic bags and cellophane etc. cannot go in the blue bin. In church we collect items for the blue bin in the small grey bins – please make sure you have emptied your cup before putting it in the bin.
First Aid box alert
While we hope First Aid will not be needed- if you are not already aware- the First aid box is on the bottom shelf of the hymn book trolley nearest to the main door.
Or at least it should be there somewhere- sometimes it gets pushed to the back, hidden behind a box or buried under papers. Please can we make sure that it is always quickly and easily accessible by keeping it at the front of the shelf and free of any obstructing items. Thank you.
News for your interest and for your help in putting into action:
1. The grass in the area under the trees opposite the north door is beginning to grow, so the red fencing will be taken away. However, we still need to let this grass become established. So, please avoid parking here. There are now signs on the spaces next to the Cottage rooms as a reminder that these are for people coming to the church who have limited mobility.
2. The fire policy requires a 2nd exit to be open - this will usually be the south door. We will need to do a fire drill in a service soon- as soon as we have the welcome team primed about their roles.
3. Please continue to help to keep distractions to a minimum, by waiting to move from, or to your seat during a pause in the service or a hymn. This is especially so during for example the important time of banns being read, the quiet of prayers, of notices being given, or other times of focusing and listening. Thank you.
4. At a Holy Communion service, for health reasons, as an alternative to taking wine from the chalice, we have some small cups to save you trying to dip your bread in the chalice and the problems that come from this. So, please allow the Holy Communion assistant to give you a small cup and then give it back to them after you have drunk the wine. Thank you. 5. The church may stay open until 8pm on light evenings to allow more people to visit.
6. If you would like to make your gifts to the church by a standing order directly into the church account this would be very welcome. If you are giving in this way, please do not feel that you need to put something on the plate when it passes. Or, if you feel strongly that you would like to have something to put on the plate, we could make a card for you to put on, as a symbol of your gift.
7. If you would like to set up a standing order please speak to Stephanie Palmer. Also, please see her if you area tax payer and you have not yet signed a Gift Aid declaration. This enables the church to reclaim the tax that you have paid on which will increase your gift at no extra cost to yourself. Thank you.