Ash Wednesday As well as the service in the evening at the Methodist church, 7.30pm we are celebrating a Holy Communion service with St.Mary’s academy at 2pm. (This will be instead of the usual prayer time). Please come and join in- or offer to help. There will be a focus
on the Diocesan link with Kagera, Tanzania, a service with an African flavour. You are welcome to come in bright clothes!
There will be other times when the schools will be coming to church over Lent and Easter for Easter Trail and services please see the noticeboard. Help in welcoming is always helpful. Thanks.
Women’s World Day of prayer
Friday 3rd March
10.30am Mildenhall Methodist Church
'Am I being fair to you?'
prepared by Christian Women of the Philippians
more detail phone Mary Rolfe 01638 716362
“Sharing our faith”
Wednesdays at Mildenhall Methodist church-
beginning Ash Wednesday March 1st with a service of Holy Communion,
followed by 5 sessions weekly March 8th to April 5th,
starting at 7.30pm, until 9pm at the latest.
During Lent as we seek to grow in our discipleship come and learn from J.John about sharing our faith.
We will be hearing from Canon J.John in video clips, looking at the Bible and using material from “Natural evangelism” based on J.John’s experience of preparing hundreds of churches for mission on 6 continents.
Time to discuss and share, ask questions and encourage one another.
Subjects include Why, what is good news, what is friendship evangelism, sharing, caring, praying.
Also, Wednesday afternoon prayer times, 2-2.30pm at St.Mary’s
will have a focus during Lent on readings from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
With reflections from “Centred on Christ” by Bishop Michael Baughen.
March 8th to April 12th. All welcome
Water aid- one child dies every minute due to dirty water.
Once again Lent is an opportunity to save to save lives (using a jam jar if you wish). We can exchange jars of change to life giving water as we support this charity.
Please pick up a jar, or jar sleeve if you have a jar at home- and bring them containing your change on Easter Sunday.
Please see the Funday Sunday Water Aid board to see how life changing your gift can be. Thank you.
We are hosting one of the Lent lunches on Tuesday March 28th. Jean Bates is co-ordinating the lunch. Please sign the list
if you are able to bring any food, soup, rolls etc. and/or offer help on the day. Thanks.
The Lent lunches are in support of Christian Aid. Please also see their Count your blessing leaflet for other suggestions of ways we can put funds aside for Christian Aid.
Lent Lunches 2017
7th March West
Row Church Hall
14th March Mildenhall Methodist church
Tuesday 21st March Beck Row Church Hall
Tuesday 28th March Cottage Rooms Mildenhall
Tuesday 4th April Kings Church Mildenhall
Tuesday 11th April Barton Mills Church Rooms
Grace – Christian Aid
For food in a world where many walk in hunger;
For faith in a world where many have been forced to flee
give you thanks, O Lord Amen
with Fish and Chips or Vegetarian option
Friday 17th March
at The Bell Hotel
6.45pm for 7pm start
available form Sue Leathley (tel 711930) & Jean Bates after Sunday Services or from the Cottage Rooms on a Friday between 11am & 3pm
Church Flowers- if you would like to donate towards Easter and flowers for church, please give your donations to Ann Leeks or place them in the box at service times.
And/or if you would like to decorate a windowsill for Easter please speak with Ann. This could be a simple vase of flowers to something more decorative. After the absence of flowers during Lent let’s make the church bright and alive as we celebrate Easter.
Easter Sunday Fun, food and faith. 4.00-5.30pm.
Something for everyone. Activities, crafts, egg hunt, short service and tea.
Please come and also give out invitations to others.
If you can please bring easy to eat food to share for tea.
Sermon on the mount
On Thursday 16 March 2017 - 10.00am to 4.00pm in the Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Bishop Mike will lead a day on Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. There will be three talks throughout the day, with space for reflection and prayer.
This day looks at Jesus' teaching on the Sermon on the Mount and how it is wonderfully wise teaching, enabling our spiritual transformation, a transformation rooted in the action of actually following Jesus and his teaching in ways which enable us to begin to take on something of his character. The Sermon on the Mount is not about a new and sterner legalism but pointers to what life can become for devoted disciples and apprentices of Jesus. There will be three talks during the course of the day with plenty of room for silence and reflection.” This event is free and drinks will be provided. This is part of the ongoing Diocesan prayer and spirituality initiatives aiming to encourage the priority of prayerfulness at the heart of all we do. To register please go to www.cofesuffolk.org/events. Enquiries to Caroline Redman at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01359 269335.
Recycling Along with the bee world area, as part of our mandate to look after God’s creation we are trying to re-cycle as much as we can. To help in this- please separate the rubbish – In the waste paper baskets- for the blue bin- dry cardboard (please empty left over dregs of coffee and tea from paper cups before putting in the basket), tinfoil, re-cyclable plastic eg. plastic bottles. Plastic bags, cellophane, matchsticks and other things which are presently un-recyclable need to be put in the red bins which are emptied into the grey bins. Thanks.
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.