Mildenhall Anglican Church

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Time to think about Confirmation??
Would you like time to talk about the Christian faith and perhaps decide to be confirmed. 
There will be an opportunity for youngsters (Year 5 upwards) and adults to have times to meet to talk and if appropriate be prepared for confirmation. These group times will be arranged accordingly. If you are interested please see Sue. 

Churches Together In Mildenhall

Prayer 10-11am . September 1st at Kings Church,  October 6th at St. Mary's & November 3rd at the Methodist church
 There is no pressure for anyone to pray aloud- just to join in the Amen as we unite in praying for God’s blessings on the people of this community and beyond.

St Marys Church Band of Hope
The Mildenhall PCC has decided to plant a ‘band of hope’ in the churchyard to commemorate the 100 anniversary of the end of the first world war. This will be a band of spring flowering bulbs, mixed crocus and Tete a Tete around part of the church.
The planting will be done on Saturday November 10th by volunteers and children and when the flowers appear each spring they will remind us of the sacrifice of those who served but also of the hope for the future.
The bulbs will provide flowers in 2019 and by 2020 (the 800 anniversary of the church) should be well established to start the celebrations of this historic year.
There are two ways that YOU can be involved.
Donations and sponsorships are welcomed. Why not sponsor a square metre of bulbs which will cost £10. The more sponsorship that we get, the larger area we can plant.
Volunteers (who are strong for lifting the turf) will be needed on the planting day and it is hoped that some of the youth organisations will assist with the planting of the bulbs. If you would like to know more or would like to help in any way please contact Brian Sulman 01638 712 813 or brian.sulman@btinternet.com

Deanery Growing in God roadshow
The Gospel invites us to celebrate the good news of God’s saving love. That’s what lies behind our shared diocesan vision for Growing in God:
God wants us to grow as his beloved children, he wants us to grow as loving communities, he wants us to grow in sharing his love beyond ourselves in both our words and actions.
All are welcome to join us for Diocesan led Roadshow Thursday 20 September St. Christopher's Primary School Red Lodge IP28 8XQ 6.45pm – 9.00pm
Please sign up on the list at back of church- as we have to give in numbers.  Please note There will be no compline on 20th.


Growing in God – Open PCC meeting- Monday September 24th 7pm in the Cottage Rooms.
For everyone all welcome and encouraged to come.
Time to review our ongoing plans for growth and serving the community.
“Growing in God Part 2” questions to address.
An informal time to look ahead and assess our priorities. Please come.

                                                                  Harvest Celebrations:

Sunday 16th September 11am Tearfund speaker
Mon 24th – Fri 28th decorating the church ( thank you to all who have already volunteered to decorate a window, There are still more
available,) Thursday 27th. The larger arrangements will be constructed , If you would like to help with these, please see Ann
Sunday 30th September 4pm Harvest Fun, food and faith
Friday 5th October Quiz evening. 7.15 for 7.30pm start - Tickets £2.50 now, available from Ann,718902, Sue 711930 and Cottage Rooms on Fridays 11am – 3pm
Sunday 7th October 11am Harvest all-age service followed by shared lunch. Please sign the list at the back of church if you would like to stay and if you are able to bring some food,


Harvest Fun Food Faith
Sunday 30th September 4-5pm
Activities, crafts, quizzes, short Harvest service and tea. You are welcome to bring some easy to eat food to share for tea.


The Parish giving scheme - to help churches with giving
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.

Thank you

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.



 

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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.