Mildenhall Anglican Church

 From Sunday 26th March the church will close at 6pm and Compline will be 7.45-8pm

St. Mary’s Mildenhall Church Tower Appeal

Your parish church needs to raise £21,000 for essential repairs to the church tower. This tower has stood for 600 years and now needs your help to meet cost to make it safe.

We are reliant on donations

Please can you help ?

If you are able to donate –

cheques should be made payable to St. Mary’s church building fund. Cheques and cash can be posted through the door of 8 Church Walk, Mildenhall IP28 7ED



If you are able to help in selling church guide books in aid the of tower fund on a Friday morning, please sign up

Suffolk Churches Ride and Stride - 9th September 9am to 5pm.

This is the annual event to raise funds for Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. Participants find sponsors who agree to pay a sum of money either per church visited, or a lump sum.

Over 700 local churches will be open - so it is a good opportunity to explore some of Suffolk's treasures, get some exercise, enjoy the countryside and raise funds.

The money raised is equally divided between the nominated church and the trust.

The trust gives grants to churches towards repairs, improvements and restorations. (Recently St. Mary's has benefitted from a grant towards the roof alarms).   

If you are able to take part, or can encourage some to on behalf of St. Mary's this will help towards the funds we are seeking to raise for the Tower fund.

Can you take part - or do you know someone who can- perhaps members of your family, or friends?  Please note children need to over the age of 12 years and accompanied by an adult.

If anyone would like to cycle with others as part of a group - then Andrew Borrett is willing to organize a group - or he can give you a route covering 16 or so local churches. (This can be shortened or adapted if need be.)

Please see Andrew Borrett for more information, or to join a group.

Sponsorship forms with more details are available at the back of church, or contact Andrew (7, Churchill Drive).

Nearer the time we will also be asking for people to be at St. Mary's to welcome and mark the sponsorship forms for participants throughout the day. 

Children Society Box Holders

Could you please let Joanne or Suzanne have your Children Society boxes, so they can be ready for counting by the end of August. We would like to collect the boxes early this year because the old £1 coins are go out of circulation on 15th October Many thanks

Please do not leave them in church.

Advance Notice

Someone from the Children's Society is coming to speak to us on Sunday 10th September

Job” Opportunities

Roles within the church

Can you help with any of these?

Training, support and guidance offered where needed.

Job” shares with one or more people could be possible.

Why not have a trial go?

Please ask Sue (tel.711930) for more details,

or contact her if you would like to help.

Help to keep the church clean.

Dusting, sweeping, de-cobwebbing.

Can you take on keeping an area of the church tidy

and clean on a regular basis?

This could be as a group or family.

Prayer partners

Can you commit to pray for someone or something for as long as needed?


Flag – flying

putting up and taking down the flags at the top of the tower

A head for heights requirement,

age limitations.

Need to work with someone else.

Poster distribution

Circulating posters for services and events to library, information centre etc.

And/or attending to display in Cottage rooms and church.


Sound desk operator

To learn about the sound desk, microphones and operate on some Sunday mornings (on a rota).

This requires coming to church an hour before the service.

Radio programme

Recording and editing the Sunday service for the weekly radio broadcast.

Training will be given.

Funday Sunday leaders and helpers

Twice a month to lead or help with Funday Sunday for children during the 11am service.

Support with planning provided.

DBS check needed.

(These positions are best filled by adults who do not have children in the Funday Sunday group).


Photocopy operator

Learning to use the photocopier to enable photocopying on days other than Fridays

Roof alarm- technician

To learn about the roof alarm and make monthly checks


Christmas tree electrics

To oversee and co-ordinate the electrical requirements for the annual tree festival- especially for setting up.


Open Tower

For open tower events- planning and co-ordinating, especially safety aspects.

Churchwarden

Two posts available- training given.

Requirement to be an active, communicant member of the church


Responsibility for the church building and leadership with the parish priest and PCC


P.C.C. member

One post for two years.

Meetings are Monday evenings 7-9pm every 6-8 weeks.

Requirement to be on the Electoral roll.



Prayer Care Team

Do you have the qualities to join the prayer care team in offering prayer ministry before and after the service and home visits?

Training and DBS requirements


School visits helper.

For class assemblies on

Thursday mornings in church 9-10.30a.m.

14 times a year.


Also other opportunities for school visits to the church- preparing materials and teaching.



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.

Suffolk Churches Ride and Stride - 9th September 9am to 5pm.

This is the annual event to raise funds for Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. Participants find sponsors who agree to pay a sum of money either per church visited, or a lump sum.

Over 700 local churches will be open - so it is a good opportunity to explore some of Suffolk's treasures, get some exercise, enjoy the countryside and raise funds.

The money raised is equally divided between the nominated church and the trust.

The trust gives grants to churches towards repairs, improvements and restorations. (Recently St. Mary's has benefitted from a grant towards the roof alarms).   

If you are able to take part, or can encourage some to on behalf of St. Mary's this will help towards the funds we are seeking to raise for the Tower fund.

Can you take part - or do you know someone who can- perhaps members of your family, or friends?  Please note children need to over the age of 12 years and accompanied by an adult.

If anyone would like to cycle with others as part of a group - then Andrew Borrett is willing to organize a group - or he can give you a route covering 16 or so local churches. (This can be shortened or adapted if need be.)

Please see Andrew Borrett for more information, or to join a group.

Sponsorship forms with more details are available at the back of church, or contact Andrew (7, Churchill Drive).

Nearer the time we will also be asking for people to be at St. Mary's to welcome and mark the sponsorship forms for participants throughout the day. 



 

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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.