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 email@example.com
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 Appeal – Tearfund Nine years ago Ebinda ventured into the bush at dusk to go to the
toilet. She stumbled home, bruised and distraught. Ebinda doesn't know how many men attacked her,
but life has never been the same. Ebinda's situation is not unique 1.25 billion girls are still without a
safe hygienic toilet. Building a toilet helps families take their first steps out of poverty. Your
donation will help people in situations like this
2.3 billion people have no loo, if we collect £60 in donations this can provide an impoverish family with
a household latrine.
Please put your donation in an envelope marked “Tearfund”- or use one of the "Tearfund" envelopes from church - especially if you can do gift aid.
Samaritans Purse Shoebox appeal
Please have your shoeboxes filled and ready for the service at St. Andrew's Freckenham Sunday 4th November at 3pm
For more information and ideas of what to put in your box , please see leaflets at back of church.
St. Nicholas Hospice Care - Bereavement Cafe A weekly drop in group in Mildenhall launching 12th October 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach out to touch the World this Christmastime
No wrapping paper required, ribbon or tags, just knowing that by offering hospitality to a
“StrangerSoon to Become Friend”, the experience will stay with you and your guest long after
recycling the wrapping paper, storing decorations and finishing off the cold turkey!
Here at HOST UK we offer you the opportunity to engage in an extra special Christmas-time by
opening your home to an international student for whom the alternative would be, not only being far
from home and loved ones but marking time in lonely halls of residence.
HOST UK arranges visits for International students all year round but as can well be imagined, festive
season hospitality is greatly sought after and valued. Our “festive season” will include the period in
the Christmas run up, as well as New Year. Your guest will be someone keen to experience British life
with all its special traditions and culture…and keen to share those of their home country. Your
hospitality will be a unique gift, invariably remembered and treasured. Your gift to each other and to
the world will be that of growing friendship, peace and understanding.
Please consider this opportunity and remember that if the festive season is difficult for you, we do
operate all year round and hosting can become one of your New Year Resolutions! If you should like to
know more, please go to our website www.hostuk.org or leave us a message
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.