From Sunday 26th March the church will close at 6pm and Compline will be 7.45-8pm
St. Mary’s Mildenhall Church Tower Appeal
We need to raise £21,000 for essential repairs to the church tower. The tower has stood for 600 years and now needs your help to meet costs 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 The Vicarage, 8 Church Walk, Mildenhall IP28 7ED.
We now have a start date for the tower repairs 11th September so let's do all we can to raise the remaining money.
Donations have reached £12,000+
You can help raise funds by looking after the market place table - Next date Friday 8th September. Help is needed for “Showcase day” in the precinct Saturday 30th September. Please see rota at the back of church You can also help by distributing posters, leaflets,& collecting boxes- Key rings, fridge magnets and pretty handmade holders for battery tea-lights make ideal gifts.
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.
new lay worker - a Pioneer Mission Enabler -has
been appointed to work at Red Lodge, under the auspices of the Red
Lodge LEP. ;\The Revd Colin Watkins will be her line
Her name is Diane Grano. She hails from South Africa, but has deep English roots, and most recently has been doing church work in Clapham, London. She starts work at the beginning of September. The plan is that she will be officially welcomed and commissioned at a special service, to be held at St Christopher's, Red Lodge on Sunday 10 September at 6.30pm. All churches are encouraged to send representatives to Diane's welcome/commissioning service.
Money, money, money. Everyone needed. Can you come along and help us to think about money....
An open PCC meeting- to meet with Canon Graham Hedger to talk about the financial challenges- and possible solutions- facing St.Mary’s.
Monday September 18th
7pm in the Cottage Rooms
Youth event at the Cathedral Bury St. Edmunds 23rd September 6pm - 10pm
This event is about young people for young people to gather, celebrate and explore your growing faith your way.
Includes BBQ prayer stations and much more
rounded off with live concert by Bean Baker
book at stedsgather.eventbrite.co.uk
from Luther Today': Conference on 30 September
We are in the midst of the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther publishing the 95 Theses in Wittenberg that are seen as the trigger for the Reformation. The events of 1517 have shaped the Christian faith and our practice, as well as the culture of Europe and beyond ever since. We will mark the 500th Anniversary over the weekend of 30 September - 1 October. On Saturday 30 September we will hold a day’s conference at the Cathedral, Learning from Luther Today, with presentations from two theologians from Wittenberg: Dr Karl Ulrichs (on Luther’s interpretation of the Bible) and Dr Kathrin Oxen (on preaching), and the Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge, Prof Ian McFarland, himself a Lutheran (on the Eucharist). The day costs £10, and you are asked to bring a packed lunch. Please find more details and sign up here www.learningfromluthertoday.eventbrite.co.uk
Dr Kathrin Oxen will preach at evensong at 3.30pm in the Cathedral on 30 September and again at the morning Sung Eucharist on Sunday 1 October at 10.00am.
Do join us for any or all of these events.
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.