From Sunday 29th October the church will close at 4pm and Compline will be 4pm
Crosses of hope
This year we would like to fill the church with crosses which are decorated to bring them to life, so that during Lent we are reminded of the hope to come through the cross. These will welcome visitors and school children throughout Lent and on into Easter.
The crosses could be large – (the bases used for the Christmas trees can keep them upright), or medium size or small.
Some could stand on the floor, others on the window sills, pillar ledges, font etc. You could use anything to bring life and symbolism of life to put on your cross/crosses.
Perhaps you could work on this on your own, with a friend, a family or a housegroup.
Please let Sue or Ann know if you have ideas, or would like to bring a cross/crosses.
We would look to put these into place between Mon.26th Feb. and Sat. March 10th ready for a celebration of hope as part of Mothering Sunday celebrations.
Let’s fill the church with hope.
Jars of Change ( Water Aid Lent Appeal)
Children like Ruqqa have already had to give up so much, this Lent you can make sure they don't have to give up their future.
Many children in the UK dread going back to school after the holidays, but Ruqqa is feeling the cmpletely opposite. She's longing to return to school but she can't.
That's because her school has no running water. And where there's no running water, there are no working toilets, nothing to drink all day and no where to wash hands. The lack of clean water makes it hard for students to concentrate, and not being able to wash their hands increases the risk of catching serious illnesses. ~This sitation forces many children to drop out of school.
By giving up something and donating what you save could help Ruqqa and hundreds of other children return to school.
Wednesday afternoon Lent course. 2-2.45pm in the chancel.
Beginning Ash Wednesday (Feb.14th) with a service of Holy Communion.
Following a course written by John Saxbee, retired Bishop of Lincoln.
“WayMARKers” a route map through Lent looking at Mark’s gospel.
There will be time to talk about the Bible passage and learn together and time to pray (some written prayers will be provided).
Ash Wed. Stage 1: Travelling light, Mark 1:1-20
Feb.21st Stage 2: Stormy weather, Mark 4:35-41
Feb.28thStage 3: Brief encounters, Mark 5:21-43
March 7thStage 4: Food for the journey, Mark 6:30-44, 8:1-9
March 14thStage 5 Followers of the way, Mark 10:32-52
March 21stStage 6 Cross country- Gethsemane, Mark 14:32-42
March 28thStage 7 Journey’s end? To Golgotha, Mark 15:21-38.
Joint Lent course. With the Methodist church on Wednesday evenings,
Starting with an Ash Wednesday service of Holy Communion.
Details of time and place still to be confirmed.
We will be following the Embrace course this year, “Making all things new”.
This course explores six Biblical passages alongside six stories from the Middle East helping us to understand more of Jesus’ transforming work today to bring new beginnings. These are stories to inspire and challenge us, with time to discuss and pray.
Sunday 25th February
4-5pm A Lent Special
with games, actviities, crafts a short service and tea.
For all ages Everyone welcome
This event is free but plates of food (ready cut and easy to eat) are welcome
World Women’s Day of prayer Friday 2nd March
The theme this year is “All God’s Creation is very Good” written by the women of Suriname in South America.
This is an international joining 3 million people around the world. The service has been translated into 95 languages and 1000 dialects. There will be 5,000 services in the UK.
The service has been based on Genesis Chapter 1 reminding us of our responsibilities to care for this wonderful world. The women of Suriname ask us to pray for conservation projects, protection of wildlife, awareness of pollution, misuse and abuse of resources and also the situation in Suriname which has a vast rainforest.
More can be found on the Women’s Day of prayer web-site. Please join in praying for peace and justice.
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.