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Christmas Tree Festival
Thank you again to everyone who helped out in preparing, decorating, welcoming, cleaning and tidying up.
It was warmly appreciated by thousands who came into the church over Advent and Christmas time. You can be proud of the way the church looked, the team work which went into it and the creativity behind it all.
Most of all, please, be grateful for the lives which were touched- adults finding an oasis of peace in the church, children excited about the nativity scene and finding baby Jesus and all ages being reminded or discovering who Christmas is all about. Well done.
Lent Coming soon. Lent begins on March 1st. There will be an Ash Wednesday service of Holy Communion for church and school (St. Mary’s academy) at 2pm. All welcome. Also a joint service of Holy Communion at the Methodist church, 7.30pm.More details about a shared Lent course to follow.
Sermon on the mount
On Thursday 16 March 2017 - 10.00am to 4.00pm in the Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Bishop Mike will lead a day on Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. There will be three talks throughout the day, with space for reflection and prayer.
This day looks at Jesus' teaching on the Sermon on the Mount and how it is wonderfully wise teaching, enabling our spiritual transformation, a transformation rooted in the action of actually following Jesus and his teaching in ways which enable us to begin to take on something of his character. The Sermon on the Mount is not about a new and sterner legalism but pointers to what life can become for devoted disciples and apprentices of Jesus. There will be three talks during the course of the day with plenty of room for silence and reflection.” This event is free and drinks will be provided. This is part of the ongoing Diocesan prayer and spirituality initiatives aiming to encourage the priority of prayerfulness at the heart of all we do. To register please go to www.cofesuffolk.org/events. Enquiries to Caroline Redman at email@example.com or phone 01359 269335.
CARES? – Vision Night at St Mary’s in Bury St Edmunds with Sandy
We hope you have heard about this great initiative, WHO CARES? It is really very simple. It’s about churches of all denominations across Suffolk, listening to the needs of local people and responding with the love of Jesus.
The aim is to do this in the late summer onwards. Through a one-question survey asking ‘What hurts the most?’, we want to answer the question ‘WHO CARES?’ by saying, ‘we care’ and ‘God cares’. We passionately believe this will be the largest outreach of Jesus' love to the people of Suffolk in a generation!
Many churches are already getting excited about this and both Mid-Suffolk and West-Suffolk churches are invited to a Vision Night at 7.00pm on 25 February at St Mary’s, Bury St Edmunds with Sandy Millar. It promises to be a great evening of worship, teaching and inspiration. Please come and also join in praying that it will be packed out!
Recycling Along with the bee world area, as part of our mandate to look after God’s creation we are trying to re-cycle as much as we can. To help in this- please separate the rubbish – In the waste paper baskets- for the blue bin- dry cardboard (please empty left over dregs of coffee and tea from paper cups before putting in the basket), tinfoil, re-cyclable plastic eg. plastic bottles. Plastic bags, cellophane, matchsticks and other things which are presently un-recyclable need to be put in the red bins which are emptied into the grey bins. Thanks.
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.