Lent Prayer. We are looking for volunteers to help Chris Dyson open the Church for an hour each morning during Lent to provide a quiet space for prayer. [Arrive at 7.00 am, Church open 7.30 - 8.30 am, leave by 9.00 am; Mondays to Saturdays from 9th March to 17th April.] Please pray and think about offering to help. There is a rota in church to sign up, or phone Chris on 07517 134 898. Thank you.
Wed 5th Mar 10.30 am Ash Wednesday Communion – Parish House
7.30 pm Celtic Prayer at St Mary’s
8.30 pm Ash Wednesday Communion at St Mary’s
Women’s World Day of Prayer – Friday 7th March, 10.30 am. All are welcome for this service at St Peter’s Church, Castle Road. The service has been prepared by Christian women in Egypt and is aptly titled “Streams in the Desert”. Refreshments available.
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Morning – Saturday 8th March, 10.00 am – 12 noon at Parish House. Coffee and biscuits £1.
♫♫ Sing a Rainbow – Sat 8th March, 7.00 pm at Parish House ♫. A Fundraising evening of song and audience participation with Dave Swann, John Scoble and the Singing Vicars. Tickets £10, including a Pie and Peas Supper, from Pam Barton (370286).
Tue 11th Mar 7.30 pm Lent Course begins at Parish House
Lunch at Fledglings Restaurant – Wed 12th March, 12.00 for 12.30pm open to everyone. 3 courses for £5.00. Please book with Gail Card (352278) and let her know if you can help with transport.
Prayer Morning: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, Saturday, 15th March
Blaze – New Wine Women’s Day – Sat 15th March at Harrogate Reignite your passion for Christ. Book on www.new-wine.org or phone 020 8567 6717. £22 per person. For possible car sharing ring Jan Wells (352777).
‘Sole to Soul’ – Tabular Hills walk (part 1) – Saturday 15th March Approx. 13.5 miles. This is a linear walk. We anticipate car sharing, so please meet at The Crown Tavern at 7.45 am. Contact Wendy on 351225 / 07983 211 470 if you wish to join us. This will be good training for our charity walk (20 miles) in May.
Water Aid Concert. Saturday 22nd March, 7.30 pm at Parish House. The U3A Singers will give a concert and light buffet supper to celebrate World Water Day and to raise funds to help bring safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities. Your support would be much appreciated.
Church Electoral Roll – This is open to those who have been baptised, are over 16 years old and live in the Parish or have worshipped regularly with us for at least six months. You need to be on the Roll to vote at the Annual Meeting (on 9th April), to stand for the PCC or to act as a Warden or Sidesperson. If you’d like to join please complete and return an application form by 16th March. Existing members need take no action, other than notify any change of address or name. Any queries, please contact our Electoral Roll Officer, Pat Burrowes (375048).
Annual Church Meeting – Wednesday 9th April, 7.00 pm. Do book the date and please be praying about this key meeting when Churchwardens, PCC Members and Sidespeople are elected and when we remember the vision God has set before us. If you’d like to suggest someone for the PCC, or know more about it, please have a word with PCC Secretary Pat Burrowes (375048).
Summer Opening of Church. We’d like to keep St Mary’s open over the summer months from Easter Monday to end September, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, Mondays to Fridays and Sunday afternoons. To do this we’ll need an army of wonderful men and women! If you’d like to know more, or if you can offer a morning or afternoon on a regular or occasional basis, please contact one of the Church Wardens or phone Val Gorbert ((377435) or Richard Dickens (376949) who would love to hear from you.
Bible Reading. “Research shows that Bible reading among churchgoers is declining. The best way to bring biblical values to secular society is for the church to rediscover its own book.” Encounter with God notes. It is such a privilege to have the Bible in our own language, let’s make sure we read it more and more! Bible reading Notes for April to June are available at the back of Church, £3 each. Do get a copy.
Prayer and Care. To request prayer by the Prayer Chain, please phone Jan Watts (360410) or Janet Whitehead (377837). To let us know of someone who is ill or in need of care from the church family please contact Chris Hartley (378324).
Home groups are a key part of the life of our church family. They provide a place where we can build valuable relationships as we encourage each other in developing Christlikeness. We can explore how the Bible applies in our daily lives and ask questions in a way that isn’t possible within a Sunday service. It is really valuable for every church member to belong to such a group. If you would like to know more, please ask Martyn (371354).