Please remember in your prayers this month’s Mission: Church Army is an Anglican mission-focused community. Archbishop Justin Welby has made ‘evangelism and witness’ one of his three top priorities and Church Army is committed to sharing the Christian faith through words and action. They transform lives by making Jesus famous through fresh expressions of church. They are called to work outside church with the 7 out of 10 people who have little or no meaningful contact with church.
Preaching today: 8am & 9.15am Jan vdL, 10.30am Sheila F & 06.00pm Tom K
Reflections for Lent 2014 Church House Publishing has published “Reflections for Lent 2014” as a book or ebook for £3.99 or an app for Apple and Android devices for £2.99. More info
Congratulations – To Mr Joyce and the rest of the fabulous teaching team at St. Mary’s Primary school on their new achievement of OUTSTANDING status from Ofsted. It is very well deserved.
A huge Thank-you, to all who donated or came along to the cream tea I organised last Sunday. Your support was amazing, I am really overwhelmed. Your generosity means I'm so much nearer my target which is fantastic. I leave for Tanzania at the beginning of July and once I return I shall arrange a short presentation to show you some photographs and share my experiences to explain to you all how your contributions were put to good use. Thank you so much. Tom Wong.
Easter Cards are available at the back of the church. All money goes directly to St. Mary’s. Please put it in the silver wall box, close to the entrance door. Many thanks for your support.
Foodbank. March – Tinned:- Corned Beef, Minced Beef, Veg, Mushrooms, Pilchards, Sponge Puddings, 1ltr Carton Fruit Juices, Smash, Chocolate, Toilet Rolls, Deodorants, Washing up Liquid, Shaving Foam - cheap is fine, Toothpaste- needed URGENTLY.
Julian Group Meeting 11 March at 3 Shannon Court with Carol and David Self. Contact Tel. 418006
Hopscotch Mums’ Meeting. Wednesday 12 March at Little Whitfield Famhouse. For Details please ring - 260153
Pastoral Group and Church Visitors at the Vicarage There will be a full meeting on Wednesday 12 March, at 10.45am following the 10.00am Communion service. For details ask Jean Thompson.
MU Teddies. Ladies, you are doing a brilliant job knitting away, but we have a huge back log of teddies needing labels sewn on. Another Teddies Tea Party is being held on Wednesday 12th March for labels and finishing. Everyone is most welcome. We meet at Rosemary Brown’s house, if you would like labels to sew on at home do ring Rosemary on 850117.
Bible Study – Thurs 14 March at 7.45pm at Drs. Whallets, 58 Castle Street. continuing St. Luke Ch.14 onwards
Raising money for the church roof fund- Please can anyone supply a cake or tray bake for the catering on 15th March, 10am-3pm. Hammer out have arranged an abseil for their own charity. Come an enjoy a bacon butty too or a hot drink and cake ! Details from Sheila Jones 01454 412989.
**Soup Lunch – for Christian Aid. Sat 22 March from 11.30 at the URC Thornbury.**
Hot Box Workshop - Cooking without using costly energy The ‘cookers’ are made from material and stuffed with polystyrene beads. They work like a slow cooker but use no power - to cook casseroles, soups, vegetables, rice etc. Sustainable Thornbury are offering another opportunity to make hotboxes at a workshop on 15th March at The Chantry, Castle Street. - including help with sewing. Start at 9.30am and costs £5, including refreshments, with an extra charge for any materials used. Places are limited so please contact Margaret Pinder on 01454416778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Teaching Eucharist - Please note the special Eucharist at St Mary's on Sunday 16th March at 10.30 when instead of a sermon I will talk about the meaning of the service as we go along. This will hopefully be recorded for those unable to be there who are interested. Rev'd Jan.
Mothers’ Union. Our Diocesan Lady Day service this year is at Cirencester Parish Church, at 11am on 25th March. There is a ‘Bring & Share’ lunch. If you are thinking of going then please contact Rosemary Keavey, 417522, as soon as possible.
The Shroud of Turin Exhibition. Taking place at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Stoke Bishop. From Monday 14-18 April 10.00 – 08.00pm 19 April 10.00am- 12.30pm. Travelling display of photographic replicas of the Shroud of Turin. Understand better the mysteries of the Shroud!.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting - This year's APCM is Tuesday 22 April, 7.30 at the Church Hall. Please book the date in your diary. Please also complete an electoral roll form if you are not yet on the electoral roll (last year's list is still valid), and think about joining the PCC and the Deanery Synod- we have vacancies coming up. Information sheets about PCC and Deanery Synod are with the lists, please help yourself, there are lists in both churches, also sign up to join the sidesperson list. Many Thanks.
On our Parish Facebook page there is now a 'Psalm quote for the day' - set yourself up for the day by checking out today's Psalm verse and reflect on it whilst washing up/driving to work/cleaning up after the children...
Julian Trust Homeless Shelter Thanks you for your generous donations of clothing. They have plenty at present but they do need blankets, single fitted sheets, tea towels and pillow cases.[They do not use duvets] Thank you, Pauline Thomas.
Spirituality Network for Gloucestershire, Individually Guided Retreats 2014.
A Taster, Broadway, Worcs, Tues 13 – Fri 16 May, Cost: £195. A Summer 4-day, the Marist Centre, Nympsfield, near Stroud, Glos, Tues 26 – Sun 31 Aug, Cost: £355.
An Autumn 4-Day, The Monastery of Our Lady and St.Bernard, Brownshill, near Stroud, Fri 3 – Wed 8 Oct. Cost: £295. Enquiries to the Revd Pauline Green. e-mail: email@example.com Tel: 01454 311 936
Pastoral Care. If you or someone you know is away from church, in hospital or has cause for concern, then please contact Kate Teague on 415837 or Sheila Jones on 412989. Where appropriate they will be able to arrange for pastoral contact and/or include the person’s name amongst our intercessions.
Home Communion. Did you know that if you are unable to get to church for a while you can receive Holy Communion at home? We have a team who help with this. Do remember either for yourself or someone you know. Ask the clergy.
Healing Prayers on Sunday mornings will be offered immediately after the services at St Paul’s 9.15am on the first and third Sundays and at St Mary’s 10.30am service on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays.
Weekly Newsletter Anything that needs to be included in the weekend news needs to be received in the office by Wednesday evening at the latest . An email version of this available on request via the office. Contact Abi/Gemma Tel : 281900.
We Pray this week for:
Helen Bullock, Reg Cottrell, Brian Brook, Olive Faulkner, Alison Collett, Rosemary Brown, Angela Cole, Martin Davey, Robin Harper, Tom Wiltshire, Val Ricketts, John Adnams, Mike Ball, Marian Kayaalp, Don Smith & Peter Sage and those for whom we regularly pray: Sue Hallet, Debbie Yanez and Mabel Boyse.
We pray for those who died recently: Kate Wilkins Margaret Joan Midwinter, Rosaline Woodman, John Harrison & Betty Rugman, and at this time of year : Derek Clapp, John Porter, Francis Hopkin, Colin Osman , Ann Fear, Grace Vittel & Brenda Wheeler.