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Please remember in your prayers this month’s Mission: Our parish link with Bufumbo, Uganda, particularly the congregations of the 8 churches who make up the parish of Bufumbo.  Please also pray for those building the accommodation for the nurses at the Thornbury Health Centre, the dormitory for students at Jewa School and the completion of the vicarage.  The Lent Appeal is for Bufumbo and canisters are available at the back of both churches.

Confirmation Classes will start in May. Details of the course dates and times are now available with a form to fill in and returned as soon as possible.  If you wish to take part please ask the office or the Clergy for a copy to reserve your space.

Teaching Eucharist: if you missed this on 16th March, you can now find the recording of the service on the parish website, via a link on the home page (on the sliding panel) or click here

Memorial Plaque for Rev'd John Suddards. A stone mason has now been commissioned to produce the memorial plaque to our previous vicar, Rev'd John Suddards which will be situated in the sanctuary of St Mary's church.  Anyone who hasn't already donated to John's memorial may still do so.  Please make cheques payable to Thornbury Church Council but mark on the back for John's memorial and send to the treasurer, via a warden or the church office.  As soon as we know the completion date, we will organize the unveiling ceremony.  Many thanks, Janet Beaty.

Thornbury Church Planned Givers  Annual thank-you’s and statements are ready for collection at the back of the churches.  These are for all those who use weekly envelopes and give by standing order and for those who use the Parish Giving Scheme.  Some of you give anonymously and so it is not possible to write to you personally, but thank you to you as well for your valuable contributions.  This is very much appreciated.  For those of you who give regularly to the church by other means (eg in the collection plate or by gift aid envelopes), please consider joining the planned giving scheme.  For further details, please contact Mike Elcock, Tel 01454 415218 or email

*Do you have a heart for children and young people? A new and exciting post at St Mary’s Church Thornbury could be for you!  We are looking for an energetic part-time Children/Youth Worker with a passion to lead work with children and young people aged 7-12 in our parish.  The successful applicant will be a gifted communicator and an active member of a Christian Church. Training provided where necessary.  For further information please contact the church office: 01454 281900,  Closing date for applications Friday 16th May.*

Bible Study – 7.45pm  Thursday 24 April at Drs. Whallets’. 58 Castle Street. Some Psalms.

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. Many Thanks.

Mothers’ Union. Please note the date for our April branch meeting which is on Tuesday 29th in the Church Hall at 7.30 for 7.45pm. Revd. Judith Lee will tell us about The Church of England’s Children’s Society. Everyone is welcome.

Foodbank. The Foodbank is revealing a greater need for debt advice. Thornbury Churches Together has been offering a Debt Advice service for several years. We need three more people to train as debt advisors to meet, in pairs, to give clients advice. Arrangements for meeting clients can be very flexible. Training will be given.Want to know more? Talk to Linda Frost on 01454 415448 or Thank you.  Mike Spiller - Foodbank.

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.
Holy Land Pilgrimage 5-14 May 2015. Have you ever been to the Holy Land? I haven't as yet, but next year I am planning to go on this 10 day pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Galilee, led by Revd David Runcorn, our Archdeacon's husband. It is run by McCabe Pilgrimages who sponsor several projects locally through their Educational Trust.  Interested? Look up 'McCabe Pilgrimages' on line and ask me for a copy of the brochure. Rev'd Jan

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society led initiative, which aims to increase dementia awareness and change the way the nation thinks. A Dementia friend is someone who has attended the info session and committed to an action that will make the lives of people living with dementia better. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend - Info sessions at Thornbury Baptist Church Monday 12 May at 7:30 pm and  Wednesday 14 May at 7:30 pm.  Open Info sessions, to reserve a place, contact Jane Gilliard on 414706

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: Tel: 01454 311 936

Heads up to collectors for Christian Aid Week 11- 17 May, 2014.  We have managed to keep the total we collect each year about the same.  Thank you for all your efforts to achieve this. We hope that you will let us know that you are able to collect again this year.  If we don't hear from you we will be phoning you as we have done in previous years. The theme  this year is about how 'war tears lives apart.' Christian Aid is working 'to help put them back together'.  We need to let the people affected know that 'you are not alone'. Let's 'Give, act and pray together' so that Christian Aid can continue its work for the poorest of the world. Carol Self 418006 and Ruth Parker 850667.

We Pray this week for:

Nikki Piper, Peter Sumner, Martin Davey, Allison Collett & Robin Harper.

And those for whom we regularly pray: Chloe Teague, Pat Ollerenshaw, Debbie Yanez & Mabel Boyse

We pray for those who died recently: Ronald Knott.

at this time of year :  Roy Cole, George Tuck, Edward Andow & Peter King,

Thank you very, very much to all my church family at St Mary’s and St Paul’s for all your prayers and help over the last two months; I have accepted every offer of help and this has helped my recovery. Helen Bullock.

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.

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...

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.

Notices and Events

For week commencing Sunday 23rd March  2014

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