12th March 2017 – Lent 2

Hymns at 9.15am –667, 373, S. 203, S. 96, 818       10.30am – 791, 601, 675, 814                  

6.00pm 754, Ps 135.1-7, 119, 709

Sunday 12th March – Lent 2

Readings: Genesis 12.1-4a, Romans 4.1-5, 13-17, John 3.1-17

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Eucharist at St. Paul’s.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

10.30am Refresh at St. Arilda’s.

3.45pm 7up at St. Mary’s Church Hall.

4.00pm Kids Praise at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s.

Monday 13th March

Prayer:  For our Funeral Vergers.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm MU Prayer Group at Beech House Nursing Home. Leader Shirley Brook.

3.00pm Funeral Service for Joyce Vizard at St. Paul’s.

5.00pm Prayer, Worship & Reflection at St. Mary’s.

Tuesday 14th March

Prayer:      For the Foundation Governors of St. Mary’s School.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

9.00am Eistedfodd at St. Mary’s Church.

2.30pm Julian Group Meeting at 3 Shannon Court.

6.30pm TGI Tuesdays (ages 10-14 years) at Memorial Hall, Oldbury.

Wednesday 15th March

Prayer: For our website www.thornburycofe.org.uk

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

10.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

Thursday 16th March

Prayer:    For our Holy Mowers.

8.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

9.15am  Hopscotch at St. Mary’s.

2.00pm Prayers for Healing & Wholeness at St. Paul’s.

4.30pm Study the Sunday Scriptures at the Vicarage.

Friday 17th March

Prayer:  For House Groups & Bible study Groups.

8.30am  Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Octaves Children’s Choir at St. Mary’s.

6.45pm Junior Choir at St. Mary’s.

7.30pm Choir Practice at St. Mary’s.

Saturday 18th March

Prayer:      For Muddy Church

9.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

7.00pm Film Night (Pollyanna) at St. Mary’s Church Hall – Free Entry.

Sunday 19th March – Lent 3

Readings: Exodus 17.1-7, Romans 5.1-11, John 4.5-42

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Eucharist at St. Paul’s.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

12.30pm Baptism Service at St. Arilda’s.

3.00pm Muddy Church St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm CW Communion at St. Arilda’s.

Leading Worship today:

8.00am Jan vdL, 9.15am David S, 10.30am Sheila F & 6.00pm Jan vdL


Our Organist - Joachim's last day with us will be Sunday 2nd April; stand by for some lovely music at the 10.30 Eucharist and the 6pm Choral Evensong as we celebrate his time with us, wish him well in his new job and say goodbye. Joachim will be back on the 23rd April - 4pm recital with another invited Swiss organist who is also playing.

Please can you remember in your prayers this year's Lent Appeal: Church Urban Fund, set up by the Church of England to change lives blighted by poverty, poor relationships or community tension in the UK.  They help those living on low, insecure incomes with support from Foodbanks, safe cafes and safe credit unions.  Thornbury Churches Together Lent Housegroups are following CUF's Lent course 'Food for Thought'.  Please take a Lent Appeal box and return before Easter at any service.  Thank you

Welcome home to our Bufumbo team.  We are looking forward to hearing about your adventure.

Prayer during Lent: Janet Beaty will be leading a weekly session of prayer, worship and reflection with music in the Stafford Chapel in St Mary's on Monday afternoons from 5.00pm to 5.30pm, until 10th April.   All welcome, no-one needs to speak out loud.     

Benefice Weekend away: There is still time to book this exciting weekend away from 9th – 11th June, with Bishop Rachel leading us. Booking forms are available at the back of both churches or by contacting the office.

We will be holding a getting to know you coffee morning for those attending the weekend at the back of ST. MARY’S CHURCH on Saturday 29th April at 11am.

Parish Contacts Easter Cards.  Just a reminder that we meet again at the Vicarage at 3pm on Wed 15th March.  Please let me know in advance if you're unable to make the meeting so that we can arrange to deliver the cards to your home address.  Ken Miles 415456.

Muddy Church: Our next Muddy Church session takes place 19th March, 2.45pm at St. Mary’s where our theme is ‘The Sower and the Seed’. Do join us for a short Sunday afternoon stroll, followed by crafts, informal worship and snacks back at St. Mary’s.

Mothers’ Union. Our next meeting is our AGM on Tuesday March 21st at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church Hall.  Come along and share your ideas. This will be followed by a Fun Quiz with prizes.

In Lent some of us use "Count your Blessings" from Christian Aid as a guide to prayer. The leaflets include information about the work of CA, and suggested donations if you wish. This year the theme is following the hymn, ‘when I needed a neighbour were you there’. There are leaflets, separate ones for adults and children, which will be at the back of the churches. If more are needed please ring me, 418006 or call in at the CA office in the high street. Thank you, Carol Self.

Getting Your Kids Through Church – a new course for anyone passionate about nurturing and encouraging faith in the next generation. Running weekly from the 8th March – 5th April and 26th April – 10th May, 8:00-9:30pm, Thornbury Baptist Church (Lower Lounge). For more information visit www.careforthefamily.org.uk.

The Wisdom House Live – an evening with Rob Parsons where he unpacks some of the life lessons he has learnt. Taking place at Elim Bristol City Church on Thursday 16th March. Tickets cost £6.00 (£5.00 if booking 4 or more). Leaflets at the back of St. Mary’s.

Children’s Society Coffee Morning at 3 Hillcrest on Friday 24th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm. Please come and support this with the usual Bring and Buy and raffle. Valerie.

LENTEN SOUP LUNCH:  Sunday 2nd April 12.30pm for 1pm in St Mary’s Church Hall.  We are holding a soup lunch in aid of The Church Urban Fund.  There will be different home-made soups to choose from, all gluten free.  Do come along and enjoy the fellowship.  There is no charge but donations are welcome and after expenses the money raised will go to this our Lent Charity.  Please sign up on the lists at the back of either church so we know how many to cater for.

Maundy Thursday Service in Gloucester Cathedral: Thursday 13th April, 11am. All are invited to attend this annual service when clergy and readers renew their vows, the oils of baptism, chrism and healing are blessed, and the Diocese receive Holy Communion together with the Bishop. It is a wonderfully uplifting service (and we go for lunch together afterwards!). Please let Rev'd Jan know if you plan to come (re lunch numbers and lifts).

Thornbury Arts Festival Robert Winston talk, Tuesday 9 May 7.30pm: I have a ticket for this event which I can't use, would anyone like to use it? Fascinating talk on the ethics of genetics - 'Modifying Humans'. Please see Rev Jan.

Found in the Vicarage: iPhone now in parish office if anyone can identify it!

Make a difference in the world - please sign a post card. Christian Aid are focusing on fair trade by asking our government to make Brexit work for everyone and the Jubilee Debt Campaign are asking for a change in UK law so that loans to Governments are publicly disclosed. If you would like campaign both cards are available at the back of Church.

Help needed: We are currently looking for help in the following areas: Muddy Church – serving refreshments.  Sidespeople, Vergers – Weddings & Funerals (both St. Mary’s & St. Paul’s), Church Hall Bookings, Parish Contacts (Christmas and Easter Cards). If you are able to lend a hand or if you would like more information on what would be involved please contact the office! Thank you

Interested in getting more involved in church life? There are many ways to do this, whatever your gifts and interests; from helping with children's work to knitting or mowing or joining a house group or reading in church or singing in a choir. The clergy or our welcomers would be happy to chat with you about it.

Foodbank Shopping List: All items need to be in date and non-perishable. THESE ARE THE THINGS WE NEED RIGHT NOW:-Jellies (all types), Smash (sachets, boxes & drums), 2-in-1 Shampoo, Shaving Foam/Gel, Deodorants - all types (men & women), & Tinned Chicken, Tinned Minced Meat, Cold Meat (e.g. Spam / Ham).

2017 Diaries – If you still need a handbag/ pocket size 2017 Diary they are available at the back of church. 50p suggested donation all goes to the Church maintenance and upkeep fund. Thanks.

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 Sundays and 10.00am on the fifth Sunday.

If you are recently bereaved and would like to talk to someone, please contact any of the clergy, numbers on the newsletter. We offer the opportunity to share your concerns. +

We Pray this week for:

Brian Heppell, Jennie Morris, Robin Harper, Alan Edmunds

David Peatheyjohns & Roger Holliday.

And those for whom we regularly pray: Matthew Watson, Amy Shellard

                                           & Marion Kayaalp.

We pray for those who are recently departed: John Harvey, Joyce Vizard

                                                            & Matthew Davies.

And those who died at this time of year: Grace Vittle, Brenda Wheeler, Ray Hillman, Dorothy West, Evelyn Hughes & Joan Rugman.

Pastoral Care. If you or someone you know is away from church, in hospital or has cause for concern, then please contact or Sheila Jones on 412989.

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.

Gluten-free Eucharistic wafers are available at St Mary’s and St Paul’s for those who need them.  Please let the clergy know before the service if this applies to you.

Recycle your print cartridges, mobile phones, stamps, bibles for charity. Mission boxes at the back of both churches. Many Thanks.

Photos may be taken from time to time at church services and events, and used in church publicity, some online (but without names); please feel free to ask for any photo to be deleted from the camera and we will be happy to do so.

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 is available on request via the office. Contact Sarah / Gemma Tel: 281900.