25th February 2018 – Lent 2

Hymns at 9.15am – Family Service       10.30am – 763, 595, 321, 765

6.00pm – 748, 135 v1-7, 546, 827

Sunday 25th February – Lent 2

Readings: Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16, Romans 4.13-end & Mark 8.31-end

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Family Service at St. Paul’s.

9.30am BCP Communion at Shepperdine.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

12:30am Baptism Service at St. Mary’s.

4.00pm Concert St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Arilda’s.

Monday 26th February

Prayer:  For Deanery Synod.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

Tuesday 27th February

Prayer:      For our Environmental Policy.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

10.00am Holy Mowers – Meeting at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm Julian Group Meeting at 3 Shannon Court.

Wednesday 28th February

Prayer: For our Eucharist Assistants.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

10.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

Thursday 1st March

Prayer:    For Hopscotch.

8.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Hopscotch at St. Mary’s.

3.00pm Prayers for Healing & Wholeness at St. Paul’s

Friday 2nd March

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

5.45pm Evening Prayer at St. Mary’s.

6.30pm Octaves Children’s Choir at St. Mary’s.

7.30pm Choir Practice at St. Mary’s.

Saturday 3rd March

Prayer:      For the Holy Mowers – Grass Cutters.

9.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

Sunday 4th March – Lent 3

Readings: Exodus 20.1-17, 1 Corinthians 1.18-25, John 2.13-22

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Eucharist at St. Paul’s.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

4.00pm Kids Praise at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Choral Evensong at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Arilda’s.

Leading Worship today: 8am Jan vdL, 9.15am Monica M, 10.30am Jan vdL

& 6pm Joy L


Please remember in your prayers this Month’s Mission:United Society Partners in the Gospel, an Anglican organisation sharing God’s love through action.  They transform lives by working in direct partnership with people and communities around the world. TCT will be following the USPG 2018 Lent Course, ‘All Things Are Possible’ looking how Anglican churches are supporting global development.  Every person, every community, a full life.

Today’s Music Recital (25th February) will be given by Malcolm Kittle on the organ. He will be playing music by Boëllman, Mendelssohn and Bach amongst others so we are in for a treat. The recital by this talented young man will be followed by tea and cakes.

Does anyone who remembers Alan Robinson, son of Nesta, who died last year, know of any possible surviving relatives? If so please contact Rev Jan, or Gavin Teague. Thank you.

Holy Mowers: Please meet Jack in St. Mary’s at 10.00am on Tuesday 27th February for tea and coffee plus a small clear up. Many thanks.

If you would like to donate a lily for St Paul’s at Easter in memory of a loved one please sign the list at the back of St Paul’s Church. Many thanks, Monica (413975).

 ‘Women’s World Day of Prayer’ All God’s Creation is Very Good – Friday 2nd March at the United Reformed Church, Thornbury at 7.30pm, Please do come along and show your support for Suriname.

Kids Praise: returns on Sunday 4th March, 4.00pm at St. Mary’s. Kids Praise is a children's service aimed at those aged 0-7 years and their families. With approximately 35 minute Service there is an opportunity to experience lively, exuberant worship in a relaxed child friendly atmosphere. A light children’s tea follows the service.

LAST CHANCE. Sign up today for the Lenten Soup Lunch: SUNDAY 4TH MARCH, St Mary’s Church Hall, 12noon for 12.30pm.  Do come along and learn more about USPG, we have a speaker coming from them to tell us first-hand about their work and where our money goes.  Come and join in the fellowship and enjoy tasty home-made soups, all gluten

free, with fresh bread.  No charge but donations will go to USPG for their very important

work. Please sign up – we want to be sure to have enough for everyone, or if you don’t get

the chance to sign up please call Vivienne on 418932.

Sing for your Supper: An evening with Palestinian Fairtrade farmers' - co-hosted by Thornbury Fairtrade and Thornbury Community Gospel Choir at Thornbury Baptist Church Tuesday 6th March 19.30–21.00pm. Meet Fairtrade olive and maftoul farmer Bassema Barahmeh from Palestine, hear about her work and the impact that Fairtrade has on her life, discover the secret of cooking the Middle Eastern dish ‘maftoul’. The evening will start with the Choir. Light refreshments – (donations accepted) will be served. Free Entry,   Everyone welcome. For further info contact Helen Harrison helenhmail@gmail.com .

Revd. Joy is beginning to look forward is to her ordination to the priesthood. This should be taking place on Saturday 30th June at 3pm in Gloucester Cathedral. Save the date! Her first Eucharist will then be held on the 1st July as part of a Benefice service in St Arilda's. She is hoping to see lots of people there. More details to follow shortly.

HELP!! The Over 60’s Tea Rooms (previously Drop in Centre) is urgently in need of more helpers.  We currently have the following gaps: Mornings (10:00am-1:00pm) on 1st Wednesday. Afternoons (1:00-4:00pm) on 1st and 5th Mondays, 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays, 3rd and 5th Wednesday, 5th Thursday pm and 1st Friday. Job specification – ability to make teas and coffees and to be welcoming!  Please contact Alicia Thomas on 859926 if you feel able to help or would like more information. Thank you.

FREE: We have 20 new 100w tungsten lamps, which we do not need because all the lights in the chandeliers are now LED. If you would like any please contact Paul Morrish in church or call 07593 809275.

Incredible Kids – Appeal for prayer and support: this local charity runs play sessions for disabled youngsters and their families. They need to find a new building for the play sessions to replace the 7000sq. ft. they have had. They also need new members to join the board of trustees. This will help with gaining grants.  Trustees with PR, publicity, finance, legal, or HR experience are particularly needed. For more information please email trustees@incrediblekids.org.uk.  It is a requirement that all trustees are Christian and support the Christian ethos.

Chritian Aid in Thornbury. We are still in need of a person to be CA Organiser for Thornbury. Some churches in Thornbury have their own CA reps and it is the organiser’s task to assist these lovely people through CA Week and other fund raising efforts. The organiser acts as a go between the charity and individual churches receiving help and information from the charity. Preparing for CA Week is the main part of the task. If you are enthusiastic and energetic then you might initiate other fund raising events too. Please will you all think about taking on this opportunity to be part of a great ecumenical charity which helps the poorest out of their poverty. Thanks from Carol Self 01454 418 006.

Electoral Roll – Those who wish to be included on the Electoral Roll must complete a form, check with the Office if you are unsure.

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, gardening or joining a house group to reading in church, or singing in a choir. The clergy and our welcomers would be happy to chat with you about it, please feel free to ask.

Facebook helps you connect and share with everyone in our parish. It shows that the parish has a vibrant and diverse church community. Facebook is a great opportunity to promote the church’s important activities.  Help support this page by sending your photos, news and events that are taking place to Pat Duru at patduru50@yahoo.co.uk and share the love, joy and fellowship of God with others in this parish.

Foodbank Vouchers: If anyone needs, or knows someone who needs a voucher for the Foodbank, could they please contact the office, who will then ask one of us to get in touch.

Thank you. Jenny and Lynda.

The Foodbank is looking for more volunteers to help on Fridays; also the New Start Debt Advice needs more people to help; training is provided (Lynda Frost can give more information).

Foodbank Shopping List: All items need to be in date and non-perishable. Currently we are in need of: 2 in 1 shampoo, instant mash (packets or boxes), tinned stewed steak, tinned minced beef, spam, tomato sauce, long life fruit juice (not chilled), tinned meatballs, toilet rolls, shower gel, pot noodles & washing up liquid. Please AVOID baked beans, soup & pasta. Thank you.

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.

Pastoral Care - If you have any concerns or hear that someone needs support, please contact Sheila Jones 01454 412989 or the Clergy they will then arrange a visit or contact.

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.

We Pray this week for:

Robin Harper, Angela Cole, Marion Kayaalp, Tim Giles, Janet Shipp, Lesley Lees, Gordon Pitts & Jo Andow.

And those for whom we regularly pray: Diane Jervis, Rae Forster & Jonathan Self.

 We pray for those who are recently departed: Andrew Ford, Margaret Allen,

Norma Ball & Margaret Hamblin.

And at this time of year: Garry Hedges, Anthony Phillipson-Masters, Betty Rugman, Elizabeth Lyes-Wilsdon, Stephen Thornbury & Jean Fisher.

Weekly Newsletter – Please do give us plenty of notice for any requests, anything to be included for the weekend news needs to be received in the office by Wednesday morning at the latest please. To contact Gemma (Mon, Thurs, Fri) or Sarah (Tues, Weds) Tel: 281900. Requests taken from 9.15am. An email version of this Newsletter is available on request via the office. (Save the Trees)

'LIFE' Prayer'

God of hope and transformation, who in our Lord Jesus Christ offers the gift of life in all its fullness, send your Holy Spirit and grant us joy in our following and vision in our leadership. May we be rich in imagination, confident in faith, and courageous in our engagement with the people and places of this diocese.

As we share your life with the world, keep us rooted and grounded in love as we bear witness to your glory and pray for your Kingdom to come.