10th February 2019 – 4th before Lent

Hymns at 9.15am – 664, 587, 588, 274, 818   

10.30am – 696, 603, 217, 475 & 6.00pm – 729, Ps 2 vv1-6, 135, 24

Leading Worship today: 8.00am Chris V, 9.15am Joy L,

10:30am Michael V, 10.30am Jan vdL (St. Arilda’s),

4.00pm Joy L & 6.00pm Chris V

Sunday 10th February – 4th before Lent

Readings: Isaiah 6.1-8, 1 Corinthians 15.1-11, Luke 5.1-11

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.

4.00pm Kids Praise at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s.

Monday 11th February

Prayer:      For Servers.

8.30am      Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm  MU Prayer Group at 46 Charles Close, Leader Irene Butt

Tuesday 12th February

Prayer:      For Mission Committee – Global & Local concern.

8.30am      Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm      Julian Group Meeting at 3 Shannon Court.

Wednesday 13th February

Prayer: For Mothers’ Union.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

10.00am Mothers’ Union Corporate Communion at St. Mary’s.

Thursday 14th February

Prayer:    For Wedding Vergers.

8.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

9.15am  Hopscotch at St. Mary’s.

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

2.00pm St. Mary’s School (Year 4) at St. Mary’s.

Friday 15th February

Prayer:  For St. Mary’s School.

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

7.30pm Choir Practice at St. Mary’s.

Saturday 16th February

Prayer:      For Bible Readers.

9.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

Sunday 17th February – 3rd before Lent

Readings: Jeremiah 17.5-10, 1 Corinthians 15.12-20, Luke 6.17-26

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Eucharist at St. Paul’s.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

2.45pm Muddy Church at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm CW Communion at St. Arilda’s.


Please remember in your prayers this month’s Mission – Church Urban Fund, supporting the poorest and most vulnerable throughout England.  It was set up by the Church of England over 30 years ago to address an unmet need in our local communities by empowering local people and speaking out against injustice.  The Together Network, Near Neighbours and Just Finance Foundation work to deliver positive social change.

Electoral Roll revision - This year everyone who wants to be on the Electoral Roll has to complete a form, whether you have been on the roll before, or not. Those on the Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, and to elect the members of the Parochial Church Council.  Please note that this is to do with church elections, not civic ones.   Anyone is entitled to apply to be on the Electoral Roll who is 16 or over, baptised, a member of the Church of England, or a member of a church in communion with the Church of England, and lives in the parish (or does not live in the parish but has attended church in the parish for at least 6 months). Please take a form from the back of the church, fill it in and leave it with a churchwarden / clergy / return to the church office.  The deadline for returning the form is Sunday 10th March 2019, but please do complete your form as soon as possible. The church office can provide a copy of the Electoral Roll privacy notice on request, but we will also place a copy of the privacy notice at the entrance to each church. Thank you.

Sad News : WE are sorry to hear that Peter Sumner died at Southmead Hospital on Tuesday 5th February. He will be much missed by friends at Church and in the community.

Calling car lovers - any unwanted car magazines? For Dads and Kids morning on Saturday 9th March.  Also, any Lego or Duplo no longer needed would be most welcome for the regular 'Construction Corner' at Dads and Kids; please let Rev’d Jan know. Thank you.

Community Engagement Survey – Final call! If you haven’t done so already please be sure to take a form this week and fill it in with all the groups, activities, organisations that you are connected with in any way so that we can get as complete a picture as possible. Thank you.

Air Cadets AGM & Awards Evening 2392 (Thornbury) Squadron Air Cadets. The Civilian Committee holds its Annual General Meeting and Cadet Awards Presentation evening on Thursday 28th February, 7.30pm in the Cadet Centre, Glos. Rd, Thornbury, BS35 1DJ. It will be an opportunity for family and friends to celebrate the cadets’ activities and achievements. Visitors are most welcome. If you would like to attend the AGM and/or join the Civilian Committee, please speak to Tom Keates, or contact Tina Scott (Chair) via chair.2392@aircadets.org or Lisa Barley Officer Commanding oc.2392@aircadets.org.  

World Day of Prayer Servicewill be held this year at St. Mary’s on Friday 1st March at 7.30pm.  It would be great to have as many as possible from all our congregations to attend.

Christian Aid in Lent. If anyone wishes to ‘Count Your Blessings’ this Lent, please let me know and I will order the appropriate number of leaflets next week. There are also leaflets to use with children. Telephone number 418 006, or email revcan@icloud.com, Carol Self.

TCT Lent house groups 2019 - This year we will be following a study course looking at the radical nature of the gospel, with a special focus on the church in India. All are invited to the Launch Meeting on Thursday 7th March at 7.30pm at St Mary's Church Hall. Lists to sign up for Lent groups are available in the churches at the back, please sign by Sunday 24th February.

The exciting news announced by Rev’d Jan in church is that she has been appointed as Canon Chancellor at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, and will sadly be leaving us! Her last Sunday here will be Sunday 14th April (Palm Sunday), and her installation in the Cathedral will be on Sunday 5th May. Hopefully a big group will attend that service from here. Please save both dates!  The role of 'Canon Chancellor' is one of the team of three clergy running the Cathedral, with special responsibility for pastoral care of congregations, visitors and volunteers, for baptisms, weddings and funerals, for the educational programme and for working with local schools, as well as the general responsibilities of all the clergy and chapter. The cathedral has a website: www.llandaffcathedral.org.uk

A Special Lunch for Rev'd Jan - On Sunday 14th April there will be a special "Bring and Share" lunch in St Mary's Church Hall to mark the occasion of Rev'd Jan's last service. If you would be willing to make something for this lunch, would you please add your name to the piece of paper at the back of either St Mary's, St Paul's or St Arilda’s. It would be helpful if you could say what it is that you will bring. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Vacancies for PCC Secretary & Planned Giving Recorder - we are now seeking volunteers for two roles: a PCC Secretary; and  a Planned Giving Recorder (to replace Mike Elcock, who has had to stand down because of Helen's illness - thank you for continuing so long, Mike!). Please do think and pray about whether you yourself, or someone you know, might be able to help in either of these ways. The details of duties are available from the office or from Rev'd Jan.

Funeral, Wedding Vergers & Sidespersons Wanted Thank you to those who have already come forward to help, but we really would be grateful to have a few more volunteers, as it means we can spread the responsibilities even more and it boosts the team spirit! Funeral services generally happen during weekdays, weddings are on the weekends and sidespersons needed on Sundays. We have a list of all duties available and full training would be given. Please speak to the office if you can help. Thank you!

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.

Healing Prayer Group – held weekly at St. Paul’s at 3.00pm on a Thursday. Once a month there is a Healing Eucharist instead, usually the 2nd Thursday in the month.

Please ask the office if you have a name that needs to be added to the prayers.

Foodbank Shopping List for Donations - We are now collecting: small jars of coffee, shaving foam/gel, adult toothbrushes, 1 litre UHT Milk (semi and full), 1 litre Long Life fruit juice (NOT chilled), tins of mixed vegetables, box ‘Cuppa Soup’, toilet rolls, feminine hygiene – tampons only. No more chocolate or biscuits needed. Thank you.

Healing Prayers on a Sunday – offered immediately after the 9.15am service at St. Paul’s on the 1st & 3rd Sundays.  At St. Mary’s please fill in a yellow card request at the back of church (prayers on Saturday morning) or put a pebble in the pool (in our Wednesday prayers).

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

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.

Did you know…

…Muddy Church starts with a walk and then does craft, worship and tea in church, all ages welcome; helpers to prepare tea who don’t want to walk are most welcome! (please contact the church office)

We Pray this week for:

Brenda Richards, Robin Harper, John Ackland, Mark Browton,

Elizabeth Fry, Mike Brown, Helen Elcock & Jake Rees (age 13).

And those for whom we regularly pray: Debbie Yanez, Mary Chappell,

Marian Kayaalp, & Rita Freed.

We pray for those who are recently departed: Peter Sumner, Peter Todd, Peter Teague, Sheila Evans & Marjorie Morgan.

And at this time of year: Joan Jordan, Stella Storm, Doris (Muriel) Jackson,

John Suddards (priest) & Marguerite (Joan) Slatter.


Recycle your mobile phones, stamps, bibles for charity. Boxes at the back of both churches. (Please take print cartridges to the ‘Sort it’ Centre on the industrial estate).

Weekly Newsletter – Please do give us plenty of notice for any requests, ensuring weekend news is received in the office by Wednesday morning at the latest please. To contact Gemma (Mon, Thurs, Fri) or Anna (Tues, Weds) Tel: 281 900. Requests taken from 9.15am. An email version of this Newsletter is available on request via the office thornburyparish@btconnect.com.  (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.