St Mary's Radcliffe on Trent

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St Mary's Church and St Peter and St Paul, Shelford

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Sunday 18th

 9.00am             Holy Communion Order 2
10.30am            All Age Worship
6.00pm              Generate (Deanery Youth Event)

Tuesday 20th                         
10.00am                Holy Communion Order 2

Thursday 23rd 
10.00am                Holy Communion Order 1                                              

Service Theme – Assurance of Faith (9.00am) and Zechariah (10.30am)

1st Reading                       Hebrews Ch. 10 vv. 11 – 25                   P. 976 Pew Bible
Gospel Reading               Mark Ch. 13 vv. 1 – 8                              P. 825 Pew Bible
Reading 10.30am             Luke Ch. 1 vv. 5 -24 & 57 – 63             P. 831/2 Pew Bible


Sunday 18th                         6.30pm Compline                          

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH - Newer members of St. Mary’s congregation may not be aware that each year, on Christmas Day, we welcome local residents (individuals or couples) who may otherwise spend the day alone, to a traditional and joyful Christmas lunch celebration from 12 noon to 3.30pm. Some guests have enjoyed being part of our company for many years and our custom is to re- issue an invitation to everyone who has previously attended. We are always happy to welcome new guests so if you (or someone you know) would like to be included, please supply me with the details. The event is organised and hosted by a team of volunteers and funded by donations. If you would like to help with advance preparations, or offer your time on Christmas day, then please complete one of the separate flyers, which can be found with the welcome team. Speak to me if you need any additional information. If you would like to make a donation and are a taxpayer, then please complete one of the gift aid envelopes. A Christmas post box will be left at the back of Church for all replies. I look forward to hearing from you! Cori Cryer 

 ONLINE FOOD HYGIENE TRAINING - A Food Hygiene certificate is necessary for anyone supervising the preparation or serving of foodstuffs on behalf of church. Please could anyone interested in gaining (or updating) a Food Safety qualification contact the Church Office or speak to Jude McLauchlan, so we have an idea of how many courses we need to purchase. Many thanks. Sally Williams, Church Administrator 

GENERATE  - This evening 6.00pm – 8.00pm St Marys will be hosting a Deanery event called Generate for 11-18 year olds in St. Mary’s Hall. Please pray for this event. There will be no Rock Solid in November. Jude McLauchlan 

CAKE STALL - There will be a cake stall in the coffee pot every Tuesday in December i e, the 4th, 11th and 18th December. I am going to do some voluntary work in Kenya for a couple of weeks in February. I will be part of a working party from the Christian charity 'Karibuni Children' which provides education and better living conditions for children in the slum areas of Nairobi. All volunteers pay their own expenses entirely, but are asked to raise extra funds to buy tools, materials and equipment to use whilst they are there. The sale of cakes will contribute to funding for these tools and materials etc. Do come along on a Tuesday morning to buy a cake to have with your coffee, or to take home as a treat for later! There may also be a small stock of Karibuni merchandise - jewellery, bags etc. for sale. Many thanks, Mary Walker.

TEXTILE EXHIBITION - Southwell Minster is delighted to announce that they are hosting what is possibly the biggest textiles exhibition by a single artist in the world. This spectacular and ground-breaking exhibition of textile art by Jacqui Parkinson is on show from 16th October to 30th November in the Quire Aisles of the Minster, the final stop of an extensive tour of cathedrals across Britain. “Threads through Revelation” uses superb stitching and vivid colour to depict the Bible’s Book of Revelation. (If you get a chance it is well worth a visit and helps to explain the Book of Revelations pictorially.  We found it helpful! Editor

AN EVENING WITH KRISH KANDIAH - Nottingham City Prayer is presenting an evening with Krish Kandiah, founder of Home for Good, called Radical Hospitality. It is taking place on Wednesday 21st November at 7.45pm at Grace Church, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham, as part of the 100 Homes Campaign, the drive to find 100 new Christian foster homes in Notts. As well as times of worship, it will be an opportunity to hear about the work of Safe Families for Children and Home for Good, a charity seeking to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. To book a free ticket, go to and search events. 

ADVENT CALENDAR WITH A REAL MISSION - The 2018 Real Advent Calendar has been officially launched with a new 24-page Christmas story-activity book, a children’s competition, and profits helping to transform the lives of children in Kenya. Behind each of the 25 windows is part of the Christmas story and a festive shaped Fairtrade milk chocolate.  To order a calendar go to  The Real Advent Calendar was created in 2013 following surveys which showed that 36% of 5-7-year-olds did not know whose birthday is celebrated at Christmas.  

BOYS’ BRIGADE CHRISTMAS FAIR – This will take place Saturday 1st December between 10.00am and 12 noon at the BB Hall.  This always a warm and welcoming occasion (as well as an important fundraiser for the work of the Boys’ Brigade). We are also doing our usual Greenery Stall and any donations of greenery would be warmly appreciated. Please refer to myself, Lesley Hut or Caroline Dickens for further details.  Thank you. Chris Bonnello. 

SAMARITANS’ PURSE SHOEBOXES - Last year ours went to the Ukraine, in 2016 to Swaziland. Whether Africa or Eastern Europe these boxes will go to children living in difficult circumstances and of any faith or no faith, it doesn't matter. If you would like to bring a few items to contribute to the boxes we are making up that would be great e.g. ball, teddy, doll, school supplies, hat, scarf, gloves, sunglasses, soap, flannel, toothbrush & paste, sweets(not chocolate), stickers. All gratefully received. Jude McLauchlan will be taking them to the distribution centre on 23rd November. 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – A date for your diary – Breakfast with Santa will take place this year on Saturday 8th December from 10.00am until 12 noon in St. Mary’s Hall.  For further details please speak to Lesley Hutt or Michelle Tyreman. 

FRUIT CAKES - Mary Fox is making 7 inch fruit cakes again.  They will still be £10 each. This year the money will go to help fund a group of Radcliffe teenagers travelling to Cambodia to do charitable work. If you wish to secure a fruit cake, please let Mary know -  by the end of November! 

CHRISTMAS NATIVITY OUTFITS  - Is anyone handy with a needle and prepared to make some Angel outfits please? We are also in need of a donkey outfit as ours went missing! Some children come dressed up for the Nativity service but many don't and do enjoy taking part in the service. So extra outfits are always useful. Jude McLauchlan 

METHODIST’S ADVENT FAIR – This will be held Saturday 1st December 9.30am – 12 noon at the Methodist Church, Shelford Road with the usual array of stalls e.g. cakes, jams, preserves, a Christmas plant stall etc.


 You are most welcome to stay for refreshments after each Sunday service, to enjoy each other’s company and to welcome both newcomers and visitors.

Please pray for the future of Messy Church in both our parishes. Pray for the meeting which is to take place this autumn to discuss the future of children’s ministry in St. Mary’s. 

Please pray for Rock Solid, which will be in St. Mary’s Hall on  Sunday 16th December), for its members and for those who give their time to help run it.


Following Week’s Services - St. Mary’s

Sunday 25th November
                        9.00am         Holy Communion Order 1

                       10.30am        Holy Communion

Tuesday 27th November                       10.00am         Holy Communion Order 2
Thursday 29th November                     10.00am         Holy Communion Order 1 


St. Peter & St. Paul’s Shelford 

Sunday 25th November                         6.30am          Evening Service

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