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


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 PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Please pray our local community, all who serve here whether in the schools or local government.  Please pray that more members of our community recognise the power of Jesus and come to witness what is being done in our various churches.

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Safeguarding Statement

The Vicar and Parochial Church Council recognise the importance of our work with children and young people and adults in need of protection, and our responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

St. Mary’s is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their wellbeing.

If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then please contact St. Mary’s Safeguarding Officer, Lyn Sugden, whose contact details are at the back of church.

A copy of our Safeguarding Policy and procedures can be found at the back of church.

 

Readings (or as announced and/or as shown in service sheet) 

1st Reading Revelation Chapter 19 verses 6 – 10 

Gospel Reading John Chapter 2 verses 1 – 11 

 

ST. PETER & ST. PAUL’S          

Sunday 21st                          6.30pm Compline

Readings as Radcliffe and/or as shown in service sheet

 

ACTS & GRACE – ROAST PREACHER FOCUS - VICARAGE  - As part of the Sermon Series, Acts & Grace, there will be an opportunity to ‘grill’ the preacher.  After two sermons have been preached those who have spoken, will be available to answer questions or listen to reflections.  It is also hoped that these meetings will help shape the discussions Church Council will be having about the future shape of the church. These meetings will take place at the Vicarage. The first meeting took place last Sunday after which the meetings on the following dates will begin at 4.00pm.  Each will last one hour and tea and cakes will be served.  Mark and Sue would love to welcome you.  Other dates as follows:-

Sunday February 4th                4.00 - 5.00pm

Sunday February 25th              4.00 – 5.00pm

Sunday March 18th                  4.00 – 5.00pm

Sunday March 25th                  4.00 – 5.00pm

 

OPEN CHURCHES WEEKEND 21/22 JULY  - We are being encouraged by Mark for St Mary's to take part in this project which is seen as encouraging church visits. This entails having a team of volunteers, a minimum of two at all times, in church between 10.30am and 4.30pm on Saturday, and midday till 4.00pm on Sunday. Please support this important event by volunteering. Please contact me. Dave Townsend

 

METHODIST WALKING GROUP  - Saturday 27th January  3 miles, leaving from the Methodist Church at 10.00am by car, to the edge of Rushcliffe Country Park, Ruddington and walking the perimeter, then returning by car to 'The Goose at Gamston'. Tables booked for 1pm. Partners/friends are welcome to join us, but I must have confirmed numbers for attendance at the Goose no later than Monday 22nd (preferably before).  The choice of meal will be personal (not pre-booked), as will paying for it (I'm afraid!!).  Please bring clean shoes for car return/meal venue. Please let me have your confirmations - either way -for both walk and/or meal asap. Thanks George Smith  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CHRISTIANS TOGETHER RADCLIFFE - Today, we host the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service.   It will be at 4pm and it would be really good to have as many people present as possible.  Father Anthony will be speaking and the Ministers, together with members of the Christians Together Committee, will also be taking part. Mark

 

CTR LENT COURSE – The 5 week CTR lent Course will begin the week starting 18th February 2018.  Forms will be at the back of church towards the end of January and details of the subject matter and the various venues will be given as soon as known. One venue will be St. Anne’s Church and will commence Friday 23rd January starting at 2.00pm.

 

MOTHERS’ UNION – The next Mothers’ Union meeting will be on Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 2.15pm in St Mary’s Hall. The talk is entitled “Following in Mary Sumner’s Footsteps.” Everyone is welcome. Jane Fountain.

 

SAFEGUARDING  -  We estimate that there are still up to 50 or 60 people who play an active part in the life of our 2 churches but who haven't yet been able to access one of the Church of England safeguarding modules. The target is that everyone who has any paid or voluntary role in at church (whether or not it involves contact with children or vulnerable adults) completes at least a C0 basic awareness session. We are aiming to achieve this target in the next couple of months!  Lyn, the safeguarding co-ordinator for St Mary's, has recently undertaken the training to be authorised to present this module in a group setting - so there is no longer any need to fight with the online course! Feedback from a test session was really positive. 3 further sessions have now been arranged to take place in St Mary's Hall: - Monday February 26th at 1.30pm, Tuesday February 27th at 10am, Saturday March 3rd at 10am

Please could you let either Lyn Sugden  or Sally Williams  know which session you would like to attend. (These sessions are also open to anyone - even if you do not currently have a particular 'job' at church).

 

REFRESH IN LENT WITH BISHOP PAUL -  “I am increasingly aware that sustaining momentum in ‘Growing Disciples wider, younger and deeper’ is dependent on the spiritual vitality of those who serve and lead across our churches,” writes Bishop Paul. “Some have borne the heat through intense and uncertain seasons of ministry, others have carried the burden of leadership in some area of church life or in their day to day working world. That is why I am going to be hosting a series called Refresh in Lent, open to all but especially for anyone who exercises some aspect of leadership in their church, workplace, or wider community. “Refresh will take place over two consecutive weeks in six locations around the diocese. I will be joined by some of the younger leaders we are nurturing who will contribute in different ways to the evenings, all you need to do is come along open to receive and be refreshed. Further publicity will be going out to parishes, though it may help to have the dates now if you would like to integrate these evenings into other plans during Lent.”  The nearest location to us to listen to Bishop Paul is St. Giles, West Bridgford on Tuesday 13th March and Tuesday 20th March 2018.

 

UNWANTED TOILETRIES FOR CHRISTMAS? - Did you receive any of these, or receive too many? The Jericho Road Project is a Christian charity, which works in Nottingham with women in the sex industry. They are always very grateful for gifts of toiletries and personal care items for their outreach work. If you have any to spare, please place them in the box, which will be at the back of Church until the end of the month, and I will then take them to the Project Centre near the Arboretum. Have you got any men’s unwanted toiletries as well? Also place them in the box and I will take them to the Friary Drop in Centre in West Bridgford. Many thanks - Mary Walker 

 

COACH TRIP TO SHERINGHAM – The next St. Mary’s coach trip will be to Sheringham on Saturday 19th May 2018 and will include a trip on the Poppy Line from Holt to Sheringham. The cost is £30 per adult and £25 per child. The coach will leave from outside The Grange at 8.30am and return to Radcliffe for early evening. Apologies to those who I told the date as the 5 May.  It has to have changed due to circumstances outside my control. Martin Skeffington

 

 

 

 

 

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Please pray this week for the coming year in the life of St. Mary’s.  Pray for the PCC that wise decisions are made.  Pray also that numbers attending each service grow and that the needs of those members are served to the Glory of God.

 

Safeguarding Statement

The Vicar and Parochial Church Council recognise the importance of our work with children and young people and adults in need of protection, and our responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

St. Mary’s is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their wellbeing.

If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then please contact St. Mary’s Safeguarding Officer, Lyn Sugden, whose contact details are at the back of church.

A copy of our Safeguarding Policy and procedures can be found at the back of church.

Shelford will have its own Safeguarding Statement.

 

 

1st Reading Acts Chapter 1 verses 1 – 11 

Gospel Reading Mark Chapter 1 verses 14 – 20 

 

ST. PETER & ST. PAUL’S          

Sunday 14th                         No Service

Service Theme & Readings as Radcliffe and/or as shown in service sheet

 

ACTS & GRACE – ROAST PREACHER FOCUS - VICARAGE  - As part of the Sermon Series, Acts & Grace, there will be an opportunity to ‘grill’ the preacher.  After two sermons have been preached those who have spoken, will be available to answer questions or listen to reflections.  It is also hoped that these meetings will help shape the discussions Church Council will be having about the future shape of the church. These meetings will take place at the Vicarage. The first of these will take place today (Sunday 14th) and will begin at 5.30pm.   Thereafter the meetings on the following dates will begin at 4.00pm.  Each will last one hour and tea and cakes will be served.  Mark and Sue would love to welcome you.  Other dates as follows:-

Sunday February 4th                4.00 - 5.00pm

Sunday February 25th              4.00 – 5.00pm

Sunday March 18th                  4.00 – 5.00pm

Sunday March 25th                  4.00 – 5.00pm

 

OPEN CHURCHES WEEKEND 21/22 JULY  - We are being encouraged by Mark for St Mary's to take part in this project which is seen as encouraging church visits. This entails having a team of volunteers, a minimum of two at all times, in church between 10.30am and 4.30pm on Saturday, and midday till 4.00pm on Sunday. Please support this important event by volunteering. Please contact me. Dave Townsend

 

CHURCHWARDEN - At the PCC meeting this week I announced that at our Annual Meeting in April I wouldn't be standing for re-election as Churchwarden for St Mary's. I feel that after two interregnums and a new roof it's time to stand aside. I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful support over the past ten and a half years. St Mary's will now embark on a search for my successor. If anyone would like information on the role of churchwarden please feel free to ask me. - Dave Townsend

 

BIBLE READING AT ST. ANNE’S – Please note that there will be no Bible Reading at St. Anne’s on Friday 26th January as the majority of those who attend will be absent or have an appointment on that day. Also there will be no session on Friday 30th March, which is Good Friday.

 

CTR LENT COURSE – The 5 week CTR lent Course will begin the week starting 18th February 2018.  Forms will be at the back of church towards the end of January and details of the subject matter and the various venues will be given as soon as known. One venue will be St. Anne’s Church and will commence Friday 23rd January starting at 2.00pm.

 

EASY FUNDRAISING – Thank you for raising £103.69 in free donations for St. Mary’s with easyfundraising. You can make a world of difference in January and raise donations for St. Mary’s with everything you buy on line.

(https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/radcliffeontrentstmarys/) Please do support as the more you support the more we get for St. Mary’s.

 

MUSTARD SEED PRAYER GROUP - The next meeting of the Mustard Seed Prayer Group (asking God’s help for us grow in numbers) in the East Bingham Deanery is on Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 2.00pm at St. Mary and All Saints, Bingham.  For further details contact Sue Megahy

 

REFRESH IN LENT WITH BISHOP PAUL -  “I am increasingly aware that sustaining momentum in ‘Growing Disciples wider, younger and deeper’ is dependent on the spiritual vitality of those who serve and lead across our churches,” writes Bishop Paul. “Some have borne the heat through intense and uncertain seasons of ministry, others have carried the burden of leadership in some area of church life or in their day to day working world. That is why I am going to be hosting a series called Refresh in Lent, open to all but especially for anyone who exercises some aspect of leadership in their church, workplace, or wider community. “Refresh will take place over two consecutive weeks in six locations around the diocese. I will be joined by some of the younger leaders we are nurturing who will contribute in different ways to the evenings, all you need to do is come along open to receive and be refreshed. Further publicity will be going out to parishes, though it may help to have the dates now if you would like to integrate these evenings into other plans during Lent.”  The nearest location to us to listen to Bishop Paul is St. Giles, West Bridgford on Tuesday 13th March and Tuesday 20th March 2018.

 

UNWANTED TOILETRIES FOR CHRISTMAS? - Did you receive any of these, or receive too many? The Jericho Road Project is a Christian charity, which works in Nottingham with women in the sex industry. They are always very grateful for gifts of toiletries and personal care items for their outreach work. If you have any to spare, please place them in the box, which will be at the back of Church until the end of the month, and I will then take them to the Project Centre near the Arboretum. Have you got any men’s unwanted toiletries as well? Also place them in the box and I will take them to the Friary Drop in Centre in West Bridgford. Many thanks - Mary Walker  

 

CROSSINGS EXHIBITION – ART & CHRISTIANITY NOW – Southwell Minster is hosting a major art exhibition in the Chapter House at Southwell exploring the relationship of Art and Christianity now.  It will take place from Friday 9th February to Thursday 10th May 2018 and entry is free.

 

PROSPERITY THROUGH ECONOMIC GROWTH - The talk at the next Nottingham Workplace Chaplaincy INSIGHT meeting on Wednesday 17th January is entitled ‘Prosperity through economic growth’. The world in which Britain needs to compete and prosper is changing rapidly and to help determine local priorities for the area is the job of the Local Enterprise Partnership - D2N2. Please join to hear Chris Pook, its Growth Hub Manager, give an INSIGHT into the strategic structures and actions that will help support local economic growth and job prosperity throughout the coming decades. 12 noon-1.30pm in the BioCity Discovery Building – 243 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham. A buffet lunch is provided and to help with the catering arrangements please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to confirm your attendance.

 

FOOD & DRINK QUIZ - Thank you to everyone who bought a copy of the quiz which has raised £115.00 for the Church roof fund. Congratulations to the winners Mrs Pat Thompson and Mrs V Middleton! The answers will be published in the February Link for those of you who are interested. Mary Dawdry

 

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Please pray this week for the homeless and the destitute; for those, who have to sleep rough on our streets as they have lost their jobs or simply been unable to find a job and accommodation. Pray for those who have who have insufficient income to sustain the basic necessities of life and who have to reply on food banks to feed their families.

 

 

Readings (or as announced and/or as shown in service sheet) 

1st Reading Acts Chapter 2 verses 42 – 47 

Gospel Reading Matthew Chapter 28 verses 16 – 20

 

ST. PETER & ST. PAUL’S          

Sunday 7th                           10.30pm Holy Communion

Service Theme & Readings as Radcliffe and/or as shown in service sheet

 

REGULAR GIVING ENVELOPES – If you haven’t yet taken your regular giving envelope for 2018 the envelopes are at the back of church.  Please will you take yours at your earliest convenience. If you would like to start using offering envelopes next year, then please do pick up one of the unnamed set of envelopes plus one of the 'giving packs'. Thanks very much. Sally Williams

 

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH  - A big thank you to all made the Christmas day lunch so special once again, whether by volunteering help, home baking or making a donation. Special thanks to the ladies choir who contributed to our funds instead of sending one another Christmas cards, and Kevin & Toni at "Fruititious" who once again supplied our fruit and vegetables. Including the team of volunteers, over 50 people enjoyed a great social gathering with delicious festive food and drink. In addition to a visit from Santa, this year we had our very own flute playing elf to accompany carol singing! It was great to make new friends - and to welcome back Mark & Sue Tanner. Read more in the next edition of LINK. Cori Cryer

 

BIBLE READING AT ST. ANNE’S – Please note that there will be no Bible Reading at St. Anne’s on Friday 26th January as the majority of those who attend will be absent or have an appointment on that day. Also there will be no session on Friday 30th March, which is Good Friday.

 

CTR LENT COURSE – The 5 week CTR lent Course will begin the week starting 18th February 2018.  Forms will be at the back of church towards the end of January and details of the subject matter and the various venues will be given as soon as known. One venue will be St. Anne’s Church and will commence Friday 23rd January starting at 2.00pm.

 

EASY FUNDRAISING – Don’t forget that if any of you would like to help with fundraising for St. Mary’s without any cost to yourself please use the link below. There are lots of on line stores, hotel booking sites and travel firms which participate and by doing this you will be helping your church.  Since starting we have raised over £100. It’s so simple.

(https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/radcliffeontrentstmarys/) Please do support as the more you support the more we get for St. Mary’s.

 

MUSTARD SEED PRAYER GROUP - The next meeting of the Mustard Seed Prayer Group (asking God’s help for us grow in numbers) in the East Bingham Deanery is on Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 2.00pm at St. Mary and All Saints, Bingham.  For further details contact Sue Megahy

 

ROTCYP Fund raising campaign.  We are actively seeking funds to support the travel costs of volunteer students, the COP youth support workers and Christian youth work in the village.  

  1. 1. When Marion Petch and Rosie Luce are on the coffee rota the donation bucket will be available. Money collected during our session will go into the ROTCYP General Fund. .
  2. 2. Asking for one off and/or regular donations via bank transfers: NATWEST, SORT CODE 60-02-41, Account No. 69116865

Please put a reference: ROTCYP or COP Youth Club – we can then assign under that heading for accounting purposes.  We are also registered for Gift Aid, forms via http://rotcyp.org/about-us/ Scroll right down the page and click on the gift aid and standing order form. Or ask Rosie Luce. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. 3. We are processing My Donate registration and this is likely to be ready for the New Year. We will then update the website but we will keep you updated during 2018.

Please note that any donations not specified will go into General fund as this gives the greatest of flexibility. Most of our expenditure relates to running COP and raising money for youth support workers. Thank you, Rosie Luce

 

ELIZABETH (BETTY) HAZELDINE - My sincere apologies to everyone at the 9.00am Holy Communion service on Christmas Day for the disturbance caused by my collapse. I do thank those who came to my assistance. Many blessings to you all in the New Year. Betty Hazledine.

 

UNWANTED TOILETRIES FOR CHRISTMAS? - Did you receive any of these, or receive too many? The Jericho Road Project is a Christian charity, which works in Nottingham with women in the sex industry. They are always very grateful for gifts of toiletries and personal care items for their outreach work. If you have any to spare, please place them in the box, which will be at the back of Church until the end of the month, and I will then take them to the Project Centre near the Arboretum. Have you got any men’s unwanted toiletries as well? Also place them in the box and I will take them to the Friary Drop in Centre in West Bridgford. Many thanks - Mary Walker.

 

CROSSINGS EXHIBITION – ART & CHRISTIANITY NOW – Southwell Minster is hosting a major art exhibition in the Chapter House at Southwell exploring the relationship of Art and Christianity now.  It will take place from Friday 9th February to Thursday 10th May 2018 and entry is free.

 

PROSPERITY THROUGH ECONOMIC GROWTH - The talk at the next Nottingham Workplace Chaplaincy INSIGHT meeting on Wednesday 17th January is entitled ‘Prosperity through economic growth’. The world in which Britain needs to compete and prosper is changing rapidly and to help determine local priorities for the area is the job of the Local Enterprise Partnership - D2N2. Please join to hear Chris Pook, its Growth Hub Manager, give an INSIGHT into the strategic structures and actions that will help support local economic growth and job prosperity throughout the coming decades. 12 noon-1.30pm in the BioCity Discovery Building – 243 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham. A buffet lunch is provided and to help with the catering arrangements please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to confirm your attendance.

 

BEREAVEMENT LISTENING TIME - There will be again be a warm welcome for anyone recently or longer bereaved, with tea, coffee and information on Wednesday 10th January from 11.00am until midday at St. Anne's Meeting Room, New Road, Radcliffe. Iris McLean

 

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.

The next Messy Church will be in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday 28th January 2018. Shelford has its own Messy Church the next one being in the New Year, the last Wednesday afternoon in January. We look forward to seeing you at either (or both).  Please pray for our Messy Churches whether in Radcliffe or Shelford, for their leaders and everyone who take part.

 

Please pray for Rock Solid, for the youngsters who attend and the leaders and volunteers who help out; pray that members will find coming to Jesus as fulfilling and rewarding as having a fun time.  Please also pray for more helpers, particularly males, so that useful relationships can be built up leading youngsters to a more spiritual and fruitful life. The next Rock Solid after this Sunday will be in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday 28th January 2018 at 6.30pm.

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