This week Heavenly Father we pray for those who have lost loved ones whether they be the great and the good or the lowly and the poor. We pray for the souls of those who have lived long and come to the end of their life on earth and for those who died early in their life whether from illness, accident, warfare or any other reason. Give comfort Heavenly Father to those left behind, to parents who have lost a child, to bothers and sisters who have lost a sibling, and to children and adults who have lost a mother or father. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.



Readings (or for Sunday services as announced or as shown in service sheet) 

1st Reading         Philippians Chapter 2 verses 1 – 13  

Gospel Reading         Matthew Chapter 21 verses 23 – 32 


LEADING PRAYERS & READING THE LESSON - Reading the lesson and leading prayers is a very valuable part of services. If you would like to join the team for either those who read the Bible lesson or lead Intercessions at a Sunday 10.30 am service, please have a word with Iris McLean or one of the clergy. Short training is available if needed and support/help always available. 


THANK YOU - Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support, which has been invaluable during my recent spell in hospital. Thank you too for the lovely bouquet, so much appreciated.  Elizabeth Hazledine.


THE PERSECUTED CHURCH - Come and hear Pastor Jamal - together with other amazing speakers from the persecuted church worldwide - at Open Doors celebration Standing Strong at the Birmingham International Convention Centre. In fact, bring a busload - you'll be kicking yourself if you don't! NB - Booking closes at midnight 1st October. The day will be jam-packed full of inspiration and challenge from the persecuted church. Your faith will grow as you hear amazing stories of how God is at work. In addition to Pastor Jamal, our international speakers include: Pastor Abraham James who is Chairman for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in a northern state and has experienced great persecution as a result and Pastor Sandeep Kumar who has an in-depth knowledge of the issues for Christians in India having been a partner of Open Doors for many years. There will also be a global perspective on Open Doors work with times of worship and prayer for our persecuted family.


WELCOMING CARDS – We know that there are a number of people who have been coming to St. Mary’s who have never filled in a Welcoming Card but feel that this is their home church.  If you think you are one of these people please could you consider filling one in and handing it to Sally Williams or one of the people on duty. As well as giving you a proper welcome there may be occasions when we need to get in touch. All such information will be protected in accordance with the Data Protection laws.


FUNDRAISING –Please note the following dates in your diary:-

  • Saturday 7th October 2017 – Coach trip to Shrewsbury
  • Saturday 18th November 2017 – Christmas Fayre
  • Saturday 9th December 2017 – Breakfast with Santa
  • Saturday 13th January 2018 – Wedding Fayre

The aforesaid are all fundraising for St. Mary’s Church and we look forward to lots of support. Further details will follow as soon as possible.

Also 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.  It’s so simple.

( Please do support as the more you support the more we get for St. Mary’s.



Background information about the scheme is shown on A5 flyer.  Leaflets [including a label] can be found at back of church.
Action points:-

  1. 1. Shoebox 
  2. 2. Choose age of recipient
  3. 3. Cover box and lid separately 
  4. 4. Secure closed with rubber bands as the box may be opened by customs. 

Please return to church  on or before 5th November 2017.  Any questions? Julia Hancock - see me in church.                 


WOOL ODDMENTS - Some will remember that last year a lot of wool oddments was gathered by St. Mary’s for the ‘Radcliffe Charity Knitters’. Every bit was used with great imagination. The last strands have now been used up. Please look in your cupboard [or ask around!] for any wool you may have lying about and not using: whatever age or size of the oddment!!  More information: Julia Hancock.


CHRISTMAS FAYRE 2017  - Time is romping along and it will be November before we know it! So therefore, Margaret’s annual plea is due for donations of NEW/NEARLY NEW items to help make up a lovely stall at this year’s Christmas Fayre please. Closer to the time we shall be putting out a request for home made cakes and other goodies.  There will also be a list put at the back of church where you can indicate what you are likely to provide.  We shall welcome all contributions. Many thanks. Margaret Scothern & Martin Skeffington


2018 CALENDARS - Attractive calendars of Nottinghamshire churches are now available, priced £5 each from Brian Bull or any of the bell ringers. These include 12 photos of local churches, which can also be used as postcards. Proceeds will go to the Diocesan Bell Fund, which gave a generous grant when work was carried out on St Mary's bells in 2000. Brian Bull


RIDE & STRIDE - We are pleased to report that in spite of the poor weather, we completed our ‘Ride’. We made 46 visits to churches and chapels, cycling a total of 100 miles. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we raised about £540 for St Mary’s church and Notts. Historic Churches Trust. Also we wish to thank the volunteers who manned St. Mary’s on the day keeping our church open for both Riders and Striders. Dave Hancock & Dave Townsend


ALPHA COURSE - Please note that the Rev. Canon Peter Watkins, who is a retired minister from the Coventry Diocese, is to run an Alpha Course, which is taking place at St. Mary’s and All Saints Bingham this autumn. This is early information prior to the distribution of printed publicity materials. I can let you have a copy of the proposed timetable, which will run from 11th October to 13th December 2017. Any other queries about the course should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Martin Skeffington


ANOTHER WINTER WITH THE CELTS - On behalf of Newark & Southwell Deanery, but open to all, we are pleased to offer a second series of bible studies in which we will be Exploring Celtic Spirituality based on Ray Simpson’s book of the same name. The sessions will again be held in the Parish Churches of St Peter & St Paul, Upton and St Peter, Farndon 14th and 28th October at Upton, 11th and 25th November at Farndon, 9th December at Upton, 13th and 27th January at Farndon, and 10th February at Upton. For further information please contact Jane Johnson tel: 01636 812877, or Roy Parsons tel: 01636 673422