After all the extremely cold weather we have had please pray for those who are homeless that they are able to find food and shelter. Please pray for the organisations who provide the food and shelter.




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)

Service Theme – Values: Grace - Calling  

1st Reading     1 Samuel Chapter 3 verses 1 – 20              

Gospel Reading    Mark Chapter 1 verses 14 – 20                      

  1. PETER & ST. PAUL’S        

Sunday 4th 10.30am                    Holy Communion

Readings as Radcliffe unless amended 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 the discussions Church Council will be having about the future shape of the church. These meetings take place at the Vicarage. The next meeting is today at 4.00pm.  Lasting for one hour, tea and cakes will be served.  Mark and Sue would love to welcome you.  Other dates are as follows:-

Sunday March 18th                  4.00 – 5.00pm

Sunday March 25th                  4.00 – 5.00pm


CHURCHWARDEN - At the PCC meeting in January 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. This needn't be a hugely onerous position, I will still be around at St Mary's for the foreseeable future and continue to carry out some of my present roles and provide support for a new churchwarden. If anyone would like further information please to ask me. - Dave Townsend


MOTHERING SUNDAY – Would anyone who has any suitable greenery in their gardens to add to the daffodil bunches please bring their bags of cuttings to the Lady Chapel on Friday 9th march between 9.30am and 11.30am? Also if anyone could assist with the preparation of the bunches on Saturday 10th March starting at 2.00pm please contact Trevor Saunt.


COMMUNITY CAFÉ - Saturday March 10th Community Cafe at the Methodist Church 9.30am – 12 noon. This particular Saturday the profits will be going to ROTCYP to help run the Friday night drop in youth club. Please if anyone can come to help, make cakes/biscuits or even better come along to enjoy a cuppa and cake. Please do come to support this event, which in turn will support our outreach to the youth of the village.
Jude McLauchlan ROTCYP Trustee.


REFRESH IN LENT WITH BISHOP PAUL - I will be leading the Refresh in Lent series taking place over two consecutive weeks in six locations around the diocese. Refresh in Lent is open to all but especially for anyone who exercises some aspect of ministry or leadership in their local church, workplace or wider community. This includes all those who serve on PCCs. A flyer should already have come to your parish or benefice for distribution.

Please would you kindly extend this invitation warmly to your congregation. “Refresh will take place over two consecutive weeks and the nearest for us is St. Giles, West Bridgford on Tuesday 13th March and Tuesday 20th March 2018. 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. Bishop Paul


COACH TRIP TO SHERINGHAM – There are currently 6 places left on the coach. 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. Martin Skeffington


EAST BRIDGFORD, ETC. (FOSSE GROUP) - The Bishop of Ramsbury (Salisbury Diocese) is pleased to announce that he has appointed the Rev’d Oliver Learmont to be the next Vicar of North Bradley, Southwick, Heywood and Steeple Ashton (near Trowbridge, Wiltshire). Please continue to pray for him as he prepares to leave his current responsibilities and move into his new Benefice.


HOLIDAY CLUB 2018 - Tuesday April 10th – Thursday 12th April, 10.00am – 2.30pm. Where is it?   St. Mary’s Church Hall and the Methodist Church. This year we are inviting the children to become astronauts at the “Space Academy” and to attend a Holiday Club service at St. Mary’s on the following Sunday, 15th April, at 10.30am.

We are still looking to recruit adults in these roles :-


Supporting a team leader-Working within a Starbase” (small group of 10 children)

Worship team “The Transporters”- particularly if you play an instrument 

Craft team - prepping beforehand, or helping in the craft zone (afternoons) OR designing and helping create the “Space Academy” scene.

Refreshments ”Café Cosmos” - helping with making drinks and washing up

Walking bus supervisors “Shuttlecraft launch” - to help us escort the children safely between the two churches (afternoons)

Games “Fit for Space” team - Leading/helping to supervise games (afternoons) 

Clean up crew - to help set up at the beginning (on Monday 9th April) and pack away and clean up at the end of Holiday Club.

Prayer – This is an essential that everyone can do. Please pray for everyone taking part in “Holiday Club” and all the ongoing preparations. Please pray that God’s voice will be heard by those people He is calling. It may be for the whole space journey, 1-2 days, mornings/afternoons.

Do you need more information? Is God calling you? Please speak to Cori Cryer,

NB: Any volunteer who takes on certain roles will need to complete a DBS application to comply with our Safeguarding Policy.


COFFEE POT – During Holiday Club at St. Mary’s Hall Coffee Pot will be closed. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Martin Skeffington


MODERN SLAVERY - A workshop is being held focusing on modern slavery, how to recognise it and how to respond. It is on Tuesday 6th March at The Salvation Army Community Centre, Sneinton, NG2 4QG from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. There’s evidence emerging that criminals are targeting vulnerable people who use food-banks, soup runs and night shelters that churches help to run. It’s important that leaders and volunteers are trained in recognising the signs of slavery and know what to do about it.
Book your free ticket here;

[The Salvation Army Community Centre are located near Green’s Windmill, at the junction of Sneinton Road and Notintone Street (take the walkway to the right of the row of shops on Sneinton Road to access the site). 
There is on street car parking or a car park located at the back on the site (on Harold St), car parking is available at Green's Windmill (Windmill Lane) and city bus number 43 runs past The Salvation Army on Sneinton Rd]


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 after this will be in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday 25th March 2018. Shelford has its own Messy Church the next one being the last Wednesday afternoon in March. 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 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 today will be in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday 25th March 2018 at 6.30pm.