St Mary's Radcliffe on Trent

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and proclaim Jesus Christ as Saviour

Church Family & Community News from
St Mary's Church and St Peter and St Paul, Shelford

Items (written) for PewsNews should be with Martin Skeffington by Wednesday evening - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prayer for the Week

Please pray that the situation in Syria does not deteriorate any further than it already has.  Please pray that the decisions made by the USA, the UK and France do not provoke any retaliation by Russia who has allied itself with Syria.  Please pray that decisions made are wise decisions.


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

1st Reading   Acts Chapter 4 verses 5 - 12                             

Service Theme (10.30am service) Informed Prayer

                          Nehemiah Ch. 1 vv. 1 -11                    

Gospel Reading : John Ch. 10 vv. 11 - 18               


ST. PETER & ST. PAUL’S          

Sunday 22nd                          6.30pm Evening Service


Readings as Radcliffe unless amended and/or as shown in lectionary.



HELP!  I’ve got a Young Person in my church/group with either:

•       Mental Health Concerns, including Anxiety or Depression

       Autism or Asperger's

•       Anorexia or Bulimia

•       Self-Harm concerns

•       ADHD

This vital training session will help Church and Youth Leaders as they seek to respond appropriately to young people with these and other important issues. There will be input from experts and youth workers with experience in this important area.  Tuesday May 1st from 7.30pm until 9.30pm St John’s College, Chilwell Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3DS. A unique evening with youth work partners working together to deliver an important evening for all youth leaders in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands. It’s also a chance to peruse other resources and hear about future training opportunities. This session is FREE of charge.  Refreshments provided. Please register on Eventbrite  For more information contact: Gill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Angela Brymer 07887 530751


CHURCHWARDENS – Thank you Dave for all the hard work you have done in your role of churchwarden over the last 11½ years and welcome George as our new churchwarden.  Thank you Sue for your continuing hard work as churchwarden.


RACHEL’S PRIESTING – On Saturday 30th June Rachel’s priesting will take place in Southwell Minster.  We are sure that many of you will wish to go along and support her in this her next stage of her curacy.  We have therefore hired a 59 seater coach which will leave from outside Grange Hall at 2.30pm returning from Southwell at 6pm.  To help with numbers will you please let me know if you would like to come. Thank you. Martin Skeffington


WALSINGHAM YOUTH PILGRIMAGE – A taster day will take place at Worksop Priory on Saturday 28th April with music led by CJM.  This is an opportunity for 11 – 18 year olds (Year 6+) and their leaders to learn all about the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage or just have a good day out with fellow Christians. The cost is £5 including lunch. Registration is required – see church administrator. For further information on The Youth Pilgrimage contact the Priest Administrator tel: 01328 824204 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                            


CHURCH CLEANER - The PCC are seeking a cleaner for St Mary’s Church. Duties will include cleaning the church and toilet according to the job description. The successful candidate will ideally have previous cleaning experience, ability to work on his or her own with complete discretion. The hours of work will initially be 2 hours per week or 4 hours per fortnight, with a review after 3 months.

Salary £9 per hour.Closing date 3rd May 2018

Job description and application form available from St Mary’s Church Office, St. Mary’s Hall, Main Road Radcliffe on Trent NG12 2FD or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


MAN ALIVE BREAKFAST MEETING - Saturday 28th April 8.15am – 10.30 am (including breakfast) Venue:  Betel Community Church, Rawson Street, New Basford, Nottingham, NG7 7FR. The keynote speaker will be Nick Harding, Diocesan Children’s Ministry Adviser.
Faith in our Fathers 

Fathers’ Day is on 17th June and this is a great opportunity to reflect on how we can celebrate fathers.  Dads, stepdads, two dads, absent dads…fatherhood and what it means is changing.  We’re going to explore what ‘fatherhood’ can be in today’s society, gain some ideas to inspire, and find ways to encourage grandads, dads, stepdads and all dads to do a great job. 

There is no charge for this breakfast, but there will be a retiring offering for the ministry of Betel. To book, please contact Jacky Bates - email:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CHRISTIAN AID WEEK - With the approach of lighter evenings, it can only mean that Christian Aid Week is on the horizon. This year it's Sunday 13th May until Saturday 19th May, and as usual we are desperate for house-to-house collectors.  Between us, we usually manage to collect an amazing £5000, reduced last year owing to lack of collectors.   We collect from many people who would not send in a donation, but are willing to put a gift into the envelope on the doorstep.  Please consider whether you can help this year, now matter how few houses you can cover - an hour or two of your time can make a huge difference to those in great need.  More info. from, and offers of help to, Yvonne Ellison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Christine and Malcolm Anderson,    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


LINK DISTRIBUTOR REQUIRED - A Distributor is required to deliver LINK magazine each month to Trent View Gardens, 16 in total. Help is always available to cover sickness and holidays. If you live on Trent View Gardens or nearby and feel you would be able to help please contact Jenny HudsonThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you.


CEILIDH – With the Blue Kettle Band at the Royal British Legion on Friday 27th April, 7.00pm for 7.30pm in the evening. Finishes at 11.00pm. Adults £10, Children £5 including a chilli supper (with vegetarian option). Organised by St. Anne’s Church this event is open to everyone.  Tickets can be obtained from Pen to Paper or the Post Office.


BLACK MATTING NEAR FONT - The need for it isn't as great as it was and it is getting very dirty and looks untidy and not very friendly. Dave's son is having some of it for his garage floor so if others can use it we'd be glad to get rid of it. Otherwise it will be disposed of. If the need arises we'll replace it with something more child friendly colourwise. Sue Megahy



We welcome on Thursday our new Vicar, The Rev Canon Mark Tanner and his wife Sue. 



This week we pray for Mark and Sue Tanner.  We pray that Mark in his new role as Vicar of St. Mary’s Radcliffe on Trent and St. Peter and St. Paul’s Shelford will use his gifts to grow the church family spiritually in an increasing secular world.  We pray that members of the wider community will respond to his teachings and join our church family so that they too can experience the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We further pray that his licensing service will be a joyous occasion and that as many members of the church family as possible will be able to attend.




Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading         Romans     Chapter 12verses 9 - 21       

Gospel Reading         Matthew     Chapter 16 verses 16 – 28   


REV. CANON MARK TANNER – The licensing of the Reverend Canon Mark Tanner as Vicar of St. Mary’s Radcliffe on Trent and St. Peter and St. Paul’s Shelford will take place at St. Mary’s on Thursday 7th September 2017 at 7.30pm.  Please note that it is not necessary to RSVP as suggested in LINK.  All you need do is turn up on the night.  Everybody is warmly welcome. Afterwards there are refreshments in St. Mary’s Hall.


WELCOMING LUNCH - On Sunday 17th September we are having a shared lunch to welcome Rev Mark and Sue Tanner.  There is a sheet at the back of church to sign up if you would like to attend the lunch and to let us know what you will be bringing. Jude McLauchlan


MAD HATTER’S PHOTOS - These will be displayed at the back of church for 2 weeks: (27th August to 3rd September inclusive). There are some good photos for you to enjoy of the CTR 4 church’s celebration ”Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”. They will be circulating among the 4 churches in Radcliffe 2 weeks at a time. 

Have a look. Any thoughts about next year? Date/Month for a start?? Julia Hancock  tel; 933 2437.


ST. MARY’S HALL – We have submitted an application to Rushcliffe Borough Council to have a star rating as a registered building dealing in food – not dissimilar to the local Methodist Church.  Consequently there is a need to alter how we deal with food in Coffee Pot.  As soon as possible we shall be moving over to offering a free biscuit in individual sealed packaging similar to many cafes, which sell hot drinks.  This means that we shall not be putting biscuits on plates as is the current practice.  However for those who like their biscuits we shall be offering additional biscuits in sealed packaging but there will be a small charge to cover costs.


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.


CHRISTMAS FAYRE 2017  - Time is romping along and it will be November before we know it! So therefore, my 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. Many thanks. Margaret Scothern


RIDE & STRIDE - Once again this year St Mary’s will be supporting the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride, on Saturday 9th September. The Trust provides funding for the repair and restoration of churches in Nottinghamshire. St Mary’s has benefitted from their support on a number of occasions, most recently £10,000 towards our re-roofing project. David Hancock and I are planning to take part. We will be looking for sponsorship in due course. We intend that half the funds we raise will go the Trust and half to St Mary’s. We also hope members of St Mary’s will help to ‘man’ the church to welcome visiting cyclists, in particular during Saturday afternoon. Dave Townsend


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


ST. MARY’S COACH TRIP – A coach trip to Shrewsbury is being arranged for Saturday 7th October.  As usual it will leave from outside the Grange at 8.30am and leave Shrewsbury at about 4.00pm to arrive back in Radcliffe early evening.  The cost is £20 per adult and £15 per child.  To book a seat on the coach please contact Martin Skeffington.  Could those who still have not paid please let me have the money as soon as possible.This is non-refundable. Currently there are 4 seats left.


MUSIC FOR MARKET - At Newark Parish Church Andrew Ashwin (baritone) & Philip Robinson (piano) Schumann: Liederkreis ; Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel. Saturday 9th September from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Admission is free of charge (with a retiring collection to cover costs) and refreshments are available beforehand. For further information, contact Dr. Stephen Bullamore on 01636 678897 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This is one of a series taking place at the parish church Newark at the same time as above. There will be various organists etc. and musical programmes.


THE BIG E DAY 2017 - The Big E Day 2017 is open for bookings! It’s a great day for youth and children’s leaders to immerse themselves in ideas and inspiration. There will be workshops on 

·         Engaging with young people in schools

·         Growing Teenage Disciples

·         Mental Health First Aid for Young People

·         Listening to Young People and giving them a voice in our churches

You can find out more info by contacting Angela Brymer (tel: 07887 530751) or Dave Keetley (tel: 07720 511192)

This year the event takes place on Saturday 30th September (9:00-2:45pm) at the Minster School, Southwell. Please find attached details of the workshops and a booking form.  Our keynote speaker is Mary Hawes, National Children and Youth Adviser for the Church of England. If you prefer, online booking can be made by clicking on this link –   


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   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Martin Skeffington



We pray, Heavenly Father for the United Kingdom which has taken the decision to leave the European Union.  We pray for the politicians both to the right and the left who have major decisions to make both within their own political parties and in government.  We pray that wise decisions are taken, decisions, which will not exacerbate the break-up of the United Kingdom.  We recognise Lord that only you know the future for these Islands whatever the decisions taken in the next few months and years.  We pray for the business communities that they will continue to prosper.  We pray for the migrant workers that they will not suffer unnecessary abuse following the referendum.  We also pray that any splits within the country can be healed and those people who are happy with the outcome are gracious to those who are less happy.  We pray that as a country we can unite to achieve an outcome, which can satisfy all. 



1st Reading                     Galatians Chapter 6 vv. [1 – 6] 7 -16        

Gospel Reading               Luke Chapter 10 vv. 1 – 11, 16 - 20 


KEITH LANCASTER – Keith’s funeral will be on Monday 4th July at 1.15pm. Keith, a former deputy warden, has been a long and faithful member of St. Mary’s and no doubt many of his friends in St. Mary’s will wish to pay their respects on Monday.


SPREE - Please pray for all our young people and leaders who are attending 'Spree' in Northamptonshire this weekend; for safety, that they will have fun and draw closer to Jesus. Jude McLauchlan


EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 21st June at All Saints Church Cotgrave. Please come and join us to help pray for God’s blessing on our clergy, churches and the communities they serve. If you would like to pray at home for our interim Area Dean Rev’d Bronwen Gamble and the Deanery, do speak to Stella Holbrook or Jude McLauchlan.


PUB BIBLE TIME – Pub Bible time takes place every third Monday of the month (unless otherwise advised).  The next meeting will be on 18th July at the Manvers pub at 7.30pm. Biblical knowledge is not required. Food is usually provided.  Expand your knowledge of the Bible in a convivial atmosphere.


RADCLIFFE MEN’S EVENTS - Do not forget about the specially organised bowling session at the Radcliffe Bowls Club (Glebe Lane, off Cropwell Road - adjacent South Notts Academy) Wednesday 27th July Meet at the Club for 7-00pm - please wear or bring FLAT SHOES. Please let Paul Dean know if you can make it (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to either event.  If you have any ideas for a summer bike ride please let me know. Harry Hughes


STRAWBERRY CREAM TEA - A Strawberry Cream Tea, in aid of the Motor Neurone Association, will be held at 20, Hamilton Drive Radcliffe on Trent, on Wednesday 6th July from 3pm to 5pm.  Tickets, price £4.00, are now available from Mary Dawdry.  There will also be a raffle and cake stall.


EVENTS FOR YOUTH LEADERS - Ideas Factory for East Bingham Deanery with Dave and Angela Tuesday 5th July 7.30pm at St. Mary's Hall, Radcliffe on Trent, NG12 2FD.
Coffee chat, sharing resources and prayer for youth ministry for any youth leaders. Bookings to be made with Angela This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


GLEBE ALLOTMENTS’ ASSOCIATION - We presently have 3 vacant plots available to rent and it occurred to me that perhaps this might be of interest to members of your congregation whilst at the same time supporting the diocese. (The land is owned by the church and administered by the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham’s Agents). Neil Cunnington is the Site Manager - John Thompson


UNUSED  KNITTING WOOL  - Have you any wool oddments hidden away?  Has your Mother, Auntie or Uncle, Neighbour? We are collecting this summer both for our local Radcliffe charity knitters (knitting e.g. for Children in Distress) and also for the Rainbow Refugee Knitting Group in Hyson Green. A Collection Box is at the back of church. Have a rummage  - any amount is welcome. Thank you. Julia Hancock 


CHARITY TEA PARTY - Iris and Ron McLean will be holding Iris’s Birthday Charity Tea Party again, in the garden at 137, Shelford Road, in memory of their son Ian, who died 3 years ago. There will be drinks, cakes, a raffle and space for children to play. Please come between 3.00 pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 24th July, enjoy chatting to others and support Cancer Research. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes are welcomed.


SHELFORD CHURCH – By popular demand Shelford church welcomes back “just THE JOB jazz” Saturday 9th July 8pm – 10.30pm. Tickets £15.00 Adults, £10 under 16’s. A free glass of wine is being offered during refreshments.  For tickets contact Penny Oldham or Elizabeth Eaton.  Also available from Pen to Paper, Radcliffe.


ECUMENICAL BRING AND SHARE LUNCH – This will take place Sunday 24th July at 12 noon for 12.30pm in the Methodist schoolroom to celebrate Abby’s time in Radcliffe. More information to come. Julia Hancock


ST. MARY’S ROOF – The work to reroof St. Mary’s is scheduled to start Monday 18th July.  Access to the main West Door and the Lady Chapel Door will be maintained although it is likely that the path through the churchyard will be closed between the two doors whilst the work is undertaken.


THE FRIARY PROJECT FOR THE HOMELESS - . Thank you for the support you already provide. We greatly need the following items for those who call in daily for help:-

Trainers, socks, boxers, jackets, waterproofs, T-shirts, jeans (men’s and ladies’), sweatshirts, joggers, sleeping bags, small radios, toiletries e.g. razors, shaving foam, toothbrushes, shower gel, shampoo

Items may be placed in/on the “Friary” trolley at the back of church. Thank you.



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