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

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Please pray over the Christmas for our world, which finds itself as troubled as ever.  We live in uncertain times and the world needs as much prayer. Please pray for those countries, which are suffering war, strife, famine, and natural disasters.  Pray for those countries, which wield such power that at a press of a button could bring such horror and destruction.  Pray that their leaders will make wise decisions, which will benefit everyone.

Finally at this Christmastide give thanks for our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is the same today as he was in the past and will be for evermore.



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

1st Reading Hebrews Ch. 1 verses 1 – 4

Gospel Reading John Chapter 1 verses 1 – 14  

Christmas Day 25th    

9.00am Holy Communion

10.30am All Age Morning Service/ Holy Communion

Tuesday 26th               No Service

Thursday 28th   10.00am Holy Commuion 

Service Theme Good News


Sunday 31st     9.00am Holy Communion

  10.30am United Service with Methodists (here)

  11.30pm Compline

Tuesday 2nd January   10.00am Traditional Holy Communion

Thursday 4th   10.00am  Holy Communion

Service Theme Glory to God

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


ST. PETER & ST. PAUL’S          

Sunday 24th                           5.00pm Christingle/Nativity

        11.30pm First Holy Communion of Christmas

Service Theme The Light Shines

Readings as Radcliffe and/or as shown in service sheet

Sunday 31st No Service


PEWS NEWS – There will be no Pews News for Sunday 31st December. Pews news will start again with effect from Sunday 7th January. We wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a Joyous Peaceful New Year.


WATCHNIGHT SERVICE - The Watchnight Service, at 11.30 p.m. on 31st December provides an opportunity to reflect on the past, to think about what is to come, and to lay it before God in thanksgiving and prayer.  The service incorporates a candlelit procession to our Millennium window, which instructs us about the nature of time, and reminds us that time is contained within the loving arms of God.   Everyone is very welcome at this service. David Hancock     


REGULAR GIVING ENVELOPES - The regular giving envelopes for 2018 are now at the back of church. If you already normally give by this method, please collect your box when convenient. 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


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 nearly £90. It’s so simple.

( 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.  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. . Asking for one off and/or regular donations via bank transfers:
  2. 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 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.
  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





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


Heavenly Father, we pray this week for the coming year. In this year of uncertainty we pray that the super powers, the United States and Russia will cease their sabre rattling and work towards peace in the whole world.  We pray that the conflicts in Syria and Yemen will come to an end and that our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East will no longer be persecuted.  We pray for the people of mainland Europe and the United Kingdom that they will be spared the horror of terrorism as witness last year in Nice, Paris, Brussels and Berlin.  Our overwhelming desire Lord is that peace can be enjoyed by all peoples.  We pray for our own country and our own community of Radcliffe on Trent.  We pray for St. Mary’s and for St. Peter and St. Paul’s Shelford that the vacancy for a new vicar will not be lengthy and that whoever comes will continue to grow our churches for everyone in faith and love.  Amen.



Readings (or as shown in service sheet)

1st Reading         Galatians     Chapter 4 verses 4 - 7             

Gospel Reading         Luke     Chapter  2 verses 15 - 21       


BISHOP TONY – On Sunday 15th January Bishop Tony will be officiating at both the 9.00 am Holy Communion service and also the 10.30 am Holy Communion service.  You might like to make a note in your diary so that you do not miss these services. (Not the 17th January as shown in last week’s Pews News.)


GRAEME’S INDUCTION HOLY TRINITY CHURCH COVENTRYPlease note that the coach will leave from outside the Grange at 4.30 pm Wednesday 11th January for Graeme’s induction. The service will not include Holy Communion so we are likely to return earlier than at first anticipated.  Such details will be relayed to you during the journey to Coventry. Sue Megahy and Martin Skeffington


SERVICES LEADING UP TO & DURING THE VACANCY – Please keep an eye on Pews News, LINK or our Website to check on the services. There will be only one midweek service on the Thursday during the week between Christmas and the New Year. Rev. Canon Keith Turner will be officiating at this morning’s 10.30am service.


BIBLE TIME AT THE PUB – Please note that Bible time at the pub is taking a break until further notice. Paul Dean (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


ARTICLES FOR PEWS NEWS – Please when you are submitting articles for Pews News could you include your contact telephone number and if you have one an email address.  This is to help new members of St. Mary’s identify who the person is if they have a need to get in touch with him or her.


OLYMPIC’S QUIZ - The winners of the Olympic’s Quiz are Mrs. Pat Thompson and Mr. J Parry. Thank you to all who took part and helped raise a total of £118 for the church roof repairs. The answers will be published in the January LINK.  Mary Dawdry


JOSEPH AND HIS TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT - (5.00pm Sat 29th April) We now have the tickets reserved for those who signed up. Please could you make your cheques payable to St Mary’s PCC R-o-T and give them to myself by January 22nd. Those, who booked for the stalls owe £28 each, and those in the rear balcony owe £16 each. Thanks. Jude McLauchlan.


EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is 2pm Tuesday 17th January at the Cranmer Centre Aslockton. 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 Area Dean Rev’d Bronwen Gamble and the Deanery, do speak to Stella Holbrook or Jude McLauchlan.


ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS LUNCH - A favourable forecast thankfully: no ice, snow or rain to cope with this year! We had new friends to meet (both guests and volunteers) and old friends to greet. On Christmas Eve our helpers (age range 6 to 90) peeled, chopped and chatted, decked the halls with trees, tinsel and lights. They set the tables with red & gold - it looked a treat. Mince pies, mints and Christmas cake on site, glasses and drinks at the ready, Christmas vegetables prepped and turkeys delivered, we could relax until the big day. Christmas day 10.00 am, hugs and Christmas kisses as the team arrives. Lights, ovens and hostess trolleys on, kettle on - let's get down to business! After the Church service, the first guests were welcomed and the drivers went out to collect more. Glasses filled, happy chatter abounds. By 12.30 everyone is here and seated. The usual safety drill over, we thanked God for his provision and this joyful opportunity to celebrate the birth of his Son Jesus. Lunch was served and our cooks have worked their usual magic. Every course was delicious, and just enough room for a mince pie with coffee or tea? We sang carols, had a visit from Santa and watched the Queen. A very happy (and full) bunch of people went home with a Christmas present and light supper to enjoy later. Many thanks go to everyone who helped in any way - (you know who you are!), and especially to Kevin & Toni at Fruiticious for supplying our fruit and vegetables again. Cori Cryer 


LINK MAGAZINE HELP REQUIRED - We are in need of a volunteer to help deliver some of the bundles of magazines to the Distributors who then deliver to our subscribers. There are six addresses to cover around the Main Road/Nottingham Road area. A car would be necessary and some lifting is involved. If you feel you could help, if only on a temporary basis, please contact Jenny Hudson -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thank you.


SOUP LUNCH (FOOD FOR THOUGHT) – there will be a soup lunch on Thursday 5th January in the Methodist Church Hall starting at 12 noon.  The cost will be £3.50 and money raised will go to charity.  If successful, soup lunches will continue on the first Thursday of every month.  For further details please contact Judy and Roger Holborrow 


COFFEE POT – Coffee Pot will reopen as normal in the New Year from Tuesday 3rd January 2017. Martin Skeffington 


MESSY CHURCH – Messy Church is looking for volunteers to help with the crafts – people who have ideas for the particular theme that Messy Church is promoting at the time. If you feel you have the talent to help with this rewarding ministry, please speak to either Cori Cryer or Christine Skeffington .


PEWS NEWS – As an effort to save time, paper and money with effect from the first Sunday in February I shall be sending out copies of Pews News electronically to everyone in St. Mary’s who has an email address.  If you prefer to have a paper copy you will have to let me know.  Another advantage is that if you are by any chance away from church on a particular Sunday you will not miss out on any notices. Martin Skeffington


AN ECUMENICAL BEREAVEMENT LISTENING PLACE - A monthly Bereavement Listening & Information (BL&I) hour for all who need it in the community, is to be set up, in memory of Ian McLean, next year. It will start on January 11th 2017, the second Wednesday of the month at 11.00am, in the St. Anne's meeting room (Costa as a reserve). If there are sufficient volunteers, a Monday could also be offered.

If you would like to be involved in any way, please contact either:-

Iris McLean, (St. Mary's)     

Christine Anderson (Methodists)

Celia Radcliffe (St. Anne's)