St Mary's Radcliffe on Trent

Sharing God's Love

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

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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.




This week, Heavenly Father, we pray for our own communities of Radcliffe on Trent and Shelford.  We pray for the various churches, the schools, the organisations and the Parish Council.  We pray for our shops and other businesses, for the transport, which gets us to and from our work or pleasure both locally and further afield.  We pray for the people both old and young that their lives may be fulfilling and we pray for those many people who live in both communities who have not yet turned to Jesus.  Finally we pray that every one of us can be a good example of your Love.



Today's Readings

1st Reading                1 Timothy  Ch. 2 vv. 1 – 7        

Gospel Reading          Matthew     Ch. 6  vv. 25 - 33     

Tuesday/Thursday readings

Ist Reading                 Hebrews Ch.1 vv. 1-4 Ch. 2 vv. 5-12 

Gospel Reading         Mark Ch 10 vv. 2 – 16

PLEASE NOTE - I am away this week. Please pass any notices you wish for Pews News to Mita Johnson.  I shall be back for the following week. Martin

SHINE THE LIGHT  - October 31st   5-7pm This is a big event that our church is putting on as an alternative to Halloween. It is also a diocesan advertised event for the southern half of our diocese. Families with children would love it, and there will be lots of fun crafts, games and activities. If you have a family, then come along, you will have a great time. Feel free to invite any friends as well. Rev’d Graeme

SHINE THE LIGHT – Will all house groups and others please start praying that advertising is done quickly and effectively and that the teams of people involved get up and running well.  Thank you. Iris McLean

EAST BINGHAM (MUSTARD SEED) PRAYER GROUP –. The next meeting is Tuesday 13 October 2015, 2pm at Cotgrave Church. Please come and join us to help pray for God’s blessing on our clergy, churches and the communities they serve. Lesley Haig, East Bingham Deanery Synod Lay Representative.

ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS FAYRE -Yes, I know it's only September but time is flying past, and I would like to let you know, that St. Mary’s Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 14th November 9:30  am - 1:00 pm. Please put the date in your diary and don't miss out on a morning of fun and friendship! If you have any unwanted gifts or nearly new items, please could I have them for the Fayre?  Anyone who is considering having a table could you please liaise with me? Thank you. Margaret Scothern

STEWARDSHIP GIVING – All members of our church family are encouraged to give on a regular basis whether through the envelope scheme or by standing order through your bank.  There are forms at the back of the church which when completed should be handed to Sally Williams our church administrator.  If you pay sufficient tax please Gift Aid it. By giving through this scheme it helps us to budget throughout the year.

FRIDAY UNDER 5’s GROUP - Do you or someone you know have a few hours to spare on a Friday morning? We are looking for volunteers on a rota basis to help with any or all of the following: setting up and clearing away toys and equipment, serving refreshments, greeting parents/carers, storytelling, arts and crafts. Contact Victoria Tyreman  - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DEPUTY WARDENS – We are looking for Deputy Wardens to help out particularly at the 9.00am and the 10.30am services on a Sunday.  Basically a Deputy Warden arrives early to set up for the service, and once given permission from the Bishop to dispense the elements at Holy Communion.  He/she also counts the number of adults and children (separately) attending and clears up after the service.  If you think you are being called to help with this duty please speak to a Churchwarden or Trevor Saunt who prepares the duty rota.

RADCLIFFE MEN’S EVENTS - Saturday 7th November - Breakfast at Tea At Maria's. As usual, feel free to invite any male friends and let Paul Dean (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know if you intend to be at an event.  Harry Hughes

APPLE PICKING - The vicarage Bramley apple trees have done well again this year, and I am struggling to find the time to pick them. I will be picking them on Sunday 11th October at around 3pm, and if anyone would like to join me, I would be grateful. (little careful hands welcome too). Of course there will be apples being given away too! I need the loan of a wheelbarrow too for the day please. If anyone has ideas what can be done with the apples, please let me know. Judy Anderson

C.T.R. ST. MARY’S REPRESENTATIVE -We still need an extra St. Mary’s rep. In the mean time – I’m sorry to say - we shall have to cut back some of our contributions. The witness of a united Church can only be sustained by people. If there are any counter arguments, please let me know. Julia Hancock -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SHOE BOXES REMINDER –Autumn means finding and lining our Christmas shoeboxes!  The leaflets plus more information about contents and recipients will go out next Sunday 11th October. Julia Hancock

YOUTH CONFIRMATION SERVICE Young people confirming their faith in Christ. On Saturday 5th March 2016 young people from across the diocese of Southwell & Nottingham are invited to join together and celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ. Bishop Paul says it is “A youth orientated ‘rite of passage’ experience that is a great opportunity to share with family and friends.  With diocesan support the young people will participate in preparing and leading the confirmation service.” For more details please speak to Rev’d Graeme.

LINK MAGAZINE – NEW EDITORIAL TEAM - We are seeking to recruit two or three people to join the Editorial Team so that they might be ready to take over when the present team retires at the end of the year. Some computer knowledge is necessary so they can work independently on various parts of the magazine to be collated at the end of the month. If you are looking for a new challenge, have a few hours to spare and would like to be involved in this very successful production please get in touch. Computer training will be given on the software used and support will be available during the takeover period. A job description and an estimation of the monthly time commitment is available upon request. LINK is very well regarded in the village, being a source of information on Church matters & Community news, as well as being a valuable source of income for the Church.  A new Editorial team is essential for the continuation of the magazine. Please contact The Editor – Brian Mendham  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jenny Hudson  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information if you are interested or know someone who might be. Thank you.

This week, Heavenly Father, we pray for all whose lives are affected by death and destruction whether this is through war, indiscriminate shooting, or natural disasters. We pray again for the lives of migrants who through sheer desperation are prepared to walk or by any other means reach what they believe to be safe havens where their they or their family can live in peace. We pray for all those in this country who rightly or wrongly fear that people seeking benefits rather than work resulting in resentment and possible violence against others will overrun the country. Only you Lord knows the outcome and we pray that wise decisions are made with compassion. Finally we pray for the people traffickers whose greed for money has resulted in terrible tragedy through drowning and suffocation. We pray that they stop and repent of their wrongdoing.

EAST BINGHAM PRAYER GROUP – We all want our churches to be blessed by God and to be strong and vibrant worshipping communities. We want our clergy and Lay Leaders to be wise strong leaders who can lead the churches to flourish as worshipping and caring communities. To this end we are starting a Deanery prayer group to pray for the churches in the Deanery, and for all those in leadership within them. This prayer group does not need to be privy to a lot of information about the churches or leaders to pray for God’s blessing on them. The meetings of the prayer group will be on the third Tuesday of each month. They will begin at 2.00 pm with a cup of tea or coffee and then move on to both spontaneous spoken prayer and to silent reflective prayer for each area of the deanery. The meetings will end at approximately 3.30 pm. Please come and join us to help pray for God’s blessing on our churches and the communities they serve. The dates at the proposed venue churches (Cotgrave, Keyworth, Radcliffe on Trent, and Aslockton) will be advised as soon as possible. Lesley Haig, East Bingham Deanery Synod Lay Representative.


MESSAGE FROM THE WARD FAMILY - We wanted to say a huge thank you to all of the church community who supported our mum, Mary Ward, and all of the extended family during mum's period of illness. The church family was a massive support to us and proves the power of how a Christian church pulls together in times of need. Mary's lunch club, provided mum with much care and was a thing she looked forward to each day. The time I spent with mum in the last few weeks of her life showed me how valuable her friendships developed through the church were. The daily visits, chats with friends in the village and calls from people as part of their ministry were a source of great reassurance to mum and myself. I do not think that I could have survived such a difficult time without the love shown to us. Eve, Alice, Mark, Jan and many others really helped to offer reassurance and peace in the traumatic lead up to mum's death. My grateful thanks go to everyone who helped. Everyone showed the true meaning of Christianity, and should be proud of the massively positive impression it created of the St Mary's family. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Anne.


CONFIRMATION – For those of you who are not yet confirmed, have expressed an interest in being confirmed and wish to take it further please speak to Rev’d Graeme.


HELP WITH SEWING - We are in need of someone who can sew, to make a couple of Nativity costumes. We have fabric to make a Wise Man’s cloak and a waistcoat for a Shepherd. If you think you can help us, please speak to Cori Cryer or Jude McLauchlan.


RADCLIFFE MEN’S EVENTS - This is the programme for the rest of the year. Thursday 1st October - Meal at The Royal Oak - to be seated at 7-30pm. Saturday 7th November - Breakfast at Tea At Maria's - 8-00am December - 'Over To You' - You'll have to read the Blog Page to find out what this is! 

As usual, feel free to invite any male friends and let Paul Dean know if you intend to be at an event.  Harry Hughes


CHURCH CLEANING ROTA - Two or three people, who have done it for several years, have had to drop out of cleaning the church. If anyone feels that they could lend a hand, say once every six weeks, to help clean the church or clean the brassware, then would they please get in touch with Sheila Brumfitt (church choir). The more volunteers we have means that your turn comes round less often. Many thanks. Sheila Brumfitt


ROCK SOLID - After the summer break Rock Solid starts up again on 13th September. Rock Solid is a chance for young people to get together and explore what it means to be a Christian through a mixture of games and activities. If you know any young people in school years 7 to 9 and you think they would enjoy Rock Solid please encourage them to come along on Sunday evenings 6.30pm to 8pm at St Mary 's Church Hall. Caroline Dickens


YOUTH WORK VOLUNTEERS - We are looking for volunteers to help with youth work not only for Rock Solid but also for an after school group which meets on a Tuesday. To best support the male young people in the Tuesday group it would be great if we could have a male volunteer. If you think you are able to help out or would like to know more please speak to Caroline Dickens or Jude McLauchlan..


DESIGN AND MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELLERY – All places for the session have been filled but it is hoped that another session can be arranged at a later date for those people who wish to participate but have not managed to get on this first session. Please refer to Judy Anderson.
Judy has a picture of some broaches if you would like to get an idea what the technique is like.


CHURCH ROOF – Are you wondering what is happening about the church roof? Following the listed buildings’ grant of £78,700 earlier in the year the churchwardens have actively been seeking grants. Up to now we have received in the region of £3000 and we are hoping for others to respond favourably. Thanks also must go to Father Alan whose letters to contacts have also been favourably received. The architects have received tenders and we are now waiting for a sight of them so that the PCC can agree which one to go forward with and what our target will be. A faculty application will then be made. St. Mary’s Building’s Committee/Churchwardens


 ST MARY’S HALL – There are a number of items, which have been left in the kitchen area on the shelf opposite the fridge freezer. These comprise amongst other the things a couple of aprons, a tablecloth, a drinks dispenser, plus various dishes and a small frying pan or similar. A bag of popular music cassettes has also been left. If these are yours could you kindly collect and take home as there is every chance if they remain uncollected in the next 14 days they will be suitably disposed of. St. Mary’s Hall Committee.


You are most welcome to stay for refreshments after each Sunday service, tea, coffee or fruit juice, to enjoy each other’s company and to welcome both newcomers and visitors.

The next Messy Church will be on Sunday 27 September 2015 in St. Mary’s Hall at 11 am. The next Messy Church at Shelford will be on Wednesday 30th September 2015 in the Village Hall at 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.


Rock Solid will recommence on Sunday 13th September 2015. We pray that all members including volunteers and helpers have had a terrific break coming back in September to continue in Christ’s footsteps.

Next Week’s Services - St. Mary’s

Sunday 13th September        9.00am         Holy Communion

                                                10.30am       Morning Service

Tuesday 15th September     10.00am       Traditional Holy Communion

Thursday 17th September   10.00am       Holy Communion


St. Peter & St. Paul’s Shelford                    

Sunday 13th September        No Service




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