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.


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)



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.