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

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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



Today's Readings

1st Reading 1 Corinthians Chapter 1 vv. 18 – 25      p 926 Pew Bible

Gospel Reading       John Chapter 2 vv. 13 - 22       p  863 Pew Bible


Heavenly Father we pray this week for the sad, the lonely; those people that find themselves alone in the world.  Uplift their spirits so that they feel part of their community and are able to take part in events around them.  We also pray for the sick and those in pain.  We give thanks for the doctors and nurses who treat and look after their patients so well.  Finally we pray for the bereaved that you will give them support to get through their grief of losing a loved one.


ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING -The PCC has decided to hold the Annual Parochial Church Meeting this year on a Sunday morning in order to give more people the opportunity to attend.  Therefore, on Sunday 12th April, there will be one service only, a short communion service, at 10.00 a.m. which will be immediately followed by the Annual Meeting.  We hope that as many of you as possible will come to both the service and the meeting.  Mita Johnson - PCC Secretary.

LENT GROUPS GET TOGETHER - Many positive comments on the Mid-Lent gathering of the different Lent Groups were heard over the last 2 years, so this year we shall come together again for a short “PRAISE CELEBRATION in words and music followed by a shared table” 21st March 2015 at St. Anne’s/New Road at 12 for 12.15. Shared table at about 1pm. Bring your own packed lunch.  Everybody welcome.

DEANERY MISSIONRev’d Bryony Wood, Deanery Missioner will be holding her next prayer group Tuesday 28th April at 2.30pm at The Vicarage, Main Street, Aslockton, NG13 9AL.  The purpose of this prayer group is to pray for mission in the deanery.  This group is open to anyone in East Bingham Deanery and you are encouraged to attend.  Any questions please contact Rev’d Bryony on 01949 850523

ELECTORAL ROLL - The Electoral Roll is currently being revised in readiness for this year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting If you are not on the Electoral Roll and would like to be added to it, please complete one of the forms on the notice board at the rear of the church by Sunday 5 April.  If you are not sure whether you are eligible or not or whether or not you are already on the Roll, you can check by referring to the current copy of the Roll (also on the notice board) or contact Carol Payne, Electoral Roll Officer on 841 0507.  Being on the Electoral Roll entitles you to vote at the meeting.

MOTHERING SUNDAY - Would anyone who has any spare greenery suitable for the bunches of Mothering Sunday daffodils please bring their offering’s to church on Friday 13th March between 9.30am and 11am.  Also if anyone is available to help prepare bunches of flowers on Saturday 14th march between 2pm and 3.30pm would they either contact me at church or by telephone on 911 9756. Trevor Saunt

PARISH WEEKEND - 12th - 14th JUNE: The all-inclusive cost for this will be adults: £145; children 6-16: £70; under 6: free.  Booking forms available at the back of church, or see Eve Drew or Carol Payne. Our speaker will be Rev. Mark Tanner who was previously curate at St Mary's.  Please do sign up to come along and have a really great time at Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire.

ST. MARY’S COACH TRIP – I am organising a coach trip to the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, which is a museum not dissimilar to Beamish Museum, on Saturday 23rd May 2015.  Adults £27, Seniors (60 +) £24, Children (5 -18 years) (£20). Prices are inclusive of the entry fee.  Leave Radcliffe 8.30 am outside The Grange, return 4pm arriving back home around 6pm. Martin Skeffington

EASTER HOLIDAY CLUB - This year’s holiday club for 5-11 year olds will be held at South Notts. Academy Lower School April 15th, 16th and 17th (Wed – Fri). Please pray for this vital outreach. A few of our regular helpers are unavailable this year, if you can help in any way please let Rev Chris, Lorraine Foster or Jude McLauchlan know.  As in previous years could you please collect empty cereal boxes and individual yoghurt pots, which can be left at the back of church near the settees.  Thank you.

ST. MARY’S PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2015 - A reminder that the subject of the next competition is ‘Nature’.  The competition will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on Saturday 2nd May, at the same time as this year’s Plant Fair. Entry forms available from St Mary’s Hall. - Dave Townsend

CHILDREN AND SPIRITUALITYChildren Finding Faith, Monday 9th March 2015, 7.30-9.15pm. Jubilee House, Southwell, NG25 OJH. Guest trainer – Colin Draper. Spiritual Styles and Children - Making good connections Saturday March 21st, 9.45-12.30. Jubilee House, Southwell, Guest trainer – Jenny Lambourne. Both events are free, and refreshments will be provided. Contact Ally Horne  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTTINGHAM STREET PASTORS – In April this year they are beginning training for new recruits. The Street Pastors do immeasurable good amongst the “revelers” and “down and outs” at night on the streets of Nottingham and if you feel that God is calling you to help in any way please contact them on 0115 941 1048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

DEMENTIA FRIENDS – A free event will be held on Tuesday 10th March at 8.00pm at our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Candelby Lane  in Cotgrave. The event lasts about 90 minutes and both training and insight into dementia sufferers is given.  Contact Theresa Brennan 07935 737639.

MIRABILÉThe Methodist Church is very fortunate to have this group coming on Saturday 28th March 2015 at 7.30 pm as part of their Regeneration Programme of Choral Concerts. They will maintain the high standards the  local Methodist Church has had in this series.  Mirabilé are delighted to be presenting a concert in their home area so a strong demand for tickets is anticpated. For tickets contact Jon Hancock  or Margaret-Ann Dickie or Pen2Paper, Main Street.


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