St Mary's Radcliffe on Trent

Sharing God's Love

On the morning of Dec. 4th St Mary's Church was filled with people coming to Holy Communion to worship and to spend time with Rev'd Graeme and Judy, following the service. There was a spirit of thanksgiving and celebration for everything they have brought into the lives of people in this community and in Shelford, over the past 7½ years. This was tinged by genuine sadness at their departure to Holy Trinity, Coventry, where Rev'd Graeme takes up his new role at the beginning of January.

Graeme and Judy have brought true friendship and fellowship to this Benefice expressed in their openess and warmth. Their willingness to reach out into all areas of the villages has gone far beyond the extra miles of commitment, hard work, energy, deep Christian compassion and sincere love.

From their arrival at the Vicarage, their home became both one of immediate welcome and hospitality. With the addition of their dog, Willow, the parish also welcomed 9 puppy bundles of fun and games, not to mention rocketing sales of mops, buckets and dog food. The house became the only one in the Diocese as overall home to 11 Dog collars; a definite record breaking situation.

And from surprise beginnings we have never failed to be led on an adventure of discovery, learning to understand the new horizons which God has revealed over time, both in our corporate lives and as individuals. Under Rev'd Graeme's unique ministry we have been encouraged to 'think outside the box' and to act with the same love as Jesus teaches us, loving one another as He loves us. Graeme and Judy's ministry together has been based on prayer and a great willingness to serve God here; their unselfish generosity, corporate leadership, enthusiasm and energy has led to the growth of God's Kingdom, leading many folk, both young and old, to find Jesus as their personal Saviour…….the greatest treasure of His Love and death for every person.

They will be deeply missed, as was evident whilst we said our farewells through smiles and tears. We prayed and continue to pray for their ministry together in Coventry and look forward to hearing news of their inner city parish, so different from this one in structure and size. With every blessing
and heartfelt thanks, we are assured by God's promises that He will be with them always and know they journey onwards in His power and strength wherever that journey shall lead.



You are very warmly invited to Rev Graeme's final service as our Vicar:
10am on Sunday December 4th 2016
at St Mary's Radcliffe on Trent 

After seven happy years of ministry here, Graeme and his wife Judy are leaving us for Graeme to become Vicar of Holy Trinity Coventry.

Graeme’s ministry and presence along with Judy and their dog Willow, has had a positive and significant impact in our villages. We are sad they are leaving and will miss them very much.

We would love as many as possible to join us for Rev Graeme’s final service as Vicar of Radcliffe and Shelford with Newton on

Sunday 4th December
at 10:00am
At St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent

This will be a communion service, when Graeme will preach and preside. After the service, there will be light refreshments and an opportunity to say goodbye to Graeme and Judy.

We are sending them to their new ministry in Coventry, with our thanks for all they have accomplished here, with our love and prayers for God's blessing in the future.

The Churchwardens

It was one of those days when you did not know whether it was going to rain or not.  It was cloudy when we left Radcliffe and it was cloudy when we arrived in Skipton at 11am.  We had about one hour and three quarters before we had to congregate at the canal side for our one hour trip along the Leeds and Liverpool canal.  Some used that time to have a bit to eat or a drink.  There are plenty of cafes in Skipton but we used the refectory in Holy Trinity parish church where refreshments were served and snacks such as jacket potatoes.

Boarding the boat just before 1pm we were blessed by the sun breaking through the clouds.  This made our canal trip very pleasant and we enjoyed the passing countryside as well as the commentators history of Skipton through the ages.  Well done Skip Boat Trips.

Arriving back in Skipton we had another two hours before we rejoined the coach for our journey home. Some spent this time browsing around the shops or the Saturday market which lined the High Street.  Others took the chance to visit Skipton Castle.  We arrived home about 6.30pm.

Thank you everyone who supported this outing and thank you for the positive feedback.  Thank you also Steve our driver for the smooth journeys both to and from Skipton. In total we raised £532 towards the roof repairs and re-roofing.  All we have to do now is decide where we are going next spring. Martin Skeffington

Annual Meeting 2016

St Mary's Annual Meeting took place on Sunday 10th April as part of our Sunday morning worship.

 Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2015

On Saturday 24 October a trip has been arranged to go to Whitby via Pickering and the North Yorkshire Moor's Railway.  Hopefully having set off from Radcliffe at 8.30am we shall arrive in Pickering in good time to catch the 12 noon train to Whitby. We should then have some time in the resort in time to meet the coach around 4pm to bring us back home.  We are praying for good weather and plenty of autumn colour as we travel along this popular heritage railway.

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