Weekly News Sheet

Newsheet 26/3/17

Holy Week:

Space for silent prayer and meditation:
Instead of a prayer room for Holy Week this year we will have some pictures of Christ’s passion and crucifixion on display in the family room. The room will be open at various times – see diary dates – to give opportunity for people to spend some time in quiet prayer or meditation on a piece of art.

Members of the PCC will supply some pictures but please feel free to bring a picture and display it if you have something that has spoken to you – we will clear the children’s noticeboard and put a couple of other boards for display in the room.

Maundy Thursday:
Our Maundy Thursday service will be a bit different this year, we will be using a service that Lynne prepared for her college last year. We will eat together as usual with readings and worship. We will offer foot washing during this time, following the example of Jesus who washed his disciples’ feet at the last supper. This is of course optional – not something that you need to feel you ought to do. Women will wash the feet of women and men wash the feet of men. We will then move to the communion table in the nave and continue with the rest of the communion service.

Gift Day:
There will be a gift day to help cover the cost of the new heating on May 7th. Thank you to all who have made enquiries about the cost or have offered to contribute.

Easter lilies and flowers:
Easter is not that far away and planning has already begun. The flower team will be decorating the church for Easter as usual. If you would like to make a contribution towards the cost of the Easter Lilies/flowers and would also like that contribution in memory of a loved one's, please place your donation in an envelope with your name and if applicable the name/s of those you wish to remember. Please give to Diane or Val by the 1st April 2017.

If you would like flowers any time during the year to mark a special occasion or to remember a loved one, the flower team would be happy to help. Please speak to Diane.

Need a good book, then have a look at the selection in the book stall (kindly run by Sue Lyons) the money from the books sales goes towards helping to buy the flowers to decorate the church throughout the year and there is also a bowl by the flowers at the back of the church should you feel you would like to make a donation. Thank you for your support. Diane

This will be held on April 9th following a very short family service. There will be time to grab a hot drink and then we will get underway. There will be a Kidztime in the family room during the meeting and we hope to finish at a similar time to when the majority of people leave after refreshments on a normal Sunday.
We are looking for another Church Warden and also there are also several vacancies on the PCC.

For your prayers...

Praying for our Community, Mission Partners and Ministry
 Please pray that God would call someone to serve as a Church Warden alongside Nick and several people to serve on our PCC.
 Pray for Rev Rob O’Neil, and Rev Sharon Smith at St. John’s that they will become a thriving worshipping community transforming the community of Farley Hill and that God will send them the right person to serve as full-time leader of the Eden Project.
 That the new heating will be installed in time for the children’s outreach.

 We give thanks for £195.62 (including the gift aid) given for the food-bank last week.
 Thank you to all who prepared the posies for us this morning and for all the breakfast team too.
 Thank you to everyone for helping to set up for the deanery meeting and those who baked and served teas – there were a lot of good comments about the warm, welcoming & well-presented feel of the church and our art work..

Living God’s Love Prayer:
Living God, draw us deeper into your love;
Jesus our Lord, send us to care and serve;
Holy Spirit, make us heralds of good news.
Stir us, strengthen us, teach and inspire us
to live your love with generosity and joy, imagination and courage;
for the sake of your world and in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Scripture for the week:

Jerusalem says, “The Lord has deserted us; The Lord has forgotten us.”
“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.”
(Isaiah 49v14-18)

Vicar: Rev' Cathy Pullinger (vicar@slipend.co.uk) Church Phone 01582 725061 - Church mobile 07425 148046 - Vicarage Phone 01582 480391
Churchwarden: Nick Sandle (723029)
Readers: Chris Barnes (725448) and Richard Palmer (462127)