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Worship across the Parish:   Trinity 16

8.00am St.Mary’s Said 1662 Said Morning Prayer Paddy Trasler

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Andy Norris

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Hazel O’Sullivan/Clare Watson

11.15am St.Francis’ Communion

Andy Norris

12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism

Andy Norris

6.30pm St.Mary’s 1662 Evensong

Diana Dow

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion   Tim Watson

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TRAIDCRAFT is BACK! Next Sunday

We will have the Traidcaraft stall on Sunday 13th Oct with the usual Coffee, Chocolate and Preserves etc but also with the opportunity to view and order your Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards and  Christmas gifts. Thank you, Julie & Peter Fieldsend.   

GOD’S WORLD IN OUR HANDS  Next Sunday

It’s timely to welcome Traidcraft back next Sunday when our 9.15am service shall explore the special theme of: God’s World in our Hands.  With Climate Change so much in the media, why not invite someone to join you at this service?  They may not know that the Church of England’s mission is to ‘Strive to Safeguard the integrity of Creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth’.

GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP  This Thurs 10th

Come and enjoy a cuppa, chat and opportunity to play table top games from 2.00pm-4.00pm in St.Francis, Clayhall Road.

ST.FRANCIS’ COFFEE MORNING   19th Oct

Join us on Sat 19th for the relaxed coffee morning with cakes and stalls in support of St.Francis’ Church: 9.45am-11.30am.

Concert with Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends:

“OPERA MEETS THE EVERLYS”     19th Oct

The accomplished and popular choir are back in St.Mary’s on Sat 19th at 7.30pm for an exciting mix of entertaining music.  On behalf of the new Parish Centre – no tickets but a retiring collection.  Billed as ‘An unusual 60 minutes programme of popular & classic music’.

RECTORY BONFIRE & SUPPER

All adults welcome for a bonfire and ‘Bring & Share’ supper at the Rectory on 1st November from 7.00pm.  Hosted by our men’s A.Men and women’s SMILE groups.

RENEWAL of COMMITMENT & FAITH   20th

There will be an opportunity for adults who may have ‘drifted away’ or ‘lost’ their faith but who have rediscovered what it is to follow Jesus in recent times to ‘affirm and renew their commitment’ during the Church Alive service on 20th October when two others will be baptised.  If this is something you’d value doing then please have a word with Andy Norris.  

VISIT TO WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL

St.Mary’s Choir will sing Choral Evensong in Winchester Cathedral at 5.30pm on Thurs 31st October.  We are always delighted to have friends from the Parish who would like to join us for these special services. Enquiries to Paul Pilott

Families LIGHT PARTY!

October 31st from 5.00-6.30pm in the Parish centre. Party games/ crafts/ Fun challenges and more! Pre-book with Kate Smyth to secure a place or just turn up for this half-term event!  £2 per child.

10th Nov REMEMBRANCE SERVICE TIME IS 10.30am

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Great News… We’ve submitted our plans to GBC to seek planning permission!

Thank you to the regeneration team who have brought us to this significant moment over four years of work!  Please now pray for this process that the outcomes would be in keeping with the Lord’s will – if that should be for a new centre to be provided to serve our community for the years ahead.

Paul Pilott & Friends Concert – 19th October

Coffee Morning – 22nd October

Sparkle & Style Fashion Show – 12th November

Coffee Morning – 26th November

We regret that the Afternoon Tea & Prosecco has been cancelled.

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SERVING & GIVING

Acts 4v32:  ‘“they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace.

From Kate, Families Minister:

LIGHT PARTY HELPERS NEEDED

We are running a Light Party on 31st October for families in the Parish centre.  If there are any folk who can help me either set up (4.30pm-5.00pm) and clear up (6.30pm-7.00pm) or in running the party (5.00pm-6.30pm) then I’d be pleased to hear from you.  I am also looking borrow lots of LED fairy lights or bright items that we can  decorate the hall with. If you feel you can help then please see Kate or call her. Many Thanks.

HARVEST THANK YOU

Both to the members of the Flower Guild for decorating St.Mary’s so beautifully with Sun Flowers, and also to all who’ve donated groceries and toiletries for the Food & Basics Bank – you’re gifts are very much appreciated.  We can’t believe that the food bank has served 5000 people over the past year – thank you so much!

CHURCH LIFE IS INVITATIONAL

We’d like to ask regular worshippers to invite someone to worship or one of our activities this month.  We have to choose to do this or that invite may just not happen – remember, you’ll be extending Jesus’ invitation and welcome to them!  We all love to be invited to things, and the same is true for many people who’d come to church if only someone invited them!  Please pray and consider who can you invite to join you this October?  The postcards should help.

NEW POSTCARDS

Please take and use the new invitational postcards and invite someone along.  There are two. 

CONNECTING PEOPLE and CREATING COMMUNITY.

Connecting People is green and highlights the drop-in midweek activities and Sunday worship which focus on adults and seniors.

Creating Community is blue and highlights our activities and worship more focussed upon families and children.

NEW HOPE MAGAZINE

Following the success of the Easter Hope magazine we have 250 copies of the autumn magazine for you to give to a friend (even if you enjoy reading it first!).  

We hope you find the new postcards and Hope mag to be helpful as you continue ‘Talking Jesus’ and sharing his love in the parish for our many groups are offering great hope and comfort to people.  Thank you, because they are reliant upon your invitation to join in.

ST.FAITH’S, LEESLAND & LNC

St.Faith’s is very busy these days and is an active hub in Leesland.  It has been smartened up with new internal walls creating a much needed store.  New signage will soon appear and increased use sees the back garden now called ‘The Glade’.  It affords an excellent centre from which Leesland Neighbourhood Church operates.

PLEASE WEAR A NAME BADGE TODAY!

WOULD YOU LIKE A PERMANENT BADGE MAKING FOR YOU?

If you fill in the slip and pop it in the small box at the back of St.Mary’s then Hilary Wilson has kindly offered to make proper badges.    Thank you Hilary.

SCAFFOLDING IN ST.MARY’S

Work continues in the chapel arches where the quality of carpentry is fabulous in the oak ‘frames’ being installed for the glazing.  Once templates are made then the glass will be prepared.  It’s slow but thank you for your patience as we await completion of this beautiful and beneficial project.  Please take care around the scaffolding.