St. Mary's Church, Woodbridge
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Notices for 17th March, 2019


BISHOPS’ LENT APPEAL 2019 – New Challenge Booklets for 2019 are available for everyone at the back of the church. There are new thoughtful challenges as well as straightforward ones such as ‘Some children in Kagera walk barefoot to school, carrying their shoes do they don’t wear out. Give 1p for every pair of shoes in your house.’ The booklets are in front of a display at the back of the church with photos showing the three ways in which the Lent Appeal is supporting Education: training of priests, the English language primary school and most importantly the self-sufficiency programme called the Church and Community Mobilisation Programme. Get your booklet now! There is a challenge for each day in Lent.

WOODBRIDGE & MELTON CHURCHES TOGETHER  will be serving Lent Lunches in the Salvation Army Hall on Thursdays, noon – 1.30 p.m.  Homemade soup, roll, cheese, butter and tea or coffee for £4.  Proceeds to Christian Aid.  Please try and support us more than usual this Lent. It is easier than house-to-house collections!  We started on March 7th. St. Mary's are on duty on 21st March and 18th April. Offers to help serve, or make some soup very welcome. Tony Waller

Speakers for Lent Talks – the Lent Talks created for St Mary’s and Churches together in Woodbridge and Melton are on the theme of “God’s Love and Justice – Making it happen’’. They will run from Wednesday 13th March for five consecutive weeks. 5 speakers have been invited to talk to us about current issues and what they do for vulnerable people:

13th March – Beauty for Brokenness, Hope for Despair, Norree Webb, Salvation Army

20th March – Working with Refugees, Karen Lawson, Refugee Support in Suffolk

27th March – Caring for the Environment: Just Sustainability, Chris Bennett, St Mary’s

3rd April – Families, the hidden struggles, Gavin Lamb, Ormiston Families

10th April – Serving those who are homeless, Julia Hancock, Selig (Suffolk) Trust

All sessions begin at 7.00 for 7.30 in St Mary’s Church Centre, 11 Market Hill, IP12 4LP with tea and coffee. Everyone from Woodbridge and Melton and beyond is warmly invited.

The programme has been put together by the ‘Time to Reflect’ group. For any queries please contact Rita James on 380949 or Caroline Hawksley on 387848.

Student Cross The Essex Leg of the Student Cross movement will be visiting us on Palm Sunday, 14th April, as they make their way to Walsingham. They will arrive at around 6 p.m., for a short service in Church and then have a two-course meal in the Church Centre. If you are able to lay the tables, help with the meal or wash up/clear away, please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church. Donations of money or food items (particularly puddings/desserts) would be much appreciated.

PILGRIMAGE - we are still in the process of deciding about a Parish Pilgrimage this summer and so if you are interested in coming and haven’t yet done so please put your name on the list at the back of the Church. This won’t commit you to coming; it just gives me an idea of possible numbers for planning.                                                                                                                                                     John

Bowling Trip: Another opportunity for you to be part of this fun-filled event! You are invited to be part of the group going to Tenpin, Martlesham Heath on Friday, 29th March. 5.45 for 6 p.m. start. Adults £15, Children £12 maximum, (depends on what deal we can access) to include shoe hire and two games at Tenpin, followed by pizza, salad, soft drinks etc at our Church Centre. Sign up at the back of the church.

Ecumenical Stations of the Cross at St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church, Woodbridge on Friday 29th March at 2pm. The Service will be followed by refreshments. All welcome.

Sunday 10 a.m. Coffee Rota: Currently, there is an urgent need for new volunteers to join this much-appreciated band of people. We have vacancies for the first, second and third Sundays in the month and for the reserves. If you are able to help, please speak to Veronica Howe, or to any of the folk behind the hatch on a Sunday morning. All that is needed is to lay out the crockery etc at about 9.30 a.m.  and, after the Eucharist, to make coffee/tea, serve and to clear up. All ingredients provided.

Stewarding in Church can be rewarding if you have an interest in the church building and enjoy meeting people. It involves welcoming visitors and offering the brief guides to the church. I often direct visitors to see the painting in the chapel and also the church silver on display under the tower. We are often asked where visitors can give a donation to the church so we need to direct people to the slots under the leaflet display; this is another important role that we fulfil which brings in money for the upkeep of the building.

I am now looking for volunteers to help starting 8th April, the beginning of the school holidays; sessions are 10.30 to 12.30 and 2 to 4pm, at frequencies to suit the individual. There is a rota at the back of church to sign up for times/dates. Please fill in if you are able to help and add your name and contact if you are a new volunteer. I can be contacted on 01394 383690 or in church (usually 10am). Email  Thank you.  Anne Wright

Girlguiding - We have Rainbows (5-7), Brownies (7-10), Guides (10-14) and Rangers (14-18) meeting regularly in our Church Centre. While there are a very few spaces for girls, one or two new Leader(s) and/or Helper(s) would be welcome for specific Units. If you would like to find out more about this very worthwhile volunteering opportunity, please let the Parish Office know.

AROUND THE WORLD IN SONG – a concert to lift the spirits - Saturday 23 March 7.30pm  - St Mary's Church, Woodbridge
Come on a journey of song with a choir of Woodbridge singers created specially for this concert. Joining them will be guests Scunsulata from Norfolk. These two groups will present a concert of exquisite and enchanting harmony singing.
Choirmaster Chris Rowbury has taken 50 local singers on a Singing Safari. They have been gathering songs from across the globe and are now ready to share them. The performance will draw on musical traditions from around the world.  Thrill to rhythmic songs from Africa and uplifting gospel from the US. Sink into sumptuous harmonies from Eastern Europe. Swoon to the sweet exotic sounds of the Pacific. This promises to be an evening of singing to stir the soul and warm the heart. Tickets are now on sale: £8 (£3 under 16s). Buy on-line at or phone Chris on 01394 610 486. Some tickets may be available on the door. There will be a retiring collection for the charity WaterAid (improving access to safe water and sanitation).

ROSHAN HORABIN My mother died peacefully in the morning of Friday 8th March 2019. Her funeral will be at 2.15pm on Friday 5th April at Seven Hills Crematorium. Afterwards we hope you can join us at Ufford Park for a celebration of her life. For more details or to confirm you would like to attend please contact her daughter Sue Harris on 07858 456946 or We have requested that there are no flowers but donations are given to Alzheimer's Research.


It is time for us to prepare a new Electoral Roll. Under the Church Representation Rules a completely new Church Electoral Roll is prepared every six years. Anyone who wishes to have their names entered on the new 2019 Roll, whether their names are entered on the present Roll or not, is requested to apply for enrolment now.

The Electoral Roll is the list in every parish of all those who have chosen to be on the roll and are therefore entitled to vote on elections within the Church of England.

To be on the electoral roll a person needs to have been baptised, be at least 16 years old and either:

• Living in the parish and a member of the Church of England or a Church in communion with the Church of England

• Not resident in the parish but is a member of the Church of England (or a Church with which the Church of England is in communion) and has regularly attended worship in the parish during the six months prior to enrolment

• A member in good standing of a Church which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and they are prepared to declare themselves a member of the Church of England, having regularly attended worship during the six months prior to enrolment

Forms can be collected from the back of the church and should be completed and returned to the Parish Office.

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