THE ANNUAL VESTRY AND CHURCH MEETINGS were held on Tuesday 25 April 2017. We are delighted that Mr Stanley Workman and Mrs Barbara Stear have been elected Churchwardens for a further year, Mrs Penny Bird, Mrs Mary Hare, Ms Rita James and Mr Tony Waller have been elected to the Deanery Synod for a three year term. and Mr Andrew Bullard, Mrs Marion Clarke, Mrs Jean Cobb, Mr Tom Cobb, Mr Stephen Cole and Mr John Moorby have been elected to the Parochial Church Council for a three year term. Copies of the Annual Report and the Chairman’s report (Rector’s Report) are available at the back of the church.
KAGERA LENT APPEAL You will be pleased to know that we have raised £1123 for the Diocesan appeal. Thank you all for your support.
CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER – change of date: The next meeting for contemplative prayer will now be on Wednesday 3rd May (rather than Wed 10th May). It will start at 8pm and be at 4 Saxon Way, as usual. Apologies for this change, which is due to circumstances beyond my control. Michael 387280.
ST. MARY’S M.U. The May meeting will take place on Thursday 11th commencing at 2.15 p.m. with Corporate Communion in Church. Following this there will be a meeting in the Church Centre and the speaker will be Sandra Griffiths, Action and Outreach Co-ordinator for the MU in this Diocese. Members are reminded that there will be a Bring and Buy Stall at this meeting.
GraveTalk Evening session 7.30 – 9 pm on Wednesday, 10th May in the Hall The first sessions of GraveTalk were useful and enjoyable events attended by about 20 people. This time we are offering an evening session with the same idea of conversation at small tables, prompted by the cards provided by the Church of England. If you came before and would like to come again, you will very welcome. Society has somehow conspired to silence talk about death or about dying; it has been a closed subject, which many are frightened to broach but long to talk about. The Church of England and many groups in our own Diocese, have begun to tackle the silence many of us experience around us by offering 'GraveTalk' sessions.
All of us will have experienced the death of a loved one and experienced the pain of grief first hand or in supporting others close to us. GraveTalk sessions give us a chance to share what we feel and have experienced in an encouraging atmosphere, with plenty of tea, coffee and cake.
Facilitators: Caroline and Jeremy Hawksley, Rita James, Diane Milan and Sandra Schur. All are welcome and if you have a friend, who may be interested then they are welcome too, please sign the sheet at the back of the church. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to phone Caroline Hawksley 387848 or Rita James 380949.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE A reminder that the Parish Pilgrimage led by Bishop Mike will take place on Saturday 8 July 2017. If you have not done so already, please make a note in your diary: further details to follow shortly.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride is on 9 September this year.
The Rector is away this weekend attending a wedding in Herefordshire.
Children’s Society Thank you to all who came and supported the Coffee Morning in April. The total amounts raised were; Coffee morning £283.33, Box holders £256.13 and Christingle candles £66.96. There are still many candles and Boxes at home across the parish. If you have one at home please can you bring them in and leave them in the shop so that we can empty and count the money and send it off to the charity. With many thanks for your support. Virginia Spray
Bring & Share Lunch You are invited to this meal, which will happen next Sunday, 7th May, 12.15 for 12.30 p.m., and is a timely way to celebrate the Rector's return to us. All details are at back of church. Please sign up today!
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