The Bishops’ Lent challenge is for each parish to choose a charity to support through Lent. We have chosen the Salvation Army and there is a collecting plate at the back of the church every Sunday (with Gift Aid options). The Salvation Army in Woodbridge do need £1,000 a month to help the homeless and provide all the food parcels that are distributed.
Student Cross The Essex Leg of the Student Cross movement will be visiting us on Palm Sunday, 25th March, as they make their way to Walsingham. They will arrive at around 5.30 p.m., for a short service in Church and then have a two-course meal in the Church Centre. If you are able to offer food, 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 would be much appreciated.
EASTER LILIES in memory of loved ones will once again be arranged in church for Easter. If you would like to contribute a lily in memory of a loved one this Easter, please leave your payment (£3 per lily) and the name of your loved one (written clearly in capitals) with Heather Marshall in the Parish Office, by Monday 26 March.
PATRICK’S PILGRIMAGE Starting on Good Friday, Patrick will be walking the “Via Francigena” – a 1200 mile pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome, recorded in 990AD by Archbishop Sigeric. It won’t be a sponsored walk but he does ask for your prayers for a safe journey.
He will be keeping in touch by sending postcards to the Office from strategic locations, and will put selected photographs on “Instagram” under the name sunnybobisaac.
CONFIRMATION 2018: if you are interested in joining an adult Confirmation preparation group, please talk to the Rector or fill in the form at the back of the church.
Churches Together traditionally offer Lent Lunches in the Salvation Army Hall on Thursdays 12-1.30. Choice of homemade soups, roll butter and cheese and tea or coffee. Charge £4, proceeds to Christian Aid. They continue through to Maundy Thursday inclusive. Please come if you can to support the cause. Jean and Tony Waller
LONDON MARATHON in memory of Roger Harper Margaret Harper’s son, Sean, is running in the London Marathon on 22 April 2018, raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice, in memory of his father Roger, who died in September 2017. Margaret says this is a big challenge for Sean, which those of you who knew him at Woodbridge School will appreciate.
“Hi, My name is Sean Harper, as many of you will know, my father Roger Harper, sadly passed away in September 2017 after many years of suffering with a rare incurable disease. For the last years of his life, thanks to the incredible care given by the carers and nurses of St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, dad was able to remain at home which was wonderful as it meant he could be where he was most happy and comfortable.
I, along with my elder brother Jamie, am running/walking the London marathon in order to raise money for the wonderful Hospice and all the incredible work they do looking after people like my dad in their homes. This is my first ever marathon, I am training hard for it and am looking forward to doing it in dad’s memory and to raise money for this wonderful undervalued Hospice. I would be most grateful of any donations you could make to help me meet the target for St Elizabeth Hospice. Thank you all so much. Sean”
Sean has to raise £2500 so if you can help at all, please donate online or speak to Margaret, or the Parish Office. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=SeanHarper3&pageUrl=1#
WOODBRIDGE ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY present a programme of light classical music at Woodbridge Methodist Church on Monday 26th March at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £7 (includes light refreshments) from Helen Lewis 01394 411232 / Anne Stevenson 01394 385728 or at the door. Proceeds for the work of the church.
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 the chapel and also the church silver on display under the tower.
I am now looking for volunteers to help starting after Easter; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. Anne Wright
Concerts at St. Mary's are an important feature of parish life and outreach. I have decided to relinquish my responsibilities on Dec. 31st 2018 and it is vital to plan ahead if we are to accept bookings for 2019. If anyone would like to take this on, please get in touch soon. Otherwise I suggest a job-share with one person doing it for 6 months and the other for a year in the first instance. Meanwhile we have 10 more concerts booked for 2018 and I would appreciate an assistant, preferably different, for each one. Ladies or gents, please consider signing up to possibly volunteer for one concert on the list at the back of church. Tony Waller
BOWLING Our next bowling trip will be on Friday 23 March. Details at the back of the church. Please sign up if you would like to take part in this enjoyable trip. All welcome.
STEPHEN SAVAGE – PIANO RECITAL in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Saturday 21st April, 7.30 p.m. in church. More details to follow.
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