the bishop’s training fund There is a bucket collection after the 10 a.m. Confirmation service in aid of the Bishop’s fund which supports clergy and their families who are facing hardship.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER this year is being held at St. Mary’s on Friday 1st March at 2 p.m. World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers, are celebrated in over 120 countries. This year the Service has been prepared by the Women of Slovenia. EVERYONE WILL BE WELCOME. Also for MU Committee Members there will be a meeting on Thursday 21st February at 2:15pm in the Seckford Room.
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. As before we plan to hire a coach. Possible destinations include a first-time visit to Norwich and return visits to Bradwell and Walsingham. At present we are inclined towards Norwich, with a visit to St Julian’s Church where Mother Julian spent most of her life in the morning and to the Cathedral in the afternoon for Evening Prayer. But this is not decided - do let me know your preferences. John
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! We start on March 7th. Tony Waller
Sunday 10 a.m. Coffee Rota: Currently, there are opportunities for new volunteers to join this much-appreciated band of people. We have vacancies for the first 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.
A Programme of Lent Talks – has been created for St Mary’s, Churches in the Woodbridge Deanery, and the Churches Together in Woodbridge and Melton, to run from Wednesday 13th March to Wednesday 10th April 2019 for five consecutive weeks. The theme is ‘God’s Love and Justice – Making it happen’. Taking the theme of service in Lent, 5 speakers have been invited to present on current issues and what they do for vulnerable people. They come from a variety of perspectives from local organisations and will talk about modern slavery, refugees, climate change, struggling families and the homeless.
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. This is just an advance notice and full details including the speakers will be made available soon on the posters.
The programme has been put together by the ‘Time to Reflect’ group. For any queries please contact Rita James on 01394 380949 or Caroline Hawksley on 01394 387848.
Jane Williams: The Humility of God A group of us will be reading ‘The Humility of God’ by Jane Williams as a Lent book for five sessions starting on Monday, 18th February. It was reviewed very well in the Church Times and has five chapters exploring a stage in the Gospel story and pairs it with a short account of a later Christian figure. It has lots of Gospel references and is a very good run through of Jesus’ life and death, with the thread of Jesus’ humility throughout which is rather moving. (Jane is married to Rowan Williams).
We start on 18th February 2019 at 10.30am for five weeks and old and new members are extremely welcome to come and join us in the Seckford Room. If you are interested please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church. If you have any queries do talk to Rita James (01394 380949) or Caroline Hawksley (01394 387848).
LOVELY NEW MUGS of St Mary’s Church are now in stock in the shop, designed for us by Rita James with drawing by Mark Beesley, in three different colours. £6.50 each. Please come and buy some!
Bring & Buy - our next stall will be on Sunday, 24th February - new and baked items are particularly popular! All profits to our general 'housekeeping' fund.
Pentecost Choral Evensong for a Festival will occur on 9thJune, but was inadvertently omitted from the Calendar published last week. (Please make sure that there is a copy in your home!)
Lent Bible School “Prayer and Prayers in the Bible” In five sessions led by Rev. Martin Dawes. Woodbridge Methodist Church (upstairs) on Mondays at 2.30pm,
11th, 18th, 25th March, 1st and 8th April All Welcome
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE that The Revd Mandy Reynolds has been appointed as Rendlesham Team Vicar. She will be licensed on 19 March 2019.
ADVANCE NOTICE - Renewal of electoral roll
2019 sees the preparation of new church electoral roll, as every six years each parish is required to prepare a new roll.
More information and application forms will be available shortly, but please note that inclusion is not automatic and all current members on the roll will need to re-apply to be included. New people can also apply during this period.
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