St. Mary's Church, Woodbridge
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Notices for 26th March, 2017


LENT BOOKS We have a good stock of ‘Dethroning Mammon’ by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the shop.  Please come and have a browse.

Lent Lunches will be held at the Salvation Army from 12 – 1.30 every Thursday in Lent.  Homemade soup, a roll, butter, cheese and tea or coffee will be served by a team from Churches Together. The cost is £4.    The lunches are going well, but we would welcome more custom. All proceeds to Christian Aid.     Tony Waller

STUDENT CROSS - Pilgrims on the Essex Leg will again be visiting Woodbridge, for Evensong on Palm Sunday, followed by a meal provided by us and an overnight stay in the Church Centre. Your help is needed, please, either to provide items/money towards the meal or preparing/cooking/serving it. Please list your contribution on the sign-up sheet at the back of the church. If you have any questions, please consult Heather in The Parish Office or Veronica on 383257.

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 3 April.

CHURCH STEWARDS - I am still in need of stewards, if you are able to help even just occasionally please sign up at the back of church or phone me on 01394 383690.

The Puffin Patrol would like to say a big thank you for all your donations towards Great Ormond Street Hospital.  We shall be sending them £77.  We hope you enjoyed the cakes! From the Puffin Patrol

WOODBRIDGE ON SHOW - We have been invited to have a display at this event organised by the Town Council and open to the public from 9.30 - 3.00 on Saturday, 1st April at the Community Hall. Our display is being created, but could you staff it, say for an hour or so, please? There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the Church. Probably to have two people together would be a good plan.

An invitation has been received from ST. THOMAS’ R.C. CHURCH,  St John’s Street, Woodbridge, to Stations of the Cross on Friday 7th April at 2 p.m.  ALL WELCOME.

Coffee Shop & Stalls - Our next such event will be on Saturday 15th April - all help desperately needed. More details next week . Please sign up at the back of the Church - for preparation, the event and/or clearing up.

Back for a harmonious fourth year, The OK Chorale together with women's ensemble Heartbeat are delighted to present their annual spring concert at St. Mary’s on Saturday 1 April at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 (£3 under 16s), all profits to the charity WaterAid. Expect a rousing English Easter carol, Scottish gorgeousness, infectious African rhythms, African-American gospel, a Moravian lullaby and much more in a vibrant celebration of harmony singing with not an instrument or backing track in sight.

Tickets available on-line at (go to Concerts), or email, or phone Chris on 01394 610486, or on the door.

Children’s Society Box Opening and Coffee Morning – Saturday April 8th  - our annual coffee morning at St Mary’s House from 9.30 until 11.30am.   Stalls will include cakes, plants, books, gifts and a raffle.  Please leave any items in the church shop the week before if it helps.   It is very helpful if any boxes for counting are delivered in advance if you cannot make the event in person. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible on the day.  Come and join in the fun and raise money for a great cause at the same time!

Key Items - Woodbridge Deanery Synod – Thursday 16 March 2017

The role of the Church in our multi-faith society       Bishop David Gillett brought to life, with fluidity and compassion, his experience of multi-faith harmony and discord and how best to tackle it, with a depth of sensitive understanding - an enlightening experience.

A thank you from the DO:  Clive Willetts said a huge thank you to everyone in the Deanery for more than fulfilling the Parish Share obligation for 2016.

Funeral Fees:    New system in place from 1 April 2017.  Clergy and Treasurers should be aware

In our prayers:  Synod sent its best wishes to Kevan McCormack and Clive Howard for a return to good health.

Notable Dates 24 May   Bishop Mike’s Evening of Prayer at the Cathedral

25 May to 4 June  - Thy Kingdom Come – Global Wave of Prayer A global prayer movement which Archbishop Justin is inviting people around the world to join.

25 May    Launch of Melton prayer room – an upper room kindly offered by Melton Chapel will be open as often as possible

Look out for:

Jan to Sept    Growing in God – Mission and Ministry Events booklet

Growing in God – A Way to Pray Bookmark           HOPE 2018 leaflet

Next Synod Meeting – Tuesday 13 June 2017

Sutton Memorial Hall – Gravetalk – helping to begin difficult conversations