Thanks very much to all who were involved in CHRISTIAN AID WEEK. If anyone has not had an envelope and would like to contribute there are plenty at the back of church. You may put them in the collection today or next Sunday or leave in the church shop. Many thanks. Tony Waller
CHURCH CLEANING I could do with one more new volunteer to join our team. The floor cleaning, hoovering and sweeping, takes about an hour every 7 weeks and is shared with a co-cleaner. Offers to Tony Waller (386786) Many thanks.
PATRICK’S PILGRIMAGE Patrick is walking the “Via Francigena” – a 1200 mile pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome, recorded in 990AD by Archbishop Sigeric and asks for your prayers for a safe journey. Patrick’s latest postcards are at the back of the church.
St. Mary's Mothers' Union - CREAM TEA - please note the change of date - Thursday 14th June at 3pm in the Church Centre. Tickets are now on sale - priced at £3.50 each - these can be purchased from any Mothers Union member after the 10am service. This year's cream tea is raising funds, under the heading, "Summer of Hope". Tickets are limited, buy early and please come and support the work of the MU. Jean (01473 621558) Rachel (01394 766907)
CONFIRMATION Applications forms for those wanting to be confirmed are still at the back of church, and I am aiming to invite all who are interested to meet together with me in the Rectory, after the Parish Eucharist on Sunday 10 June.
COFFEE MORNING - You are invited to attend and/or help. 10-12 on Sat., 16th June.
Social/fundraising for our 'housekeeping' fund. Please see back of church sheet.Parish Quiet Day at Sizewell Hall – the theme of our day will be The Church and the Kingdom; a prayerful meditation on 'Your Kingdom come’This is open to everyone and is taking place on Tuesday, 24th July from 9.45 to 4.00 at Sizewell Hall about half an hour’s drive from Woodbridge - lifts can be arranged if you need transport. Sizewell Hall sits on a cliff-top site looking out to sea with steps leading down to a pebble beach below. The Quiet Day will be led by Fr Chris Davidson, an experienced parish priest from Norwich Diocese and will cost £20 per person (but we hope to provide financial support for anyone who needs it).
Tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes are provided, but please bring your own picnic lunch, which could be taken on the beach! Please sign-up on the sheet at the back of church as soon as possible. (Payments - in cash please – by Sunday 22nd July handed in at the church shop). If you have any queries at all please contact Rita James (01394 380949) or Caroline Hawksley (01394 387848)
SONGS OF PRAISE It is hoped to organize Songs of Praise, 1830 on Sunday 3 June, in the style that most of us are used to seeing on the television. If you would like to suggest a hymn and maybe even be prepared to introduce it and say something of its significance to you, could you indicate on the sheet at the back of the church? Of course, it may be that you just want to suggest a hymn and that alone. If you would like to select a reading that would be good, indicating again on the sheet at the back of the church.
Last year Roy Tricker took a group of us to see Huntingfield Church and at his suggestion has arranged to take us to St Michael’s Church in Beccles. This trip is on Friday June 22nd and details will be announced later. We aim to have lunch in Beccles before our visit. These trips are carrying on from the Focus Group outings which were a huge success when the group was running. Numbers please by June 12th at the latest. Please contact Anna Ashton if you are interested. 01394 384299 or ashton.am@ gmail.com.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The Church is required to comply with the above regulation. St. Mary’s holds data about many people but must now seek their consent to continue to do this and to be able to contact them about church matters as necessary.
We shall be updating the information we hold and asking people to sign a consent form. This will be in email form if we have an email address or in paper form. Everyone for whom we have data will be receiving a consent form in the next few weeks; we urge you to respond quickly. If you do not respond or you no longer wish us to have your data you will be deleted from the church lists and not receive any further communications. Anyone who is fairly new to St. Mary’s may like to check with the office that we have data on them.
Small groups within the church who hold each other’s data for the purposes of providing a service within St. Mary’s can continue to do this provided the data is not shared with anyone outside.
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