From The Wardens February 2017
Because Easter Sunday is early this year, Ash Wednesday and the 40 days of Lent are too, starting on February 14th.  This is a date more associated with giving gifts to a wife or girl-friend in honour of the Roman saint, Valentine, rather than giving up something really likeable as a discipline!  

As a change this year, we could instead take up something to help God’s purpose.  Our church does not run itself.  It needs care and attention to keep it functioning well.  It is a physical building, well-maintained by members of the congregation who have the necessary skills, but it needs maintenance of other kinds as well.  

The obvious one is financial help, always a vexed subject,  but which has to be seriously considered if we are to continue to hold  Sunday services and provide a place where baptisms, marriages and funerals can be held.  A regular act of giving is the obvious way.

It also needs to be kept clean and tidy, yet another area where help is required.  Since Rae Hewitt was taken ill and sadly died, a very small group of people have performed this duty willingly, but more pairs of volunteers would spread the load more equably.  Could you become a “Mrs or Mr Mop”, starting in Lent?  

Then there is the spiritual side of church maintenance, such as regular prayer to support others, especially those who work “behind the scenes”. We have the Pastoral Care Team, visiting the sick and housebound; the organisers of C.A.M.E.O.; the flower ladies, whose arrangements always make the church look so beautiful; and the Entertainments Committee, organising successful fund-raising functions, (not to mention the Wardens!)

Plenty of scope for those who want a change from denying themselves chocolate biscuits!   

Whatever you decide, we hope you will succeed in following our Lord’s example of persevering to the end,

With best wishes,


      Tony Dewdney     Tony Curzon




During Tim and Norma’s sabbatical we will  be publishing  a list of visiting preachers for all our services,month by month

Thurs  1st 10.40 Holy Communion

Sunday 4th  Second Sunday before Lent

8.00  Morning prayer    Linda Craig

11.00 Holy Communion  Rev’d Ivan Whinton

6.30  Evensong      Hellen Watson

Wed.  7th Start of National Marriage week

Thur  8th 10.40 Holy Communion  Rev’d Ivan Whinton

Sunday 11th Sunday next before Lent

8.00  Holy Communion    Rev’d Rob Wardle

11.00 Family Service            Hellen Watson

Wed 14th Ash Wednesday

Thurs 15th 10.40 Holy Communion   Rev’d Ivan Whinton

Sunday 18th  First Sunday of Lent

8.00  Morning Prayer    Hellen Watson  

11.00 Holy Communion  (by extension) Hellen Watson

6.30  Evensong      Hellen Watson

Thur  22nd 10.40 Holy Communion    Rev’d Taffy Davies

Sunday Feb 25th  Second Sunday in Lent

 8.00  Holy Communion  (by extension)  Linda Craig

11.00 Matins      Rev’d Taffy Davies



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March 4




1st Reading


Colossians 1: 15-20


(2 Kings 2: 1-12)


Genesis 9: 8-17


Romans 4: 13-end


Exodus 20: 1-17

Gospel


John 1: 1-14


(Mark 9: 2-9)


Mark 1: 9-15


Mark 8: 31-end


John 2: 13-22

Morning


Tony Dewdney


John Russell


Anne Brown


Tony Dewdney


John Russell

Evening


David Plews


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Tony Dewdney


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David Plews

Lesson Readers

If you are unavailable on your allocated date, please arrange to change with someone else.

Date


February 4



11



18



25



March 4



8.00 a.m.

Anne Potts



Roy Waller



Lynda Carter



Roger Hulme



Janet Tute


11.00 a.m.

Peter Bullivent

Carolyn Bullivent


John Russell

Rita Russel


Tony Curzon

Carole Curzon


Frank Glynn

Christine Glynn


Peter Bullivent

Carolyn Bullivent


6.30 a.m.

Colin Marlow





Howard Hulme



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Colin Marlow

Sidesmen Rota

Occasional Offices

Funerals in January

Thursday 4th Peter O’Connor.

Friday 12th Diana Plant.

Monday 22nd Joyce Knox.

Items for inclusion in the next month’s magazine should be

sent to Judith Dewdney by the 20th February.

30 Henbury Rise Henbury

Tel:-  01625 439753 email:- judith.torview@gmail.com


MOTHERS’ UNION

Whenever the letters “AGM” are heard people usually groan but last year we had a really good attendance at our AGM so hopefully it will be the same this year.  Business will be kept as short as possible and then there is some entertainment arranged for afterwards.  Anyone is welcome to attend and see what goes on with no obligation to join.

As usual National Marriage Week takes place this month between the 7th and 14th February.  It was hoped that perhaps Tim and Norma could hold the marriage preparation during this time but as they are currently away on sabbatical, that will be taking place in April.  Hopefully next year they can be persuaded to hold it during this special week.   In the meantime we are asked by Mary Sumner House to pray that MU will continue to flourish and grow as we actively seek to live out our vision of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships.

Because of the sabbatical, can members please note that there will be no Ash Wednesday Corporate Communion this year.  All the other Corporate Communions will take place a usual.

Hopefully the new Programme will be ready for distribution shortly after this month’s meeting but is just waiting for some dates to be confirmed.  Chris has arranged some excellent speakers yet again so we look forward to seeing as many members and visitors as possible at the meetings

DIARY DATES

Thursday, 8th February  – AGM

Refreshments – Di Waller             Raffle & Table Flowers – Phyllis Newton

Wed. 14th February - Ash Wednesday –   NO SERVICE THIS YEAR

Sun 25th February   – Lenten Lunch – Henbury Church Hall following Family Service  - Tickets now available

P.S.  If anyone has not yet paid their subs of £25. can they please let Lynne have this amount as soon as possible.  Many thanks.