A Season of Reality
The Imperial War Museum launched a new exhibition
last month. ‘Feeding Britain in Wartime’ celebrates the 70th anniversary of
rationing, and a lasting change in our attitude towards food. At around the same
time news came that a crisis in Greece may force an unprecedented ‘bail out’
within the Euro zone. Greeks face years of austerity and the rest of Europe
another rise in interest rates. These events remind us not only that our powers
are limited but also that we are connected with all that surrounds us. The air
we breathe circulates around the world; the fuel we burn expands the deserts of
Africa; the plastics we throw away float on the surface of the Pacific1.
The Austrian, Klemens von Metternich (1773-1859), famously said: ‘When France
sneezes, all Europe catches a cold’, which although the twin threats of avian-
and swine- influenza have failed to become realities, reminds us that we are
part of a bigger picture, and that we live in a world where God’s will is not
In the midst of these unsettling facts Lent returns again, an uncomfortable
intrusion into the consumer-driven world, and invites us to renew our connection
with reality. Arising when food was intensely seasonal, long before supermarkets
artificially created a monochrome year, it is no coincidence that the run up to
Easter is the growing season, the lambing season. It was a time when stores were
used up, when people renewed their awareness that everything is gift, that
nothing can be taken for granted. What it has become, even within the Church, is
a phenomenon all-too easily misunderstood. For post-war generations, desperately
scrambling from austerity to gluttony, it means cutting down on luxuries, losing
weight, and attempting to escape expensive forms of self-harm. In a
binge-eating/crash-dieting culture, these attempts at self-control reflect an
angry, self-hating drive that has little to do with the lasting change that God
desires for us.
It is hard to explain to those who are unfamiliar with it that Lent is
essentially about giving up something, far more pernicious than chocolate, that
can rob us of the very joy of life itself: anxiety. Because so much of our
anxiety expresses itself in our attitudes towards food, we can end up focussing
on the process and not the result. The issue is not food but trust. In Jesus’
teaching it is worry that chokes the seed of the Kingdom (Luke 8:14), distracts
us from what is essential (Luke 10:41) and prevents us from finding our calling
March, the month that hosts Lent most frequently, is also the time to think
about vocation2. This too is no coincidence, because vocation, far
from filling our lives with more activity (another form of consumerism), is
about entering a desert space (Matthew 4:1-11) in which we know ourselves as we
truly are and find that the call of God, which re-connects us to the world in
which we live, is for our good and the good of all creation.
1. WEISMAN, Alan, The World Without Us (London: Virgin Books, 2007),
2. See the notice about ‘Exploring Christian Vocation’ elsewhere in this
The Diocesan Vocations Advisor will be preaching at both churches on 7th
Thank you to everyone for your congratulations following the announcement of
my appointment as an Honorary Canon. I have been very moved by your response.
Having recovered from the initial surprise I do feel very honoured by this
appointment! I also feel that it is something that we all share in, as it is a
recognition that the North Cheltenham Team Ministry holds a significant place in
the life of our Diocese.
Anyone who wishes to attend will be very welcome at the service in Gloucester
Cathedral on Sunday 2nd May at 3pm when I (with three others) will be ‘collated
Friends of St Mary’s
It has been a good start to the year. The Bridge Evening in January coincided
with some of the worst winter weather. Amazingly and gratifyingly all the
thirty-six participants, many from outside Prestbury, braved the elements to
support us and make the evening a success both financially and in terms of
On 11th February we held our first AGM. We did not know how many members to
expect and had over-provided for ‘nibbles’. But the twenty-four members who did
attend seemed to appreciate the scale of the refreshments. In terms of business
Gill Wood reported that the opening year had been a success with receipts of
£11,500, a large proportion of this attributable to those who are not regular
church-goers. Under the chairmanship of Father Michael a committee was elected
representing a good cross-section of the membership.
Lynda Hodges gave notice of the Musical Soirée to be held on Saturday 10th
April. For a programme of Mozart and Bach we are lucky to have attracted the
well-known musicians Michael Freyhan and Frances Mason, who will be supported by
the soprano and baritone Annie Barton and Paul Hodges. Later, in early summer,
we shall be holding a wine-tasting. And we are also hoping to start an afternoon
programme of local history.
Gold Cup Week 16-19 March 2010
A quick reminder (following last month’s article about this) to keep the Gold
Cup Festival in your prayers. It might seem a strange thing to pray for, but
wherever there are people God is to be found. As Christians we do not believe
that we bring God into the situation, but we do bring an awareness of his
presence, and the knowledge of his desire that every human being should know
him. So please pray that those who come may experience God’s welcome through our
Church members: those who are organizing the car park and the refreshments, as
well as those doing the more obvious ‘ministry’ of listening. It is amazing what
barriers are removed when we pray, and how the Risen Christ can come alongside
at moments when we least expect him. So let’s not be too surprised if we hear
that some people are going back home with news far greater than a good week’s
racing to share.
Come to the PPY Annual General Meeting on the 28th March 2010
The AGM of Prestbury and Pittville Youth is taking place on Sunday 28th
March at 6.00pm at St Nicolas’ Church.
There will be time for refreshments before the meeting begins, and also an
opportunity to see a demonstration of the work of PPY. The young people will
also be involved.
Members can vote
At the AGM, members of PPY will be asked to vote for new members of the
Executive Committee, who manage the charity. It is very easy, and totally free,
to become a member. If you would like to join, please ask the Secretary,
, for an application form.
Prestbury and Pittville Youth – an interesting AGM
On 31st January the independent charity, Prestbury and Pittville Youth, held
a very brief Extraordinary General Meeting in St Nicolas’ Church after the
morning service. This was necessary in order to change the arrangements for the
charity’s Annual General Meeting.
In the original 2004 Constitution, the AGM had to be held on the same day as
the Parish of Prestbury Annual Meeting. But PPY want some of its young members
to be able to welcome people to the AGM and report on the range of their
activities and challenges.
So a minor change has been made in the Constitution and this year’s AGM will
be at 6.00pm on Sunday 28th March in St Nicolas’ Church. All members are
welcome and will find it a much more interesting meeting than in the past.
For more information email
St Mary’s Welcome Area
I have been delighted and encouraged by so many positive comments about the
Welcome Area in St Mary’s. This has created such a good flexible space, not only
to display photographs, notices and artwork, but also for meeting and
socialising with people, as well as making baptisms so much easier. The PCC were
granted permission by the Archdeacon for an experimental period of fifteen
months. To make the arrangement permanent the PCC would need to apply for a
Faculty, which is the legal process we need to go through to make any permanent
changes to the building.
Before we make the Faculty application we would like to give you the
opportunity to make any comments about the Welcome Area becoming permanent.
Please make your comments to either of the Churchwardens (Margaret Holman or
Phil Dodd) or to Fr Daniel or myself. A brief note in writing or by email would
be helpful. Please let us have these by 30th April.
The Easter Crosses
Again this year we will be placing large wooden crosses in prominent
positions near our churches. These will form part of our witness to the local
community, drawing attention to the significance of the cross for us as
Christians, especially at this time of year.
In Prestbury village
Palm Sunday, 28th March. You are invited to join a short procession
starting from St Mary’s at 10.20am. The cross will be taken to the United
Reformed Church in Deep Street, where there will be a very short act of worship.
Later the cross will be placed outside the Church and at night it will be
Good Friday, 2nd April. Gather at the cross at 10.15am for a
short act of worship. A crown of thorns will be placed on the cross as a
reminder of Jesus’ suffering for the world.
Easter Day, 4th April. The cross will be garlanded with flowers as a
symbol of the resurrection: our Lord’s victory over sin and death and our share
in his risen life.
At St Nicolas’
Palm Sunday, 28th March. The cross will be carried as part of the
procession at 9.30am from the Wyman’s Brook shops and then placed outside
Good Friday, 2nd April. During the Devotional Service at 10.30am,
prayers will be said at the cross. It will be draped with a red cloth and hung
with a crown of thorns as a reminder to those who see it of Jesus’ suffering for
Easter Day, 4th April. The cross will be hung with a white cloth as a
reminder of our Lord’s victory over death and garlanded with flowers as a symbol
of the resurrection.
Almost everyone who took part in Alpha last year came together one
more time for a ‘Celebration Supper’ at the Vicarage on 10th February to share
their experiences. As Fr Daniel said, the fact that everyone stayed with the
course to the end is a statement in itself, but here are some of the comments
people passed on about it:
‘Having not been to Church since school, I wanted to re-discover my
faith… I have become more at ease with myself… listening to other peoples’
thoughts and experiences and drawing on how it made me feel, I also thought
about my experiences in a different way.’
‘[I enjoyed] the camaraderie of the group and hearing their reactions.’
‘[The small groups were] great, personal, people could open up.
Super leader, not invasive or forceful. I think everyone was gently
‘I have met some lovely people on the course… Above all thank you for
the experience and teaching.’
A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who held the Alpha groups in their
prayers over the autumn. Prayer and planning for the next Alpha
Course will be on Tuesday 18th May, 7.30pm at The Vicarage, Tatchley Lane,
Prestbury GL52 3DQ. All welcome.
a VIP send off to ‘Mr Prestbury’
Saturday 30th January marked the end of an era in the village’s history, when
John Fogarty hung up his apron at the Bakery Stores after some fifty-five years.
John, a popular figure in the village, is known for many things, including
his love for the Royal Family (most visible through the visits of the Queen
Mother en-route to the races at Cheltenham). He has also been active supporter
of charitable activities in the village.
It is his unstinting service and one hundred per cent reliability though that
has endeared him to the many villagers who turned up to express their
appreciation at a function on his last morning of running the shop. Villager,
Darren Stevens, organised a surprise gathering with the support of Waghorne’s
Butchers, Prestbury Post Office and The Royal Oak, who all held large cards for
people to sign their messages.
Up to fifty people saw the cards presented and heard speeches from Darren and
the Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Lloyd Surgenor, himself a former Prestbury
resident. Despite the surprise nature of the event John revelled in the occasion
and took the opportunity to express how much he had enjoyed his years at the
shop and how much he would miss the many customers who had grown to become his
friends. The event was also attended by Councillor Les Godwin and the
The shop will re-open in March, in the good care of local residents Steve and
Emma, under the name Prestbury Village Stores and they have assured John he will
always be welcome.
Photograph by Ken Bradbury
Parish Annual Meetings
The Annual Meeting of Parishioners and Annual Parochial Church
Meeting (APCM) will take place on Sunday 25th April 2010 at 6.30pm in St
Mary’s Church, Mill Street. During these meetings Churchwardens and PCC members
will be elected. Nomination lists will be displayed on the church notice boards.
The Church Electoral Roll
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday 25th April 2010 at 6.30pm in
St Mary’s Church.
For you to have a voice at the meeting or to be eligible to be elected to an
office you need to be on the church’s Electoral Roll (not to be confused with
the Parliamentary Electoral Roll). Each year the Electoral Roll needs to be
revised ahead of the meeting and this will take place beginning 7th April 2010
and will take effect from 10th April 2010. After this date no further names may
be added to the Roll until after the annual meeting.
The current Electoral Roll is displayed in both our churches. If you are not
on the roll and would like to be, complete an enrolment form and hand it by
7th April 2010 to one of:
- the Electoral Roll Officer (Brian Wood)
- the church wardens
- the clergy
- the team office
You qualify to be on the Electoral Roll of the Parish of Prestbury if you are
- aged 16 years or over on the date of the meeting
- a lay member of the Church of England
- either resident in the parish or habitually attend public worship in the
The enrolment form is simple and can be found in church or you can
download a copy . There you will also
find an interactive map of the parish so you can tell if you live in the parish.
Diocesan Synod Report –
6th February 2010
For a change, the Diocesan budget did not cast such a grim shadow because the
first item on the agenda was a constructive one, ‘Giving for Life’. This scheme
appears to be very user-friendly and we as parish will have all the details
explained once our parish representatives have attended one of the work-shops.
Briefly, the aim is to simplify the government gift aid tax reclaiming for
parish treasurers and speed up the flow of this into our parish bank accounts.
It also provides a very user-friendly way for us all to review our financial
contributions. It is fully acknowledged that while large numbers of us could
afford to increase these, there are definitely some who are finding it hard to
maintain their current level due to retirement perhaps or other changes in their
lives. Possibly we will take some part in this; as yet no kind of decision has
Sadly, the savings we voted in at the last Synod have already been
obliterated because the proposed level of contribution by the parishes to the
parish share is down by the same amount. Therefore even making some serious
sacrifices has done nothing to reduce our awful deficit. More happily, the
shares invested on our account have made quite a healthy recovery.
Bishop Michael’s plan to increase ministry at a local level was further
discussed – the aim being to involve members of each congregation much more in
this. This is still very much in a development stage but basically it includes
all aspects from our existing ministry team, recruiting more lay readers,
deacons, and non-stipendiary priests, so in some respects, we as a parish are
already doing it. The old pattern of a stipendiary priest in every parish has
gone for ever so new ways of maintaining a Christian presence have got to be
developed if our faith in God is to survive and grow.
The Diocesan Director of Social Responsibility gave a brilliant impersonation
of Tommy Cooper, the old magician/comedian (don’t ever think all Synods are
dull!). He does actually look a bit like him. He was determined to get us to
support Bishop Michael’s Millennium Challenge during Lent. Sadly, I cannot
recreate this visually but he did get a terrific round of applause. It appears
that if we give £1, the gift aid is then added to it. Some European Union Scheme
then increases that sum to £5.12. Therefore he suggested that if we all donated
the cost of one meal a week in Lent (£3) a great sum of money could be sent to
very poor areas in India to give medical treatment to pregnant mothers with HIV
to improve their lives and save the newborn children from infection and poor
health. Because of social conditions these women are unable to help themselves.
There was one extremely concerning announcement. Bishops’ College, in
Gloucester, which was originally Oxstalls School before the diocese adopted it
as a CofE school, has failed to reach the right exam targets set by the
government and is now to be disbanded and together with two other secondary
schools in Gloucester is to be made into a ‘fast-track’ academy in September
2010. There has been no time to raise funding for this, none of the schools
wants it, and there is a host of practical reasons why it is impossible to make
it work in such a ridiculous time scale. All staff and pupils are really
frightened about the outcome. Bishops’ College has a high percentage of pupils
with special needs, which is why the exam targets have not been met. Things are
improving well and the school has a wonderful Christian ethos now. All this will
be lost. They very much want our support and prayers so please keep them in your
mind and pray for the near miracle they seem to need.
Lynda Hodges, Diocesan Synod
Fasting is one of the disciplines traditionally associated with Lent. Some
people still choose to go without a meal on one day a week or to allocate a day
when they eat more simply. Any money saved by doing this can then be given to
charity; almsgiving is another Lenten discipline.
In our Diocese, Bishop Michael has asked that this year’s Lent Fast support
the Bishops’ Challenge for 2010 which is to raise money for the Society for
Peoples Action for Development (SPAD) in Bangalore in India. This project, run
in conjunction with Christian Aid, helps HIV-positive pregnant women to access
vital healthcare to prevent their babies being born with HIV.
There are Gift Aid envelopes available in each church during Lent. If you
gift aid, every £1 you give will not only attract gift aid but the EU (European
Union) will also add money to the project, turning your £1 into £5.12!
In response to ‘Some
thoughts for Epiphany’
The congregation of All Saints’ have several problems at present. Their
congregation is not big, and their parish, geographically, is very small, so
finances are tight, but so are everyone’s. They have had discussions recently
about the ordination of women to the priesthood, and some parishioners are
unhappy, but they will solve their problems and it is imperative that we must
take enormous care to respect their independence and privacy as a congregation.
In our own churches, there is nothing to stop a woman administering the
sacraments. When the time eventually comes for a new incumbent to be appointed,
we will review our current rulings but at present it would not make any
I totally agree that women and men are equals but equal means exactly that
and I am, as an equal member of society, concerned about the trends which have
become apparent. When a choir admits girl trebles, the boys are inclined to opt
out. In school-teaching there is now a shortage of men. In medicine, the number
of male applicants has dived. The number of men coming forward for ordination is
also down; listen to the lists next St Peter’s tide. In January there was an
item in our pew sheets titled ‘MEN, FAITH AND THE CHURCH’. It stated that in the
UK the ratio of women to men in the Church is now 65% women to 35% men and this
imbalance is increasing. The Diocesan Mission Officer would not run a whole
afternoon workshop if he did not think this worrying. I find the fact very
What are we women doing to scare off the other half of the human race? Have
we all an unrevealed desire to live like queen bees? The time is coming for us
to do some very serious thinking because the world needs all of us and God very
definitely wants and loves us all equally.
This article is in response to Valerie Roach’s
article in last
month’s magazine. Editor
We are expecting a few changes at Celebrate! in the next few weeks.
Sharon goes off on maternity leave early in March. Andy will be on paternity
leave after the baby arrives and will return to Celebrate! briefly over
Easter before going on sabbatical.
very pleased to welcome Lisa Roberts to our team of ‘key leaders’ (those who
hold things together at the front), who will fill in for Andy during his
absence. Lisa has already led Celebrate! a couple of times and is one of
those who helps make sure Rockers (on Thursday afternoons) remains a
vibrant outreach to parents with young children.
The last few weeks have seen us ‘getting into good habits’: learning about
giving, prayer and forgiveness, and as we enter the season of Lent our attention
turns to Moses, the story of how God saved his people long ago. We take a break
from that on Mothering Sunday (14th March) as we welcome Talking Hand
Puppets, who will help us to thank God for his gift of parents and
parenthood, before we return to Moses and the journey we all make to God’s
ultimate saving work at the cross of Jesus.
"Lord God of Heaven! You are great, and we stand in fear
of you. You faithfully keep your covenant with those who love you and do what
you command. Look at me, Lord, and hear my prayer… Lord, these are your
servants, your own people. You rescued them by your great power and strength.
Listen now to my prayer and the prayers of all your other servants who want to
honour you. Give me success today and make the Emperor merciful to me."
Nehemiah 1:5, 6a, 10 & 11a (Good News Bible)
Nehemiah lived over 400 years before Christ. He was a devout Jew and senior
Servant in the Court of Artaxerxes I. On hearing news of Jerusalem that the
walls of the City were in ruins, with no protection for his people there,
Nehemiah mourned, fasted and prayed, as shown in part above.
His prayer starts with worship followed by reminding God of how He helped the
Jews in the past. He recalls to God the covenant relationship with them and the
times God rescued them, and also when God allowed them to be scattered because
of their unfaithfulness. Then he moves on to make a single and simple request
that the Emperor will listen to him and grant him his wish. This was at
significant risk to himself, as his approach to the Emperor could have resulted
in his execution if taken the wrong way.
Nehemiah makes his approach to the Emperor and we find even after his earlier
fasting and prayers, when his opportunity comes he yet again offers another
prayer before speaking (chapter 2 verse 4).
God answers his prayer and with help from the Emperor he is able to return to
Jerusalem as Governor and to repair the walls. He is able to win over the Jewish
leaders and the people to gain a vision of what he proposes. The people from
around the City all join in the building work of the walls and gates, despite
threats and attempts by local non-Jews to disrupt and attack them.
Having completed the work, Nehemiah with help from Ezra, reinstates worship
in the temple in accordance with the law. Nehemiah remembers his prayer and the
need for faithfulness from the people so steps are taken to teach the people the
laws and observation of feasts and fasts and the keeping of the Sabbath. Ezra
and Nehemiah set up the standards of behaviour to meet the requirements of the
law within the culture and society of the Jewish people for the next four
hundred years or more until Jesus comes.
If you have time, do read the book, though I suggest you may want to skip
some of the long lists of names of those who helped with the building. When you
get to the last chapter of the book, it is worth contrasting what Nehemiah says
to God with what Jesus taught. We see, as his story draws to a close, that his
acts of following God and bringing the ‘faithfulness of the people’ becomes to
him a way of seeking favour and reward from God. This contrasts with what Jesus
taught in Luke 17:10: ‘So you also, when you have done everything you were told
to do, should say, "we are unworthy servants, we have only done our duty"’. It
is an easy trap to fall into and one we should beware for ourselves; we come to
God through His grace, not by works, ‘lest any man should boast’. (Ephesians
There are six House Groups meeting to look at ‘Love for the
Future’. The Monday morning group is full but there are still a few spaces
in some of the other groups:
- Monday afternoon and evening;
- Tuesday evening;
- Wednesday afternoon and evening.
Please contact Margaret Compton, Karen Winder or Deacon
Jennifer if you would like to join a group.
We are a small, friendly group of parents and pre-school
children who get together before school pick-up on Thursdays in term time. We
sing songs, read stories and do simple craft activities. This teaches the
children to interact with each other, encourages them to feel at home in Church,
and gives parents the chance to meet other parents in a relaxed environment. If
you would like to come along please contact
or just turn up at St Mary’s Church any Thursday in term-time at around 2pm.
St Mary’s Flower Arrangers – Annual Meeting
We are always looking for ‘flower arrangers’! Our AGM is on
Tuesday 2nd March at 7.30pm, short notice I know! We would welcome anybody
who feels they would like to join our friendly group. You do NOT have to be an
Our meeting is being held at my home.
Women’s World Day of Prayer
Let Everything That Has Breath Praise God – a service prepared by Christian women of Cameroon, taking place in
the following places on Friday 5th March 2010:
10.30 am St Barnabas’ Church, Orchard Way
10.30 am Charlton Kings Baptist Church
10.30 am St Michael’s United Church, Whaddon
1.45 pm Highbury Congregational Church, Priory Street.
3.00 pm St Peter’s Church, Leckhampton
7.30 pm Warden Hill United Reformed Church, Salisbury Avenue
8.00 pm St Luke’s Church, St Luke’s Road
ALL WELCOME – MEN, WOMEN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Church Spring Clean Day – St Mary’s
Saturday 20th March from 10am.
Please come and help if you can, even if only for one hour. More hands make less
work. Help will also be required on Friday morning (19th March), again from
10am, and one person to help John Petchey with the high cobwebs early Friday
afternoon. Thank you John for already offering to help.
St Mary’s Bakestall
We were able to contribute £25 from the January bakestall to
the Parish collection made for Haiti via Christian Aid.
In February we raised £37.20 for Care International with the
opportunity to have this quadrupled by the match-funding scheme offered by the
European Union, provided the appeal raises enough money to qualify.
It will be the turn of the A-F team to bake for the
next stall on Sunday 21st March.
Margaret Waker & Linda Matthews
Passion Sunday Taizé service
On Passion Sunday 21st March at 6.30pm there will be a
Taizé service in St Mary’s Church. Many of us will know several of the chants
that the Taizé Community use in their worship; from time to time we have them at
our communion services and sometimes they are heard on the radio.
A Taizé service is essentially a time of prayer and quiet
which we share together in the presence of God. There will be a Bible reading to
help give a theme for our thoughts. There is no sermon or talk. There will be a
time of quiet for our own reflection. We will have intercessions and towards the
end a joyous moment when candles are lit. All of this will be enfolded by the
singing of chants in which we hope everyone can join.
If you can arrive early for the Service please do, as we will
have a short practice from 6.10pm.
ALL are invited. Do Come.
Our March meeting will take place on Tuesday 23rd March
at 7.30pm at St Nicolas’ Church. The speaker will be the Revd Audrey Day – her
subject being Humour in Ministry. This is a change to the scheduled
programme and Mrs Gillian Sunderland will be our speaker in April. Please join
us if you are able. Visitors are always welcome.
Easter Lilies at St Mary’s
Now we are in Lent, before we know it, Easter will be upon us
– this Holy Season and all it embraces. In previous years several people have
kindly sponsored a lily in memory of a loved one. Our churches, at this Holy
Season, are a profusion of flowers and colour and it may be comforting to know
that a loved one is remembered in this way. If you would like to donate the cost
of a lily please put the money in one of the envelopes provided and write the
name of the person being remembered on the display card.
St Nicolas’ Church Spring Clean
St Nicolas’ church spring clean will be on Saturday 27th
March. All are welcome to come and help.
Exploring Christian Vocation
Saturday 27th March 10am – 4pm. A
day at Glenfall House for anyone who feels that the Holy Spirit is nudging them
to explore new ways of serving God in the church and the world. The day will be
led by The Revd Catherine Williams and a place can be booked with her on 01452
835548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Revd Catherine Williams (Diocesan Vocations Officer) will
be guest preacher on Sunday 7th March, preaching in St Nicolas’ at 9.30am
and St Mary’s at 11am.
Eucharist with a Difference
will take place on
28th March 2010
9.30am at St Nicolas’ Church, Swindon Lane
following the walk from
Wyman’s Brook shops
11.00am at St Mary’s Church,
Mill Street, Prestbury
Follow Jesus through the gates of Jerusalem
as he faces his toughest challenge
Eucharist with a Difference is a
"when he was living as a man, he humbled
himself and was fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death"
(from Paul’s letter to Christians in
Philippi in Greece, chapter 2)
Churchyard Spring Tidy-up
Saturday 10th April from 10am. Please come along and help, bringing necessary equipment if
possible. It will be great to see you there. Refreshments at elevenses! See
Doreen Morris if you have any queries.
Mothers’ Union Trip to Lichfield Cathedral
Tuesday 27th July 2010
Although this seems early to be giving this information, the
time flies so fast that we shall be in July before we know. Our outing this year
takes place on Tuesday 27th July. We shall leave St Nicolas’ Church, by
Marchant’s coach at 9.30am and leave Lichfield at 4.30pm. A guided tour of the
Cathedral will start at 2.00pm. The cost, inclusive of the tour, will be £13.00
per person. Please ask me for a form to reserve a place. Husbands and friends
are also welcome to join us. I hope, as in previous years, that we shall fill
Gloucestershire Police Choir 17th September 2010
The Gloucestershire Police Choir have very kindly agreed to
hold a concert for The Chernobyl Children’s Life Line on Friday 17th September.
Please put this date in your diaries and details will be given soon.
World Vision Christmas Card
The World Vision Christmas card at St Mary’s raised £120.
Thank you to all who supported this venture.
Margaret Holman & Margaret Waker
Additional Curates Society
I am now the Team Representative for the Additional Curates
Society (ACS). If you usually pick up a copy of the twice yearly ‘Good News’
magazine from any of the churches in the North Cheltenham Team, or would like to
do so, perhaps you could let me know so that I can ensure there are enough
copies. They are free, but of course donations to the work to fund extra clergy
are always welcome!