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S. Mary's Church News March 2016

Lent Lunches

Fridays in Lent 12.30 -1.30 pm in S. John's Room in S. Mary's Church

Please give up your lunch to join us for a delicious soup lunch in church and give a donation to teh Bishop's Lent appeal going to children's charities.

Fridays 12th, 19th, 26th February

4th, 11th, 18th March & 25th March (Good Friday)

Report on PCC Meeting February 9th

Here is a summary of the most recent meeting of the PCC. Meeting was held on February 9th 2016

- After some discussion about a recent service at Shifnal attended by the Vicar and William Parker Ann Harris suggested that the Bishop be invited to our Sunday School.
-As a result of the quinquennial inspection the drains will need to be unblocked and silt removed from the gutters. Some other minor repairs are needed to the roof and the East Door. It was decided that advice be sought on prioritising the repairs and the heating.
-There was some discussion about inviting the Scouts to look around the Churchyard to do some work. There are some flower seeds to be sown. The vicar is due to give a talk to the local Beaver group.
-Stationery has been received for the Lent Appeal 2016. This year's theme is 'Standing up for children'. Half of the monies will be sent to help a school in Nazareth.
-Various other communications were received about county initiatives
-After lengthy discussions at a series of meetings it was decided to drop the Mission Action Plan for this year
-It was agreed that the state of the churchyard paths be mentioned to the Council.
-Following discussions with the DAC Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches the Vicar explained that there was no need to obtain a faculty for the work to be done to the War Memorial. Rodney Stokes added that the British Legion and the Council will pay for the work. (The council has responsibility for the upkeep of the churchyard and the church has responsibility for the ownership)
-The Vicar made positive comments on church life. Visitors had shown their appreciation of the services they had attended. Through Lent there will be Lent Lunches and Compline on Wednesday evenings, followed by the continuation of the 'Living Faith' course at the Vicarage.
Father Tom's funeral took place a week ago last Monday and his ashes will be buried here at the end of February.
William Parker asked the Vicar if the Church of England was going to recognise the Queen's 90th Birthday. The Vicar said that nothing was planned. William said he hoped there would be special prayers.