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S. Mary's Church News May 2016

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting the following were elected:

Church Wardens: Ann Harris & Rodney Stokes

PCC Members: Ann Edwards, Alethea Gilman, Simon Hibbott & Steve Webb

Sidesmen: Alan Hickman, Dennis Egerton, William Parker, John Richardson, Pam Roberts, Ann Hartley, Mary Goldbourne, Peter Leigh, Mark Spurdens, Roger Ballamy, Jeremy Stretton, William Jones, Elliot Williams, Steve Webb

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

Read more: S. Mary's Church News March 2016

S. Mary's Church News February 2016

Hot Pot Supper and Quiz

We will be holding our populat Hot Pot Supper and Quiz on Friday 26th February 2016, at 7.30 pm at the Town Hall.

Tickets priced at £10 are available from members of the Fund Raising Committee, or from Mrs Ann Harris - Tel 622163.

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)

St Mary's Parish Church Christmas Festive Coffee Morning and Grand Prize Draw

We held this again, one of our main annual fundraising events, this year at the Town Hall on 5th December. Our thanks go for the tremendous generosity of many local businesses and individuals in providing 43 quality prizes for the Draw. In addition we thank each of the stall-holders and their supporters for helping to make the venue very attractive and their valued contributions to the fundraising, it is easy to take contributors efforts for granted sometimes but we definitely do not! Equally the unsung heroes in the kitchen, those waiting on tables and dealing with those washing up bowls like the Sorcerer's Apprentices!

There was an excellent turnout again with coffee, mince pies and sherry provided for each entrance ticket. We just managed to seat everyone.

It was a happy social time with Fr Philip our vicar taking his usual excellent centre stage as Prize Draw master of ceremonies.

Thanks to everyone's efforts, not least our visitors, we raised over £1300 which is a great contribution to the running of our beautiful church.

Best wishes to all for a peaceful and happy Christmas and 2016.

Pet Service

We held our third Annual Pet Service on October 18th, combined with a Baptism. I enjoyed the service and hope everyone felt the same. It was rewarding to see so many in our lovely Church, especially the children of the Baptismal Family and their friends - one big family. We had a good many pets, mainly dogs who were very well behaved, only the occasional 'woof' to remind us of their presence and also one lovely cat who was equally good, especially being to close to those dogs!

Our Sunday School children recited the Intercessions which were thoughtfully read out giving their own ideas of loving and caring for their pets and animals in general.

Philip, our Vicar, gave the Sermon reminding us of the work with Animals and People of St. Francis.

I hope that we can continue next year with another Pet Service.

Thank you to everyone who made the Service memorable.

Connie Mason.