News sheet for 19/2/17

February 19, 2017 6:17 pm Published by



Welcome to All Saints and St James
Are you new to the parish? Please sit wherever you would like. All are welcome at God’s altar for Communion – either to receive it or to receive a blessing. There are toys and books available for children. We would like you to feel welcome.


– For the sick, infirm and recovering: Janet Smith, Edna Bebbington, Rose Jessop, Richard Moxon
– The departed: May Davis, Dennis Keens

All Saints Diary
Sun 19 Feb – 10.30am Parish Eucharist
Wed 1 Mar – 7.30pm Joint Ash Wednesday Service with St James at All Saints

St James Diary
Sun 19 Feb – 9am Parish Eucharist, Baptism of Rufus David Arthur Franklin
Sun 19 Feb – 6 pm Evensong
Wed 1 Mar – 7.30pm Joint Ash Wednesday Service with St James at All Saints
Sun 19 Mar – 9am Parish Eucharist, Baptism of Essie Grace and Dahlia Maeve Drackford

St James churchwardens – As we know, after many years of humble service, Laurie Hurn will not seek re-election in April.  Edwin Martin is happy to continue, assuming replacement(s) can be found. We can have two churchwardens and up to three deputy churchwardens (so the role can be shared). Please pray and consider carefully whether this is something you might be able to do.  For more info, please speak to either Laurie or Edwin.

St James men’s group at 15 Church End Biddenham. On Fri 10 March we will be inviting Duncan Goldthorpe to think with us about whether all this talk actually means something in real everyday life. Edwin Martin.

PCC Membership/Deanery Synod Representation – At the St James’s annual meeting in April, we will need to elect four PCC members and two Deanery Synod representatives.  If you are interested please speak to Jacqui Piper.

St James house group – Thurs 23 Feb at 15 Church End Biddenham at 7.30pm. David and Suzette Maguire will be leading a further session of the Faith Pictures course, which has so far been very enjoyable and thought provoking. All are welcome. We will start with a meal, so please let us know if you will be coming. We look forward to welcoming you, Edwin Martin.

St James’s Electoral Roll in preparation for the Annual Meeting, the Electoral Roll for St James’s will be at the back of the church from 5 Mar – 2 Apr.  Please check and alter if needed.  If you are not on the Roll but would like to be, application forms are also at the back of the church.  Completed forms to Jacqui Piper or a churchwarden.

All Saints Lunch Club, Wed 15 March 12.30 pm at The Cross Keys.  Everyone welcome, for details contact Anita Lowe (857212)

St James Churchyard: we are looking for more volunteers to join the rota to cut the grass around the church probably for 2 or 3 times during the mowing season, usually Saturdays.  Laurie Hurn.

St James Roast Lunch.  A big thank you for your generosity, we made £603 for church funds. Sue Squire.

The Friends of Elstow Abbey present ‘Bells and Swells’ a concert by the Biddenham Handbell Ringers on Sat 25 Feb 7.30pm at Elstow Abbey. £5 Contact Anthea Slark for more info.

Ministry team: Christopher Dawe (363890)

All Saints Churchwardens: Brenda Walker (851597), Margaret Leighton (854674)

All Saints website:

St James Churchwardens: Laurie Hurn (364251), Edwin Martin (348718)

St James website:  John Richards:

Pewsheet: Thank you for all the kind comments on my handing over the compilation of the pewsheet – the appreciation has been disproportionate to the task!  John Richards has kindly agreed to take on the role for the time being. Please send all information for future pewsheets to:
Madeleine Fone




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