News sheet for 5/2/17

February 5, 2017 9:21 am Published by


Theme: The Salt of the Earth

Readings: Isaiah 58.1-9a [9b-12]; [Gospel: Matthew 5.13-20]

– For the sick, infirm and recovering: Janet Smith, Edna Bebbington, Rose Jessop, Richard Moxon
– Remembering the departed: May Davis
– Remembering the anniversaries of departed

All Saints Diary
5 Feb – 10.30am Family Eucharist, Celebrant: the Vicar

St James Diary
5 Feb – 9am Family Eucharist, Celebrant: the Vicar
5 Feb – 1pm Sunday Roast Lunch, Church Barn
5 Feb – 6pm Holy Eucharist Celebrant: the Vicar

Evening services:

1st Sunday: Holy Eucharist at St. James

2nd Sunday: Evening Prayer at All Saints

3rd Sunday: Evening Prayer at St. James

Thank You: Licensing ceremony – Thank you to everyone who provided, and prepared the lovely flower displays in church, and who provided refreshments, and helped to serve them at Eric’s Licensing; it all helped to make it a wonderful evening.

St James Churchwardens – After many years of dedicated 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 Church Wardens (so the role can be shared). The role(s) are not too onerous and can be tailored to fit around other commitments. Churchwardens provide an invaluable link between congregation and clergy – without this it is difficult for a church to function effectively.  Please consider carefully whether this is something you might be able to do.  For more information or to express an interest, please speak to either Laurie or Edwin.

St James men’s group at 15 Church End Biddenham, 7pm Fri 10 Feb – the “sermon on the mount” again. Starts with a pint and a meal. All men welcome but please let us know for catering. As an early flyer, next month (10 Mar) 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 in either position, or would like more information, please speak to Jacqui Piper

All Saints Lunch Club, Wed 15 Feb 12.30pm at The Half Moon.  Everyone welcome, for details contact Anita Lowe (857212)
St James Churchyard: With the grass-cutting season approaching we are looking for volunteers to join a rota to cut the grass in front of the Church. This is probably for 2/3 times during the mowing season, usually on a Saturday if possible. Please contact Laurie Hurn.

St James Church Barn –  Person needed to run the church barn.  This involves bookings, billing etc. Please call Anne Church for details (214805)

‘Antiques and Auctions’, Fri 17 Mar, 7pm for 7.30pm start, in the Church Barn.  Auctioneer Lester Day tells us about his work, values items you bring and runs a quiz where you do the valuations!  Welcome drink and light snacks.  Tickets £10 (£7 for members of The Friends of St James) from Diana Shooter (213305) or Laurie Hurn.  In aid of The Friends of St James.

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:




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