News sheet for 12/2/17

February 9, 2017 11:54 pm Published by



Theme: Life Choices

Readings: Deuteronomy 30.15-20 OR Ecclesiasticus 15.15-20; [Gospel: Matthew 5.21-37]

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 – either to receive Communion or to receive a blessing. There are toys and books available for children. We would like you to feel welcomed.

Richard and Fran would like to thank so many Biddenham Family for their love, support, prayers, meals, flowers and cards.  What wonderful care.

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


All Saints Diary
12 Feb – 10.30am Parish Eucharist
12 Feb – 6pm Evensong

St James Diary
12 Feb – 9am Parish Eucharist
19 Feb – 9am Parish Eucharist, Baptism of Rufus David Arthur Franklin
19 Mar – 9am Parish Eucharist, Baptism of Essie Grace and Dahlia Maeve Drackford

Evening services:

1st Sunday: Holy Eucharist at St. James

2nd Sunday: Evening Prayer at All Saints

3rd Sunday: Evening Prayer at St. James

St James men’s group at 15 Church End Biddenham. Next month (Fri 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 (348718)

St James PCC Membership/Deanery Synod Representation – At the 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 (364251).

Friends of St James ‘Antiques and Auctions’, Fri 17 Mar, 7pm for 7.30pm start, in 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 (364251).  In aid of The Friends of St James.

St James Roast Lunch – A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the Roast Lunch last Sunday such a success. Thank you too for supporting it; you company was appreciated. Thanks to your generosity we made £603 for church funds. Sue Squire

St James Talk Sat 11 Mar at 7.30 in the Church Barn: Odd and Unusual Buildings of Great Britain. An illustrated talk with light refreshments by Alan Cox. £8. Contacts: Anne Church (214805) or Sue Squire (342373)

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:




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