Benefice Newsletter
Sunday 17th June

FLOWERS:  with forthcoming weddings and holiday commitments it would be helpful if a minimum of two weeks’ notice could be given for your requests.  Please contact either Ruth Bond or Karin Matson.

The coach will be leaving the Market Square at 9.15 am for Fr. Tom’s ordination at Peterborough Cathedral next Sunday.  Please let Karen have your £12.50 for the cost of the coach.
Fr Tom will be celebrating his First Mass at Higham at 5 pm that day.  Donations of food still required for the finger buffet being held after this service.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM on Tuesday 26th June leaves the Market Square at 8 am.  Please let Karen have your £30 as soon as possible. 

CHELVESTON:  next meeting of the Knit & Natter group is on Tuesday 26th June.  If you have any spare oddments of double knitting wool that the group could use to make baby jumpers to send to Syria or twiddle mitts for people with dementia, please leave them in the box at St John’s.  More details from Brenda (07816 771702) or Sara (07814 406731).
MOTHERS’ UNION are hosting the Coffee Morning for the Farmers’ Market on 30th June and would appreciate donations for stalls - box at the back of church for tombola, bric-à-brac, & unwanted ‘bling’ (costume jewellery / scarves / handbags etc).

OFFERTORY:  We are looking to prepare a rota for taking the bread and wine to the altar at the offertory.  Please can you let us know if you would be willing to be included.  It would also be helpful if you could indicate if there are any weeks you would particularly like to do/are unavailable for.  We will explain what is required if you haven’t done this before, but the only real requirement is that you can walk the length of the church.  We would like to involve a good number of people, so it doesn’t become onerous for those who are asked.  Please let the Church wardens, Caroline or David, know in person or via email ( if you are willing to do the occasional week.  Thank you.

FOOD BANK:  Our current needs are UHT milk (semi-skimmed please), jam, tinned fish, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, carrots & sweetcorn, and tinned fruit, puddings and custard.  If you are able to add any of these items to your weekly shop your donations would be very gratefully received (box emptied every Thursday morning).  Thank you.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CELIA KNIGHT who has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. This is in her capacity as Neighbourhood Development Officer for her services to the community in Nottingham (Stapleford) Her proposers cite 40 years working for the Bulwell environmental projects.

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