NOTICES: Pub quiz in aid of the church, at The Swan on Tuesday was very successful. Many thanks to all who supported this St John the Baptist, Wittersham St Mary the Virgin, Ebony 28th April 2013 Easter 5 Archdeacon Philip visiting to celebrate, preach and dedicate the new facilities. 10.30am Service at Wittersham on May 5th. THERE WILL BE A FAIR TRADE STALL AT THE END OF THIS SERVICE. Ebony PCC 7.30pm on Wednesday 8th May Christian Aid week. Envelopes for donations to Christian Aid will be available in the service and at the back of the church. Please be generous and put the filled envelopes in the collection on 5th, 12th or 19th May. ARCHDEACON’S VISITATIONS Churchwardens, sidespeople and others are invited to these services for prayer, worship and the formal admission of Churchwardens. 7.30pm Holy Trinity, Folkestone Tuesday 14th May 7.30pm Canterbury Cathedral Wednesday 15th May THE GATHERING There are details and programmes at the back of the Church. This is an opportunity to join with others around the Diocese at Canterbury Cathedral on May 31st and/or June 1st. Please consider prayerfully if you are able to join in. During the nine days of prayer, (see the leaflet at the back of the Church) we will say a short service at 5pm in Wittersham Church. (10th – 18th May) “Let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified” Acts 2 v 36 Welcome to our churches today, if you are a visitor or a newcomer please make yourself known to the clergy or those on duty. All Christian communicants are welcome at the altar rail to receive the sacrament, everyone else, including children, is invited to come for a blessing. Services today 9am Wittersham Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Wittersham Matins (BCP) Collect at 9.00am and 10.30am Almighty God, who through thy only begotten Son Jesus Christ hath overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that, as by thy grace going before us thou put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen Readings at 9am Please let Judy know if there is someone you know who would like home Communion or a visit. Epistle James 1: 17-21 Gospel St John 16 vs 5-15 We are here to help: Priest: Rev’d Judy Darkins The Rectory, The Street, Wittersham, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7EA e-mail email@example.com Telephone 01797 270227 Church Wardens: Wittersham: Ebony: Organists: Lee Bailey 270037 Roger Kimber 270622 Deputy: Terry Kirby 270844 Joyce Bates 270379 Giles Ridley 270370 Jennifer Maynard 270804 Websites: www.wittershamchurch.com e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org www.ebonychurch.co.uk Readings at 10.30am First reading Second reading 2 Samuel 7: 4-13 Acts 2: 14a, 22 - 36 Hymns for Wittersham 10.30 am 78 143 83 75 A&M The strife is o’er Jesus shall reign where’er the sun Love’s redeeming work is done The day of resurrection Psalm 148 Many thanks to everyone who helped with the Spring Clean yesterday. The Church looks great! For Children: There are activities in the children’s corner at Wittersham. Toilet facilities at Wittersham: are working and located just outside the Church, turn left and follow the path round to the building on your right. Weekday Services this week ...There will be Morning Prayer (CW) said in Wittersham Church on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30am. Evening Prayer(CW) is at 5pm in church on Thursday. Friday 3rd May Evensong (BCP) at 6.30pm, at Summerhouse Wittersham. For more details contact Rev’d Simon Ridley on 01797 270215 After the 10:30 morning service you are invited to stay for tea or coffee. GOLF DAY – In aid of Wittersham Church MONDAY 24TH JUNE AT LYDD GOLF CLUB Further details from Jenny Newton 01797 270 739. Entry forms at the back of the church Services in the coming weeks…………. May 5th Easter 6 9am Ebony Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30 am Wittersham Parish Eucharist (CW) At this service we welcome the Archdeacon of Ashford the Venerable Philip Down to celebrate, preach and dedicate our new facilities. Thursday May 9th – Ascension Day Parish Eucharist at 7.30 pm May 12th Easter 7 9.00am Wittersham Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30 am Wittersham All Age Worship May 19th Pentecost 9.00 am Ebony Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30 am Wittersham Parish Eucharist (CW) May 26th Trinity Sunday 9.00am Wittersham Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30 am Wittersham Matins (BCP) 6.30 pm Wittersham Choral Evensong Some thoughts for prayer: From the Diocesan prayer diary this week we pray for the churches in Madagascar, Canada, USA and Papua New Guinea. For the people and clergy of the Elham Deanery. We pray for all those caught up in war and violence and also those recovering after the tragedies of Boston ,Texas and Bangladesh. We pray for the work of the Churches there. We pray for the work of Christian Aid Pray for Archbishop Justin Welby and Bishop Trevor asking for God’s blessing on their ministries. We pray for the Archdeacon’s, Philip, Sheila and Stephen as they prepare for their visitations in May. We also remember with thanks all who give their time and talents to our churches, especially our churchwardens and sidespeople. We give thanks for the preparations made for the nine days of prayer in May. We pray for God’s blessing on the preparations and opportunities for time together during The Gathering in Canterbury For our parishes, both Wittersham and Ebony. For Wittersham School, the children and staff. giving thanks for a successful week away for the older children. For the sick and all in any kind of need that they may know Christ’s presence with them: Hilary Parker, Nicole Turner, David Pennyfather, Tony & Audrey Mayer, Geoffrey Waters, Tim Jupp, Baby Jack and Charlotte Aspinall. We pray for the families of Ray Marshall, Elizabeth Wright, Lynn Wyatt and Joan Goodman and for all who mourn their passing. May they rest in peace.