[email protected]’s The weekly Newsletter of St George’s Church, Nailsworth Sunday 17th January 2016 Services Sunday 17th – Second Sunday of Epiphany 11.00 am Family Communion 6.00 pm One Voice at Christ Church Readings: Isaiah 62.1-5; 1 Corinthians 12.1-11 & John 2.1-11 Hymns: 242; 392; 473; (C) 311; 270 Theme: The miracle at Cana reveals Jesus to be the Messiah to the disciples for the first time. But it shows us that Jesus came to be with the ordinary people alongside them in the everyday lives and problems. That is our calling, too. How ready are we really to share with the world around us? This week at St George’s Monday, 18 Jan Mike’s day off Tuesday, 19 Jan 9.00am Prayer Group 2.00pm Mission Group Meeting 3.00pm Holy Communion at Winslow House 5.45pm Minpins (until 7.00pm) Weds. 20 Jan 10.00am Holy Communion 11.00am Service at Quaker Meeting House 1.00pm Women’s World Day of Prayer Committee Meeting (until 3.00pm) Thursday, 21 Jan 6.30pm Service at Christ Church 7.30pm NO Thursday Study Group this evening Friday, 22 Jan 10.00 am Little Angels Toddler Service 7.00 pm Choir Practice Saturday, 23 Jan ............................................................. Sunday 24th January – 3rd Sunday of Epiphany 11.00am - Holy Communion 6.30pm Service at the Woodchester Priory A warm welcome to everyone. Thank you for being with us today. If you are visiting or new to this church, please make yourself known to Mike, our Vicar, Sue our Curate or Clare or Roger, our Churchwardens. Do join us after the service for refreshments in the Parish Room & please take this leaflet home with you or pass it on! Please pray for: Those is residential care: Dr Monica McLaren & Rosemary Gardner Those who are ill: Louise Cook, Sheila Tout, Tony & Jenny Evans, John Humphries, Mike Davis & Ruth Stephens Walking the streets: Crystal Fountain Our Diocese: Our five overseas partner Dioceses especially today the Diocese of Dornakal, Bishop Prasada Rao. We pray for the rights of Christians and all minority religious groups in India to be upheld and for good relationships between the faith communities. Our Deanery: Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton; Saint Barnabas, Box; Holy Trinity, Amberley. Clergy: Helen Bailey, Brian Atkinson, Sandy Emery, Brian Andrews, Alison Guy, Michael Tucker, John Hunnisett, Readers: Linda Jarvis, Deborah Curram. Intercessions for this week Lord God, strength of the weak and light to all who walk in darkness, help us to proclaim your saving power not only in words but by our lives....We ask you to bless all preachers and teachers of the faith....Guide all who study scripture and who are learning through sharing with others, especially in the house groups. Lord, we pray for the world and a right use of its resources....We ask your blessing on all who are suffering from natural disasters & those suffering from famine or flood....We remember all whose resources are running low and we pray for the world’s poor and all without work or shelter. We give thanks for our well-being and we pray for all who are struggling at this time....We remember all suffering from disability or weakness, all losing mobility or agility....We pray for all who do not have the strength to cope on their own and ask your blessing on all those who have been taken into care. We give thanks for the resurrection and for the promise of eternal life....We pray for our friends and loved ones departed and ask that they may know the newness and fullness of life in your kingdom...We rejoice in the fellowship of all your saints and pray that we may share with them in glory. Young Voices: On Friday 29th January at 7.00 pm there is to be a concert in church by all the schools that went to Young Voices in Birmingham. This will include Nailsworth and Horsley Primary Schools. Also the Minpins will be performing. This is a free event. However, we could do with some cakes for refreshments. There is a list in church if you can help by providing cakes or by helping on the day. Many thanks New Toilets: Work on installing the new toilets has begun and will last for around 3 more weeks. Sorry for any inconvenience (no pun intended!). The existing toilet etc. should still be in use – but there may be occasional noise or dust in the Parish Rooms etc. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: begins on Monday 18th January. The programme is as follows: Wednesday 20th 10.00 am Communion at St George’s; 11.00 am Service at the Quaker Meeting House; Thursday 21st 6.30 pm Service at Christ Church; Sunday 24th 6.30 pm Service at the Priory, Woodchester. Sunday February 14th – Valentine’s Day: We would like to make something of Valentine’s Day again this year with the opportunity for people to renew their vows together. We hope you will invite friends, family & neighbours! It would be great to have a small exhibition as well of wedding dresses, photos, orders of service etc. We particularly would like photos as we are planning a quiz/treasure hunt to see who can spot who! If you think you may be able to offer something, please have a word with either Mike or Karen. We will produce invites soon for people to use to invite people. Joint Meeting with Christ Church: Just to keep people informed, there was a meeting last week between the PCC and the Leadership Team of Christ Church to discuss how we might work together in Mission. It was a very useful time together. The intention is to put together a Steering Group from both churches to discuss things further. The Refugee Crisis & Stroud Furniture Bank – The Furniture Bank are speaking to the Council and GARAs as they are organising the 10 or so families who will be coming to the District in February. We are currently stockpiling furniture to use as needed; we have a good selection, but we are still short of bedroom items such as chest of drawers, wardrobes and beds. As a project we also run all year round to help support local families in the District and seek employment for those who find it hard to get work. Therefore we can collect and re-use a variety of items. Any which are not suitable to give to the families we sell to subsidise the project. If anyone would like information please do get either email ([email protected]) or phone (01453 367260) Calling all Knitters: Samara’s Aid in Stroud are inviting knitters to knit or crochet 8 inch squares (20cm) in bright or dark colours to be made into blankets. These can be dropped off at Chalford Baptist Church, Coppice Hill, on Wednesday mornings at the Drop-In (Lower Buildings) between 10 and 12 noon where they will be joined up and packed. Or we can collect them in church and drop them off in bulk. Double knit or Arran wool would be ideal. Simple instructions for straight or diagonal squares can be found online. Do you remember: Steve and Cathy Burgess who were our CMS partners working in Kenya? They returned to live in Bristol so their teenage children could finish their education in Britain. Steve still works for CMS, commuting four days a week to CMS headquarters in Oxford. He uses his experience to advise other missionaries going to Africa. ( Information from John Amos). THE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY 2015. The money collected for this year is.. Blue savings boxes... £623-52. Christmas cards.. £156-25. Crib service collection.. £189-32. Donations from 'Christmas card tree'.. £43-18. The total being.. £1012-27. Thank you to everyone...Marguerite. Anthem Fairest Lord Jesus, lord of all creation, Jesus of God and Mary the Son; Thee I would cherish, Thee I will honour, O thou my soul’s delight and crown. Fair are the meadows, Fairer still the woodlands, robed in the verdure and bloom of spring. Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, He makes the saddest heart to sing. Fair are the flowers, fairer still the sons of men, In the freshness of youth arrayed: Yet is their beauty fading and fleeting; my Jesus, thine will never fade.