Pews News – February 2017

February 8, 2017 · Posted in Blog 

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St Andrews

Proclaiming Christ in Clewer

Pews News: February 2017

Welcome, in the name of Jesus Christ, to this house of prayer.

Rector’s Ramblings

Finally the Nativity set has been put back in its box until next Christmas, the busy rush and celebration and magic of Christmas has worn off, everyone is back to work and school, and normality reigns again. Epiphany officially ends on 2nd Feb with the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or Candlemas (the blessing of the candles in church). In our worship at school this week as we put away the figures from the nativity, as we did so we replaced them with small tea lights. When only the baby in the manger was left, we lit a big candle. A big candle surrounded by smaller ones, light reflecting off the other. Jesus is the light of the world and he calls us to be ‘light’ for him, to let his light shine through us. Light to shine in the darkness of all that the world throws at us. The church calendar now turns and heads towards Lent, the challenge for us is to keep shining that light of love for others every day, in our actions and words.

A quote from the Howard Thurman, simply this:

 

“After the prophets have spoken,
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.”

 

The truth is dazzling, let’s work, pray and give to make it so.

 

Every blessing

Revd Rosie

 

Sunday Services for the Month

1st Sunday: 5 February

8am Eucharist

10.30am All Age Family Eucharist

readings: Isaiah 58.1-9a, 1 Corinthians 2.1-12, Matthew 5.13-20

5pm BCP Evening Prayer

readings: Amos 2.4-end, Ephesians 4.17-end, Psalm 4

2nd Sunday: 12 February

10.30am Parish Eucharist

readings: Deuteronomy 30.15-end; 1 Corinthians 3.1-9, Matthew 5.21-37

5pm BCP Evensong

readings: Psalm 13, Amos 3.1-8, Ephesians 5.1-17

 

3rd Sunday: 19 February

10.30am Parish Eucharist

readings: Genesis 1.1- 2.3, Romans 8.18-25, Matthew 6.25-end.

3pm Children’s Church (Child-centred Holy Communion) –Theme ‘Love’

5pm BCP Evening Prayer

readings: Psalm 148, Proverbs 8.1,22-31, Revelation 4

 

4th Sunday: 26 February Sunday before Lent

10.30am Parish Eucharist

readings: Exodus 24.12-end, 2 Peter 1.16-end, Matthew 17.1-9

5pm BCP Evensong

readings: Psalm 84, Ecclesiasticus 48.1-10, Matthew 17. 9-23.

Midweek Services in February

Fridays 9.30am Prayers & Bears in Church.

Reminder – Ash Wednesday 1st March. Service at 12 midday Said Eucharist with ashing and 7.30pm Eucharist with ashing.

For your prayers

Healing Prayers: Peter Dennis, Jack Trigwell, Blake, Jim Allen, Sam Evans, Al, Phoebe, Julie, Joan Bull, Alfred Tardiff, Rueben, Susan Hines, and all those who mourn. The homeless, prisoners and refugees.

Those who have died: Joyce Samson, Reg Renn, Pam Tardiff, Sonia Cockman

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all those who work in Legoland, Dedworth Medical Centre, local Scouts, Cubs, Brownies and Guide Groups, Thames Hospice, Guards Club, Tennis Club, Dialysis Unit.

Notices

Choir Practice – Tuesday evenings at 6pm in church

Bell ringing – Tuesday and Friday evenings

 

Church@School Project commences again at the start of Lent- Friday 3 March for 4 weeks. Volunteers needed please to help with refreshments and activities. See the Rector.

 

This year’s APCM will be held on 23 April following our Eucharist service. The annual report will be printed two weeks prior to the meeting, please ensure you have read it. If you haven’t already completed an Electoral Roll form, please do so as you will have no voting voice in church affairs otherwise.

 

Giving for January  amounted to £1368 against a budget of £1917.

 

Windsor Sleep Out 2017 -March

Windsor Homeless Project are running their annual fundraising sleep out. If you would like to get involved please talk to Mulle. If you can’t ‘sleep out’ yourself then why not sponsor someone?

 

Spring Quiz night 25 February – advanced warning so you can get the date in your diary. This is becoming a very popular social gathering and the competitive spirit is growing. Make sure you get your table and team. The meal will be curry, a meat and vegetable option. Tickets cost £10 only 50 places available and bring a raffle prize.

 

Advance notice – We will be holding Lent Lunches on Saturdays during Lent. This will be part of our hospitality/Living aspect of our part in God’s mission here in Clewer. It is a chance to meet for lunch, talk about life and raise funds for our designated charities for this year. If you would like to join one of the ‘Lent Lunch Teams’ please see the Rector or Church warden Heather. We need 5 teams, one for each Saturday. Lunch will comprise of homemade soup, bread, cheese and fruit. Lunches cost £5. Please join in this venture in sharing the hospitality of God and enjoy the opportunity to serve.

 

Importance of Being Ernest –Jorvik Theatre Company

3rd and 4th March at St Andrews. Tickets are £12, you can reserve by emailing jorviktheatre2@gmail.com or calling 07808236202

 

Funerals of church family members:

Reg Renn – 15 Feb, 2pm at St Andrews.

Jocye Samson -23 Feb 2.30pm at St Stephens

Pam Tardiff – 24 Feb 1pm at St Andrews

 

 

 

 

Living, Loving, Learning in LentThis Lent we will be taking the Stations of the Cross, which were in the churchyard last Lent, out into the community/parish. The aim is to place the stations for everyone to see as they go about their everyday life. We are looking for ‘Hosts’ for the stations, ideally with a front fence or garden, room for us to meet together and worship/study and share a simple meal. We will be gathering at the stations each Wednesday evening at 6.30pm in Lent and we will continue the stations into Holy Week services at Church. Please pray about this and talk to the Rector if you’d like to be involved.  This is a wonderful opportunity to proclaim the gospel and keep Lent in a new way.

 

Parish Administrator – The PCC are looking to appoint a parish administrator.

The Benefice of Clewer is looking for a skilled and enthusiastic administrator to come and join our Parish team on a part-time basis to support the Rector and the church.  The purpose of the role is to facilitate the day-to-day administrative operations of the church in close cooperation with the Rector and the Officers of the church.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

To deal with all general enquiries in relation to work of the parish: services, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals etc., lettings, maintenance/ repair work, welcoming those wishing to view/and or use the church, chapel, halls. To aid the smooth running of the administration of St Andrews Church, St Agnes Chapel, halls and office, by ordering supplies, receiving deliveries equipment, etc.; over-seeing the hall hires/lettings and processing of invoices. Orders of service and monthly Pews News: producing notices, orders of services and monthly pews news as required by the parish and liaising with members of the congregation regarding entries for the notices (e.g., intercessions, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) and parish cycle of prayer. Baptisms, Banns of Marriage, Weddings and Funerals: Managing the effective systems that ensure these “Pastoral Offices” are recorded and followed up where appropriate. Publications: Facilitate the compilation, printing and distribution of parish information and events, seasonal services and flyers etc, and ensure the contents are kept up-to-date. Parish website: Facilitate all information about the parish, services and events, marketing of the halls etc on the website, and to ensure the parish website is kept up to date and accessible and respond to web based enquiries. Please see the Rector if you are interested in this post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revd Rosie Webb, Rector

Parish of Clewer St Andrew and St Agnes Church

St Andrew’s Rectory, Parsonage Lane SL4 5EN

01753 852334 www.standrewsclewer.org

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