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We are pleased to say that the Traidcraft stall is back in Church following its temporary removal due to lockdowns and social distancing. Some of the regular items are included along with a few new ones so please come and have a look. We do have the Traidcraft Autumn catalogue (including new Christmas range), which can also be viewed online.
Midweek BCP – moving to Wednesdays
From October our midweek Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion service will be moving from 8am on a Tuesday morning to 8am on a Wednesday Morning. Please do feel very welcome to come along and share in Communion with us.
Dear Fun Raisers and supporters of St. Martin’s
A big thank you for your help in providing a wonderful and much enjoyed celebration to officially welcome Gareth and family to the benefice. It was a very warm and happy occasion, much enjoyed by those attending; and we received many compliments on the day not just for the abundant spread and drinks provided but for the setting on the church green, not least from Bishop Martyn.
After a busy few weeks, you might think it is time to have a rest and relax but I’m sorry to disappoint you; Christmas Tree Festival (Friday 26th – Monday 29th inclusive) is only 11 weeks away and much organizing and preparation is required if we are to be ready in time to open the festival on Friday 26th November at 10am. . . . . . . .
And with no time to lose we hope that many of you will be available to meet on Thursday 16th September at 12.30 in the church to start that process. If you cannot make this meeting please let Pat or Maggie know and we can chat through our ideas and your suggestions etc and take to the meeting on your behalf.
Hoping to see as many of you as can make it on the 16th.
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Services Can Be Seen Online
We will continue to have online services on Sundays, these will be available by 5pm on the Sunday.
These will continue in September after our break in July and August.
Services for September 2021
11.15am Encounter Revelations 21: 1-8 & 22: 1-5
weekly service using the Book of Common Prayer
Online Advent Calendar
We have decided to create an on-line advent calendar to be shared via village facebook groups, our websites and links to the schools. To do this, we need your help!!!
We want to include short readings from the Christmas story, a short prayer, photos of past village events and similar things. The aim is to keep it to about 5 to 10 minutes total.
So would you read something? Do you feel you could lead a short prayer? Do you have photos that you have taken and are prepared to share of events in the village?
We will also use the advent calendar to promote our events and services for both Churches. If you feel you can help, please let Rob know firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee & Chat
On Tuesdays from 10.30am to 12pm in St Martin’s Church Hall you are invited to come along to Coffee & Chat. This is an informal social group, open to anyone, just turn up and stay for as long as you like. Please bring a facemask.
Rainbows Toddler Group
Calling all toddlers, on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am, we have fun, games, snacks & some songs in St Martin’s Church Hall. Do bring your parent or carer along and join in the fun. There is a charge of £2, but we think that’s a bargain, so do come along! Adults please bring a facemask.
The craft group has now restarted on Thursdays in St Martin’s Church with socially distanced tables of 6 max. The group meets from 10am until 12pm in church for chat and all sorts of crafts, just bring along a project you’d like to work on, we’d love to welcome you. Please bring a facemask
Online Weekly Monday Night Prayers 7.30pm (20-30min)
This is a chance to come together to pray for our communities and for those further afield. Please do join Gareth and Rob as we gather to pray. This will be hosted on Zoom, which is a free videocall platform, so if you’ve not used Zoom before please do let Rob or Gareth know and they’ll be happy to offer some advice.
These are the login details…
Meeting ID: 881 9851 0430
Wednesday Prayer During The Day
Each Wednesday at 12:00pm (mid-day) we will be hosting Prayer During The Day, which is a more liturgical style of prayer (similar to Anglican Morning Prayer). These will be hosted on Zoom live at 12:00, you don’t need to bring anything, just come yourself via the following link…
Meeting ID: 846 4970 9272
A recording of these prayers will then be available on our YouTube Channel on Wednesday by 1pm for anyone who wants to take time to pray with us but cannot make the live service. Here’s the link to our YouTube Channel where the recording will be available…
This recording will only show the ‘leader’ (i.e myself or Rob) so if you’re planning to come along to the live service on Zoom, don’t worry you won’t be recorded.
St Mart’s & St Bart’s KIDS ONLINE
We will be doing a bi-weekly Kids Online service. As with our regular online service, this will be found on our YouTube channel
When? Every other week on Sunday…
What is it? a 10-minute, child-oriented service, with worship, story and activity
Please do spread the word and let us know what you think.
Users of the Church Hall 2021
(Times may vary due to changing Covid-19 rules)
Pre Diabetic Clinic every Monday 9am – 1.30pm (except bank hols)
Table Tennis – January – March 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Coffee & Chat: weekly 10.30am – 12 noon
Lunches: 2nd Tuesday in month 12.30 – 2.00pm
Loving Hands: 4th Tuesday 1pm – 4pm
Rainbows (5 – 7 year olds) 4.45pm – 5.45pm term time
Brownies (7 – 10 year olds) 6pm – 7.30pm term time
Guides (10 – 14 year olds) 7.30pm – 9pm term time
Rainbows (weekly Mums & Toddlers) 9.30am – 11.30am term time
Living Sober 6pm
Forget me Not - 4th Thursday 10.30am – 12 noon
Community House craft/cooking weekly 12noon – 3pm (term time)
Occasional bookings for parties etc
Messy Church: 4th Sunday in month 4pm
Awesome Youff in church 4pm
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