Week beginning Monday 16th April
CALL TO PRAYER
Our church family, along with the other congregations in Revd Hazel’s pastoral charge, are facing the challenge that she will not be replaced when she retires later in the year. In order to prepare for the changes that will need to be made we have been asked to pray. It is hoped that each of us will set aside a few minutes every day to pray specifically for God’s guidance and that we shall be committed to working together in the new system that will evolve. The suggestion is that at 8.30 am or at 12 noon we pray, in our own way or by using the prayer below. Choose whichever time suits you best, knowing that you are not alone but part of a family at prayer.
Prayer by Revd R Hall, Chair of Isle of Man Methodist District
Lord Jesus, as we face an unknown future,
help us to recognise where your hand has been at work over the years,
bringing us to the place where we find ourselves today.
Be our rock, Lord Jesus, a foundation on which to build.
Help us to be faithful to our calling and to trust in you in the years to come. AMEN
Monday Craft and Conversation 10.00 – 12.00 All materials and help supplied. Or bring a project of your own such as knitting, painting etc. Tea and coffee and light refreshments provided. For any further information call our minister, Rev. Hazel Ratcliffe. Tel:-01694 723923 Meet in the church hall.
Wednesday Babies and Toddlers 10.00 – 12.00 a.m. (This lively group meets on a Wednesday morning in the church hall in term-time between 10 and 12 .00
Sandford Nursing Home Our monthly Communion Service at 11.00.
Prayer Group 1.30 pm meet in the church vestry.
Network 2.30 pm – Heather Price – Local Preacher from Ludlow
Pastoral Visitors Meeting – in the vestry
Sunday 10.30 am Service of Holy Communion – This is a sector service with our friends from Craven Arms – Rev Hazel Ratcliffe will lead the service. This will be followed our usual coffee and chat and then by a bring and share lunch (probably starting about 12.15am). We are responsible for the first (savoury) course and Craven Arms will bring the dessert course. Please sign the board on the table by the entrance doors if you can bring some food. What it will be and how much will help to make sure we have a good selection and not all bring egg sandwiches or cheese and onion crisps! Although knives and forks will be available finger food might save on the washing up. Any questions re catering please contact Ann Cooke.
Food Bank News / Needs
Our stocks have dropped to a point where we are again hoping for donations. We are particularly short of Savoury Rice, Tinned Meat, Fruit Squash, Jam, Coffee and Long-life Milk – but no Soup or Baked Beans please. Many thanks for your help.
CHURCH OPEN FOR PRAYER. As usual the church will be open for prayer and coffee and fellowship will be on offer in the hall on the second Saturday of the month from 10.00 – 12.00. The usual attendees would love to see others in the church on these mornings. Suggestions for prayer are available each month (written by different people) but don’t have to be used. If fact you could just sit quietly and let the prayers of others uphold you. If you haven’t tried, do come at least once this year. You never know you might find yourself looking forward to the next one.
HAND MADE CARDS FOR SALE A reminder that cards made by the Craft and Conversation Group, which meet every Monday morning in the church Hall, are on sale after church each Sunday. Do have a look at the selection, proceeds are for church funds. Cards made by the Craft and Conversation group are now on sale in the hall after the service.
Our church is involved in local ecumenical activities, including; Churches Together in the Strettons, Stretton Traidcraft, Christian Aid, The Bible Society and The United Nations Association. A major refurbishment of our church has provided greater flexibility to reflect the need for a variety of worship styles in the 21st century and provide full disabled access to all areas. The pews have gone and we have comfortable upholstered chairs. There is a new worship area with movable pulpit and communion rail. This flexibility provides for a variety of community uses of the church, making it more suitable for meetings, concerts etc. The worship platform has disabled access and an induction loop facility is available for those with hearing impairment in both the church and the hall. The church area, hall and vestry are available for use by the community. Please contact the lettings secretary for details. Mrs. Carole Coles Tel: 01694 724377 History of the Church Our book on the history of Methodism in Church Stretton and our church over the last 100 years. Copies are available in the church – £3.00 Contact Jon Cooke Tel: 01694-723205 for further detail Our church has “accreditation” from the Fair Trade Organisation and is recognised as a Fair Trade Church. Church Stretton is a Fair Trade Town. Bible Study 20,,p.m. in the church hallWe have a regular Fair Trade stall in the hall after morning worship