Pew Sheet for 10 April

PALM SUNDAY

Readings
Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14.32-15.39

SERVICES DURING THE WEEK

  • Said Communion Wednesday 10.30 (followed by coffee in the meeting room)
  • Morning Prayer Daily livestream at 9.00 (weekdays)
  • You can join Morning Prayer online at: http://www.stpetersleck.org and via Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pipandjims. You can attend in person at P&J on Mondays, at St Christopher’s on Tuesdays and at St Peter’s on Thursdays.
  • Daily Hope a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers is still available on 0800 804 8044.

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS: With the easing of restrictions the wearing of face coverings is no longer mandatory. However, please respect those who wish to continue mask wearing and social distancing. If you test positive for Covid up to three weeks after this service, please let us know by telephone or e-mail.

For Your Prayers

  • For all who work in the NHS, and essential workers
  • For all residents in care homes including Jean Haigh and Gary Hiscock
  • For all who are unwell including, Shirley, Joy, Gordon, Daphne, Christine, Polly, Fr Sebastian and Rhys.
  • Those who have died.

You can also donate to the DEC humanitarian appeal at:

https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal

PRAY FOR AFGHANISTAN

Please pray for peace and protection for the Afghan people who are facing great uncertainty and the threat of serious human rights abuses. Pray also for all who remain, for courage and protection. You can find more resources here: www.christianaid.org.uk/pray/prayer-afghanistan

To donate to the DEC emergency appeal, go to:

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/afghanistan-crisis-appeal

HOLY WEEK

Click here to see the Holy Week poster.

Fr Sebastian has tested positive for Covid, so please note that the Monday and Tuesday Masses previously advertised are sadly cancelled. He hopes to be out of isolation well by Maundy Thursday, and the pattern we hope to follow is as follows:

Wednesday10:30am Mass with Reflection
Maundy Thursday7:00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper with The Watch
Good FridayMidday Meditations and Silence
1:15pm Stations of the Cross
2:00pm Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
Holy Saturday8:00pm The Easter Vigil
(Everyone bring bells!!)
This service will be attended by people from across the South Cheltenham Team
Easter Day10:00am Mass, followed by a Party

These most holy days are at the very heart of our faith. Please do make every possible effort to be with us for them.

NOTICES

For Ukraine

Prayers, readings and reflections in support of the people of Ukraine are being held at
St. Gregory’s Church each Wednesday in Lent, from 6–6.45pm.
To donate to the DEC Humanitarian appeal, go to:
https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal or call 0370 60 60 900

‘Women of Holy Week’ – Lent Course ’22

The last Tuesday morning session is taking place at 11am at Emmanuel on Tue 12th April. Download, the weekly podcast here: https://southcheltenham.church/lent2022/.

You can get the book from Church House Publishing (chpublishing.co.uk).

‘HEALING HANDS’ Lenten Healing Services

Open for all to attend at St. Philip & St. James, Up Hatherley, each Sunday evening during Lent, at 6pm. See the poster for details.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

The APCM will be held on Tuesday 17 May in the Meeting Room at 7.30pm. Please give thought to nominations for Church Wardens, members of the Deanery Synod, and members of the Parochial Church Council. Forms for these nominations will be at the back of the church. We need new people as well as the existing ones, to fill these essential roles, in order to ease the burdens of the present incumbents. There may be people who are willing but as yet have not been asked! Please ask before nominating. Return any completed forms to Ann Bacon or Church Wardens.  

Annual Report

Please submit your group reports to Ann Bacon (via ststephenstivoli@gmail.com) ASAP, but by 1 May at the latest in order to give us time to format the final document.  

Electoral Roll

In the recent difficult times we have not been able to invite people to have their names added. Do consider putting your name on the list, which shows a real commitment to us. Please see Ann Bacon if you wish to be included.

Coffee/Tea after the Sunday service

If you are able to help with refreshments after the Sunday service, please let Jacqui know.

Mothers’ Union Coffee Morning

The St Christopher’s MU Coffee morning will be held on Sat 23 April 10.00 – 12.00 in St Christopher’s Large Hall. Refreshments, Raffle, Cake Stall, Book Stall, Bottle Tombola and MU Cards and Gift stall. All are welcome.  

Ceilidh at Emmanuel

Ceilidh at Emmanuel

Concerts at St Stephens

  • Friday 29 April at 7pm Short concert by Rachel Reisner, Melvin Brown and Fiona Brown – a variety of songs; something for everyone!  Entry free, but collection for St Stephen’s; refreshments afterwards.
  • Sat 14 May – Jazz at 2pm, Folk at 6pm We have 2 concerts coming up on the same day brought to us by Mike, Nathan and friends. All proceeds to St Stephens.  

Cheltenham Elim Food Bank 

(seeded by The Trussell Trust)
Please donate an item or two from the list: washing up liquid, instant mash potato, toothpaste, long life fruit juice, shampoo, tomato ketchup, brown sauce, mayonnaise. Please place any donations in the Green box next to the font.

Restoring Eden is a mixed media show, exploring the theme of Restoring Eden through photography, collage, ceramics, printmaking and textiles.30 March-5 April, 10am–5pm at The Garden’s Gallery, Montpellier Gardens

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