Notices for Sunday 14th January

Notices for Sunday, 14 January 2018

The number of newly-stitched kneelers for St. Margaret’s is gradually growing. However, we would like to step up our output! We meet monthly to sew together and if you would like to join our group please email

Michèle is glad to hear from anyone who would like to join St. Margaret’s flower rota. If you would like more information, please speak to Michèle who is also happy to give individual help and support to anyone who would like to try but feels that they lack experience or confidence!

Sunday 28th January is Homelessness Sunday. Hannah Smith, who works with homeless guests of The Gatehouse helping them to navigate the local services that are available will be giving a talk at the 10:30 am service at St Giles’. There will then be a Homelessness Trail – a £20 donation from each team taking part will go directly to services supporting rough sleepers. At the end of the Trail, members of the Confluence Collective will be playing at St Giles’ from 3 pm to welcome you back. Please join us for some food and hear from people who have experienced rough sleeping for themselves.

Holy Week 2018 is going to be a special time for the Benefice, as Angela Tilby is coming to be our guest preacher throughout Holy Week. So please put 25 March to 1 April in your diary. There will be our regular pattern of services and this will include a set of meditations on Good Friday. Angela has chosen the title for this series of talks to be “The death of God.”

St. Margaret’s has now raised over £1000 from Easyfundraising as a result of purchases made by the members of St. Margaret’s who have registered – thank you! This is a painless way to generate funds for St. Margaret’s when you shop online at a wide range of stores, book flights or holidays or purchase services such as insurance – please consider registering. More details from or take a flyer from the porch.

We are considering having St Margaret’s as a venue for Art Weeks next May. The idea would be to have a community event, with people showing their artwork – paintings, pottery, knitting, quilt work – whatever they do – on a non-selling basis. If we did this it is possible that one or two professional artists would join as “add-ons” to be main event, and they would make their work available for sale. Is anyone interested in being part of the community event? The idea is to have an exhibition that we enjoy, professional standards are not required. We would also need some volunteers to be in the Church when the event is on, possibly to serve tea and cakes to visitors.

There is now a community notice board in the porch for advertising items wanted or for sale, holiday accommodation etc. Items for the notices or pewsheet should be handed to Michael Brooker or emailed to by 12:00 pm on Thursday.

Prayer Requests

Sick: Audrey Faber, Christina Dagleish, Margaret Holmes, Polly, Mike & Anne Screech, Seth Ward, Tina Milkovic, Chris Taberham, Joan Johnson.

Year’s mind: Bob Torrence (8/1/1999), Graham Brooker (8/1/1999), Ken Davis (8/1/2000), Don Ernsting (8/1/2007), Margaret Carey (8/1/2011), Ian Taylor (8/1/2014), Marjorie Letton (9/1/2011), Jim Gray (10/1/2009), Bob Conley (14/1/2007), Doreen Myhill (19/1/2000), Hilda Campbell (19/1/2001), Sarah Crisp (21/1/2005)