This Week's Notices

Week beginning Sunday February 26

Women's World Day of Prayer Service
This will take place on Friday, 3 March at 2pm in the nave - (Please note the change of time from previous years). This World Day of Prayer is an international ecumenical Christian laywomen's initiative. It is run under the motto "Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action," and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries. The movement aims to bring together women of various races, cultures and traditions in an annual day of prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.

Christian Aid
Lent is here which means Friday lunches at Wesley's, Broad St in the Garden Room. Each Friday is hosted by a different church and St Laurence's is hosting March 17th, but please try to attend on other Fridays as well. It's the best soup, bread and cheese in town.
Please give all you can

More Tea Vicar
Please note that the Rector's tea time will not take place on 27 February because Kelvin is involved with a funeral elsewhere.

Church cleaning dates
Thank you to everyone who helped last Monday. The next 2 church-cleaning sessions will be -on Monday, 13 March 9-9.30am and Saturday, 27 March 9.30-11am. There is a sign-up form on the Stewards' Notice Board - please come and help make our church gleam.

Say it with flowers
We all have a special day when we remember an anniversary, a wedding anniversary, a birthday, or a loved one. The flower team would be happy to arrange flowers for you to make the time more special. A donation at any time during the year would be most welcome, although we do not have flowers in church during Lent and Advent.
A warm thank you to everyone for your generosity.

Life & Learning @ Ludlow -
The current programme comes to an end with a series of lectures ‘Social Justice and the Bible' to be given by the Revd Dr Neil Richardson on Thursdays 16, 23, 30 March and 6 April. Full details are available in the Life & Learning leaflet available from the welcome desk and at Advance booking is essential. Reservations can be made via Barry Forrester on 01584 878872.

Healing and Wholeness - on Monday 13 March at 7.30pm Pamela Thompson will be giving an illustrated lecture (sponsored by Ludlow Quakers) at the Methodist Church

Bible Reading Fellowship Notes -
There are still some additional copies of Jan-April 2017 notes available to purchase in the shop. For further information or to subscribe regularly please contact Penny Bridstrup 01584 876992

Events for Fairtrade Fortnight - 27 Feb-12 March 2017

24 Feb-17 March - Traidcraft stall in St Laurence's
8 March, 1.30-2.30pm - Mayor's Reception with presentation of prizes and light refreshment (offers of baking using Fairtrade ingredients are welcome - see Penny Bridstrup)
8-17 March - Children's Fairtrade Art/Design Competition Display
4 March, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church - Designs on the Roof of the World - conservation and illustrated talk. Speaker Chris Evans
9 March - Library display, Fairtrade outlets and market stall
11 March 10-4pm Traidcraft Spring Fair at Ludlow Mascall Centre

Volunteers Needed
We are so lucky to have such a large band of enthusiastic welcome stewards but, at the moment, we have 6 vacant slots that need filling. If you have more time to give, or know someone who can help, please contact the office.

Contemplation Group at 6 The Snicketts, Portcullis Lane
11am Wednesdays. Details from Helen Blyth 875041 or Pat Helm 877683

Work in St John's Chapel - For about 4 weeks from the end of February, work will be work taking place in St John's Chapel to conserve timber, screens and communion rail. Services that normally take place in St John's Chapel will be moved to the Lady Chapel.

Help with Coffee and Cake
We are looking for a few additional volunteers to help offer coffee and cake after the summer organ recitals. If you can help, please contact the office.

Ludlow Arts Society
The south transept is now alive with artwork. Take the opportunity to visit Ludlow Arts Society's rolling exhibition and revisit it as it changes.

Pigeon Holes - please remember to check these regularly.

Monthly Intercession Prayer Group
This meets in St Catherine's Chapel every second Thursday between 10.30 and 11.00am. It is a time of prayer and anyone is welcome to join in. Prayer includes the requests left in church (with discretion if visitors join the group for prayer).

This Week's Diary

Sun 26 Feb 2017
Work on timber conservation taking place all week St John's Chapel
8am Holy Communion
9:30am Parish Eucharist
11:30am Choral Matins

Mon 27 Feb 2017
Fairtrade Fortnight
8am Morning Prayer
10am Organ Practice
10:30am Fairtrade set up
3pm Rector's tea time
4:30pm Evening Prayer
7:30pm Bells Practice

Tue 28 Feb 2017 - Shrove Tuesday
8am Holy Communion
12pm Funeral Barbara Evans RIP
4:30pm Evening Prayer
6:15pm Handbells

Wed 1 Mar 2017 - Ash Wednesday
9:45am Little Angels Toddlers' Group
11:15am Toddler group clear up
12pm Holy Communion
2pm Sketching Group
7:15pm Solemn Eucharist for Ash Wednesday

Thu 2 Mar 2017

Fire Alarm Installation - until Sunday
8am Morning Prayer
10am Children talking about FairTrade
4:30pm Evening Prayer
5pm Choir Practice

Fri 3 Mar 2017
8am Holy Communion
9:45am Toddlers' group
10:15am St Laurence's school visit
11:15am Toddler group clear up
1pm Set up for Women's World Day of Prayer service
2pm Women's World Day of Prayer Service followed by refreshments
5:30pm Compline

Sat 4 Mar 2017

Sun 5 Mar 2017
8am Holy Communion
9:30am Parish Eucharist
3:30pm Choral Evensong

Notices for this section should be delivered to the office or emailed by the Wednesday evening prior to the relevant Sunday. They should contain the word NOTICES in the subject line and be sent to