This Week's Notices

Week beginning 17 March 2019

Easter Flowers - Following a custom from previous years, at the start of Lent, we invite you to contribute to the Easter flowers in memory of a family member or a friend. All the flowers in the church will celebrate the lives of those departed loved ones; their names will be displayed in the church and prayers will be offered for them. Should you wish to remember someone by contributing to the Easter flowers, please complete a form available at the Welcomers' Desk and return it to the Parish Office by Friday 12 April. For further information please contact Mary Loewenthal at

Shaun Ward - As you are aware Shaun Ward will be leaving us at Easter after 12 years at St Laurence's. We are sure that many of you would wish to make a contribution to a leaving present from the Church. Contributions can be given to the Church Wardens or Deputy Church Wardens or put in an envelope marked ‘Shaun Ward Leaving', posted through the letter box of the Parish Office or put in any of the donation boxes in the Church. Any cheques should be made payable to ‘Ludlow PCC'.

Lent Sunday Sermons - Lent will have a series of Sunday sermons on the following:

March 17th Frustration
Andrew Body

March 31st Love
Stephen Treasure
March 24th Impatience
Bishop of Ludlow
April 7th Confidence
Andrew Body
April 14th Passion Reading

St John's joining St Laurence's for Sunday Services
- St John's will be joining us on Palm Sunday, April 14th, they won't be with us on Mothering Sunday, March 31st.

Good Friday, 19th April 2019 - As Good Friday is the most solemn day of the church's year, there shall be no commercial activity in the church on this day and both the St Laurence Shop and Tower will be closed.

24th March 2019 - There will be no 9.30am service due to a special celebratory Baptism and Confirmation service with the Bishop of Ludlow, Alistair Magowan at 11.30am which will include Holy Communion. We encourage all of our St Laurence's church family to come together to welcome those committing to their faith on this day.

Bill Lloyd Kitchen - memorial service to be held at St Laurence's on Friday 22nd March at 1pm.

Weekly Wednesday evening (7 pm) Compline services - will be held at St John's on March 20th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th on Gravel Hill during Lent. Please see the noticeboard for more information, all welcome to attend.

Traidcraft Big Brew
on Sunday 10th March raised £56.72 for Traidcraft Exchange - The charity arm of Traidcraft. . Thank you to all who baked using Fairtrade Ingredients, those who enjoyed the delicious cakes & cookies with a cuppa or at home later and for all the donations. Over £300.00 of Traidcraft Sales were made during Fairtrade Fortnight.
Thank you to all who purchased and the shop volunteers for their help with the Traidcraft Stall. Please continue to support Traidcraft PLC as it operates with a slimmed down business model but sticks to the pioneering principles of the Traidcraft Family in fighting for Trade Justice. Penelope A Bridstrup Outward Concern Group

Lent 2019 - CTAL Alpha Course, Lent Groups, Lectures and Reflections. Please see the church notice board for detailed information on all Alpha Courses, Lent Groups and Lectures during Lent 2019.

Life & Learning @ Ludlow
- The final lecture of the current programme will be on Thursday 21 March when the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield, speaks on the subject of anti-Semitism in a lecture "Remembering the Covenant: Christians and Jews Today" . All available places taken

Coffee/Lunch with the Rector - If you would like to have coffee or lunch with Kelvin, please add your name and details on his availability sheet which will be left on the Welcomers Desk. Kelvin will then confirm the time with you, which will be between 12pm-2pm. The dates will run from January 21st till June 24th.

The Table - This monthly inter-church Family Service takes place on the second Sunday every month in the Elim building. The next service is Sunday, 14th April at 3.00 pm. All are welcome.

Christian Aid Lent lunch
-The Lent lunch which we are hosting has been rescheduled to March 29th -a date you cannot forget. Please make a fresh note in your diary. Please support the other churches on the other Fridays if you are free. Claire tel:877199

Rector's Chair Appeal, Thank you - Our first order of chairs has now arrived, thank you to all who have donated so generously. Our appeal continues and will now be extended to the public. God bless, Kelvin.

Dementia Support Drop in - 2nd Monday of every month from 10.00 - 1.00pm at Ludlow Library, 7/9 Parkway, Ludlow SY8 2PG. The next drop in is on 8th April 2019. We can support both carers and people with dementia. We offer personalised support to help you manage the symptoms of dementia, develop strategies for day-to-day living, and help with making plans for the future.

Contemplation Group Wednesday 11am: The Contemplation group meets at 6 The Snicketts, Portcullis Lane. 30 minutes of silent prayer is followed by coffee for those who wish to stay. Further details from Helen Blyth 875041 and Pat Helm 877683

Knit & Natter - Love knitting and crochet? Join us in St Laurence's fortnightly on Thursdays between 1.15 & 3.15. Got a project you need to finish, or in need of some support? Join a group of like-minded people for an afternoon of fun. Next dates are 28th March and 11th April 2019.

Celtic Prayer
- 6pm 17th March. A simple evening liturgy in a style used by the Iona Community where we seek to be present to God in word, music and silence.

The Week Ahead

Sun 17 Mar 2019
08:00 - 08:45 Holy Communion
09:00 - 10:15 Parish Eucharist
11:00 - 13:00 Bishop James Jones Service
14:30 - 15:30 SLL - Quarter Peal
15:30 - 16:30 High Sheriff's Service
18:00 - 19:00 Celtic Prayer

Mon 18 Mar 2019
09:00 - 10:30 Church Cleaning
All day Steinway servicing
10:00 - 11:00 Organ Practice
19:30 - 21:00 Bells Practice

Tue 19 Mar 2019
All day Steinway servicing
10:00 - 12:00 STAGING repair
17:30 - 18:30 Handbells

Wed 20 Mar 2019
09:00 - 09:45 Little Angels Toddlers' Group Setup
09:45 - 11:15 Little Angels Toddlers' Group
11:15 - 11:30 Toddler group clear up
12:00 - 12:45 Holy Communion

Thu 21 Mar 2019
17:00 - 20:30 Choir Practice

Fri 22 Mar 2019
09:45 - 11:15 Toddlers' group
10:00 - 12:00 Flower arrangers
10:00 - 11:30 St Laurence Primary School Visit 2x Groups
11:15 - 11:30 Toddler group clear up
13:00 - 15:00 Memorial service Bill Lloyd-Kitchen RIP
17:30 - 18:00 Compline

Sat 23 Mar 2019

Sun 24 Mar 2019
08:00 - 08:45 Holy Communion
11:30 - 12:30 Confirmation & Baptism Service - Bishop Alistair