This Week's Notices

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21 May 2017, 6th Sunday of Easter

Christian Aid Week

Thank you everyone for your support last week. Don’t forget that there will be a service to mark the end of Christian Aid at 6.30pm today (21 May) in the Methodist Church week. Also the money collected will be counted on Monday (22 May) at 10am in the Garden Room at the Methodist Church – please help if you can, any time you can give will be welcomed. Any queries please contact me. Claire Wilcox 01584 877199

Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Pam Beazley

This will take place on 25 May at 2pm followed by refreshments in the church.  Please can anyone who is able to provide cake contact Carole Perrett 01584 879406 and drop them off in church on Wednesday afternoon or before 10.30am on the Thursday. Thank you.

St Laurence’s Arts Festival

Our Arts Festival is imminent (it starts on10 June) and we need to get the word out to as many people as possible. We have a lot of 3 Weeks in Ludlow brochures and need help – please can you sign up to a road or area and help us deliver them.

Thy Kingdom Come

For ten days between Ascension Day and Pentecost (25 May 25 – 4 June) there will be three 'drop-in' prayer stations in St Laurence's.  These are connected with a National Prayer Initiative called 'Thy Kingdom Come' and will provide aids to prayer for our local area, our church and the nation. Anyone may use one or more of them whenever the church is open.

Donations for flowers in church are always gratefully received – dedications forms can be picked up by the pigeon holes at the back of church.  Please put your donation, along with this form, into an envelope marked ‘flowers’ or ‘pew sheet’ and post it into the donations box. (Please be aware that donations will take a week to go through the system so should be made at least a week in advance.)

Church cleaning dates

The next ones will be on Saturday, 27 May 9–10.30am and Monday, 6 June 8.45–10.30am; there is a sign-up form on the Stewards’ Notice Board.  Thank you to all of you that help.

A new social outreach initiative

In response to suggestions, it has been agreed to offer a tea party to people who have little or no opportunity for social gatherings.  Help is needed to move, set and wait at tables, as well as coffee pots, tea pots and all sizes of cakes. If anyone can help in any way please contact Sue Jones – 01584 874747;

Volunteers Needed

We are very lucky with our wonderful stewards – you give so much of your time.  At the moment we have 2 gaps during the week and can always do with more help on a Sunday. If you have more time to give, or know someone who can help, please contact the office.

Shropshire and North Worcestershire Christian Walking Group

Invites you to join a 6.5 mile walk on Saturday 27 May at 10.30am at Batch Valley and Long Mynd, Shropshire – the walk starts from the car park near Youth Hostel, All Stretton, SY6 6JW. (Grid refs: SO455955). Bring your own drinks and a picnic lunch; suitable footwear is essential. Enquiries: Helen 01902 765273

This Week's Diary

Sun 21 May 2017

8am Holy Communion

9:30am Parish Eucharist

2:30pm SLL - Quarter Peal

5:30pm Choral Evensong

Mon 22 May 2017

8am Morning Prayer

8:30am Piano removal from stage

10am Organ Practice

11am Staging coming down

3pm Rector's tea time

4:30pm Evening Prayer

7:30pm Bells Practice

Tue 23 May 2017

8am Holy Communion

3:30pm Toddler Group set up

4:30pm Evening Prayer

6:15pm Handbells

Wed 24 May 2017

9:45am Little Angels Toddlers' Group

11:15am Toddler group clear up

12pm Holy Communion

4pm Wedding Rehearsal Cooper Brindley

Thu 25 May 2017

Ascension Day

8am Morning Prayer

1pm Quiet church in preparation for Memorial Service

2pm Memorial for Pam Beazley TBC

4:30pm Evening Prayer

5pm Choir Practice

7:15pm Ascension Day - solemn Eucharist

Fri 26 May 2017

8am Holy Communion

9:45am Toddlers' group

11:15am Toddler group clear up

1pm Wedding Cooper Brindley

2pm Peter Dyke organ practice

5:30pm Compline

Sat 27 May 2017

9am Church cleaning

10am Church Wardens and Volunteers' coffee morning

10am Organ rehearsal/preparation

1pm Organ rehearsal and recital - Peter Dyke

2:15pm Church Tour

Sun 28 May 2017

8am Holy Communion

9:30am Parish Eucharist

11:30am Matins - said



Spring is a time of new beginnings - little lambs are born and gambol around the fields, snowdrops and daffodils poke their heads through the soil, and there is a promise of warm, sunny days ahead. New life makes us feel positive; we turn away from the grey winter days and we look forward towards the future, perhaps a different future to the one we've planned.

Too often people see Christianity as old fashioned, boring, even a bit embarrassing ... until things go wrong and they are struggling for something to support them, to hold on to, something to believe in.

Pilgrim is a course for people who are exploring the Christian faith - it isn't about persuasion but about thought and discussion. Come along and join us, search and find the answers.

For further information please contact as follows: 
John Perry on 01584 873755
or phone St Laurence's office on 01584 872073 and leave a message