This Week's Notices


Week beginning 17 December 2017


NOTICES

17 December 2017

Cards for Good Causes

The last day of trading for CFGC will be today, Sunday 17 December.

Light up a Life

This service will take place at St Laurence’s on Wednesday 20 December and is a service for remembering loved ones and an opportunity to purchase and dedicate a seven day candle to burn throughout the Christmas services.

Light in the Dark: Advent Reflections with music, meditation and prayer led by Rhiannon and Neil Richardson. Thursdays in December at 10.30am Ludlow Methodist Church. December 21 will be Light for You and Me. Members of other churches, or no church, are warmly welcomed.

Services during week beginning 25 December

Please note that there will be a 9.30am Communion service on St Stephen’s Day

(26 December), a 12pm Holy Communion as normal on 27 December and no Morning Prayer on 28 December and no Holy Communion on 29 December.

Christian Aid collection

A big thank you to everyone who supported the Christian Aid street collection yesterday -collectors, carol singers and those who gave. I hope to know how much we raised by this morning, so that an announcement can be made. Claire Wilcox

Mediaeval Christmas Bazaar

A very big thank you to all who came, supported and worked so hard to make this event even more successful than previous years, the gross sum raised was £7500, and incredible achievement. A few tweaks to the format this year helped us improve our total raised by £1500. Please do email me within the next few days with any feedback on this year’s event; we’ve already drafted a plan for next year and the PCC hopes to agree this in principle shortly. We’ll be asking key people in the new year to put the dates in their diary so that we can make sure plans are in place well in advance. Shaun.

Harvest Festival

We have received a letter of thanks, from Christian Aid, for the proceeds of our retiring collection at the Harvest Festival. It's good to read where the donation has been directed. Please read, it's on the notice board.

Christingle

It would be very good to have more people to help make up the Christingles on Christmas Eve after the morning service. We need 400 Christingles and some of the people who usually do it are not available this year. All the materials are provided so we will set up a production-line in church. Please contact Sandi Burley or Marian Haslam (jandmhaslam@gmail.com) for more information.

Womens’ World Day of Prayer

Our dear friend Elizabeth Ford left Ludlow on 7 December for her new home in Vale of Glamorgan. We send Elizabeth love and best wishes for continued recovery following surgery. Elizabeth has asked me to represent Ludlow’s Anglicans at Women’s World Day of Prayer (2 March 2018).  Would two volunteers kindly read short passages on the day?  Jane Robinson (robij1135@gmail.com or 875694)

Rector’s Tea

We welcome you to join us on Monday 8 January 2018 3-4pm.

Contemplation Group at 6 The Snicketts, Portcullis Lane

11am Wednesdays. Details from Helen Blyth 875041 or Pat Helm 877683

Monthly Intercessory prayer meeting Please note that has been moved to the fourth Thursday in the month going forward, but there will not be a meeting in December.

Donations for flowers in church are always gratefully received – dedication 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)

Please note that before each Parish Eucharist, it is often appropriate to reserve some time for quiet before the service. A period of quiet time for reflection between 9.25am and the start of the service is encouraged. Thank you.

Tree of Light

Emily Jones of Hope House has informed us that Hope House has been named as the charity to benefit from the Ludlow Rotary Club’s Tree of Light. The dedication books for the Tree of Light are left in St Laurence’s.

Alpha Course is coming to Ludlow

Starting in mid-February we are planning to run a weekly Alpha course.

This course is a way of exploring, questioning and increasing our faith and we welcome as many as possible to join in this exciting adventure led by the Church Leaders of Ludlow.

Please do look at our web site for more information – www.ludlowalpha.org

In the meantime we would like to share this prayer with you (overleaf):

Loving God

You leave no stone unturned in seeking out those who are lost,

And you call us to share in your mission,

To make disciples of all people.

We thank you that you have called your servants in this town

To work together in that task through the Ludlow Alpha Course.

Bless, we pray, all that is offered in your name in this course,

through the power of your Spirit,

That we may rejoice in its fruitfulness.

Help us to invite and welcome all whom you are calling,

Accompanying them on their journey to meet Jesus Christ as Friend, Lord and Saviour

And witnessing by our love for them, for one another and for Him.

We ask in his name and for his sake

Amen.

You can now book onto the Ludlow Alpha course!

The course starts week commencing Monday 12th February 2018

Go to:

www.ludlowalpha.org

Click on “When and Where”

Choose which day would suit you

Click on “register”

Choose the number of places you are booking

Click on “Check Out”

Type in your personal details

Click on “Complete registration”

After that – you are booked in on your preferred date!

Prayers for Ludlow Alpha:

We are holding 6 weeks of prayer before the Alpha course starts – fell free to come and support!

Each session will last about an hour

Wednesday 10th January at 2.00pm – LBC

Wednesday 17th January at 2.00pm – Elim

Wednesday 24th January at 2.00pm – LBC

Wednesday 31st January at 3.30pm – Elim

Wednesday 7th February at 2.00pm – LBC

Sunday 11th February at 3.00pm – Elim

The Week Ahead

Sun 17 Dec 2017

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Parish Eucharist

10:45 Congregational Meeting

14:00 Carol Service Rehearsal

14:30 SLL - Quarter Peal

15:30 St John's Carol Service

Mon 18 Dec 2017

All day CFGC packing away

08:30 Morning Prayer

10:00 Organ Practice

12:30 Funeral - Andrew Cade RIP

15:00 Rector's tea time

16:30 Evening Prayer

19:30 Bells Practice

Tue 19 Dec 2017

08:30 Morning Prayer

09:30 Carpet fitting north aisle

15:30 Toddler Group set up

16:30 Evening Prayer

18:15 Handbells

Wed 20 Dec 2017

09:45 Little Angels Toddlers' Group

11:15 Toddler group clear up

12:00 Holy Communion

17:00 Wedding rehearsal – Samantha Skyrme/Andrew Robinson

19:00 Light up a life

Thu 21 Dec 2017

08:30 Morning Prayer

14:00 Wedding Andrew Robinson/Samantha Skyrme

16:30 Evening Prayer

17:00 Choir Practice

Fri 22 Dec 2017

08:30 Holy Communion

09:45 Toddlers' group

10:00 Flower arrangers

11:15 Toddler group clear up

12:00 Film set up

14:00 Family Film The Muppet Christmas Carol

17:30 Compline

Sat 23 Dec 2017

14:00 Organ practice Adrian Lucas

19:00 Nine Lessons and Carols

Sun 24 Dec 2017

09:30 Parish Eucharist

16:00 Christingle

23:15 Midnight Mass: Mozart Missa Brevis

Readings for Fourth Sunday of Advent, (Christmas Eve) 24 December

First Reading: 2 Samuel 7. 1-11, 16

Second Reading: Romans 16. 25-end

Gospel: Luke 1. 26-38

Psalm 89. 1-4, 19-26 [or 89. 1-8]

Please pray for the sick:

Peggy James, Pat Perry, June Day, Joyce Johnson, Mary Bailey, Lesley Gosbee-Harper,

Eileen Cotton, Elsie Young

Please pray for the souls of the recently departed:

Andrew Cade, Elizabeth Bowker

If you have any queries about the prayer list, please contact the office or speak with Rev’d Canon Jeffry Wilcox.

PARISH OFFICE

2 College Street, Ludlow, Shropshire. SY8 1AN

Telephone: 01584 872073

e-mail: office@stlaurences.org.uk               website: www.stlaurences.org.uk

The office is open to the public on Tuesdays between 10am and 12pm and at other times by appointment.  The telephone is monitored on a regular basis.

WHO’S WHO

(Days off)

CLERGY

Rector (Wed)

Rev’d Kelvin Price          07799 243867

Parish Chaplain

Rev’d Canon Jeffry Wilcox     877199

Assistant Priest (Wed)

Rev’d Prebendary Ann Barge 877307

Church Executive Manager

Shaun Ward    01584 872 073

Oversight of office, administration, fabric, development, funding, retail (Tue, Wed)

Temporary Office Administrator

Peter Challenger 01584 872073

Parish secretary, events co-ordinator, commercial hire, communications (Tue, Wed, Sat & Sun)

Shop Manager

Amanda Davidson       01584 872073

Retail manager, shop and welcome steward liaison (Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun)

Treasurer

Michael Hunt  01584 872073


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