This Week's Notices

Week beginning 18 November 2018

Sunday 25th November - Members of St Laurence's congregation are invited to join St John's at 9:30am for a joint Parish Eucharist. There will be no 9:30 service in St Laurence's Church. The Rector urges as many as possible to attend St John's to join with them in celebrating their Church reopening following their building work.

Ludlow Tower advertising - can you help? We want to expand the ‘yellow pages' section of the parish magazine. If you can suggest a local tradesman or small business that might like to be included, please pass on details (including a telephone number and/or email address) to Sarah Dixon or the Parish Office ( We could also fit in a few more main advertisements (full, half, quarter or eighth of a page) so if you know anyone who might be interested please let us know.

The Life & Learning @ Ludlow programme continues on Thursday 29 November with a lecture entitled ‘Becoming gods - Salvation in Eastern Orthodoxy' to be given by the Revd Dr Chris Moore. The lecture aims to introduce us to the theology of Eastern Orthodoxy. Full details and booking form for this and future lectures in the Life & Learning @ Ludlow series can be found in the programme by the church door, at or by contacting Barry Forrester on 01584 878872.

St Laurence's Shop news - Dear St Laurence's, I have news to share regarding the shop. Mandy Davidson has decided to take a new opportunity which offers her full time employment and has left our team. I have received a nice letter from her thanking you all for your support & cooperation with her role as Shop Manager. Mandy has also kindly sent her best wishes to you all. As an immediate action regarding the shop I have asked Val Hardwick as one of our Church Wardens to oversee the shop operations. At this important time for the Shop and with Cards for Good Causes in the church running up to Christmas I would ask the shop team to actively support Val and let her know if we are missing any stock or where things are low. To support Val our general administration ordering and coding products will be led by Peter, our Treasurer. I know we will all pull together and ensure our normal operations will continue successfully.

Use of Incense - Over the next few weeks incense will be used in a number of services. These are: Sunday 2 Dec - Advent Carol Service - 5.30pm Sunday 23 Dec - Nine Lessons and Carols - 7pm Sunday 6 Jan - Parish Eucharist for Epiphany - 9.30am

Exciting times are ahead with the Nave Reordering being our priority for early next year and the Chair Appeal. I look forward to reporting to you of our progress on this later in the month. God Bless, Kelvin.

Mediaeval Bazaar Raffle Tickets: Raffle tickets are now available for sale. Please collect your envelope from the crossing or ask for more books as and when you require. A grand effort is required to sell as many as possible so your help would be much appreciated. Many thanks. Churchwardens.

Celtic Prayer - Being present to God in word, music and silence. A simple service in a style used by the Iona Community. The first service will be at 6pm on the 18th November and every 3rd Sunday of the month following. All welcome. Pat Helm 01584 877 683.

Open Tea -held every Monday at 3pm, the time will not change to 12pm as previously mentioned. Kelvin will attend when he can. Please do join us.

Volunteers needed - Stewards urgently required to man theWelcome Desk and Shop on Sunday afternoons. Each slot is 1.5 hours. Please consider giving your time to help welcome and serve visitors. Further information from Fay Carson or Val Hardwick.

Dementia Support Drop in - 2nd Monday of every month from 10.00 - 1.00pm at Ludlow Library, 7/9 Parkway, Ludlow SY8 2PG. 12th November 2018, 10th December 2018. 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. Dates for November are the 8th and 22nd.

Lifts to St Laurence - The Pastoral Group are looking for more committed helpers, who could offer lifts to Church, for the congregations of both St. Laurence and St. John's (during building work at St. John's). If anyone is willing to provide this help, or anyone requiring a lift, please contact Sue Thomas 01584874352 email

The Week Ahead

Sun 18 Nov 2018
08:00 - 08:45 Holy Communion
09:30 - 10:30 Parish Eucharist with Baptism - Ottilie Anne Smith
14:30 - 15:30 SLL - Quarter Peal
15:30 - 16:30 Choral Evensong
18:00 - 19:00 Celtic Prayer

Mon 19 Nov 2018
09:00 - 10:30 Church cleaning
09:00 - 09:30 Morning Prayer
10:00 - 11:00 Organ Practice
13:00 - 14:00 Stage Collection - Bishops Castle
14:00 - 15:00 Pastoral Group - North Aisle
15:00 - 16:00 Open Tea (with or without Rector)
17:30 - 18:30 PCC Meeting
19:30 - 21:00 Bells Practice

Tue 20 Nov 2018
17:30 - 18:30 Handbells

Wed 21 Nov 2018
09:00 - 09:45 Little Angels Playgroup Setup
09:00 - 09:30 Morning Prayer
09:45 - 11:15 Little Angels Toddlers' Group
10:00 - 11:00 Burial of Ashes - Cecil George Overall
11:15 - 11:30 Toddler group clear up
12:00 - 12:45 Holy Communion

Thu 22 Nov 2018
All day Light the Tower - Kerry
10:30 - 11:00 Monthly Intercessions Prayer Group
13:15 - 15:15 Knitting Group
17:00 - 20:30 Choir Practice

Fri 23 Nov 2018
09:00 - 17:00 Bazaar Set up
09:45 - 11:15 Toddlers' group
10:00 - 12:00 Flower arrangers
11:15 - 11:30 Toddler group clear up
17:30 - 18:00 Compline

Sat 24 Nov 2018
All day Bazaar

Sun 25 Nov 2018
All day Bazaar
08:00 - 08:45 Holy Communion
09.30 - 10.30 Joint Parish Eucharist (St Laurences and St Johns). Held at St John's Church.