What’s Happening this Week

What’s Happening this Week 



For the last three years we have had a wonderful response to our annual Gift Day Appeal, which has helped greatly towards the work of our churches and parish, and mission support. We are now blessed with a budget that is balanced, instead of one planned to be in deficit, and we thank our finance team and the PCC for their vision and hard work over recent years that has enabled this to happen.
Our Gift Day this year is on Sunday 8th October, and we ask you again to consider if you are able to give an additional donation at this time. You will receive a letter with a yellow envelope for your gift (if you feel able to give), which can be handed to our treasurer Peter, the churchwardens, or given in the offering up to and on 8th October.
The PCC passed a resolution at the July meeting to repeat last year’s proposal that 50% of the Gift Day monies be used in our
Mission Awaygivings, which enables us to reach out and support our mission partners at home and abroad.
Through the generosity of our church family we continue to give thanks for the enabling of worship in our churches; supporting work with children; maintaining our church buildings; supporting our mission partners, and outreach into the community.
We therefore ask that you prayerfully consider what you are able to give to this 2017 Gift Day Appeal both for our church mission support and the upkeep of our church buildings and outreach.
“You should each give as you have decided, not with regret, or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Thank you in advance for your generosity. Peter Wright, treasurer and Dave Roper, mission support coordinator.

Donations for Harvest Flowers would be gratefully received by Shirley Evans, Annette Godfrey, Milly Stapleton or the Church Office.

Did you know?? That old £1 coins go out of circulation on 15th October?
If you have a “ Streetlight Old £1 Coin Box “ could you please drop them off at the Church office, many thanks Mary Lane.

Friday 29th September 12 noon Mothers’ Union Ploughman’s Lunch in the Centre. Tickets on sale at £4.50 from Shirley Evans, Shirley Dawe, Margaret Auld and Annette Godfrey and the Church Office.

Sunday 1st October. Harvest Festival services, followed by Fellowship Lunch at 12.30 in the Centre. Harvest gifts of tins and toiletries please for the Beacon Centre work with the Homeless.

Sunday 8th October 3pm Afternoon Tea in St Mary’s Church, please see Chris Frith or Judith Mather for more details.

Quiz Night – Streetlight and Meninadança are hosting a Charity Quiz Night
+ Pie and Pea Supper on Saturday 14th October, 7pm in St John’s Centre. £5 per ticket (£6 on the door). Look out for more information, and tickets available from Mary Lane, Dave Roper or the Church Office.
Saturday 18th November A Night to Remember! The Singers and Rainworth Rock Choir in St John’s Church at 7pm Tickets £5 each, come along for a great evening.
We are holding a Craft Fair in St John’s Centre on Sunday 26th November
From 2pm- 4.30pm. Stalls available for £10, proceeds split between the Centre and Church Development. Forms available from the office, see Judith Asquith or Clare Harding for more details.
Monday September 25th is Ataxia Awareness Day. Ataxia is incurable and progressive . Darran Stanesby ( Marsha’s son) who has this brain condition, is trying to raise money for more research, as there is no government funding for it.
Pastoral Care – if you or someone you know needs help or support, please contact the Church Office on 642338/office@stjohnswithstmarys.org.uk

Christmas Shoe Boxes. It’s that time again. Shoe boxes are now available from Janet Corson (07766 100575) at St John’s and Judith Mather at St Mary’s. Return date early November to be confirmed.

2017/18 Giving. At this time of year, we are asking you to kindly review your giving for 2018. During the latter part of the year, the Treasurer and PCC have to plan the budget for next year and it is, therefore, most helpful if we know details of the planned giving for the year. We would, therefore, ask you to prayerfully consider what you are able to give regularly for our church mission and the upkeep of our buildings. To help us with this we invite you to complete the Promise Form which has been included in your letter that has been sent to you and to return it to either Peter Wright, the churchwardens, the church office or in the offering by Sunday 8th October.

It’s officially autumn . . .
and next Sunday it’s 1st October . . .  and, it’s Harvest Sunday!
We will be celebrating harvest at all our services, and inviting you to bring harvest gifts – but not wheat, barley etc., traditional produce of the land – but instead items which have originally come from the land, and can be useful for our Beacon Centre, i.e. tins and packets of food,
toiletries for both men and women. So, an opportunity to give gifts that will benefit our not-so-fortunate neighbours.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Harvest Lunch

Following our morning services in St John’s and St Mary’s we are having a Harvest Fellowship Lunch in St John’s Centre,
starting at 12.30pm.

The meal is being provided, but desserts and soft drinks would be appreciated. If you are able to make and provide a crumble or a
fruit pie Averil at St John’s or Val at St Mary’s would love to hear from you.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due
season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Galatians 6:9