What’s Happening this Week

What’s Happening this Week 

You may have heard the phrase GDPR recently, as the laws governing the ways in which organisations handle peoples’ data (in our case names and contact details) have just changed, and we as a church we need to comply with these laws. This means that in order to send out the newsletters and rotas by email, or to ring you about church matters, we need your consent. Although we don’t often send things by post we are asking about that too ‘just in case’! This consent needs to be explicit and in writing.Please fill in a simple form which is available at all our services and from the church office, and let us have it back asap. If you are visiting us today we would love to be able to keep in contact with you – there is a visitors’ form which you might like to fill in.  I realise that this is not very exciting but we do have to do it – and the bright side is that we will know all our contact details are correct!

St John’s Church Spire and Tower Restoration update

In May, the PCC submitted an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to help repair our spire and tower. We have now been officially informed that the application was not successful.

Though the project was considered worthy of support, it was rejected due to insufficient funds in a highly competitive round.

We will meet next month with the HLF, to discuss the application and to seek the best way forward to possibly secure any further funding. However, the HLF are not releasing funds for any major projects during 2019. We are also seeking a meeting with our architect to assess whether the works can be ‘phased’.

Meanwhile we are confident that due to the £20,000 of safety work carried out earlier this year, the corrosion of the ironwork around the upper spire windows has been ‘stopped. This is being monitored regularly by close steeplejack inspection.

However, the ‘splinting and strapping’ which is keeping the top 2 metres of the spire in place will likely need to be renewed in the next two to three years.

We would value your ongoing prayers for God to guide us in our journey of ensuring that we can continue to keep our church building a safe and welcome place.

For more information about the repair work or the content of the HLF application, or have any ideas for raising the necessary funds to complete the project, please talk to us at any time. Or come to the Open Church Event this Thursday (12 noon- 3pm) where members of the church development group will try and answer your questions.

Pastoral Care – if you or someone you know needs help or support, please contact the Church Office on 642338/office@stjohnswithstmarys.org.uk

Used Stamps please hand in your used postage stamps and we can pass them to Lepra, please give to Jim Cockett at St Mary’s or to the Church office thanks.

Remember !!! That the latest St John’s history books are on sale in St John’s Church and the Church office, small copy £5 and large copy £10.

Gift Day News at present with gift aid added, the total so far is £12,209.38!!, we will be giving £6,104.69 to the away budget which will increase the original initial budgeted 5% to 10.68% of our 2018 income budget. What a generous God we have .

Monday 15th October 3.30pm Ladybrook Lighthouse in St Mary’s Church, helpers from 2.45pm.

Tuesday 16th October 12-1pm Centre Prayer Lunch in the Shill Room in the Centre.

Wednesday 17th October 7pm Midweek Focus for refreshments, in the Shill room in the Centre, starts at 7.30pm.

Thursday 18th October 12noon-3pm Open Church Event , St John’s Church will be open for anyone to come along for prayer, fellowship, or just to be quiet, refreshments will be available.

Saturday 10th November 7.30pm in St John’s Church. A concert in aid of our Spire Appeal with Mansfield & District Male Voice Choir together with The Boots Orchestra and The Singers. Tickets are on sale now at £10 each from the Church office. Come along for a great evening out.

Saturday 24th November 11.00am – 3pm Craft Fair in St John’s Centre.
Could you: have a stall – sell your crafts, homemade produce etc ?
help out with refreshments, so we can offer light lunches and other goodies?
donate something to sell on a cake stall?
come and help out with the café or cake stall?
invite family, friends, neighbours, colleagues to come along?
We want to raise money for the Church Spire and the Centre, but also have a good time!! Please see Judith A or Clare for more details.

Samaritans Purse Shoe Box Appeal Shoe boxes are now available from Janet Corson at St John’s and from Judith Mather at St Mary’s. The return date is the 4th of November.