Monthly Prayer: – as April brings signs of better weather and creation reawakening through the beauty of Spring we give thanks. Thanks for all God’s provision in our lives, of which we are daily reminded through the beauty of creation. Thanks for the love he has for everyone of us, shown through the death and resurrection of his only son, and thanks that also through Jesus we the gift of the inheritance of his goodness, grace and presence through all life brings. Lord we give thanks for all you are and all you give: Amen.
Weekly Prayer Focus: During this coming Holy Week we continue to walk with Jesus on his journey to the cross. We think about Jesus’ love for us and for the whole world; love which made the pain and suffering, rejection and betrayal and ultimately a horrendous execution all bearable. We pray to be people who love each other more. We pray to be people who remember and support all who suffer for the good of others in Jesus’ name. We pray to be people who always trust God and are faithful in our calling as disciples of Jesus. Amen
Monday 10th April – 8.00-9.00pm Night Prayer (St Catherine, Blackwell)
Tuesday 11th April – 8.00 -9.00pm Night Prayer (Holy Trinity, in Prayer Room)
Wednesday 12th April – 8.00-9.00pm Night Prayer (St Catherine, Blackwell)
Thursday 13th April – 8.00pm – Maundy Thursday Communion (Holy Trinity, Lickey)
Good Friday – 14th April
10.30am Family Worship (Holy Trinity, Lickey)
2.00-3.00pm Worship at the Cross (St Catherine, Blackwell)
(4.00-6.00 Holy Trinity, Lickey – Church Decorating for Easter)
Easter Sunday – 16th April
6.00am Sunrise Service – Monument Lane, followed by breakfast at Longbridge Methodist Church
8.00am BCP Holy Communion (Holy Trinity, Lickey)
9.00am Easter Family Communion (St Catherine, Blackwell)
10.30am Easter Family Communion (Holy Trinity, Lickey)
6.00pm Easter Evensong (St Michael’s Cofton Hackett)
At the recent statuary ‘Section 11’ meeting we made a number of decisions to take us forward in the process of seeking a new vicar.
1. Keith Parsons and Maggie Forknell were elected to be our representatives to meet with potential candidates and to serve on the interview panel.
2. We confirmed that we will continue to be open to a new vicar of either gender.
3. We confirmed that the production of the Parish Statement will be coordinated by Maggie Forknell. Contributions about all aspects of our church life are being gathered. All members of our congregations are invited to contact Maggie or one of the wardens if they would like to give information and have not already been contacted.
We thank God that our meeting resulted in good decisions.
Thursday Evening Prayer: 7- 8pm Holy Trinity, Lickey – everyone is welcome to join us for prayer. Please come to the chancel if you wish to join the group but you may wish to simply come into the congregation space and pray silently. We do not want anyone to be excluded. It is your church to seek God in the way that best suits you. This week’s prayer will be specifically directed towards considering the church’s future as we start the process of choosing and selecting a new Vicar.
HAMLIN FISTULA HOSPITAL IN ETHIOPIA: We recently took another load of knitted goods to the Hamlin Fistula headquarters which were most gratefully received. I could hardly get into the shop for the boxes piled high ready for shipping to Addis Ababa Ethiopia. My estimated figures for our support so far are: Knitted blankets/shawls 35 knitted baby clothes (mostly cardigans) 49 Loose 6″ squares 120 Financial donations £363.20 . We thank you for your enthusiastic support and long may it continue. Just a word about the cardigans… they are needed to fit newborn babies please, and they should be long sleeved with a generous neck opening. Peter & Olga – Please take the latest newsletter from the back of church.
CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL: If you consider Holy Trinity or St Catherine’s to be your church please check the current electoral roll and if your name does not appear on the existing roll please complete an electoral roll form. The updated roll will be in church for inspection before the annual meeting.
PCC /warden nominations
Please prayerfully consider if you would like to be part of the PCC or warden in readiness for the APCM on Sunday 23rd April. Nomination forms are at the back of both churches.
THANK YOU: Huge thanks to everyone at Lickey for their donations and sponsorship. Katie Sargison raised £225 for Cancer Research Race for Life
OTHER DIARY DATES:
GOOD FRIDAY ALL AGE SERVICE: Once again we are holding our Good Friday All age service, on Friday 14th April at 10:30 at Holy Trinity. It will be interactive whilst being reflective, helping you as family to engage with Jesus final journey in God’s big rescue plan for his world.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting : Sunday 23rd April at 11.15am following a shortened Morning Worship. Reports please to Marlene Parsons by Thursday 6th April: email: email@example.com.
Saturday 29th April – Open mic Lickey and Blackwell Churches have Talent – An evening of entertainment for Margaret and Darrell by the congregation – come and join us for an evening of fun at Holy Trinity Church. We start at 5.30p.m. Come and see some of your fellow parishioners entertain you with songs, poems and more. We look forward to seeing you there.
Confirmation by Bishop David – Sunday 30th April 10.30am –
Holy Trinity Church, Lickey. – Please let Margaret know if you are considering being confirmed this year.
Margaret & Darrell’s final service 21st May 10.30 – one service – all welcome!
Margaret’s Farewell Lunch May 21st will be held at 1.30pm in the Trinity Centre. Due to the capacity of the hall the event will be ticketed on a first come first served basis. Tickets will be available from April 16th from Alison Rushton and Margaret Forknell.
Cath Walker will be ordained on 2nd July at Birmingham Cathedral at 11am. If you would like tickets, please contact Cath on 07803718776. There will be an open house gathering afterwards at Southam Drive, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield. Prayers for the whole family as they prepare for the move would be greatly appreciated.
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