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Prayer focus for February

God of love and compassion, grant your blessing on all who work in our NHS: Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics and all clinicians; administrative and support staff; cleaning and catering staff; all those whose dedication and skills are vital in providing a service that we take so much for granted. Enthuse, equip and enable them in all they do, providing them with the resources they need – physical, emotional and spiritual – to continue their ministry of healing, support and comfort.  Work through them to express your loving care, through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen

Weekly Prayer Focus:

Loving God, help us to reach out  to others from our hearts; to put across the message of the gospel in words and actions in a way that others can relate to, so that they can make it their own, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Vicar: Revd Sheri Gidney.   The Vicarage, 30 Lickey Square, B45 8HB   0121 445 1185 sherigidney@gmail.com  

Sheri’s Rest Day is usually a Tuesday

Church Office: Trinity Centre, Lickey, B45 8ES.  Monday & Thursday

Please note the new office opening hours have changed to 9:30am – 12:30pm Monday and Thursday, if you need to pop into the office, please do so during these times. Kindly note that Sandra works outside of these hours

Tel: 0121 445 1425   lickeyoffice@bt internet.com  www.holytrinitystcaths.org.uk 

Electoral Roll: If you have started coming to Holy Trinity or St Catherine’s services at any time during the last 12 months and have not completed an Electoral Roll form please do so and give to a Churchwarden or to the Sandra in the Church Office.   Forms are available in both churches.

Would you like to visit IcFEM this Summer? 

Rachel Gidney will be visiting IcFEM in rural Kenya for 8 weeks this Summer. If you would like to be part of a team that joins her for two weeks in either early July with Liz Welton from Knowle Parish Church or early August with Dave Gidney, please be in touch soon. 0121 445 1185

VERGER: We are currently looking to expand our team of Duty Vergers for Weddings and Funerals. Duty Vergers prepare, host and tidy our churches ready for these special services. There is a set fee of £50 per service for this physically and emotionally demanding role. If you are someone who is over 18, regularly worships with us, is able to move chairs, warmly greet visitors, operate the sound system, is emotionally resilient and clear headed under pressure please speak to our churchwardens Keith and Mel. All relevant training will be given. 

Notice from the Diocese

CORONOVIRUS: Churches should already be following best-hygiene practices that include advising parishioners with coughs and sneezes to refrain from handshaking during The Peace and to receive Communion in one kind only. (wafer only). At present, there is no Government advice that suggests the use of the Common Cup should be suspended.  Intinction is not recommended (even by celebrants or communion-administrators) as this represents an infection transmission route.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO BAPTISM:  For a number of reasons including to serve our families better and to comply with C of E policy our Baptism Team proposed and PCC approved that our Baptisms will be returning to within our main services. From January 2020 Baptisms will be offered to one family on the second Sunday in the month as part of the 9am service at St Catherine’s and on the third Sunday in the month as part of the 10:30am service at Holy Trinity. Please chat with Sheri if you would like to know more

Baptism / Wedding Enquiries. We are also changing the way that we handle initial enquiries for Baptisms and Weddings for both Holy Trinity and St Catherine’s. From now on we will be moving to a monthly drop in held at The Wheel, St Catherine’s Church, Blackwell B60 1BN.   Please direct any future enquiries to the drop in where the couples can meet Sheri and Sandra to begin the conversation.  Saturday 21st March 4pm – 5pm  –  Saturday 25th April 4pm – 5pm  –  Saturday 16th May 4pm – 5pm  –  Saturday 20th June 4pm – 5pm  –  Saturday 18th July 4pm – 5pm

COMMON THREAD: This group meets on 3rd Saturday in the month 2pm – 4pm in The Wheel at St. Catherine’s. Anyone is welcome to bring, knitting, sewing etc or just come along for  fellowship and a cup of tea. If you have any spare knitting needles, crochet hooks, knitting wool etc please get in touch with Revd Angela Bevan abevan54@yahoo.co.uk

Mother’s Day Marvels:: This mother’s day would like to involve our churches in a wonderful initiative I heard about when I visited St Peter’s Church in Harborne. Every Mother’s Day they collect mother and baby essentials for those who are struggling as new mums. This year I’d love us to do the same – we will work alongside the Food Bank that we already support by providing donations of nappies (sizes 4,5,6 ) baby wipes, women’s toiletries – shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste as well as rice pudding and fruit juice and any warm women’s winter clothing that you no longer need. Please could you leave it at the back of either church  or pass it on to Mel and Alicia Hartland, before Mother’s day, where we will give thanks for it during our service and send it onto Mums who need that extra love on Mother’s Day. Thank you so much for joining in. Any questions please chat with Emma, emma.saragent64@gmail.com

OTHER DIARY DATES

Celebrating Women: We would be delighted if ladies from Lickey and Blackwell would like to join us. The next Celebrating Women evening is on Thursday 27th February at 8pm in the Parish Centre, Barnt Green.  Heidi Twilley will be sharing her story and how understanding God’s forgiveness has helped her forgive others.

Fair Trade Fortnight 24 Feb to 8 MarchThere will be a Fair Trade stall in The Wheel at St. Catherine’s Church, Blackwell on Friday 28th February.  It will be open for business during “Coffee, Cake & Chat” in the morning 10.30 to 12.00 and during “Community Cafe” in the afternoon 3 pm to 4pm.  The Stall will remain at The Wheel until after the 9.00 Sunday service in St. Catherine’s.  A great opportunity for you to purchase fairly traded food and gifts.

Vision Day for Everyone – Saturday 29th February 2020 

A reminder that:  Our Vision Day on 29th February is 10am – 2pm. Please arrive for a prompt start and remember to bring your nut free packed lunch with you and if you volunteered to do so, cake to share. If you have children aged 6-13 please drop them at Holy Trinity Lickey at 9:50am – they will be joining us for lunch at 12:30.  If you are able to help set out the tables and chairs please arrive at the hall for 9:15am. If you volunteered to help serve coffee and tea please see the rota on arrival (everything will be provided)

Lickey Prayer Spaces in School Need Your Help! There are still significant gaps to the team on Tuesday 3rd all day, Thursday 5th morning and Friday 6th all day. This is a great opportunity to build a relationship with one of local schools however if we are unable to staff accordingly with DBS volunteers we may have to decline future opportunities. Please contact Dave Gidney asap to volunteer, full training will be given.  

World Day of Prayer: WDP service will be at 10.30 am, on March 6th, at St Catherine’s.    A quiet, meditative service was prepared this year by the women of Zimbabwe.  They ask us to pray for peace and stability,  prayers which are also very pertinent to our global situation,  when we see so much conflict, and climate instability.  Christians believe in the power of prayer, so do come and join this worldwide, ecumenical day. Christine Allen

Men’s Breakfast:  Title: “Swords into Ploughshares”

Dave is the managing director of an Oxford based charity that works in several local prisons. They also run a community for ex-offenders and those living rough on the streets of Oxford. This includes visiting men in prison, running Alpha and a supported housing program. Dave spent much of his life in the corporate world with John Swire and sons, Barloworld and Toyota. He is married with triplets and a keen golfer, fisherman and Arsenal supporter.  Date: 7th March 2020 Time: 07.45 – 09.30  Venue Kings Norton Golf Club, B48 7ED  Cost: £10.00  Bookings: Mike Powell (0121 445 2803)  *A continental breakfast is available for the same price. This must be ordered in advance of the event

Worship WorkshopA practical day for the whole congregation, led by Roger Jones and Helen Pollard of Christian Music Ministries – Saturday 14th March – 10.30am – 4pm in the Trinity Centre.  Being a worshipper – Understanding praise – Blending ancient & modern – Singing new songs.  Booking Forms from CMM (or Roger and Mary Jones) – office@cmm.org.uk or 01527 576440

Asklepios Orchestra Spring Concert –  Sunday 29th March 2020 at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church, Lickey.  More details to follow soon.   Please come along and support us.  

APRIL 2021:– JOINT WEEKEND AWAY: with the parish of Cofton Hackett and Barnt Green, 16 – 18th April 2021 to Hothorpe Hall in Leicestershire.  Aorund an hour’s drive away, accommodation is hotel standard and the same venue as the weekend in 2019. Would youy like to join the planning team? Please speak to Sheri.