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Weekly Notice Sheet

To see our weekly notice sheet, please ‘click’ on the icon above – it contains all the information you need for forthcoming services, and lots more as well!

Interregnum Prayer: – v.3  Loving God, we thank you for the response to our advertisement for a new Vicar. Help the candidates as they prepare for interview and guide our interview panel to make the right decision.  Help us to live out our prayer for growth and depend on your Holy Spirit for vision in our planning, wisdom in our actions and growth in spiritual commitment to you. Help us all to continue prayerfully seeking your will for our future in this parish, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen

Weekly Prayer Focus:

O Spirit of God, we ask you to help orient
all our actions by your inspirations,
carry them on by your gracious assistance,
that every prayer and work of ours
may always begin from you
and through you be happily ended.  Amen

Thursday Evening Prayer: 7- 8pm Lickey Church 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. Please use the prayer  tree at the back of church for anything you wish mentioned at the Evening Prayer.

NEW BIBLE STUDY COURSE  AT ST CATHERINE’S –  The Bible Course  –  Explore the BIG story.    New to the Bible or want to go deeper?  The Bible course is for you: it shows how the key books, famous characters and epic events form one BIG story from Genesis to Revelation.  The  8 session course also provides tools and skills that help apply the Bible to your everyday life.  It will be running at St Catherine’s Blackwell on Wednesday evenings (7:30 – 8:45) starting with coffee at 7. First session is on Wednesday 19th Sep – come and see if it is for you.  More information from Maggie Forknell – 07973 313034

HAMLIN FISTULA HOSPITAL IN ETHIOPIA:  New knitting instructionsPlease use the new sheets at the back of both churches. In effect, we are asked to increase the size of the adults’ blankets by on 6” square all round. Likewise, the instructions for baby clothes and shawls have been updated. Please be assured that our contributions are greatly appreciated. Peter and Olga Jackson 

HEART ‘N SOUL – 6-8pm each Wednesday  South Birmingham Radio (https://southbirminghamradio.uk/) Christian comment, music and stories – presented by Rev Simon Gudger, Debra Mayo (Collins) and Roger Jones

HEATHER WITH CMS IN TANZANIA – Heather recently had a birthday, and this is what happened.

 ‘The Rehema ladies threw a surprise party for me in my home.  Everyone turned up in their ‘glad rags” food and drink was supplied, and a large stereo was borrowed, all meticulously planned by our lovely head cook, Modester.  All this to honour me, which was such a humbling expeience, as I know that many of the women could ill afford to treat me, when they could be spending their money on food for their families.    I am not a fan of being center stage, but I had no choice but to revel in the limelight.  There was lots of singing and dancing, and every single person gave me a gift of a dress or skirt and top.  Each gift was presented with singing and dancing, after which I had to go and quickly change into the new outfit, and come back for a speech and photo opportunity with the person who had given me the gift.   Sixteen costume changes and a lot of laughter later, the party wound down, and I now have more new items of clothing in my cupboard than we have in the Rehema shop!  To receive such an outpouring of love was so incredibly humbling, and I am so privileged to work with these wonderful women.’

 Please pray for Heather, that she may manage her workload and priorities, and achieve a healthy work/life balance.   Also for the school project in Nyambeshe.

FOODBANK: DONATIONS REQUEST:

The foodbank is in need of the following items some of which are out of stock. Tinned tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, meat fish, rice pudding, fruit Juice, coffee, UHT\Powered milk, Sugar, Pasta sauce. Summer is a challenging period as donors may be on holiday and do not donate, and free school meals and breakfast clubs are unavailable. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY.

Help Required:-

Co-ordinator for Prayers and Readings in Holy Trinity 10.30 services needed! If you feel you can serve God in this role please speak to Tara Morrey or email on morreytara@gmail.com. If you were on the previous rota for prayers or readings can you let Tara know if you would like to continue.”

HARVEST SERVICE AT BURCOT GRANGE: Would any one like to join the Harvest service at Burcot Grange on Oct 3rd?  They always make us very welcome, with tea and cake, and there are a number of residents who appreciate singing familiar hymns.  2.45.pm for a 3.0 pm start.  Many thanks,  Christine.

OTHER DIARY DATES

A Flower Festival at Longbridge ExtraCare Village  – You are invited to view the festival at the ExtraCare Village in Longbridge between Friday, 21st September and Sunday, 23rd September. The theme is Thankfulness and is sponsored by God’d Heart for Longbridge. If you enjoy flower arranging and would like to contribute, please contact Sonia Jackson at the ExtraCare Village.

A Harvest Festival in Longbridge town centre on 22nd September.  God’s Heart for Longbridge (GHfL) are holding their Harvest Festival in Longbridge town centre between 12 noon and 2pm on Saturday, 22nd September. We will be situated just outside Costa Coffee.mTheir will be craft activities, a display of locally grown fresh produce, a scarecrow competition, to which you are invited to contribute and at 1:45 there will be an Act of Thanksgiving. Please come along: it would be great to see you there.

Coffee Cake and Chat : Thursday 27th Sept at The Wheel at St. Catherine’s – all welcome.

SHOE BOXES on Saturday October 6th. All are welcome to come and help pack shoe boxes between 10 and 3 at the Parish Centre, just behind St. Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green on Saturday October 6th. There will be refreshments and a bring and buy stall to help with transport costs. We have 3 preparation evenings covering shoe boxes, making up hygiene packs and stationery packs which we would love you to join in with Sept 20th, Sept 28th and Oct 3rd all at 8pm all in the parish centre lounge. All are welcome. Any queries rosemaryaveyard@hotmail.co.uk

MEN’S BREAKFAST : 13th October at Kings Norton Golf Club  7.45 – 9.30am. Cost £10.  “The Racing Preacher”. Andy “Preacher” Haynes is a motorcycle sidecar passenger, who races sidecars and is also a Methodist Local Preacher. When not on his knees in church on a Sunday, he’ll be on his knees racing a sidecar! Hear about how he brings a Christian message and presence to the motorsport paddock in the British Championships and the Isle of Man TT races. More details from Mike Powell 0121 445 2803 or Paul Clarke 07974 

Invitation to St Andrew’s Weekend Away

As most of you will know both of our churches have a longstanding relationship with our neighbouring parish of St Michael, Cofton Hackett  and St Andrew, Barnt Green. We have received a warm invitation from the congregation of St Michael and St Andrew  to join them in their weekend away, which is planned for April 5-7, 2019 at Hothorpe Hall in Lutterworth. The PCC are wholehearted in support of the congregations of the two parishes taking this opportunity to spend time together and we would encourage as many as possible to sign up to join the event.

Jenny Cavendish at St Andrew’s is organising the bookings and there is a simple form to complete in Dropbox at:

https://form.jotformeu.com/jennycavendishcfm/weekend-away-registration-form

There will also be information available at both churches. Please speak to the Wardens if you would like to know more.