We aim to be a generous-hearted and inclusive Christian family in the centre of Beeston with a ministry that reaches out from our beautiful Parish Church into the wider community.

Sunday 13th August 2017

Open Door Stewards: This is Week 2 on your rota.

Thank you all for the prayers and the beautiful music and all the cards and kind wishes on the occasion of our 60th wedding anniversary. Edward and Pauline

Silverwood Nursing Home: The next service will be on Monday 14th August at 11am. All welcome.

Parish Office: Please note that Kathryn will not be in the Parish office on Thursdays 17th and 24th August. Many thanks.

Sunday school: We will be running an informal Sunday School throughout the Summer break – however there will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL on Sunday 20th August due to holidays. Many thanks Sheila and Pam

The next Messy Church will be on Saturday 2nd September from 3pm to 5pm. We will have a number of different crafts, a short talk and some songs. We will finish with a meal. Please feel free to come to as much as you are available. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mothers’ Union: Dates for your diary: Thursday 7th September 2.30pm Deanery Quiet Afternoon at Wollaton. (L10 bus leaves Beeston Bus Station at 1.55pm)

Thursday 14th September. 2pm for 2.15. Annual Service led by the Vicar followed by discussion

Sunday 17th September 10am Deanery Wave of Prayer Day will be celebrated during the 10am. Eucharist.

Saturday 23rd September 10.15am Contemporary Harvest Celebration at St. Andrew’s Church, Nottingham.

Monday 2nd October 10am. for 10.30 Nottingham Archdeaconry Meeting at St. Jude’s Mapperley. Speaker from Hope Nottingham

Heritage Weekend  September 7th – 10th: There is a list on the table at the back of church for you to sign  if you are willing to help stewarding on Saturday 9th September (10am – 4pm.)  and Sunday 10th September (2pm – 4pm.) Thank you for your help. Booklets giving details of all 45 venues open this weekend are also available at the back of church – please take a copy. Sheila Allton.

Bible Study Group: As we have finished our study of St John’s Gospel at the end of last month, we shall now have a break until Pat Atkins starts leading us on 19th September in “Augustine to Justin: Christianity in England.” Further details will be given in the Parish Magazine and in the Pew Leaflet. Do join us if you are free on Tuesday afternoons. Philip Wheeler

Save the date! The church quiz will return again this autumn but on a slightly different date: Saturday 23rd September. Expect the usual format with a little brain ache, a meal to provide sustenance and fellowship. More details to follow shortly.

YOUR HELP IS REQUIRED PLEASE: I am planning another Michaelmas Market to take place on Saturday 7th October 2017 and I need help from as many people as possible to make it happen.     Help is particularly needed to run stalls, provide goods to put on stalls and to donate Raffle prizes. The stalls currently planned are:-  Cakes & Preserves, Books, Childrens’ Toys, Tombola, Recycled Gifts, BBQ, Plants & Harvest produce and Refreshments.    Any other ideas you have are very welcome. There are lists on the Welcome table at the back of Church which I would be very grateful if you would add your names to.     Please do your best to offer whatever you can be it goods or time or both! Many thanks, Kaye Ford.

Beeston chosen to pilot Age Friendly Nottinghamshire project: This exciting new project is all about making the county a great place to grow older. The project brings together people passionate about helping others in their communities. Do you have any ideas to help support lonely people? Do you have some time to help develop a Beeston Friendship Network? Give us a call to find out more or share your thoughts: 0115 977 2041 or email agefriendly@nottscc.gov.uk

St John’s linking with Age Friendly Nottinghamshire: The County Council’s Neighbourhood Coordinators are looking for Beeston residents who wish to help make Beeston an Age Friendly shopping destination. Do you want to use your time to be part of the team to launch the ‘Take a seat’ campaign in Beeston?

Age Friendly Nottinghamshire comes to your neighbourhood: Do you know someone who likes to help others and has just a little spare time to really make a difference to someone locally? Would you help with gardening, popping to the shops or just sitting for a chat? Give us a call to find out more or share your thoughts: 0115 977 2041 or email agefriendly@nottscc.gov.uk

Making Beeston an Age Friendly community: Are you compassionate? Do you have a listening ear? Would you like to feel more connected in your community? Join the Age Friendly Notts team. Give us a call to find out more or share your thoughts: 0115 977 2041 or email agefriendly@nottscc.gov.uk

A BUN DANCE CAFÉ @ HOPE NOTTINGHAM  – CAKE BAKERS WANTED: A new subsidised café will be opening on Tuesday lunchtime (12.30-2.30pm) at HOPE NOTTINGHAM from Tuesday 5th September.  The menu will consist of a light lunch, for example: quiche, jacket potato, fillings, side salad and/or beans. Tea and fresh coffee will be served with a weekly choice of cake and biscuit. We urgently need CAKE BAKERS to bake a cake on a rota basis (maybe once a month/6 weeks). Please contact Kerry at office@christchurchchilwell.org.uk

OXJAM Volunteers Required: The roles that we are looking to recruit for this year are:

Venue Managers – There will be one venue manager per venue who will run the individual venue.

Venue Assistants – You will work with the Venue Managers to ensure that the venue is run smoothly.

Runners – Runners are based at the volunteer hub, you will ideally have a bike or car.

Donation Collectors – Bucket shakers will be working to fundraise as much as possible during the day time.

Sound Managers – Ideally, sound managers have some experience in running a sound booth, to the extent that you can work from the technical rider of the artists, which will be provided by the production coordinator at every venue. It would be ideal if you could bring along a small PA. Kiosk Managers and Assistants – Kiosk managers will be running the wristband exchange on the day. Contact Sara and Isobel, Oxjam 2017 Volunteer Coordinators oxjambeestonvolunteers@gmail.com

Inclusive Church? We have held two open evenings as opportunities for discussion around the topic of same sex relationships. They have been well attended and a wide variety of views and opinions have been expressed. We are happy to have some more informal open discussion around this subject. If people would like to do this, please get in touch with a member of the clergy and some sessions can be arranged over the summer.

Start! Nurture Course: In September we will be offering a 6 week course designed for those who want to explore faith for the first time. This is a DVD based course suitable for anyone who is new to church or beginning to think about faith. It will also be of interest to those considering confirmation (including older children who must be accompanied by a parent). We expect lots of fun activities, interesting discussions and CAKE! For more information, speak to Kirstine.

Prayers: please remember in your prayers: Sheila Stanley, Christina Howard, Tim Preston, Malcolm Baker, Karen Thorpe and Jean Smith who are sick. Remember also Avril Shaw and Charlie Gard who died in recent days, and all those who mourn.