One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

Sunday 23rd February 2020

We are now on Facebook! Have a look at our page and follow us! www.facebook.com/beestonparishchurch

Open Door Stewards: This is Week 4 on your rota.

Thank you to the Choir who are outstanding each week and have been so for a long time. Your music is art at its best. Edward

Augustine to Justin: We meet again on Tuesday, 25th February. Pat Atkins (0115) 925 6327.

Ash Wednesday, 26th February: Please bring Palm Crosses to church for making the ash. There is a box on the table at the back of church. Pat Atkins

World Day of Prayer (formerly Women’s World Day of Prayer) This year’s service has been written by the women of Zimbabwe and is entitled ‘Rise!  Take up your mat and walk’. Beeston area’s service will be in our church on Friday, 6th March at 10.30am. All welcome. Representatives from most of the churches in Beeston and Chilwell will be taking part in the service. Sheila Allton

Mothers’ Union: At our AGM on 13th February we were concerned about the small amount of money we have in our account, mainly due to the cost of Speakers’ expenses last year, which have to be paid and we all agreed that we had some very interesting speakers last year. We have therefore agreed to increase the amount we pay each meeting to £1 which includes a cup of tea and a biscuit. It was also agreed that members could choose a hymn for the meeting and if possible, make a donation to branch funds. Please let Chris Warren have your choice in plenty of time before the meeting.   Thank you to everyone who worked so hard last year and thank you also to Fr. Wayne for his continued support. Our next meeting is on Thursday, 12th March in church at 2pm for a 2.15pm start, when Helen Catchpole will be telling us about her visit to Burundi last year to visit our link MU diocese. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in hearing at first-hand about life in Burundi. There will be a raffle to provide Easter eggs for the children at our local Women’s Refuge. Sheila Alton

New to St John’s? Brilliant! Come and say hello on Saturday 14th March from 10am – 12 noon in church.

We’re delighted that the past year has seen a steady flow of new worshippers on a Sunday morning and at our weekday services. But you know how it is – it’s not always easy to chat with everyone you’d like to after the service, or maybe you can’t make it every week, or you don’t really know who’s who, or who else is new. We get all that – so this is the first of what we hope will be a regular Saturday morning meet-up for new folks, just like you (and the new curate!) Coffee, cinnamon buns and a chance to meet other people, share what’s brought you to St John’s (if you’d like to), find out what we’re up to and how to get more involved (again – if you’d like to). The morning is open to you if you’ve recently joined us. What’s ‘recent’? Well, it’s all relative, but we reckon if you’ve started coming along in the last couple of years, that’s good enough for us. Look forward to seeing you there – please let Rev Tracey know if you’re planning to join us – email, text, or catch her after a service – so we have plenty of coffee to go round.

 APCM: Could any group leaders who have not yet sent Kathryn a report for 2019, please do so by Thursday 26th March in order for the reports booklet to be produced. Many thanks.

Confirmation: If you are interested in being confirmed, please speak to Kirstine, or any member of the Clergy. There is a Confirmation service planned for June.

RETIRING COLLECTION LAST SUNDAY

The retiring collection last Sunday for the work Christian Blind Mission is doing in Zimbabwe to help in the food crisis situation there raised the wonderful sum of £345.75.

The first hundred pounds of this were matched £ for £ by an anonymous donor in our church bringing the sum to £445.75.

This will be added to by those of you who gave the money gift aided and that total sum is being matched by the government £ for £ but restricting it to the work of CBM in Malawi.

This means that the total amount we have raised for the work of CBM in Zimbabwe and Malawi is about £1000.00, five hundred of which will be given to CBM work in Malawi and five hundred to CBM work in Zimbabwe.

Putting this in real terms with just one of the operations that CBM does, the cost of operating on a child blind with cataracts is £95 (as it is necessary to give them general anesthetic when operating, the cost of the same operation on an adult without a general anesthetic is £24.

St John the Baptist, Beeston hereby has given sight to 10 children or 40 adults who without this would have spent their lives as blind beggars.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Prayers: please remember in your prayers: Tony Ford, Sheila Allton, Teresa Downing, Simon Bramley, Louise Cummings, Margaret Joynes, Paul Badham, Sharon Bramley, Eileen Gilman, Helen Olds and Baby Myles Bell who are sick and Kevin Rowley and Tony De Alwis who died in recent days, and all those who mourn.