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 Holy Cross, Binstead                                                                                                             St Peter’s, Havenstreet                                                                              

                                                     Priest in Charge:  Revd Veronica Brown: 07921 514906 (Day off Friday) 

16th February 2020
2nd Sunday before Lent
Year A

Genesis 1.1 – 2.3                                             Romans 8. 18-25                                           Matthew 6. 25-34

Sunday Lunch today at the Fleming Arms at 12.30 pm
Wedding Preparation afternoon at Holy Cross at 2.30pm
Evening Worship is a  Service of Prayer, Music and Meditation at Holy Cross at 6.30 pm  
The altar flowers at Holy Cross have been donated in memory of Charles and Pamela Hofton

A very warm welcome to any visitors worshipping with us.  A special welcome to those joining us for Peter’s Pop In at St Peter’s this morning and to the couples who are joining us for the Wedding Preparation at Holy Cross this afternoon.  At the Communion services those who are confirmed and those who normally receive Communion in their own church (whatever denomination) are invited to receive the bread and wine. All are welcome to come to the altar rail for a blessing.

Please pray
for the couples who will attend the Wedding Preparation on Sunday afternoon We pray that we may be of help with their plans and preparations and that they will know God’s blessings.
We also pray for all who have been affected by the recent adverse weather on the Island and across
the country. Amen.

and those who are sick and who ask for our prayers
Jackie Brown; Dave Bushell; Becky Cummings; Pat Grist; Seb Hall; Connie Hull; Brenda Hunt:
Jan Jacobs; Ann Simmonds; Paige Streeter; Sarah Townsend; Simon; Tim Warren: Toni: Teddy Webb;
Anne Winch, Valerie Worster.

Gloria Stella Rolfe; Sylvia Hazel Cannell; Janet Joyce Salmon; John Frederick Rainer
Those named in our memorial books whom we commemorate this week 
John William George Brighouse; Frederick Charles Carpenter; David William George Dark;
Alice Mary Hogg; Edith Grace Hogg; Joanie Sharpe; Ruby Kathleen Sivell


Monday 17th      8.00 pm                      Morning Prayer (St Edmund’s)
Tuesday 18th      8.00 am                      Morning Prayer (Holy Cross)
                          3.00 pm                     Ministry Team meets at the Rectory
Wednesday 19th 8.00 am                      Morning Prayer (Holy Cross)
                          9.30 am                      Holy Communion (St Edmunds)
                        10.00 am                      Coffee Break at Havenstreet Community Centre
                          2.30 pm                     Praise Service at Solent Grange
                          7.30 pm                     Acts.2.42 (Holy Cross)
Thursday 20th    8.00 am                       Morning Prayer (St Peter’s)
Friday 21st         8.00 am                      Morning Prayer (Holy Cross)
                          7.30 pm                     Holy Cross Social and Fund Raising Committee
                                                            meets at Kestrel Cottage
Saturday 22nd    2.00 pm                      Board Games afternoon at St Peter’s Church
                                                            See below for further details
Sunday 23rd                                         Sunday next before Lent
                           8.00 am                     Holy Communion (Holy Cross)
                           9.30 am                     Morning Worship (Holy Cross)
                         11.00 am                     Parish Communion (St Peter’s)

A TIME TO PRAY: We are trying to cultivate the habit of prayer in our parishes to help each other and ask for God's blessing on the Island, to pray for Veronica in her leadership, to increase our love for the Lord and to grow our church numbers. Please pray for these things on a Monday during the half hour from 6.30pm to 7pm.

The Mission Prayer
God of Mission, who alone brings growth to your Church, send  your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning, wisdom to our actions, and power to our witness.  Help our church to grow in numbers, in spiritual commitment to you, and in service to our local community, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A prayer for the Pastoral Ministry in the Plurality
Heavenly Father, as we come together to raise our concerns for the world to you, we thank you for those who exercise pastoral ministry in our parishes.  We pray that they may continue to share your love and comfort with all with whom they come into contact this week, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

PRAYER MINISTRY:  There is a Prayer group in the Plurality which is contacted by e-mail to pray for urgent needs as and when they become known.  If you would like to become part of this group please do have a word with Hilary (615551) as we are anxious to extend this group which is small at present.

CONFIRMATION:  If you or any one you know is interested in exploring Confirmation please do have a word with Veronica.  The Island Confirmation Service takes place at Newport Minster on Sunday 7th June at 2.00 pm.

BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL:  The focus of the Lent Appeal this year will be the environment and our care for the planet now, to preserve it for future generations.

The principal recipient of this year’s Lent Appeal will be A Rocha, and specifically their project in Ghana to educate, preserve and reinstate environmental damage that has already occurred. Locally the Sustainability Centre will be one charity that will benefit from the Lent Appeal this year.  Envelopes available shortly.

AN AFTERNOON OF BOARD GAMES:  If you have a favourite Board Game but have no one to play it with, them come to St Peter’s Church on Saturday 22nd February from 2.00 pm until 5.00 pm.  Some board games will be provided but if you prefer please do bring your own that is fine.  Charge £2.50 to include light refreshments.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKES:  Paul and Sandra Ferguson are serving pancakes at their home at 48 The Mall, Binstead on Tuesday 25th February from 12 noon to 2.00 pm. Charge £2.50.  All are welcome.  For catering purposes so that we can have some idea of the likely numbers there is a list at the back of the Church for signing up.

LEGACIES:  “The PCC has appointed me to be the Legacy Officer for Holy Cross. I wanted to explain my role, and to encourage parishioners to give serious thought  to making a gift to Holy Cross in their wills.  

All churches entirely rely upon the support of generous Christians, and I`m sure that all regular parishioners here make gifts out of their income, as well as giving their time and talents. However a gift in your will to Holy Cross is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can continue to support its mission  and ministry. Such gifts, of course, are only effective after death.  

There are many ways in which such supplemental giving can be made, and I am available to discuss your plans with you, if you wish. All discussions are in confidence, and entirely free of charge. I am also happy to explain what  appropriate choices there are  for you to make, so that your wishes may be realised.  It may be helpful for you  to talk through your plans with someone like me who has had many years of professional practice in dealing with wills, before you instruct your legal advisers to proceed with drafting the necessary documents. Martin Heptinstall, IOW 565758”.

LENT GROUPS:  The groups this year will follow the course, ‘Christ and the Chocolatier’.  There will be groups in both Binstead and Havenstreet.  The Binstead groups will meet at Holy Cross on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm and the Havenstreet group on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30 pm but the first meeting will take place on Monday 2nd March at 2.30 pm.  So that the books can be ordered and received in good time there are sign-up sheets in both churches.   

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:  The next World Day of Prayer (formerly known as Women’s World Day of Prayer) service will take place on Friday 6 March 2019 at 10.30 am at St James’s Church in Ryde and the theme for 2020 is ‘Praying with Zimbabwe – Rise!  Take Your Mat and Walk’.

Women, men and children of all ages are called to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' to join this day of prayer.* Women of Zimbabwe have prepared this year's service and they encourage us all to reflect on the difficulties and unrest that have plagued their country over many years. They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. They encourage us to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' with them as they continue their often turbulent journey towards full reconciliation.

It would be very good to see as many from our congregations as possible at this event – it is not just open to women as the name now really does say.  Everyone is very warmly invited.  There will be refreshments of coffee and biscuits after the service.   Please support this worldwide day of prayer by sharing with us in this service.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Barbara Edwards.  Committee representative for Binstead and Havenstreet.

ISLE OF WIGHT FOODBANK: The Isle of Wight Foodbank is in urgent need of Packet Rice; Tinned Spaghetti; Tinned Potatoes; Sponge Puddings; Rice Puddings.   There are boxes at the back of both churches for donations.

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU:  Through Help to Claim Citizens Advice Isle of Wight has been providing people with advice on how to apply for Universal Credit and support them through the application process. The service is now being made more local, providing community sessions in 7 island towns, as well as at the Newport Isle Help Centre. Help to Claim Universal Credit will now be available at Brading, Freshwater, Ryde, Shanklin, Upper Ventnor, and East Cowes. Consequently our H2C services will no longer be available from the Jobcentres in Ryde and Newport.  Many of the sessions are drop-in, but some are appointment only. Potential clients will need to call 01983 823898 ext 2828 to request an appointment or email Help to Claim team at  A chart of the opening hours can be found on the notice board in both churches

  1. Planning is taking place for Holy Cross to celebrate the forthcoming 75th Anniversary of VE Day.  Celebrations and thanksgiving  will take place on the Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May.  Further information will be be given soon about the said events. But importantly we would like to make this highly important occasion an  experience to recall and give thanks for the sacrifices so many gave.

Holy Cross is well known for its welcome and hospitality.   We want the church to reflect for all ages, what life was like for the residents of Binstead in 1945.  For this purpose could we please ask for your assistance with any of the following:
* Items/memorabilia of the time. Photographs. Please do not loan anything of real value to yourselves we would be unable to assure their safety.
* Do you have a story to tell about VE Day were you, parents, grandparents there. Would you like to write a few sentences down to describe what happened to you at this time.
*Do you have any Union Jack flags /bunting you are willing to loan.
* Most importantly if you would like to volunteer and lend a hand that weekend please let Janette Dye  883567 or Avril Osborn Tel: 07484116768 know.

                                                                 ADVANCE NOTICES
18th February 3.00 pm Ministry Team meets at the Rectory

19th February 10.00 am  Coffee Break at Havenstreet Community Centre
19th February 7.30 pm Acts 2.42 meets at Holy Cross

22nd February 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Board Games Afternoon at St Peter’s
25th February 12 noon to 2.00 pm Pancakes at 48 The Mall, Binstead
29th February 10.00 am – 12 noon Monthly Market at Havenstreet Community Centre
6th March 7.00 pm Quiz & Pancakes at Havenstreet Community Centre in aid of St Peter’s

7th March 10.00 – 12 noon  Holy Cross Crafts Coffee Morning