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Holy Cross, Binstead                                                                                                                   St Peter’s, Havenstreet                                                                             

11th February 2018
Sunday next before Lent
Year B

2 Kings 2.1-12                                                            2 Corinthians 4.3-6                                                      Mark 9. 2-9

A very warm welcome to any visitors worshipping with us.     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 those who are sick and who ask for our prayers
Ron Angus; Alison M Batten; Dave Bushell; Catherine; Bob Cooper; Becky Cummings; Molly Dowsett;
Paul Fergusson; Jan Jacobs; Isaac Leal; Millie; Shirley Randall; Shannon; Graham Sprack; 
Glenice Wallace; Valerie Worster.

Please pray also for those who attended the Leading Your Church into Growth,

Veronica, Rodney, Erica and Niki as the initiative is taken forward

Marguerite Ann Naylor
Susan Sparshott
Betty Tobutt
Alice Margaret Coombs

Those named in our memorial books, who we commemorate this week
Norman ‘Bunny’ Hair; Jim Hanson; Eleanor Mary Rowland; Alice May-Tucker-Quiller


                                                            THE WEEK AHEAD
Monday 12th          6.30 pm-7.00 pm   ‘A time to pray’ wherever you are
Tuesday 13th          8.00 am                 Morning Prayer (Holy Cross)
                             12.00 pm                Food, Friends & Fellowship lunch at St Peter’s
                                                            See below for further details
                              7.30 pm                 Joint PCC’s meet at St Mark’s
Wednesday 14th    8.00 am                  Morning Prayer (Holy Cross)
                              9.30 am                  Holy Communion (St Edmunds)
                              7.30 pm                  Holy Communion with the Imposition of Ashes at Holy Cross
Thursday 15th        8.00 am                  Morning Prayer (St Peter’s)
                              9.10 am                  Mini Worship at St Mark’s, Wootton
Friday 16th             8.00 am                  Morning Prayer (Holy Cross)
                             7.30 pm                   St Peter’s Events Committee meets in Church
Sunday 18th                                          1st Sunday of Lent
                                 9.30 am                Parish Communion(Holy Cross)
                                10.00 am               Peter’s Pop In  (St Peter’s)
                                 6.30 pm                Service of Prayer, Music and Meditation (Holy Cross)
A TIME TO PRAY: We are trying to cultivate the habit of prayer in our parish to help each other and ask for God's blessing on the Island, 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.

CHANGE OF SERVICE PATTERN: From 1st January there have been some changes to the service pattern across the plurality, with the main service at Holy Cross being at 9.30 am as it is at Wootton.  St Peter’s will remain at 11.00 am.  There is an 8.00 am Holy Communion at Holy Cross on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays only, the 1st and 3rd being at St Edmund’s, Wootton.  At times when the number of retired priests to assist is diminishing and the church does not have sufficient numbers offering themselves for ordination to replace them, it is important to ensure that the pattern of Eucharistic services is sustainable in the longer term for the Priest in Charge. Therefore, the 2nd and 4th Sundays at Holy Cross will be a non-Eucharistic service.  In this way there is always a service of Holy Communion at Holy Cross but it is not always the main service, as was the case on the 2nd Sunday, when there is a Family Service.  This pattern of 2 services a month has been the pattern at St Peter’s for some years and this will not change.

FOOD, FRIENDS & FELLOWSHIP LUNCH:  As the work on the North Aisle is to start this Tuesday, the second of these lunches will take place at St Peter’s this Tuesday from 12 noon to 2.00 pm when all are welcome to share a simple meal of soup and ploughman’s lunch followed by pancakes.

LENT GROUPS:  As is usual, it is proposed to hold Lent Groups in Binstead and Havenstreet, this year on Monday and Tuesday evenings and possibly one daytime group.  It is intended to use the course by Paula Gooder entitled, ‘A Way through the Wilderness’, Experiencing God’s help in times of Crisis.    Please do sign up by this Sunday at the latest indicating if you are not available on either day or if you would prefer daytime.   The books will need to be ordered this week if they are to arrive in time for the start of the course. 

WOMENS’ WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: The next WWDP service will take place on Friday 2 March 2018 at 11 am at St James Church in Ryde and the theme for 2018 is coming from Suriname – All God’s Creation is Very Good!  It would be very good to see as many from our congregations as possible at this event – it is not open to just women!  Everyone is very warmly invited.  I look forward to seeing you there  I do still have a few copies of the booklet ‘Recipes from recent years’ for sale at £1 per copy if anyone missed getting one before Christmas.  I made a delicious chocolate cake from a recipe from France and there are many more recipes to choose from.  All profits from the booklet will be sent with the money raised at the service this year to the people of Suriname.
Barbara Edwards  Committee representative for Binstead and Havenstreet

HOME INSURANCE:  The Ecclesiastical Insurance Group which insures many of our churches including the ones in this Plurality have been voted the UK’s Most Trusted Home Insurance provider.  To celebrate this achievement, and in recognition of their 130th anniversary, they will donate £130 to the local church when a new policy is taken out with them.  To take advantage of this offer phone 0800 783 0130 or visit quoting TRUST130.

LENT COURSE ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT:  Wednesdays at Newport Minster 21st Feb - 21st Mar 7.00 to 9.00 pm.  Grow in confidence and explore different ways of praying that suit your personal style.
A short course of five evening sessions • Revitalise your relationship with God Ruth Tuschling, the diocesan spirituality adviser, will encourage us to try out unfamiliar ways of encountering God. Everyone welcome and especially people who feel they don’t really know how to pray, which is most of us! 

BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL: The main charity the Appeal is supporting this year is Christian Aid, a partnership of people, Churches, and local organisations committed to ending poverty worldwide. As part of this, they work with directly with refugees, through local partnerships, and through linked organisations.  For example, in Iraq they have been working with a partner organisation called REACH to provide assistance to families who have been displaced by violence., with the aim of helping them regain their independence. They help with vocational training, access to water in rural areas, renovation of key amenities like schools and hospitals, and events that help bring communities together. In one project, the influx of displaced families has been seen as a blessing to the existing village, and this new community has been enabled to gain an income by growing cucumbers and other vegetables in new greenhouses. Our support will help with projects like this, with Christian Aid directing funds raised to where they can do most good.  Envelopes for the Appeal will be available shortly.  As has been the custom, there will be two Lent Lunches in aid of the Bishop’s Lent Appeal, the first on Wednesday 21st February at St Peter’s and the second on Saturday 10th March at Holy Cross both from 12 noon to 1.30 pm.  

                                                                 ADVANCE NOTICES

21st February 12 noon to 1.30 pm Lent Lunch in aid of the Bishop’s Lent Appeal at  St Peter’s
24th February 10.00 am to 12 noon Monthly Market at Havenstreet Community Centre  

16th March Pub Quiz at the Fleming Arms in aid of Holy Cross