KNOWING AND GROWING IN CHRIST
SERVING AND SHARING CHRIST
If you would like to remember a loved one by donating towards the cost of the flowers and having their names written in the display frames, please see Norma Phillips.
18th MARCH 10am FUN RUN and 10K
St Andrew’s will be open for refreshments and hopefully a bit of a prayer. Please come and support the runners (and the marshals!!) at the Fun Run - 2 of our number are running to raise money for Christian Aid and I’m sure they will be open to extra sponsors!
There will be a 3pm service in the afternoon that day with a visiting speaker from the Methodist Church, David Humphreys. He has managed to minister in all bar about 4 Churches in the vast Sheffield Circuit which is a mammoth task. Do come and join us for a simple service with hymns.
ST ANDREW'S COMMUNITY CHURCH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 15th April immediately after the morning service followed by a bring and share lunch.
Please do come to that. Some provision will be made for children during the AGM itself.
I have sent out requests for contributions to our Whole Life and Witness report for 2017/18 which covers most of what we do. Eileen has offered to collate the report again this year for which many thanks. It should be available for you to pick up, take away and read from 25th March, so contributions will be needed by 10th March sent directly to Eileen. email@example.com.
Nomination forms will be posted up in the lobby from the second Sunday in March. This a bit earlier than usual because Easter holidays come between then and the Annual Meeting. Many folks will not know what being a council member is all about, so please speak to one of the current members or come along to our next meeting on 8th March at 7.30 in the lounge to see it in action. Our council members are: Ruth, Elaine Hollings, Kathryn Stringer; Jenny Whittaker; Keith Brook; Phil Bungay; Helen Hudson; Sue Sneddon; David Blackburn; Chris Phillips; Helen Brashaw; Richard Barrass . Some are elected on behalf of our membership for a 2 year term which can be extended to a third year if they are willing; others are elected annually to specific roles to represent us at denominational or other meetings; there is our Treasurer and there are co-opted members. There should be some of us around each Sunday between now and the annual meeting for you to ask us questions.
The main purpose of council is to seek how we take forward our mission to the Gosforth Valley; bringing the good news of the gospel of God’s love to all; other issues about the buildings and finances, whilst important, can be seen as the means to that end.
Please consider if you would like to be a member of council and let someone know you are interested so you can be nominated. We are supposed to have 9 elected members at any time so elect 3 people at each meeting, although if there are vacancies there can be more.
It is always tempting to think that people who have been on council and know how it works will continue to do that, but really we need each year to bring in fresh blood to make sure we see the wider opportunities. This worked really well in the past 2 years with 3 people new to being on council joining last year. Having some younger members on council in the past few years, has given a new impetus to council and our church; I know as an older member, my role should be to help make their new ideas work by supporting them and removing barriers, rather than giving reasons why things should not happen or change!
At the Annual meeting, it is also good to have other jobs filled even if people don’t want to be council members, for example, the Room Bookings secretary( see article below). Additionally, we will need a new Council Secretary. Normally, the new council elects a secretary at its first meeting from amongst those elected to council. Please speak to Helen and myself if interested in either of these roles.
Church Council Secretary
Please continue to pray for the Alpha course (Wednesdays at 1pm) at the Baptist Church. It’s such a great way of understanding and questioning the Christian faith. I love it! The away day is on 24th March and tends to be a really significant time.
On 20th March Keith Brook will be taking a team of 50 to Nepal again. Please pray for them! Especially for safety, that the trip would go well, the youngsters going would have a great experience and also of course the Nepalese people themselves - still recovering from the earthquakes. Pray also for those visiting and ministering as Christians, like Maggie Cotton.
There is an urgent need for someone to take over this position from Helen Brashaw, who has been doing this for 22 years. Helen is definitely giving up at the AGM, so it is vital that there is someone to take over. It takes about 2 to 3 hours each month The User groups contribute greatly to the running of our building, so please consider offering to take this on, otherwise we shall be in great difficulty.
Our thanks to Helen for all she has done over the years, especially as for the last 5 years she has been treasurer too.
HALF TERM VALENTINE’S ACTIVITY ZONE CAFE
There were 31 children came to this event and £60.25 has been paid into the mission fund
A big ‘thank you’ to Elaine and all those who helped make it such a happy time.
HOLY WEEK EVENTS
Each morning at 7.00am from Monday to Saturday there will be services of Holy Communion followed by breakfast at St. Paul’s. (More details in next Newsletter due out on Palm Sunday)
Wednesday 28 March at St. John’s Church at 7.30pm the Jubilate Singers will be presenting ‘The Way of the Cross’ with music by Karl Jenkins.
Good Friday - walk of witness, leaving from Holy Spirit church, Stonelow Road, at 10am.
Good Friday Service outside Dronfield library at 11am
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Correction from last month’s newsletter.
Friday 2 March – Theme – all God’s creation is very good.
11.30am St. Swithin’s Church, Holmesfield.
2.00pm St. Paul’s Methodist Church
7.00pm Coal Aston Methodist Church
PRAYING FOR OTHERS.
The list of prayers for others is placed on the screen at the back of the church each Sunday, so that you can include them in your private prayers. Each week a few will be named in the intercessions and we aim to pray in this way for all on the list each month. It would be helpful for Kathryn Stringer, who compiles the list, if you would put your name beside the person you add to the list so that the Caring and Sharing group can keep the list up to date.
EASTER ACTIVITY DAY
Wednesday 28th March 10am -3pm for children aged 4-11 year old. Stories games songs and crafts to help us explore the real Easter story. Cost £3 Parent/Careers are invited to join us at 2.30pm for an Easter celebration
To book a place contact Jenny Whittaker firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpers needed for the Easter Activity Day. Please contact Jenny Whittaker if you can help email@example.com
The last few Newsletters have given you information about the activities of the funding team and the organisations we support on behalf of the Church. This month its the turn of Freedom, one of our newest organisations we are giving money to.
Freedom Community Project is a charity based at Bolsover Methodist Church and operates in several locations in the area. It offers help to people who are in increasingly dire straits, through the provision of a cafe, clothing store, assistance with housing problems and personal debt difficulties.
Last year the project supported 40 homeless people into housing and some 64 people with serious debt issues. It also helped around 1200 people to gain backdated benefit payments.
There are unprecedented numbers needing support , which in turn is putting the organisation under strain
A concert in aid of the Mayors Charity and CRY
by the Dronfield Singers and others
Saturday 24 March 7.30 in the Civic Hall.
The Dronfield Singers was set up as a fun choir of people who just love to sing. There are now over 80 members and they make a great sound!!
Tickets £8 from Richard and Rachel Owen or 01246 415455.
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