Churches in Fulford Parish




St Nicholas Church

Parish Magazine

Clergy:

Reverend Marion Reynolds, 20 Tudor Hollow, 01782 397073

Churchwardens:

Mrs Rowena Robinson, Fulford Dale Cottage, Tel 01782 397838
Mrs Shirley Rawlings, 14 Carters Croft, Tean, Tel 01538 724392

From the Vicar

Rain, rain go away; come again another day! Please, no more we may be saying as I write this in the middle of yet another howling gale and torrential rain storm. We’ve had enough rain; we’re fed up and just want some sun!!

We’ve all seen, heard and read so much in the last few weeks haven’t we about fire and flooding, particularly in Australia, of the immense hardship suffered by so many people and the tremendous efforts of both emergency services and local communities to pull together to alleviate what they can of the dire situation. And, yet again folk ask: “where is God?”, “why has God allowed this to happen?” So, without sounding at all flippant or tying to belittle the awful situation, I ask, why is all this God’s fault? Is it God who has messed around with the natural order so much that we hear day after day that we have a climate change emergency? Is it God who has built more and more houses on flood plains, cut down forests, increased our carbon emissions? We are so very quick to pass the blame aren’t we? My answer to those who ask such questions is that God is with all those who are suffering, he is with those who are risking their lives to try to help so don’t blame God for what man has and is doing which is creating such situations from natural events.

The end of February saw the start of Lent, one of the two major seasons in the church year when we particularly think about the wrong that we think, say and do and ask for forgiveness. To give it its formal name, Lent is a time of penitence. Traditionally folk have given something up during Lent as a sign of their penitence (going without) and others have “gone the extra mile” to do something special as a sign of showing their repentance. Both very commendable but it is what comes from our hearts that is important. As we remember what Lent is really about – our Lord being tempted in the desert for 40 days – and as we remember what the climax of Lent is in our church calendar – Good Friday then Easter, our response should not just be a short-term one; it should be a life changing one.

Natural disasters will happen – Jesus warned us of them BUT God has also promised that he will never leave us nor will we experience more that we can truly bare – remember the promise of the rainbow!

Marion

Services at St. Nicholas Church

March 2020    

1st Mar            9:30am           BCP Holy Communion

8th Mar            9:30am           CW Holy Communion

15th Mar          8:45am           BCP  Holy Communion (said)

                       10:00am         Family Service

22nd Mar         9:30am           CW Holy Communion

29th Mar          9:30am           Benefice Holy Communion

Readings – March 2020

1st March                               Rom 5: 12 - 19

(Lent 1)                                  Matt 4: 1 - 11

8th March                               Rom 4: 1 – 5, 13 - 17

(Lent 2)                                  John 3: 1 -17

15th March                             Rom 5: 1 - 11

(Lent 3)                                  John 4: 5 - 42

22nd March                            2Cor 1: 3 - 7

(Mothering Sunday)              Luke 2: 33 - 35

29th March                             Rom 8: 6 - 11                       

(Lent 5)                                  John 11: 1 – 45

5th April                                  Phil 2: 5 – 11

(Palm Sunday)                      Matt 26: 14 – 27: end



LENT 2020

Lent 2020

In view of the Rt Revd Stephen Cotterill’s elevation to be the next Archbishop of York later this year, I thought it would be a good idea if, instead of any formal Lent course, I suggested some of his books as personal reading for this sacred season. +Stephen is a prolific writer, eminently readable and extremely thought provoking. So, can I suggest (all published by SPCK):        

The things he said                                                  

The things he carried                                                         

The nail

Churchyard

We respectfully ask that slug pellets are not used on any grave unless they are “wildlife friendly” as we have had several instances recently of dead rabbits near graves where slug pellets have been scattered.

We reserve the right to remove any items from graves in the churchyard if they are not in accordance with the diocesan regulations, an extract of which is available in the notice board.

Prayers

We pray for the Church, for all who are ill, bereaved, troubled or confused. If you cannot get to church and would like a visit and/or Holy Communion, contact the Vicar (397073) or Shirley Rawlings (01538 724392).

From the registers

RiP:

20th Feb         George Harold Bedson       funeral and burial




Parish Profile

The parish profile for the Benefice of Fulford-in-Stone with Hilderstone (2017):

Fulford Hilderstone Parish Profile 2017



St Francis of Assisi, Meir Heath

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The Methodist Church (Blythe Bridge): Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370

The Roman Catholic Church (Meir & Cresswell): Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Fr Jan M Berny




Fulford Residents


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