Marion Reynolds, 20 Tudor Hollow, 01782 397073
Mrs Rowena Robinson, Fulford Dale Cottage, Tel 01782 397838
Mrs Shirley Rawlings, 14 Carters Croft, Tean, Tel 01538 724392
From the Vicar
By the time you read this we will be well and truly into Lent. Did you give up anything? If so, have you managed to stick with your resolve or have you already given in and given up? Lent is not a time of giving up something that makes no, or hardly any, difference. Lent is all about sacrificial giving; giving that can hurt but giving that ultimately gives joy.
As we remember Jesus’ forty days of going without, of giving up, we also need to remember his resolve at this time because, despite all the hardship he suffered in the wilderness being tempted, Jesus did not give in. For Jesus, giving up and giving in were just not in his dictionary, were just not on his agenda. At the end of this time of hardship, Jesus emerged as a stronger, more determined man who set out on his God-given mission with vigour, never minding the consequences (more about those later in the year!).
Yes, Lent is a time of willpower, of commitment and, yes, it can be a time when we think we’re failing, falling short, inadequate. Aware of this, the church traditionally named the 4th Sunday of Lent, Refreshment Sunday – a day when the rigours of Lent could be put aside, a more light-hearted day, a family day. This Sunday has now become firmly fixed in our liturgical (and secular) year as Mothering Sunday. This year Mothering Sunday is the 11th March and we will be holding services with a special emphasis on our mothers (and others) who, on a regular basis, give up a lot and also give so much to each one of us.
The writer. Adrian Plass, gives a definition of Lent: “during this period people like to give things up. Smokers, for instance, stop smoking cigarettes and take up being irritable instead” (from “Bacon Sarnies and salvation”). I’m not in any way mocking those who have genuinely tried to give up something and it is causing them hardship (physical, mental or emotional) but let’s not make Lent into a time when we become irritable because of what we have or haven’t given up. Remember Lent is a precursor, a time of growth, a time of renewal, of recharging our spiritual batteries. So let us embrace Lent and all it’s potential for us as individuals as churches, as a benefice.
Services at St. Nicholas
4th Mar 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
11th Mar 9:30am Holy Communion for Mothering Sunday
18th Mar 8:45am Said BCP Holy Communion
10am Family Worship
25th Mar 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion
26th Mar 7:00pm Monday in Holy Week Communion
Mar 7:00pm Wednesday in Holy Week Communion
30th Mar 2:00pm Good Friday Last Hour at the Cross
1st April 9:30am Family Communion for Easter Day
There is a box at the back of church for prayer requests.
Anyone is welcome to join us on a Wednesday morning at 10 am in the Annexe for prayers.
If you cannot get to church and would like a visit and/or Holy Communion, contact the Vicar (397303) or Shirley (01538 724392).
Lent Course Tuesday evenings 20th February to 28th March, 7:30pm Hilderstone Village Hall, small room.
Lent is an excellent time for us to take time out to examine our life and faith individually and in a small group. This year we will be following the Church Army course “Faith Pictures”. All are welcome to attend all or some of the evenings.
Taize for Lent every Saturday of Lent at 5pm alternating between St Nicholas and Christ Church, 1/2hr meditative service in the Taize style
Date for your diary: Friday, 13th April 2:30 – 5pm Hilderstone Village Hall – Antiques Valuation with Hanson’s Auctioneers. £1 per item (max 5 items); refreshments available. All proceeds to Access for All fund.
Baby & toddler group.
Nicholas' Church annex hosts a baby and toddler group every Friday morning
during term time between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. The group is not only for
children: Mums, Dads and Grandparents get to know each other and have a good
chat while their children enjoy playing with toys, craft activities, making
cards and presents for occasions such as Easter or Mothering Sunday.
There is toast, juice, tea and coffee available for everyone during the morning and all are welcome to join us.
For more information contact Lauren on 07974 777075
The parish profile for the Benefice of Fulford-in-Stone with Hilderstone (2017):
Contacts for other Churches
The Methodist Church (Blythe Bridge): Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370 The Roman Catholic Church (Meir & Cresswell): Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Rev Trevor Borthwick Fulford Residents
Contacts for other Churches
The Methodist Church (Blythe Bridge): Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370
The Roman Catholic Church (Meir & Cresswell): Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Rev Trevor Borthwick
Third Thursday 10 am at the Village Hall ~ All welcome
Coffee and a chat.