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
Well, summer is almost over for another year. By the time you read this the children will be coming to the end of their long holiday and getting ready for the start of a new academic year. The older children will have got their external exam results and are now either celebrating or worrying as to what to do next (as will their parents!).
It’s been a fairly quiet time in the benefice this summer for rites of passage services – an interment, a wedding and blessings and a baptism (with more to come!) in addition to all the usual services. Rites of passage services are a joy (yes, even the most solemn funeral) as we celebrate the some of the stages of the Christian life from its beginning to its end. They are times when family and friends get together – some of whom we haven’t seen for a long time so have a lot of “catching up” to talk about. They are times when we offer support (and comfort) to one another; times of sharing and, as the writer of Ecclesiastes says: “a time to laugh and a time to cry”. They are also times of affirmation.
If we read the gospels, we find that Jesus participated in rites of passage. Think about the wedding at Cana – the first “sign” as John calls the changing of the water into wine at that event, the raising of the widow’s son as Jesus saw the funeral procession passing by, Jesus taking the children in his arms and blessing them when the disciples wanted them to be sent away, and there are others. Jesus shared all the emotions associated with rites of passage – the joy and the sadness, the laughter and the grief; that is why we can so confidently assert that Jesus knows how we are feeling at such times.
chorus of the popular, modern hymn (which we had at the last wedding in
Hilderstone) “One more step” goes: “and it’s from the old I travel to the new.
Keep me travelling along with you! Is it any wonder that this hymn is sung at
rites of passage services as we travel our journey of life? It’s also a good
chorus as we consider the future post-exams and wonder what our next academic
or first work placement will be like. Yes, it’s good to acknowledge that Jesus
is indeed with us in every situation we find ourselves, on every step we
Services at St. Nicholas Church
1st Sept 9:30am BCP Family Communion
8th Sept 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion
15th Sept 8:45am BCP Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service
22nd Sept 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
29th Sept 9:30am Benefice Communion at St Nicholas
6th Oct 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
Readings – September 2019
1st Sept Heb 13: 1 – 8, 15 - 16
(Proper 17) Luke 14: 1, 7 - 14
8th September Philemon 1- 21
(Proper 18) Luke 14: 25 -33
15th Sept 1Tim 1: 12 - 17
(Proper 19) Luke 15: 1 - 10
22nd Sept 1Tim 2: 1 - 7
(Proper 20) Luke 16: 1 - 13
29th Sept Rev 12: 7 - 12
(Michael & All Angels) John 1: 47 - end
6th October 2Tim 1: 1 – 14
(Proper 22) Luke 17: 5 - 10
Forward notice: Sunday 6th October at 9:0am in church St Nicholas Harvest festival followed in the evening by the Harvest Supper in the Village Hall at 6:00pm. Call Rowena for details.
Frank & Marjorie for the coffee morning in June which raised £330 for church funds
John & Evelyn for the brunch in August which raised £580
Many thanks for all who helped, came and enjoyed!
Fulford Community Fun Day 13th July 2019
A very big and sincere “Thank you” to everyone who contributed lovely cakes, muffins, scones etc and helped on the day. Folk turned out in huge numbers and the day was a wonderful success. A little over £400 was raised by the Church Refreshment area; all which is for Church funds.
Well done Fulford – 2nd in BKV category.
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:
August Arlo Dale, Charmain Buchanan
The parish profile for the Benefice of Fulford-in-Stone with Hilderstone (2017):
St Francis of Assisi, Meir Heath 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
St Francis of Assisi, Meir Heath
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.