Marion Reynolds, 20 Tudor Hollow, 01782 397303
Mrs Rowena Robinson, Fulford Dale Cottage, Tel 01782 397838
Mrs Shirley Rawlings, 14 Carters Croft, Tean, Tel 01538 724392
From the Vicar
If you were a “child of the sixties” you probably spent time listening to a hit song by an American group, the Byrds, entitled “Turn, turn, turn”. I don’t know how familiar they were with the Old Testament but the basis for the lyrics of that song can be found in Ecclesiastes ch.3 v. 1 – 9. The lyrics start “To everything turn, turn, turn. There is a season, turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under heaven”. This song and its origins in Ecclesiastes is about cause and effect but underlying all things is the acceptance that it is all pre-ordained or part of God’s plan; change is inevitable and that is what makes both the song and the Ecclesiastes original so appropriate at this time.
Living in rural areas, change is especially noticeable at this time of year; we see it all around us. By now some churches have celebrated Harvest, some are still to do so. Change from summer (what summer you might be forgiven for asking!) to autumn; change from seeing crops on trees and in fields to gathering and storing ready for winter; for ploughing and sowing the next crop.
Change also in schools. Last year’s Year Six are now the young ones in Secondary schools and there is a new intake into the Foundation Year. At the other end of education, many of those leaving secondary school will just be starting their university courses, colleges or jobs and what a difference they will find. Still others have now finished university and are trying hard to get that first rung up the career ladder. Yes, this is a time of great change for so many young people.
And, don’t forget, at the end of October the clocks change – British Summer Time will be officially over!!
Change can be a very positive or a very negative thing; a time for opportunity or a time to bury the head in the sand as it were; a time to be pro-active or a time to be passive; a time to be excited or a time to be fearful. But change is never static and, as Christians, we believe that God has a purpose for each one of us and for each of our communities – that “there is a time for every purpose under heaven”. What we all need to be doing is opening up our hearts and minds to hear, to listen to and to act upon what God is saying to each and every one of us at this time.
Services at St. Nicholas Church in October 2017
Oct 9:30am Harvest Festival
Oct 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion 15th
Oct 8:45am Said BCP Holy Communion 10am Family Worship 22nd
Oct 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion 29th
Oct 9:30am Benefice Holy Communion 5th
Nov 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
8th Oct 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion
15th Oct 8:45am Said BCP Holy Communion
10am Family Worship
22nd Oct 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion
29th Oct 9:30am Benefice Holy Communion
5th Nov 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
We pray for the Church, for all who are ill, bereaved, troubled or confused.
We pray for the Queen, for our Government and for the world.
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).
Forward dates for your diary
We will be holding Advent Quiet Mornings on 5th December at Christ Church and 19th December at St Nicholas at 10am. All welcome.
We will be holding short Taize style services on the 3 Saturdays of Advent at 5pm in Christ Church on 9th and 23rd December and at St Nicholas16th December. All welcome.
Bring me sunshine – an evening with Gail Morecambe (Eric’s daughter) Fulford Village Hall 30th January 2018 7pm Two course hot meal Tickets £20 each from St Nicholas church (bring your own drinks) More details to follow.
will be holding a six week Lent Group on the theme “Faith Pictures” on Tuesday
evenings 20th February – 27th March at 7:30pm in
Hilderstone Village Hall. More details later.
Meet in the Church Annexe on Friday mornings between 10am and 12pm during term time. Mothers or Fathers or Grand parents stay with the children. There are lots of toys to play with and drinks are available.
Contact Lauren on 07974 777 075.
The parish profile for the Benefice of Fulford-in-Stone with Hilderstone (2017):
Contacts for other Churches
The Methodist Church: Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370 The Catholic Church: Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Rev Trevor Borthwick
Contacts for other Churches
The Methodist Church: Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370
The Catholic Church: Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Rev Trevor Borthwick
Third Thursday 10 am at the Village Hall ~ All welcome
Coffee and a chat.