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
Do you remember that poem by Sara Coleridge called “The Months”? “March brings breezes loud and shrill, stirs the dancing daffodil.”. I’m not too sure as to the accuracy of that verse but it does highlight the sense that nothing in nature is static. So, what about March? Well, the days are lengthening and the nights shortening, but it can still feel like winter, The early flowers maybe out, but they close up in the afternoon preparing for the dark and the frost. At the beginning of the month we start our Lenten journey. On Ash Wednesday (6th March) we begin our journey towards the cross.
March is action-packed. Reminders of the past and pointers to the future. A world of uncertainty, but with the assurance of God’s abundant provision and his trustworthy promises. The excitement of Christmas is over, the pain of the passion looms over the horizon and beyond it the stunning and transforming joy of Easter. March may be busy but it is also a month of waiting, of preparation, remembering that Christ’s death and resurrection are at the heart of our life and faith, but keeping the great passion and Easter story on hold for a little longer.
Waiting is good for us. Many national and international crises (very real and maybe not so real!) might have been nothing like as bad if we could have restrained ourselves and retained the habit of consideration, meaningful dialogue, respect for everyone’s deeply felt feelings and co-operation rather than confrontation; and, yes, the media do need to take some responsibility for their spoken and written words.
Spiritual waiting, waiting on God, moving forwards day by day with him, feeling and sensing each day the troubles of life together with the thrill of his presence, knowing that with Christ the best is yet to come: that is March. I urge everyone to take time this Lent to wait on the Lord, maybe join a Lent course group, maybe do some “spiritual” reading.
Coleridge’s poem says “March brings breezes loud and shrill, stirs the dancing
daffodil”. Like those daffodils, may your heart be stirred this Lent by our
waiting, thrilling God.
Services at St. Nicholas Church
3rd Mar 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
6th March 10:30am Ash Wednesday Holy Communion
10th Mar 9:30am CW Holy Communion
17th Mar 8:45am Said BCP Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service
24th Mar 9:30am CW Holy Communion
Readings – March 2019
3rd March James 3: 1 - 10
(St Chad) Mark 10: 13 - 16
6th March 2Cor 5: 20b – 6: 10
(Ash Wednesday) Matt 6: 1 - 6, 16 – 21
10th March Rom 10: 8b - 13
(1st Lent) Luke 4: 1 - 13
17th March Phil 3: 17 – 4:1
(2nd Lent) Luke 13: 31 - end
24th March 1Cor 10: 1 - 13
(3rd Lent) Luke 13: 1 - 9
31st March 2Cor 1: 3 - 7
(Mothering Sunday) Luke 2: 33 - 35
7th April Phil 3: 4b - 14
12: 1 - 8
Special services this month at St Nicholas
6th March 10:30am Ash Wednesday Holy Communion (with optional ashing)
31st March 9:30am Mothering Sunday Family Communion
All are welcome at all our services
As part of our journey through Lent there will be Frugal Lunches in Hilderstone Village Hall (with short study talk) on Wednesday 13th & 27th March and 10th April from 12 noon – 1:30pm. All welcome
Donations for the work of Church Missionary Society
Church APCM 7th March 7:30pm in the Annexe. All welcome to attend but only those on church electoral roll can stand for office or vote.
Wednesday 15th May 3 – 5pm Hilderstone Village Hall
Antiques valuation afternoon with Adrian Rathbone (Director of Hanson Auctioneers) in aid of Christ Church Access for All
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).
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.