Churches in Fulford Parish




St Nicholas Church

Parish Magazine

From the Vicar

As autumn approaches our thought usually turn towards the celebrations and activities which normally occur in the last quarter of the year – Harvest, Remembrance, Advent and Christmas.

As you all know, this year has been totally different for all of us to what we have experienced before and, unfortunately, remains different. This is the same with the church. The current situation (as I write this) is we are limited by law to a maximum of 30 in the church for a service. However, in addition, we have to obey the safe distancing and personal safety regulations so, in practice, the number we can accommodate in church is approximately 15. The usual Sunday service is curtailed as far as possible to still be liturgically correct as will be any services we hold for celebrations. We are not allowed to sing, share the Peace at Holy Communion or “socialise” before or after the service.

Having said that we are open and optimistic that we can and will remain open and worshipping. So, Harvest will take place at 9:30am in church on 4th October. There will be no presentation of produce at the service but we are asking that, if folk want to contribute, dry and tinned goods can be offered either at the service or by leaving them in the church porch on Friday 2nd or Saturday 3rd October between 10am and 4pm. These will then be distributed to the local foodbank. Unfortunately, there will not be a Harvest Supper this year as a result of the restrictions on gatherings.

Remembrance will also take place but in a shorter form and outdoors only (to allow for more people to be present) at 9:30am on Sunday 8th November.

We still have to decide how we will celebrate Advent and Christmas but more of that later. Unfortunately there will not be a grand prize draw this year in December to raise funds for the church.

During these uncertain times, it is good to remember Jesus’ reassurance to his first followers (who were also living through uncertain times under Roman rule) that they would never experience more than they could bear and that he would be with them always. May you know that reassurance in your life.

Marion

Services at St Nicholas

Sunday worship is said Holy Communion at 9:30am every Sunday (unless otherwise notified) 

4th October                 Harvest

8th November            Remembrance

Reading for Harvest service

The collect, Psalm and Gospel reading for the week are sent to members of the congregation each week. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the vicar with your email address.

The reading for the Harvest service is:

2Cor 9: 6 – 15

The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, ‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever.’ He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!


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


Churchyard

I’m sorry to report that recently we have had a few issues with dogs in the churchyard not on a lead and fouling the area (sometimes even on a grave). Please do obey the signage in the churchyard, keep dogs on leads and clean up any mess they leave. Thank you

We have a mole problem in the churchyard, some of which are making runs just under memorial stones in graves. I have checked with the diocese and we can set humane traps to stop them.

St Nicholas churchyard is bound by the rules for churchyards set by Lichfield diocese (which families agree to when they sign the application for a memorial in the churchyard). One rule concerns placing artificial flowers on graves. This is allowed under strict circumstances. If you do put artificial flowers on your loved one’s grave please remove them within a month of placing them. Thank you.

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).



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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