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
How often do you say the Lord’s Prayer? Whether it’s several times a day or very infrequently, it is the one prayer that unites Christians worldwide today as it has for the last 2000 years. I think most of us could recite the Lord’s Prayer from memory if asked to and it is still taught to the children in some schools. But, how much to we really take on board what we are praying as we recite each petition of the Lord’s Prayer? It’s a failing we all have, not taking the Lord’s Prayer literally, believe in what we are praying and commit to acting out what we are professing.
With this in mind, the Archbishops (Justin and John) have called all Christians to pray the Lord’s Prayer over the Pentecost season (Ascension to Pentecost, 30th May to 9th June this year). St Nicholas and Christ Church have embraced this call and, as last year, we are holding a Prayer Morning on Wednesday, 5th June at St Nicholas which I would encourage as many of you as can possibly attend to join. starting at 10:30am. This follows immediately after the deanery Ascension Day service on 30th May which, this year, is being held at Christ Church (see “What’s On”).
Some people think that you can only pray by saying words with eyes closed, possibly on your knees. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that approach to prayer but .. there can be so many other ways that we can pray, especially through music. Music is in integral way to worship and pray so Christian songs are worship, liturgy, prayer but also story and history (eg telling the gospel story) and testimony. In this regard, have you ever thought how many version of the Lord’s Prayer set to music there are? For example, recently I taught the children in school the “Caribbean Lord’s Prayer” and they loved it! Sometimes, it is appropriate that we sing/pray rather than say/pray.
We are so very blessed aren’t we? Yet we do so take our blessings for granted. How quick we can be to blame God if things don’t go the way we want or expect them to go but how slow we are to thank him for all he has, is giving and will give us. Let us then use this opportunity to rethink our praying of this so familiar prayer and just see how it will enrich our lives.
Services at St. Nicholas Church
5th May 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
12th May 9:30am Holy Communion
19th May 8:45am BCP Holy Communion (said)
10:00am Family Service
26th May 9:30am Holy Communion
2nd June 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
Readings – May 2019
5th May Acts 9: 1 - 6
(Easter 3) John 21: 1 - 19
12th May Acts 9: 36 - end
(Easter 4) John 10: 22 - 30
19th May Acts 11: 1 - 18
(Easter 5) John 13: 31 - 35
26th May Acts 16: 9 - 15
(Easter 6) John 5: 1 – 9
30th May Acts 1: 1 – 11
(Ascension Day) Luke 24: 44 - end
2nd June Acts 16: 16 - 34
(Easter 7 ) John 17: 20 - end
Thanks to all who came to the Lent Frugal Lunches and helped to raise £72 for CMS
Antiques Valuation with Hanson’s Auctioneers in Hilderstone Village Hall, 15th May 3 – 5pm. £1 per item (max 3 items); refreshments available. All proceeds to Christ Church Access for All fund to provide facilities in the church.
Stone Deanery Ascension Day Service
Christ Church Hilderstone is hosting the deanery service for Ascension Day at 7:30pm on 30th May. All are welcome to attend (parking at village hall please).
Forward Notice: Prayer Morning “Thy Kingdom Come”
St Nicholas 10:30am 5th June
Baby and toddler group meets in St Nicholas Church annexe between 10 a.m. and 12 noon every Friday morning during term time for all children below school age Mums, Dads and grandparents get to know each other while their children enjoy playing with toys and craft activities. There is toast, juice, tea and coffee available for everyone and all are welcome to join us. For more information contact Lauren 07974 777 075
Forward notice: Coffee morning. Frank and Marjorie invite everyone to coffee at their home - 13 Green Park - on Saturday 22nd June at 11:00 a.m. No entrance fee, instead donations are invited. All proceeds are for St Nicholas Church
you cannot get to church and would like a visit and/or Holy Communion, contact
the Vicar (39073)
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.