Notices

We are open for worship this Sunday!

IN CHURCH:

9th Sunday after Trinity
1st August 2021

9.30 a.m.   All Age Holy Communion Service
11.15 a.m.  Morning Prayer with organ music

We are now singing songs and hymns together!  However, We are asking that people to continue to wear masks in church, hold discussions outdoors and socially distance out of consideration for others. 

Thursdays:   Holy Communion in church at 10.30 a.m. 

ONLINE LIVE-STREAMING: Our Sunday services will go out live on our YouTube channel from 1st August.  They should also be available to view at a later point.  St Mary’s YouTube   http://www.youtube.com/user/stmarysrushden

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NOTICE FROM OUR CHURCH WARDENS KATE and PAUL
As you are all aware, Phil and Sarah will be leaving us in August as Phil takes up his new role as Assistant Minister in Chesham.  To show our appreciation for the work he has done within our Parish, we’d like to give them a gift as a lasting reminder of their time in Rushden.  If you would like to contribute towards this gift, please either see Bob or Marion Bates or put it in an envelope in the collecting plate (marked ‘Phil’). There will be an opportunity to write a farewell message on a Leaving Card which will be available between services over the next few weeks.  

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE RECTOR:
It seems barely yesterday that Sue and I moved into Rushden Rectory in May 2009, and yet time has definitely moved on!  In November I turn 66 and I have decided to retire.  I will conclude my ministry earlier that month and my last service with you on 8th November.  This appointment has been the longest in my ministry and I will look back on my time here with great fondness, however, there will be plenty of time for goodbyes! For now, I want to do my part in leading our parish forward as, hopefully, we emerge from the pandemic into a less restrained future that will bring both fresh challenges and opportunities to our church. 

GIFTS AND OFFERINGS:  If you have any questions about your giving, please contact our Treasurer, Robert Bates (telephone: 01933 358005 or email: robertbates1947@btinternet.com).   He would love to talk with you and answer any questions you may have.  There are options for paying remotely (by direct debit, standing order, through the Parish Giving Scheme) as well as envelopes for weekly giving and gift-aid.

UPCOMING EVENTS
(how nice to have some EVENTS coming up!!!)

CRAFTS & COFFEE (OR TEA) – Tuesday 3 August, 10.00 a.m. to 12 in the Upper Hall.  This month we will be making ‘hexi mug-rugs’   We are no longer restricting numbers, but it would nice to know how many are coming, so if you can, please ring Lynne on 01933 353655. 

NEWTON BROMSWOLD VILLAGE FETE – Saturday 21 August, 2.00 p.m.  A new date has now been set for Newton’s  Fete.    There will be music by the Rushden Mission Band, the usual Stalls and Games and  Afternoon Tea.  Hope to see you there!

TOY CLEAN AND CRAFT-CUPBOARD SORT:   Monday 30 August from 10.00 a.m. – 12.   ALL are WELCOME to come join us as we clean the toys and tidy the Craft Cupboard ready for the Autumn!   Refreshments will be available. 

ST MARY’S CHURCH FETE AND CHURCH HERITAGE DAY:  Saturday 11 September.  Come along to the Church grounds of St Mary’s for an afternoon of games, stalls and refreshments.  The Church will be open for Heritage Day from 10 a.m. and the Fete will kick off at 2.00 p.m.   

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The Church Office is open this week Tuesday & Wednesday from 10-12 noon. 

Bumps & Babes:   Bumps & Babes is now “on holiday” until the Autumn.  See you when school starts again!

FOODBANK CHANGES:  please leave items for the Foodbank in the box at the back of church.   (There will no longer be a box in which to collect food at the Rectory) Also, please note that the offices of ENCS and the Foodbank are now moving to Church Road (where Serve used to be).  

PLEASE PRAY:

For those who are Ill:  Anne Riley, Anne Barfoot, Bob Wheatley, Alma Walters, Ann Beal, Viv Striblehill, Michelle Smith, James Guildford, Glenis Burton, Iris Gilbert,  Alan Palmer, Mel Britchford, John Tye, the Whiteman Family and Ruby Willmer.

For our congregations, our communities, the local mission of ENCS (The Food Bank and Recovery House) 

Pray for our mission partners –  Lea and Petra Williams (CMS), James Hawksworth (Church Army); Tearfund;  The Church Pastoral Aid Society; and Langham Partnership UK & Ireland.