St Andrew's Newsletter
The March Newsletter
ST. ANDREWS, WEST DEREHAM
(also St. Mary's, Denver; St. Mary the Virgin, Bexwell and St. Michael's, Ryston)
Vicar: The Rev'd Judith Grundy The Rectory, Ryston Road, Denver
SERVICES AND EVENTS FOR MARCH 2005
WEDNESDAY 2nd March:
7.30pm Deanery Lent Service on the theme of "COMMUNITY PEACE",
Saint Edmunds, Downham Market
SUNDAY 6th March:
11am - MOTHERING SUNDAY FAMILY SERVICE:
Led by The Reverend Judith Grundy (coffee / tea at the end of the service)
Open to everyone to take home posies for Mum
6.3Opm - Evensong, St Mary the Virgin, Bexwell, led by Mary Hurst; Preacher (tba)
WEDNESDAY 9th March:
7.30 pm - All Saints, BOUGHTON on the theme of "ECUMENICAL PEACE"
Preacher: The Reverend Andrew Sankey
SUNDAY 13th March:
9.30 am- HOLY COMMUNION:
Celebrant - The Reverend Judith Grundy, Preacher: Lesley Pearce
7.30pm - Deanery service at Stow Bridge on the theme of "INNER PEACE"
Preacher: The Venerable David Fleming
PALM SUNDAY 20th:
9.3Oam- HOLY COMMUNION led by Lesley Pearce, Preacher Mary Hurst
MAUNDY THURSDAY PASSOVER FEAST
6.3Opm - St Mary the Virgin, Bexwell.
Everyone invited to a celebration meal including the traditional Jewish elements which Jesus would have shared with His disciples: No charge but donations: (maximum 50 seated) Phone Margaret Lambert for seats: 383884
DOWNHAM MARKET CHURCHES TOGETHER
WALK OF WITNESS
Starting from St Edmunds at 9.3Oam and finishing at the Methodist Church at 11.30am
12 NOON - Service of meditation with hymns at ST MARY'S DENVER led by Stan Atkinson
EASTER SUNDAY 27th March:
9 30am - HOLY COMMUNION, Celebrant & Preacher: The Reverend Judith Grundy: Led by Lesley Pearce(Coffee / tea at the end of the service)
WEDNESDAY 20th APRIL:
7.30pm - HEALING SERVICE with COMMUNION begin again.
CHURCHWARDENS for St. Andrew's West Dereham:
Mr. Graeme Pressley, The Plot, Church Road. 01366 501179
Mrs Christine Vincent, Aspen, Ryston Road, W. Dereham 01366 500283
INTERCESSIONS: Please let one of our churchwardens know (see tel nos. above) if you, or anyone you know, needs prayer, for sickness, or any other personal or family problem (in absolute confidence: No details are made public unless you wish it). We will gladly add any names to our weekly intercession list.) We believe that God hears and answers prayers, according to His plan and purpose for your life.
Great progress being made by Clive, our heating engineer. Most of the pipework is in place, some of the radiators in the nave, the oil tank and pipe-work. Some delay has been caused by delivery of wrong size radiators for the tower screen. At the time of writing, the whole church furniture is draped in plastic sheet whilst the stone masons have cut and lifted flag stones in front of the communion rail, so that pipes can by let into the sub-floor to connect up radiators on the South side of the chancel.
The communion service last Sunday was a cosy affair grouped in the only free space round the font and in the tower (which is fortunately the biggest round-tower in Norfolk). Every available seat was filled and several of the Grundy family sat on the old parish bier of about 1625 vintage. A glorious muddle but a very good family atmosphere as we passed the elements of the communion from hand to hand, offering the bread and wine with the appropriate and significant words: "His body, broken for you - His blood, shed for you": Simple words which clear away the rubbish of our lives and enable everyone to take a fresh start. Your burden, laid at the foot of His cross.
(DOWNHAM MARKET CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP)
at THE SOVEREIGN CENTRE
Sovereign Way Industrial Estate: Tel: 384474
Pastor: Beverley Molineaux
Youth Pastor: Jo Sankey
Pastoral Team Co-ordinators: Bernie and Jill Reed
Elders: Nick and Beth Butt, Nam and Ruth Tong, Andrew Wille
You will be most welcome to come along to join in any of the services at the "Sovereign Centre", which is now the focus of many events each week. These will be held there until building work begins on the construction of internal floors and fittings.
Sunday morning services begin at 1O.3Oam.
For full details of services and events for March are included in the church newsletter :Phone 01366 384474 for your copy or, better still, call in for a coffee and a warm welcome at the Sovereign Centre.
WEEKLY EVENTS INCLUDE:
"Frantic" (for all Primary School children) Friday, 6.15 to 7.30 at the Sovereign Centre
Tuesday Bible Study, 7.3Opm at the Sovereign Centre
The Alpha Course, at 4, Paradise Road (Ongoing)
The Marriage Course (beginning again after Easter)
Youth Alpha Every Thursday 6.15 - 7.45 pm at Lion House, Lynn Road, Downham Market.
"Fusion" For years 7, 8 & 9. 7 to 8.30 pm at Lion House, Mondays
CYF For Year 10 0nwards, Sunday's 6.15 pm - 7.45 pm Lion House
(Also planned for the near future, "Preparation for Marriage" course. This five week course will be offered to couples planning to be married)
If you are thinking of being baptised, please contact the Sovereign Centre on 01366 384474
BUILDING WORK- MORE TOILETS!
At the moment the toilet block has been gutted and the interior is being completely re-ordered to provide two female, two male and one disabled toilet with the appropriate clearances for comfortable wheel-chair access. Previously the toilet block had only three female and one male loo, so there will be a definite improvement. Many thanks to Andrew Wille and John Miller who have done most of this work, and Bernie and Ben who have supervised the planning regulations to make sure everything is correctly located.
NEXT THE KITCHEN SERVERY AREA
With a congregation of at least 150 queuing up for coffee and biscuits (or quite frequently, somebody's birthday cake, the Christian Fellowship definitely needs better facilities, in this interim stage, for dealing with the rush efficiently