Leicestershire Green Christians are holding a 24-hour prayer session and at St Mary’s, we are participating in this by taking the 4-8pm slot on Friday 30 October. Booking needs to be made via Parish Office and full details are in the Notices letter 25th October
St Mary’s is open for a short service of Communion (30 minutes) on Sunday mornings at 9.30am and 10.30am. If you would like to attend, please pre-book your place by contacting the Parish Office – or call 07901 581716 before midday on the Thursday before the Sunday you wish to attend. Places are limited and COVID restrictions will be in place. On booking, you will receive an email detailing the regulations for attending for the safety of all. The online service will continue as previously.
Thanks for funds raised by Ride and Stride (£165) and for Harvest donations ( £250 so far) for Toilet Twinning and Bin Twinning - details in Notices 25th October
Adele's letter 23rd August - Heroes of the Bible - Ruth
The letter is written by our Church Wardens Ian and Katherine this week whilst Adele takes a well deserved rest. The story of Ruth encourages us to make kindness our super power and to see how we are blessed by God in return. The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge! Ruth 2 v12
A timely reminder to keep pressing on to aim for our goals as God has wonderful promises in store. "So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all that he has promised." Hebrews 10 vv 35-36
Matt Lax is keen to have as many voices as possible to make a congregational sound for St Marys - if you didn't receive the original email please contact him on as soon as possible
Food Bank - message from Mike and Isabel
Thank you for all donations so far - keep up the good work! Project 5000 is now up and running (serving meals outside) and giving out food parcels. The Monday 'Bible Buddies' have decided to take this onboard, and we are asking for donations of non-perishable, non-alcoholic foodstuffs. If you would like to contribute, in the first instance please contact Caroline using the email link below.
We begin our next sermon series on Creation with a particular focus provided by Ruth Valerio and the World Council of Churches on bringing freedom and rest for the earth and addressing injustice and inequality "The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." John 1 vv 4-5 (New Living Translation)
Adele's letter 13th September - Shaped by God Together
Bishops Martyn and Guli are exploring how God is reshaping us and the diocesan family of communities now and for the future - all our thoughts and ideas are requested using the link in Adele's letter 13th September.
“Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.” Psalm 89:8-9
The new rules are a challenge to us all - maybe we could all think about which 6 we might apply to ourselves such as pray, eat, sleep, get outdoors, laugh and do something kind? " Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.." Hebrews 4:16
Adele's letter 27th September - Consider the Stars
Even at night when worries can magnify be calmed by knowing God's hand is holding us firm as we enter through Autumn and the shortening days.
“ When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you set in place - what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” Psalm 8: 3-4
As we recognise God's generosity and grace, through observing creation, let us respond in the same spirit with our time, money and relationships towards one another. "Look at the birds in the sky! They don't plant or harvest. They don't even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them." Matthew 6:26
Evening Worship on Zoom is now established. It is at 6pm and lasts around half an hour including prayer, Bible readings and the opportunity to discuss together. At the end of the service there is time to stay on and chat for a while for those who would like to.
On Saturday 17th October 3- 4.30pm we will again provide time be in God’s creation and think about what it means to truly rest and refresh ourselves as we progress to a 'new normal' . Details in Adele's letter of 11th October and it would be useful to contact Matt in advance on
As we finish our series on Creation we consider Day Seven with the well deserved rest and enjoyment of all that God has created. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11 v28
St Mary's is Open for Private Prayer - Sundays from 3pm to 4pm
Church is open for private prayer on Sunday afternoons between 3 and 4pm for the foreseeable future. The sessions will be carefully managed based on Church of England and Government guidelines. Face coverings are required now please.
So more people can be included Matt Lax has kindly offered to update and extend the video for St Marys and full details can found in Adele's letter of 26th July. He has set up a dropbox which you can add to at any time and by 25 August at the latest.
Adele's letter 11th October - Harvest
As we celebrate Harvest in a different way this year let us respond with generosity towards others in practical ways. ‘Creator God, you made the goodness of the land, the riches of the sea and the rhythm of the seasons; as we thank you for the harvest, may we cherish and respect this planet and its peoples, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’
Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust grants aid to historic churches and chapels of all Christian denominations for repairs, restoration and some community facilities and the main fund raising is the annual sponsored Ride + Stride event. St Marys will be open from 10am to 4pm so please contact John on 01509 557651 if you are able to help steward at the Church - full details in Adele's letter of 30th August.
On Tuesday 13th October at 7.30pm our annual meeting for the election of Church Wardens followed by the Church Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will take place. The meetings will take place via Zoom so please contact the Parish office if you would like details of the meeting.
Harvest Appeals - Toilet Twinning and Project 5000
Please be generous in anyway you are able to for our harvest appeals: food donations for project 5000 to Mike & Isabel/via the vicarage or donate to toilet twining via the link below or direct at toilettwinning,org.
Adele's letter 16th August - Heroes of the Bible - Gideon
As God's people we are all blessed with some superpowers but how will we use them? God can use the ordinary situations and people in extraordinary ways as we have seen throughout the pandemic.
My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12 v9 The Message and ESV mixed)