March 2013 Prayer Calendar

Fri 1st Family & Children’s Centre—our Mission of the Month for March.
Sat 2nd The Choir, Music Group and all who lead our worship.
Sun 3rd Church Membership Sunday today.
Mon 4th Quest meeting for confirmation candidates this evening.
Tues 5th Family & Children’s Centre AGM this evening.
Wed 6th Our Wardens and Assistant Wardens.
Thurs 7th Alpha course this evening.
Fri 8th Ministry team: Charles, Simon, Max, Paul, Barbara, John, Helen & Graham.
Sat 9th For all we know who are ill or in any kind of need.
Sun 10th Marmalade Sale; United Service this evening at the Blessed Hugh.
Mon 11th Witness at home, at work and in the community this week.
Tues 12th Our Bishops, Area Dean and Churches of the VWH Deanery.
Wed 13th For the work of the Flower Guild and demonstration on Saturday.
Thurs 14th Alpha course this evening.
Fri 15th For magazine preparation this weekend.
Sat 16th For the family bringing a child for baptism tomorrow.
Sun 17th Faringdon Singers concert to support Barber Rooms Appeal.
Mon 18th David & Lisa Cooke—our CMS Link Partners in Kenya.
Tues 19th For all those recently bereaved.
Wed 20th The work of the Mustard Seed and Seekers Light.
Thurs 21st Alpha course this evening.
Fri 22nd Allsorts at All Saints’ this morning.
Sat 23rd Church cleaning at All Saints’ and St Mary’s today.
Sun 24th Palm Sunday procession, and Messy Church this afternoon.
Mon 25th Quest meeting for confirmation candidates this evening.
Tues 26th All Saints’ PCC Meeting tonight.
Wed 27th For all who help run our Churches—administration, cleaning, etc.
Thurs 28th For vergers and welcomers, intercessors and readers.
Fri 29th Good Friday—pray for our witness in the Market Place today.
Sat 30th For all visiting family and friends over Easter.
Sun 31st Easter Day: Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!

 

What’s happening in March 2013

Friday 1st: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Monday 4th: 7.30-9.00pm Quest Group continues at The Vicarage.
Monday 4th: 7.30-9.00pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Monday 4th: 7.45-9.00pm St Mary’s Lent Group.
Tuesday 5th: 2.00-3.30pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Tuesday 5th: 8.00-9.00pm Prayers for Building Appeal at All Saints’. All welcome.
Tuesday 5th: 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting for meditation and contemplative prayer at 10 The Pines . Contact  (241 009). All welcome.
Thursday 7th: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the Baptist Church – call 242 769 for details.
Friday 8th: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Monday 11th: 7.30-9.00pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Monday 11th: 7.45-9.00pm St Mary’s Lent Group.
Tuesday 12th: 2.00-3.30pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Thursday 14th: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the Baptist Church – call 242 769 for details.
Friday 15th: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Friday 15th: 8.00pm Prayer for the World—call  (240 509) for venue. All welcome.
Monday 18th: 7.30-9.00pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Monday 18th: 7.45-9.00pm St Mary’s Lent Group.
Tuesday 19th: 2.00-3.30pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Tuesday 19th: 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting for meditation and contemplative prayer at 10 The Pines . Contact  (241 009). All welcome.
Thursday 21st: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the Baptist Church – call 242 769 for details.
Friday 22nd: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Friday 22nd: 10.30am All Sorts at All Saints’. All welcome.
Sunday 24th: 4.00pm Messy Church at the United Church. All welcome.
Monday 25th: 7.30-9.00pm Quest Group continues at The Vicarage.
Tuesday 26th: 7.45pm All Saints’ PCC meeting.

 

Charles writes: March 2013

“Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain!”

We began the season of Lent, on Ash Wednesday, with these words from the prophet Joel – a call to wake up – a call to action – a call to stand up and be counted. It’s a very appropriate message for the beginning of Lent. Lent is surely a time to sit up – to take stock of where we are in our faith and discipleship – to be honest with ourselves and with God. As Joel says later on,

”Even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart.”

It feels very much where we are at All Saints’ as we enter the final stages of the Barber Rooms Appeal. As we prepare to go out to tender, we still have a funding gap of about £50,000, and we all need both to unite in prayer as grant bodies are still considering our applications, and to join in with our fund-raising activities. Perhaps it is a time especially for us to be aware of our dependence on God’s goodness for this whole project.

But of course the life of the church is very much more than just the Barber Rooms. Our ongoing life and ministry and mission is even more important. This spring is the time for us all to have a fresh look at our involvement in the life of the church.

Once every six years, the Electoral Roll – that is the membership roll – of the church is completely renewed – the old roll expires, and everybody has to rejoin. This month we are renewing our roll at All Saints’ and at St Mary’s. The renewal begins on 1st March , and concludes on Sunday 17th March. Joining the Electoral Roll allows you to vote for members of PCC and Deanery Synod at our Annual Meeting, and in effect therefore makes you a voting member and therefore part of the decision making process of the Church of England. (You do need to be baptised and aged 16 or over to join the roll.)

But at a local level, it’s about wanting to be part of our church family, and being involved in the way that is right for each one of us. To help us to think about this, at All Saints’ we are running a “Church Membership Sunday” on Sunday 3rd March. On that Sunday, we will be thinking about church membership at all our services at All Saints’ – 8.00am, 10.30am and 6.30pm.

From that Sunday, we will be giving out church membership leaflets, with suggestions of ways that each one of us can be involved in the life of the church. There is also a copy of this leaflet at the centre of this magazine which you can pull out and use. The leaflet contains a response sheet, where you can tick boxes to indicate areas you might be interested in, and the Electoral Roll form itself is included in the response form. A larger print version of the whole leaflet will also be available in church. There will be a box for response forms in Church, or you can send your form directly to Maggie Bohm, who is the All Saints’ Electoral Roll Officer (her address is on the form). Please make sure your form is returned by Sunday 17th March.

In a small congregation, issues about church membership are more straightforward. Gill Hudson is Electoral Roll Officer for St Mary’s, and she will have forms for St Mary’s Electoral Roll from 1st March. We will also be having a focus on church membership at St Mary’s – but this will be after the renewal of the roll, at our 9.00am Morning Worship on Sunday 14th April.

If you would like to be on the Electoral Roll, do please make sure you don’t miss out on all of this. And if you’re part of All Saints’ we do hope you’ll be able to join us on Sunday 3rd March.

It is a great privilege to be part of the church family – to be nurtured by the support of others, and also to be able to participate and contribute to the life of the church ourselves. May this month may be a time that helps all of us to find ways we can both give and receive, so that we can all flourish together as God’s family in this place.

Charles