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Here is an extract from the news sheet for Sunday 17th March, Lent 2.  For the full news sheet please download the pdf.



During Lent the choir will sing Compline by candlelight every Wednesday at 7:45 pm in St Mary’s.


SUNDAY MARCH 31st will be Mothering Sunday and although this is a 5th Sunday of the month we shall not be holding a joint Parish service but keeping the normal Sunday pattern.  HOWEVER the 8:30 at St. Mary's will be Eucharistic but both the 9:45 am at St. Mary's and the 11:15 am at St. John's will be Family Friendly non Eucharistic services with distribution of flowers.


On SUNDAY APRIL 7th we shall be welcoming our Archdeacon Anne Dawtry for her Parish Visitation.  This Sunday we will be holding a Joint Parish Service which will be at 9:45 at St. Mary's.  8:30 at St. Mary's as normal.


This year the MAUNDY THURSDAY PASSOVER MEAL will be held at Trinity Methodist Church at 6.30pm. There is no charge for the meal. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of church if you would like to come.



BLACK DYKE BAND - ST MARY’S - THIS THURSDAY at 7:30pm. 395096  Here’s a selection of the music - Black Dyke at the Movies: Harry Potter,  For Your Eyes Only, To Boldly Go, together with many other items including Jupiter,  Nimrod,  Why Did I Choose You,  Endearing Young Charms,  Sweet Georgia Brown, Ol’ Man River. Tickets still available from Ruth, £12.50. Contact: 07840 395096



Material for the April magazine is needed no later than Friday 22nd March.


A second CAP MONEY COURSE will take place in St Mary’s Community Centre on three consecutive Monday evenings from 1st April. For further information please contact Peter and Ruth King or Sue Auckland,


Our Choir Guild funded the purchase of the NEW HYMN BOOKS but additional copies are needed. If you feel you can make a donation towards more books please let Scott, choir members or clergy know.


QUIZ IN CROFT HOUSE WF14 8HS at 7pm for 7.30 start on Friday March 29th. Tickets £5 to include light supper. Proceeds for Friends of St John’s and MTP Please bring your own drinks Tickets from Janette  07596 716602 . 


THE PARISH ELECTORAL ROLL is now being renewed. Forms are available at the back of church or by post if you are unable to attend in the next few weeks. The new Roll will close on March 27th, 2 weeks before the APCM and the old one will be discarded. Please complete the forms and return to any of the Church Wardens or leave in the box at the back of St Mary’s. If you have any queries please ask Hugh or any of the Wardens.


THE WELCOME CENTRE Our current shortages: Jam, Sugar, Tinned fish, Instant noodles, pasta or rice such as mug shots, Toothpaste, Cup a Soup, Meat/fish paste, Tinned meat/curry/Bolognese/stewed steak/chilli, disposable razors.



We have been asked by our Archbishop John Sentamu to include the following in our daily prayers in light of the Brexit negotiations

The Archbishop of York’s Prayers for the European Union


God of eternal love and power, save our Parliamentary Democracy; protect the High Court of Parliament and all its members from partiality and prejudice; that they may walk humbly the path of kindness, justice and mercy. Give them wisdom, insight and a concern for the common good. The weight of their calling is too much to bear in their own strength, therefore we pray earnestly, Father, send them help from your Holy Place, and be their tower of strength. Lord, graciously hear us. Amen.


God of all hopefulness, upholding and renewing your creation: give your grace abundantly to our European Union leaders,

that they may lead with wisdom and insight, with a willingness to lead and be led. In your mercy cast out, in us, all fear, godlessness, sin and love of money; and help us to live in truth, justice, peace, compassion and joy.

To the glory of your name. Amen


We pray for those being Baptised in March

Esme Rose Denton,   Kenan Paul Iain Martin.


We pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit

Charles,  Syd,  Charlie,  Ray,  Doreen,  Harry,  Baby Cora,  Paul & Dorothy,  Barbara,  Jacob,  Christopher,  Jean,  Daniel,  Linda,  Brian,  Ernest,  Sheila,  Louise,  Ruth,  Anita,  Andrew,  Margaret,  Barbara,  Judith  Diana,  Thomas,  Nancy,  Lyn,  Kathryn,  Shirley,  Dorothy,  Nicholas,  Jean,  Betty,  Jean, Peter & Dhoe,  Krystian.


We pray for those who have recently died and their families

Pauline Mitchell,  Neil Kyle Lindsay,  Ernest Senior,  Nadine Bowen,  Nancy Hey,  Judith Barker,  Jean McCallum.

Ernest Senior’s funeral will be at St John’s on Wednesday this week at 2:30pm

Nancy Hey’s funeral will be at St Mary’s on Monday 25th March at 10:30am


From our Parish Prayer List

Our Archbishops, Justin Welby and John Sentamu.

Staff and pupils of all local nurseries and pre-schools.

All those who represent us locally and nationally in councils and Government.

For the work of Christians Against Poverty.