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Christmas Hamper Raffle

Buy a raffle ticket for the St Wilfrid’s Christmas Hamper with lots of lovely
Christmas goodies, and help St Wilfrid’s raise funds for the church fabric.

Tickets cost £2 and the raffle will be drawn after the carol service at
St Wilfrid’s on Wednesday, 20th December.

For tickets call Elizabeth on 01949 20944 or Mandy on 01949 20123.

Advent Lunches, St Wilfrid’s Church

There is an open invitation to sign up for one or more of the three
Advent lunches which are being held to raise funds for the fabric
at St Wilfrid’s Church, Screveton, on:

Thursday, 7th December at 12.30pm at Victoria Cottage, Screveton;

Thursday, 14th December at 12.30pm at Linden Cottage, Screveton;

Wednesday, 20th December at 12.30pm at Bean’s Farm Barn, Screveton.

If you would like to come along, please let Elizabeth Bonser know about a week
in advance if at all possible (t. 01949 20944)
. A donation of £5 is suggested.

Fundraising Success

Funds raised for the upkeep of St Peter’s Church

A total of £935.79 was raised at the Harvest Supper held at the Village Hall on Saturday, 7th October.

Congratulations to all those involved!

In Loving Memory Service

Courtesy of David Omer –

A Service In Loving Memory is to take place on Sunday, 5th November at 6.30pm at St Peter’s Church, East Bridgford.

Please do indicate the name/s of a loved one/loved ones whom you wish to be remembered at the service either on the sheet provided in church or by contacting Fr Oliver by email or telephone.




A View From the Rectory

Following the redecoration and repair work at St Peter’s Church, and the creation of a dedicated flexible space for prayer in St Michael’s Chapel that was carried out towards the end of 2015, we have been exploring ways in which we might enhance our church building as a place of worship, welcome and fellowship.

In a piece I wrote in last October’s issue of the magazine I explained that the Parochial Church Council (PCC) had approved the proposal to fit a glazed outer door for the south porch of the church – and I promised I would keep readers updated.

Designed in collaboration with the church architect, Mark Goodwill-Hodgson, this new feature will be an important element in the general refurbishment of the south porch to include also the redecoration of its interior, and sprucing up and – for better visibility – the lowering of the notice boards above the stone benches. Together with the inner door, the outer glazed door will provide, importantly, additional insulation for the church, and protect the porch itself from the elements, and thus create a more comfortable and versatile space.

We are passionate that our church should be seen as a place for all people in our community and beyond. It is, after all, fundamental to our mission as Christians. For some people, however, a closed church door can represent a real barrier to entering and joining a church family, and an added benefit of having an outer glazed door is that it will provide opportunities to leave open the inner wooden door and provide from the vantage point of the churchyard an inviting glimpse into the church and sense of welcome to villagers and visitors alike.

St Peter’s has evolved as a building over the centuries, and we see this proposal, with its clean, contemporary feel, as an exciting new development in the history of the church.

In the design for the glazed doors, St Peter is represented not only by the symbol of the crossed keys in the glass above the door, but also in the form of the cross created by the horizontal and vertical bars – for opening and closing the door – which stands for the inverted cross on which St Peter is said to have been crucified.

On behalf of the PCC, I am delighted to confirm that planning permission has now been obtained, and permission from the diocese by way of Faculty is shortly to be sought. We are establishing an appeal with the specific intention of raising the funds necessary for this project, and holding an open meeting at St Peter’s church with Mark Goodwill-Hodgson in June – on a date to be confirmed in the next issue – to provide an opportunity to find out more about the project and its background and to raise any questions you may have.

Yours, in Christ
Fr Oliver

Vision for Growth

cross_stPetersIn response to the Diocesan vision to grow disciples wider, younger, deeper, representatives of our parishes have marked the beginning of Advent and our new church year by affirming our mission to…

review the current pattern of services across the Group with the aim of reaching out more effectively to the diversity of people we serve, their age range and church background;

strengthen the relationships within and between the five parishes, and our prayerful commitment to tithing and giving in general, as we review our chosen Group charity;

develop further our mission to young people and families, and form a team to offer our monthly Sunday Storyteller service also on weekdays and in the context of the schools in the Group.

Restoration of Organ



The restoration of the organ at St Mary’s, Car Colston
Work commenced in January with the dismantling of the organ, including 452 pipes, and the removal of parts for restoration off-site, including the bellows and keyboards. New stained boarding has been fixed to the roof above the organ to enhance the sound distribution, and repairs have been made to the floor boards. The restored bellows have been returned and the rebuild is underway.
If anyone from across the Fosse Group would like to visit St Mary’s to see the work in progress please contact David Crouch (01949 838431) or Nigel Crockford (01949 20724).

Flintham Hall Gardens Snowdrop Walk

snowdrops11.30am – 4pm on Saturday, 25th February (last entry 3.30pm)

Do come long to enjoy the snowdrops, and for refreshments at the Village Hall.

All proceeds go to the Fabric Fund of St Augustine’s Church, Flintham.

If you are able to donate a cake or help on the day, please contact
Iain Munro (01636 526163) or Jane Brooks (07717 731049)

A View From The Rectory

Ash Wednesday falls on the first day of March this year, and is a day of penitence to cleanse the soul as we embark on the season of Lent.

Services in church on Ash Wednesday draw on the ancient biblical traditions of covering ones head with ashes, wearing sackcloth, and fasting. The priest marks churchgoers on the forehead with a cross of ashes signifying penitence and mortality, and says: “Remember you are dust and until dust you shall return” – based on God’s sentence on Adam in the book of Genesis (chapter 3, verse 19). The cross of ashes reminds us that death comes to us all; that we should be sorry for our sins – essentially, for showing that we reject God and God’s love in the way we lead our lives and relate to others; that we should change ourselves for the better; that God made the first human being by breathing life into dust; and that, without God, human beings our nothing but dust and ashes. At the end of the service we leave the mark on our foreheads and so carry the sign of the cross out into the world.

We mark Ash Wednesday at a service of Holy Communion at 10am at St Peter’s, East Bridgford (see p. ).

The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are made by burning the palm crosses that were blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday celebrates Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, so when the crosses used in the Palm Sunday service are converted to ashes, we are reminded that defeat and crucifixion swiftly follow triumph. Using the ashes to mark the cross on the believer’s forehead symbolises that, through Christ’s death and resurrection, all Christians can be free from death and sin.


Lent may originally have followed Epiphany, just as Jesus’ sojourn in the wilderness followed immediately on from his baptism; but it soon became attached to Easter, as the principal occasion for baptism and for the reconciliation of those who had been excluded from the church’s fellowship for serious faults. This history helps us to understand the characteristic notes for Lent: self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study and preparation for Easter.

“Now is the healing time decreed
For sins of heart and word and deed,
When we in humble fear record
The wrong that we have done the Lord”
(Latin, before 12th century)

As the candidates for baptism were instructed in the Christian faith and as penitents prepared themselves, through fasting and penance, to be readmitted to communion, the whole Christian community in the early church was invited to join them in the process of study and repentance, the extension of which over forty days would remind them of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, being tested by Satan – “Forty days and forty nights, fasting in the desert, tempted yet undefiled”, as the words of the 15th century German hymn tell us.

Many Christians today, as part of our Lenten discipline, choose to abstain from certain foods or drink, or to follow a course of study. During Lent you might also choose to dedicate more time to prayer, or think of new ways in which you can use your gifts to help those in need.

This year in the Fosse Group we plan a simple light weekly lunch; and a course of study each Monday evening and Wednesday afternoon over the five weeks following the week of Ash Wednesday, and to which all are most welcome. Full details appear in the weekly pew sheet and on the Fosse Group web site.

During Lent liturgical dress is kept as simple as possible; churches are kept bare of flowers and decoration. The colour of the hangings and vestments is sombre purple, symbolising both pain and suffering borne by Jesus in his Passion and Crucifixion. We do not say or sing Gloria in Excelsis.

The Fourth Sunday of Lent (sometimes known as Refreshment Sunday), falling on 26th March this year, is traditionally allowed as a day of relief from the rigours of Lent, and the Feast of the Annunciation always falls in Lent; these breaks from austerity are the background to our modern observance of Mothering Sunday on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

We shall have a special Mothering Sunday service on 26th March both at St Peter’s, East Bridgford (9.15am) and at St Augustine’s, Flintham (11am) to which all, as ever, are very welcome (see page ).

Our Lenten journey continues in April, and leads to Easter, the greatest of all Christian festivals…

(adapted from Times and Seasons, Common Worship, 2006)

With all good wishes for this season of Lent,

Fr Oliver