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VE Day Service and the Big Picnic for Hope

Southwell Minster is inviting everyone to join in with their celebrations on Friday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

They will start with a short service broadcast online at 11.00am, with contributions from the Lord-Lieutenant and uniformed groups, memories of VE Day from a longstanding resident of Southwell, a reflection from Bishop Paul, and even the (recorded) sound of the Minster bells.

Once the service has finished, people are encouraged to grab their picnic basket for the Big Picnic for Hope, in aid of the Trussell Trust. This event is a joint initiative by cathedrals around the country to celebrate the heroes of the new ‘home front’: NHS, carers, delivery personnel, workers across food stores and public transport, and the remarkable collective effort of the nation to stay at home and play our own part in helping to see this through.

Watch the service on the Minster website


Virtual Coffee Morning


Above is an invitation to a new weekly Fosse Group virtual coffee morning on Zoom on Wednesday morning 10.30-11.30am.
An opoportunity to meet with friends in safety with a cup of coffee and catch up on all the news..
If you would like to join in please e-mail Rev Ruth for instructions (Revruthcolby@gmail.com)


Prayers for coronovirus pandemic

On the Church of England website you can download a copy of ‘Prayers for use during the coronavirus outbreak’. This is a booklet which contains individual prayers, but also a ‘Pattern of Daily Prayer’- a service of ‘Morning Prayer’ and a service of ‘Night Prayer’ to help you to sustain a rhythm of daily prayer at home.

The website link is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer


Worship at Home

While church services are suspended during the current coronovirus pandemic, we are providing a range of resources to enable you to worship at home. Some of these resources will be printed general and vent-specific services (e.g. Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday) to undertake when it is convenient to you, video services for you to play and join in at home and, when appropriate, accompanying readings, prayers and hymns. These resources will be further developed over time.

All these ‘Worship at Home’ resources will be available from this website and our Facebook Page.


Fosse Group Facebook Page

We have launched a Facebook Page for the Fosse Group which will host news, items from the Ministry team, posts from worshippers and followers, and act as a visual showcase for our group of parishes. Please visit regularly for updates.
Content from the Ministry team will also be available here on the Fosse Group website.


Day of Prayer and Action

Mothering Sunday 22nd March 2020

The Archbishops have called, along with fellow church leaders, for a day of prayer and action this coming Sunday. Mothering Sunday has always been both a day of celebration for many and a sensitive and emotional day for some. Wherever you are this Sunday please do join in this day of prayer and action and remember especially those who are sick or anxious, and all involved in our Health Service.

How you can join in
We are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.


Live Lent – Care for God’s Creation

Rev Ruth’s recommended book for Lent this year is Live Lent; Care for God’s Creation and supports the Church of England Lent Campaign 2020. #Live Lent: Care for God’s Creation will help broaden your view of Christ’s redeeming mission – a mission Christians are called to share. With weekly themes and prayers shaped around the first Genesis account of creation, it explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created.

The Adults’ Edition offers a daily Bible reading, a short reflection and an action to help you live in greater harmony with God, neighbour and nature. •
The Kids’ edition provides a daily challenge to honour and treasure the earth, weekly short prayers and Bible readings on creation themes.
For further information about the books and how to order click here



Plough Sunday

To celebrate the rural and farming heritage of our villages, and to ask God’s blessing on our farming community, Plough Sunday will be celebrated at two churches in the Fosse Group.

  • St Wilfrid’s church Screveton on 5th January at 11am
  • St Peter’s church East Bridgford on 12th January at 6.30pm

All are welcome as we bless the plough and soil, seed and churn.

The origins of Plough Sunday go back a long way, at least into medieval times. On the first Sunday after Epiphany, the parish ploughs, bedecked with ribbons, would be dragged to church to be blessed, as the ploughing season began. On Plough Monday the teams would drag the ploughs round the village, seeking contributions for an ‘Ale’ or night of revelling at the tavern – and woe betide the cottage garden or vegetable plot of any householder who failed to stump up! Plough Tuesday would be spent, more often than not, in recovering. And then the work would begin in earnest.


Christingle services

Christingle services will be held at St Peter’s Church, East Bridgford at 3:00pm and 5:00pm on Christmas Eve. Please come along to one of them and encourage any families with children you know to come as well. All the money collected at our Christingle services will go to The Children’s Society. At the back of church are some collection boxes in the shape of candles for children to bring to the Christingle service. Please take one, if you can use it.

The idea of Christingles came from a Moravian Church in Germany in 1747. Click here to see the history and meaning of Christingle.