Revd Claire Goode. On Sunday 2nd March, the announcement was made that Claire has accepted the part-time post of Vicar of St Andrew’s Church in Nottingham, and will be leaving us in the middle of June. Her last service will be at Bleasby on Sunday 15th June at 10.30 a.m. During the time she has been with us, she has worked hard to bring the seven parishes together, to bring a fresh approach to worship, and to minister to those in need. Sadly, the enormity of the task has taken its toll, and her health has suffered. We will miss her greatly, but we wish Claire and her family every blessing on this new stage in their lives. During the time before a new appointment is made here, we will continue to build on innovations either started or not yet instigated, and will endeavour to ensure that parishioners in Bleasby will continue to receive the full ministry of the church.
Our Shrove Tuesday Supper was a sell-out. Fifty one guests enjoyed a hot supper, lively conversation and superb entertainment from Sheepish Grin-- John Crawford on melodeon and Richard Mecia on fiddle --who put together a programme especially for us celebrating Spring. Traditional English music and pieces composed by John Crawford himself interspersed with extracts from John Clare, Edward Thomas, Robert Herrick, Ogden Nash and others made this a memorable evening. Our thanks go to the many people who worked together and alone to make this such a success.
Quinquennial Review. A five yearly architectural survey will take place at the end of March. This is a legal requirement designed to ensure that urgent work is carried out within appropriate time limits and other recommended work is completed within the five years.
We are using a York Course for our Lent Groups this year. The five sessions with accompanying CD and notes feature distinguished contributors from a wide range of churches and traditions. This year’s course entitled Build on the Rock; faith, doubt and Jesus is stimulating plenty of discussion.
Lent Lunches. If you haven’t managed to get to a soup lunch yet, the last one will be on April 12th from 12.30 to 2pm in the village hall. The lunch is not exactly frugal but simple enough to remind us that many go hungry. A donation of £5 is suggested and all proceeds will go to Christian Aid.
For the third year running we will be holding a Good Friday Walk. This has proved popular in the past. We start at Hoveringham Church at 9a.m (coffee and hot cross buns served form 8.30) and follow a route across the fields taking in 6 of the churches in our group where a 10 minute service is held. Please join us for all or part of the day. (see times and details on this page)
James Pacey is coming to the end of his placement with our group of churches. James who is in training for the ministry will be going on to a placement in Hyson Green (Nottingham) next term. The Easter Holy Communion service at Hoveringham will be his last with us. As there is no service here we hope that many of you will want to be at Hoveringham to say goodbye to James and to wish him well.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in church at 6pm on Monday 28th April. If you interested in finding out about what has been going on at St Mary’s during the year and how its work is supported through donations from the parish and historic bequests, then please come and join us.
Diana Temperley and Rachael Andrew, Churchwardens.