This Week's Notices


Week beginning 11 February 2018

NOTICES

Churches of Hereford Diocese - Past, Present and into the Future
There will be a talk given by Tim Bridges for the Ludlow Civic Society at 7pm on
14 February in the Methodist Chapel, Broad Street, Ludlow. Admission for members £3, for non-members £5.

Ash Wednesday There will be a Solemn Eucharist with imposition of ashes at which Rev'd Kelvin Price will preside on 14 February at 7.15pm. The music will feature Allegri's setting of Psalm 51, Byrd's Mass for Four Voices and Wesley's Wash me throughly. More information about Lent will become available on the church website in due course.

Conversation Group: Free, Frank and Friendly A group where you can raise questions about being a Christian which you might not ask anywhere else. We meet one Thursday a month 10.00am ‘til 12.00pm, next meeting 15 February. Conversation Starter: Alister McGrath ‘ A Bible for Grownups' order from Castle Bookshop or other. More details from Juergen Bridstrup: juergen.bridstrup@btinternet.com or 01584 876992.
There is room for one or two more.

Ludlow Palmers' Talk & Tea: Lights, Camera, Action
15 February
at 2.30pm - Ludlow Methodist Church, Broad Street
Although many miles from Hollywood, films are actually being made in Ludlow! Carl Walker, from Wild Edric Media, will reveal some of the secrets as to how films are made, including some examples of movies they've made, as well as how this Shropshire-based company is helping theatres and even churches reach a global audience with live streaming. Absolutely no technical knowledge needed to enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at movie-making. Tickets: £5 on door (tea and cake included). All income goes to the work of the Conservation Trust for St Laurence, Ludlow.

Christian Aid Lent lunches The Lent lunches held in the Garden Room at the Methodist Church start on Friday February 16, and continue weekly on Fridays throughout Lent between 12 noon and 1.30. Please come along to enjoy a bowl of the best soup in town. The Anglicans host March 2nd and it would be lovely to see you. If you cannot make ours, please support the work of Christian Aid on another Friday, Claire (01584 877199)

Road to Healing and Wellbeing 19 February at 7.30pm - Ludlow St Laurence's Dr Margaret Whipp, Lead Chaplin for the Oxford University Hospitals, is a former practising consultant oncologist and also an avid long-distance pilgrim. She will draw upon her experiences of walking Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela to explore pilgrimage and healing and wellbeing. Fourth in the Ludlow Palmers' Pilgrims and Pilgrimage 2018 Lecture Series. Tickets: £8 on door.

Life & Learning @ Ludlow continues on Thursday 22 February with the first of its Lent Lectures - ‘Technology, Reformation, and the future of the Church' - to be given by the Revd Dr Dan Inman. Full details and registration form are available in leaflets by the church door, at www.stlaurences.org.uk/lifeandlearning, or by contacting Barry Forrester (01584 878872).

A challenge for Lent: To complete 40 acts of kindness. This can be found at 40acts.org.uk

Women's World Day of Prayer - Friday 2 March at 2pm at Elim church.
Written this year by the women of Suriname, join us for this unique annual service that unites women around the world, from sunrise to sunset. Men are also very welcome!

Health and well being in rural communities - Wednesday 7 March
from 3-5pm at Ludlow Methodist Church. Rod Thomson, Director of Public Health Shropshire, will speak on the Local Government Association and Public Health England Report, 2017. Jane Robinson, robij1135@gmail.com Tel: 875694

Snowdrop collection Jen Davies, still the Church gardener, says 'Thank you' for the very generous response she has had to the 'Snowdrop collection', she started at the services on Candlemas Sunday. The collection received so far is £50.00 in cash plus a bucketful of bulbs 'in the green' - the latter planted on Monday Janurary 29, the rest to be done mid-month, when 2 more bagsful have also been promised.

B&B Accommodation needed for young musicians participating in the Ludlow English Song Weekend, 6-8 April. If you can help please contact Ewart Carson (ewart.carson@btinternet.com or 01584 879155)

Contemplation Group at 6 the Snicketts, Portcullis Lane. 11am Wednesdays.
During Lent we will be using the Bangor Diocese Lent Book 'Praying the Statues'. Copies are provided. Details from Helen Blyth 875041 and Pat Helm 877683.

Monthly Intercessory prayer meeting Please note that has been moved to the fourth Thursday in the month going forward.

Donations for flowers in church are always gratefully received - dedication forms can be picked up by the pigeon holes at the back of church. Please put your donation, along with this form, into an envelope marked ‘flowers' or ‘pew sheet' and post it into the donations box. (Please be aware that donations will take a week to go through the system so should be made at least a week in advance).

Alpha Course is coming to Ludlow
Starting in mid-February we are planning to run a weekly Alpha course. This course is a way of exploring, questioning and increasing our faith and we welcome as many as possible to join in this exciting adventure led by the Church Leaders of Ludlow. Please do look at our web site for more information www.ludlowalpha.org In the meantime we would like to share this prayer with you:

Loving God
You leave no stone unturned in seeking out those who are lost,
And you call us to share in your mission,
To make disciples of all people.
We thank you that you have called your servants in this town
To work together in that task through the Ludlow Alpha Course.
Bless, we pray, all that is offered in your name in this course,
through the power of your Spirit,
That we may rejoice in its fruitfulness.
Help us to invite and welcome all whom you are calling,
Accompanying them on their journey to meet Jesus Christ as Friend, Lord and Saviour
And witnessing by our love for them, for one another and for Him.
We ask in his name and for his sake
Amen.

The course starts week commencing Monday 12th February 2018
Go to: www.ludlowalpha.org; Click on "When and Where"; Choose which day would suit you; Click on "register"; Choose the number of places you are booking; Click on "Check Out"; Type in your personal details; Click on "Complete registration"
After that - you are booked in on your preferred date!

Prayers for Ludlow Alpha:
We are holding 6 weeks of prayer before the Alpha course starts - feel free to come and support! Each session will last about an hour. The last session is below.
(Today) Sunday 11 February at 3.00pm - Elim


The Week Ahead

Sun 11 Feb 2018

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Parish Eucharist

11:30 Choral Matins

Mon 12 Feb 2018

08:00 Holy Communion

08:30 Morning Prayer

10:00 Organ Practice

15:00 Rector's tea time

16:30 Evening Prayer

18:00 St Laurence's Consultative Group

19:30 Bells Practice

Tue 13 Feb 2018

08:30 Morning Prayer

15:30 Toddler Group set up

16:30 Evening Prayer

18:15 Handbells

Wed 14 Feb 2018

09:45 Little Angels Toddlers' Group

11:15 Toddler group clear up

12:00 Holy Communion

13:30 Funeral Terence McCourt RIP

18:30 Choir rehearsal

19:15 Solemn Eucharist

Thu 15 Feb 2018

08:30 Morning Prayer

16:30 Evening Prayer

17:00 Choir Practice

Fri 16 Feb 2018

08:30 Holy Communion

09:45 Toddlers' group

10:00 Flower arrangers

11:15 Toddler group clear up

14:00 Funeral Robert Leech RIP

17:30 Compline

Sat 17 Feb 2018

18:30 Church Stretton District ringing meeting

Sun 18 Feb 2018

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Parish Eucharist

14:30 SLL - Quarter Peal

Readings for the First Sunday of Lent, 18 February

First Reading: Genesis 9. 8-17

Second Reading: 1 Peter 3. 18-end

Gospel: Mark 1. 9-15

Psalm 25. 1-9

Please pray for the sick:

Rosemary, Pat Perry, June Day, Joyce Johnson, Mary Bailey, Lesley Gosbee-Harper, Eileen Cotton, Elsie Young

Please pray for the souls of the recently departed:

David Jackson, Kathleen Morse, Peggy James, Terence McCourt, Robert Leech


If you have any queries about the prayer list, please contact the office or speak with Rev’d Canon Jeffry Wilcox.

PARISH OFFICE

2 College Street, Ludlow, Shropshire. SY8 1AN

Telephone: 01584 872073

e-mail: office@stlaurences.org.uk               website: www.stlaurences.org.uk

The office is open to the public on Tuesdays between 10am and 12pm and at other times by appointment.  The telephone is monitored on a regular basis.

WHO’S WHO

(Days off)

CLERGY

Rector (Tue)

Rev’d Kelvin Price          07799 243867

Parish Chaplain

Rev’d Canon Jeffry Wilcox     877199

Assistant Priest (Wed)

Rev’d Prebendary Ann Barge 877307


Church Executive Manager

Shaun Ward    01584 872 073

Oversight of office, administration, fabric, development, funding, retail (Tue, Wed)

Office Administrator

01584 872073

Parish secretary, events co-ordinator, commercial hire, communications

Shop Manager

Amanda Davidson       01584 872073

Retail manager, shop and welcome steward liaison (Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun)

Treasurer

Michael Hunt  01584 872073

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