This Week's Notices

Week beginning 8 December 2019

Morning & Evening Prayer with Kelvin Price - For those wishing to join Kelvin in morning and evening prayer, the dates are as follows. Morning prayer is at 10am and Evening prayer at 4pm. All held in the Parish Office.
Morning Prayer: 9th December, 10th December 
Evening Prayer: 10th December, 11th December 

Congratulations - We offer our sincere congratulations to Harold and Jean Blackburn on celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday 15 December. Harold and Jean invite all to join them for a slice of special cake at coffee time after 9.30 am service. 

Glad Tidings - A new sound system is being installed before Christmas services, so today we are launching our campaign to pay for the system. If you can help please speak to Peter Nield, PCC Treasurer. For those who have already offered to help pay for the system, please make your contribution to Peter now. Thank you. 

Pledge Envelopes - 2020 Pledge envelopes are now available at the Welcomers' Desk. Please collect your envelopes. Many thanks. 

Nine Lessons and Carols Service: This Service on Monday 23rd December at 7pm is being recorded by BBC Radio Shropshire and each person attending will need to have a ticket. Tickets are available free of charge from the Church Shop. Incense will be used in this service. 

Friday's Toddler Group - Please note that the Friday Toddler Group will not be taking place on 27th December and 3rd January 2020. Thank you. 

Living Nativity - Tuesday 17th December, 6pm. Come and join the Living Nativity.
Real Donkey, Ludlow Town Band, Hot Chocolate and Mince Pies for all. Starts at the Peace Memorial, Castle Square, Ludlow. In severe weather the event will be held in St Laurence's church. For any enquiries please email 

Christian Aid - We are looking for a new "town coordinator" for all our Christian Aid activities during the year. Is that person in our midst? Could it be you? That would be wonderful. If you are interested, please speak to me. Claire tel: 877199
December 21st, Street collection and Carol singing. Please make a note in your diary to support our collectors who will be out, whatever the weather. A small sign that we are remembering our brothers and sisters who don't know where the next meal is coming from in our mad dash towards the 25th. Carol singing will be at The Buttercross from 11 o'clock. We are all invited to participate. Thank you. Claire tel: 877199. 

Celtic Prayer - 6pm 15th December. A simple evening liturgy in a style used by the Iona Community where we seek to be present to God in word, music and silence. 

The Good Grief Cafe ́ is a new bereavement support group that has been set up in Ludlow. Offering friendship and support after the loss of a loved one. There for people who just need a safe place to talk. Held the first Thursday of the month at The Pea Green Cafe, Ludlow Masć all Centre, Ludlow S Y8 1RZ. The next meeting is on 5th December, 3.30pm - 5pm. It would be helpful to let them know in advance if you'd like
to join, please email Jo Shield at Victoria Allen Funeral Services on on or call on 01584 879035. 

Traidcraft Stalls after 9.30am Eucharist in St Laurence continue on 1st and 3rd Sundays. Advent Calendars & Christmas Fayre available to buy or order. Pick up some store cupboard staples or sumptuous snacks. The very finest fair trade and organic foods made with sustainably sourced ingredients are purchased from around the world. You can stock up with ethical essentials, share recipe ideas, purchase gifts or cards knowing that you are supporting producers in developing countries. Laura, Melia and Penny, Traidcraft Fairtrader, 01584 876992. Harvest Stall Sales were £318.00 with thanks to buyers and shop volunteers for your support. 

Churches Together wants 2020 to start with a best attend event, which is why our AGM is happening on: Wednesday 22nd January, 7pm at St Laurence's Church Hall, Church Stretton. 

A Quiet Space in Advent - The lead up to Christmas can be busy and frantic but there will be an opportunity through Advent to stop for half an hour to be quiet and still.
All are welcome to join us for half an hour of silent prayer in the Lady Chapel at 12.15 on
Fridays 6th, 13th and 20th December. Pat Helm and Helen Blyth 

The Posada, or Travelling Crib, will be making its way around the Parish, passing from house to house between December 1st and Christmas Eve. If you would like to take part please look out for the information at the back of Church and sign up for a night that suits you. Don't forget to leave your contact details! If you have any questions please direct them to Kathy Cowell or Andrea Weston 

Ludlow Tree of Light - Ludlow Rotary Club in collaboration with Ludlow Town Council have organised the Ludlow Tree of Light. Creating an opportunity for people to make a personal dedication to the memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion. A complete list of dedications (received by 16 Dec) will be published in the Ludlow Advertiser's Christmas edition, recorded on the Ludlow Rotary Club website and featured in a Book of Remembrance on display in the Methodist Chapel, Broad Street. Dedication forms available from Wesley's Café or Nock Deighton's office in Ludlow or downloaded via All money raised goes to Hands Together Ludlow. For further information please email 

Open the Book, an organisation that goes into schools fortnightly to lead Bible based assemblies, has taken on two more local primary schools this year and we are looking for volunteers to join our teams, specifically on a Monday afternoon at 1.10 pm, though there may be slots on other days. Please contact John Eadie if you can help (877761 or

Contemplation Group Wednesday 11am: The Contemplation group meets at 6 The Snicketts, Portcullis Lane. 30 minutes of silent prayer is followed by coffee for those who wish to stay. Further details from Helen Blyth 875041 and Pat Helm 877683

The Week Ahead

Sun Dec 8, 2019
8am - 8:45am Holy Communion
9:30am - 10:45am Parish Eucharist
11:30am - 12:30pm Choral Matins
1pm - 2pm Baptism - Florence Dean & Alayia-Mae Woolley 

Mon Dec 9, 2019
10am - 11am Morning Prayer (Kelvin)
10am - 11am Organ Practice
7:30pm - 9pm Bells Practice 

Tue Dec 10, 2019
10am - 11am Morning Prayer (Kelvin)
10am - 12pm St Laurence Primary - Rehearsal
1:30pm - 3pm St Laurence Primary - Rehearsal
4pm - 5pm Evening Prayer (Kelvin Price)
5:30pm - 6:30pm Handbells 

Wed Dec 11, 2019
9am - 9:45am Little Angels Toddlers' Group Setup
9:45am - 11:15am Little Angels Toddlers' Group
11:15am - 11:30am Toddler group clear up
12pm - 12:45pm Holy Communion
1pm - 2pm Stage set up
1:30pm - 3pm St Laurence's Primary School - Rehearsal
4pm - 5pm Evening Prayer (Kelvin Price)
5pm - 6pm St Laurence's Primary School - Set up
6pm - 7pm St Laurence's Primary School - Christmas Carol Concert 

Thu Dec 12, 2019
10am - 11am Stage Clear Up - St Laurence's School
5pm - 8:30pm Choir Practice 

Fri Dec 13, 2019
9:45am - 11:15am Toddlers' group
10am - 12pm Flower arrangers
11:15am - 11:30am Toddler group clear up
12:15pm - 12:45pm Silent Prayer - Lady Chapel
5:30pm - 6pm Compline 

Sat Dec 14, 2019

Sun Dec 15, 2019
8am - 8:45am Holy Communion
9:30am - 10:45am Parish Eucharist
2:30pm - 3:30pm SLL - Quarter Peal
3:30pm - 4:30pm Choral Evensong
6pm - 7pm Celtic Prayer