This Week's Notices

Week beginning 2 December 2018

Christingles- This year St Laurence's needs to provide 500 Christingles for the very popular service at 4.00 on Christmas Eve. We will be making them in church on December 24th in the morning starting at 10.00. We already have some loyal helpers but two or three more would mean we can finish quicker, so please consider whether you can help us out and let the Church Wardens know. Thank you.

Giving envelopes for 2019 are now at the back of the church ready for collection. For further information on this scheme please ask the Treasurer or Churchwardens.

Shaun Ward - The PCC have granted Shaun a sabbatical leave of 3 months from January to March 2019 after being in post for 12 years at St Laurence's. Gemma King will be acting Director of Music, Peter Neild will be covering the Church Executive Manager's role. During this time Shaun will be visiting 6 major churches and reporting back to the PCC on various initiatives and how we can learn lessons in our own community.

The Good Grief Café 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 third Thursday of the month at The Pea Green Café, Ludlow Mascall Centre, Ludlow SY8 1RZ. The next one is December 20th. 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.

Christian Aid - Saturday Dec 22nd
Street collection -please give generously, before we get totally immersed/overwhelmed by all that we are doing. This is a very small way of showing we care for those for whom the message of Christmas seems very far away. There will also be carols at the Buttercross between 11 and 12 -do join in. Thank you to the 10 who are collecting -anyone who can act as a reserve, please ring me -I'd be delighted to hear from you, Claire, Tel : 877199.

Rector's Chair Appeal, Thank you - We are well on our way to securing the chairs needed in the reordered nave; your generosity has now secured 150 new chairs. If you haven't yet donated, please do consider this important step forward in the life of our church. A flexible nave will allow us to welcome more and wider activities into our building, this will help to secure its future. Please remember every penny counts, donations great and small are very welcome. If you are unable to support a whole chair, a part donation would be gratefully received. God bless, Kelvin.

Winter Fuel Allowance
- Churches Together Around Ludlow have teamed up with the South Shropshire Furniture Scheme to provide a fuel poverty fund for those in need over the winter months. Grants of up to £20 are paid directly onto the person/family in need. You can donate to the fund by means of a cheque, payable to ‘Ludlow Baptist Church'. Donations can be left at Wesley's Café or in any of the Ludlow churches in an envelope addressed to ‘CTAL Fuel Poverty Fund'. For further information, contact Mike Beazley, 01584 873 570,

Use of Incense - Over the next few weeks incense will be used in a number of services. These are:
Sunday 23 Dec - Nine Lessons and Carols - 7pm
Sunday 6 Jan - Parish Eucharist for Epiphany - 9.30am

Monday Open Teas - There will be an Open Tea on the first Monday in every month but during the next few wintry weeks when the days are short, cold and busy the rest of the teas will be suspended. In the first weeks of 2019 there will also be lots going on inside the church so be on the look-out for when tea- or coffee-times will begin again.
The next open tea will be on Monday January 7th. The Burleys

Dementia Support Drop in
- 2nd Monday of every month from 10.00 - 1.00pm at Ludlow Library, 7/9 Parkway, Ludlow SY8 2PG. 10th December 2018. We can support both carers and people with dementia. We offer personalised support to help you manage the symptoms of dementia, develop strategies for day-to-day living, and help with making plans for the future.

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

Knit & Natter - Love knitting and crochet? Join us in St Laurence's fortnightly on Thursdays between 1.15 & 3.15. Got a project you need to finish, or in need of some support? Join a group of like-minded people for an afternoon of fun. There won't be a get together on the 20th December 2018.

Lifts to St Laurence - The Pastoral Group are looking for more committed helpers, who could offer lifts to Church, for the congregations of both St. Laurence and St. John's (during building work at St. John's). If anyone is willing to provide this help, or anyone requiring a lift, please contact Sue Thomas 01584874352 email

The Week Ahead

Sun 9 Dec 2018
08:00 - 08:45 Holy Communion
09:30 - 10:45 Parish Eucharist
11:30 - 12:30 Choral Matins

Mon 10 Dec 2018
09:00 - 09:30 Morning Prayer
10:00 - 11:00 Organ Practice
11:00 - 13:00 Ludlow Junior School - Rehearsal
14:00 - 15:00 Stage Set Up - Ludlow Junior School
15:00 - 16:00 Open Tea - NO TEA TODAY
19:30 - 21:00 Bells Practice

Tue 11 Dec 2018
09:00 - 10:00 Set up time - Ludlow Junior School
10:00 - 12:00 Ludlow Junior School - Carol Service
17:30 - 18:30 Handbells

Wed 12 Dec 2018
09:00 - 09:45 Little Angels Playgroup Setup
09:00 - 09:30 Morning Prayer
09:45 - 11:15 Little Angels Toddlers' Group
11:15 - 11:30 Toddler group clear up
12:00 - 12:45 Holy Communion
13:30 - 14:30 Funeral TBC

Thu 13 Dec 2018
12:30 - 13:30 Funeral - Carl Wilkes RIP
17:00 - 20:30 Choir Practice

Fri 14 Dec 2018
09:45 - 11:15 Toddlers' group
10:00 - 12:00 Flower arrangers
11:15 - 11:30 Toddler group clear up
17:30 - 18:00 Compline
18:00 - 19:00 Wedding Rehearsal - Emily Smith & William Jones

Sat 15 Dec 2018
10:30 - 11:30 Interment of Ashes - Derrick Higgins RIP (David Roberts)
13:00 - 14:00 Wedding - Emily Smith & William Jones
Sun 16 Dec 2018
08:00 - 08:45 Holy Communion
09:30 - 10:45 Parish Eucharist
14:30 - 15:30 SLL - Quarter Peal
15:30 - 16:30 Choral Evensong