This Week's Notices

Week beginning 26 January 2020

Saturday 21st March - Bishop Richard Enthronement at Hereford Cathedral at 11.30am.

Jim and Lesley Hooper - Jim and Lesley send their best wishes to all at St. Laurence's. The churchwardens are in receipt of a message from them at their home in France having spent Christmas and New Year with their daughter. They are settling into their new life. 

St Laurence Outward Giving - The Outward Concern Group are meeting on 3rd Feb and invite suggestions for 2020 planned giving this year. International, National but particularly Local needs perhaps of young people, elderly or vulnerable welcome. Please contact any member of the Outward Concern Group, Richard Wilkins PCC member or me as soon as possible. Penny 01584 876992. 

Monday Open Tea - There will be an Open Tea on the first Monday in every month. The next open tea will be on 3rd February at 3pm. 

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 Mascall Centre, Ludlow S Y8 1RZ. The next meeting is on ́ 6th February, 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.

Change to Church Services - From January 2020 the 1st and 3rd Sundays will now be 9.30am Eucharist and 11.30am Matins (Choral Eucharist on the 1st Sunday). The 2nd and 4th Sundays will now be 9.30am Eucharist and 3.30pm Evensong. 

26th January - 2nd February - All services will be held in the chancel due to the Nave being used for an event. 

Shop Move Programme - will take about 8-10 weeks to complete. The font has already been moved as phase 1 is prepared. Thank you for all your patience as these building works take place. 

Shop Closure - the church shop will close on the 31st January and re open in its new location in April. The PCC would like to thank all the volunteers who have worked in the shop over the years helping to make it a success. 

Shop Sale - there is now 50% off everything in the shop. Great bargains so do drop in and see what you might want. Bids for shop cabinets or the shop fixings can be made to Peter Nield. 

Life & Learning @ Ludlow continues on 30 January with the lecture ‘Enjoying God: Reclaiming the Puritans' to be given by the Revd Dr Chris Moore. Just a few places remain. Contact Barry Forrester on 01584 878872 for details. 

Wednesday 18th March, Eucharist with Bishop Alistair at St Laurences - It's good to pray together, and with that in mind I will be presiding at the eucharist with this intention at four special (and more or less identical) services during Lent, at which I hope many of you and your parishioners will join me. The eucharist will start at 11am, will include a period of extended prayer (with different "ways" available including silence), and will end by 1pm, with drinks available afterwards. Please bring a packed lunch if you wish. There is no need to book. The three other services I will be attending are: Tuesday 3rd March - St George, Pontesbury. Monday 9th March - St Mary, Ross on Wye. Saturday 14th March - Holy Trinity, Hereford. Yours in Christ, Bishop Alistair. 

Diddy Disciples Help needed urgently - Diddy Disciples is an excellent programme that serves the youngest members of our 9.30 congregation during school terms. They suddenly have a leadership crisis and need your help if they are to continue meeting. They are looking for anyone who is able and willing to commit to one Sunday every 3 or 4 weeks. Leaders will need to get a DBS check through the office, but assistants are also required who do not necessarily need that check. Guidance and programme materials are supplied. Thank you. Sandi Burley 01584 873155. 

Ludlow Fairtrade Town Group and Ludlow Food Network are holding a conference and workshops on ethical food sourcing on Saturday 29th February 2020, 10am-2pm at Ludlow Methodist Church, Broad Street, Ludlow SY8 1NH. Tickets £8.50. Available from or tel: 01584 831654.
Traidcraft Stalls after 9.30am Eucharist in St Laurence continue on 1st and 3rd Sundays. pick up some store cupboard staples or sumptuous snacks. 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. 

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 26 Jan 2020

08:00 - 08:45 Holy Communion
09:30 - 10:45 Parish Eucharist
13:00 - 14:00 Becket - Technical Rehearsal
14:30 - 15:30 SLL - Quarter Peal
15:30 - 16:30 Choral Evensong
16:30 - 22:00 Becket - Rehearsal 

Mon 27 Jan 2020
08:00 - 18:00 Becket - Technical Rehearsal
09:00 - 10:30 Church Cleaning
10:30 - 11:30 Organ Practice
18:00 - 23:00 Becket - Full Dress Rehearsal

Tue 28 Jan 2020
08:00 - 18:00 Becket - Technical Rehearsal
17:30 - 18:30 Handbells
18:00 - 23:00 Becket - Full Dress Rehearsal 

Wed 29 Jan 2020
08:00 - 13:00 Becket - Tech work snagging
09:00 - 09:45 Little Angels Toddlers' Group Setup
09:45 - 11:15 Little Angels Toddlers' Group
11:15 - 11:30 Toddler group clear up
12:00 - 12:45 Holy Communion
13:00 - 15:00 Lucton Prep School Christingle Service - Set up
15:00 - 16:00 Lucton Prep School Christingle Service
18:00 - 18:30 Becket - Cast Arrival 18:45 - 19:00 Becket - Doors open
19:30 - 23:00 Becket - Performance Starts 

Thu 30 Jan 2020
17:00 - 20:30 Choir Practice
19:30 - 23:00 Becket - Performance Starts

Fri 31 Jan 2020
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
19:30 - 23:00 Becket - Performance Starts 

Sat 1 Feb 2020
19:30 - 23:00 Becket - Performance Starts 

Sun 2 Feb 2020
08:00 - 08:45 Holy Communion
09:30 - 10:45 Choral Eucharist
11:30 - 12:30 Choral Matins
13:00 - 15:00 Becket - Clear up