Weekly Notices |5 July 2020



Thought for Thursday – Each Thursday at 10.30am on the church Facebook site  https://www.facebook.com/stmaryschurchrushden/

Bumps & Babes:  Sue Merrifield is broadcasting to Bumps & Babes on Facebook every Monday morning at 10.00am.

Crafty Crafts: Helen Smedley is broadcasting crafts that we can do together on Facebook – look out for this on Tuesday at 11.00am.

Our thanks to everyone who is helping to keep our church and community together.  Please contact Steve, the Rector,
if there are any needs or prayer requests (01933 312554).
If you want to know more about the Christian faith and the hope we have in Jesus, please ring Steve (01933 312554) or Phil (01933 356906)
who would be happy to talk with you.


OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER:   Currently, St Mary’s is open on Thursdays from 11am – 1.00pm and Sundays from 2-4pm.  We know that we can pray anywhere and anytime, but this is an opportunity to meet with God in the church building if that is important to you.  COVID 19 restrictions will be in place and there will be limited access.

 A WARM WISH for a very Happy 90th Birthday to Mary Hearn on 7 July!

July 2020 grapevine  –  Our July edition of grapevine is being distributed this week and is available here online.  Grapevine July 2020 lite

We would like to include some THANK YOU, FATHER GOD prayers, as well as prayers for the sick and needy.  If you have anything for which to give thanks to God that you would like to share, please write to me (sprior@toucansurf.com) and we can have this good news put up.   Of course, do let me know of any other needs as well.

GIFTS AND OFFERINGS:  If you have any questions about your giving, you are welcome to contact our Treasurer, Robert Bates to discuss options with him (telephone: 01933 358005 or email: robertbates1947@btinternet.com).  There are options for paying remotely (by direct debit, standing order, through the Parish Giving Scheme).  If you pay by envelope, you are welcome to hold on to these until the time we can meet again (Whoopee!).

Please pray:  We try to keep this list up to date, but would like to include some THANK YOU prayers as well.  If you have anything for which to give thanks to God that you would like to share, please write to Steve (sprior@toucansurf.com) and we will put up this good news as well.

For those who are Ill:  Baby Alice (Rita Nutter’s great-granddaughter seriously ill in hospital), Bob Trusler, Alan Palmer, Avril Bird, Mark Butcher, Mel Britchford, Glenis Burton, John Tye, the Whiteman Family and Ruby Willmer.

For our congregations, our communities, the local mission of ENCS (particularly The Food Bank and Recovery House) 

Pray for our mission partners – Derek and Jane Waller (CMS); Tarfund; Brian and Val Hodgkin (Wycliffe Bible Translators); The Church Pastoral Aid Society; Langham Partnership UK & Ireland; and the Church Army.

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Thank you, Father God

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Thank you, Father, for the rapid recovery of Colin’s brother Robert, taken to hospital suddenly ill last week with an infection, but now home and recovering.


Thank you, God, for the wonderful gift of sight. I was out this sunny afternoon when I came across a flock of sheep with their lambs lying sheltering in the shade below a group of hawthorns all thickly laden with blossom— a miraculously beautiful thing.     Richard

Thank you, Father God,
for the life of Ravi Zacharias (1946 – 2020) –
a wonderful Christian apologist – though that doesn’t seem quite the right word for such a positive present and defender of Christianity.           Richard Toosey

   “I came to Him because I did not know which way to turn.
I remained with Him because there is no other way I wish to turn.
I came to Him longing for something I did not have.
I remain with Him because I have something I will not trade.
I came to Him as a stranger.
I remain with Him in the most intimate of friendships.
I came to Him unsure about the future.
I remain with Him certain about my destiny.
I came amid the thunderous cries of a culture that has 330 million deities.
I remain with Him knowing that truth cannot be all-inclusive.”
Ravi Zacharias
Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message