Service sheet for 18th February

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 18th February 2018

First Sunday of Lent

We come to the Lord today in humility and trust, asking him to look upon us and upon our world in compassion and love for all his people.

There is a retiring collection today, and every Sunday during Lent, to support Water Aid and the Diocesan Lent Project (see Lent leaflet). Lent is a time for almsgiving so please give generously.

10.30am Sung Eucharist The service is set out in the white service booklet. The collect and readings are to be found overleaf. Hymns from the New English Hymnal.

Introit Hymn 507 Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us

Psalm 25

Gospel acclamation Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory

Cantors The Lord is a great God, O that you would listen to his voice:
Harden not your hearts.

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory

Priest Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Mark 1:9-15

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 302 O Thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray

Communion Hymn 276 Bread of heaven, on thee we feed

Recessional Hymn 67 Forty days and forty nights

Organ Voluntary Bach – Christus, der uns selig macht

ASSISTANTS AT THE EUCHARIST
Sidespersons
Dot and Rodney Head 1st Reading Rhiannon Wassell 2nd Reading Nigel Simpson Intercessions Diana Lamb Chalice John Baldry Organist Ian Graydon Servers Vikkie Shread and John Baldry Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson

Next Sunday’s readings; Genesis 17:1-7. 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

Deanery Prayer Calendar: St Andrew, Norwich – Clergy: Martin Young, William Warren; Outreach worker: Jonathan Piesse. Norwich University of Arts – Chaplain: Martin Young. Besom Charity: Sophie Kozmian-Ledward. Transforming Norwich.

2018 motto text “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:19

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon Darren Thornton, part-time, also Chaplain at UEA 01603 623724 d.thornton@uea.ac.uk – day off on Monday

Parish Ordinands Annie Blyth and Tracy Williams (Ordinand at St Matthew’s, Thorpe Hamlet)

Churchwardens Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) and Bob Emsell (01603 439632)

Newsletter and Traidcraft Kate Baldry (01362 695503) kate.baldry@btopenworld.com

https://stgileschurch.wordpress.com Twitter @stgilesnorwich Music Repro. Licence 990580

DIARY FOR THE WEEK

Tuesday 20 February 12 noon Noon Prayers led by Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson

Wednesday 21 February 6.30pm West Pottergate Community Meeting at the Chapel
Our reps are Fr Darren, Annie Blyth and John Marsters

Thursday 22 February 7.30pm Interesting Talk by Dr Clive Wilkins-Jones (see below)

Friday 23 February 10.00am Said Mass Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, 155
5.30pm Evensong at the Cathedral to celebrate Bishop Graham’s 25th anniversary of being a Bishop in the Church of God. All are welcome!

Sunday 25 February Second Sunday of Lent 10.30am Sung Parish Mass

NOTICES

We welcome any newcomers to our church today. Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. If you normally receive communion in your own church, you are welcome to do so here. If you are not a communicant, please come to the altar for a blessing, holding your service book.

Large print weekly pew sheets from Redemptorist are now available. Do ask if you require a copy.

Apologies from Fr Darren He will not be at the door to say goodbye after Mass. There is a local Derby taking place and kick-off is at 12 noon! It’s going to be a quick cycle down to Carrow Road.

The Christian Aid ‘Count Your Blessings’ form is inside your newsletter today. Please do take this home with you and return your money to our Christian Aid rep Lindsey Green at the end of Lent.

Thursday’s Interesting Talk (see above) at 7.30pm is by Dr Clive Wilkins-Jones. He will talk on “A little-known history of Norwich, commissioned in 1575 by an ailing Archbishop Matthew Parker”.

Lent leaflet Spare copies of our Lent leaflet are available from the back of church.

Ecumenical Lent course Retired Norfolk magistrate, author and Norwich Quaker John Myhill is leading a six week Ecumenical Lent course, open to all, to consider some of the difficult passages from the Gospels and what they have to say to us today. John Myhill has, in previous years, led Ecumenical Lent groups at Norwich Cathedral, St Stephen’s Church and the Church of St Peter Mancroft as well as the Quaker Meeting House. This year starting on Wednesday, February 14, 10.30am-12.15pm (but no meeting on March 21) at Upper Goat Lane Quaker Meeting House, Norwich NR2 1EW. John will lead a series on ‘What do the Gospels have to say to us today?’. He says: “I hope we will look at the passages people usually find difficult or problematic, or those they simply dismiss or avoid. I can offer plenty of these for discussion, but hope members of the group will bring their own pile of rejects. We will concentrate on those “hard” passages, sharing our thoughts on what they might have to say to us today. We all have that of God within us, and all views will be listened to equally.”
Each week John will offer a theme as follows:
Wednesday, February 14, 10.30am-12.15pm: Are the miracles best read as parables?
Wednesday, February 21, 10.30am-12.15pm: Are Christians really expected to do what Jesus says?
Wednesday, February 28, 10.30am-12.15pm: Can the apparent contradictions between the four Gospels add to our understanding?
Wednesday, March 7: Sin, Suffering, Hell and a vengeful God?
Wednesday, March 14, 10.30am-12.15pm: Children, Madness and the Kingdom of Heaven.
Wednesday March 21, No meeting
Wednesday, March 28, 10.30am-12.15pm: What is the Core Message of the Gospels?
Everyone is welcome and there is no need to let John know you are coming in advance. Do feel free to contact John for further details on john.myhill1948 It is good if you can come to all of the meetings but better to come along for some than none at all. Please note there will be no group on March 21.

Bible Study group We are continuing in Mark’s Gospel. How about joining us for our meetings during Lent? These will be on Mondays at 7.30pm on 26 Feb at 40 Havelock Road and 19 March at 37 Havelock Road. Please speak to Karen Kiddell for more details – you will be most welcome!

Our February Charity is Water Aid. Please look at the board at the back of church to find out more.

Do you consider yourself to be a ‘member’ of St Giles Church? Are you on our Church Electoral Roll? If you have worshipped with us for longer than 6 months and are not on our membership list then do ask our Electoral Roll Officer, Carole Hill, for a form so that your name can be added. The deadline for new names is next Sunday 25 February. If you are not sure whether you are on the list, or if your details have changed, then do speak to Carole, so she can check her master copy. After 25 February no new names can be added until after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). You may also like to consider joining our scheme for regular giving (see our Treasurer, John Baldry).

The APCM is on Sunday 18 March (Passion Sunday) at 12 noon and will be followed by a lunch at 1.00pm (details to follow). Nomination forms for the 3 vacancies on the PCC and for Churchwardens and Deputy Churchwardens are at the back of church. These must be in by 25 February. If you are considering putting yourself forward for one of these posts, please speak to Fr Darren first.

The Parish Lunch is also on Sunday 18 March at The Coach and Horses in Bethel Street at 12.30pm to eat at 1.00pm. For details see the form at the back of church – please sign the list and pay Treasurer John Baldry by Sunday 4 March at the very latest to secure your booking. Thank you.

Confirmation The next opportunity for Confirmation will be in the Cathedral on Easter Eve, Saturday 31 March by the Lord Bishop of Norwich. If you are interested, then please speak to Fr Darren a.s.a.p.

Deanery Outing to Cromer Are you coming to join us on 10 July? It is already half full! Those who came last year had a wonderful evening. Please pick up a leaflet from the back of church and make your payment to secure your theatre seat.

Fairtrade Easter Eggs are available to order from Kate – see catalogues at the back of Church.

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Service sheet for 11th February

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 11th February 2018

Sunday next before Lent

Hear the voice of God: “This is my beloved Son; listen to him!”

10.30am Sung Eucharist The service is set out in the white service booklet. The collect and readings are to be found overleaf. Hymns from the Celebration Hymnal.

Introit Hymn 388 Shine, Jesus, shine

Psalm 50

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors Welcome with meekness the implanted word
that has the power to save your souls

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Mark 9:2-9

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 399 Love is his word, love is his way

Communion Hymn 663 Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast

Recessional Hymn 111 Christ is the world’s light

Organ Voluntary Boellmann – Toccata from Suite Gothique

ASSISTANTS AT THE EUCHARIST

Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson 1st Reading Pat Dutton 2nd Reading Julia de Salis Intercessions Mavis Jacobs Chalice Carole Hill Organist Ian Graydon Servers Kathryn Ives and Jennifer Gerrard

Next Sunday’s readings; Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

Deanery Prayer Calendar: St Alban, Lakenham – Clergy: David Lloyd. Sports Minister: Ruth Graveling. Norwich School – Chaplain: Corin Child. City College Norwich – Chaplain: David Lloyd.

2018 Church motto text “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon Darren Thornton, part-time, also Chaplain at UEA 01603 623724 d.thornton@uea.ac.uk – day off on Monday

Parish Ordinands Annie Blyth and Tracy Williams (Ordinand at St Matthew’s, Thorpe Hamlet)

Churchwardens Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) and Bob Emsell (01603 439632)

Newsletter and Traidcraft Kate Baldry (01362 695503) kate.baldry@btopenworld.com

https://stgileschurch.wordpress.com Twitter @stgilesnorwich Music Repro. Licence no.990580

DIARY FOR THE WEEK

Tuesday 13 February Shrove Tuesday 12 noon Said Mass
7.00pm Licensing of Revd Paul Rider to St John’s Lakenham and St Paul’s Tuckswood. All are welcome.

Wednesday 14 February Ash Wednesday 7.00pm Sung Parish Mass with the Imposition of Ashes
Speaker Parish Ordinand Annie Blyth

Friday 16 February 10.00am Said Mass

Sunday 18 February First Sunday of Lent 10.30am Sung Parish Mass

NOTICES

We welcome any newcomers to our church today. Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. If you normally receive communion in your own church, you are welcome to do so here. If you are not a communicant, please come to the altar for a blessing, holding your service book.

Large print weekly pew sheets from Redemptorist are now available. Do ask if you require a copy.

Apologies from Fr Darren He will not be at the door to speak after Mass. He is rushing off to be with the congregation of St John’s Lakenham for a rehearsal in preparation to welcome their new priest on Shrove Tuesday (13 February) at 7.00pm. We welcome Revd Paul Rider to the Deanery.

Please do visit the Traidcraft Stall after Mass today Kate should have the new catalogues too!

The Real Easter Egg – available to order from Kate – see poster and sample on the Traidcraft Stall.

Do you consider yourself to be a ‘member’ of St Giles Church? Are you on our Church Electoral Roll? If you have worshipped with us for longer than 6 months and are not on our membership list then do ask our Electoral Roll Officer, Carole Hill, for a form so that your name can be added. The deadline for new names to be added is Sunday 25 February. If you are not sure whether you are on the list or your details have changed then do speak to Carole, so she can check her master copy. After 25 February no new names can be added until after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). You may also like to consider joining our scheme for regular giving (see our Treasurer, John Baldry).

The APCM is on Sunday 18 March (Passion Sunday) at 12 noon and will be followed by a lunch at 1.00pm (details to follow). Nomination forms for 3 vacancies on the PCC, Churchwardens and Deputy Churchwardens are at the back of church. These must be in by 25 February. If you are considering putting yourself forward for one of these posts, please speak to Fr Darren first.

Our February Charity is Water Aid. Please look at the board at the back of church to find out more.

Lent is coming – please do come to Ash Wednesday Sung Parish Mass with the Imposition of Ashes on 14th February at 7.00pm. Our speaker will be Parish Ordinand Annie Blyth.

Lent leaflet There are spare copies of our Lent leaflet available from the back of church.

Our next Interesting Talk will be on Thurs 22 February when Dr Clive Wilkins-Jones will talk on “A little-known history of Norwich, commissioned in 1575 by an ailing Archbishop Matthew Parker”. Parker was a ‘local boy done good’, as they say (his parents are buried at St Clement’s Colegate).

Bible Study How about joining us for our meetings during Lent? We shall continue to follow Jesus’ ministry as recounted in St Mark’s Gospel. Our meetings will be on Monday 26 February at 7.30pm at 40 Havelock Road and on Monday 19 March at 7.30pm at 37 Havelock Road. Please speak to Karen Kiddell for more details – you will be most welcome.

Confirmation The next opportunity for Confirmation will be in the Cathedral on Easter Eve, Saturday 31 March by the Lord Bishop of Norwich. If you are interested, then please speak to Fr Darren a.s.a.p.

Salvation Army Pottergate ARC – please do keep bringing in donations of tins and packets and place them in the box in the Tower Vestry. Many thanks to Elsie and David for organising this.

Deanery Outing to Cromer Are you coming to join us on 10 July? It is already half full! Those who came last year had a wonderful evening. Please pick up a leaflet from the back of church and make your payment to secure your theatre seat.

Donations of wine for consumption at church events would be most gratefully received by the Churchwardens. Please do bring in any bottles you would like to donate. We try to provide good hospitality at St Giles and are very grateful for any contributions which you can make. Thank you!

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Service sheet for 4th February

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 4th February 2018

Second Sunday before Lent

We come to offer the praise of all creation to our living God, who has made us to be sisters and brothers of the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Mass includes the Ministry of Healing, with the anointing of oil. If you wish to receive healing for yourself or for a loved one, then please go and sit in the Lady Chapel during the organ voluntary at the end of the Mass.

10.30am Sung Eucharist The service is set out in the white service booklet. The collect and readings are to be found overleaf. Hymns from the New English Hymnal.

Introit Hymn 377 Immortal, invisible, God only wise

Psalm 104

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors Welcome with meekness the implanted word
that has the power to save your souls

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel John 1:1-14

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 310 We hail thy presence glorious

Communion Hymn 315 Word of the Father, source of all things living

Recessional Hymn 439 Praise to the Holiest in the height

Organ Voluntary Elgar – Imperial March

ASSISTANTS AT THE EUCHARIST Servers Ben Shread and Karen Kiddell Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson 1st Reading Diana Lamb 2nd Reading Sue Prutton Intercessions Vikkie Shread Chalice Pat Dutton Organist Ian Graydon

Next Sunday’s readings; 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

Deanery Prayer Calendar: St John Old Lakenham & St Paul Tuckswood – Clergy: Kate Belcher, Rosemary Rayner; Synod Reps: Elaine Taylor, Keith Tovey. The valuable ministry of the Retired Clergy; Bishop’s Officer for Retired Clergy, Widowers, and Widows: Andrew Sangster. The meeting of the Deanery Synod on Wednesday.

2018 Church motto text “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon Darren Thornton, part-time, also Chaplain at UEA 01603 623724 d.thornton@uea.ac.uk – day off on Monday

Parish Ordinands Annie Blyth and Tracy Williams (Ordinand at St Matthew’s, Thorpe Hamlet)

Churchwardens Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) and Bob Emsell (01603 439632)

Newsletter and Traidcraft Kate Baldry (01362 695503) kate.baldry@btopenworld.com

https://stgileschurch.wordpress.com Twitter @stgilesnorwich Music Repro. Licence no.990580

DIARY FOR THE WEEK

Tuesday 6 February 12 noon Said Mass President Revd Maggie Diffey
The Martyrs of Japan, 1597

5.30pm Evensong at the Cathedral – Diocesan celebration to launch the two new Church Army Mission Centres – all welcome!

Wednesday 7 February 7.15pm Norwich East Deanery Synod (our reps are Karen Kiddell, Bob and Pat Emsell) – all welcome (see Notices below)

Friday 9 February 10.00am Said Mass
7.30pm Film Club – please see the railings outside St Giles for details

Sunday 11 February Sunday next before Lent 10.30am Sung Parish Mass
Traidcraft Stall after Mass

NOTICES

We welcome any newcomers to our church today. Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. If you normally receive communion in your own church, you are welcome to do so here. If you are not a communicant, please come to the altar for a blessing, holding your service book.

Do you consider yourself to be a ‘member’ of St Giles Church? Are you on our Church Electoral Roll? If you have worshipped with us for longer than 6 months and are not on our membership list then do ask our Electoral Roll Officer, Carole Hill, for a form so that your name can be added. The deadline for new names to be added is Sunday 25 February. If you are not sure whether you are on the list or your details have changed then do speak to Carole, so she can check her master copy. After 25 February no new names can be added until after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). You may also like to consider joining our scheme for regular giving (see our Treasurer, John Baldry).

The APCM is on Sunday 18 March (Passion Sunday) at 12 noon and will be followed by a lunch at 1.00pm (details to follow). Nomination forms for 3 vacancies on the PCC, as well as Churchwardens and Deputy Churchwardens, are at the back of church. These must be in by 25 February. If you are considering putting yourself forward for one of these posts, please speak to Fr Darren first.

Deanery Synod Norwich East Deanery synods will in future be open to anyone who would like to attend, especially if a topic is of interest to you, though only elected Synod Members may vote if a vote is required. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7 February at 7.15pm at Prior’s Hall in the Cathedral Close, when the Dean will be speaking about the Cathedral mission and vision. Refreshments will be available from 7.00pm.

Lent is coming – please do come to the Ash Wednesday Sung Parish Mass with the imposition of ashes on 14th February at 7.00pm. Our speaker will be Parish Ordinand Annie Blyth. And there are spare copies of our Lent leaflet available at the back of church.

Our next Interesting Talk will be on Thurs 22 February when Dr Clive Wilkins-Jones will talk on “A little-known history of Norwich, commissioned in 1575 by an ailing Archbishop Matthew Parker”. Parker was a ‘local boy done good’, as they say (his parents are buried at St Clement’s Colegate).

Bible Study How about joining us for our meetings during Lent? We shall continue to follow Jesus’ ministry as recounted in St Mark’s Gospel. Our meetings will be on Monday 26 February at 7.30pm at 40 Havelock Road and on Monday 19 March at 7.30pm at 37 Havelock Road. Please speak to Karen Kiddell for more details – you will be most welcome.

Confirmation The next opportunity for Confirmation will be in the Cathedral on Easter Eve, Saturday 31 March by the Lord Bishop of Norwich. If you are interested, then please speak to Fr Darren a.s.a.p.

Our February Charity is Water Aid. Please look at the board at the back of church to find out more.

Salvation Army Pottergate ARC – please do keep bringing in donations of tins and packets and place them in the box in the Tower Vestry. Many thanks to Elsie and David for organising this.

Large print weekly pew sheets Redemptorist Publications are making the Sunday service accessible to visually impaired Christians by sending us some large print copies every week. This is funded by St John’s Guild, Christians Supporting People with Sight Loss. Do ask if you require a copy.

Advent Appeal A huge ‘Thank You’ to all who contributed so generously to the Advent Appeal. With some further donations after Christmas, the total raised is £4565.39 including Gift Aid: a magnificent result which shows your commitment to the future of St Giles! Thank you again from the PCC!

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Service sheet for 28th January

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 28th January 2018

Candlemas

As we celebrate the feast of Candlemas our heavenly Father calls us to share with Christ in the work of light–bearing in our world. Let us come before him in worship and thanksgiving.

“Christ became what we are that he might make us what he is.” Athanasius of Alexandria

“Let us run with the stars and offer gifts with the Magi…with shepherds let us glorify him, with angels sing hymns, with archangels join in chorus…let us travel through the life of Christ that we may be born afresh in him.” St Gregory Nazianzen

Please do join us for a celebratory glass of wine after the Mass.

Our Christmas tree and crib will come down after Mass today marking the end of the Christmas season as we start to think ahead to Lent.

10.30am Sung Eucharist The service is set out in the white service booklet. The collect and readings are to be found overleaf. Hymns from the New English Hymnal.

Introit Hymn 156 Sing how the age-long promise of a Saviour

Psalm 24

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors This child is the light to enlighten the nations
And the glory of your people Israel

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Luke 2:22-40

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 33 Of the Father’s heart begotten

Communion Hymn 44 Faithful vigil ended

Recessional Hymn 335 All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine

Organ Voluntary Buxtehude – Prelude, Fugue & Chaconne in C

Next Sunday’s readings; Proverbs 8:1. 22-31 Psalm 104:25-37; Colossians 1:15-20; John 1:1-14

2018 Church motto text “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon Darren Thornton, part-time, also Chaplain at UEA 01603 623724 d.thornton@uea.ac.uk – day off on Monday

Parish Ordinands Annie Blyth and Tracy Williams (Ordinand at St Matthew’s, Thorpe Hamlet)

Churchwardens Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) and Bob Emsell (01603 439632)

Newsletter and Traidcraft Kate Baldry (01362 695503) kate.baldry@btopenworld.com

https://stgileschurch.wordpress.com Twitter @stgilesnorwich Music Repro. Licence no.990580

ASSISTANTS AT THE EUCHARIST

Churchwarden Bob Emsell 1st Reading Rowena Atkinson 2nd Reading Ian Mayers Intercessions Priest-led Chalice Jonny Green Organist Ian Graydon Servers Tim Ives, Susan Morris-Prosser, Karen Kiddell, Jonny and Lindsey Green

DIARY FOR THE WEEK

Monday 29 January Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land departs today

Tuesday 30 January 12 noon Said Mass Charles, King and Martyr, 1649
7.00pm PCC meeting at the Rectory

Friday 2 February 10.00am Said Mass

Sunday 4 February 2nd before Lent 10.30am Sung Parish Mass
with Healing Ministry after the Mass

Deanery Prayer Calendar: St Mark, Lakenham – Clergy: Erik West-Lindell; Reader: Paulette Yallop; Synod Rep: John Phoenix. Organists, choirs, and musicians; Tower Captains and Bell Ringers across the Deanery.

NOTICES

We welcome any newcomers to our church today. Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. If you normally receive communion in your own church, you are welcome to do so here. If you are not a communicant, please come to the altar for a blessing, holding your service book.

PCC members have envelopes to collect from the post tray today.

Large print weekly pew sheets Redemptorist Publications are making the Sunday service accessible to visually impaired Christians by sending us some large print copies every week. This is funded by St John’s Guild, Christians Supporting People with Sight Loss. Do ask if you require a copy.

Advent Appeal A huge ‘Thank You’ to all who contributed so generously to the Advent Appeal. With some further donations after Christmas, the total raised is £4565.39 including Gift Aid: a magnificent result which shows your commitment to the future of St Giles! Thank you again from the PCC!

The Film Club and Interesting Talks donated £308.95 and £469.49 respectively to St Giles during 2017. Our grateful thanks to Carole Hill, Annie and Raymond for making these events so successful. They are very enjoyable social occasions as well as providing entertainment and food for thought!

Our January Charity is the Templar Pilgrimage Trust. If you would like to make a personal donation (gift-aided if possible) then do please put it in the box on the table by the Charities board.

Salvation Army Pottergate ARC – please do keep bringing in donations of tins and packets and place them in the box in the Tower Vestry. Many thanks to Elsie and David for organising the delivery of your gifts to the Salvation Army.

Palm Crosses Please leave your palm crosses from last year in the post tray by next Sunday 4 February so that ash can be made from them for the Ash Wednesday Mass. Thank you.

Deanery Synod Norwich East Deanery synods will in future be open to anyone who would like to attend, especially if a topic is of interest to you, though only elected Synod Members may vote if a vote is required. On Wednesday 7 February at 7.15pm at Prior’s Hall in the Cathedral Close the Dean will be speaking about the Cathedral mission and vision. Refreshments will be available from 7.00pm.

Lent is coming – please do come to Ash Wednesday Sung Parish Mass with the imposition of ashes on 14th February at 7.00pm. Our speaker will be Parish Ordinand Annie Blyth.

Lent 2018 Your Lent leaflet is available inside this newsletter today. Please keep it handy during Lent.

Our Parish Ordinand Annie will be on placement at St Thomas Church Earlham Road this Lent. We pray that it will be a great experience for her and for that church community.

Our next Interesting Talk will be on Thurs 22 February when Dr Clive Wilkins-Jones will talk on “A little-known history of Norwich, commissioned in 1575 by an ailing Archbishop Matthew Parker”. Parker was a ‘local boy done good’, as they say (his parents are buried at St Clement’s Colegate).

Bible Study How about joining us for our meetings during Lent? These will be on Mondays 26 Feb and 19 March at 7.30pm. Speak to Karen Kiddell for more details – you will be most welcome.

Confirmation The next opportunity for Confirmation will be in the Cathedral on Easter Eve, Saturday 31 March by the Lord Bishop of Norwich. If you are interested, then please speak to Fr Darren a.s.a.p.

For those of you who are new to St Giles and consider your membership to be here we would like to welcome you into our family. Please do consider joining our Electoral Roll (see Carole Hill).

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