Service sheet for 26th February

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 26th February 2017

Sunday next before Lent

We prepare today to begin our Lenten journey to Jerusalem with Jesus and his disciples.

As we offer our praise and thanksgiving we seek God’s grace to walk faithfully in Christ’s way and to heed God’s word, that our fears may be banished and we may be renewed in faith, love and service.

Fr Darren, Ian and Pearl are in the Holy Land this morning with the Bishop on a Diocesan Pilgrimage.

Our thanks to Fr Peter Varney who is the President and Preacher at today’s 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 are from the New English Hymnal.

Introit Hymn 178 ‘Tis good, Lord, to be here!

Psalm 99

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors I am the way, the truth and the life, says the Lord;

No one comes to the Father except by me.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Matthew 17:1-9

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 310 We hail thy presence glorious

Communion Hymn 378 Immortal love for ever full

Recessional Hymn 234 Christ, whose glory fills the skies


Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson Sidespersons Dorothy and Rodney Head 1st Reading Pat Wensley 2ndReading Bev Williams Intercessions Tracy Williams Chalice John Baldry Servers Jonny and Lindsey Green Visiting Organist Jim Hughes

Deanery Prayer Calendar: St Andrew’s – Clergy: Martin Young; Outreach worker: Jonathan Piesse. Norwich University of Arts Chaplain: Martin Young. Besom Charity: Sophie Kozmian-Ledward. Transforming Norwich. Ash Wednesday and a faithful keeping of this Lenten Season.

2017 Church motto text Welcome one another….just as Christ has welcomed you.” Romans 15:7

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Fr. Darren Thornton, part-time, also Chaplain at UEA 01603 623724 – day off on Monday

Parish Ordinands Tracy Williams and Annie Blyth

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

Newsletter and Traidcraft Kate Baldry (01362 695503) – Twitter @stgilesnorwich Music Repro. Licence no.990580


Monday 27 February Diocesan Holy Land Pilgrimage returns

Tuesday 28 February 12 noon Said Mass

Wednesday 1 March Ash Wednesday 7.00pm Sung Parish Mass with the Imposition of Ashes

Speaker Parish Ordinand Tracy Williams

Do come to Mass to begin these forty days of Lent

Thursday 2 March 5.00pm Meditation Group in the Prayer Room (arrive from 4.45)

Friday 3 March 10.00am Said Mass

Sunday 5 MarchFirst Sunday of Lent 10.30am Sung Parish Mass with healing ministry by Revd Gillian Ireson

(No Traidcraft Stall this Sunday)

Next Sunday’s readings: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11


We welcome any newcomers to our church today. Please make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. Do go online at to find out more about St Giles and get the Newsletter via email (click on the FOLLOW box at the bottom on the right hand side).

Ash Wednesday Please do make it a priority to come to Mass at 7.00pm on Wednesday.

Fr Darren’s Canon’s cassock – Next Sunday is the last opportunity to make a donation towards the cost of Fr Darren’s Canon’s cassock. Please pass your gift to Rowena or John. Thank you.

Diocesan Pilgrimage Fr Darren, Ian and Pearl will be returning from the Holy Land tomorrow. Please do pray for the group’s safety as they return from this enriching spiritual experience.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 29 Jan to 5 Feb 2018 organised by the Bishop of Norwich – you will find details on the Diocesan website. Please act fast as the booking deadline is next Sunday, 5 March.

Traidcraft The next Stall will be after Mass on 12 March since Kate will be away next Sunday.

Do you consider yourself to be a ‘member’ of St Giles Church? 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 this is Sunday 12 March after which no new names can be added until after the APCM.

Electoral Roll If you are not sure about your listing then do speak to Carole Hill so she can check it.

The APCM is on Sunday 2 April (Passion Sunday) at 12 noon and will be followed by a lunch. Nomination forms for the 2 vacancies on the PCC as well as for Churchwardens and Deputy Churchwardens are at the back of church. These must be in by 12 March. If you are considering putting yourself forward for one of these posts please speak to Fr Darren first.

The Parish Lunch on Sunday 2 April will be at 1.00pm following the APCM. This will be held at the Coach and Horses in Bethel Street. The cost is £17 for two courses plus tea/coffee. Please sign the list and make payment to Treasurer John by Sun 19th March at the very latest.

Our Parish Lent Course will run on Wednesdays from 8 March to 5 April in Douro Place Chapel, West Pottergate (parking there or at the Rectory) – 6.45 for 7.00pm start finishing at 8.45pm. You will need to purchase the booklet ‘This is Our Faith’ available after Mass from Fr Darren costing £8.00.

Confirmation The next opportunity for confirmation will be in the Cathedral on Easter Eve, Saturday 15th April by the Lord Bishop of Norwich. If you are interested then please speak to Fr Darren a.s.a.p.

Our next Interesting Talk will be onThursday 30 March at 7.30pm when Norman Tanner SJ will talk on ‘The History of the Eucharist’.

Our February Charity is the Samaritans. Please look at the board at the back of church for details. The PCC gives a donation to our chosen charity but if you would like to add a personal donation then do please put it in the charities box (Gift Aided if possible) or pass it to the Treasurer. Thank you.

The Real Easter Egg is the only Easter egg to tell the Easter story and it is made from Fairtrade Chocolate! Please do look at the information at the back of church. To order please fill in your details on the order form, speak to Kate Baldry or email her at

Salvation Army Pottergate ARC Please do keep bringing in donations of tins and packets – thanks!

Pick a book for Lent Why not find something special to read during Lent from our little lending library (round the back of the hymn book shelves). No need to sign up – just borrow away!

Lent leaflet and ‘Count Your Blessings’ Spare copies are at the back of church on the table.

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