News Sheet 10/03/19

A warm welcome to the

PARISH OF St PETER-IN-THANET

News Sheet for Sunday 10th March 2019

(Details of Worship and Services in separate white pew sheet)

DIARY OF EVENTS for March

Monday            11       14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

                                      19:00 Monday @7 Musical Evening St Andrew’s Church

Wednesday      13       14:30 Home Group @St Leu

Monday            18       14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

Tuesday            19       18:30 St Peter’s Women’s Group meal @Taddy’s Barn

Wednesday      20       14:30 Home Group @St Leu

Saturday          23        09:00 Indoor Boot Fair in St Peter’s Main Hall

Monday            25       14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

Wednesday      27       14:30 Home Group @St Leu

April

Monday            01       14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

Tuesday            02       19:30 St Peter’s Women’s Group

Wednesday      03       14:30 Home Group @St Leu

Friday               05        18:30 Quiz Night in St Peter’s Main Hall

Dates for your diary
There will be NO 8am service on Sunday 17th March as I would like to encourage all the congregation to come to the 9:30 service when the Archdeacon will install me (Rev Jan) as your vicar. This will be followed by cake and prosecco in the Main Hall.

The Taize service in March will be on the fourth Sunday of the month (24th March) instead of the third (17th March). No evening service on the 17th March

Annual Parochial Church Meeting Sunday April 7th at 11am in Parish and Community Halls. Please note change of date.

Reminder – Renewal of the Church Electoral Roll 2019. Will be completed next Sunday 17th March. After that no further names can be added to the Roll until after the APCM on Sunday 7th April. Even if your name has been on a previous Electoral Roll, you need to complete an application form, which will be in Church and the Church Office, to be included in the Church Electoral Roll from the APCM. Caroline Pile, Electoral Roll Officer.

WANTED. A Menorah…a seven lamp, six branch lamp stand …if you have one or know where I may get one please let me know. Thank you. Rev Jan

ENQUIRING ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN FAITH For those of you who are thinking about getting confirmed, or those who are already, but want to learn more about the Christian faith, I am planning to hold some sessions after Easter. Please have a word with me if you are interested,    and we can then decide what time of the day will be best for you all. Rev’d Jan (01843 869169).

Easter cards are now on sale until the 14th April during coffee time and in the Church Hall foyer. They are priced at 30p or 40p and all funds raised will help with the running of our church. Jan Gee.

Monday @7: Our next event is tomorrow, Monday 11th March at St Andrew’s Church at 7pm.  You do need to let me know if you are coming, some of you have not.  This goes for all events please. If you would like to come to the Walpole Bay hotel in May, I need a deposit of £5 per person by 17th March at the latest. Thanks, Marion Brown, Tel: 604524, email .

The Winter Shelter. This year the Winter Shelter continues to the end of March so I will be collecting gifts for today and two more Sundays in March. Anything to help the providers of the Church Halls used overnight as Shelters such as cleaning things and lavatory paper or personal toiletries will help. Also the Homeless are out on the streets all day, so anything in the way of warm items will be very useful. You have been very generous all winter! Thank you, June. ( or 07711 072233).

Maintenance of stroke services at QEQM Craig Mackinlay MP for South Thanet has written to us asking if we would like to sign a petition expressing our views about the planned closure of the stroke unit at QEQM in favour of three hyper acute stroke units at Darent Valley, Maidstone and Ashford. Details of this petition can be found on his website: www.craigmackinlay.com and is available to sign in the Main Hall foyer.

ST PETER’S WOMEN’S GROUP.

In April we have two very interesting speakers to which guests are invited:

02 April: Sue Shaw: Chelsea Flower Show

16 April: Toni Mount: They dared to be doctors

Please join us (£3) if either or both topics appeal at the Portland Centre, 7.30pm, including a raffle, tea/coffee and biscuits. Please let me know so we can welcome you Gill Lovelock: 861094

LOOSE CHANGE BOXES

Many, many thanks to everybody still participating. For almost 5 years, up to the end of 2018, £6,300 has been raised through the boxes for various specific causes. A magnificent sum for which we are extremely grateful. You will be pleased to learn boxes continue to come in and the scheme now supports Church funds. So far this year a further £224 has been collected.

We do hope, if you don’t have a box for your loose change, you will ask for one (we have about 20 available). You just fill it up and then bring it into the office for emptying into an envelope. You then have the box back to fill up again – Simple! – or contact me. The contents are counted and you are advised of the amount.

Our records show there are a few of you who have had boxes in the past but have maybe forgotten about them because they have never been returned for counting or not for a very long while. Could you search for these and either, if willing, restart the scheme or hand them in for somebody else to use. Don 602287.

Fundraising Committee Report for Sunday 10th March 2019

Indoor Boot Fair – 23rd March

There are just a few tables remaining for the next Boot Fair, so anyone interested in hiring one should apply soon, or risk being disappointed. The table hire charge is £10.00 each and you can reserve one by contacting the Parish office (tel. 01843 866061) between 9.00am and 1.00pm on weekdays. You can pay at the office itself or electronically. Whether you would like to sell or browse or buy, don’t forget to mark the 23rd March in your diary, and tell your friends as well. There will be tea or coffee and hot bacon rolls too!

Quiz Night – 5th April

Tables for the next Quiz Night are selling well and I expect the rate of sale to increase sharply over the next couple of weeks so, if you would like to take part, either by forming a team or coming along as a couple or by yourself, get in contact with the Parish Office to book your place. Tickets are £10.00 each, but Fish and Chips, served during the interval, are part of the price and, if past events are anything to go by, a good time will be had by all!  If you’d like to have a go, call the office on 01843 866061 or drop by in person between 9.00am and 1.00pm on any weekday. Alternatively, you can express an interest by email or on the church’s Facebook site. However, booking s can’t be confirmed until payment is made.  All you would have to do is to bring along your own cutlery, glasses and drinks. Hope we see you there!

‘The Christ We Share’ – Monday afternoons in Lent: 2:30 pm at 92 Dumpton Park Drive “A picture can be worth 1000 words” – so, starting tomorrow Monday 11th March, we will be reflecting for an hour each week on images of Christ from across the world. Marvelling at some of the perhaps surprising insights from other cultures, we look forward to being more inspired by and confident in the Lord we try to serve.  If you’d like to take part in such a journey of encouragement, please join us. Do phone us on 863293 if you’d like more details. Michael & Elspeth Cooke. 

The Wednesday Home GroupWe will meet on the 13th March at St. Leu at 2.30 pm when we will look at the Lord’s Passion through the eyes of the Centurion, using The Nail by Stephen Cottrell. On the following Wednesdays we will follow four more witnesses. You are very welcome if you would like to join us.

June. ( or 07711 072233).

Website. Please take a moment to look at www.stpeterinthanet.org.uk  and review your areas of interest and then email Trevor Hogben with any updates.

Parish Office in Main Hall (01843) 866061

Hopeville Avenue, St Peter’s CT10 2TR

Open Monday to Friday 9 am – 1pm

Email:

Halls email:

Parish and Community Halls Administrator – Simon Perry

Please Note that the Parish Office will be closed at 1pm every afternoon. If you need to see Simon outside of office hours please ring him to arrange an appointment.

Vicar Rev’d Jan Durrans (Day off – Friday)

 Email: Direct line – 869169

Churchwardens:-

             Pauline Osborne (225801) email:

Sylvia Mills (865874) email:

Parish website:   www.stpeterinthanet.org.uk

We are always SO grateful for the cash donations given each week at services.If you are a tax payer it would be an even greater benefit if you could put your donation in a completed yellow Gift Aid envelope so that we can recover the extra 25p in every pound given!