9th February 2020

9th February 2020

A very warm Welcome to Everyone visiting the churches of our United Benefice.


It’s wonderful to worship together and share fellowship.

Everyone is invited to take part fully in our services. If this is a Service of Holy Communion, you are very welcome to receive Holy Communion at the appropriate time.

(Gluten-free wafers available; please ask anyone leading Communion.)

Our Worship Today Sunday, 9th Feb. Third before Lent

           8 a.m.   Holy Communion at St Helen’s (BCP)         

           9 a.m.   Holy Communion at St John’s

         10 a.m.   Joint Family Service at St Helen’s

                       (Theme: Healing &  Wholeness)

         3.30 p.m. Service at Underhall

Please note there is no Intimate Worship during February.


                 Regular Midweek Services

Tues.        Morning Prayer in St Helen’s Hall   9.30 a.m.

Thurs.      Morning Prayer at St John’s    9.30 a.m.


Prayer Meeting & Home Group This Week

Thurs.      Prayer Meeting,  14 Park Avenue,  9.30 a.m.


Our Worship Next Sunday, 16th Feb. 2nd before Lent

11a.m.  United Benefice Service of Holy Communion & Confirmation at St. John’s, Winster, 

to be led by Bishop Libby


 6p.m.   Choral Evensong at St Helen’s                                

The 11 a.m. service of the Holy Communion (as above) will include the Confirmation of two members of our local community and possibly candidates from other parts of the Diocese.

Please keep them all in your prayers.


Our Choral Evensong, Next Sun. (16th) 6 p.m.           

This is an ancient Service of Evening and Night Prayer. Singers from various local churches will be coming together to create an unforgettable evening of sacred music and song.

Please do support this service. It will offer not only wonderful music but also a truly spiritual occasion. All are warmly welcome to come and enjoy.

Let Us Pray for all those in need of comfort and support.   We think especially of the Hopper family, the Parnell family, Tony & Marie Thrower, Andrew Brown, Steven Gill, Janet Brindley, Pam Creasey, Donna Watson, Katie Reade, Stephen Monk, Carol Sanderson, John and Marian Booth,  Eileen Gray, Yulaka Ito, Brenda Brown, Jayne Walker, Mavis Allen, Joanna Lennox, Lucy Nicholas, John Prince, Wendy Slater, Tori Grant, Ross Tidy, Marilyn Hickie, Gabriella Green, Caroline Dale-Leech, John Richmond.


Our Family Service Today

Today’s service brings to us the Sacrament of the Sick. Everyone is very welcome to receive this hope-filled Sacrament. From the very earliest days of the Church, it was used to bring healing and consolation to the members of the Body of Christ. One of the earliest beliefs of the Church was that when one person suffers, all people of the Church suffer.

May today remind us of the importance, not only of praying for the sick, but of being of service to them. Everyone is very welcome. I hope we all find some relief and consolation in this service. God bless you.

Monday Munchers, Tomorrow (10th)                       

  Salt – 12 noon at the Terrace Tearooms, Whitworth Centre.  (Pepper & Mustard meet Mon. 17th Feb.)


Churchtown School Prayer Meeting, Tomorrow (Mon.10th)

3-30 p.m. in school. Please do come and join the children and their families . All are most welcome.


Charlie’s Concert, Next Sat. (15th) 7 p.m.

It’s not often we get stars who sell their albums on Amazon and Spotify! But next Saturday, Charlie Pidcock is giving a concert in aid of St Helen’s Church. It will be an amazing night with music of the highest quality. After listening to two of Charlie’s albums, I’d say he’s a cross between Frank Sinatra and James Blunt! Please do come and enjoy.


APCM 2020, St Helen’s & St Mary’s, Sun. 29th March      The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (AGM) for St Helen’s and St Mary’s will be taking place at St Helen’s this year.          Please remember that the last day to send contributions for the Annual Report to Penny is This Fri. 14th Feb.  Thank you.


Café-Church – Please Note                                                        

 Café-Church is the fourth Sunday of the month, not the third Sunday as advertised in the new Church Service booklet.       The next Cafe Church will be Sun. 23rd Feb. 5 p.m. in the church hall. Our theme will be ‘Remembering’, and we will be looking at our own lives, as well as thinking about the Holocaust. There will be the usual Bring & Share meal and Worship. If you are new to St. Helen’s why not come and join us? We would be so pleased to welcome you.

World Day of Prayer, Fri. 6th March, St Helen’s, 2 p.m.

This used to be known as the ‘Women’s World Day of Prayer’, and it would call on women and children to join in prayer and worship.

This year the focus is on Zimbabwe and the theme is ‘Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk.’ The service has been prepared by women of Zimbabwe, who encourage us to walk alongside them on the long road to peace and reconciliation.

Do come and join us. Men, women and children are, of course,  all included in the invitation! We plan to serve light refreshments, so offers of cakes or biscuits will of course be most welcome. Please speak to me if you have any questions (or if you can offer a cake!)   Thanks so much.                                 Chris Townsend



Please pray for Amy and Matt, whose lovely wedding took place on Friday. Amy is the daughter of Steve and Jayne Walker. Amy and Matt are both pastors, within different Evangelical traditions.      I ask you to pray for all couples who are now preparing for their weddings in the churches of our United Benefice.

A Screen for St Helen’s

During Thurs. & Fri. (20th/21st) February, we’ll be having a large screen fitted. I would ask you to avoid visiting the church over those two days so that the engineers can get on with their work with ease and safety. I’m aware that some people may feel a little anxious about new ways of worshipping. But we must remember the church needs to be both ever old and ever new. It remains forever the same, and yet is always reforming.

Lenten Courses – A Note for the Diary!

Yes, the season of Lent is coming round again! 5 week courses are to be held at:

St John’s – Thursdays, 11 a.m. – from 27th Feb.

St Mary’s – Fridays, 10 a.m. – from 28th Feb.

Dale Rd. Methodist Church – Mons., 7.30 p.m. – from 2nd March

Do think about participating in one of these – whichever one happens to be the most convenient for you. If transport is an issue, please speak to Chris or to Stephen.



Open Door Fun Day –  Thinking Towards This Summer!

Members of the Open Door Team are already planning for our second Fun Day on the 18th July. If anyone can donate a raffle prize, we would be very grateful.

We plan to have a second hand book stall at this Summer’s Fun Day, and so are collecting books of any kind – children’s, adult fiction and non-fiction. Any books we have left over after the event will be given to a local charity shop.
In order to make donating easy, there will be a large, clearly labelled plastic box in the carpeted area at the back of church. (Just to the left of the main entrance)
Thank you in advance for your help and contributions. 🙏😊
                                                              The Open Door Team


For Sale                                                         

Electric Wheelchair, 12 months old, hardly used, never been used outside, immaculate condition, £1,200 new.  Would accept £850 ono. Please speak to Pauline or phone her on 734106.


A Concert for Valentine’s, St Helen’s, Sat. 15th Feb.

Do make a date with this! Charlie Pidcock – talented singer/songwriter (and son-in-law of Dea Ayling).   Not to be missed!


                    A Simple Prayer

God of all wholeness, heal our hearts  of all that prevents us from responding

to our sisters and brothers excluded by poverty

and prevented from living a full and healthy life.

This Lent, may we  implore justice through our prayer

stand in solidarity through our fasting, and reach out through our giving.

Send your life-giving power to revive the weary,

restore the broken and renew the face of the earth.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.      Amen.


Just A Thought?

We are all tempted to various thoughts at various times. One tempting thought people often have is ‘how will I be remembered, when I’m gone?’ Though this may present itself as ‘how can things possibly work without me?’ The temptation to think this way could be described as the Messiah complex, in which we replace God with ourselves! Below is part of a quotation from Henri Nouwen:


‘Against my own best intentions, I find myself continually striving to acquire power. When I give advice, I want to know whether it is being followed; when I offer help, I want to be thanked; when I give money, I want it to be used my way; when I do something good, I want to be remembered. I might not get a statue or even a memorial plaque, but I am constantly concerned that I should not be forgotten, that somehow I will live on in the thoughts and deeds of others.’

Think of the story of the prodigal son. The father of that young man is not concerned about himself. His long-suffering life has emptied him of his desire to keep control of things. His children are his only concern; to them, he wants to give himself completely, and for them, he wants to pour out all of himself.

Can I give without wanting anything in return, can I love without putting any conditions on my love? Considering my immense need for human recognition and affection, I realise that it will be a lifelong struggle. But I am also convinced that each time I step over this need and act – free of my desire for return – I can trust that my life will truly bear the fruits of God’s Spirit.

This week, let’s try to develop a more humble mentality. A mentality rooted in Jesus.

With every prayer.

Stephen Monk



                                           Psalm 112  (1 – 10)


1                 Alleluia.
Blessed are those who fear the Lord
and have great delight in his commandments.

2                 Their descendants will be mighty in the land,
a generation of the faithful that will be blest.

3                 Wealth and riches will be in their house,
and their righteousness endures for ever.

4                 Light shines in the darkness for the upright;
gracious and full of compassion are the righteous.

5                 It goes well with those who are generous in lending
and order their affairs with justice,

6                 For they will never be shaken;
the righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.

7                 They will not be afraid of any evil tidings;
their heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

8                 Their heart is sustained and will not fear,
until they see the downfall of their foes.

9                 They have given freely to the poor;
their righteousness stands fast for ever;
their head will be exalted with honour.

10               The wicked shall see it and be angry;
they shall gnash their teeth in despair;
the desire of the wicked shall perish.



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