Songs of Praise on Sunday 28th September at 6.30pm
This has become an annual event which seems to be very popular. If you would like to choose a hymn or a special reading please let Pam know early in September.
Choral Evensong at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday 21st September at 3.30pm
Karen Tallant from Mayfield has organised a coach (£8) to go to this service for the Weaver Benefice. The coach will leave Mayfield at 12noon, pick up at Ellastone and Denstone and should arrive at about 1.15pm in time for a spot of lunch before the service at 3.30pm. It is essential to book as soon as possible with Pam Shouksmith (324094) so that we know if it is worthwhile to confirm the coach booking.
The Harvest Supper will be held in the Parish Hall on Friday 3rd October at 7.30pm. Helen Naylor will do the catering as usual and the entertainment will be by Norah Jackson from Uttoxeter who will recite a selection of her monologues. Tickets will be available at £8 from Nancy Barker, Gillyan Prince and Pam Shouksmith.
The Harvest Festival Service will be on Sunday 5th October at 9.15am. We hope to see a good number of you at both events when we give thanks to God for all his gifts to us.
Services - SEPTEMBER
7th – Holy Communion 9.15
14th - Family Service 11.00
21st – Holy Communion 9.15
28th - Evensong 6.30
An update on John, our local resident priest, who is still unwell although slowly recovering. The exact date of his return to work is not known. We wish him a full and speedy recovery. Our thanks go to Brian Leathers and Ray Owen, the other Clergy in the Weaver Benefice (and one or two other people) for their willingness to shoulder additional workload. Apologies from the Churches if anyone is inconvenienced by a change in Church arrangements.
Clergy – contact details:
Vicar : The Revd Brian Leathers - 01538 702469
Minister based at Denstone : The Revd John Richardson - 01889 590266
Minister based at Mayfield : The Revd Ray Owen - 01335 347402
“Prayer can never be in excess.”
C. H. Spurgeon
Daily Prayers: This great website contains a Christian Prayer for the day for every month of the year – 365 daily prayers.
St Peter’s Church
The church in Ellastone is a beautiful grade 2* listed building with an interesting history and stands proudly in the centre of the village. In the spring the churchyard is a riot of colour from spring bulbs – snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils.
From April – September St Peter’s is open to all at weekends from 9.00 – 17.00 and is well worth a visit. The Church has a heritage exhibition and also the Calwich Chapel which has exhibits showing the links of the Church with the ancient Augustinian Priory of Calwich. Do pop in!
Revd. John Richardson : 01889 590266
Pam Shouksmith – Churchwarden : 324094
Come and join us!
You will always be sure of a warm welcome and a cup of coffee or tea after the service.
Bible Study and Fellowship Group A group of people from Ellastone and other parishes in the benefice meets about once a fortnight on Thursday evenings at Betty Fradley’s at 7.30 pm. We study passages from the Bible and their relevance to our lives and we enjoy each other’s company. All are welcome – contact Betty on 324291 for further details and dates.
Read about the roots of the Church of England HERE
Interesting website: Christian Concern for One World