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24th  February 2019                                   Second Sunday before Lent
 
Welcome to Buckingham Parish Church. If you are new or just visiting do please make yourself known to one of the clergy or the welcome team – we’d love to get to know you.
Children: We have great provision for children in all our services.
At the 9.30am service there are age-appropriate groups for ages 3 to Year 6.
There are also two zones at the back of church for younger children to play whilst the service continues and they remain in the care of their parent/carer.
At our 11am service we have a group for primary aged children and at 6pm we have a group for children in Year 3 to Year 6 as well as our Youth Group.
Streaming: All services are streamed into the Tower Room. This is a quiet place to go but children using it should be supervised by a parent/carer at all times. Please note that our 9.30am and 6.00pm services will be ‘live streamed’. If you do not wish to be included, please sit at the rear of the church or in the side aisles. All that is recorded (for viewing later) is the sermon, featuring only the preacher.
 
24th  February 2019                                   Second Sunday before Lent
8.00am    Holy Communion  
9.30am     Family Service             Luke 6: 1-11 (p 1033) ‘Lord of the Sabbath’
11.00am    Holy Communion      1 Cor. 1: 18-25 (p 1144)
Mark 14: 53 -72 and Mark 15: 1 (p 1021) ‘Looking through the Cross - The Cross and Wisdom’
6.00pm    Contemporary Service Luke 6: 1-11 (p 1033) ‘Lord of the Sabbath’
 
Today’s Collect
Almighty God,
you have created the heavens and the earth
and made us in your own image:
teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and your likeness in all your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things,
now and for ever.

Pray through the week for:
Those who are ill
All those who mourn that they may be comforted by God’s
 
The Week Ahead:
 
Tuesday 26th February
8.30am
Prayer Meeting in the Tower Room
 
12.00-1.15pm
Community Lunch
 
6.45pm
Blaze
Wednesday 27th February
9.45am
Women’s Connect
 
10.00am
Holy Communion
 
7.00-8.30pm
Fuel
 
7.30pm
Alpha Course (The Centre)
Thursday 28th February
9.30am
Daytime Alpha
 
10.00am
Ark Group for toddlers, parents and carers
 
7.15pm
Choir Practice
Friday 1st March
7.00pm
Prayer Meeting in Tower Room
Saturday 2nd March
11-12noon
Coffee Service Café
 
Sunday Next before Lent
Sunday 3rd March
9.30am
Family Service
 
11.00am
Morning Worship
 
12.30pm
Baptisms
 
6.00pm
Contemporary Service with Holy Communion
 
Prayer Ministry – in the Lady Chapel. This is available at the usual 9.30am, 11.00am and 6.00pm services. At the 11.00am, please come after receiving Communion or later. Receiving prayer brings the Lord’s healing and wholeness.
 
Annual Parochial Church Meeting or APCM - Sunday 28th April: mid-morning (time TBC). This is such an important meeting that in a departure from tradition we are combining all services together with the annual meeting and a shared lunch. There will be groups for the children and we will ‘break bread’ together. We will then share lunch as one church family. We would love all members of the church to be involved so please put this in your diary. More details will follow.

Benefice Lunch: 1pm 24th February at Thornborough. Next in Buckingham on the 24th March.
 
The Church Electoral Roll will be completely renewed this year in readiness for the APCM.  The existing list will be void with effect from Sunday 24 February 2019.  If you would like your name added to the new list, please complete an application form and return it to the Church Office no later than Sunday 7th April. More information about the Electoral roll can be seen on the notice in the porch.
 
BPC Weekend Away: 27-29 Sept 2019. Details & booking form are at www.bpchurch.uk/weekendaway. Facilities are adequate and basic but a lot cheaper than last year! Day Rates are available for those who can only come for part of the weekend. For those who would like to stay off-site in local en-suite accommodation there are two reasonably-priced hotels nearby. Please see the website or pick up a leaflet in Church for details. If choosing off site please book direct with the hotel.
 
Alpha. Please continue to pray for the Alpha course on Wednesdays.
 
Connect Groups: are the heart of church family life and new members are always welcome. New groups are also starting up. To join a group please contact Michael Greig on connect@bpchurch.uk or 01280 309025. More information is on the BPC website:  www.bpchurch.uk
 
Christian Aid @ Tesco’s: Wednesday 27th February. Please give an hour between 9am & 6pm to help raise funds for our global neighbours. Please contact Judith Bundock on 01280 813887 or jandrb@bundock.com
 
World Day of Prayer: 11am, Friday 1st March in the Salvation Army Hall.
The Service this year has been prepared by the women of Slovenia with the theme ‘Come, all is ready.’ Everyone is welcome. We hope you will join us on this unique day of global prayer.
 
Women’s cupcake decorating class: Saturday 16th March, 7-8.30pm in church. Learn a new skill & decorate 6 cupcakes with a flower theme!
10 spaces available - tickets £25 each. Contact women@bpchurch.uk 
 
Bible Reading notes: The Bible Reading Fellowship offer resources to help with regular Bible reading and study. Daily notes are available from Jane Wardale (01280 814067, jswardale@gmail.com) A subscription is £17.40 for a year's worth of helpful commentary and insights.
 
Latin, Greek & Hebrew Lessons at the Centre:
Friday: 1:30 - 5:30pm Latin, & 6 - 8pm Hebrew.
Saturday: 9 - 12.30 Greek (Beginner’s, Intermediate & Advanced)
Buckingham Churches Holiday Club 2019.
We are looking for:
1/ New Leadership for the Youth group (Year 7 +)
2/ Website/Registration Process Leader - someone who is IT literate and prepared to review the Website itself alongside the current registration system and suggest and implement changes.
3/ We would also value your thoughts, ideas and offers of help.
Please send them by email to gabiholland@me.com.
4/ Lastly, we would welcome and need your prayers for the team.
Every Blessing to you all & please join our prayers at this important time.
Tim Edworthy, Will Pearson-Gee, Kay Murray (Council of Reference)
 
Scripture Union sponsored challenge: 2nd March. Please support Mandy Hagon who is doing this with her work colleagues. For details contact Mandy at mandy.hagon@uwclub.net or on www.SU.org.uk/beach
 
Fairtrade, The Big Brew: the Old Gaol, 9 March, 10-noon. Celebrate 40 years of Traidcraft. where the focus is cocoa producers. Fairtrade chocolate puddings will be served at the community lunches during Fairtrade Fortnight! There will be a stall with Easter Eggs at Ark.
 
Useful contact details
Rector:                       Rev Will Pearson-Gee: rector@bpchurch.uk (830221)
Rector’s PA:              Sue Fox: parector@bpchurch.uk (830223)
Curate:                       Rev Danny Rodgers: curate@bpchurch.uk (07814 243193)
Pastoral Care:           Jo Ash: care@bpchurch.uk
Worship Leader:      worship@bpchurch.uk
Youth Pastor:           youth@bpchurch.uk
Families Worker:     Jo Brice: families@bpchurch.uk
Children’s Worker: Jayde Crouch: kids@bpchurch.uk
Prayer Chain:         If you need or know of someone who needs prayer, please call Gill Croxton who heads up the Prayer Chain (815100)
Connect Groups:   Rev Michael Greig (309025) connect@bpchurch.uk
Stewardship Co-ordinator:   Judith Bundock (813887) stewardship@bpchurch.uk
Safeguarding team: Jane Wardale & Denise Evans: safeguarding@bpchurch.uk
Organist & Choirmaster: Robert Tucker (847154)  choir@bpchurch.uk
Full service information: www.bpchurch.uk
Duty Churchwardens:      23rd - 24th February: Mike Evans (01280 814872)
                                               25th Feb. - 3rd March: Paddy Collins (01280 823006)
Parish Office:         Mon to Fri, 10am - 12pm (821509): office@bpchurch.uk
 
Notice sheet items by email to newsletter@bpchurch.uk by 6pm on Wednesday.


Last week's notices

17th  February 2019                                         Third Sunday before Lent
 
Welcome to Buckingham Parish Church - If you are new or just visiting do please make yourself known to one of the clergy or the welcome team – we’d love to get to know you. We have great provision for children in all our services. At the 9.30am service there are age-appropriate groups for ages 3 to Yr 6. There are also two zones at the back of church for younger children to play whilst the service continues and they are in the care of their parent/carer. At our 11am service we have a group for primary aged children and at 6pm we have a group for children in Yr 3 – Yr 6 as well as our Youth Group. The Tower Room is available in all services and has the service streamed in. It is a quieter place to go but children using it will need to be supervised by a parent/carer at all times. Please note that our 9.30am and 6.00pm services will be ‘live streamed’. If you don’t wish to be included, please sit at the rear of the church or in the side aisles. All that is recorded (for viewing later) is the sermon, featuring only the preacher.
 
17th  February 2019                                         Third Sunday before Lent
 
9.30am                         Family Service and HC Luke 5: 1-11 (page 1032)
                                    ‘Called to action’                                                                                                                                                                         
11.00am                        Parish Communion 1 Cor 15: 12-28 (page 1156)
                                    Luke 6: 17-26 (page 1033)
                                    ‘If Christ has not been raised…’
6.00pm                        Contemporary Service Luke 5: 1-11 (page 1032)
                                    ‘Called to action’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 
Today’s Collect
Almighty God, who alone can bring order
to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity
give your people grace so to love what you command
and to desire what you promise
that, among the many changes of this world,
our hearts may surely there be fixed
where true joys are to be found,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Pray through the week for:
Those who are ill.
All those who mourn that they may be comforted by God’s presence.
 
The Week Ahead:
 
Tuesday 19th February
8.30am
Prayer Meeting at The Rectory
 
12.00-1.15pm
Community Lunch
Wednesday 20th February
10.00am
Holy Communion
 
7.30pm
Alpha Course
(At The Centre)
Friday 22nd February
7.00pm
Prayer Meeting in Tower Room
Saturday 23rd February
10.00-12noon
Coffee Service Café
Sunday  24th February
 
Second  Sunday before Lent
 
8.00am
Holy Communion (BCP)
 
9.30am
Family Service
 
11.00am
Parish Communion
 
6.00pm
Contemporary Service
 
Sunday 24th February:  1pm  Benefice Shared Lunch at Thornborough.
 
Prayer Ministry: is available at the usual 9.30am, 11.00am and 6.00pm services, in the Lady Chapel. Receiving prayer brings the Lord’s healing and wholeness.
 
APCM: The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be on Sunday 28th April.  In a departure from tradition we are combining all services that Sunday into a combined service and annual meeting ending up with a shared lunch.  The plan is for the meeting/service to start at 11.15am and there will be groups for the children and we will ‘break bread’ together.  After the service/meeting we will share lunch as one church family.  Please put this in your diary. More details to follow.
 
Women’s lunch at Prego: on Wednesday 20th February at 12pm. It’s £8 for one course or £11 for two. Please mail women@bpchurch.uk or by using the signup sheet at the back of church. Hannah and the team.
 
BPC Weekend Away, 27-29 Sept. 2019. Details/booking form are at https://www.bpchurch.uk/weekendaway. Staying off site and Day Rates are available for those who can only come for part of the weekend and for those who would like to stay off-site. If you would prefer local en-suite accommodation there are two reasonably-priced hotels nearby. Please see website or leaflet in Church for details. Please book direct with the hotel.
 
Christian Aid @ Tesco’s: The Christian Aid Committee is organising a collection at the store on Wednesday 27th February. Could you help us raise funds for our global neighbours who are struggling with poverty and injustice by giving an hour between 9.00am & 6.00pm. Please contact Judith Bundock on 813887 or jandrb@bundock.com
 
Bible Reading notes:   The Bible Reading Fellowship offers a number of different resources to help with regular Bible reading and study.  Daily notes are available. Contact Jane Wardale on 01280 814067 or jswardale@gmail.com, if you would like to purchase their daily notes. (subscription is £17.40 for a year's worth of helpful commentary/insights).
 
Dear Church Family: Anke and I are in Romania currently for a short mission trip until this coming Wednesday. The time will include creativity times within a church, a women’s refuge and revisiting local deprived villages and the children there. Please pray for the Lord to touch hearts and bring His healing. Thank you for your continued support and prayers, Emma info@createdcreative.co.uk
 
Buckingham Churches Holiday Club 2019: We are looking for:
1. New Leadership for the Youth group (Year 7 +) 2. Website/Registration Process Leader - someone who is IT literate and prepared to review the Website itself alongside the current registration system and suggest any implement changes. We would welcome your prayers as we plan for Holiday Club2019 and also your thoughts, ideas and offers of help. Please email to gabiholland@me.com. Every Blessing to you all and thank you for joining us in prayer at this time. Tim Edworthy, Will Pearson-Gee, Kay Murray. Council of Reference.
 
Volunteers to make tea and coffee at the 6pm service: Could you help perhaps once every 4/6 weeks. Contact Jo Ash care@bpchurch.uk
 
Sponsored Challenge: Along with her work colleagues Mandy Hagon will be doing a sponsored challenge from dawn to dusk on 2nd March for Scripture Union. All your support will make a BIG difference enabling us to continue to support churches in their outreach to children and young people. This is a team event and my role is 'Central Controller!' Details on: http://www.SU.org.uk/beach or contact mandy.hagon@uwclub.net.
 
World Day of Prayer: The Service this year has been prepared by the women of Slovenia with the theme - Come, all is ready. The Service will be held in the Salvation Army Hall on Friday 1st March at 11am. Everyone is welcome. We hope you will join us on this unique day of global prayer.
 
Fairtrade Fortnight 25th Feb – 10th Mar: Big Brew 9th March 10am – noon at the Old Gaol celebrates 40 years of Traidcraft. The focus is on cocoa producers, from West Africa, most of whom live in poverty.  Make sure your chocolate is Fairtrade to guarantee a living wage. Fairtrade chocolate puddings will be served at the community lunch during the fortnight! There will be a stall at Ark after half term selling Easter Eggs.
 
Rector: Rev Will Pearson-Gee: rector@bpchurch.uk (830221)
Rector’s PA: Sue Fox parector@bpchurch.uk (830223)
Curate: Rev Danny Rodgers: curate@bpchurch.uk (07814 243193)
Pastoral Care Worker: Jo Ash: care@bpchurch.uk
Worship Leader:   worship@bpchurch.uk
Youth Pastor:  youth@bpchurch.uk
Families Worker: Jo Brice: families@bpchurch.uk
Childrens Worker: Jayde Crouch: kids@bpchurch.uk
Prayer Chain: If you need or know of someone who needs prayer, please call Gill Croxton who heads up the Prayer Chain (815100)
Stewardship Co-ordinator:  Judith Bundock (813887) stewardship@bpchurch.uk
Safeguarding team: Jane Wardale and Denise Evans: safeguarding@bpchurch.uk
Connect Group Co ordinator: Rev Michael Greig (309025) connect@bpchurch.uk
Organist & Choirmaster: Robert Tucker (847154)  choir@bpchurch.uk
Full service information:  www.bpchurch.uk
Duty Churchwardens                   16th -17th  February Pam Fox (01280 812511)
                                                           18th -22nd February Paddy Collins (823006)
Parish Office Mon – Fri, 10am – 12pm (821509) office@bpchurch.uk   
Notice sheet items by email to newsletter@bpchurch.uk by 6pm on Wednesday.