Newsletter - the Parish of Droitwich Spa

Sunday 8th February 2015
We welcome everyone to our worship. There is a loop
system in this church for those with hearing aids. If you
are a visitor, newcomer or haven’t been in church for a
while, we hope you will enjoy being with us. There are
cards at the back of church for newcomers to fill in
contact details if you would like to keep in touch. Please
speak to one of the stewards about these or anything
else: they can also tell you useful things like where to
find the loos!
Parish Centre:
Today: Second Sunday before Lent
Today : Prov.8:1,22-31; Col.1:15-20; John 1.1-14
Holy Communion, St Augustine’s
Holy Communion & Children’s Church, St Peter’s
Lighthouse Sunday School, St Nicholas’
Sung Eucharist, St Andrew’s
Baptism, St Peter’s
Mon 9
7.15pm Choir Practice, St Andrew’s & Parish Centre
7.30pm Bellringing, St Augustine’s
Tue 10
9.30am Eucharist, St Nicholas’
7.30pm Bellringing, St Peter’s
Wed 11
11am Holy Communion, St Andrew’s
7pm Deanery Synod meeting, St Nicholas’
7.45pm Parish Fellowship, Parish Centre
If you have completed one of the forms about helping out
at the Parish Centre please return it to me as soon as
possible so that I can get some rotas worked out and know Thu 12
to which groups we could offer our facilities. If you
Fri 13
haven't had a form but would still like to contribute in
some way with your time and talents please contact me.
Val Hawley (tel: 827354 or email: [email protected]) Sunday
Exploring church and community
This year’s deanery synod programme begins with a follow
up to last autumn’s excellent meeting when diocesan
mission development officer Doug Chaplin led us in
thinking about how we might explore the make-up of our
local communities in order to engage more fully with
needs, celebrations, concerns and opportunities. We shall
be digging deeper into this at the synod meeting on
Wednesday 11th February (refreshments 7.15pm,
meeting 7.30pm) at St Nicholas’ church. Why not bring
your church and community stories to share with others.
All are welcome.
Doris Poole, MBE
Doris, an enthusiastic and active member of St Andrew’s
Congregation for many years, has died. Her funeral
Service will be held at St Andrews on Monday 16th
February at 12.30pm.
Men's "Pie & Pint" Evening
I have booked the Wych Way Inn at Wychbold for an
evening's get together on Monday 16th February for
7:30pm for the men of our churches (sorry ladies!). If you
would like to come please let me know by phone (827354)
or, preferably, email: [email protected] before
Friday 13th as I will need to give the pub the numbers on
that date. We have had very convivial evenings on
previous occasions, so I hope you will be able to join in
this one - and apologies to those men who already have
another commitment, but we will have another evening
together later in the year on a different day of the week!
Steve Hawley
The Real Easter Egg Campaign
It’s back ... and this year with 3 different eggs to choose
The Real Easter Egg is the only Easter egg which tells the
Easter story, gives money to charity AND is Fairtrade.
9.30am Eucharist, St Augustine’s
9.45am Prayer Group, St Andrew’s
10am Parish Toddlers, St Nicholas’
15th February: Next before Lent
Readings: 2 Kgs.2:1-12; 2 Cor.4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9
Holy Communion, St Augustine’s
Morning Worship, St Peter’s
Lighthouse Sunday School, St Nicholas’
Sung Eucharist, St Andrew’s
Baptism, St Nicholas’
The Real Easter Egg is now in its 5th year of production
with more than 750,000 sold so far - 300,000 last year
This year the £3.99 Original Real Easter Egg (same price
as previous years!) has a new 24 page Easter
storybook/3ft Happy Easter Banner, a high quality
Fairtrade milk chocolate egg (125g), plus a pack of
Fairtrade milk chocolate Chunky Buttons (25g). A
donation of at least 10 pence from every sale of this egg
will be made to Traidcraft Exchange.
The Special Peace Edition Real Easter Egg (280g)
contains an olive wood peace dove keyring from the Holy
Land, a simple guide to the Easter story, an orange milk
chocolate bar and a high quality Fairtrade milk chocolate
egg (200g). This retails at £9.99 – again the same price as
last year.
This year there is also the Dark Real Easter Egg (180g),
which costs £5.50. This contains an egg made from
premium dark Fairtrade chocolate with 3 dark chocolate
mini squares and a simple guide to the Easter story.
Visit for more details.
Sue Cottam at St Peter’s is again co-ordinating the
ordering of these eggs for the Parish, (with help from
Hazel Rose at St Augustine’s and Sue Mobley at St
Andrew’s). Please contact Sue on 01905 779429 or 07702
563304 to order your eggs OR look out for the “sign up”
list at your church! Money will have to paid “up front”
please before orders can be placed. Easter is early this
year. We can get free delivery if we order before the end
of February so please put your orders in as soon as
possible and by 22nd February latest!
Saltmine Theatre Company
Prayer diary
Readings: Gen.1:1-19; Mark 6:53-end
Topics: The Deanery of Droitwich, Rural Dean Sheila
Banyard, those who worship in St Andrew’s, those who
work in the health services, people with disabilities, local
Middle Schools
Readings: Gen.1:20—2:4a; Mark 7:1-13
Topics: The Diocese of Worcester, Nigel Byard, those
who worship in St Augustine’s, those who work in the
media, the High School
Readings: Gen.2:4b-9,15-17 Mark 7:14-23; John
Topics: The Church of England, those who worship in St
Nicholas’, those who work in education, schools &
training, local shops
Readings: Gen.2:18-end; Mark 7:24-30
Topics: The Anglican Communion, those who worship in
St Peter’s, Rita Holden, those who work in business and
commerce, local Voluntary Services
Readings: Gen.3:1-8; Mark 7:31-end
Topics: Other churches and Christian denominations,
those who worship in the other churches in Droitwich,
the Readers of the parish, those who work in leisure
services, local small businesses
Readings: Gen.3:9-end; Mark 8:1-10
Topics: Other faith groups and religions, Archbishop
Justin, Bishop John, Bishop Graham, Archdeacon Nikki,
the Churchwardens, those who work in government and
public service, local charities
Through the week
Baptised today: Esmae Jane Featherstone-Coward
Those ill or in need: Sue Stitson, Peter Mobley, Laurie Hall,
Penny Grange, Shirley Gandy, Margaret Anderson, Beryl Titley,
Barbara Smart, Pat Harrison
Those who have died: Angela Hambling. Roy Annable. Doris
Praying for the Parish: This week we are praying for people
who live and work in Greenbank, Victoria Avenue, Parsons
Corner, Pelham Road, East Park Drive, Shirley Jones Close
Urgent requests for prayer: Contact Heather Ward on 01905
772837 or 07800 631239
return to the Swan Theatre, Worcester on Friday 27th
February at 7.30pm, with John Newton’s Amazing
Grace. This celebration of the transformative power of grace
is suitable for all aged 12+ and makes an ideal outreach event.
Tickets: £12 and Concessions £10 on sale NOW: http://
(Call 01905 611427 for group rate)
For a taste of the show, please view our trailer: http://
Can you help us on our tour? We need to find:
- Hosts for our team of six overnight after the show
- People to provide a lunch and a snack tea for our team
- Two people to man our front of house stand at the theatre
We can offer a free ticket to anyone who can help us, so please
contact Joanna Bell Creative Arts Coordinator, Saltmine Trust
on 01384 454807 / [email protected] if you are
Quiet Days 2015
at Old Rectory Cottage Retreat House & House of Prayer,
♦ 28th February Lent Quiet Day
A day to reflect upon the cross and its meaning for each of us
♦ 25th April Eastertide Quiet Day
A day reflecting on Jesus' resurrection appearances
♦ 29th August Summer Quiet Day
A day to enjoy the peace and beauty around us and the
chance to have a go at needle felting
♦ 5th December Advent Quiet Day
A day to prepare for the coming of Christ and to have a go at
making an Christmas wreath
All Quiet days begin at 10am with coffee/tea and biscuits.
Includes a two course lunch, tea and cake and all materials.
Finishing at 4pm.
Suggested donation towards our expenses £25
Contact – Rev Sue Barrett [email protected]
Phone – 01527 894894, Mobile 07825030607
Web –
55-57, High Street, Feckenham. B96 6HU
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St Augustine’s Breakfast
To contact us
& Congregational meeting
Our next breakfast after the 0800 Eucharist at St
Augustine's will be on Sunday 8 March and will be
combined with a congregational meeting. Names to
Barbara Stephens would be appreciated but this is not
Churches Together in Droitwich
invite YOU to join a LENTEN SAFARI
7.30pm – 9.00pm on Wednesdays :
25th Feb
Sacred Heart RC church
4th March
Baptist church
11th March
Salvation Army
18th March
Methodist church
25th March
St Andrew's church
Cafe church is worship in a different style ...…
Seated at tables with coffee (or tea),
in an informal, relaxed atmosphere, and fun,
so come & join us - everyone is welcome !
A Registered Charity No. 1128487
Parish Office
01905 794952
[email protected]
Revd Nigel Byard ~ 01905 778265; mob: 07902 217144;
[email protected]
Revd Rita Holden ~ 01905 772787;
[email protected]
Parish Churchwardens:
Hilary Fisher
01905 798 551 ; [email protected]
(particular responsibility for St Andrew’s & St Nicholas’)
Michael Norris
01905 796 254 ; [email protected]
(particular responsibility for St Peter’s)
Richard Rose
01905 773 911 ; [email protected]
(particular responsibility for St Augustine’s)
Director of Music
Mr Roger Gay
01905 770539