Parish of Dunchurch with Thurlaston

'Worshipping God, sharing the love of Jesus and serving our community'

NEWS FROM THE VESTRY AND PCC

New Churchwardens Needed 

St Peter's Church is urgently in need of two Churchwardens to start from May 2018. If you feel you could take on this role, please talk to Rev'd. Pat Townsend or the current chruchwarden, Chris Sarson.

Volunteers needed for the Christian Bookshop Healing Prayer Team

The Christian Bookshop in Rugby offers healing prayer for people in need on Wednesday afternoons (1.30-3.30pm). They are currently looking for extra people for possibly 2 afternoons per month. Training will be provided. Applications are available from the bookshop.

'Escape the Room Challenge' at Dunchurch Baptist Church

Dunchurch Baptist Church Building Fund is having another 'Escape the Room Challenge' on Saturday 24th February. Slots are available from 10am-4pm. More details are on the noticeboard in church. 

Weddings and Baptisms

Enquiries about weddings or baptisms should be addressed to Rev Patricia Townshend on 01788 461987 or by email: revptownshend@gmail.com.

Funerals

Funerals or matters concerning the churchyard should be addressed to Chris Sarson on 01926 632408.

Junior Church

Since October 2017 we have been offering a Junior Church on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month. The 1st Sunday is a Family Service. 

Planned giving

It costs well over £1,000 per week to meet the running costs of our church. Please consider making a regular gift or review your current contribution. This can be done in church or through a bank standing order. The account sort code is 30-97-17 and account number is 01089602. If you pay tax please use Gift Aid as this increases the gift by 25%. And if you are considering making or amending your Will, please do think about us. 

Parish Diaries

Parish Diaries for 2018 are now available at a cost of £1 each. Please speak to Chris after the Sunday service or order from him by phoning 01926 632408. 

Children and Communion

Our PCC recently agreed that baptised children may receive communion after due preparation. Rev Pat asks that parents who wish their children to be admitted to communion either phone her on 01788 461987, email her at revptownshend@gmail.com or talk to her after a service.

Church rotas

We really need help with new faces to go on the rotas for coffee, sides-persons and cleaning. The more people we have, the less often it comes your turn. If you would be willing to help and allow us to continue these important services at St Peter's, please contact Bob or Chris.

Coffee mornings

Every third Friday of the month there is a coffee morning in the Village Hall at Thurlaston from 10.30am to 12.00pm.

Bell ringers for St Peter's wanted

The bell ringers ring for Sunday services and practice on a Wednesday evening. If you are interested in having a go, please contact Mike Bennett (see poster in church). In 2018 the church bell ringers intend to participate in the 'National Tribute' to mark 100 years since the end of World War 1. Do think about joining them to take part in this historic tribute.

News from the last PCC meeting

The PCC last met on 14 November. The meeting was preceded by a talk from Dominic, an organ builder, who had looked at the organ in St Peter's that afternoon and spoke frankly about its condition and ways forward.

Recent changes to the pattern of services at St Peter's were considered with some regretting the loss of Morning Prayer on the 3rd Sunday. However attendances were not noticeably down and Rev Pat said that changing back would involve her in a good deal more preparation.

A planning meeting had been held to look at events and dates for 2018 and this would be circulated.

The need to find a new Churchwarden for Spring 2018 (or two) was also discussed. Chris circulated a list of his duties and tasks. It was agreed that a Parish Secretary could do much of this.

It was agreed that a quiet period before the service for contemplation would be helpful and further thought would be given as to how best to arrange this.

A letter of thanks from the Foodbank had been received for the collection at the Harvest service.

The PCC meeting due in January has been rescheduled to 6 February. 

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee met on 24 October and reviewed future dates for church activities, especially around Christmas. Rev Pat is on leave from end December to 22 January and has arranged cover for services.