News/Forthcoming Events

CHRISTMAS AT St LAWRENCE 2020

CHRISTMAS EVE
Outdoor Celebration of Christmas
around the stable and crib in the churchyard
Wrap up warm and come along at 4pm December 24th
If you could bring a light it will add to the atmosphere!

We will be holding a Midnight Communion Service at 11.15 pm in church

As we will have to observe social distancing we will be issuing tickets for this service so that we can make sure we keep within the numbers we can safely have in the church.
To obtain a ticket please either email the church office churchofficegnosall@gmail.com
or ring on 01785 822820

On Christmas Day

7.45am Holy Communion in church
10am Sunday Worship on zoom

ALL THESE EVENTS WILL BE SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES AT THE TIME

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I am delighted to tell you that we have appointed a new administrator/office manager for the Benefice.
Her name is Sue Belyavin and she lives in Gnosall.
She has had a lot of experience in administration but will also be very good, I’m sure, at handling telephone calls and callers.
She will normally work on Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 9-12.
However, as I have Fridays off, until she gets up to speed with the work she will be working from 9-1 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday so that I can be around to help her.
Do make yourself known to Sue and I know you will enjoy working with her and I’m sure she will be a great help to the Benefice.

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CORONAVIRUS – WHAT DOES THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND SAY

In a joint letter Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu said it was now necessary to put public services on hold until further notice.

But they said that far from having to “shut up shop”, the Church of England must face the challenge by becoming a radically different kind of church rooted in prayer and serving others.

It comes after the Government announced unprecedented peacetime measures to try to control the spread of the virus, with restrictions on public gatherings, transport and working.
The Archbishops expressed the desire that church buildings may, where practical, remain open as places of prayer for the community, observing social distancing recommendations.
They also invited clergy to maintain the ancient pattern of daily prayer and, where possible, the eucharist – live streaming their worship if they have the resources to do so.
“Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead,” they wrote.

“Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day. “We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support.

“Please do carry on supporting the local food bank and buy extra provisions for it. Ensure the night shelters wherever possible are kept open. There are many very encouraging schemes happening right across our country in communities to focus on caring for the most vulnerable and do continue to play your part in those.

“Then by our service, and by our love, Jesus Christ will be made known, and the hope of the gospel – a hope that can counter fear and isolation – will spread across our land.”
They added: “This is a defining moment for the Church of England. Are we truly are a church for all, or just the church for ourselves.

“We urge you sisters and brothers to become a different sort of church in these coming months: hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and praise and overflowing in service to the world.”

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Baptisms in Church in the light of Coronavirus

The latest advice from the Church of England is that while this important life event can still continue to be marked and the baptism service held in church, they will have to be significantly scaled back to meet the need for social distancing.

The advice recommends that numbers are limited to the child being baptised, the parents (or guardians and carers) the godparents and the minister.

If you are planning a baptism in church please feel free to contact Rev Kathryn on 822820 rev.kathrynh@gmail.com to talk about it.

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MONTHLY DRAW

The monthly draw has been running for several years and is a way for you to help raise money for St Lawrence Church ongoing upkeep and activities.
The Friends of St Lawrence fundraising assists with maintenance of the church building, but none of this can be used for the upkeep of services and activities the church does.

For £12 a year, set up via standing order, your number will be placed in 13 draws (12 Monthly / 1 Christmas Draw), starting in September each year.

1st Prize – £25
2nd Prize – £15
3rd Prize – £10
4th Prize – £5

Do you want to join?

If so please contact –

Chris Heins, Fairview, Cross Street, Gnosall, ST20 0BX. Tel 824010. Email cheins@jcar.co.uk

September 100 Club Winners

Jean Lakin £25.00​​​
Andrea Preston £15.00
Ken Walker £10.00​​​
Margaret Darke £5.00

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mc-church-logo-for-webMessy Church – Dates

Come along and join in the fun on the third Sunday of the Month

Messy Church Service takes place on the third Sunday of the month, 4 – 5.30pm, at St Lawrence Church, Gnosall. This is a service for all the family to participate in. We have a bible story, a number of activity stations and the evening concludes with a light tea for children and adults

Next one:
Sunday :
 20 December 2020 at 4.00 pm   Via Zoom.
For more information please contact Rev Kathryn 01775 822820

ALL SUSPENDED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Rev Kathryn 01785 822820 or

Adie Harris – 284027 or email adieharris13@btinternet

See also Facebook page Messy church – Gnosall

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Play & Praise at St Lawrence Church

Play & Praise is a short informal service suitable for children from birth to when they start school; with story time, prayers, and songs with actions, craft activity and refreshments. The service takes place on Thursday afternoons; 2.15 – 3.15 leaving enough time for parents to collect older siblings from school.

Our service which is held in the Lady Chapel is the same each week so young children are quick to learn the prayers, the musical instruments and songs we use.
We have a craft time where the children will make something, usually from the bible story we had read to them earlier, and a welcome cuppa for all.

Our new term starts Thursday 9th January 2020 at 2.15 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there​

ALL SUSPENDED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

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THE GOOD COMPANIONS

An opportunity to chat with old friends and meet new ones

Do come along – you will be very welcome

Refreshments provided

Please Note:

The next meeting has been cancelled for the time being due to Coronavirus

For further details
Ring one of these numbers
01785 824005

Or 01785 823686

Transport can be arranged

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Gnosall Church Club for children (FAB CLUB) FUN ACTIVITIES AND the BIBLE please click link for details:

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Leader needed : if interested please contact Rev Kathryn

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GINGERCROFT RESIDENTIAL HOME

ALL VISITORS STOPPED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Services led by Rev Cathy and Gwen

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MENS BREAKFAST Saturday at 10.00.am at Yew Tree Cottage

SUSPENDED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

COMMUNITY CHOIR. CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

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EASTER WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN

Good Friday April 10 2020 10.00 to 11.30 am
Lots of crafts to make for Easter
EVERYONE WELCOME

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

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