St Andrews CE Church
Mr Rod Carless Mrs Lis Hughes
Arnwood Japonica Cottage
Mill Lane Main Street
Cleeve Prior WR11 8JZ Cleeve Prior WR11 8LG
PCC for the coming year:
Rod Carless Church warden Chairman
Lis Hughes Church warden Vice Chairman
Andrew Taylor Secretary
Roy Dewson, Daphne Jackson, Laura Lupton, Stephen Lupton
Church Services for May 2017
7 May 11 am Morning Prayer
14 May 11 am Parish Eucharist Revd John Green
21 May 11 am Parish Eucharist Revd Clive Leech
25 May Ascension Day 7.00pm Benefice Eucharist
at Badsey Revd Philip Morton
28 May 11 am Parish Eucharist Revd Philip Morton
Rev’d Philip Morton, The Vicarage, High Street, Badsey, Evesham Worcs. WR11 7EJ
Rod Carless Lis Hughes
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Parochial Church Council of St. Andrew’s Church, Cleeve Prior, will be held in the church on Sunday 23 April 2017 at 12.15pm, for the receipt of reports and accounts, and for the election of Church Wardens and members of the PCC.
Andrew Taylor (PCC Secretary)
Rev’d Philip Morton, The Vicarage, High Street, Badsey,Evesham Worcs. WR11 7EJ
Rod Carless Lis Hughes
From the PCC: The Church Clock
I think that everyone in the village will know by now that the restored clock face is back in place and keeping us aware of the passing time! The work carried out by The Cumbria Clock Company, of the repainting of the face in dark blue and the gilding of the numerals and hands, has been done beautifully and will last for many years. All the gearing linking the clock mechanism to the hands has been refurbished so that the position of the hands and the striking of the quarters and the hour is perfectly synchronised.
Watching the clock engineer and the steeplejacks working together was a privilege, not least the “bravery” of those working suspended on ropes from the top of the tower! The young man pictured on the cover was on his first job as a steeplejack (after training of course!) and the picture records this.
We are indebted to the Parish Council for their large contribution to the cost of the work and we hope that all the village will be pleased with the result.
The Benefice of the East Vale and Avon Villages
The beginning of March sees the start of the season of Lent. According to tradition, this is the season when we try to think of something to give up – chocolate, cake, meat, favourite TV shows – I’ve tried all of these over the years with varying success!
Of course, the season itself commemorates the time when Jesus went out into the desert for 40 days and fasted in preparation for the beginnings of His ministry. Since the earliest days of Christianity, believers have used this season in the run up to Easter as a time for prayer, penitence, self-denial and atonement. Part of the self-denial bit is the giving up of luxuries, which I think most people associate with Lent. But it should also be a time for thinking about taking up something – perhaps the discipline of reading some scripture each day, or helping out with a local charity.
This year, once again, there are some excellent Lent talks taking place at All Saints’, Evesham, as well as lunches being organised by the Mothers’ Union in our benefice churches. In addition to this, there are some groups getting together to read and pray and learn together, so if this interests you please do look at the notices in your local church for more details. It all starts with an Ash Wednesday service on 1 March at 7:00pm in Sts. Mary & Milburgh, Offenham. Please do join us for this reflective and special service.
Lent might be the season self-denial, but it can also be the season of self-discovery. What might God be calling you to do this year?
Revd Philip Morton
Women's World Day of Prayer
Our service in the Benefice this year is in North and Middle Littleton Church on Friday 3 March at 2.30 pm. It has been prepared by the women of the
Philippines on the subject of ‘Fairness’. All will be made most welcome, including men. It is non-denominational. The service will be preceded by lunch, which is optional, at 12.30 pm in Middle Littleton Village Hall. Tickets at £5 can be obtained from myself. Bridgett Walker