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Lent 2022

This year our Lent lunches will raise money for Send a Cow’s work with refugees from South Sudan as they start their new lives in northern Uganda.

Join us for soup, bread, cheese and fruit held from 12.30pm on Saturdays as follows:-

5th & 12th March at St Mary’s, 19th March at Marshfield Chapel, 26th March at St Mary’s, 2nd April at Marshfield Chapel.

Message from Send a Cow:

Your church’s support could transform the lives of refugees to help grow a place to call home. In South Sudan, many families have no option but to flee their homes due to ongoing conflict. Uganda’s refugee policy is one of the world’s most progressive. In the Palabek Settlement, South Sudanese refugees live side by side with the local Ugandan community.

When we start work with refugee mothers, we start by providing the seeds, tools and training for families to create flourishing vegetable gardens. We next provide training so that families can build simple home improvements, such as energy-saving stoves, from local sustainable materials.

Once families are settled and growing enough to eat, we then provide support with setting up small businesses, so that families can sell surplus vegetables at the market and earn an income.

The Community of the Sisters of the Church

Please click here to read their Pre-Easter letter

Latest News

Living in Love and Faith Lent Course; Vintage Café; Building Faith in our Pre-Teens and Teenagers; Beacon Activity Centre Youth Trip

Lent Course: Living in Love and Faith

Revd Canon Sally and other members of the ministry team will host a 5 week exploration of ‘Living in Love and Faith’ on Wednesday evenings beginning on 9th March.  The sessions will be held in St Mary’s Church, Marshfield so that we can use the large TV for the video content.

This important course will enable us to look at what it means to be human, and to explore Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. 

The 5 sessions of the course each address a key question:

  • What does it mean to learn together as followers of Jesus Christ?
  • How does our identity in Christ relate to sex and gender?
  • What kinds of relationships does God call us to?
  • Where do our bodies and sex fit in to all of this?
  • How do diversity and difference affect our life together as a church?

Each session includes an opening reflection about learning together, followed by teaching, time for discussion and Bible study.  The sessions end with an invitation to reflect on our learning, bringing it to God in prayer.

For further details, please speak to Revd. Sally on 01225 892180 or via email: Marshfield.benefice@gmail.com

Vintage Café Church

…for those in later years

This is restarting after being put on hold due to pandemic restrictions.  Vintage Café will be a regular monthly event on the 1st Monday of each month, in Marshfield Church Hall from 12.30pm-2.00pm. 

Open to all, come and join us for a light lunch and a light touch ‘Thought for the Day’ from a Christian perspective.  The main focus of Vintage Café is to provide somewhere welcoming to enjoy company for an afternoon of shared activities – starting with food. 

A warm welcome awaits you!

Please contact Rev. Lynne Godfrey on 01249 446734 or via email: lynne.rev@sky.com if you are interested in coming along or just want further details.

Building Faith in our Pre-teens and Teenagers

If your son or daughter would like to explore faith further, Phil and Jules Collis will be running a 5-week course (the lower age limit is 11/12 years old) in March on a Sunday evening.

The 5 sessions will look at the basics of the Christian faith in a relevant way.  Please talk to your son/daughter to encourage them and let Rev. Sally, Phil or Jules know who is interested.  This will also serve as a Confirmation course for those who would like to be confirmed in St Mary’s Marshfield on 16th May 2022.

Marshfield Church is taking over 20 8-11’s and 12-16’s to the Beacon Activity Centre in North Devon from 1st – 3rd April.  For further details, please speak to Revd. Sally on 01225 892180 or via email: Marshfield.benefice@gmail.com

Contactless Giving at St Mary’s Church

We now have a ‘tap and go’ option to giving in Marshfield Church using a ‘Goodbox Mini’. The screen is set at a £5 donation, but this can be easily altered up or down by arrows. You just need to select your donation amount, present your card and the screen will acknowledge your gift.

The fabric costs and the mission of our Church continue and need support. We hope that this, and the giving link on our Church web site will make it easier for those who wish to help us. Thank you!

Revd Sally Wheeler becomes Honorary Canon

A personal “Thank You” from Sally to everyone who came to the Cathedral for her Installation as an Honorary Canon at a special Evensong on 10th October. It was wonderful to have over 30 familiar faces from our Benefice at this service as well as some of Sally’s family and we were all welcomed to our Cathedral.

An Honorary Canon is invited to join the College of Canons at the Cathedral and be a voice from our part of the Diocese into its life and mission. Sally was installed in the ‘Chippenham seat’ in the Cathedral Quire which is hers to sit in for the duration of her ministry.

You can see in the photo Sally’s new Canon’s scarf with red trimming which has on it the Bristol Cathedral badge of three crowns and a ship. The crowns are symbols the Holy Trinity and the ship is in reference to Bristol’s origins as a port city. The three crowns are also the Diocesan symbol and you can find them in St Mary’s Marshfield in the stained glass windows of the South Aisle.

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