Parish Church News
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Ascension Day – May 9th
This is the next festival in the Christian calendar, our Lord’s Ascension into Heaven. It will be celebrated at the usual Thursday 10.00am Communion service, enhanced with hymns for the occasion. Coffee will be available after the service.
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) – May 19th
This is the day of the giving of the Holy Spirit – seen as tongues of fire – to the Apostles that began their preaching ministry and was to change the world.
There will be the usual services in the morning on this day.
Time Together in Church – May 19th
The next meeting of this happy time for families and young children is May 19th at 4. The theme will be the story of “the lost sheep” and there will be a treasure hunt to find lost sheep in the church and churchyard. There will be songs to sing and refreshments to enjoy.
Taizé Service – May 19th
There will be a service using music from the Taizé community at 6.30pm. This will be more of a contemplative nature than the usual Evensong to give the opportunity to think about the events of the first Pentecost in a deeper way.
Car Treasure Hunt – May 6th
This is the annual May Day Bank Holiday Car Treasure Hunt, so make up a team and come and pit your wits against the organiser. This is not a time trial, so there is no dangerous rushing around, but just a bit of fun followed by refreshment at the end. If you cannot make up a car load then come anyway and we should be able to fit you in with someone else. This is open to all Bingham residents.
Meet at Old Church House in East Street from 6.15pm to allow for a staggered start. The will probably be an entrance fee of £1 per person to cover costs.
Concert in Church – May 22nd
There will be another BCAC concert at 7.30pm on the evening of Wednesday 22nd May in the Parish Church. Full details will be found elsewhere in the magazine.
Advance Notice – Parachuting Teddy Bears
Plans are already being made for the BRAVE Teddy Bears (or other soft toys) of Bingham to parachute into the churchyard from the top of the Parish Church tower on Sunday June 9th.
If your Teddy came last year, then bring him again with a better parachute, and try to beat your previous time. If he didn’t jump last year, then make a parachute, and bring him along to test his nerve! Hopefully the wind will not be so strong this year, so he won’t be blown away!
Cowardy Custard teddies should go on holiday that weekend.
Full details in next month’s Butter Cross.
Fund-raising Soup Lunch
The Soup Lunch held on March 17th raised £192.05 for Christian Aid, and this has been sent to fund its work in helping to overcome global hunger, poverty and injustice. Many thanks to all who supported this event in any way.
Police Aid Convoy
The organisers would like to thank everyone for their generosity, in both goods and money, towards the National Police Convoys. Special thanks to all that helped on the day of the collection at the Parish Church. This year the weather was rather against us, but still it was a very successful morning. Goods donated will be taken eventually to Albania, Zambia, Uganda or Pakistan.
£22 was raised by selling cakes and drinks during the morning and a further £236.30 was raised at the Easter Tea, thanks to the participation by so many people, some donations and the generous gifts of food for the tea by several people. All of this will go towards the cost of transporting goods to their destinations.
A volunteer is still required to deliver the Butter Cross magazine door-to-door at the end of each month (except July) to the new communities of Starnhill Way, Chapelfields Grove and Eden Walk as they develop.
The magazines will be delivered to your home in bulk. If the round becomes too large it can be divided – at the moment there are only 12 houses occupied, so it doesn’t take long.
This is an important community service as the magazine provides information about all the churches and social organisations in Bingham together with information about trades-people and other services.
Offers of help or for more information please contact Philip Bacon (837 786).
This month’s meeting will be on Monday April 15th at 2.00pm in the Committee Room at Old Church House in East Street. Our speaker will be John Thorn who will give a talk on the author Arthur Ransome, who wrote the famous Swallows & Amazons amongst other books. This should be extremely interesting and all are welcome to attend.
Refreshments will be available after the meeting as usual. Transport is available if required. Contact Iris Thorn (839 353) to arrange or for more information.
The summer outing to Stratford-on-Avon is now fully booked. Pick-up information for the coach will be given in next month’s magazine.
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