Come and sing Stainer’s Crucifixion

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Sunday 20 March (Palm Sunday)
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Rehearse this favourite Passiontide work and perform it in a special service of music and Readings at 6:30 p.m.
Director: Michael Perrier; Organ: Darren Hogg; Nick Drew (Tenor); Edwin Kaye (Bass)

Fairtrade Easter Eggs

There are several sorts of Fairtrade easter egg available this year. The Real Easter Egg comes in three types and sizes: milk chocolate (£3.99), dark chocolate (£5.50) or the special peace edition with an olive wood holding cross (£9.99). All these eggs contain an illustrated booklet of the Easter story. If you prefer something smaller (or want to do a treasure hunt in the garden), Divine chocolate mini eggs come in milk, dark or praline varieties (£4.50 per bag). Please order from Janet Moir (St Mary's) or Karen Gray (St Anne's), or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We need your orders by Sunday 6 March at the latest.

Book of the term group discussion

Wednesday 23 March, 7:30 p.m., St Mary’s West Room.

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J M Nouwen (publ. Darton Longman & Todd, 1994). Inspired by Rembrandt’s ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’, as well as the parable from the Gospels, Nouwen’s themes include homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation.

Benefice Lent Quiet Day

Living a life of tension

Saturday 19 March 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

During the day Revd. Duncan will be exploring some of the ideas developed by the renowned writer on spirituality, Henri Nouwen. He acknowledged that our lives are characterised by a number of tensions that seem to pull us in opposite directions – spiritual polarities. The framework and ideas Nouwen puts forward offer an accessible and helpful way to make greater sense of ourselves, the world and God.

Women's Day of Prayer

Friday 4 March, 2:00 p.m., Balsall Heath Church Centre (corner of Edward Road and Mary St).

The service has been prepared by Christian Women of Cuba, with the theme Receive Children Receive Me.

All Welcome.

Contemplative Prayer

ContPrayEach Wednesday during Lent, you are invited to join us in the Lady Chapel at St Mary's for contemplative prayer from 6pm - 7pm. Access is via the south east door (first door as you walk up the sloped path from the main road).

Usborne Books at Home

Do you love books and reading to your children? If so, why not host an Usborne Books at Home Party? All you need to do is arrange the date with me, invite family, friends and colleagues and I’ll do the rest. As a party host you will receive a free book and 10% of the value of the party returned to you in books for you and your family to enjoy.

Contact Amy Ashton on tel: 07982 714530 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange your party. When you contact me be sure to mention St Mary’s or St Anne’s Church, as they will receive free books for every party booking made from this notice, and if you book your party before the end of March you will be entered into a prize draw to win an Usborne Easter Story Sticker Book.

Count Your Blessings

Christian Aid has a resource leaflet available for the Lent period called 'Count your Blessings'. This is an opportunity for individuals (adults and children) to reflect, give thanks to God for our blessings and make a contribution to Christian Aid. Please visit the website at www.christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved/lent/count-yourblessings to download the Lent calendar and look at the charities notice board.

Can You Help?

A disabled pensioner who lives in a first floor flat, wants to get rid of a light but awkward two-seater sofa. It took two of us to get it in but gravity might help in reverse. Phone 01214491610 or 07815186072 or leave a message with the church office.

Thanks

The collection at the memorial service for Rosemary Berridge on 16th January raised the sums of £240 for St Mary's Hospice, Selly Oak, and £125 for Oxfam, plus Gift Aid. Both charities and the family express their thanks for these generous donations.