Friday, September 30, 2005

Prayer for the International Centre, Coventry Cathedral

Lord, we pray for the International Centre at Coventry Cathedral which does such wonderful work towards reconciliation in some of the most troubled areas in the world. We pray for a solution to the funding crisis and for all the staff who have received redundancy notices.


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

prayer for the hurricane victims

Lord, we pray for those caught up in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and ask that the light of your presence may sustain them through the difficult days and weeks ahead as families return home and begin rebuilding their lives.

We pray also for those helping in the stricken areas, for relief workers and their families, that you may be with them in their struggle to reestablish order from chaos and to bring comfort to those in need. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Get Well Soon, Beth!

We have all been delighted to learn that Revd Beth Smith is recovering well from her recent hip operation.

Friends visiting Beth at St. Cross Hospital on the day after her operation found her sitting up in bed with her usual vigour and determination!

Please do join with us in praying for her speedy recovery.

Here's Beth in full flow at last year's Harvest Festival ...

Monday, September 26, 2005

Parish Blog Watch.

If you have a few spare moments, do check out another local parish blog by clicking here. This one is attached to the Rugby Team Ministry and written by the Revd Mark Beach, Team Rector for Rugby.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Harvest Festival Supper and Charity Auction

Our Harvest Service of Thanksgiving, followed by a hot supper and Charity Auction, went extremely well last Sunday and a good evening was had by all!

About 50 people came to the Harvest Festival service itself, always one of the best attended of the year, with about 60 coming to the Flecknoe village hall afterwards for supper.

The food was home-produced and excellent as always! 

We raised £227.55 from an auction of fresh local produce, which will be donated to Rugby Myton Hospice

Our heartfelt thanks, as always, to the hardworking team who decorated the church, set up the village hall, prepared and served 60 main courses and desserts ... and even washed up afterwards!

Our thanks also to David Thomas, our talented auctioneer, and to everyone who attended the evening and gave so generously in their auction bids.

We look forward to another successful Harvest Festival at St. Mark's in 2006!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Thanksgiving Service

'The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.'
Luke 10. 2

As this photograph of the beautiful window decorations at St. Mark's shows, taken only this afternoon, autumn is here again. Which means it's time for our annual Harvest Supper and auction of fresh - mostly home-grown! - produce. Here in Warwickshire, the blackberries are ripe, the apples are crying out to be made into pies and crumbles, and if you don't pick the last of the runner beans soon, you could be in trouble!

Our harvest celebrations begin on Sunday 18th September with a 6pm Service of Thanksgiving at St. Mark's, after which we will cross to the Flecknoe Village Hall for supper. Photographs from the Harvest Supper will be posted up on this site as soon as they are available.

Bible Study: The Book of Genesis

A gravestone in St. Mark's Churchyard.

‘Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.’

Genesis 3, 23-24

Having covered Luke and Acts in the New Testament, we started again after the summer break at the very beginning: the Book of Genesis.

By the end of the meeting, we had covered the Creation of the Universe and reached the part where Adam and Eve disobey God by eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and are cast out of Eden forever. There was a lively group discussion about which of them was to blame for the fall, and on the differences between men and women in general!

The next Bible Study evening will be held on October 4th at Willoughby Vicarage (7.30pm - 9pm) when we will continue reading from Genesis 4. Newcomers and regulars always welcome. Contact Reverend Bill Griffiths on 01788 890309.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Welcome to St Mark's, Flecknoe!

This weblog has been created for the church of St Mark's, Flecknoe, a parish in the English county of Warwickshire, part of the Leam Valley Benefice and within the Coventry Diocese.

Links to the Diocese, to Coventry Cathedral and to the Church of England can be found to the right.

A detail from one of the beautiful stained glass windows in St. Mark's Church

'Just as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it to me'
Matthew 25 v. 40

The PCC will be posting pictures of past and future events here, and letting people know about forthcoming projects at St Mark's. Please feel free to leave a comment!