Saturday, December 30, 2006

Christingles Workshop & Service, 16th & 17th December

Children and adults making the Christingles on Saturday 16th December 2006 in St. Mark's Church at our workshop.

Receiving and enjoying the Christingles at the Carol Service on Sunday 17th December 2006.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Gifts for Christmas with Christian Aid

Roughly this time last year we posted up a link to the Christian Aid gift catalogue, prompting people to buy presents and help improve lives at the same time.

This year we are continuing with that idea, so here is our second link to the online Christian Aid Christmas Selection 2006 - the first was posted up back in August! - and here's hoping you are all able to choose some gift from their catalogue, however small, knowing that each sale will help the charity.

The sort of gifts you can expect to find in their selection this year are varied, including wines from around the world, giftwrap, Christian-themed cards and calendars, foodstuffs, Traidcraft coffee and biscuits, and some charming ornaments, many of them handcrafted, such as a tiny Copper Church from Peru and a Balinese Batik container in split bamboo.

Please watch this space for details of the forthcoming Carol Service at St. Mark's.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Harvest Festival 2006

Members of the PCC serving multiple Shepherds Pies, followed by puddings made with local produce such as damsons & apples

St Mark's Church Harvest Festival 2006

Our annual Harvest Festival was held on Sunday 24th September 2006, with that date marking a return to fortnightly services at St. Mark's.

As always the Harvest Festival was a splendid village event and much enjoyed by all who participated, both at the service and the traditional harvest supper.

The service in St Mark's Church at 6pm was the first opportunity for us to welcome our new vicar, Jane Close, pictured here at the supper afterwards; she preached to us very appropriately about new beginnings.

The harvest supper itself followed at 7pm. Our village hall was filled to capacity and all who came enjoyed an excellent meal of shepherds pie followed by a variety of puddings made by villagers using local produce, damsons and apples.

David Thomas added humour to the evening as he sold off the donated harvest produce.

Each year the money raised by our auction of produce goes to a good cause, sometimes overseas, sometimes closer to home. This year, £177.50 was raised for local charity, Rugby Myton Hospice.

Many thanks to everyone who took part with such generosity and we hope to see you all again soon!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Harvest Festival Supper

Sunday 24th September at 6pm: Come and celebrate the Harvest Festival at St. Mark's Church

St. Mark's Harvest Festival Supper, 2005

All are Welcome!
Our Harvest Festival service and supper will take place on Sunday 24th September. The church service begins at 6pm and all are very welcome to come and take part in this special annual celebration of the Lord's bounty. The meal follows shortly afterwards in the Village Hall, provided by members of the PCC and other volunteers, and there will be the usual auction of fresh produce after the meal which raises money for charity.

Tickets for the Harvest Festival supper are available from Jane at Bramble Cottage (next door to the church) or Clare at Hillcrest House.

Detail from a stained glass window in St. Mark's, Flecknoe

Friday, September 08, 2006

Reading the Bible Every Day

365 Ways to Make a Difference: Daily Bible Readings

A new book available from Christian Aid draws on the true stories of people working with and touched by Christian Aid's partner organistions. It challenges readers to connect their personal faith to what is happening around the world today. This specially commissioned book offers a Bible reading for every day of the year, with reflection, a prayer and even a suggestion for practical action.

Priced at £14.99, this fascinating book is available from the Christian Aid catalogue and website. Visit for details of how to buy this and other Christian products. Christian Aid says all profits go back into funding development projects around the world.

Reading the Bible daily has long been part of Christian discipline and faith. This can be done without any need for 'explanatory notes' or other accompanying material, but some people do find it helpful to have their reading structured.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Christian Aid Christmas Catalogue

I know, it's a little early to be thinking about Christmas - still trying to be summer in some parts of our rainy island - but the new Christian Aid Christmas catalogue is now available and always a good first choice when browsing for gifts in advance.

Aside from the usual beautifully designed cards and gift wrap, there are new and unusual gifts to be purchased this year. Most of the gifts in the catalogue are made by workers in the developing world, under fair-trade agreements, and profits are ploughed back into funding development projects around the world.

To entice you further, the sort of gifts you can buy through Christian Aid this year include a handcrafted miniature copper church from Peru, silken Christmas baubles from India, a Balinese Batik holder made of split bamboo, a Festive Chest of Chocolate Coins from the Philippines, and wonderfully aromatic Arabica coffee beans in a calico drawstring bag, packaged in Bangladesh.

To receive a free copy of the Christian Aid Christmas Selection in good time for seasonal gift-buying ahead of the rush, you can telephone 020 7523 2229 or visit

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

United Service of Holy Communion: to be held this Sunday 27th August

Joint Service at St. Marks

The school holidays are sadly drawing to a close, the weather has taken on a distinctly chilly turn, and many of us in this rural benefice will be geared up for harvest time already after such a hot summer. To mark the end of our summer break, and in the knowledge that our own Harvest Festival celebration is fast approaching, we will be hosting a United Service of Holy Communion this weekend in St. Mark's, Flecknoe.

The Service of Holy Communion will take place at 10.30am this Sunday 27th August. As always, everyone is extremely welcome to join us in worship this weekend, both from the village of Flecknoe itself and from all the other parishes in our benefice.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Annual Spring Teas in June

Sunday June 11th 2006 at St Mark's Church, Flecknoe

Our annual Spring Teas event in June went very well this year, providing another chance to raise money for the church and bring our small village community together.

It was a warm and sunny afternoon, right in the middle of this very unBritish heatwave we've been enjoying for some weeks now, and the delicious refreshments provided by members of our PCC (below) were much appreciated.

Once again the PCC would like to thank everyone who attended this successful afternoon at St. Mark's - the popularity of the event is not reflected by these photos, as our photographer forgot to take more once the event got into full swing! - and, of course, those who provided the excellent cream teas that you can see above.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

New Vicar Appointed

The Good News!

We are delighted to announce that Jane Close has been appointed to become our new non-stipendiary Parish Priest. She will be responsible for the four Parishes of Leamington Hastings, Grandborough, Willoughby and Flecknoe.

Jane will be licensed by Bishop John on 21st September and will live in Willoughby Vicarage. She comes to us from Fillongly and Corley Parish in Coventry where she is Assistant Curate and is 57 years old. She is married to Brian who is a deputy headmaster and they have three sons, Simon (32), Nicholas (30) and Alexander (25).

She was ordained Priest in Coventry in 2004. Before this she worked for six years in a Residential Drug Rehabilitation Home becoming acting deputy manager and was engaged with prison interviewing, drug counselling and providing volunteers with support and training.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Summer Holiday Club in August

The Leam Valley Holiday Club will be taking place in Flecknoe again this summer. It is for children aged 5 to 11 and will run over three days from 7th to 9th August and is open for children from all the Leam Valley parishes. Let us know if you would like your children to take part and/or if you are able to help. Contact Clare Grant on 01788 891076.

Here are the children and volunteer helpers on last year's Holiday Club day trip to Coventry Cathedral.

The Survival of the Church: an interview with Linda Woodhead

From the Coventry Diocese monthly digest of interesting Church-related reports, this fascinating article seems to fit our recent discussions on why so many people are choosing not to go to church these days.

Holistic spirit: The Tablet Interview, with Linda Woodhead

One of Britain’s leading sociologists of religion, Linda Woodhead, tells Theo Hobson of the vital choices the Church must make to survive:

“I’d say: whose common good is it that you’re talking about, and why do people leaving the Churches, and perhaps getting involved in the holistic milieu, not feel that it’s their common good? Perhaps your common good is actually quite a narrow common good; and there’s a big group of people, mostly women, for whom it hasn’t been very good, and you have to understand why they are going elsewhere for the spiritual, which they’re still deeply engaged with. There’s a big gender element: I think the Church needs to be much more aware about the message it has given women about being selfless, and think hard about why many women feel that’s an unfair burden that’s been placed on them.”

Linda Woodhead in the Tablet (10/06/2006) discussing the emphasis currently placed by Christians on the 'common good'.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Why has church attendance slumped over the last 20 years? Your chance to address the issues ...

Church Attendance Discussion

On Monday 10th July at 7.30pm at Hillcrest House, we will be holding our third meeting to discuss the church report on why attendance at church services for most denominations has declined over the last 20 years.

It has been most interesting to get an insight into the problems faced by the church as it tries to make itself relevant in a secular world. Please join us at this final meeting. This meeting will take the place of our regular church services in July.

For more information contact Andrew Grant on 01788 891076.

Andrew Grant asks searching questions about the moral issue of global warming

'Global challenge' - a newsletter article by Andrew Grant (Churchwarden, Flecknoe)

"On a visit to the United States in May, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, used the opportunity to raise the moral issue of global warming. Much effort is spent by the church and Christian charities such as Christian Aid and Tear Fund to try and improve the lot of the millions round the World who lack the basic necessities of life that we take for granted. We dip into our pockets whenever we hear of humanitarian disasters and satisfy ourselves that we are doing our bit to help those less fortunate than ourselves. But is there a greater moral issue that we are not facing up to?

The evidence is now clear that our consumption of the Word’s resources and in particular of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas has taken the level of carbon dioxide in the air to the point where a significant rise in global temperatures is inevitable. What will be the consequences of this? There has been much publicity surrounding the increased hurricane activity in the Caribbean and destruction of New Orleans, but what of the impact on the poor of the World? Many tens of millions already live in marginal areas where rains frequently fail. For them life will become unsustainable. We, the more prosperous nations, are already saying we can not take in more immigrants and are devising ways to make our borders more secure. What is to happen to those who must move to survive? It is probable that this will number more than a billion people within 50 years, given current trends.

What is our Christian responsibility? We can not let them starve, but neither can our damaged planet enable them to live. Is this not the greatest moral dilemma facing our World today? We in the developed world must make sacrifices to our standard of living now to allow the less fortunate a life. Is it surprising that our Archbishop chose to raise this issue in the land that symbolises consumerisation?"

Andrew Grant.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Cream Teas: Sunday 11th June, 3 - 5pm

Please do visit St Mark's Church on Sunday 11th June for our annual Spring Teas event, though in June it should really be Summer Teas!

Tea, squash, cream scones and other refreshments will be available. There will also be a raffle in aid of church funds. Everybody very welcome, especially families with children!

Sunday 11th June
3 - 5pm

Come & Discuss the Church Report: Monday 12th June

St Mark's will be holding a second meeting in June to discuss the church report on why attendances at church services for most denominations has declined over the past 20 years. This will take place on Monday 12th June at 7.30pm at Hillcrest House, Flecknoe. All are welcome. This discussion meeting takes the place of regular church services during the month of June.

A third meeting will be held on Monday 10th July. For more information please contact Andrew Grant, Churchwarden, on 01788 891076.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Clay Prayer: Being a Disciple

For as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O House of Israel
Jeremiah 18: 6

Lord God, who creates all things for a reason,
shape us like clay to your purpose, tell us
our true names.
Fire us with the Holy Spirit, in darkness
and in light.
Guide us to the people and places
that can work your will in us.
For we are ready, Lord,
to be made your servants and your disciples
in Christ's name.


Prayer from Jane Holland, Warwickshire

Don't forget, the weekly meetings at Elizabeth House, Flecknoe, are continuing at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings, where you can follow a US-devised course entitled 'Being a Disciple: Counting the Real Cost.' These weekly meetings are being led by one of our new church members, Ann Absolom, who first suggested the idea and is now organising the course.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Christian Aid Week - please do give GENEROUSLY!

It's that time of the year again when you get the little red and white envelopes through your letter box and later someone should come round to collect them from you, hopefully filled with cash etc. But although it's only one week out of the year when Christian Aid is visible on your doorstep, the work of Christian Aid goes on 365 days of the year, year in, year out.

Christian Aid helps the world's poorest communities grow their own way out of poverty. Their motto for this Christian Aid Week: You add. We multiply. And you can see for yourself, with their 'multiplier machine' how Christian Aid uses your donations to invest in things that grow to help communities for years to come.

Visit Christian Aid online to see how your money is helping people in need around the world, by clicking Christian Aid.

Your donations can go a long way:

£7 / €10
pays the monthly salary of a teacher in Bangladesh

£19 / €28
can buy a sheep in Bolivia

£57 / €82
can buy a hive and train a beekeeper in the DR Congo

And, of course, much much more! So please do give generously this Christian Aid week ... or all year round, if you like, by visiting their site (link above) and seeing how your continuing donations can help.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Join us for monthly Monday meetings, starting 8th May.

Although there will be no services at St. Mark's for a few months, the Flecknoe PCC have arranged for monthly meetings of one hour approximately, to take place over the summer to ensure we don't lose touch with each other. The meetings will start on Monday 8th May. Subsequent meetings will be June 12th and 10th July. There will be no meeting in August.

The first meeting will be at 7.30pm at Hillcrest House, Flecknoe, Monday 8th May. We will be discussing why church attendance across all denominations is continuing to diminish, with reference to a recent ecumenical survey looking at statistics and possible reasons for this decline. Discussion will be informal and anyone is welcome to come along.

For more information, please contact our churchwarden, Andrew Grant, on 01788 891076.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

'Being a Disciple': a six week course

You are invited to a six week Bible study course from the U.S. entitled 'Being a Disciple: Counting the Real Cost'.

The first meeting is on Thursday 4th May at 7.30pm and is being held at Elizabeth House, Flecknoe, by one of our new church members, Ann Absolom, who suggested and is organising the course herself.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Download a Sermon

There are to be no church services at St. Mark's from now until August 27th, but there's no need to go without spiritual guidance. All the new web-based technology (such as media players and mp3s) has led to a number of churches putting their sermons on the internet. The best examples are given below (including some sermons by John Ortberg).

Please note, all the church sites listed below are based in the US.

'MPPC Family' Sermons
'Peach Trees' Sermons
'South East Christian' Sermons

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Encounters on the Edge - the rural church today

For those interested in the problems of contemporary rural mission, the Church Army recently produced a very helpful edition of 'Encounters on the Edge' that includes a summary of the situation facing the rural church (by George Lings). Issue number 27 (click here for further details) includes some very helpful reflections on patterns of services in rural multi-parish benefices.

He refers to the lessons we can learn from the Methodist Church who reduced the number of services offered in their smaller rural chapels in the hope that people would travel to a nearby chapel where regular worship was considered sustainable. He notes: "The policy became to close small local chapels and ask people to come together to form critical mass or joinable churches. Conversations I had with Methodist leaders tell me one third of the people simply stopped going anywhere, one third stayed local but transferred (usually to the Anglicans) and only one third complied."

Turning to the practice in the Church of England, he writes: "Many services became no longer weekly but monthly, creating a context which demanded esoteric knowledge to find them, discouraged that favoured Anglican bird of passage, the casual attender, and created patterns of irregular attendance as an unwelcome norm in spirituality."

He also adds that "it is better to provide simple but sustainable weekly lay-led services of the word, with Eucharist less frequently, than to operate with the priest as a whirling dervish Eucharistic machine, flying around the benefice, parachuting in for the magic words, splitting the integrity of word and sacrament and unable to build pastoral contacts."

Some thought-provoking remarks there and something, perhaps, for browsers from other rural parishes to pursue further. The suggestion of 'lay-led services' is particularly fascinating and apposite in these days of priest shortages.

Here at the small church of St Mark's in Flecknoe, faced with just such a shortage, we have already taken the difficult decision to 'close' in terms of regular services and only offer the four major services of Easter Sunday, Harvest Festival, the annual Carol Service and, of course, Christmas Day itself. It does mean that the 'casual attender' referred to above is going to be discouraged. But in a tiny rural community like ours, even the casual attender is practically extinct. And in the age of the car, worshippers are not worried by the idea of travelling a few extra miles to larger and more lively churches. It is our hope, naturally, that they will continue to worship in the absence of regular services here at St Mark's and not leave the Church altogether ...

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Easter Lilies

Easter is almost upon us but there's still time if you would like to make a donation towards our Easter lilies in memory of a loved one. Donations for flowers to Sarah Jolley at Underwood Cottage, Flecknoe by Wednesday 12th April, please.

Prayer requests can be left in the secure postbox in the church porch.

And don't forget, our Easter Day service is a service of Holy Communion at 10.30pm Sunday 16th April. Everyone especially welcome for this, our last official service until the Harvest Festival in September, although a United Service for all churches in the benefice is to be held at St. Mark's on August 27th, 10.30am.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

New Christian Aid logo and catalogue!

Christian Aid has just redesigned their logo and are launching various new fund-raising ventures in light of that change, including a catalogue packed full of handy everyday goods such as T-shirts, mugs, worship materials and a selection of books.

If you'd like to raise money for Christian Aid and own some of those goods yourself, click here to be redirected to the exact Christian Aid website page where you can download the new catalogue or order it to arrive through the post. You can also go on to explore their fascinating website with many useful resources for Christians and more ideas on charitable fund-raising ...

Monday, March 20, 2006

A Prayer for Mothering Sunday

Following on from the last post here, there is actually another Holy Communion service before Christmas ... on Easter Sunday, in fact, when you're all very welcome to join us at St. Mark's for our last service of the present schedule, at 10.30am. After that, the church will not be holding another Sunday service until the Harvest Festival celebration in September.

But before Easter Day, we have Mothering Sunday fast approaching! Which means breakfast in bed for mothers and carers everywhere, and a chance to show them how much you appreciate their untiring work.

Here is a longer version of a short prayer from the Mother's Union, specially adapted to be used on Mothering Sunday:

Dear God

We thank you for mothers.

We thank you for all those who care for us
in quiet, often unrecognised ways;
we thank you for all those who care for others
in patience and love.

We are sorry for those times when we have failed
to care for others
and pray that you will teach us
to care as you do

and that you will hold all mothers
and carers
in the light of your presence
and guide them to you.


This prayer was produced by the Mother's Union. Used with kind permission.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Holy Communion 9am Sunday 19th March

St. Timothy, celebrated here in one of the beautiful stained glass windows at St. Mark's Church, Flecknoe

As many of you in the Leam Valley benefice will know, our little church in Flecknoe has decided to drop to four services a year, since the diocese will only fund a part-time priest for our benefice - two days a week to cover five parishes - and the small but loyal congregation here at St. Mark's, Flecknoe, cannot continue to pay a full Parish Share under those conditions.

So the time is now fast approaching when our usual schedule of services will stop, which is the Easter Day service. After Easter - apart from weddings, funerals and baptisms as required - there will not be another service at St. Mark's until the Harvest Festival. That will be followed by a Family Carol Service in December and a Christmas Day Holy Communion Service, with nothing after that until Easter 2007.

In light of that, we are extending a particularly warm welcome to all those in the surrounding area to join us for our last few services.

This Sunday, March 19th, will be a 9am Service of Holy Communion and you are all very welcome to join us.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Christian Aid's East Africa emergency appeal

The UN estimate that 11 million people across eastern Africa are in desperate need of food and water. There are reports of people dying of thirst. Christian Aid - amongst other charities - is responding but need your help to avert a region-wide catastrophe.

Christian Aid is working with partners in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Tanzania but more help is urgently needed. If you are in a position to make a donation, please do give generously.

Christian Aid estimates that:

• £20 / €30 will provide water for a family for two months
• £50 / €75 will help provide food for families as well as fodder for their livestock
• £100 / €150 will pay for a tanker to deliver 10,000 litres of water

You can find Christian Aid online - and hopefully make a donation - by clicking here.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Soup Kitchen for the Homeless in Rugby

We've just heard about the Hope4 Homeless Project, an excellent new venture being undertaken by Rugby Churches Together, providing food and support for the homeless in our local area.

As part of this project, the ecumenical group opened a 'soup kitchen' in the foyer of St Andrews Church on the 20th February. The kitchen will now be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 6 – 8.30pm, when they will serve hot food and drink to the homeless people of Rugby.

We found this interesting information on the brand-new website for Rugby Quakers, one of our local church groups which is involved in the homeless project. You can find out more about the project by going to this webpage which is part of the Rugby Churches website.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Bishops Colin and John come to Rugby

Bishops' 'Vision and Values' Evening

Please note, for anyone hoping to attend the Bishops' 'Vision and Values' evening in Rugby Deanery on Sunday 19 March, the event is not to be held at St Mark's Church, Bilton, as previously advertised, but at St George's (just off the Hillmorton Road in Rugby).

The Bishops' visit to Rugby Deanery is open to all members of the church who might wish to listen to Colin and John, the Bishops respectively of Coventry and Warwick, as they focus 'on the nature of the God revealed in Jesus Christ and the kind of church that we are called to be', inviting the whole Coventry diocese to 'rediscover the priority of prayer and worship'.

If you do wish to attend, the evening will run from 6.00 to 9.00 pm. The Bishops' visit would be of particular interest to anyone in Rugby Deanery who is closely involved with the church, such as Readers and members of local PCCs or other church groups, as well as churchwardens and clergy.

Church Post Box for St. Mark's

Our Church Post Box Has Arrived!

This is our new secure post box, located for maximum accessibility in the church porch at St. Mark’s. The box is for posting prayer requests, comments and any other business you might like to bring to the attention of the PCC.

This is an idea many other churches have used successfully in a similar way, and one the PCC has been wanting to implement for some time, so it’s a pleasure to finally see our new post box in situ at St. Mark’s Church. We hope everyone will feel free to use it and let us have their prayer requests and suggestions.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Family Service tomorrow at 10.30am

Don't forget, there's a Family Service at St. Mark's, Flecknoe, tomorrow - Sunday 5th February - at 10.30am. Everyone is very welcome to attend, especially families. There is a games table for younger children at the rear of the church, with puzzles, games and colouring provided by the church.

It was good to see so many people at our United Benefice Service at St. Mark's last Sunday morning - hopefully we will see more new faces tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

More new churches than Starbucks stores!

We heard recently that new research - due to be released at the upcoming Mission 21 conference on church planting - will reveal that more new churches are opening in the UK than the popular Starbucks coffee stores. These new research figures clearly undermine the often-cited view that the church is a dying institution with no relevance to modern society.

While 481 UK Starbucks branches have opened since 1998, more than 500 churches started up during the same period. This figure is based on only 18 of the more than 400 denominations in the UK, so many more churches may actually have opened.

"This is exciting news for the UK church!" the new Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has said, commenting on the implications of this research. "It seems that everywhere I look today there is a new Starbucks full of people. It is great to think that the same thing is happening with churches. Jesus has so much more to offer to people's lives than just a caffeine buzz!"

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Dates for your Diary Spring 2006

There was a meeting of the Parochial Church Council in Flecknoe last night and it was decided that services at St. Mark’s should remain as they are for the moment - Family Service on the 1st Sunday and Holy Communion on the 3rd Sunday of every month. There will be further discussion on the future of the benefice at a meeting next month organised by the Archdeacon.

Other matters under discussion included our annual Spring Teas event - to be held this year on Sunday June 11th between 3 and 5pm - and a weekday Bring & Buy Coffee Morning in late March, details to be confirmed soon.

Andrew Grant would also like to remind people across the benefice that the ecumenical Lent group meetings will be starting again in late February, discussing various topics inspired by the current series of short programmes on Radio 4 entitled Who Killed Christianity?’ Meetings are likely to start at 7.30pm, with dates for your diary as follows:

28th February: The Almshouses, Leamington Hastings
7th March: Methodist Chapel, Broadwell
13th March: Methodist Chapel, Grandborough
21st March: Hillcrest House, Flecknoe
27th March: Willoughby Vicarage

Finally, just a reminder that our next service at St. Mark’s Flecknoe will be held on Sunday February 5th at 10.30am. That will a Family Service and everyone is most welcome to join us.

If you do come along to see us, or drop in to visit the church over the next few weeks, you’ll find a new Church of England publication on display at St. Mark’s, the Fresh Expressions newsletter, which is all about new contemporary ways of ‘being church’ and worshipping in the modern world.

Well worth reading, the Fresh Expressions newsletter contains lively articles on ‘cell churches’ (the growing trend for home prayer and worship groups), ‘skateboarding and spirituality’ (Legacy XS is a new purpose-built indoor skate park at a Christian youth centre) and ‘i-church’ (an Anglican Internet Community based on Benedictine principles).

To find out more about these fresh new ways of ‘being church’, you can visit the Fresh Expressions website by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Holy Communion 9am this Sunday

Our first Holy Communion of the New Year will be held this Sunday 15th January at St. Mark's Church, Flecknoe, at the usual time of 9am. We would be delighted to see you there.

2006 could be an exciting year for St. Mark's, with the possibility of far-reaching changes in the traditional structure of our benefice and some new faces presiding over our Sunday services. We should hear soon from the Rev'd Elizabeth Dyke at Dunchurch who has agreed to enter into discussion with Flecknoe PCC about the future of St. Mark's now that we are to lose Rev'd Bill Griffiths as well as our retired vicar Rev'd Beth Smith.

We hope you will join with us in praying for guidance at this time of inevitable change, for both congregation and clergy, and also for renewed patience and spiritual confidence as we come to terms with these changes and fit them into our everyday lives as Christians.