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MAY 2017

Elham Valley Group Ministry Prayer and Fellowship Week. Sunday 12th March until Sunday 19th March

The event was a great success and, as people came to know each other, gained momentum as the week progressed.  We thank Jane and Peter for planning the week and those responsible for organising the worship and providing the delicious refreshments at the different churches.  A chat, with chips, at the Jackdaw after the Denton service was much enjoyed, as was the lunch at the traditional country pub, the Cat and Custard Pot, after worship at Paddlesworth. The Fellowship Week gave us an opportunity to visit other churches in the two benefices, some of which we may not have been in before; it enabled us to experience a variety of styles of worship some very different to what we are used to; we learnt and understood more about the circumstances and activities of the different church communities and above all we made new friends.  While the Group Ministry is in its infancy many of those involved in the week felt that the foundations for cooperation in ministry and mission had been laid.  It was not the sort of event to give one spiritual indigestion, though with all the food and drink physical indigestion was a risk; it was spiritually uplifting and an enjoyable experience.

Treasurer, Elham St Mary’s Parochial Church Council APPOINTMENT NOW MADE

This voluntary position would suit someone with a computer interest. Weekly input of time is required with slightly busier periods at the end of the financial year. Practical aspects, such as the collection and banking of monies are ably performed by others and the work mostly involves bookkeeping, using a dedicated parish finance software package and, to a small extent, excel spreadsheets. There is also a need to regularly submit gift aid tax relief data online to HMRC and to reconcile the books with monthly bank statements, as well as report to PCC meetings. The work is interesting and rewarding. The retiring treasurer is now away too often to allow adequate efficiency, but would be generally be available for assistance to any individual new to the position.

Please contact the Church Warden Peter Swain at 01303 840408. Email

Services for MAY


7th        8am Eucharist BCP                9.30am Sung Eucharist

14th      8am Eucharist BCP                9.30am Sung Eucharist

21st      8am Eucharist BCP                8.45am Rogation Service and walk to Denton

28th      8am Eucharist BCP                9.30am Ascension Sung Eucharist

METHODIST CHURCH:             All services will be at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

7th        Local Arrangement- Rhodes Minnis Chapel Anniversary at 3 pm Rev Paul Dean

14th      Richard Blackwell

21st     Tim James

28th      Valley Service at Rhodes Minnis including Holy Communion – Rev Roger North


On 12thMay there will be an organ recital in Church by the Internationally acclaimed organist – D’Arcy Trinkwon. Yes, he’s the brother of our wonderful organist Tony.

Our church organ is in urgent need of an overhaul and repairs and the proceeds of this concert will go towards the cost of preserving this instrument for future generations.

More information about the concert and details of ticket sales will appear in April’s Newsletter.  It would be wonderful if D’Arcy could play to a packed church.