St Mark's Mansfield

Christmas Services 2018

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Christ the King and Stir-up Sunday 2018

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people;

that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,

may by you be plenteously rewarded;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Photos – courtesy of Tristan Jones

Thank you to Fr Michael Dobbs for helping us celebrate Stir up Sunday at the end of Mass by making St Mark’s Christmas pudding.

 

 Christmas pudding raffle

The Christmas pudding, stirred by many, has now been cooked by Judith Place.

For a chance to win it, please make a donation to St Mark’s in exchange for a raffle ticket on Sundays 2nd and 9th December.

The draw will take place after the Mass in the Hall on 9th December 2018.

 


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Harvest 2nd October 2018

Harvest Time

Today the toddlers came to the Community Garden on their way to storytime in the church with The Revd Jan.   Just as in Oscar Wilde’s wonderful fairy-tale ‘The Selfish Giant”, it was as if the garden smiled.   Each child picked one of the rosy Jonagold apples that have been hanging invitingly on the espaliered tree and took it into church as a harvest offering.   The building rang with the sound of small feet and children’s voices as we thanked God for His generous gifts.

Whenever gardening seems like a chore, it’s good to remember such moments.   We have just received the 2018 East Midlands in Bloom “It’s Your Neighbourhood” assessment from the RHS who have classed us as “thriving”, but no-one could possibly quantify the value of being able to share the produce from this small piece of land with our extended community.

Do help yourselves to a bunch of flowers or herbs before the frosts come and if anyone fancies making pumpkin or butternut squash soup, there are some fruits in church for the taking!