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Upcoming Events...

Exploring Prayer and Fasting workshops

These online weekly workshops begin Thursday 15 April at 7:30 in the evening. There are a few places left.
These workshops aim to inform about prayer and fasting. They try to develop a deeper understanding about what is going on and what we should expect; to shape attitudes, hopes and expectations. They also explore some of the principal traditional ways of prayer and its sister discipline fasting, and to give practical advice and experience on how to go about it.
These sessions are workshops and will therefore not only offer ideas and discussion about prayer and fasting but also time to try out different forms of prayer and to fast once a week. There is no homework as such but you will be invited to put into practice what you have learned about prayer and fasting and feedback your experiences during the weekly workshops.
Our hope is that everyone will go away from these workshops with anxieties soothed and feel better equipped to continue their own development and exploration of their relationship with God through prayer and fasting.
For more information, please contact peterdixon2015@gmail.com

100 club winners in November

1st - Emily Beech, 2nd - Joyce Salmon, 3rd - Paul Cleaver, 4th - Rosa Read.

100 club winners in December

1st - Mark Leadbetter, 2nd - Charlotte Birkin, 3rd - Jean Smith, 4th - Terry Gadsby.

Church Opening

As we are back in lockdown there are no services planned for February in St John's Church.
Although worship is permitted by law under lockdown rules the PCC felt that following the guidelines to stay home whenever possible should be followed.
However, I know that many of us gain great solace from being inside our beautiful church. If you would like the chance to do this you can call Linda Beech on 01283820209 or 07875516635 to book a time of private prayer.
On February 10th and 24th the Church will be open from 12noon until 1pm for anyone to spend a little time in private prayer or to listen to some hymns.
All the COVID-19 safety measures will be followed to ensure safety.

PCC Meeting

The PCC will meet at 7pm on February 17th February for the pre-APCM meeting at which the accounts are presented for approval ready to present at the APCM. Notices of the APCM and revision of the electoral roll will appear in the March magazine.

Internet Services

For those of you able to access internet there is a range of services around the area:-
Zoom services are live, so you need to have the link beforehand but then if you can join in via any smart phone, or with a device with the internet and a camera. Contact the email address listed to be included. The programme on Sundays is likely to be -
10am hosted by Stramshall, 11am hosted by Tean and Leigh (contact joecant124@gmail.com for both)
10am hosted by Marchington (contact maggiehatchard@gmail.com)
6pm hosted by Uttoxeter (contact lucy.toyn@gmail.com)
7pm hosted by Gratwich ( 1st and 4th Sundays, plus 2nd Sunday at 11.15am contact revcharles.dale@btinternet.com)
https://www.youTube.com search Services Uttoxeter
philip.swan@lichfield.anglican.org - email Philip for links to Monday evening prayer 5pm and Friday morning prayer 9am from St Chads Community
It's also the chance to try a different church out - Nicky Gumbel (wrote the Alpha course) at Holy Trinity Brompton, our own bishops via the diocesan website. Links are also on the national website for the Church of England, or on A Church Near You.Most Sundays BBC1 offer morning worship and Songs of Praise around lunchtime starting between 12noon and 1.30pm check TV schedules each week.

Bible Book Club

The Uttoxeter Area of Parishes is starting a monthly Bible Book Club, beginning this month on Wednesday 20th January at 7.30pm, and run by Lesley White. It will initially be on ZOOM so if you would like to join in please contact Lesley on uttoxeterareaparish@outlook.com or 07878 561384, and she will send you the link. I encourage you to give it a go! This month we will be looking at Galatians.

Bishop's Certificate (Living Faith)

The Bishop's Certificate is a 25 session group course that explores faith and Bible. We started a group last January but have not been able to meet since, so rather than skip a year I thought we could put on some catch-ups and then hope to start as a bigger group in September (or even before - let's see). If anyone is interested in trying the BC (Living Faith) course, please get in touch with Joe Cant. Then plan would be to do the seven or so catch-ups in June/July, if circumstances allow.

Getting prepared

Just because we have restrictions doesn't mean that some training can't happen. I have had some interest in training to take Home Communion to people in their own homes and, although that isn't possible at the moment, it might be possible to put on some Home Communion training online over the next few months so that people can hit the ground running later in the year. Again, if you are interested just get in touch with Joe.

Flowers & Reading

If you would help with flowers or help to read at church please speck to church wardens or Isabel Wilson.


Open the book is bibles stories which are delivered to St Peters School and Talbot First School Kingstone if you wish to help with this valuable work please speak to Isabel Wilson or Val Laflin 01889 500547.

Deanery Training Programme

Uttoxeter Deanery Training Programme is available please see leaflets within church or speak to Lesley White for more information.

Scrap Book

It is important to note what we are doing at church and record events to show others, so we have started a scrap book of services and events we have completed, if everyone wishes to put photos in the book please bring to church.

Electoral Roll

This year we have 48 members on the Electoral Roll if any one would like further information about or wish to join the Electoral roll please speck to Linda Beech on 01283 820209.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Graham and Pat Salt collect CLEAN USED FOIL for the Guild dogs for the blind, please hand any you have, to help others. Thank you.

Marchington Woodlands Village Hall

Art Group

Kingstone Village Hall are looking for new members to join their art group. First meeting is on Thursday 13th September, 10am in the Community room, the group is a social meet where all abilities are welcome. Please phone Maggie Hatchard for further details on 01283 820207.

Marchington Woodlands Village Hall Booking

For village hall booking please speak to Isabel Wilson 01889 569411, view availability first:

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