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News and views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
Issue 11 Spring 2010

Action-packed Churches Together

Ongoing events organised by Churches Together in Woodbridge & Melton include Open the Book assemblies in all the primary schools, when church members act out Bible stories for the children – it’s great fun. Then there’s the Credit Union, held every Thursday at 10.30 am in the Salvation Army Centre, a service open to anyone for borrowing, lending and saving money. In the run-up to Easter, Lent Lunches are served from 12 noon each Thursday at the Salvation Army Centre – a simple lunch of soup and bread, with all proceeds to Christian Aid’s work in Burkina Faso (see p3). On Good Friday, we will lead a Walk of Witness around the town, pausing at different places to hear about the events of the first Good Friday, and we end at St John’s Church for coffee and hot cross buns. On Easter Sunday, why not wake up really early and celebrate the occasion with our Sunrise Service on the River Wall at 6.00 am, followed by bacon butties! And at the Mind, Body and Spirit Festival on 17/18 April (10.00 am–5.00 pm in the Community Hall), we will again have a stall and offer prayer for healing. It is good to have so much going on in our town, with church members all working together for our community.

Mission to Uganda – a date for your diary

Malaria remains a major killer in Africa, but our donations really do make a difference. To prove the point, Fiona Greig spent a month working at the Allan Stone Clinic in Uganda. Here she was involved in treating desperately ill children, educating the local population and distributing subsidised mosquito nets. If you would like to hear about her experiences, which also included family planning, HIV/AIDS education and the Ugandan hospice movement, come along to St Mary’s House on Wednesday 14 April at 7.30pm. Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be available after Fiona’s slide-show presentation.

Fun for the Friday Group

Our programme last term ended with a fancy dress party with a St Nicholas theme. We’d had such good fun acting out the story the week before, with some of us having to play two parts, and enjoyed the story so much that we decided to give the end-of-term party a St Nicholas theme too. We all had a great time (as you’ll see from the photograph on the front cover). This term we’ll look at the Easter story and possibly act it out. Friday Group is open to all aged 9-14, on alternate Fridays during term-time, 6.30-8.00 pm, in St Mary’s Church Centre.

Further details from Paul Hambling (01394 446051)