Lent Meetings – Wednesdays from 13th March to 3 April – Various Venues

As usual during Lent, there will be meetings for study, discussion, worship and fellowship, together with the other churches in Hazel Grove. Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. March 13th at Baptist Church; 20th at Methodist; 27th at St Peter’s RC; April 3rd at Norbury; 10th at URC.

Lent Foodbank Collection

Many people at Norbury have generously supported the Advent appeals we made in 2017 and 2018 to support the Stockport Foodbank based at Hazel Grove Baptist Church. This year, because of the ever-increasing need, we are making an additional appeal for help during Lent. There will be a Foodbank collecting box at the entrance to church and you can simply place any items that you would like to donate in it on your way into church. This could be as you arrive for a Sunday service or at any time during the week. You can place as many or as few items as you able to give; it will all be very much appreciated. The appeal will begin on Ash Wednesday, 6th March and continue all the way through to Easter Day. The following items are urgently needed: Tinned fruit, veg, meat, fish, coffee and puddings. Other things that they give out in their food parcels to needy families are breakfast cereals, rice, tinned meat, tea or coffee, biscuits, snacks and treats, nappies and baby wipes. Do please also bear in mind that tins of baked beans and soups are not needed at this time. Thank you all so very much for your generosity.

Lent Books

We have available two options for daily reading in Lent: “Pilgrim Journeys” (short reflections on the Beatitudes, at £2.95); and “Celtic Lent” (more substantial reflections in the Celtic tradition, at around £8.50). These are available from the bookstall. Make the most of your Lent experience! Richard

Quiet Space Relaunces in September

We will re-launch this lovely occasion for reflection and fellowship in September 2019. More info to follow. There will be no Quiet Space sessions until the re-launch.

Commisioning of New Mothers’ Union Diocesan President – 9 March

On Saturday, 9th March Wendy Sykes will be commissioned by the Bishop of Chester as the Mothers’ Union Diocesan President in the Cathedral at 11.00 am. A coach will be leaving Norbury Church at 9.00 am returning from Chester at 4.00 pm and the cost will be £10. If you would like to come and support Wendy on this special occasion or just fancy a day out in Chester, please contact Florence Barlow (0161 285 1283.)

Ash Wednesday – 6 March

There will be two services of Communion & Ashing to mark the beginning of Lent, on Ash Wednesday 6th March, at 10.30am and 7.30pm. Do join us for one of those, to mark the start of this important season of preparation.

Sunday Serenade – 3 March 3pm

The next in our series of concerts is on March 3rd from 3-4pm followed by tea and cake.
Given by students from Chetham’s School of Music accompanied by Brenda Blewett (Lawry). Programme includes Mendelssohn violin concerto, Debussy cello sonata and a lovely selection of vocal repertoire. Free admission with retiring collection.

Women’s World of Prayer – 1 March

A servuce will be held on Friday 1st March at Hazel Grove Methodist Church at 2pm. Gentlemen will be most welcome. The Christian women of Slovenia have prepared the service. Ladies from our choir will be taking part. The service will be followed with tea and biscuits.

Mothers’ Union Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy Sale – Saturday 9 Feb

The Coffee Morning is in aid of Worldwide Funds and will be on Saturday 9th February 10.00am to 12.00 noon, in the Legh Room. There is a bring and buy stall and a raffle. Please do come along and support this worthwhile fund. Admission £1. Tickets can be bought from Florence Barlow and Faith Clarke or pay on the door.

Traidcraft

You’re probably aware of the problems currently being experienced by Traidcraft plc. As a result of the need for the trading company to significantly downsize there are serious implications for Traidcraft Exchange, the development charity. Consequently there is an urgent appeal for funds for Traidcraft Exchange to help producers find alternative markets and this is detailed in the poster on the Traidcraft board in the Legh Room. Do please read the poster and respond if you possibly can.