Parish Newsletter

Trust an unknown future to a known God


Our 2024 Memory Verse

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  

Romans 5:6-8, NIV    




Please pray for the first meeting of the new P.C.C. on Monday 20th.  May the Lord bring us together as an effective team dependent on his will and support.


Israel and CMJ

Please pray for the Lord’s will to be done in the Middle East, for the Messiah Jesus to be made know to all and for CMJ’s part in this. 

[The news we hear in this country tells us only the smallest fraction of what is happening, so people here do not understand the very fast-changing situation.  The best thing is to pray rather than make decisions about the rights and wrongs and trust the Lord to bring about his will.]


 Praying for Peace

St Nicholas’ Church will be open between 9:30 and 10:00 for prayer for peace in Ukraine and between Israel and Palestine/Gaza on Mondays 13th and 20th May, weather permitting. If in doubt phone Joy (625545).


Thursday Coffee Mornings at St Nicholas

Every Thursday in term time from 10:30 to 12:30.


Christian Aid Lunch on Sunday 12th May – a reminder to those who booked

Uphill Methodists’ Soup & Ploughman's Lunch is on Sunday 12th May at 12.30pm.


Monday 13th May - Lunch Break at 12.45 in St Barnabas

New folks welcome. Please contact Pauline on 01934 415401.

Will regulars also please contact Pauline if they are unable to come this month.

Please pray for those who attend and those who cook and serve but most importantly, that the Lord will make himself known.


Saturday 18th May - Village Table Top Sale and Jigsaw Challenge

This will be in St Nicholas’ Church and tea and cake will be available.  There will be jigsaws to buy, or you can you bring them to sell or swap.  If jigsaws are not your thing, please come and support the event as there will be lots of people around.  Contact Caroline for details.



In June Lyn & Rich Star will be volunteering in Tanzania for 2 weeks with the charity Go Make a Difference. GoMAD is a small independent charity which helps people in some of the poorest regions in East Africa.

Lyn & Rich were introduced to GoMAD by Heather Johnstone our CMS partner. GoMAD volunteers are a major income stream for Rehema so they will be able to visit & support the Rehema project during their stay.

Lyn and Rich would greatly appreciate our prayers.





Sunday 12th May – Morning Prayer in St Nicholas live and by zoom

The Ascension of our Lord

1 Peter 5:6-11                         John 17:1-11

Snickers in the Church Hall


 Wednesday 15th May - Morning Prayer in St Barnabas live and by zoom

Paul and Silas in Prison

Acts 16:16-40


Sunday 19th May - Holy Communion in St Nicholas live and by zoom

Pentecost Sunday

Deuteronomy 16:9-15            John 15:26-16:15

Snickers in the Church Hall

6 p.m. Prayer Meeting in St Barnabas


Wednesday 22nd May - Holy Communion in St Barnabas live and by zoom

A Celebration of Pentecost

John 15:26-16:15


Sunday 26th May – All Together Worship in St Nicholas live and by zoom


The next Parish Update will be produced on Friday 24th May.



Please pray for:


Elizabeth Anderson 


 Jim and Ann Butt 


 Rene Eaton – Joy says, “Rene is keeping well.  She always asks about church and we talked about the people she knew and about Ben doing his exams; she asked if he was going to university and how old he was. We also prayed together.”


Maureen Hobbs


Malcolm and Edna Hunter


Angela James


Ada Keeley


Paul and Barbara Lewis


Jim and Annabel Loring - Jim and Annabel give thanks to God for recent hospital appointments confirming that last year’s treatment was successful.  They are both humbled by the many people who have been praying for them.


The Madeleys

That the GP will identify the issue with Mark’s exhaustion and for peace for Caroline.  For Rachel coming to the end of her first year at University and for Ben sitting his GCSE exams.


Stella Middleton


Gwen Purnell 


 Mac and Pam Reid


Jo Scott – Jo says, "Many thanks for praying about my teeth. The pain and discomfort are easing a little but there's still some way to go. New dentist is very nice. Thankfully."


Peter and Val Tullett 


Ted Warren

Pray for visitors C and L who attended last year’s Pentecost service.  They were both very keen to accept Christ as their Saviour.

Pray for Adrian who is stepping down as our Archdeacon next month and has the challenging task of finalising the new details of the new approach to Common Fund.


 St Barnabas Part-Time Lay Pioneer Minister

There is enthusiastic and prayerful support in the Locking Deanery Mission and Pastoral Group for the post that we want to see created for St Barnabas.  Mark is taking the lead for this initiative.  Keep praying that there will be good progress.


Lyn & Rich Star – preparing to go to Tanzania in June with GoMAD.


Heather Johnstone - Pray for Heather as she visits Rehema families and for Rehema to have visitors during this quiet period until the next GoMad group arrive (Rich's and Lyn's group). Pray also for Heather as she supports, in prayer and collections, local mission partner Rachel Karanja who is seeking to give a good meal each day to those who've lost their homes after the collapse of the Kajabe Dam in Kenya.


The Clarkes


Pedro Santos for his ongoing survival in Tel Aviv Jaffa and for his ministry to those who are struggling with the current situation.  The Jerusalem Post (good quality newspaper) reported recently that there has been a 30% increase in people asking about God and seeking help from those who love the Lord.  Pedro personally is in real need at this time.  Please pray for the Lord to intervene.


“V” in the Republic of China Taiwan - V has recently spent 7 weeks in the Phillippines where she has been running cross-cultural mission courses to 19 students across the world, some face-to-face and some online.  

On Good Friday V led a four-hour service of Prayer and Reflection, the first time such a service had been held at her church. On Easter Day V celebrated the resurrection with her Indonesian neighbours.

V gives thanks for her successful dental treatment in Manila and that despite feeling the tremors of the 4th April earthquake they were all safe.

She asks us to pray for further preaching opportunities opening up for her.  



Please continue praying for safety and continued wisdom for Alison Giblett, Anya and Pastor Valery (who work with CMS in Ukraine).



A Happy Ending

“I, Joy, lost my wedding ring during covid. I presumed with all the soapy hand-washing it had slipped off my finger and it went down the plug hole.  Today, Thursday, I was gardening and putting our home-made compost on some plants when I saw something shiny. I nearly threw it away, but decided to rub the compost off it and there was my wedding ring. Amazing! We were delighted.”




Contact Details


Mark’s contact details are and 01934 620156.



Our Church Wardens

Jim: 01934 644623 or

Lynn: 01934 813763 or



The Pastoral Team

Pauline Farley 415401

Edna Hunter 270938

Angela James 07792 133403

Barbara Lewis 07773 087439 (mobile preferred to landline 633655)

Joy Realff 625545



Parish Office

Duncan is normally in the Parish Office at the following times:

Mondays and Wednesdays 09:00am - 2:00pm, usually on Fridays 2:00 – 4:00pm.

If you need to contact him please telephone (01934 641863) or use email -

The Office will not be open on Monday 27th May because it is a bank holiday.



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