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UNAPOLOGETIC
We will be continuing our reading of Francis Spufford’s book in the Parish Centre at 8:00pm Monday 24th March, looking especially at chapters 4 & 5. We found last Monday it’s much easier to get into what this book is saying in the group, rather than reading it on your own.

LENT SCHOOL OF PRAYER
St. John Fisher Church, Wood Road, Tuesday March 25th, 7:30 to 9:00pm
“Windows into Heaven” – praying with Icons, led by Rev’d Chris Swift.

MESSY CHURCH
Saturday 29th March, 10:30am to 1:00pm at St. Nicholas School.
A fun filled family time, including a light meal, craftwork, songs and worship.
Children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Phone 01932 221621 or
email: parishoffice4@gmail.co to reserve your places.
Offer to help – please contact
Margaret Bennet 01932 221961

LENT LUNCHES
Every Monday during Lent in the Parish Centre: a simple bread and soup lunch to help fund the…
London Diocese Lent Appeal 2014 (Helping children to be children)
Monday 17th March from 12 – 2:00pm. Please come and support this project.

THE PASSION OF CHRIST – A PASSION PLAY IN STAINES
For the first time ever, Staines will be able to witness the Passion Play on Easter Saturday 19th April.
Two performances will take place. 12:00noon and repeated at 2:30pm in the memorial gardens, just off Staines High Street.
The play is free and further information can be obtained from John Miller 01784441882. Email passionplay@spelthornetransformation.org. www.spelthornetransformation.org/passion-play

LIFE BEFORE DEBT CONFERENCE
London on Saturday 29th March.
Join Rowan Williams, Ann Pettifor, David Graeber and debt campaigners from around the world to discuss why debt rules our lives and how to resist it. We'd love you to join us for the Life Before Debt conference on Saturday 29 March in London. Find out more and register today at: www.jubileedebt.org.uk/lifebeforedebt

APCM
Monday 31st March 8:00pm in the
Parish Centre.
All are warmly invited to attend.

STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN MARCH 2014
All members of St Nicholas Church should have received a letter and forms during the course of this past week requesting them to review their level of giving. You are reminded that our running costs amount to £1825 a week or put another way, £1 a day for every member of St Nicholas Church. Please return your completed forms to The Stewardship Recorder c/o The Parish Office as soon as possible. (Spare packs are available at the back of the church) Thank you. John Child

PRAY FOR SEVEN
Please look at the letter from the Bishop of Fulham, in the Church porch, inviting you to pray for seven people, with whom you might wish to share the story of faith. This is part of the Capital Vision 2020 initiative. He says:
“ Some of those for whom you feel called to pray, you will want to keep privately in your heart, at least for the time being. Others are those whom you may wish, courteously and sensitively, to tell that you are praying for them. In due course, we hope to be able to offer opportunities across the Diocese to enable you to invite those for whom you have been praying to attend special events and services. Following on from the positive responses to the Week of Prayer which was held in the run up to the launch of Capital Vision in June 2013, we are planning another such week of 24/7 prayer from 9th to 15th June this year.

SHEPPERTON NEWS.
Due to the retirement of two delivery people, replacements are sought. One round is 35 copies and the other 57 copies.. Both near the village centre. If you take a friend with you, the job time can be halved.
If you can assist, please ring:
Julia Jelley 01932 883922
Email juliafjelley@yahoo.com

The Living Spirit
The condition in which spiritual knowledge arises is radical simplicity. Julian of Norwich says that prayer is a condition of complete simplicity demanding not less than everything” That is what makes it interesting and real. Simplicity that does not cost everything is fake, a cover up with swathes of complexity still left unresolved. Simplicity is simple, not easy. We see the real thing, for example in children. Their lack of duplicity is both their power and weakness. After some years of heavy complication we may feel we are too old, too compromised, too battered by life ever to achieve such simplicity again, except perhaps on our death bed. But the need to recover simplicity in life today has become undeniable.
Laurence freeman OSB

In our Lord’s own words in Luke 18 v 17.
“ Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, will never enter it”.



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