Church News & Events
There are so many events and activities taking place during the month of March so please make sure you don’t miss them!
In addition to our usual services, we have a Mothering Sunday Service on 31st March with lots of pretty posies to be given away! We then have three extra special services during March – please see details below.
On Saturday 2nd March, the fabulous Village Quire will be performing “Songs for Silas” at Cusop Church. This promises to be a really entertaining and fun evening!
The following Friday 8th March, we have our first Churchyard Taskforce Day for 2019. New volunteers are VERY welcome! You’ll love working in the beautiful surroundings of Cusop Churchyard. It’s not like working in your own garden, it’s much better! It’s a completely different feeling so why not try it?
On Friday 15th March at 7:30pm at Cusop Village Hall there will be a Quiz in aid of Dial-a-Ride Fund. This will be a fun and really enjoyable evening as well as raising funds for a very worthy cause! Please make sure you contact Jim Wesley to book a table.
The next day, Saturday 16th March, the tables at the Hall will remain “in situ” for a Coffee Morning in aid of Cusop Church. Do pop along for some coffee, homemade cake and friendly company. You may even be lucky and win a raffle prize!
On Saturday, 23rd March we have THE BIG CLEAN. This is a special day when anyone can come and help spring clean the church. The heating will be on and there’s a guaranteed happy atmosphere with hot drinks and cake!
At our last “Tea at Three”, we had a wonderful sing-a-long and welcomed a group of people from Clifford, i.e. EVERYONE is welcome wherever you live. Our thanks to Val for playing so brilliantly and for providing the words to the songs. It was a really enjoyable afternoon. Our next “Tea at Three” will take place on Sunday 24th March at 3.00pm when you can look forward to a warm, relaxing atmosphere and one of Heather’s free raffles! This is our last ‘Tea at Three’ as winter ends! Don’t miss it!
Finally, on Saturday 30th March, there will be a Lent Lunch at Cusop Village Hall from 12.00pm to 2.00pm. Delicious homemade soup and fresh bread will be served with all donations going to St Peter’s Night Shelter. Please support this fantastic charity which provides accommodation, food and advice for the homeless.
SPECIAL SERVICES TAKING PLACE AT ST MARY’S CHURCH, CUSOP
Everyone is very welcome to attend ALL of these services!
Friday 1st March at 2.30pm: World Day of Prayer
This is an ecumenical service bringing together people from local churches and beyond. Cusop Church is delighted to host this special day and we warmly invite everyone from the benefice and all their friends to join us! The service will be followed by refreshments.
Sunday 10th March at 3.00pm: Lives Remembered
This is a service of commemoration for those who have died. If you are mourning the loss of a loved one, recently or even long ago, then please come to this gentle, comforting service with refreshments afterwards.
Tuesday 12th March at 3.00pm: Lady Day Service
The words of this service are lovely! They come directly from the Bible and remind us of the inspiration of Mary as she listened and responded in faith to the call of God upon her life. The service will be led by Revd Luci and there’s an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and socialise.
Sunday 31 March at 11.00am: Mothering Sunday Service
This is a popular service because it helps us to celebrate a very special day. The service is friendly, short and informal. There’ll be baskets of lots of pretty posies to share! All ages very welcome!
Church Electoral Roll
Every six years a new Church Electoral Roll is prepared. The new Roll is due in 2019. All those previously listed on the Roll have been contacted. If you would like to apply to be listed on the Roll and have not yet completed a form, please get in touch with Celia Cundale. The closing date is Monday 4th March.
Cusop Parochial Church Council
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place at St Mary’s Church, Cusop, on Tuesday 19th March at 7.30pm. All members of the public are very welcome to attend this meeting. Come along and find out about your local church and its active role in the community.
Caring for God’s Acre: Coffee, Cake and Conservation:
Our first Churchyard Taskforce Day for 2019 will take place on Friday 8th March from 10.00am to 3.00pm or for as long you wish. Hot drinks and cake provided. If you plan to stay for the whole session then don’t forget a packed lunch. If possible, please bring your own tools. Looking forward to seeing you! If you’d like to join our friendly and welcoming group then please just turn up or contact Celia (01497-820396).
THE BIG CLEAN
This year THE BIG CLEAN will take place on place on Saturday 23rd March from 9.00am to 12.30pm – please come for as long or as short as you want! Hot drinks and cake will be provided. We hope all our regular helpers will come AND new people! Anyone’s help will be appreciated. Believe it or not, it’s usually a really fun session! Please bring along your favourite brooms, dusters, mops and buckets!
Church Book Stall
The book stall is proving a huge success and is providing our local community and visitors with a fantastic range of books. I’m regularly updating it and it’s evident that people are regularly buying books and this is providing a steady flow of cash in the donation box. There have been numerous anonymous donations of books left up at the church and on my doorstep. Whoever you are – thank you! It’s greatly appreciated and the book stall is another way of sharing the church building with the community. We often have visitors who just like to sit and enjoy the stillness and tranquillity inside the church and I like to think that the book stall is an extension of this peacefulness. There have been several occasions when I have arrived at church and found someone sitting in a pew quietly reading a book from the book stall.
Churchyard Flowers and Christmas Wreaths
As you know, we no longer allow artificial flowers in the churchyard, “Fresh flowers are encouraged as the symbol of the gift of creation and the brevity of life. Artificial flowers, e.g. silk or plastic flowers, are inappropriate”. (Diocesan churchyard regulations) It’s wonderful how everyone has taken this on board and the PCC would like to sincerely thank you for this.
Last year, our Taskforce Team filled TEN black bin bags with Christmas wreaths made from oasis! All these bags had to be put in landfill which was very upsetting for the PCC and our churchyard volunteers. Therefore, we are now asking if you can please purchase or make wreaths that do not contain oasis or place a spray of Christmas flowers on your loved one’s grave as an alternative. These flowers can then be put on the compost heap after Christmas and we will not be adding to landfill.
Thank you for helping to keep our churchyard beautiful and for being kind to nature.
For any further information about church activities please contact the Churchwarden, Celia Cundale at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01497-820396.