Coming Together on Palm Sunday: This year Palm Sunday will be different – and we hope you would like to join in. First Framlingham and Saxtead are coming together in worship at 9.30. Second the service begins for those who would like to walk by gathering at St Michael’s Rooms at 9.25 then walking around to Church and happily this year there will be a donkey joining us – so we just need you as well! The service will be Holy Communion but not a long service – and there will only be short comments rather than a sermon. Third after the service as many as would like to are invited to join in a morning of adult or child or all age activities including craft, Bible study on the events and meaning of Holy Week or singing. We hope there will be something there to attract you to stay for longer. So come to the service – and stay longer if you want. Finally there will be a ‘faith lunch’ this is where we share what we have brought as our food offering. It is an act of faith! If there isn’t a lot we will have to raid the biscuit barrel! Why do this? To encourage fellowship, to learn about what Jesus has done for us – and hopefully have challenge and enjoyment doing so. Holy Week and Easter are at the heart of our faith and it is good to puzzle our way through the mystery and the joy, the sadness and the hope it gives to us together – and strengthen one another by doing so. I do hope you will come to the service … and consider staying as well.
Bishops Martin and Mike have walked 65 miles across Suffolk to meet communities face to face and discover the challenges they face. They started in Dunwich on March 1 and walked to Bury St Edmunds visiting youth groups, schools, churches, businesses, farmers and pubs to spend time with people. Bishop Martin said: "Lent is a time to think about our relationship with God and what may be getting in the way of us making a difference to others' lives. “Taking time out to do that is important for Christians, and so one way we decided to keep Lent this year was by disrupting our usual schedule. Bishop Mike said: ‘‘Being relatively new to Suffolk, travelling on foot is a great way to spend time getting to know more of the county and the good work which is going on in churches, schools, farms, local businesses and the wider community. As bishops, a key part of our role is being out and about.’’
The next meeting of Knit and Stitch will be at 2.30pm on Monday 20th March. We are making items to be given away at Easter to the children. A festival weekend in May with "Creation" as its theme means there is plenty of scope, so far we have leaves, daffodils and some animals but we need to think above and below the earth as well. Do come for a chat, share ideas, bring your own project and have a cuppa, we like to welcome new people. More details from Geraldine or Mary.
Spring is here, which heralds the start of the tourist season and the need for St Michael’s team of volunteers to be in church to welcome visitors. We are looking for people to join our team. If you can spare a couple of hours during the summer months, starting in April through to September and would like further information, please contact me. If you have are new to Framlingham and/or new to stewarding, don’t worry, I would be pleased to work alongside you in the first session or two. Jenny Broster
This delicious lunch is happening on Thursday 16th March. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church. Everyone is welcome to come to this very sociable occasion, so do join us
Friday 3rd February, 5:30pm in St Michael's Rooms. Details from Rev Mark Saunders or Wendy Phelan.
From Monday 27th February for one week, the driveway at the Church Street entrance of St M’s is being resurfaced and there will be no access from Church Street to the church. The path at the back of church will also be re-laid at the same time.
Thank you for all your donations of food to the food bank bin at the back of the church. Everything from St Michael’s goes to the Woodbridge Salvation Army. Unfortunately they say the need is still as urgent as ever. Quite a lot of the people they help are homeless and don’t have access to cookers, so could you bear that in mind when you are buying. Every week Russell and Phoebe who run the Woodbridge branch have to buy in extra food to make up the shortfall so anything you give is much appreciated. Tinned meat or fish and other basics are the most urgently needed (all within the sell by date please). Sandy Rowles
This year there will be two Lent Study Groups running for 5 weeks in Lent. One will take place straight after the Wednesday Communion beginning on Wed 8th March. The other will be on Thursday evenings 7.30pm – 9.30pm, beginning on 9th March. Geraldine and Peter Smith have very kindly offered to host the group this year at their home. Betty Mockford will be leading the Thursday group and for more information contact Geraldine. Both groups will be using the ‘Living Faith in Suffolk’ material from the Diocese. If you would like to join one of these groups please add your name to the sign-up sheets at the back of church. Everyone is welcome