17 February 2021Earth's Rhapsody
Rosemary Garfoot, our Organist Emeritus has passed this truly beautiful, musically themed, poem to us.
Music in the cosmos was there at nature' birth.
Pulsating round the galaxies the rhapsody of earth.
Half the land is covered by the mighty seas that swell
Their anthem to the universe and all its glory tell.
Streams to river, to the sea they gently make their way.
A rainbow in the waterfall is reflected in the spray.
Lightning tears the sky apart, volcanos thunder underground,
In the raging of the storm there’s always music to be found.
On wings of silent movement, we hear the owl call,
In the rhapsody of night time, when evening shadows fall.
A whale calls gently to her young, the lions roar, and in their song
The birds have given a thousand notes the chorus to prolong.
The colours of the autumn hedge adds beauty to the field,
With berries and the rose hip, which again their harvest yield.
Each season adds a beauty to the rhapsody of earth,
At death we see the promise in the season of new birth.
If man could be in harmony with all the worlds philosophy,
The spirit of eternity, will echo through Earth’s Rhapsody.
16 February 2021Live Lent
LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story is the Church of England's Lent campaign for 2021. LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story invites each of us to reflect on our own story of God and how we might share it through our everyday lives as part of our Christian witness.
To find out more, visit the Church of England's LiveLent web page -
12 February 2021The Easter Egg that shares the Easter Story
Out of the 80 million Easter eggs sold in this part of the world every year, The Real Easter Egg is the only one which has an Easter story book in the box, is made of Fairtrade chocolate and supports charitable projects.
See below for links to special offers and details of how to buy. They offer free delivery for mainland GB (ex Highlands & Isles) on orders over £71 and advise ordering by March 8th 2021.
All the eggs are Palm Oil free and the Original, White and Dark eggs are plastic free. There is also a chance to win £200 worth of book vouchers, and free education resources to download.
The UK's top supermarkets will NOT be stocking The Real Easter Egg in 2021. For the past ten years Tesco, Waitrose, ASDA and Morrisons have made room on their shelves for The Real Easter Egg.
However, the pandemic led to the supermarkets having a disastrous Easter as people stayed away from high streets. This year, supermarket buyers were told to cut brands, reduce the volumes and in some cases ask for stock to be supplied at a loss or cost price. It means there will be fewer brands, including the Real Easter Egg, on their shelves this Easter.
So if you are one of the 80,000 people who usually buy a Real Easter Egg from a supermarket or have friends who do then spread the word:
You can see the whole range here.
10 February 2021Plumtree Defibrillator
Thanks to Karen and Jonnie Richards of Wolds Day Nursery in Plumtree, we now have a community defibrillator.
The parents of children who attend the day nursery, together with the staff and friends, have raised a large sum of money towards making this possible. Plumtree Parish Council have also made a contribution
The defibrillator is situated on the front wall of the day nursery on Old Melton Road. NG12 5NH.
To gain access, a 4 digit code is needed which, when an ambulance is called, will be given out by the operator if they feel the debibrillator should be used.
05 February 2021Start the Day
In Start the Day this morning, Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Psalm 36 and talk about how focusing on God’s goodness is the only way to overcome despair when we are struggling against something we know is wrong:
‘For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.’
Joanne Arton and Neil Wilson also sing the song ‘Who am I that the highest King would welcome me?’
03 February 2021Parish Friends
St Mary's Plumtree Cares About You
During the lockdowns due to Coronavirus, and while we have been unable to gather together for worship, many of our Church members have been in touch with each other by phone and email, making sure we are all coping and keeping safe. We hope and pray that nobody has been overlooked and that we have all managed to stay in touch with someone else from the congregation and our parish neighbours locally, during these very difficult times.
If you feel that you would benefit from having someone ring you from time to time for a chat during the current pandemic, or indeed at any time, please let us know and we will be happy to put you in touch with a St Mary's Parish Friend. Also, if you know of anyone else who might appreciate a regular call please let us know. Churchwardens, Pauline, Tony, Rosemary and Jackie can be contacted very easily as well as our Safeguarding Officer, Jane, and any member of the PCC. We have listed the main contact details below.
There are other ways to stay in touch with what is happening. It is possible to receive regular emails containing news and links to our recorded Sunday worship during these very difficult times. If you would like to be added to this list please contact our Church Communication Lead, Jackie.
There is also always an abundance of information here on the website and on the Diocesan website at www.southwell.anglican.org
Rest assured that Rector Trevor and all at St Mary’s do care about you and we look forward to the day when we can worship and socialize together once more. In the meantime, please keep talking to each other and above all stay well, warm and safe.
God bless you all.
Rector: Rev. Trevor Kirkman 01664 823788
Jackie Clark 0115 937 4915
Jane Cotton 0115 937 2993
Tony Darby 0115 937 5476
Pauline Voce 0115 974 9701
01 February 2021Prayer for the nation
COVID-19 has caused much suffering and sadness, with more than two million lives lost worldwide.
In response to reaching the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths in the UK from COVID-19,
the Archbishops invite all to call on God in Prayer.
'100,000 isn’t just an abstract figure.
Each number is a person: someone we loved and someone who loved us.'
Archbishop Justin Welby
Starting on 1 February we invite you to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6pm each day.
More than ever, this is a time when we need to love each other.
Prayer is an expression of love.
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Every day, let's pause and pray at 6pm for those impacted by the pandemic.
You can set an alarm, light a candle or use a light on your mobile phone as a prompt to pray,
or hearing the St Mary's Plumtree church clock strike 6.00pm may act as a reminder.
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You can find an easy to use, printable prayer booklet here, to help you as you pray over the next 4 weeks
on the Church of England website
01 February 2021Prayers of Hope for the World - Week 4 of the Lambeth Conference Prayer Journey
Thanks to our Churchwarden Tony for sharing this with us all:
"I have forwarded you all the following from the preparations for the Lambeth Conference, postponed from 2020 to 2021 but which will now take place in 2022. There are prayers for each day and may help us to focus on the concerns of our day and realise we are part of a global tradition. We are now in Week 4."
Welcome to Week 4 of the Lambeth Conference Prayer Journey -
sharing prayers of Hope for the World.
These prayers of hope invite churches and Christians to pray together about themes of peace, planet, poverty, pandemic response, politics, justice, poverty and people.
Follow the link below to read a prayer for each day of this week.
The bible reading for the week is 1 Peter 2: 9-10. 1 Peter is the biblical focus for the Lambeth Conference.
The Anglican Cycle of Prayer is also featured below.
We invite you to join with our global Anglican Community in prayer.
31 January 2021Eucharist Service for Candlemas
29 January 2021Start the Day
Every Friday morning Bishop Paul and his wife Sarah lead us through the Psalms and the guidance they offer, during this these difficult times. In Start the Day this morning Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Psalm 29 and speak about God displaying his power in the creation around us, encouraging us to continue putting out hope in him through the storms we face.
If you don't already, you may wish to subscribe to the Southwell Diocese YouTube Channel - click here - where you will also be able to catch up with the entire "Start the Day" series.
28 January 2021Bob Norris
Our dear friend, Bob Norris, passed away after a short illness on the 2nd January. His funeral was held in St Mary’s Church, Plumtree, this afternoon. Bob was a dedicated member of the church choir for many years, only hanging up his robes when his beloved late wife June became unwell. He continued to attend St Mary’s until lockdown restrictions made it unsafe for him to attend.
Eternal rest grant him, O Lord, and let Your eternal light shine upon him with all your saints forever.
May he rest in Your peace. Amen
27 January 2021Changes to local bus timetable
Thanks to Revd Margaret, for the following information regarding our local bus services.
"From this coming Sunday, Sunday services will cease completely and Mon-Sat reduced to approximately every 30 minutes until 6pm, then hourly thereafter.
Perhaps if you know of anyone who travels by Trent Barton bus, you would be kind enough to tell them or advise them to look on line."
26 January 2021Psalm for a musician
With thanks to our Organist Emeritus, Rosemary Garfoot, for the following:
24 January 2021St Mary's in the snow
The parish of Plumtree was transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland today, with a heavy fall of snow. One of our deputy churchwardens, Jackie, has put together this little clip of the snowy scenes around the church.