20th April 2014

Easter Sunday 


8:00am Holy Communion BCP

9:45am Festival Communion
Hymns: 348, 97, 433, 3, 66, 672.
Anthem: Easter Song of Praise Shephard 

No evening service


Collect of the Day

God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the
chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope; for
a new day has dawned and the way to life stands open in our
Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Acts 10.34-43

34Peter began to speak to those assembled in the house of Cornelius.
‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation
anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching
peace by Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all. 37That message spread
throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John
announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy
Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all
who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are
witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put
him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the
third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us
who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with
him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the
people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of
the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that
everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his

Colossians 3.1-4

Since you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things
above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your
minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your
life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life,
appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

John 20.1-18

1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary
Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been
removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the
other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They
have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they
have laid him.’ 3Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went
towards the tomb. 4The two were running together, but the other
disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent down to
look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.
6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He
saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7and the cloth that had been on
Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place
by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also
went in, and he saw and believed; 9for as yet they did not understand
the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10Then the disciples
returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As
she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two
angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at
the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, ‘Woman, why
are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord,
and I do not know where they have laid him.’ 14When she had said
this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not
know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you
weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the
gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me
where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ 16Jesus said to
her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ which
means Teacher. 17Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I
have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to
them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and
your God.“’ 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I
have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things
to her. 

Post Communion Prayer

God of Life, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son
to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection
have delivered us from the power of our enemy: grant us so to
die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of
his risen life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Monday 21st April
9:00am Morning Prayer in church (all welcome) 

Tuesday 22nd April
Deadline for Magazine Items 

Wednesday 23rd April
9:00am Ecumenical Prayers, Burley URC 

Thursday 24th April
10:00am Holy Communion (said)
Friday 25th April
8.00pm Folk Musicians Evening - Parish Centre 

Sunday 27th April 2nd Sunday of Easter
8:00am Holy Communion BCP
9:45am Parish Communion
10:00am Tea&Toast@10
6:00pm Evening Prayer and Annual Church Meeting
6:00pm Rev Youth Group (school year 5 and above)
7:00pm Rev Youth Group (school year 9 and above)


Sick: Ted Clough, John Rhodes, Duncan Allister, Michael Roberts, William Pickles and John Rose.
Within Church: For us all that we may be a true Easter people.
In the Local Community; Beckside Close

Prayer Chain A small group of people from our Church commit themselves to offering daily prayers, when there is an emergency, for people who are sick and for those needing long term prayer support. If you or someone you know would appreciate our collective prayers then please contact Kelvin Newberry [863752] or names can be given to Paul

Good News

The Revd Alastair Kirk, currently serving as Anglican Chaplain at the University of Warwick and Diocesan Interfaith Advisor for the Diocese of Coventry has been appointed as Vicar of St Mary's Church, Burley in Wharfedale. The Institution & Induction Service will take place at St Mary's on Thursday 4th September 2014 at 7.30pm. Bishop Tom Butler will be officiating.

Letter from Alastair and Sara: 

Good morning! 

We are keen to send this message to convey our excitement and sense of privilege at the prospect of joining you in beautiful  Burley -in-Wharfedale in the summer. Sara and I were struck by the warmth of welcome we received from members of the church when we visited on interview and are looking forward to getting to know you all in the coming months. We appreciate that interregnums create quite a pressure as many take on extra roles and responsibilities, so we hope the news of our appointment will give you all some light at the end of the tunnel!. We will be praying for you and we would ask you to pray for us as we come to the end of our time here in Coventry and say our goodbyes, especially for our boys leaving their school and friends. We thank God for this opportunity to come and share life with you and anticipate all He has in store in this next chapter of our journey of faith together. 

With our warmest wishes,

Alastair, Sara, Barnaby, Benji and Charlie 


APCM It is customary for the vicar to remember and lead prayers at the APCM for those members of our church family who have passed away during the year, since the last APCM. As we have been without the continuity of having a vicar this year, Nigel and I should very much appreciate being advised of members of the church family who have passed away. Please don’t assume we know; we are happy to be told by several people. Details can be e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by telephone.

Update on William Pickles Bill is now very jaundiced and the specialists suspect liver problems in addition to his lack of return to consciousness. They are now proposing to undertake an MRI scan next week to help get to the bottom of his continued coma. Their two sons are making sure that Kathleen has some family with her. 

Father Alan Brown will be leading our Quiet Garden morning on Monday, 28th April, at 10.00 for 10.30 (please note later start). His subject is a meditation on the poem: God's Garden, by Dorothy Frances Gurney. There will be a bring & share lunch. To book a place, please ring Paul & Irene on 862377 

Lent Lunches. Thanks go to so many people who helped, made soup, and attended any of the six lunches. We had a wonderful total this year of £830.52 an increase of over £100 on last year! The money has been passed on the Christian Aid and there will be an official 'Thank You' available soon.
Janet Squire and The Christian Aid Committee 

PCC Coffee Morning David Eldridge and Mick Smith are running the PCC coffee morning on Saturday 26/4/14 at the Parish Centre and are looking donations of cakes,buns and biscuits etc. And raffle prizes. Gail Boole is also looking for bric a brac for her stall.

Folk and Acoustic Musicians Evening come and Play Friday 25th April 8pm Parish Centre Station Road Revd Paul on 864223 for more info.  

ACTORS WANTED: Burley Theatre Group urgently needs three actors for Alan Bennett’s play Habeas Corpus: Male 22-40 to play a character aged 22-30. Female 22-40 to play a character aged 22-30 - ‘men fall at her feet’. Female 35-50 to play a character aged 43. Previous experience is not essential. Please contact: John Wise on 01943 862435 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

A Big thank you to Mr Ibrahim Faez from AM-PM minimarket for his kind donation of cream eggs for our Easter service. 

Christian Aid Week this year is from May 11th to 17th. Once again we are hoping to find volunteers who will help with the house to house collection. It would be lovely to have a few new volunteers to share the task. We try to keep the rounds small and manageable. Janet Squire 862582 or Mary Dale 862662 would love to hear from you. 

Holy Land Adventure Revd. Ian & Joan Slater are running an 11 day trip to the Holy Land on 20th April 2015. This will be an exciting opportunity to walk in the steps of Jesus as we follow His ministry through Galilee, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. Also includes a day at Masada and the Dead Sea. For further information and brochure please contact Ian or Joan on 01274 831437 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Until further notice, all items for the News sheet need to be at the Parish Office by 8.30am on Thursday morning. If you could send by e-mail that would be much appreciated but paper copy is very welcome.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) 

The APCM this year will take place on Sunday 27th April, following an act of worship at 6pm. 

The PCC has proven itself to be a very important element in ensuring the smooth and effective running of the parish and in setting its direction. This year we have FIVE vacancies for the PCC, plus FOUR vacancies for Deanery Synod. 
Please could you each reflect prayerfully upon whether you might be willing and able to serve? Nomination forms are available at the back of church and will be available from the Parish Office from today onwards.

Also enrolment forms are available for anyone wishing to be added to the Electoral Roll. Those already on the Roll need not reapply. Christine Clark will be happy to help with any questions you may have regarding the Electoral Roll.

Many thanks, Nigel and Paul.

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