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Welcome to our Parish website

Thank you for visiting our Parish website. We hope you find everything you want to know about the Team Parish of Melton Mowbray, which consists of 6 churches across the Melton Mowbray area. For more information on any of our churches, simply click on the picture of your choice of church below.

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The Parish team

Kevin 5Revd Kevin Ashby  
Team Rector

57 Burton Road, MM, LE13 1DL  
(01664) 503535 (07921 919917)


Revd Catriona  cat3

1 Palmerstone Road, MM,
LE13 0SS
(01664) 503533

Active retired clergy:
Revd Brian McAvoy: 1 The Lees, Cottesmore, Oakham LE15 7DG   (01572) 812404
Revd Graham Spencer: 18 Chetwynd Drive, MM, LE13 0HU 07904 229284

Church wardens:
St Mary’s, Melton Mowbray 
Roger Kirby 01664 560080
John Spence 01664 813944

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold 
Joy Stribblehill 01664 853302
Catherine Shenton 01664 850422

St James’ Church, Burton Lazars 
Janet King 01664 565044
Jenny Pengelly 01664 668095

St Bartholomew's Church, Welby 
Sam Willder 01664 566197
Peter Franklin 01664 569602

St Leonard's Church, Sysonby 
Colin Moulds 01664 852391
David Wilford 01664 560968

Freeby Church 
Jane Meakin 01664 564827
The Parish Office
8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire LE13 1AE 

Telephone: 01664 562267



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The Samworth Centre
at St Mary’s

8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray 
Leicestershire LE13 1AE

linda small website CENTRE BOOKINGS
 Linda Abbott -
 Centre Manager
 Telephone: 01664 503521
 Fax: 01664 503539

 Carol Sloan -
 Cafe Manager
 Telephone: 01664 503525

 To book rooms or equipment,
 please ring Linda on 503521

To arrange catering or buffets, please ring Carol on 503525

For Church bookings, ring Alison on 503530
To book Concerts in Church, ring Mary Browne on 851457

Please forward ALL articles to:
Keith Wilson 

If you do not have access to email, hard copy (typed please) can be left at the Samworth Centre front desk.
To advertise in the parish magazine contact Advertising Manager Derek Larder on 01664 569245
To subscribe to the magazine and to receive it regularly each month contact Ken Mason on 01664 851930. 

Prayers for July

God of all humanity, When your people were enslaved and displaced, You led them to a land that they could call home.
When your people were in exile, Your promise was that one day, they would live in streets of play and laughter.
When your disciples were afraid and uncertain, You spoke of a Father’s House, with mansions and places prepared.
We pray today for all those who have no place to call home, hearing the heart-cry of your word and for those who are without refuge.
Where shelter is ours to offer, grant us the will and resolve to reflect the generosity of our Creator. Where others stand in the way of those who need safe haven, may our cry for justice never falter.  May the idols of self-interest and economic gain never deflect us from the ways of your Kingdom. Through Christ our Lord. AMEN
Rev Phil Jump
Christian Aid, 2016
We pray for all those who are uprooted, who are hunted, who are fleeing for their lives,
and who so often find only closed borders, closed doors, and closed faces.
We pray for the women and men, the children and the elderly who seek to find safety and solace and who yearn to begin new lives. We pray for those who pass by, who would rather not hear the pleading or see the fear or recognise the human being in need of help.
Out of the depths we cry to you, awaken in us all the potential which may become your means of answering the prayers of others. O Lord, hear our prayer. AMEN



Hurry to book on the Rector's trip to Cyprus 

An opportunity to walk in the footsteps of St Paul and St Barnabas.
If you want to join the Rector's trip to the beautiful island of Cyprus you'll have to hurry, as time to book it is running out.
The trip will run from 28th September to 5th October this year and will visit Larnaca, Kyrenia Port, Bellapais Abbey, Nicosia, old Paphos (visited by Paul), Salamis (where Paul and Barnabas landed and where Barnabas traditionally was stoned to death), Famagusta, and the Sea Caves of Cape Greco, as well as giving free time to explore.

Have a word with the Rector if you want to know more.
To download a letter from the Revd Kevin Ashby explaining more about the trip click here.
To download an e-booking form for the trip click here. To download an e-brochure about the trip click here.


Find out which services are on in the parish on Sunday by reading on...
Find out what is happening where in the parish this week.
If you happen to have one of the hymn books, Hymns Old and New, from St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold at home please could you quietly return it.
There will be a meeting for all Holiday Club helpers on Thursday, 28th July at 7.30 pm in the Samworth Centre, Melton Mowbray.
The ‘Count Your Blessings’ boards, which enjoyed enormous popularity in Leicester Cathedral during Lent, will be arriving in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray on Thursday, July 28th.
The next planning meeting for Saturday Morning at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray will be on Sunday, 28th August, at 11.15ish in the church.
Don't miss the chance to bring your pet along to St Mary's Church, Melton, on Sunday, August 28th at 10am for a special Pets Service.
Stewart Betts and his family will soon be moving to Cuddesdon, near Oxford, for his training in the near future. Find out when you can say goodbye to them by reading on...
St Bartholomew's Church, Welby (off St Bartholomew's Way, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray) will be open on Sunday, 24th July from 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments will be available. If you are passing by, do call in.
Don't miss our Bible-based activity Holiday Club for children / dudes aged 5 – 11 years old in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, from August 1st ~ 5th. To find out more, read on...
A permanent memorial to badly burned airmen in the Second World War will be dedicated and unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Wednesday, November 2nd. To find out more, read on...
The DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee) gave an encouraging reaction to our Project Plans for St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, at their June meeting, but parts of the plans needed developing, writes John Craig
Xpress, the Sunday Children’s Group at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, has now finished for the summer.
A Summer Family Communion Service will be held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, at 10am on Sunday, July 31st.
The next Care and Share lunch will be held on Sunday, 24th July, at 12.15pm in the Samworth Centre.
Geoffrey Gratton makes a welcome return to our lunchtime series in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Tuesday, July 26th. read more to view programme
Pictured is Debbie Hutchinson with her gift of an inscribed large plant pot and flowers from Thorpe Arnold's St Mary the Virgin Church congregation after she recently stepped down as treasurer on the District Church Council after 16 years.
If you missed the story on BBC East Midlands Today on Sunday (July 10th) when a television crew featured Dr Sandy Saunders, pictured, from Burton Lazars, and his fundraising efforts, you can view it by reading on...
Despite the torrential rain 32 children and 31 adults joined a small team for the latest Saturday activities morning in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (July 9th), writes Trisha Nutter.
Tiny Tots met for their last session this term with a Teddy Bears' picnic and train rides in Melton Park, For more details and pictures, read on...
Please note that the Tiny Tots group is now not meeting on Thursday, July 14th, as advertised and will meet again next term on Thursday, 1st September.
The drum-head service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday (July 3rd), was especially moving for congregation member Margaret Hill, pictured. To find out way, read on...
Our travelling Posada figures have been for a trip to the seaside town of Christchurch in Dorset for their latest adventure.
A Midsummer "Songs Of Praise" Service is being held at St Leonard's Church, Sysonby, at 3pm on Sunday, July 31st.
One of the bloodiest battles in human history was commemorated in Melton Mowbray on Sunday (July 3rd). For more details, read on...
You are invited to A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN EVENING OF MUSIC, including popular pieces from the Last Night of the Proms, in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday, 10th Septembe 2016 at 7pm. For more details read on...
What an amazing weekend it was this past month when we celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby.
The monthly prayer diary for July is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
Don't miss this year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
More than 60 people attended an outdoor Thanksgiving Service to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen in Play Close, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday (June 12th).
The congregation of St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, held a tea party on Saturday afternoon (June 11th) to celebrate the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
The 4th Melton (St Mary's) Church Brownies held a picnic at St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, on Monday, June 6th to celebrate the Queen's birthday and also to view the new display boards about the lost village of Welby.
More than 220 people enjoyed a morning of fun and food in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (June11th) to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's official 90th birthday.
A special afternoon tea fit for a queen was served to members of the 80’s Plus Fellowship Circle to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday on Friday (June 10th) in the Samworth Centre, Melton Mowbray.
Area Dean, Revd Dr Peter Hooper, gives a a short update on our Deanery project.
Thirty-five people enjoyed a three mile walk around Frisby-On-The-Wreake on Sunday (June 5th) on this year's Parish Plod.
Congratulations to the editorial team on the Melton Mowbray Team Parish magazine Parish Views, who have won a prestigious award.
Dave Kitching has a friend who is collecting resources for Honour Village in Cambodia. To find out more, read on...
If you have a few hours free each week and could help us on a regular day each week, or as casual relief at the Samworth Centre assisting in the kitchen or on the front counter (which involves till work) we would love to meet you.
Janet King and Jenny Pengelly write about their recent visit to Albania. To find out more, read on...
Coffee mornings and Book Swaps will be held every third Saturday morning throughout the year in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall from 10am to 12 noon. To find out the dates, read on...
For a list of Village Pub Nights in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall throughout 2016, read on....
New to the web site? Take a quick tour to get you started...
 Upcoming Events 
Monday 25 July
10:00amPram Club teddy bear picnic @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Tuesday 26 July
1:10pmLunchtime Organ recital @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 1 August
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 8 August
10:00amPram Club Bradgate park @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 15 August
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 22 August
10:00amPram Club sundown trip @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Sunday 28 August
10:00amSpecial Pets Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 29 August
10:00amPram Club closed @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 5 September
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 12 September
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 19 September
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 26 September
10:00amPram Club Harvest service @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 3 October
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 10 October
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 17 October
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 24 October
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 31 October
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 7 November
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 14 November
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 21 November
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 28 November
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
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Samworth Centre

Are you planning a party, meeting or starting up a group or club?
Are you looking for a room to use?
Do you require a buffet or light reefreshments for your function?
If the answer is yes to any of the above then contact Samworth Centre Manager Linda Abbott on 01664 503 521 or email or click here to download a brochure


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 “I was once asked, ‘If a player came walking into the dressing room talking away on his mobile what would you do?’ My reply was instant. ‘I’d take it off him and throw it in the bin, even if it was Wayne Rooney.” - Sam Allardice, the new England football manager.


Queen approves Collects 

Her Majesty the Queen has approved the following Collects for use in services celebrating her ninetieth birthday this year.
Heavenly Father, who hast brought our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth to the completion of her ninetieth year, and dost gather her people in celebration of the same: grant that we, rejoicing before thee with thankful hearts, may ever be united in love and service to one another, and her kingdom flourish in prosperity and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Heavenly Father, as we celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queen,
receive our heartfelt thanks for all that you have given her in these ninety years
and for all that she has given to her people.
Continue, we pray, your loving purposes in her,
and as you gather us together in celebration,
unite us also in love and service to one another;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Post Communion: O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.