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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)
rector@meltonparish.org.uk

 

Revd Catriona  cat3
Cumming
Curate

1 Palmerstone Road, MM,
LE13 0SS
(01664) 503533
catriona@meltonparish.org.uk

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 grahamandtrish@talktalk.net

Church wardens:
St Mary’s, Melton Mowbray 
Roger Kirby 01664 560080
Tim Clark 01664 852628

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
 
GENERAL ENQUIRIES
The Parish Office
8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire LE13 1AE 

Telephone: 01664 562267

EMAIL
admin@samworth-stmarys.org.uk

PARISH WEBSITE
www.melton.leicester.anglican.org

PHIL SMALLESTWEB EDITOR -
Phil Balding

Telephone:
 07960825185.

philloveskaren@yahoo.co.uk

The Samworth Centre
at St Mary’s

8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray 
Leicestershire LE13 1AE

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 Linda Abbott -
 Centre Manager
 Telephone: 01664 503521
 Fax: 01664 503539

manager@samworth-stmarys.org.uk

CAROL SLOAN SMALLEST CAFÉ AT THE CENTRE 
 Carol Sloan -
 Cafe Manager
 Telephone: 01664 503525


 THE SAMWORTH CENTRE:
 To book rooms or equipment,
 please ring Linda on 503521


CAFÉ @ THE CENTRE:
To arrange catering or buffets, please ring Carol on 503525

ST MARY’S CHURCH
For Church bookings, ring Alison on 503530
To book Concerts in Church, ring Mary Browne on 851457

PARISH MAGAZINE
Please forward ALL articles to:
Keith Wilson 
email: kgw87mm@aol.com

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. 

 

Prayer for April

Lord, may the focus of my prayer be the troubled world that I live in,
the familiar place that I live in,  the street that I live in, and the house that I live in.
May the focus of my prayer be the people I live with and know so well, those I haven’t taken the trouble to get to know,
those I work with and who know me so well, and especially those I don’t get on with.
May the focus of my prayer be those who laugh because they are happy, those who cry because they are upset,
those hurting because of the actions of others, and those who hide because they are depressed.
May the focus of my prayer be less on my selfish desires and more on others, less on my circumstances and more on the needy.
May my prayers be centred on you as my Lord and Saviour, and through you to those who need to find the true meaning of life. Amen

 

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Rector's trip to Cyprus 

An opportunity to walk in the footsteps of St Paul and St Barnabas.
The Rector will be leading a trip to the beautiful island of Cyprus from 28th September to 5th October this year, visiting 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 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.

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Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her official 90th birthday in June... and St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is holding a special activities morning on Saturday, June 11th, in the church to mark the occasion. For more details, read on...
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Melton Mowbray Team Parish is holding an Ascension Day Holy Communion Service on Thursday, May 5th at 7pm in St Leonard's Church, Sysonby.
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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.
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The next meeting of the Melton Team Parish Men's Group will be held on Wednesday, 8th June at The White Lion, Whissendine. For more details, read on...
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Find out when and where the services during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016, organised by Churches Together in Melton Mowbray, are being held by reading on...
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Find out which services are on in the parish on Sunday by reading on...
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Find out what is happening where in the parish this week.
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The monthly prayer diary for May is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
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A special outdoor All Age Worship Service is being led by Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, in Play Cose, Melton Mowbray, at 10am on Sunday, June 12, to celebrate the Queen's official 90th birthday.
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Congratulations to Stewart Betts who has been accepted for training for the ordained ministry after his recent selection conference.
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There's now a chance to examine the plans for the Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
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Melton Mowbray Choral Society presents A Night at the Opera at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday, 21st May, at 7.30pm.
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The 80’s Plus Fellowship Circle will be celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday on Friday, 10th June in the Samworth Centre from 2pm – 4.30pm.
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Our well travelled Posada figures have been clocking up the miles again as they attempt to travel around the world this year.
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A lot of hard work and effort paid off on Friday (April 15th) when St Mary's Church, Freeby, opened its doors to the public for the first time in more than 12 years following major renovation work.
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You have BEEn Amazing! Thank you so much for your support! The members of the Team Parish Bee Project are overwhelmed by your generosity. The amount raised by Dave Kitching for the Team Parish Bee Project on his run has increased to £885.
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The next Tiny Tots' service for under school-age children will be held from 10am until 11am on Thursday, May 5th, in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. Why not come along and join in the fun?
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St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, featured on BBC Radio Leicester on Tuesday and Wednesday To find out more, read on...
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In Every Corner Sing, a concert of sacred choral masterworks sung by 8ctave, Britain’s only fully ordained Vocal Ensemble, will be held in in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday 7th May at 7.30pm.
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On Saturday June 11th, there will be a big celebration for the Queen’s 90th birthday in Burton Lazars Village Hall. There will be a plant sale in aid of St James' building project. Find out how you can help by reading on...
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It was fun, fun, fun all the way at the latest activities morning held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray on Saturday (April 9th).
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Melstrum Ukulele Orchestra will be appearing at Holwell Stute on Saturday, 14th May at 7.00 for 7.30pm.
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If you really believe Jesus is risen from the dead and promises eternal life to you, you can look for Jesus alive and living in and through you as we move on through the year and through our lives, says the Revd Kevin Ashby.
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Don't miss this year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
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Individuals can make a real difference during Christian Aid Week! Would you be willing to deliver and collect some Christian Aid envelopes, supporting the house to house collection?
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You know what it's like. You're at a meeting and someone asks if you want a cup of tea or coffee. And sometimes the decision is so hard to make that you end up with tea and coffee, as the Revd Catriona Cumming did at a recent meeting.
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The chaplaincy at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray has been taken over by Padre Roy Burley, the commissioned chaplain based with 2 Royal Anglian Regiment at Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore. To find out more, read on...
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A Wholeness and Healing Weekend, led by Brian Davis and Alison Christian, is being held at Launde Abbey from May 13th - 15th.
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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...
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For a list of Village Pub Nights in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall throughout 2016, read on....
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During the first week of every month, we at St Mary’s, Melton devote one of our regular Wednesday Services of Holy Communion to the needs of our Armed Forces and their families. For more details, read on...
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New to the web site? Take a quick tour to get you started...
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Celebrate with us! 


Are you celebrating a birthday in May this year? If so, we want to hear from you, no matter what your age.
At our activities morning in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday, May 14th, we will be celebrating the birthday of The Church...Pentecost. And we are going to have a huge birthday party in the church to celebrate.
The morning runs from 10.30am until 12 noon and there will be a special birthday cake, birthday songs a mini-disco with party games, such as musical chairs, jelly and ice-cream, face-painting, balloons, party hats and a whole host of other things associated with a party.

 
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There will the chance to make hats, flags and birthday cards and also the chance to try some non-alcoholic Mocktails. There will also be the usual chance to go up the 143 steps to the church tower at 10.40am prompt (weather permitting), a story-telling session at 11.20am, a birthday quiz, a book swap, chance to play our giant board games, chance to learn to play chess with Shaun Cope, chance to take part in Terry Ide's Art Corner and the chance to add to the  ongoing community patchwork quilt, which hopefully will be placed in St Mary's after the refurbishment. People young and old are invited to stitch a piece to add to the patchwork. Fabric is available but if you want to use a special piece of material from a memory item that would be most welcome. Once we have got enough pieces together we will look at putting a picture together which hopefully will depict things we have done at our Saturday activities mornings. 
There will also be tea, coffee and chat and there will also be a short act of worship at the end of the morning.
 If it is your birthday in May, whatever your age, email your name, address and date of birth to Phil Balding at: philloveskaren@yahoo.co.uk and we'll make sure there is a special present for you on the day.
Please note: All our Saturday activities mornings are FREE of charge. 

 Upcoming Events 
Monday 2 May
10:00amPram Club closed @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Thursday 5 May
10:00amTiny Tots’ Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 9 May
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Thursday 12 May
10:00amTiny Tots’ Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 14 May
7:30pmMelstrum Yukulele Orchestra in... @ Holwell Institute
Monday 16 May
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Thursday 19 May
9:00amTiny Tots’ Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 21 May
7:30pmA Night at the Opera @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 23 May
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Thursday 26 May
10:00amTiny Tots’ Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 30 May
10:00amPram Club closed @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 6 June
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Thursday 9 June
10:00amTiny Tots’ Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Friday 10 June
2:00pmCelebration Tea @ Samworth Centre
Monday 13 June
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Thursday 16 June
10:00amTiny Tots’ Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 20 June
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Thursday 23 June
10:00amTiny Tots’ Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 27 June
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Thursday 30 June
10:00amTiny Tots’ Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 4 July
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
 Media 
Restoration of St Mary's Church, Freeby
Restoration of St Mary's Churc, 15/04/2016
The Rev Kevin Ashby at St Mary's Church, Freeby
The Rev Kevin Ashby, 15/04/2016
St Mary's Church, Freeby
Inside new-look church, 15/04/2016
Exercises at St Mary's Church
Sam Pollard, 09/04/2016
You Raise Me Up
St Mary's Choir at Saturday am, 09/04/2016
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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 manager@samworth-stmarys.org.uk or click here to download a brochure

QUOTE OF THE DAY

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'I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.' - Groucho Marx