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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. 

 

Prayers for February

Heavenly Father, you are the source of all goodness, generosity and love.
We thank you for opening the hearts of many to those who are fleeing for their lives.
Help us now to open our arms of welcome and reach out our hands in support.
That the desperate may find new hope and lives torn apart be restored.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, who fled persecution at His birth and at the last triumphed over death. Amen
(Church of England Prayer for the Refugee Crisis)
 
As Jesus resisted temptation by the devil in the wilderness, help us reflect on his faithfulness to God, his rejection of worldly values and hold these thoughts in our hearts through Lent and beyond. Amen
(Methodist Church)
 
Lord, in this season of Lent, may we know your heart, grow more in yourlikeness and shine your light into our world. Amen
(Christian Aid)

God of Justice,
Help us to seek your will in our everyday actions, from drinking tea to buying bananas. Open our eyes to the reality of our global economy, and guide us in making it fair to all. Amen
(Christian Aid)

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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There will be a planning meeting in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, 14th February after the 10am service at 11.15am-ish to discuss the March 19th Saturday activities morning, which has the theme Spring into Easter.
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Love is in the air at the next Saturday activities morning to be held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on February 13th.
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Dave Kitching is running 11 miles between the churches of St Mary's , St James', St Mary the Virgin, St Bartholomew's and St Leonard's after the 10am service at St Mary’s on Sunday, 20th March, to raise money for the Team Parish Bee Project.
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Throughout Lent there will be an opportunity to offer prayers for refugees across the world, many of whom are children. To find out more, read on...
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There will be a talk about Dove Cottage Hospice by Chris Gatfield. at the next meeting of St Mary’s Mothers’ Union on Friday, 19th February at 2pm in the Samworth Centre.
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The next meeting of the Melton Team Parish Men's Group will be on 25th February in the evening at Leicester Cathedral, with a tour and talk by the Dean, The Very Revd David Montieth, which will include the tomb of King Richard III. For more details, read
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St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, will be doing a “Pass It On” campaignstarting on Sunday, February 14th. To find out more, read 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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If you didn't get to hear two members of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, when they appeared on Radio 103 The Eye on Sunday (February 7th) here is your chance to.
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The Baptist Church in Leicester Road, Melton Mowbray, is celebrating Women's World Day of Prayer on Friday, 4th March at 2pm. All welcome.
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More than 40 people enjoyed a mouth-watering selection of pancakes at the annual Thorpe Arnold Pancake Supper held in the Village Hall on Tuesday (9th February).
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It is hoped to set up an information meeting for anyone interested in Melton Borough Council's policy and provision for community needs. For more details, read on...
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Melton Mowbray Fairtrade Town Steering Group are hosting a Fairtrade Breakfast at Sage Cross Methodist Church on Saturday, 5th March from 9.00 – 11.00am.
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Our globe-trotting Posada figures have been soaking up the sun and making plenty of time to relax as they enjoy their latest adventure to Majorca.
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The next Tiny Tots' service for under school-age children will be held from 10am until 11am on Thursday, February 25th in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. Why not come along and join in the fun?
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The congregation of St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold met in the village hall on 7 February immediately after the inspiring Family Service led by Stewart Betts.
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On Sunday, February 7, Education Day, St Mary's Parish Church welcomed pupils, staff and parents and other supporters from St Mary's Primary School, to the 10 o'clock service.
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A series of social events is being arranged in 2016 in aid of the St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, Car Park Fund. To find out more, read on,,,
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People in Melton are willing to go the extra smile as they are the happiest in the county, according to official statistics released by the Government.
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Weekly Envelopes, St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray ~ New boxed sets of envelopes have now been prepared for all of you who use this method for your regular giving. These are now available to collect from the table at the rear of church.
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An Easter Musical, Beelzebub And His Spectacular Travelling Show, is being held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, from March 21st - 23rd starting at 7.30pm.
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Melstrum Ukulele Orchestra will be appearing at Burton Lazars Village Hall on Saturday, March 12th at 7.30pm.
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The spectacular Christmas Tree Festival held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, in December last year received a glowing report from Clare Beadle from Rotherham this month.
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Anyone aged 12+ who wants to be confirmed or attend a “refresher course” should have a word with the Rector asap.
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The monthly prayer diary for February is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
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The exciting £1.5m project to make St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, fit for the 21st Century hit the front page of the Melton Times this week.
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Christingle Services ~ Many thanks to all who contributed to the work of The Children’s Society through the Christingle Services held in the Parish during December. To find out how much was raised, read on...
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The Melton Mowbray St Mary's Parish Support Group of The Children's Society has just received a letter thanking it for its recent donation of £568.76.
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A series of Lent Lunches will be held at Sage Cross Methodist Church by Churches Together in Melton Mowbray for Christian Aid and CAFOD.
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On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Easter Week Evening Prayer is being held in St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, at 6pm.
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The Revd Kevin Ashby gives his views on how to calculate where Easter, the day when Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, falls.
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Churches Together in Melton Mowbray are holding a joint Lent course exploring the film “The Way”, directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen.
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It’s the practise of our Team Churches to admit children aged 7+ to receive Holy Communion. Our next admissions will in March.
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The Tiny Tots Group are looking for more people to do refreshments for them. To find out more read on...
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A Vocations Day is being held on Sunday, 27th February from 10am – 3.15pm at St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester.
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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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Remember the evening talk and practical art session at Thorpe Arnold village hall in September? It went quite well, and as result I have been asked to do a' follow up’, writes Terry Ide.
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Ten o’clock Praise is missing Catherine Buckley who served our refreshments most months. We are looking to put together a rota for the first Sunday of the month during March - Dec 2016. If you feel you can help please see Trisha Nutter. Many thanks.
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A memorial banner is now mounted in the sanctuary of St Leonard’s Church, Sysonby, and is a splendid focal point for visitors, military and civilian, writes the Revd Brian McAvoy.
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We are hoping to meet up with all those heading off for Iona in August this year at our home during January. We will let people know as soon as Audrey is up to the task, writes Ted Hutchin.
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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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 Upcoming Events 
Monday 15 February
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Friday 19 February
2:00pmMothers' Union Meeting @ Samworth Centre
Saturday 20 February
10:00amCoffee Morning @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Monday 22 February
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Tuesday 23 February
1:10pmLunchtime Organ Recital @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Thursday 25 February
4:10amTiny Tots’ Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Thursday 25 February
7:30pmMen's Group meeting @ Leicester Cathedral
Friday 26 February
7:30pmVillage Pub Night. @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Monday 29 February
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Thursday 3 March
7:00pmAn evening with Arthur Payne @ Sysonby Knoll Hotel
Monday 7 March
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Saturday 12 March
7:30pmThe return of Melstrum @ Burton Lazars Village Hall
Monday 14 March
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Saturday 19 March
10:00amCoffee Morning @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Monday 21 March
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Tuesday 22 March
1:10pmLunchtime Organ Recital @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Friday 25 March
7:30pmVillage Pub Night @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Monday 28 March
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 4 April
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 11 April
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Tuesday 12 April
1:10pmLunchtime Organ Recital @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 18 April
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 25 April
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Tuesday 26 April
1:10pmLunchtime Organ Recital @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 2 May
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 9 May
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 16 May
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 23 May
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 30 May
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 6 June
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 13 June
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 20 June
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 27 June
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 4 July
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 11 July
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 18 July
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 25 July
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 1 August
10:00amPram Club @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
 Media 
St Mary's Church on 103 The Eye
John Craig and Karen Balding, 07/02/2016
"Snowball" fight in St Mary's Church
"Snowball" fight in St Mary's , 09/01/2016
"Snowball" fight in St Mary's Church
"Snowball" fight in St Mary's , 09/01/2016
Bumblebee Transformer at Saturday AM
Bumblebee Transformer at Satur, 09/01/2016
Bumblebee Transformer at Saturday AM
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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

mARK TWAIN

'It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.' - Mark Twain