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St John the Baptist East Markham one of the churches in The Rivers, Retford

Welcome to the Rivers, Retford website. We are a group of Rural Parishes within the Retford area and all our Churches are Grade 1 listed and have stood in the centre of the villages for many centuries.

Even though our Church buildings are ancient we seek to proclaim the  Gospel in accessible ways for todays world, whilst still respecting tradition.

We hope that you will find this website useful in finding times  and dates of worship that are suitable to you. As you will see some of the Churches do not have regular services each week. You are most welcome to join any service in any of the Group.

Contact details are as follows:

The Revd Canon Bronwen Gamble,

Rector Designate of The Rivers, Retford

Chair of DAC, Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham

The Rectory, Lincoln Road, East Markham, Nottingham. NG22 0SH

01777 870 848   Mobile 07395 290169

email: brongamble@hotmail.com

(Please leave messages on the landline answerphone rather than the mobile).

My usual day off is currently Wednesday.

ALL ENQUIRIES about: Funeral & churchyard matters; Baptisms, thanksgivings, Confirmation or Admission to communion before confirmation; Marriage and related matters; should be directed to Revd Canon Bronwen Gamble as above.

3RD FEBRUARY 10TH FEBRUARY 17TH FEBRUARY 24TH FEBRUARY 3rd MARCH
ASKHAM  

 

 

 

   10.30 a.m.

BENEFICE HOLY COMMUNION AT EAST MARKHAM

 

 

10.30 a.m.

Holy Communion

 

 

 

 

10.30 a.m.

BENEFICE HOLY COMMUNION AT EAST MARKHAM

 

 

EAST

DRAYTON

10.30 a.m.

Morning Worship

10.30 a.m.

Holy Communion

EAST

MARKHAM

8.00 a.m.

Holy Communion

 

10.30 a.m.

All Age Worship

HEADON   9.00 a.m.

Morning Worship

9.00 a.m.

Holy Communion

GROVE    

 

Services at other Churches within the proposed Rivers, Retford Benefice are:

St Peter’s Stokeham – 24 February, 9.00 am. Morning Worship

St John the Baptist, Treswell – 17 February, 9.00 a.m. Holy Communion

The Rivers, Retford Group of Churches: “Living Water for Living Life”

 

Dear Friends

I suspect most of us are creatures of habit and routine in lots of different ways: what we have for breakfast; where we do our shopping; the route we take to work and so on.  I like variety but I also appreciate stability and continuity; getting the balance right is always going to be something to work at.

Family, friends and home are often the source of stability and continuity but the making of new friendships and going to new places provides variety and life.

For me, as a follower of Jesus, I find both variety and continuity in faith, which sustains my relationships with God and neighbour alike. In the New Testament, the writer of the letter to the Hebrews says this: chapter 13,verse 8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever”. Some reading this might infer that Jesus Christ (and the Christian faith by deduction) is boring and irrelevant because he is always the same; no variety and not in tune with today’s society! But I believe they are wrong.

The “sameness” is his dependability, faithfulness, love to and for us. Unlike the friends we fell out with in the school playground he doesn’t do a mardy and walk away when we do things wrong or question what’s happening in our life or the life of others. Jesus is utterly reliable, he always was and is and will be.  And for me that means that the Gospel (the Good News) in which my faith is grounded, isn’t just boring habit and routine, without variety and relevance; it is stability and continuity. And at the same time, because it is about tomorrow, as well as yesterday and today, it provides endless variety and life in abundance. Why not try it for yourself?

Every blessing, Canon Bronwen Gamble

The Rivers, Retford. Services for March 2019
  St Nicholas

Askham

St Peter

East Drayton

St John the Baptist

East  Markham

St Helen

Grove

St Peter

Headon

St Peter

Laneham

All Saints

Rampton

St Peter

Stokeham

St John the Baptist

Treswell

3 March Sunday next before Lent 10.30am  St John the Baptist, East Markham Benefice Holy Communion for all (with activities for children)
6 March Ash Wednesday 7.00pm St Peter, Stokeham Benefice Holy Communion with Ashing 
 

10 March

Lent 1

  10.30am Morning Worship

 

8.00am  Holy Communion

(Said BCP)

 

    9.00am

Holy 

Communion

 

10.30am

Holy Communion

 

   
 

17 March

Lent 2

10.30am

Holy Communion

 

  10.30 am

All-Age Worship

 

  9.00am Morning

Worship

 

  10.30am

Morning worship

 

  9.00am

Holy Communion

 

 

24 March

Lent 3

  10.30am

Holy Communion

 

10.30am

Methodist Covenant service

 

  9.00am

Holy Communion

 

10.30am

Morning Worship

 

  9.00am

Holy Communion

 

 
 31 March Lent 4, Mothering Sunday 10.30am  St Helen Grove Benefice Holy Communion for Mothering Sunday;

All Welcome (with activities for children)   

 


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