St John the Baptist Church East Markham
A Message from the Church
A huge thank you goes to Joan Davies and all her sponsors for the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust’s bike ride who donated a total of £850; we will see when the statistics emerge but I suspect that this is the most ever raised by a cyclist. Many thanks to Joan and all the sponsors. A total of £1210 has been sent to the trust which will mean a total of nearly £1500 after Gift Aid has been collected. Half of that will come back to us to be put towards our own refurbishment project.
At the time of writing the refurbishment is almost complete. The new floor has made a large space, part of which will be carpeted in due course. We welcome ideas from anyone who would like to use the space. The new doors will reduce the draughts and allow a more welcoming entrance to the church. We are still in need of more funds to enable us to pay for it and if you would like to make a donation you can use www.give.net/eastmarkham which enables you to use a credit card and collect gift aid. Please consider sponsoring one of the flagstones for £50 – make your donation by give.net and email firstname.lastname@example.org giving the name you wish to be acknowledged.
November will see the whole community come together to remember those who died in the service of our nation, especially those who went boldly to war a hundred years ago. Descendants of many of those whose names appear on our village memorials live in the village and we will join together on Sunday 12th November at 10 o’clock for our service of remembrance, led by Tom Fremantle, and then at the War Memorial at 11.00.
On Saturday 25th November the church will be buzzing with our annual Christmas Fair, during which we are expecting a visit from Father Christmas himself. Please come along and join in, buy your presents and cards.
On the following day, Sunday 26th, the air of celebration will continue at 10.30 with the Mothers’ Union annual Toy Service which, this year, will be combined with a baptism. You do not have to have children to attend – everyone is welcome to come along and support the charity Family Care who will receive all the toys we collect. Please bring new toys which will be given to deprived children in the county, as well as to children who have been tragically bereaved. Jesus said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.”
The Church Wardens can be contacted on
Daphne on 01777 870634
Joan on 01777 871234