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Concern Worldwide Ration Challenge

Sheila Giddins is taking part in this challenge during Refugee Week 16th – 23rd June. Sheila will eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee and is seeking sponsorship. Money raised will provide food, medicine and education for refugees. If you would like to support her in this challenge, please see the poster in the narthex or go my.rationchallenge.org.uk/sheilagiddins.

Vacancy – Chief Operating Officer

The Diocese has a vacancy for a Chief Operating Officer based at Willson House next to the Cathedral in Nottingham. This new role will provide an exciting opportunity to make a pivotal contribution to the Church’s mission by managing the resources of the Diocese in a creative and professional manner. The COO will report to the Episcopal Vicar for Finance and Administration who is a member of the Board of Directors. Details of the position can be obtained by emailing financial.secretary@nrcdt.org.uk and asking for them and for an application form.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 28th May 2019

Vacancies

Full time Lay Chaplain at De Lisle College in Loughborough
Closing date 30 April.

More information: https://www.delisle.org.uk/2581/lay-chaplain

Edward Poyser is due to shortly retire as Financial Secretary for the Diocese of Nottingham. An advertisement for the post of Financial Secretary is in the process of being prepared and will be published shortly

 

Stole of Remembrance – Knighton

All those who have lost a loved one during the past year are invited to place a piece of distinctive cotton material (approx. 5” x 7” / 12cm x 18cm) into the basket by the baptismal font. The pieces of cloth will be added to the Stole of Remembrance used in our Good Friday Liturgy and remain on the altar during Holy Saturday. The basket will be available on 3rd 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent until end of day on Sunday 7th April.

School readers

Could you volunteer to listen to children read in school? School readers are volunteers who give free one-to-one reading practice to children in their primary schools. To become a volunteer you will need a good command of English and a bit of spare time each week of the school year (we ask that you commit for a minimum of a year).To find out more and to register, please visit http://www.schoolreaders.org or see the poster in the narthex.

Parish Bazaar

Saturday 30thNovember  St Thomas More Parish Bazaar

We would like to hold a Craft Stall at the next Parish Fair and are appealing to our parishioners, from Knighton, Oadby and beyond, to contribute one or more items to the stall. We are looking for anyone who has a hobby in crafts e.g. Knitting, Candle-Making, Painting, Pottery etc. and who are happy to donate to the stall.  This is a fantastic opportunity to sell bespoke Christmas gift items at this Parish Festive Event.  For further information please contact Rosanna De Marco-Coxon by email; rosanna.demarco@btinternet.com.   So go on…….. get Crafty!!!….Thank you

Open Hands – Compassion in action…

For many years our parishes have donated food for the poor and needy of Leicester. The place of our donations has now changed and all gratefully received items will be taken on a regular basis to Open Hands in Highfield Street.

Open Hands are delighted to partner with local churches and believe we can make a real difference by working together. Thank you to everyone who donated over the Christmas period. The store now has plenty of baked beans and pasta and appealing especially for UHT milk, sugar, rice, coffee, tea and cooking oil.

Ministries that need your help

We are looking for Doorkeepers and Welcomers. This involves arriving about 25 minutes before Mass begins in order to greet everyone on arrival with a smile and a hymn book/newsletter. They are responsible for taking the offertory collection, overseeing the offertory procession and ensuring monies are placed in a secure place after Mass. Our ministers of welcome should be familiar with the layout of the Church and be able to accompany late arrivals to vacant seats in the Church (This ensures the narthex is kept clear for safety reasons), know where the facilities (toilets and changing stations) are located and also aware of how to provide assistance when required e.g. location of first aid box. They also need to be aware of fire escape routes and ensure these are kept clear at all times. The biggest qualification for this role is that of a warm smile to greet regular and visitor alike; all other information will be provided. If you can help, either as an individual or couple, please let the parish office know.

We also need Cleaners. We have a dedicated group of cleaners who have vacuumed, dusted and swept our Churches for many years but numbers have dwindled and we are appealing for your help in ensuring our Churches are kept clean and tidy. The role involves vacuuming the Church, sanctuary (swept at Knighton) and narthex and dusting pews and statues. Those currently doing this ministry estimate it takes two people two hours per week to complete. All materials and equipment are provided and it can be done at any time during the week convenient to yourselves. Please note, toilets are not included in the cleaning responsibilities. If you can help, either as an individual, couple or family group, please let the parish office know.

Christmas Bazaar – Knighton

What a wonderful occasion was our annual Christmas Bazaar! Many thanks to those who worked so hard to get this ready, those who looked after stalls and food and cleared up afterwards leaving it all nice and tidy. A big thank you to Mrs Crosse, staff and parents for their support and to our children who ran a number of stalls in classrooms. Santa’s Grotto was very posh this year! Thank you to all those who came along and supported it and made such a successful day. All your efforts are greatly appreciated and we raised £3204.34 A list of prize winners from the raffle is available in the Narthex and prizes are available for collection in the Sacristy.

Knighton Christmas Fayre

Saturday 24thNovember     11.00am – 2.00pm

Knighton annual parish fundraiser takes place in the school hall in 4 weeks time.  We need the help of our whole parish community to make this charity fundraiser a success. There are many ways in which you can support us. We desperately need Raffle Prizes.  If you are able to donate a prize for the raffle – possibly from a company that you work for or through other connections we would be very grateful. Please sign up on the form at the back of church or speak to Father Michael or myself.

Stall holdersIf you are able to spare some time to stand behind one of our stalls (all will be set up for you) please sign up.  We really need new people to help with this – no experience necessary – you will be fully supported.

Raffle tickets– these will be available at the back of the church.  Please take and sell and bring back on the day of the bazaar or place money and tickets in an envelope and post through the presbytery door or bring into St Thomas More school reception. Children will bring home a book of tickets each from school.

Donations– We need bottles, books, toys and bric-a-brac.  These can be left in the boxes at the back of church or brought into school and left in the reception area.

There are other jobs that we need help with – please see the list at the back of the church and sign up if you possibly can. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Whitehead.