Flowers in the sanctuary today are provided by Jan Weir

Our organist this morning is Christine Knox.

Thanks to all those who contributed to last week’s offerings:
Freewill Offering £317.00
Open Plate £184.51
Total £501.51

Welcome Desk:
If you know of anyone who is in or just out of hospital or who needs an elder or staff member to call, please leave the information at the Welcome Desk. We would also appreciate suggested names to receive flowers after today’s or a forthcoming service – call at the Welcome Desk.

The monthly Prayer Diary:
For 2018 we have decided not to give the Focus Groups a month but to ask that each Group contribute ONE item (at least) per month. If you have a specific date please hand it in as early as possible. These can be given as a bullet point and we will expand. All requests can be given to Myra, Christine or Hannah or left in the Prayer Diary Pigeonhole in the Elders Room. Thank you.

Claremont Bake Off:
Are your sponges light and fluffy? Do you never have a soggy bottom on your flans? Are your scones super special? Do YOU have what it takes to be Claremont’s first Star Baker? Just for fun please enter some of your best bakes in our Great Claremont Bake Off at the coffee morning on Saturday 24 March. Entry is free and bragging rights are the prize. See Jan Weir about entries.

Coffee Morning:
The coffee morning on 24 March will be in aid of the Heating Project. If you would be willing to run a stall, help on the day or provide homebaking please speak to Jan Weir (01698 308639).

Claremont Stories:
As part of our celebration of Claremont’s 50th Birthday, we want to put together a collection of Claremont stories. These can be from any perspective and style – reflective, humorous, personal etc., but in essence the stories should simply be whatever you feel you would like to say about your experience and memories of your time as part of Claremont church. As far as is possible, we hope that these collected stories will, together, cover the full span of the last fifty years. However it is your story that is important – so, whether your experience of Claremont is long or short, or somewhere in between, now is your chance to share your story. If you do want to contribute in this way could you please let me know beforehand by contacting me on 01355 224162, or e-mail, so that I have an idea of what to expect. For the individual stories, there is no restriction on the number or on their length. However, if you do feel you have a story to tell – as a guide – it can be as short as 250 words and can be up to around 800. If you have photographs with which to illustrate your story, please look them out and we can arrange to have them added. Please submit your story (and any associated photographs) as soon as possible, but no later than Sunday 25th March. If your material is in electronic form (e.g. e-mail content or e-mail attachments) please e-mail your story and any digital photographs to with the subject line ‘Claremont Stories’, otherwise put your written story and/or prints in an envelope with your name and marked ‘Claremont Stories’ and hand in to the office or put directly into the Clarion pigeon hole. Many thanks, Tim Ward.

Mean Bean Challenge – Monday 19-23 March:
The countdown is on! Would you please keep Duncan and myself in your prayers and consider sponsoring us, as we prepare to take the challenge again this year. It involves eating only beans and rice for a week, with a bowl of porridge daily. Thanks to very generous sponsorship we managed to raise over £1000 last year. It would be magnificent if we could get anywhere near that this year. For more information see Tearfund’s Mean Bean Challenge page. We have a justgivingpage at or I am happy to accept donations. Thank you, Win Baddon

Church Cleaner:
Once again we are looking for a cleaner. If you are interested please contact, in the first instance, Jan Weir (01698 308639).

Real Easter Egg
will be available this year with eggs being made with Fair Trade ingredients. Details can be obtained from the Traidcraft table on Sundays or from Ian Harrow. Please note 18 March is the last day for ordering.

Michael McMillan and The (new) Hope Street Band
will be playing at Hunter House on Friday 27th April. Michael’s new album Cross Country is already attracting a lot of attention with Radio play in the UK, USA and Canada. Michael and the band will be playing all 14 tracks from the album. Be quick as tickets are selling fast!

Holiday Club:
After the success of our Holiday Club last year, we are already looking forward to Holiday Club 2018. We’ll be travelling from the Arctic and landing in Egypt for Pyramid Rock! The club will run from the 16th-20th July between 10am-12pm. But we’ll need help! We are looking for people who would be willing to help out with the groups. If you feel that this is something you would like to be involved with, then please contact Ali ( or talk to him after one of the services. We’re looking to start meeting in February to get planning, with one meeting each month until June, to cover and organise all that needs done.

Hospitality Ministry:
We are in the process of setting up a new team to help with all events that require catering in the church. We would love to have a large pool of people – so that the work can be shared. If you feel you could be part of this group. Please contact Anne Jackson 07740554623 or email

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